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Faculty Research Expertise and Interests

Full and Part-Time Faculty
Robin Christian 2019Robin Christian, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Director of the Mississippi Centre for Evidence Based Practice: A JBI Centre of Excellence and US Cochrane Affiliate
Research interests: evidence synthesis and translation/implementation science.
Angela Duck 2022Angela Duck, PhD, RN, CNE
Director of PhD in Nursing program
Research interests: physical activity, obesity and community wellness, school-based health
Katie Hall 2019Katie Hall, PhD, RN, CNE
Research interests: social and environmental determinants of health; pediatric health; cardiovascular health
Laree HiserLaree Hiser, PhD
Research interests: Demyelinating disorders; multiple sclerosis; chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy; and clinical diagnostic assays; using biomarkers in nursing research; molecular mechanisms of HPV infection; cytoskeleton; and cervical cancer.
Melissa Klamm 2020Melissa Klamm, MSN, RN
Research interests: physical activity and sedentary behavior in adolescents and autonomous motivation for behavior change.
Debbie Konkle-Parker 2009Deborah Konkle-Parker, PhD, RN, FNP, AACRN, FAAN
Harriet G. Williamson Endowed Chair of Population Health
Research interests: behavioral research related to HIV treatment or prevention; social determinants of health and their impact on people living with HIV; individuals living with and at risk for HIV; impact of HIV on people's lives.
Michelle Palokas 2023Michelle Palokas, DNP, RN-CPN
Deputy Director of the Mississippi Centre for Evidence Based Practice: A JBI Centre of Excellence and US Cochrane Affiliate
Research interests: academic/practice partnerships, patient/family-centered care, improving interprofessional collaboration in healthcare, and implementing evidence-based practice to improve patient safety, outcomes and experiences.
Carolann-Risley.jpgCarolann Risley, PhD, RN, WHNP
Postdoctoral fellow, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Clinical Genetics Branch
National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics
Research interests: epidemiologic analyses evaluating HPV natural history and cervical cancer risk in this racially diverse and underserved population.
Jennifer C. Robinson, PhD, RN, CNE, FAHA - Professor Emeritus
Research interests: Physical activity; health behavior; health disparities; neighborhood context; the built environment; social epidemiology; social and environmental determinants of health and health behaviors.
Portrait of Dr. Lei ZhangLei Zhang, PhD, MBA - Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Research interests: data and research support to maternal and child health, oral health, chronic disease and tobacco control programs.