"...pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service."

Name and Expertise

Burns, Robert, MD, Professor--geriatric medicine, internal medicine, hospice and palliative care, dementia, health care systems, osteoarthritis.

Bursac, Zoran, PhD, MPH, Professor - Longitudinal data methods and repeated measures, missing data problems, mixed models, hyperbolastic and other non-linear growth models, statistical computing and simulation, graphics, survey methods, categorical data methods, logistic regression topics and variable selection algorithms.

Bush, Andrew J., PhD, Professor Emeritus, Resident Fellow of The Urban Child Institute--biostatistical and epidemiological clinical and observational research design and analysis with emphasis on predictive, mixed effect and structural equation modeling of early brain development; interests in computer intensive methods such as permutation, bootstrap and Monte Carlo inference; broad experience and skill in developing statistical computing applications.

Coday, Mathilda C. [Mace], PhD, Professor--clinical and health psychology; cognitive-behavioral interventions for physical activity & nutrition to manage weight in adults and children, smoking cessation and weight control; relation of health behaviors and psychosocial factors on health.

Connor, Pamela D., PhD, Professor Emeritus--community health; primary care affective disorders; academic training grants; medical school admission criteria predictors, learning theory, palliative medicine, smoking and children.

Cushman, William C., MD, Professor, Preventive Medicine, Medicine, Physiology--clinical trials, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lifestyle interventions and drug therapy, hypertension practice guidelines, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Derefinko, Karen J., PhD, MS, Assistant Professor -- understanding externalizing behaviors and conduct problems, including substance use, violence, and risky sexual practices in young adults and adolescents

Graetz, Ilana, PhD, Assistant Professor – information technology and organizational culture and their effects on clinical care, quality, and costs; and patient knowledge and behavior with respect to insurance access and benefit design

Graney, Marshall J., PhD, Professor Emeritus--epidemiology of aging; multiple regression analysis; gerontological caregiving.

Hare, Marion, MD, MS, Associate Professor--pediatric epidemiology.

Johnson, Karen C., MD, MPH, Endowed Professor in Women's Health--preventive medicine; clinical trials; internal medicine; women's health, cardiovascular disease, smoking cessation, osteoporosis.

Kaplan, Cameron M. , PhD, Assistant Professor--how economic incentives can affect healthy behaviors and health status; geographic and ethic disparities in health outcomes, optimal insurance benefit design, the impact of health on education.

Kaplan, Erin K., PhD – Assistant Professor--applied microeconomics, labor economics, health outcomes, and environmental health

Klesges, Robert C., PhD, Professor--cancer prevention and control.

Kocak, Mehmet, PhD, MS, Associate Professor--applied statistics, survival analysis, mixed effects models, clinical trials.

Krukowski, Rebecca A., PhD, Assistant Professor--Behavioral weight control interventions; technology-based interventions; built food environment; gestational weight gain; self-monitoring; public health.

Little, Melissa A., PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor--Military populations, tobacco use, alcohol use, obesity, prevention, cessation, translational research

Martin, Michelle, PhD, Professor -- Clinical (Medical) Psychology; cancer prevention and control; eliminating inequities in health;  physical activity; patient-reported outcomes; community-engaged research.

Martindale-Adams, Jennifer L., EdD, Associate Professor--caregiving; Alzheimer’s and dementia; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury; military families; deployment and post deployment challenges; translation and implementation.

Mozhui, Khyobeni, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor--Systems genetics, quantitative genetics, microarrays, RNA sequencing, neuropsychiatric genetics, stress response, HPA-axis, addiction, alcohol abuse, amygdala.

Nichols, Linda O., PhD, Professor--caregiving; Alzheimer’s and dementia; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury; military families; deployment and post deployment challenges; translation and implementation.

Nouer, Simonne, MD, PhD, Associate Professor--epidemiology; tropical medicine; spatial analysis of health-related data.

Oyana, Tonny J., PhD, Professor--Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geographic Information Science, Geovisual Analytics, Data Visualization and Cartographic Design, Geography and Algorithms, Data Science, Environmental Health and Life Course Exposure, Place-Directed Health Measures and Inventions, Spatial Epidemiology, and Spatial Analysis

Richey, Phyllis A., PhD, Professor--exercise physiology (specialization in pediatric and cardiovascular physiology); exercise physiology and community health intervention: pediatric obesity; hypertension-induced target organ damage.

Runyan, John W., Jr., MD, MACP, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus--internal medicine; community health; primary care.

Sen, Saunak, Ph.D., Professor and Division Chief -- Statistical genetics, statistical computing, analysis of high throughput data, design and analysis of experimental crosses.

Thomas, Fridtjof, PhD, Associate Professor--biostatistics; design and analysis of randomized clinical trials, observational studies, propensity scores, multiple imputation, heterogeneity of treatment effects (HTE), medical tests, ROC-analysis, ordinal logistic regression, longitudinal mixed effects models, survival analysis, Bayesian statistics..

Tolley, Elizabeth A., PhD, Professor--biostatistics; causal modeling of physiological and pathophysiological processes; Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS); sepsis and septic shock; quality of life.

Tylavsky, Frances A., DrPH, Professor--nutrition and public health; effects of diet and body composition on bone mass across levels of the life cycle; assessment of body composition.

Wan, Jim Y., PhD, Professor--biostatistics; statistical methods for epidemiologic data; health services research.

Waters, Teresa M., PhD, Professor and Chair--health economics, health care financing, health policy analysis, cost analysis; financing health care for the poor and underserved, safety net providers, medical malpractice, outcomes research.

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Catherine Robilio Womack, MD
Interim Chair
Department of
Preventive Medicine
66 N. Pauline Street, Suite 633
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5900