Affiliated Scholars

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Jenay M. Beer, PhD

Assistant Professor
Director of the Assistive Robotics and Technology Lab (ART Lab)
Associate Director of Usability for SmartHOME Research Initiative
College of Engineering & Computing, and College of Social Work, USC, Columbia, SC

Dr. Beer specializes in human-robot interaction (HRI) for the older adult population.  Primary research interests include the application of technology to improve the quality of lives for older adults, as well as the application of assistive technology for older individuals with disability.


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Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES

Associate Professor
Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC
Core Faculty
Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program
USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC

Dr. Brandt’s research interests center on: health promotion, disparities research, cancer screening, community-based participatory research, health literacy and women’s health.


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Sandra Coulon, PhD

Primary Care Mental Health Integration, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC

Dr. Coulon is a psychologist and clinical scientist, with interests in behavioral medicine approaches to preventing chronic disease in adulthood, and to improving mental well-being. As a postdoctoral researcher with the TecHealth Center, Dr. Coulon worked to identify and evaluate technology-based approaches for stress management and weight-related intervention for chronic disease in adulthood.

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Jean Harvey, PhD, RD

Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences and UVM Medical College, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Dr. Harvey’s research interests focus on behavioral weight management programs, particularly internet-based interventions.   Childhood obesity and weight loss in breast cancer survivors and coronary patients are additional areas of investigation.


Rebecca Krukowski, PhD - Assistant Professor. University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Rebecca Krukowski, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Dr. Krukowski is a clinical psychologist who focuses on developing and implementing evidence-based behavioral weight control interventions, particularly those which include technology-based self-monitoring components and have a focus on gestational weight gain.


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Beth L. Sundstrom, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Women’s Health Research Team
Public Health, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Graduate Faculty
University of Charleston, SC

Dr. Sundstrom’s research interests include strategic health communication, social marketing, and women’s health. She is a multiple methods researcher, with expertise in survey design methodology and qualitative methods, particularly interviews and focus groups.  Dr. Sundstrom is the author of Reproductive Justice and Women’s Voices: Health Communication across the Lifespan (2015) in addition to research articles in top-tier journals.


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Elliot Turner, PharmD, BCPS

Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacist
Palmetto Health Saxon Safety Net Center/ACCES Clinic, Columbia, SC
Palmetto Health Physician Practices, Columbia, SC
Clinical Staff Pharmacist
Palmetto Health Inpatient Pharmacy, Columbia, SC
Staff Pharmacist
CVS Pharmacy, Columbia, SC

J. Elliot Turner is an ambulatory clinical pharmacist at Palmetto Health.  He completed his post graduate training at Palmetto Health Richland and he is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist.  His practice areas of interest are diabetes, lipids, hypertension and obesity management.

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Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC

Dr. Turner-McGrievy’s research focuses on behavioral interventions for weight loss and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases through the use of podcasting, social media and emerging technologies.

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Sara Wilcox, PhD

Department of Exercise Science, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC
Prevention Research Center, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC

Dr. Wilcox’s research interests center on individual, social, and environmental factors that influence physical activity and healthy eating as well as interventions to promote these behaviors in women, older adults, African Americans and other less-studied populations.



Dawn K. Wilson, PhD  

Department of Psychology, USC College of Arts and Sciences, Columbia, SC
Obesity Research Group, USC, Columbia, SC
President Elect of the Society of Health Psychology (Division 38)
American Psychological Association

Dr. Wilson’s nationally funded program of research has focused on developing innovative, theoretically-based interventions for health promotion in minority adolescents and their families. Her theoretical approach integrates bio-ecological models, family systems, and motivational approaches for understanding social and environmental influences of long-term health behavior change.

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Tracy Voss, MD

Associate Professor
Division of Internal Medicine, USC School of Medicine, Columbia, SC

Dr. Voss has assumed a variety of roles within the Division of General Internal Medicine where she presently is the Physician Manager of the Faculty Practice as well as the Physician Champion for the Patient Centered Medical Home transformation.  She has a busy faculty practice and has been the anchor physician for the faculty’s 2400 patients and spends about 75 percent of her time in clinical work. She has recruited patients over the years for multiple studies that the faculty practice has participated in including the ACCORD and SPRINT trials.  Dr. Voss has consistently been an early adapter of change and routinely works on practice improvements and innovations in change.