RSP Scholars Cohort 1 (2021-2022)

2021-22 Research Scholars (Cohort 1)

The Research Scholars Program is aligned with national priorities for research diversity, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program goal of creating cultures of inclusive excellence at NIH-funded institutions by implementing well-integrated, evidence-based strategies and evaluating their impact on metrics of institutional culture, inclusive excellence and diversity. ​



Adebola Adegboyega​

College of Nursing​
Research interests: Cervical cancer among African immigrant women and health disparities​


Joseph Benitez​

Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health​
Research interests: Health economics and empirical health policy analysis using applied econometrics techniques focused on Medicaid​


Jean Fry​

Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition, College of Health Sciences​
Research interests: Rehabilitation following ACL tear and reconstruction surgery, rehabilitation nutrition, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and precision medicine​


Cetewayo Rashid​

Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine​
Research interests: Environmental factors that contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes​


Michael Samaan​

Kinesiology and Health Promotion, College of Education​
Research interests: Use of biomechanics and musculoskeletal imaging to better understand the mechanisms and effects of lower extremity joint diseases​


Lauren Whitehurst​

Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences​
Research interests: Body/brain interactions during sleep to produce regulatory effects on cognition and health​