PRIDE: Cohort 2

Ajibola Monsur Adedayo, MD: Dr. Adedayo is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. He practiced medicine for a few years in his home country, Nigeria before moving to the United States in 2009. His interest in research began in his alma mata, Unilorin College of Health Sciences Nigeria where he graduated as an MD in 2004, when he conducted a project with a group of fellow medical students assessing the knowledge and attitude of college students to sickle cell disease, he was able to appreciate the role of healthful behavior and disease prevention. He is currently working with his mentors on determinants of serum phosphate levels in native and transplant kidneys. His involvements with Brooklyn Health Disparity Center has enriched his understanding of minority health issues and he recently co-authored a review paper (OSA and dyslipidemia) with his mentors which was accepted in the journal of Sleep and Breathing. He looks forward to collaborate with minority researchers and mentors. He considers the PRIDE program as a platform towards becoming a budding investigator in the research field.

Martina Gallagher, PhD: Dr. Gallagher's research is on the prevention and treatment of obesity, and its cardiovascular sequelae in Latino families. She plans to incorporate sleep hygiene into weight loss/management interventions in community settings. Her work blends biobehavioral factors and cultural perspectives with the goal of understanding how these factors and perspectives influence the long-term adherence to healthy lifestyle behaviors in Latinos. Dr. Gallagher received a BSN, MSN in Administration of Community and Healthcare Systems, with minors in Teaching and Informatics, and PhD with an emphasis on health promotion of Hispanic families from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, WA, where she learned basic sleep concepts, and data collection, analysis and interpretation of objective and subjective sleep measures in community settings.

Pascal Jean-Pierre, PhD: Dr. Jean-Pierre is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and a member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Jean-Pierre is a clinical psychologist with postdoctoral training in biobehavioral oncology research and public health. Dr. Jean-Pierre's current research focuses on describing the underlying neurobehavioral and neuropsychological mechanisms of cancer and treatment-related cognitive dysfunction (CRND), fatigue, sleep problems, and psychological distress. Dr. Jean-Pierre is also developing and testing interventions to treat CRND. An overarching goal of Dr. Jean -Pierre's work is to develop cancer control interventions that are applicable across multicultural populations.

Brenda Jenkins, MPH, PhD: Dr. Jenkins is an instructor at Hinds Community College and an adjunct faculty at Jackson State University. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Jackson Heart Study IRB Adherence Committee. She is also an Investigator with the Jackson Heart Study, Jackson, Mississippi, and Co-Principal Investigator of Project Health, a school-based cardiovascular intervention program. Through Project Health, she strives to promote two important goals in order to combat obesity, diabetes, and other cardiovascular diseases. Firstly, increasing quality and years of life, and secondly eliminating health disparities. Dr. Jenkins facilitates the efforts of the Jackson Heart Study scientists through the development of the study protocol and implementing monitoring procedures throughout the study. Her efforts have resulted in the successful preparation of scientific reports and manuscripts for publication and presentation of study results.

Lisa Lewis, PhD: Dr. Lewis is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. Using mostly community-based research methods, Dr. Lewis studies determinants of medication adherence in Blacks living with high blood pressure with an emphasis on psychosocial factors such as self-efficacy, social support, depression, spirituality, and perceived discrimination. Dr. Lewis also has expertise in the development and testing of community-based interventions targeted at improving the behavioral management of hypertension in settings such as faith-based organizations. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of a study designed to test the effectiveness of a church-based intervention compared with standard patient education in increasing antihypertensive medication use in Black church members diagnosed with hypertension.

Lisa Moreno-Walton, MD, MSCR: Dr. Moreno is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Professor of Research Genetics at Louisiana State University, where she serves as Associate Residency Director. Her research interests include social factors predictive of trauma, health disparities, and culturally competent HIV testing and treatment models. She completed medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and a residency at the Jacobi -Montefiore program in Emergency Medicine. She also holds a Masters degree in Social Work from NYU and a Masters of Science in Clinical Research from Tulane University School of Medicine.

Carlos Sendon, MD, RPSGT/RST: Dr. Sendon is a Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)/Children's Hospital of King's Daughters. Dr. Sendon completed his M.D. in San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru in 2003. He became a Registered Sleep Technologist in 2009. He has published many research projects and has attended and made presentations at pediatric, pulmonary, and sleep related conferences around the United States and Europe. He wants to complete a sleep medicine fellowship in the near future. His research takes a multi-disciplinary approach toward understanding health disparities while examining pediatric sleep medicine in the evaluation of prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of sleep apnea. Dr. Sendon's current work examines sleep quality and architecture and its potential effects on children and possible mechanisms in inflammation.

Douglas Wallace, MD: Dr. Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Has was born and raised in Nicaragua. He completed medical school and neurology residency training at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Miami and the Miami VA Healthcare system. He is currently the medical director of the Miami VA Sleep Center. Dr. Wallace's research interests include examining the etiology of race-ethnic differences in positive airway pressure adherence.

Monique White, PhD: Dr. Monique White is an Adjunct Health Professor at Hinds Community College, Jackson, Mississippi. She has participated in training in cardiovascular disease epidemiology at the Jackson Heart Study. She has also served as Health Educator for Project Health (Health Education and Awareness for a Life That's Healthy), a school-based prevention/intervention program that placed great emphasis on cardiovascular disease prevention/reduction. Dr. White's research interest involves investigating health disparities in African-American communities through an examination of the psychosocial determinants and sleep disorders in cardiovascular health disparities and metabolic disorders. Her current work examines the relationship between coping, spirituality and metabolic syndrome in African Americans.