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Sheena D. Brown Creates Path From Spelman to a Career in Academic Research

April 2018

Spelman Alumna SheenaSheena D. Brown,Ph.D., is a clinical assistant professor and coordinator of program assessment and research in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Professions at Mercer University.

Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. in molecular and systems pharmacology with a concentration in toxicology; master of science degree in clinical research from Emory University, and a bachelor of science degree in biology from Spelman.

She has over 15 years of translational and clinical research experience in the areas of pediatric asthma, health disparities, and alcohol–induced lung injury. 

Dr. Brown current teaching responsibilities include Concepts in Medical Science, Biostatistics for Clinicians, Evidence Based Medicine for Clinical Practice, and Senior Seminar. She also serves is the principal investigator and project director of the College of Health Professions’ HRSA-funded Primary Care Training and Enhancement Grant.

Excellence in Research

Her current research focuses on diversity in physician assistant education, the effects of neighborhood air quality and access to healthy food on health outcomes in underserved populations, the link between nutrition and asthma-related health outcomes and community-level approaches to eliminating health disparities. She has also authored or co-authored more than 30 scholarly articles and abstracts. 

Currently, Dr. