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Current PhD Students

Teresa Beacham

Teresa Beacham
tbeacham@kumc.edu

MBA, Concentration: Health Care Administration, Baker University
BS, Major: Sociology; Minor: African American Studies, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Underrepresented minorities in medical education, racial/ethnic health disparities, and social determinants of health

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Gayle Brekke

Gayle M. Brekke
gbrekke@kumc.edu

MBA, Health Care Leadership, Rockhurst University
BA, Mathematics, St. Mary's University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Health economics, patient engagement and empowerment, disruptive innovation, measurement and communication of quality and outcomes, impact of insurance benefit design on health care expenditures, and modeling and simulation techniques

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Tanner Fortney

Tanner M. Fortney
tfortney@kumc.edu

MPA (City/County Budgeting and Finance), University of Kansas-Lawrence
BA (Political Science/US Political Institutions/Public Policy and Administration), University of Kansas-Lawrence

Research Interests: Healthcare economics, social determinants of health, population health, data management and analysis, mental health, categorical data analysis, longitudinal data analysis

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Jordyn Gunville PhD Student

Jordyn Gunville
jgunville@kumc.edu

MPH, University of Kansas Medical Center
BA, Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas-Lawrence

Research Interests:  Tribal Health policy around Maternal, Infant and Child Health; Impacts of using Indian Health Service among American Indian Populations

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Danielle Jones PhD Student

Leah Lambart
llambart@kumc.edu

MPH, Public Health, University of Kansas Medical Center
BA, German Language, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Research Interests: Exploring equity, access to care, behavioral change, removing barriers to healthcare, economic burden, and what altruism means in our culture

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Kris Leverette

Drennon (Kris) Leverette
dleverette@kumc.edu

MS (Finance and Economics), West Texas A&M University (Canyon, TX)
BS (Health Sciences), University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Charley S. Lewis

Charley S. Lewis
clewis4@kumc.edu

MPH, Environmental Health, University of Kansas Medical Center
BS, Environmental Science, Haskell Indian Nations University

Research Interests: Health disparities and working with American Indian communities; environmental health, tobacco cessation, mental health and suicide, cancer eduation; development of culturally-tailored health interventions

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W. Todd Moore

W. Todd Moore
tmoore3@kumc.edu

MPS, Public Service/Public Policy, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
BGS, African and African American Studies, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Linking academic researchers and clinicians with the health needs of the community, building strong relationships between health institutions and community, and improvement of research readiness of community organizations and members

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Dinesh Mudaranthakam, MS Dinesh Pal Mudaranthakam
dmudaranthakam@kumc.edu

MBA, Leadership and Management, University of Kansas
MS, Computing and Information, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
B.Tech, Computer Science Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India

Research Interests: Population health, epidemiology, electronic health records, administrative claims data, observational study design, categorical data analysis, survival analysis, longitudinal data, System integration, Informatics Eco-system

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Letycia Nunez-Argote

Letycia Nunez-Argote
lnunezargote@kumc.edu

MPH, Public Health Administration, National Institute of Public Health of Mexico
BS Clinical Laboratory Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests: Access to healthcare, health for migrant populations, rural health, LatinX health outcomes, impact of PAMA in clinical laboratory fee schedule

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Jennifer Oliveira

Jennifer Oliveira
joliveira2@kumc.edu

BS, Health Administration and Policy, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
BA, Medical Anthropology, Creighton University

Research Interests: Health policy, racial/ethnic health disparities, population health, social determinants of  health, access to healthcare

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Alicia O'Neal

Alicia O'Neal
aoneal2@kumc.edu

M.Ed, Higher & Post-Secondary Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
BS, Biology & Society (Minor: Education), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Research Interests: Sociobehavioral research, including 1) health inequities affecting select populations: people of color (POC), women, children, and people with mobility disabilities (PMD); and 2) preventative chronic disease(s) investigation

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Joseph Pacheco, MPH

Joseph Pacheco
jpacheco@kumc.edu

MPH, Environmental Health, University of Kansas Medical Center
BS, Pre-Medical Biology, Northwest Missouri State University

Research Interests: Reduction of health disparities among American Indian communities; reducing the burden of commercial tobacco use among American Indians through community-based participatory research methods

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Shea Roy

Shea J. Roy
sroy4@kumc.edu

MPH, Texas A&M University (College Station)
BS (Kinesiology), Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
BA (Modern Languages/Spanish, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Research Interests: Understanding health disparities through community health development and capacity building; Disability health and policy advocacy; Communitybased participatory research

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Jessica Sand

Jessica Sand
jsand@kumc.edu

MPH, University of Kansas Medical Center
BA, Human Biology, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Primary care, Dissemination and implementation, Patient-centered outcomes resaerch, Community-based participatory research

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Danya Turkmani

Danya Turkmani
dturkmani2@kumc.edu

MBA, University of Missouri-Kansas City
BBA (Business), University of Missouri-Kansas City

Research Interests: Prescription abuse and improving pain management tools for cancer patients; Improvement of safety outcomes for patients; Implementation of harm reduction practices.

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Joi Wickliffe

Joi Wickliffe 
jwickliffe@kumc.edu

MPH, University of Kansas Medical Center
BS (Biology), University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Research Interests: Health outcomes among previously incarcerated persons; Sexual health among women with histories of incarceration, preventable illness and disease; Developments of jail-based interventions; Participatory action research.

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Sharon Fitzgerald-Wolff

Sharon A. Fitzgerald-Wolff
sfitzgerald@kumc.edu

MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Kansas Medical Center
BS, Biology, Missouri State University
BS, Spanish, Missouri State University

Research Interests: Improving preventive services with a particular interest in smoking cessation, vaccinations, diabetes management, use of information technology in healthcare settings, home health nutrition and cardiovascular health; Database design, implementation, data management and analysis

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