Graduate and Scholar Accomplishments – Spring 2017
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Yaa Haber, Ph.D. candidate, published her first article, “Symptoms Associated With Vestibular Impairment in Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,” in Plos One, the world’s first multidisciplinary open-access journal.

Gabriela Sosa, Ph.D. candidate, will publish her research article, “An Emerging and Diverse Workforce To Reclaim Abandoned Mind Lands,” in the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy.


Dr. Karin Block is a tenured associate professor at the City University of New York.

Dr. Angela Cooke-Jackson received tenure status and in 2015 was promoted to associate professor at Emerson College.

Dr. Gregory Ellis-Griffith was voted by the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents to receive tenure as an assistant professor of healthcare administration.

Dr. Oscar Holmes IV is the director of access and outreach for business education at Rutgers School of Business. Holmes was also awarded the first Rutgers Provost Catalyst Research Grant and received a scholarship to participate in the Business on Board Leadership Development Training Program.

Dr. Robert Osgood was promoted to director of biomedical sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dr. Randall Swain was promoted to professor at Eastern Kentucky University.

Dr. Rochelle Parks Yancy was promoted to full professor at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University. Park’s article, “Impact of Traditional and Internet and Social Media Screening Mechanisms on Employer’s Perceptions of Job Applicants,” was published in The Journal of Social Media in Society.



Thais Council and Adrian Neely, Ph.D. candidates, were awarded the Georgia Educational Research Association Outstanding Student Research Award for a paper they co-authored, “That Was Then, This Is Now: A Comparative Analysis Juxtaposing Brown Versus Board of Education With the Opportunity School District.”

Lauren Griggs, Ph.D. candidate, is the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Susan E. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduate student who advances the presence of women in higher education, while demonstrating excellent scholarly work. Griggs is also the recipient of the National Institute of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship. Her commitment to mentorship and research was highlighted by the Virginia Commonwealth University News.

Andrea Marie Headley, Ph.D. Candidate, is a 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics awardee, 2016 Hanes Walton Jr. Award winner for quantitative methods training at the University of Michigan, and a 2016 Founders Fellow for the American Society for Public Administration.

Dr. Amanda Marie James was awarded the American Physiological Society Early Career Advocacy Fellowship and Keystone Symposia Fellowship.

Dr. J. Richelle Joe received an internal grant from the University of Central Florida to research HIV protective factors among young, African-American men. She is also the member of two research teams that are mentoring and counseling elementary children from underserved communities.

Territa Poole, Ph.D. Candidate, was named the 2015-16 Most Outstanding Graduate Student in the department of educational studies in psychology, research methodology and counseling. She also won first place in the 2016 University of Alabama Three Minute Thesis Competition and received the People’s Choice Award for the 2016 Three-Minute Thesis Competition.  Poole also received $2,400 in scholarship, research and travel funds. This spring, she will compete in the country-wide Three Minute Thesis competition in Annapolis, Maryland.

Greg Vetaw, Ph.D. Candidate, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Dr. Artress Bethany White was a recipient of the 2016 Mona Van Duyn Scholarship in Poetry Award from the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. She has also published book chapters and publications on poetry and literature topics.



Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. Candidate, presented her dissertation, “Healthcare Policy and Access to Health Care,” to the South Carolina Higher Education Consortium. See Brown’s preliminary research related to the impact of a lack of health insurance on minorities and those with lower incomes.

Dr. Joyonna Gamble-George, presented her dissertation research project in Yokohama, Japan, at the Eighth International Neuroscience and Biological Psychiatry Regional International Stress and Behavior Society Conference and the 39th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society. See her research titled, Cyclooxygenase-2 Inhibition Reduces Stress-Induced Affective Pathology.

Dr. Eric Hairston was a co-convener and presenter for the session “Adaptation and Cross-Cultural Appropriation Session” at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference at Harvard University. He was also named Senior Faculty Research Fellow at Elon University.

Dr. Pamela Kirkpatrick presented her paper, “Chaucer’s Prioress’s Tale and Jewish Folktales: Reanimation in Blood Libel Folktales,” at the Modern Language Association conference.

Sheryl Means, Ph.D. Candidate, will be presenting at the Comparative and International Education Society this spring.

Maria Qadri, Ph.D. Candidate was a panelist on “Building a Culture of Empowerment in a Multigenerational Workplace” for BioNJ’s Inspiring Women in STEM event. More about this event ->



Dr. DeAnne Beasley began a tenure-track position in the biology, geology and environmental science department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. Taryn L. Cranford began a postdoctoral research position at the Mayo Clinic of Florida.

Dr. Alana Dillette started a tenure-track assistant professor position at San Diego State University last year. She also published her first article in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

Dr. Dana K. Harmon accepted a position with the Council on Social Work Education and published two manuscripts: “Black Males Living In An Antithetical Police Culture” for the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma and “Hands Up – Don’t Shoot: Police Shooting of Young Black Males: Implications for Social Work and Human Services,” for the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Dr. William Johnson was hired as a cardiovascular research scientist at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Krystal Lewis works for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and provides clinical services to anxious youth and conducts research for the development and affective neuroscience division.

Dr. Sam Maniar started his own sport psychology and executive coaching business, Center for Peak Performance, LLC.

Dr. Aqilah McCane accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health and Science University.

Michael Mejia, Ph.D. Candidate, was appointed to associate chair of the Committee for Diversity and Health Disparities at the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers. Mejia was also named a Health Equity Scholar by the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

Dr. Anthony Palmer was offered the position of foreign service officer and will begin this spring.

Dr. Derrick Scott is a tenure-track assistant professor of bioinformatics at Delaware State University.

Dr. Ren-Jey Shei graduated from Indiana University and began a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center last fall.

Jeremy Magruder Waisome, Ph.D. Candidate, accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of Florida and will serve as the project manager for the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences Grant.


Graduate School

Dr. Alicia Odewale is the first person in the University of Tulsa’s history to receive a Ph.D. in anthropology. She serves as an assistant professor at the university’s anthropology department.

Danielle Olson, Ph.D. Candidate, finished a difficult first semester with a 5.0 GPA. She credits her Sloan Foundation peers with giving her the community and support she needed to push on.