Community Coalition Board (CCB) Chair: LaShawn Hoffman leads the CCB, who primarily sets policy, oversees operations, identifies research priorities and sets the strategic direction for achieving the Center’s long-term objectives. Mr. Hoffman represents the CCB on the CDC PRC National Community Committee. He also serves as the lead community liaison on the National Institutes of Health funded Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Principal Investigator and Center Director: Tabia Henry Akintobi, Ph.D., M.P.H., provides leadership and oversight for the strategic direction and implementation of the Center including community-based evaluation and research projects, development of community partnerships and implementation of health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. Dr. Henry Akintobi is the Director of Morehouse School of Medicine Evaluation and Institutional Assessment, an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and is the core director for the National Institutes of Health funded Center of Excellence on Health Disparities’ Community Engagement Outreach at Morehouse School of Medicine. She represents the PRC in collaboration with institutional, local, national and international leaders seeking to foster effective translational research and evaluation between researchers and communities.
Research Development and Capacity Building Lead Advisor: Ronald L. Braithwaite, Ph.D., provides leadership in building the Center’s research enterprise. He previously served as the Principal Investigator for the Core HIV Research Program: Prevention Intervention Meeting them at the Gate (PIMTAG). He is the principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health funded Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Braithwaite is a professor in the Departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Core HIV Research, Principal Investigator: Rhonda Conerly Holliday, Ph.D., provides oversight in the implementation of the core HIV research program, which
places attention on the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI)
among African American adolescents ages 14 to 18 in Atlanta. Dr. Holliday is a research
associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
and also serves as a research core investigator in the area of HIV for the National
Institutes of Health funded Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at Morehouse
School of Medicine.
Associate Director: Tandeca King Gordon, EdD, provides oversight for the Administrative and Programmatic operations for the Prevention
Research Center (PRC). Dr. King Gordon is responsible for assisting the PRC in setting
policies, defining research programs, developing strategies to achieve program objectives
and goals under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Center Director of
the PRC. She represents the PRC on National Communications Committee, collaborates
across institutions and with community partners.
Assistant Director, Community Development: David Collins serves as the leader for community outreach, development and engagement in research
and health promotions center-wide. He is the co-host of the MSM PRC Community Health
Connections radio broadcast and serves on the CDC PRC National Community Committee.
Assistant Director, Training: Elleen M. Yancey, Ph.D., leads the development and implementation of training for the Center, and she also
provides oversight of training and educational opportunities for junior research faculty
and mentees. Dr. Yancey is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Community
Health and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Assistant Director, Evaluation and Institutional Assessment: Latrice Rollins, Ph.D., is responsible for the oversight and execution of evaluation programs. She is the
Center’s representative on the CDC PRC National Evaluation Committee.
Program Manager: Calvin McAllister is responsible for ensuring strategies to achieve program objectives, assisting in
the operation of the center, and writing, developing and implementing communication
plans and proposals. He also supports the administering and reviewing of evaluation
activities of the PRC in collaboration with the Associate Director and core leads
to include academic, agency, and community partners and staff.
Research Administrator: Erin Alexis is responsible for the overall budgetary oversight and administrative functions of the Center’s core infrastructure, as well as executes leadership in monitoring PRC-related budgets and related processes, operations and budgets and assists the Associated Director in the development and implementation of related grant management and acquisition strategies.
PRC Program Coordinator: Chandra L, McCrary, MBA, is responsible for coordinating the administrative functions of the center’s core infrastructure and demonstrates independent decision-making on non-personnel management with internal and external partners related to program implementation.
Administrative Assistant: Yame L. Lee, MBA, provides a wide range of administrative and office support activities for the center to facilitate the efficient operation of the Prevention Research Center.