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Marina Catalozzi, MD
Dr. Catallozzi is a trained adolescent medicine specialist who serves as the Medical Director of the Lang Youth Medical Program. The Lang Youth Medical Program (Lang Youth) is a six-year longitudinal science enrichment program for seven through twelfth graders in the Washington Heights/Inwood community of New York City.  Lang Youth has had a strong partnership and active involvement with Northern Manhattan Center of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NOCEMHD) at Columbia University.  She has served as a Co-Principal investigator on the NIMHD grant that Lang received in 2008 and supervised all community and educational activities, data collection and analysis.


Rafael Lantigua, MD

Dr. Lantigua is a professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University. He is currently the Director of General Medicine Out-Patient Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a member of the Special Review Committee of the National Institute of Aging and Hispanic Aging and Health.

Dr. Lantigua has a demonstrated interest in continuing to move the CUMC research community towards a more multi-cultural and interdisciplinary scientific mindset by removing barriers and creating incentives for interactions among investigators from different disciplines on research of health disparities.

His academic and personal backgrounds are heavily focused on community engagement and underserved populations. Recent works in which he has collaborated include a study of the barriers relevant to colorectal cancer screening in an urban population; screening for bipolar disorder in a low income primary care practice; and Expanded genome wide scan implicates a novel locus at 3q28 among Caribbean Hispanics with familial Alzheimer disease, among others.

Jennifer Manly, PhD

Jennifer Manly, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology at the G.H. Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute for Research in Aging and Alzheimer’s disease at Columbia University. She completed her graduate training in neuropsychology at the San Diego State University / University of California at San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 1996. After a clinical internship at Brown University, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. Her research on cognitive and genetic aspects of aging and Alzheimer’s disease among African Americans and Hispanics is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and 8 chapters. Dr. Manly is a Council Representative for the American Psychological Association Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) and is a Member-at-large for APA Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). She is the outgoing Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the International Neuropsychological Society. She is an associate editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and is a consulting editor for Alzheimer’s Disease & Associated Disorders. She received Early Career Awards from both Division 40 of the American Psychological Association and from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and is a Fellow of APA. She was recently selected to serve on the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services.

Dana March, PhD

Dana March, PhD, MPH is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Epidemiology, and a core member of the Center for the Study of Social Inequalities in Health at Columbia.  Dr. March earned her PhD in Epidemiology with distinction from Columbia in 2010, with support from NIMH through the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program.  Blending training in social and lifecourse epidemiology with training in American history, Dr. March studies the sociohistorical determinants of disparities in physical and mental health over the life span.  Specifically, she is interested in the dynamic social, economic, and political processes by which geographic settings (countries, communities, neighborhoods) come to harbor risk and protective factors that contribute to patterns of physical and mental health by race/ethnicity and SES.  Dr. March brings her interests to bear on three NIH-funded grants that examine, respectively, the emergence of health differences and disparities over the life span in a sample of African Americans and whites in the East Bay Area of California; discrimination and disparities in health and health service use in the United States and the United Kingdom; and the contribution of multilevel social environmental factors to diabetes and depression in the Washington Heights community of New York City, with Dr. Jose Luchsinger and other members of NOCEMHD.  Dr. March is co-convener of the international Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) (www.kcl.ac.uk/research/groups/heron).  She has written on science for Newsweek, and her work has been featured in Scientific American.

Olugbenga Ogedegbe, MD

The programmatic focus of Dr. Ogedegbe’s research is the translation and dissemination of evidence-based behavioral interventions targeted at cardiovascular risk reduction. His work focuses on translational behavioral medicine, addressing the T2/T3 gaps in translation research. Dr. Ogedegbe has extensive experience in the implementation of clinical trials of behavioral and lifestyle interventions targeted at medication adherence and blood pressure control in primary care practices and community-based settings. He is Principal Investigator on several NHLBI-funded R01 community and practice-based clinical trials, Project Leader on two NCMHHD-funded Health Disparities Center, and Co-Investigator on several NIH-funded trials in diabetes management and sleep disorders. Dr. Ogedegbe has served on several NIH study sections, is a permanent member of the Behavior Medicine Intervention and Outcomes study section and several special emphasis panels at the NHLBI, NCI, and the NCMHHD, as well as a member of the Eighth Joint National Committee on the Detection, Evaluation, Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension, and The Institute of Medicine Committee on Living Well with Chronic Disease.

Walter Palmas, MD, MS

Dr. Palmas is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University. He practices Internal Medicine, and is a cardiovascular epidemiologist. He has a Masters degree in Biostatistics, and teaches the Evidence-Based Medicine Seminar to the Medicine residents at Columbia University, and runs their weekly Journal Club.

His research activities have included RCT, such as the Informatics for Diabetes Education and Telemedicine (IDEATel) study, a large study that assessed telemedicine as a means to improve diabetes care in elderly Medicare beneficiaries. Dr. Palmas served as the New York City Director of this study.

