Training Program Faculty and Staff

Principal investigator and director

Michele Allen MD, MS
Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
Interim Director, Program in Health Disparities Research

Program coordinator

Lindsey Fabian, MPH
Epidemiology and Community Health

Administrative assistant

Colleen Doyle

Steering committee / co-investigators

  • Michele Allen, MD, MS
    Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Kathleen Call, PhD
    Professor, Health Policy & Management
  • Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Rhonda Jones-Webb, DrPh
    Professor, Epidemiology and Community Health
  • DeAnn Lazovich, PhD, MPH
    Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Community Health

Faculty mentors

The faculty mentors are a group of highly talented and successful cancer researchers who are multidisciplinary in their expertise, spanning cancer biology, genetics, socio-behavioral, epidemiology, public health, medicine, health services, policy, community engagement, clinical, and translational spectrum of cancer research.

Their academic homes include the divisions of Epidemiology and Community Health, Environmental Health Sciences, Biostatistics, and Health Policy and Management in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health; the departments of Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Urology in the Medical School; and the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy.

Their broad range of research interests include:

  • Alcohol and tobacco use prevention, nicotine dependence and smoking cessation
  • Obesity, nutrition, and physical activity
  • Stress and psychosocial risk factors in chronic disease
  • Health care access and quality for disadvantaged populations
  • Immigrant health
  • Cancer therapies
  • Chemical carcinogens

Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee is comprised of leaders of various community organizations who have demonstrated a clear commitment to issues of cancer-related health disparities, experience with community-engaged research, and commitment to the training of diverse health professionals.

Community mentors will provide perspectives and guidance from diverse community groups to help shape, implement, and evaluate the program and mentor predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows as they establish research relationships with community members and community-based organizations.

Fellows will be matched with a community mentor to ensure they are prepared to conduct cancer-related health disparities research in partnership with community members and community-based organizations. It will also provide fellows a perspective on building respect and trust with communities and sharing power and intellectual authority.