The Diversity Advisory Council:
Anita Fernander, Chair (2019)Anita Fernander is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami, has a Master's Degree in the same and holds two Bachelor's degrees (one in Physical Education and the other in Psychology) from Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) an HBCU in Huntsville, Alabama. Prior to arriving at the University of Kentucky she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Psychology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Her primary area of research and teaching has focused on examining the impact of race-related stress and the political and social determinants of health on health inequities among African Americans. For example, she has received NIH funding to examine the impact of racism on smoking behaviors and nicotine metabolism among African Americans. She teaches the following courses: "Race, Racism and Health Disparities among Blacks in the U.S.", "The History of Medicine among Blacks in the U.S.: Implications for Health Disparities" and "Introduction to Clinical Medicine" to medical students and graduate students across the spectrum of health and social sciences. She recently was appointed as Health Equity Thread Leader for undergraduate medical education in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. In addition, she serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director in the Department of Behavioral Science. Her current scholarly passion is focused on increasing the number of under-represented minorities in medicine, training and mentoring students and faculty regarding cultural humility, and promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equity in academic medicine and research. She developed and is in the process of implementing a mentorship pipeline program for Black males from Kindergarten thru Residency to increase the number of Black males applying to and successfully matriculating through medical school. She is also Founder & Chair of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Disparities Coalition is cross-network community organization whose mission is to transform the community where health inequities are mitigated and/or eliminated through intentional actions, strategic policies, and targeted advocacy that result in tangible and sustainable health outcomes for disparate populations in Lexington-Fayette County.
Ariel Arthur (2020)
Yang Jiang (2019)Dr. Jiang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, and an affiliated faculty member of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center at the College of Medicine, University of Kentucky. She has a joint appointment with the Psychology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and is also an investigator at the Lexington Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). As the head of the Laboratory of Aging, Brain and Cognition in the Behavioral Science department, Dr. Jiang experienced a fruitful year in research, education, and service. Research. Dr. Jiang is the principal investigator (PI) for a project entitled “Predictive neurophysiological biomarkers for risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia induced cognitive impairment in Sino-US cohorts”, along with colleagues at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. The project is funded by National Institute of Health (NIH). She is also the PI on a project investigating neuroimaging and neurophysiological markers for mild traumatic brain injury in veterans, funded by the H. Jackson Foundation. She has been a co-investigator on projects funded by the National Institutes of Drug Abuse and Department of Defense. She is a PI on two scored NIH R01 applications, and has pending applications being reviewed at the National Science Foundation. This year Dr. Jiang has published six (6) papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at two international conferences. Education. Dr. Jiang has enjoyed teaching 1st year medical students the Introduction to Clinical Medicine (MD811) course with her new MD partner Dr. Jackie Fister. She has developed a new course in global health research electives for medical students. During 2018, Dr. Jiang has taught undergraduate research experience in Human Behavioral Neuroscience (BIO199-088), and Experimental Education (EXP396-039). She taught multiple research courses (BIO394/395), supervised an honor’s thesis (HON398) and supported one of her mentees to get into TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health and to be selected as a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. She was nominated as “Mentor of the Week” by the main campus. She supported multiple students to get into medical & graduate schools, and two students won academic awards. She also supervised research activity of medical and undergraduate students who have successfully presented at several regional conferences and at the international Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego. She serves on Six (6) Ph.D. dissertation committees, and is a co-chair of a Ph.D. committee of a practicing physician. Service. Dr. Jiang reviewed grant proposals for NIH study sections, Alzheimer’s Research United Kingdom, and for Baylor College. Dr. Jiang served as a reviewer again for the “Repetition Award” by the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. She serves on editorial board for Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, the most cited journal in its field. She continues to be a manuscript reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals in cognitive and affective neuroscience. She serves as a board member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, the Association of the U.S. Army CPL McMillian Bluegrass Chapter. Additionally, she served as faculty judge for several Research Days on campus, and on the Administrative Council, Faculty Search committee, and Student progress committee for Gerontology in the School of Public Health. Lastly, she has been serving as a member of the Global Health International Committee, and has been a co-chairing of the Research subcommittee in College of Medicine.
