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Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv

bruce,20marino.jpgScience Director, OHD PRIDE
Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society
Associate Director, Center for Research on Men's Health
Vanderbilt University

Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv, is a clinician-scientist with doctoral and post-doctoral training in sociology and rehabilitation counseling. He is the Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society and the Associate Director for the Center for Research on Men's Health at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Bruce recently completed a career development award (KO1) from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute examining the relationship between social, economic and psychological factors associated with chronic kidney diseases among African Americans. He has been on the faculty at an HBCU for nearly a decade, giving him a deep understanding of the challenges associated with establishing and maintaining an active research program at an HBCU. In his current role, he is charged with developing mechanisms for an infrastructure to initiate and sustain faculty growth over the span of a career.

Dr. Bruce also has considerable experience managing multi-institutional projects, as he has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of at least one research grant (e.g., Jackson Heart Kids Study) or training program (e.g., HBCU Wellness Project) for nearly 10 years. Dr. Bruce will serve the program administrator for the HBCU PRIDE program in the day-to-day management and programmatic oversight of the program. He will work with the PIs to assure that recruitment activities are completed in a timely and exhaustive manner, compile required materials from applicants, assist the PIs in organizing summer institutes, seminar series, orientation, and partnering with the Coordinating Center to develop mentoring teams for the early career faculty.