Our Team

Meet Our Team

One of the Community Engaged Research Core (CERC)’s priorities is to identify ways to improve the practice of returning study findings back to the community, including those who participate in research studies. The CERC Dissemination team is comprised of faculty and staff from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College, along with Community Advisory Council members. As a team, our goals are to:

  1. Compile existing dissemination resources for researchers, clinicians, and community-based organizations
  2. Advance dissemination best practices through: a) creating useful tools for researchers to use to ensure effective dissemination, and b) identifying how research participants would like research findings returned to them.

Faculty & Staff Members

Donald J. Alcendor, PhD

Associate Professor, Meharry Medical College, Department of Microbiology Immunology & Physiology

Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Pathology Microbiology & Immunology,
Division of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS

William K. Warren Foundation Endowed Chair

Professor of Pediatrics

Division Chief of Academic General Pediatrics

Director of Pediatric Obesity Research

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Sarah Cook, MPH

Research Services Consultant II

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Stephanie A. Mayers, MEd

Research Services Consultant II

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Velma McBride Murry, PhD

Betts Chair of Education and Human Development

University Professor of Human & Organizational Development

University Professor of Health Policy, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

CERC Advisory Council Members

Ingrid Cockhren, MEd

Midwest Regional Community Facilitator, ACEs Connection

Amy Richardson, MPH

Chief Community Health Officer, Siloam Health

Neely Williams, MDiv, EdD (c)

Administrator & CEO, Community Partners’ Network

Independent Consultant: Patient & Community Engagement Strategist

CERC Community Scholar

Misha N. Inniss-Thompson, MS

Doctoral Student in Community Research and Action 

Vanderbilt University, Department of Human and Organizational Development