Cores and Programs

Community Engaged Research Core

group photo.jpgThe obesity epidemic in Mississippi cannot be addressed without research and intervention at the community level. In recognition of the importance of community engaged research and intervention, the Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Core has been created. All three MCCTR institutions have strengths in community-engaged research, as do our consortium partners, the LACaTS Center and the Mayo Clinic CCaTS. Dr. Kathy Yadrick will lead the CEnR Core and implement the CEnR Institute and the multi-institutional CEnR Working Group.

Community Engaged Research Institute

The MCCTR proudly offers an annual two-week residential Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Institute that trains selected junior faculty members from all major Mississippi universities in the principles and practice of CEnR, and offers opportunities for them to compete for funding for obesity-related pilot research projects. Thus in addition to training junior investigators from partner institutions in independent obesity-focused CEnR, the CEnR Institute helps to identify promising CEnR investigators for support through the MCCTR Pilot Projects Program.

The first CEnR Summer Institute was held in the Summer of 2017 on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. The 2018 Summer Institute will be hosted by Tougaloo College. For more information regarding the CEnR, visit the training opportunities page or contact m.yadrick@usm.edu.

Photo: Dr. Kathy Yadrick (front right), core director, and Dr. Jennifer Robinson (front left), associate director, are shown with the 2017 CEnR Institute participants.

Community Engaged Research Working Group

A multi-institutional CEnR Working Group will hold monthly teleconferences to present ongoing and completed CEnR research, discuss available resources and research options, and seek opportunities for multi-institutional obesity research projects and funding. To become involved with the CEnR Working Group, contact m.yadrick@usm.edu.                               

Core leadership

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Kathy Yadrick, PhD, Director of the Community Engaged Research Institute and Working Group, Principal Investigator for USM site

Dr. Yadrick is Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Sandra Hayes, DrPh, Principal Investigator for Tougaloo site

Dr. Hayes is the executive director of the Owens Health and Wellness Center at Tougaloo College.

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Jennifer Robinson, PhD, Assistant Director of the Community Engaged Research Institute and Working Group

Dr. Robinson is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship in the School of Nursing at UMMC.

Core faculty

  • Kathy Yadrick, PhD
    Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Systems
    Associate Dean for Research
    University of Southern Mississippi
  • Sandra Hayes, DrPh
    Executive Director of the Owens Health and Wellness Center
  • Jennifer Robinson, PhD, RN
    Professor, School of Nursing
    Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, School of Nursing