Dr. Palmas is currently the PI of the Northern Manhattan Diabetes Community Health Worker (NOCHOP) study. This study aims to assess the effect of a community health worker (CHW) intervention on changes in Hemoglobin A1c, LDL-cholesterol and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

He is also a co-investigator in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), MESA Family and MESA SHARE; leader of the Blood Pressure Working Group in MESA Genetics.

His publications may be viewed in PubMed.

Mildred Ramírez, PhD

Dr. Mildred Ramirez is the Associate Director of the Research Division of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale (RD-HHAR). She is a community psychologist by training, with a specialization in social gerontology and minority aging. Her professional experience in major measurement efforts in health disparities research includes leading the Measurement Core of the former Columbia University-Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)).

Dr. Ramirez has extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative methods as they related to instrument development.  She has conducted critical evaluations of measures, focusing on issues of cultural sensitivity, and has worked in the development of culturally sensitive measures.  Dr. Ramirez also has expertise in instrument translation (Spanish) and in addressing issues associated with conceptual equivalence in the context of cross-cultural research.  She is currently the Leader of the (Spanish) Translation Team for one of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) sites.  She was a consultant to the IDEATEL project focused on delivery of telemedicine intervention to medically underserved patients with diabetes. She has also been a consultant to numerous projects coordinated by the RD – HHAR in the areas of Alzheimer’s Disease, caregiving, diabetes, and cardiovascular health. She is a mentor for the Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) - Roybal Center.  A substantive focus of her publications has been on measurement issues as they relate to cognitive assessments in cross-cultural research. Health and mental health issues in minority aging are also areas of interest.

Steven Shea, MD, MS

Dr. Shea’s research focus has been on cardiovascular disease epidemiology, beginning in 1982-84 during fellowship when he worked on Framingham Heart Study data. Grants on which he has been principal investigator have included studies in both children and adults. A particular interest has been hypertension and blood pressure. Presently he is the principal investigator for the Columbia University Field Center for the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), for several MESA ancillary study subcontracts, and for the Division of General Medicine’s two training grants. He also has collaborative roles in several related projects. The MESA Study has been an important resource for studying social factors, environmental factors including air pollution and the neighborhood social and physical environment, stress, race/ethnicity, and gender as factors influencing disparities in health-related behaviors, subclinical cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular events. He has also worked on clinical applications of biomedical computer systems and telemedicine and led the IDEATel study, a large randomized trial of telemedicine for care of patients with diabetes that was completed in 2008. Understanding disparities in access to care and in health status has been thematic throughout his research.

Anne Taylor, MD

Dr. Taylor’s research over the years has included animal models examining the functional consequences of left ventricular hypertrophy, ischemia and reperfusion.  Most recently she has focused on clinical questions relevant to cardiovascular disease in African-Americans (AA) and women, including clinical trials and educational interventions in communities. 

Dr. Taylor served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the African-American Heart Failure Trial, a national, multi-center trial of nitric oxide enhancing therapy in congestive heart failure in AA with advanced heart failure. From 2001 to 2004, she served as Director of the Association of Black Cardiologists Center for Women’s Health, where they developed a DHHS funded program “Generations” to educate AA women in CVD prevention. From 2003-2007, she was Co-Director of the University of Minnesota’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and was site P.I. for a DHHS funded grant “Improving, Enhancing, and Evaluating Outcomes of Comprehensive Heart Health Care Programs for High Risk Women”. 

A second area of focus in her career has been in faculty professional development, including the development needs of minority and women faculty and senior faculty leaders.   She has co-directed a program co-sponsored by the NIH and the National Medical Association to mentor minority trainees interested in academic medicine

At Columbia University Medical Center her work in the Dean’s office has focused on the development and implementation of programs designed to support junior and women faculty, as well as to enhance senior faculty leadership skills. She is also Co Program Director of the CUMC FIRST in CER grant, a training grant in comparative effectiveness research for underrepresented minority faculty development.
Jeanne Teresi, EdD, PhD

Dr. Jeanne Teresi is an associate of the Stroud Center at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, and is a member of the faculties of Medicine at Columbia University and Weill Cornell Department of Geriatrics. She serves as the Administrator and Director of the Research Division of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale (RD-HHAR)

Dr. Teresi has over 30 years of experience in directing large-scale research efforts, and extensive experience in the oversight of analyses from multi-site studies.  She has directed or co-directed over 200 research projects, and has served as the coordinating or data coordinating center to about 100 studies. Her areas of expertise are in health disparities, minority aging research, long-term care, measurement and statistics.  She has been involved with comparative effectiveness research efforts in long-term care and with respect to medically underserved groups. 

Dr. Teresi was the Co-Director of the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) at Columbia University and is currently a consultant at large to the RCMARs across the country.

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