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Alexy Hernandez

Alexy Hernandez, B.S.

Alexy Hernandez (she/her) is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. Hernandez’s prior research experience includes project coordination, conducting concept-elicitation and cognitive interviews with … Read more

Courtney McMillian

Courtney McMillian, MPH

Courtney McMillian serves as the Associate Clinical Research Coordinator for the North Carolina Community Engagement Alliance (NC CEAL) in the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER). With a focus in epidemiology on the infectious disease track, McMillian earned her Masters … Read more

Jess Roe

Jess Roe, MPH

Jess Roe(she/her) serves as an Education and Training Coordinator with the NC Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER). Roe earned her MPH in Health Equity, Social Justice, & Human Rights from the UNC … Read more

Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy, MPH

Colleen Murphy is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Health Equity Research with the Co-LEARN Project and the RADx-UP program. Her academic and professional experience includes community-driven and -centered health research, community health worker models for care … Read more

Caroline Carter

Caroline Carter

Caroline Carter is a recent graduate from North Carolina Central University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a focus on Public Relations. She also attended UNC Charlotte from 2017 to 2021, where she studied middle-grade education … Read more

Leah Frerichs

Leah Frerichs, Ph.D.

Leah Frerichs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity Research at UNC. Frerichs is an expert in research focused on the intersection … Read more

Matthew Palmer

Matthew Palmer, MPH

Matthew Palmer (he/him/his) serves as a Research Assistant in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. He earned his MPH in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2023. He was an Interprofessional Education and … Read more

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Ames J. Lynch

Ames Lynch (they/she) is an Advanced Research Assistant in the Center for Health Equity Research. They earned their degree in Political Science from NC State with a concentration in International Politics which involved open source intelligence, peacekeeping and policy making. … Read more

Timothy T. Simmons

Timothy T. Simmons

Timothy Simmons is a Community Engagement Specialist on the New IDEAS team. Simmons is a service-focused community educator who has over 20 years of experience in member engagement and community collaboration. He strongly believes in advocacy and empowerment of those … Read more

Jeffrey Mathew

Jeffrey Mathew, MBA, PMP, CIA, UTD Yellow Belt

Jeffrey Mathew has over 15 years of experience in nationally ranked healthcare and academic institutions. He oversees all components of implementation and execution of the RADx-UP program objectives in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER). Responsibilities include providing … Read more

Veena Reddy

Veena Reddy, B.S.

Veena Reddy is an advanced social/clinical Research Assistant in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She works with the Co-LEARN team to research effective implementation strategies for cardiovascular disease evidence-based practices. Reddy earned her B.S. in Biology at the … Read more

Christina Carilli

Christina Carilli

Christina Carilli is as a Social/Clinical Research Assistant with the Implementation of EMR-Integrated Referrals to Link Clinical and Community Services to Reduce Health Inequity initiative at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from High Point … Read more

Blen Biru

Blen Biru, M.Sc.

Blen Biru is a Research Program Manager at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied biology and French and her Master’s of Science from the Duke Global … Read more

Breanna Deutsch-Williams, B.S.

Breanna Deutsch-Williams (she/her) is a Project Coordinator with the Co-LEARN Project in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Iowa. Deutsch-Williams’ particular areas of interest include: health equity … Read more

Erika Redding

Erika M. Redding, MSPH

Erika Redding serves as a Research Program Manager in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her MSPH in 2019 from the Department of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC; she is … Read more

Monica M. Taylor

Monica M. Taylor, Ph.D., MPH

Monica M. Taylor, Ph.D., MPH is a Research Scientist in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University where she investigated disparities in breast cancer … Read more

Lia Kaz

Lia Kaz, MSW

Lia Kaz (she/her) serves as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from UNC-Chapel Hill with a concentration in Community, Management, and Policy Practice in 2019, and … Read more

Laura Florick

Laura Florick, MPS

Laura Florick (she/her) is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator supporting the Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her B.A. from the University of Kansas in Sociocultural Anthropology, earned a graduate certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics from the … Read more

Andrea Mendoza

Andrea Mendoza, MPH

Andrea Mendoza (she/her) is a Community Engagement Specialist for the New IDEAS study in the Center for Health Equity Research. She graduated with her MPH in global health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2021 and … Read more

Airianne Posey

Airianne Posey, MSW

Airianne Posey is a Social/Clinical Research Assistant at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. Posey earned a master’s in Social Work with an American Indian/Alaska Native populations concentration from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis in … Read more

Angelique Jennings

Angelique Jennings, MPH, CHES

Angelique Jennings (she/her/hers) serves as an assistant project coordinator on the RADx-UP (Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics in Underserved Populations). Jennings earned a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Spanish from Georgia Southern University. She recently earned her Master in … Read more

Jennifer Detwiler

Jennifer Detwiler

Jenni Detwiler earned her B.S. from East Carolina University. She began her research career at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, where she worked on several state-wide early education evaluation studies. She has been actively engaged with stakeholders across … Read more

Naomi Baumann-Carbrey

Naomi Baumann-Carbrey, MPH

Naomi Baumann-Carbrey (she/her) is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in Center for Health Equity Research. Baumann-Carbrey earned her B.A. in Global Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2015 and her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Gillings School of Global … Read more

Hailey Leiva, MSW

Hailey Leiva (she, her) serves as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her MSW from the UNC School of Social Work with field work in nonprofit, education and community-based mental health settings. … Read more

Brianah Williams, MPH

Brianah Williams (she/her) serves as a Project Coordinator for the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) on the NC CEAL project. Williams has also supported the RADx-UP project. Prior to joining UNC CHER, Brianah served as an Assistant Project … Read more

Maura Drewry, MPH

Maura Drewry (she/her/hers) serves as a Project Coordinator in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her MPH in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2020, and she earned her B.S. in … Read more

Shikira Flounory

Shikira Flounory, MSPH

Shikira Thomas is a Research Program Manager in the Center for Health Equity Research for the New IDEAS study, under the supervision of Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, Ph.D. Thomas is a recent MSPH graduate of Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School … Read more

Mary Wolfe

Mary Wolfe McKinley, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Mary Wolfe McKinley, M.Sc., Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Research Innovation and Development at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she investigated transportation access to … Read more

Brittany Young

Brittany Young

Brittany Young is an Advanced Research Assistant in the Center for Health Equity Research. Her research interest includes community health, minority health and the impact of health disparities on low-income communities. During her time at Carolina, Young’s interests have shifted … Read more

Melissa Green, MPH

Melissa is the Deputy Director for Communication and Recruitment for the Clinical Scholars Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is affiliated with CHER. Melissa’s experience includes 15 years managing research intervention studies in community settings using principles … Read more