Research Scholars Development Awardees

This is a list of the current and past awardees from the REACH Equity Research Scholars Development program. If you are interested in applying for the program, please visit this page to learn more about this opportunity, the application requirements, and more. The Research Scholars Development Award is intended to support early-stage investigators (trainees, postdoctoral students) who are interested in conducting health disparities research.

This program is led by REACH Equity’s Research, Education, and Training Sub-core (RET), please visit their page here for more information about RET. 

Cohort 4: 2021-2022

Michelle Franklin, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Margolis Center for Health Policy and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor: Gary Maslow, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Project Title
Tailoring the Duke Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Family Partner Coach Intervention

The goal of this project is to identify facilitators and barriers to inform a cultural adaptation of the Family Partner Coach intervention for the Duke Family Partner Program.

Jashalynn German, MD, Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology

Mentors: Bryan Batch, MD, and Matthew Crowley, MD, Associate Professors of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology

Project Title: Prescribing and Usage Trends of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

This project will examine patient and provider factors associated with the prescribing and use of CGM among patients with insulin-dependent Type 2 Diabetes.

Colin Smith, MD,
Resident, Department of Medicine, Internal Medicine-Psychiatry

Mentor: Jane Gagliardi, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Project Title: Experiences of African American Individuals Treated in the Psychiatric Emergency Unit at Duke University Hospital

The objective of this study is to explore the experiences of African American individuals who have received care in the psychiatric emergency unit at Duke University Hospital in order to inform future clinical interventions and reduce bias in emergency psychiatry settings.

Cohort 3: 2020-2021

Dominique Bulgin, PhD, Postdoctoral Consulting Associate, Duke University School of Nursing

Mentor: Paula Tanabe, PhD, Professor, Duke University School of Nursing

Project Title: Piloting a Telehealth PHP-SMA Program for Sickle Cell Disease


Theresa Williamson, MD, Medical Resident, Duke Department of Neurosurgery

Mentor: C. Rory Goodwin, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Duke Dept. of Neurosurgery

Project Title: Communication Differences in Critical Decision-Making in Severe TBI

Cohort 2: 2019-2020

This is a photo of Allison Stafford, PhD Postdoctoral Associate, School of Nursing.

Allison Stafford, PhD, Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Nursing

Mentor:Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda PhD

Project title: Patient, family, and provider perspectives on Latina adolescents’ engagement in depression treatment

The purpose of this study is to examine patient, family and health-care provider perspectives of facilitators and barriers to depression treatment engagement.


This is a photo of George Yankey, MD Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology.
George Sipa Yankey, MD, Fellow, Duke Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Mentor: Larry Jackson, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Adult Cardiac Electrophysiology

Project title:
Factors influencing under-utilization of aortic valve replacement (AVR) as a function of race and ethnicity

The aims of this project are to examine racial differences in reasons for AVR non-receipt and to identify factors most predictive of AVR non-receipt in patients with severe aortic stenosis.

Cohort 1: 2018-2019

This is a photo of Fellow Charity Oyedeji, MD.
Charity Oyedeji, MD, Assistant Professor (effective 7/1/21), Division of Hematology and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Project Title
: Disparities in advance care planning for adults with Sickle Cell Disease