TK Logan (2019)TK Logan, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky with joint appointments in Psychology, Psychiatry, Sociology, and Social Work. Her research and writings focus on stalking, protective order effectiveness, sexual assault, intimate partner homicide, and health disparities of rural women with partner violence experiences. Dr. Logan has conducted a comprehensive study on the effectiveness of civil protective orders and the costs and cost-benefit of protective orders funded by the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Logan has also conducted 18 different studies on stalking and has some of the most extensive information about stalking in the nation. Dr. Logan is an author on over 175 research articles and serves on the editorial board of two international journals. Dr. Logan’s books include: Women and Victimization: Contributing Factors, Interventions, and Implications (American Psychological Association Press) and Partner Stalking: How Women Respond, Cope, and Survive (Springer Publisher). Dr. Logan and colleagues have developed the Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP) to assess a stalking situation and to provide a risk factor profile. She has also developed a short personal empowerment program called “Stand Strong and Pass It On.” She is a graduate of the Gavin de Becker & Associates Advanced Threat Assessment Academy. Dr. Logan is, or has recently, been involved with a several community boards and national organizations working to prevent violence against women including the Advisory Committee for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research Status on Women, Attorney General’s Task Force on Statewide Fatality Review, Kentucky VAWA STOP Implementation Planning Committee, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Police Domestic Violence Protection and Enforcement Grant Board, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Domestic Violence Prevention Board, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Team, Secretary and co-founder of OutrageUS.org (a non-profit focused on partner stalking and all forms of violence against women), and founding member of CounterQuo.Org (a non-profit focused on challenging the way culture responds to sexual assault). Dr. Logan is currently the principal investigator on five different projects to evaluate a variety of substance abuse treatment programs. Dr. Logan also conducted many studies with drug courts as well as a comprehensive outcome evaluation of three Kentucky drug court programs which included a variety of outcomes and a cost-benefit analysis. Dr. Logan is also a member of the medical and non-medical IRB.
Laurie McLouth (2019)
Brady Reynolds (2019)During 2018 Dr. Reynolds continued to serve as Co-I on an NIH grant to comparatively explore youth tobacco use in various forms in rural Appalachia and in urban locations. Dr. Reynolds also received a new NIH grant (R21 DA046551-01) to evaluate the effects of mindfulness training on depression, stress, and impulsive behavior in rural adult smokers. He also served on two NIH special emphasis panels and had two manuscripts accepted for publication. Administratively, Dr. Reynolds was Co-Director of the Institute for Rural Health Policy, and from that position he played a continued role as Chair of the tobacco subcommittee of the Gateway Wellness Coalition located in Morehead, Kentucky. In this capacity, Dr. Reynolds was involved in developing and implementing an adolescent smoking cessation program at Rowan County High School. Dr. Reynolds also taught sections of BSC 732 and MD 811.
William Stoops (2019)
Shanna Babalonis, PhD During 2018, Dr. Babalonis received two NIH grants, including a two-year R21 to explore the effects of various marijuana strains on simulated driving performance and a four-year R01 to examine the interaction effects of marijuana and opioids on safety, physiological and abuse-related outcomes. In addition, along with Dr. Sharon Walsh, she submitted an updated report on cannabidiol to the World Health Organization and presented the results to the annual meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence in Geneva, Switzerland. She was also appointed to serve as a member of the Council on Government Relations Cannabis and Hemp Research Working Group and served as an advisory committee member for a congressional candidate on issues surrounding opioids/medical marijuana. Dr. Babalonis presented research findings on the effects of opioids, alcohol and their combination on simulated driving performance at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. She also served on the program committee, chaired a session, and presented findings from a study on opioid/cannabinoid interactions and pain outcomes at the meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society in Leiden, Netherlands. She is currently working on several other projects, including 1) an inpatient study examining the therapeutic potential of an NK1 antagonist for opioid use disorder, 2) a study that examines the abuse potential of various intravenous opioid compounds, 3) an outpatient study examining the role of amylin on the development of pain syndromes in patients with type II diabetes, and 4) an epidemiological study in rural Kentucky to examine rates of infection/re-infection of hepatitis C in a drug abusing population.
Sarah Treberg (2019)