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 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, Postdoctoral Associate, 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, Fellow, Division of Hematology and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

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