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Allison Ashley-Koch, Ph.D.

Allison Ashley-Koch, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor, Center for Human Genetics.
Allison Ashley-Koch, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine. Her research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of Mendelian and complex genetic disorders. Dr. Ashley-Koch's primary interest is the genetics of psychiatric disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and trichotillomania. She is also performing studies to identify genes involved in and essential tremor, as well as genes that modify the clinical severity of sickle cell disease. Dr. Ashley-Koch served the Center for Human Genetics as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate from 1998 to 2000.

For more information, visit Dr. Ashley-Koch's webpage.

Richard Auten, M.D.

Richard Auten, M.D.
Dr. Auten is Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center, and Co-Director of the Southern Center for Environmentally Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes. His research is focused on environmental inflammatory and oxidative mechanisms for disrupted pre- and postnatal human development.

For more information, visit Dr. Auten's webpage.

Michael Foster, Ph.D.

Michael Foster, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine Director, Inhalation Toxicology CCBVP Facility Core
Dr. Foster's area of research interest and expertise is in the study of environmental air pollutants and their influence on the respiratory system. His laboratory evaluates injury and repair of respiratory tissues in both laboratory animal models and human subjects. Present awards support investigations of the relationship between host (genetic) factors and tissue susceptibility to responsiveness and injury.

For more information, visit Dr. Foster's webpage.

Alan Gelfand, Ph.D.

Alan Gelfand, Ph.D.
Dr. Alan Gelfand is the J.B. Duke Professor of Statistics and Decision Sciences and Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences at Duke University. Dr. Gelfand's current research interests include spatial statistics, modeling and model determination, Bayesian computation, and Bayes and empirical Bayes inference.

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Pamela Maxson, Ph.D.

Pamela Maxson, Ph.D.
Dr. Pamela Maxson is previous CEHI's Research Director and Project Manager for the Southern Center on Environmentally Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes (SCEDDBO). Her interests lie in maternal and child health and health disparities including the environmental, societal, familial, and individual influences on outcomes.

 

Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D.

Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D.
Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda is the Howard R. Hughes Provost and Professor of Statistics at Rice University, holds appointments as adjunct professor in the Departments of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan and the Baylor College of Medicine, and serves as the founding Director of CEHI. Dr. Miranda's educational background is rooted in economic and mathematical modeling; her professional experiences integrate environmental health sciences with sound social policies. She has taught courses and conducted research on children's environmental health, with a particular emphasis on reproductive and developmental toxicants, childhood lead exposure, and allergen and asthma triggers. Dr. Miranda has applied spatial analytic approaches to a wide range of environmental issues. She also has extensive experience running training, research translation, and outreach programs, especially as they relate to disadvantaged populations. Dr. Miranda has an active research portfolio, with funding from the USEPA, NIH, CDC, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the USDA, the State of North Carolina, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and The Duke Endowment. She maintains a deep and abiding personal and professional interest in environmental and social justice.

Jerry Reiter, Ph.D.

Jerry Reiter, Ph.D.
Jerry Reiter is assistant professor in the Department of Statistical Science. His main research interests include methods for protecting data subjects' confidentiality when sharing their data with the public, methods for handling missing data, analysis of complex surveys, and causal inference.

For more information, visit Jerry Reiter's webpage.

Geeta Swamy, M.D.

Geeta Swamy, M.D.
Dr. Geeta Swamy is a physician in the Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the Duke University Medical Center. Her clinical interests include preterm birth, fetal growth, and maternal complications of pregnancy.

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Redford Williams, M.D.

Redford Williams, M.D.
Dr. Redford Williams is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Duke University Medical Center. He is also Professor of Psychology in the Graduate School at Duke and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is cofounder, with Virginia Williams, Ph.D., of Williams LifeSkills, Inc., a firm whose mission is the development, evaluation, and delivery or training products to enhance emotional competencies.

Since joining the Duke faculty in 1972, following a fellowship at NIH, Redford has conducted research aimed at identifying psychosocial factors that increase the risk of medical disorders, the biobehavioral mechanisms whereby such factors contribute to pathogenesis, and the development of behavioral interventions aimed at ameliorating the health-damaging effects of psychosocial risk factors. He is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Anger Kills and LifeSkills, and over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals, he is probably best known for his research documenting the role of hostility and anger as a risk factor for coronary heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses. Most recently, he has begun to evaluate the role genetic factors, particularly polymorphisms of genes involved in regulating functions of the neurotransmitter serotonin, as they affect the impact of psychosocial risk factors on health and disease.

In addition to service on numerous review committees and task forces for the National Institutes of Health, Redford has also been a consultant to government agencies and corporations. He is past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Psychosomatic Society, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He is a frequent commentator regarding matters of stress and disease for national print and electronic media in the U.S. and abroad.

For more information, visit Dr. Williams' bio page.