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Research

We strive to conduct research that results in meaningful change for health and health care delivery.

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With a robust network of dedicated faculty, students and postdoctoral scholars, the Department of Health Behavior and Policy is proud to conduct innovative research that identifies and addresses the behavioral, social, organizational and policy factors that affect the health of individuals and populations.

Through quantitative and qualitative methods, community engagement, clinical trials and policy analysis, we aim to contribute to systemic changes that promote health and improve health care delivery. The department’s diverse portfolio is a reflection of this team, and our multidisciplinary research environment fosters curiosity and collaboration across a broad spectrum of areas of interest.

Research Areas

Chronic Disease Prevention and Management.
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Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Health Policy Research and Evaluation .
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Health Policy Research and Evaluation

Health Disparities and Health Equity .
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Health Disparities and Health Equity

Research Faculty

Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D. [View Image]

Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D. [View Image]

Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: andrew.barnes@vcuhealth.org

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Peter J. Cunningham, Ph.D. [View Image]

Peter J. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Professor

Peter J. Cunningham, Ph.D. [View Image]

Peter J. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: peter.cunningham@vcuhealth.org

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Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: bernard.fuemmeler@vcuhealth.org

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Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: anika.hines@vcuhealth.org

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April D. Kimmel, Ph.D. [View Image]

April D. Kimmel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

April D. Kimmel, Ph.D. [View Image]

April D. Kimmel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: april.kimmel@vcuhealth.org

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Jessica G. LaRose, Ph.D., M.S. [View Image]

Jessica G. LaRose, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor

Jessica G. LaRose, Ph.D., M.S. [View Image]

Jessica G. LaRose, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: jessca.larose@vcuhealth.org

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Maghboobah Mosavel, Ph.D., M.A. [View Image]

Maghboobah Mosavel, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Professor

Maghboobah Mosavel, Ph.D., M.A. [View Image]

Maghboobah Mosavel, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: maghboeba.mosavel@vcuhealth.org

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Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D. [View Image]

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D.

Professor

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D. [View Image]

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: vanessa.sheppard@vcuhealth.org

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Maria D. Thomson, Ph.D., M.Sc. [View Image]

Maria D. Thomson, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor

Maria D. Thomson, Ph.D., M.Sc. [View Image]

Maria D. Thomson, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: maria.thomson@vcuhealth.org

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Richard F. Brown, Ph.D. [View Image]

Richard F. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Richard F. Brown, Ph.D. [View Image]

Richard F. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: richard.brown@vcuhealth.org

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Kellie E. Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Kellie E. Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor

Kellie E. Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Kellie E. Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: kellie.carlyle@vcuhealth.org

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Askar S. Chukmaitov, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.A. [View Image]

Askar S. Chukmaitov, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.A.

Associate Professor

Askar S. Chukmaitov, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.A. [View Image]

Askar S. Chukmaitov, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.A.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: askar.chukmaitov@vcuhealth.org

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Bassam A. Dahman, Ph.D. [View Image]

Bassam A. Dahman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Bassam A. Dahman, Ph.D. [View Image]

Bassam A. Dahman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: bassam.dahman@vcuhealth.org

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Dina T. Garcia, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Dina T. Garcia, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

Dina T. Garcia, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Dina T. Garcia, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: dina.garcia@vcuhealth.org

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Alexander R. Lucas, Ph.D., M.S. [View Image]

Alexander R. Lucas, Ph.D., M.S.

Instructor

Alexander R. Lucas, Ph.D., M.S. [View Image]

Alexander R. Lucas, Ph.D., M.S.

Instructor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: alexander.lucas@vcuhealth.org

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Michael A. Preston, Ph.D., M.P.H [View Image]

Michael A. Preston, Ph.D., M.P.H

Assistant Professor

Michael A. Preston, Ph.D., M.P.H [View Image]

Michael A. Preston, Ph.D., M.P.H

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: michael.preston@vcuhealth.org

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Katherine Y. Tossas, Ph.D., M.S. [View Image]

Katherine Y. Tossas, Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Katherine Y. Tossas, Ph.D., M.S. [View Image]

Katherine Y. Tossas, Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: katherine.tossas@vcuhealth.org

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Sun Jung “Sunny” Kim, Ph.D., M.S., M.A. [View Image]

Sun Jung “Sunny” Kim, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.

Assistant Professor

Sun Jung “Sunny” Kim, Ph.D., M.S., M.A. [View Image]

Sun Jung “Sunny” Kim, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: sun.jung.kim@vcuhealth.org

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Research Staff

Rose Bono, M.P.H. [View Image]

Rose Bono, M.P.H.

Project Coordinator

Rose Bono, M.P.H. [View Image]

Rose Bono, M.P.H.

Project Coordinator

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Phone: 804-628-3122

Email: bonors@vcu.edu

Debbie L. Cadet, Ph.D., M.S.W. [View Image]

Debbie L. Cadet, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Program Manager

Debbie L. Cadet, Ph.D., M.S.W. [View Image]

Debbie L. Cadet, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Program Manager

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Program Manager, Community Health Education & Research

Phone: 804-628-2364

Email: debbie.cadet@vcuhealth.org

Abigail Mariani, M.P.H. [View Image]

Abigail Mariani, M.P.H.

Research Coordinator

Abigail Mariani, M.P.H. [View Image]

Abigail Mariani, M.P.H.

Research Coordinator

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Phone: 804-221-1857

Email: abigail.cadua@vcuhealth.org

Yvonne Cummings [View Image]

Yvonne Cummings

Clinical Research Manager

Yvonne Cummings [View Image]

Yvonne Cummings

Clinical Research Manager

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: Yvonne.Cummings@vcuhealth.org

Yangyang Deng [View Image]

Yangyang Deng

SAS Progr/Data Analyst

Yangyang Deng [View Image]

Yangyang Deng

SAS Progr/Data Analyst

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Phone: 804-628-5739

Email: dengy4@vcu.edu

Lauren Guerra [View Image]

Lauren Guerra

Research Assistant

Lauren Guerra [View Image]

Lauren Guerra

Research Assistant

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: lauren.guerra@vcuhealth.org

Jaime Lawson [View Image]

Jaime Lawson

Research Assistant

Jaime Lawson [View Image]

Jaime Lawson

Research Assistant

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Meg Osborne [View Image]

Meg Osborne

Community Patient Navigator

Meg Osborne [View Image]

Meg Osborne

Community Patient Navigator

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Phone: 804-628-7523

Matthew Wells, M.S. [View Image]

Matthew Wells, M.S.

Clinical Research Assistant

Matthew Wells, M.S. [View Image]

Matthew Wells, M.S.

Clinical Research Assistant

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Phone: 804-828-6335

Email: matthew.wells@vcuhealth.org

Xue Zhao [View Image]

Xue Zhao

Health Data Analyst

Xue Zhao [View Image]

Xue Zhao

Health Data Analyst

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: zhaox8@vcu.edu

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