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Principal Investigator:  Vivian Lewis, MD

Vivian Lewis Dr. Lewis is Deputy to the President and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at the University of Rochester and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  In her role as Vice Provost of Faculty Development and Diversity, she assists deans and department chairs in identifying, recruiting, and retaining faculty that increase the diversity of the University and help advance the University's diversity efforts through a variety of programming initiatives. Such initiatives include creating programs to support faculty mentoring needs and helping ensure that the professional climate promotes success.

Program Director: Camille Martina, MS, PhD

Dr. Martina is a research assistant professor at the University of Rochester, in the School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Her primary appointment is in Community and Preventive Medicine, Division of Social and Behavioral Medicine with a secondary appointment in Environmental Medicine. She serves on the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Office of Medical Education Academic Faculty Advisory Board and in the Office of the President, Faculty Development and Diversity with Vice Provost Vivian Lewis. Her research interests in education are the structure and function of social contexts, institutional culture and agency in promoting academic achievement in underrepresented populations, as well as educational and institutional policies that support innovative and integrated interdisciplinary instruction. 

Research Program Coordinator: Natalia Andrievskaia, MSc.

Natasha joined the study team in December 2012. 

Other Faculty from University of Rochester

Richard Ryan, PhD, Professor, Department of Clinical and Social Psychology
Daryl L. Sharp
, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, NPP, Associate Dean of Faculty Diversity and Development, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, School of Nursing
Thomas A. Pearson
, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Research; Director of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute; Professor & Albert David Kaiser Chair of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine
Jennifer G. La Guardia
, PhD , Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Psychology & the Center for Community Health
Stephen Dewhurst
, PhD, Chair & Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Linda H. Chaudron
, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Michael P. McDermott
, PhD, Associate Chair & Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Stephanie Waterman
, PhD, Assistant Professor, Warner School of Education

Faculty from other Institutes

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Gene Morse, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS

Dr. Morse holds appointments as a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and Research Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, at the University at Buffalo.  Dr. Morse is currently the Associate Director at the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and the Life Sciences and Associate Director of the UB Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Dr. Morse was previously the Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and developed the UB Pharmacotherapy Information Center within the Health Sciences Library at the University at Buffalo. In addition, Dr. Morse has an active research and training program in clinical and translational pharmacology and is the Co-Director of the Upstate New York Translational Research Network.


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Paula Trief, PhD

Dr. Trief received her PhD in clinical psychology from Syracuse University and specialized in health psychology for many years as a clinician. She joined the faculty of SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1993, where she is currently a tenured Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine. She currently has 2 active NIH grants studying behavioral interventions with diabetes patients. In 2007, Dr. Trief became the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development at Upstate. Her role is to promote faculty growth and success through our junior faculty mentoring program (TEMPO), workshops and seminars, and varied key recognition activities. She has led several diversity initiatives, including recently receiving funding to promote diversity from the SUNY Office of Diversity and Educational Equity.

Steve Goodman, PhD

Dr. Goodman holds appointments as a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and Vice President for Research.  His research credits include the co-discovery of ankyrin; the discovery of nonerythroid spectrin; the demonstration of an essential role for spectrin in synaptic transmission, DNA repair, calcium entry from internal cellular stores; defining the role of spectrin as an E2/E3 ubiquitin conjugating/ligating enzyme; working out the defects in the spectrin membrane skeleton that lead to formation of the irreversibly sickled cell; development of an efficacious drug for treatment of Sickle Cell Disease; the first complete proteomic studies on the human erythrocyte proteome and the seminal studies on changes of this proteome in sickle cell disease.