Faculty and Staff

Scientific Leadership Team

PECaD’s scientific leadership team is charged with molding the ongoing discussions of the community advisory committee and community partnerships into relevant programmatic plans. This group of Washington University faculty members and staff and the community co-chair for our advisory committee meet monthly.

Principal Investigator/Director

Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH 
Niess-Gain Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
Associate Director of Prevention and Control, Siteman Cancer Center
Deputy Director, Institute for Public Health, Washington University

Advisory Committee Community Co-Chair

Maranda Witherspoon, MPPA
Program Officer, Missouri Foundation for Health

Community Outreach/Education Program Leader

Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
Associate Professor, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University

Research Program Leader

Aimee James, PhD, MPH 
Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine

Training Program Leader

Sarah Gehlert, PhD 
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University

Clinical Studies Outreach Program Leader

Lannis Hall, MD, MPH 
Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine
Director of Radiation Oncology, Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital

Evaluation Co-leader

Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH 
Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine


Program Staff

Monique Norfolk, MPH
Program Coordinator

Matthew Brown, MPH
Research Study Coordinator

Karen Reece, MA
Research Assistant

Karen Collins, PhD
Liaison

Meera Muthukrishnan, MPH
Research Assistant

Amy Ostendorf
Marketing and Communications Manager

Jewel Stafford, MSW
Liaison

Jennifer Tappenden, RHIA
Data Manager