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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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Sravani Chandaka, MS

Sravani Chandaka, MS
MS, Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BTech, Computer Science and Engineering, Acharya Nagarjuna University, AP, India

Current Position: Director of Research IT, Office of the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director of Software Engineering, Kansas University Medical Center

Research Interests: The utilization of a strong medical informatics skillset to create theoretical frameworks from social sciences to address pressing health policy and research management questions and examine critical and emerging health issues.

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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

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

Research Interests: Neuroeconomics, NHPI and Asian health disparities, and obesity research. 

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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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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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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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Emily Wilkinson, MBA

Emily Wilkinson, MBA
MBA, Executive, University of Missouri-Kansas City
BS, Respiratory Care, University of Missouri-Columbia

Current Position: Business Analyst, Children’s Mercy  Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri

Research Interests: The development of healthcare policy, process and structural changes in order to sustain operations, improve quality and safety, manage costs, and expand medical services to a broader portion of the population.

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