2021 Scholars

Gibas Kevin Gibas, MD

Clinical and Research Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Gibas is an Infectious Diseases Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his BLA and MD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Gibas went on to complete his internship and residency in Internal Medicine, as well as a Global Health training program, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Gibas’s research focuses on health disparities in HIV diagnoses. His current research project seeks to identify demographic and geographic factors associated with delays in HIV diagnoses and to identify barriers and facilitators to early, frequent HIV testing among disparity groups.


Jazowski Shelley Jazowski, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Jazowski is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received an MPH and PhD in Health Policy and Management from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, respectively. Dr. Jazowski’s research focuses on the cost and utilization of anticancer therapies, as well as the identification and assessment of interventions to improve access to and equity of cancer care.


Sneed Nadia Markie Sneed, PhD, MSN, FNP-BC

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Nadia Markie Sneed is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University. She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she completed her undergraduate training in nutrition. She then went on to pursue a career in nursing and attended Samford University in Birmingham where she earned her BSN and MSN. She attended the University of Alabama, Birmingham where she earned her PhD in nursing. Dr. Sneed is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in primary and urgent care. Dr. Sneed’s research focuses on the development and implementation of family-centered and community-based dietary lifestyle interventions for prediabetes management/reversal and multi-generational prevention of type 2 diabetes in low-income and minority populations.


Strayer Thomas Strayer, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Strayer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Center of Quality Aging at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his Ph.D. in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health (Focus: Implementation Science) from Virginia Tech. Dr. Strayer has a keen interest in the planning and implementation of health interventions in both clinical and community settings. This interest has led to Dr. Strayer serving as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Working Group on RE-AIM Planning and Evaluation Framework. His current research investigates the implementation strategies surrounding a patient-centered deprescribing study in hospitalized older adults. 



2020 Scholars

Carroll Alison Carroll, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow

Dr. Carroll is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She graduated from Davidson College with a BS degree in Psychology. She completed her MD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed by her pediatrics residency and chief residency also at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Carroll’s research interests are in health disparities and transitions of care in hospitalized children. Her current research project seeks to reduce medication errors among young children following hospitalization through the use of a health literacy-informed communication intervention.


Jones Shani Jones, MD

General Pediatrics Fellow

Dr. Jones is an Academic General Pediatrics Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She attended the University of Miami for her undergraduate degree and received her MD from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Dr. Jones’s research focuses on utilizing community-engaged interventions and implementation science to decrease healthcare disparities in childhood obesity and nutrition.


Richmond_headshot Jennifer Richmond, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Richmond is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, where she completed her undergraduate degree and earned an MSPH and PhD in Health Behavior. She is also a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars Program. Dr. Richmond’s research explores racial and ethnic disparities in health and use of health services (e.g., lung cancer screening and treatment). She applies quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods to understand how racism and medical mistrust affect health and health care use in Black communities. Dr. Richmond aims to partner with communities and scholars from diverse disciplines to translate research results into policies that build health equity.



PROGRAM ALUMNI

2019 Scholars

Wade Brown Wade Brown, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Clinical Science College Master, Meharry Medical College

Dr. Brown is a former PROgRESS T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He attended Pepperdine University as an undergraduate and received his MD at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. He completed his internal medicine residency as well as a Chief Residency in Quality and Safety (CRQS) through the University of Utah Health Science Center and the VA National Center for Patient Safety. His research focuses on identifying barriers to (and strategies for) implementing modern learning science practices in graduate medical education for the benefit of trainees, faculty, and patients.


Sophia Sophia Kostelanetz, MD, MPH

Physician Liaison, Tennessee Department of Public Health

Dr. Kostelanetz is a former PROgRESS T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Internal Medicine and Pediatrics physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She attended Tufts University for her undergraduate degree, followed by a combined MD and MPH. During this training, she worked for 2 years with Partners In Health on health systems strengthening in Haiti and West Africa. She completed her Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her research focuses on the assessment of social determinants of health and health disparities in inpatient populations, as well as using implementation science to address social determinants of health and improve health equity.


Sternad Lindsay Sternad, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University

Dr. Sternad is a former Neonatology Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow through the PROgRESS (Patient, pRactice Outcomes and Research in Effectiveness and Systems Science) T32 program. She received her MD from the Medical College of Georgia and completed her Pediatrics Residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Sternad’s research focuses on the effects of non-English vs. English parental primary language on developmental delays in preterm neonates and post-discharge needs and access to healthcare.



2018 Scholars

Beth Beth Prusaczyk, PhD, MSW

Instructor, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Dr. Prusaczyk is a former PROgRESS T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow who received her PhD in social work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. Dr. Prusaczyk’s research focuses on using implementation science to improve healthcare for older adults with a focus on care transitions. She has expertise in implementation science methods including frameworks, strategies, measures, and outcomes. Dr. Prusaczyk also uses social network analysis to understand healthcare delivery and dissemination processes.


IMG_3059 (cropped).jpgJuan R. Canedo, DHSc, MA

Research Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky 

Dr. Juan Canedo completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at VUMC (PROgRESS T32), under the mentorship of Consuelo Wilkins, MD, and David Schlundt, PhD. He previously completed a post-doctoral fellowship in community-engaged research under the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Canedo’s overall research goal is to contribute to the reduction of health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, particularly Hispanics/Latinos. His current research focuses on patient-level barriers and facilitators to the dissemination and adoption of precision medicine among minorities and increasing minority participation in precision medicine research. Originally from Bolivia, South America, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Latin American Studies and a Master’s degree in Sociology with a focus on medical sociology from Middle Tennessee State University. He completed a Doctor in Health Sciences (DHSc) degree with a concentration in global health, including evidence-based practice and healthcare quality, from A.T. Still University. Prior to joining academia, Canedo directed a non-profit community center serving the Nashville Hispanic community. In this position, he gained ten years of experience collaborating on community-engaged research with academic partners.


Senft_Nicole_headshot (002)_0.JPGNicole Senft, PhD

Program Director, National Cancer Institute

Dr. Senft completed her postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, concentrating in implementation science and tobacco disparities through the PROgRESS (Patient, pRactice Outcomes and Research in Effectiveness and Systems Science) T32 program. She received her PhD from Georgetown University’s Department of Psychology in 2016, then completed a fellowship at Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute in health communication and cancer disparities. Her research aims to promote health equity using health innovations to increase underserved patients’ engagement in their health and healthcare. Her previous research has characterized the content and consequences of emotional behavior in patient-provider interactions, and identified patient, provider, and policy-level barriers and facilitators to engagement in health innovations for members of disparity populations. Her current research builds upon this work to optimize the delivery of precision smoking treatment among socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers.


maren.jpgMaren Shipe, MD, MPH

General Surgery Resident, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Shipe completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship through the PROgRESS (Patient, pRactice Outcomes and Research in Effectiveness and Systems Science) program. She is a General Surgery Resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She attended Stanford University as an undergraduate and received her MD and Masters in Public Health in health services at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr. Shipe's current research focuses on using biomarkers and imaging in fungal regions to improve lung cancer diagnosis.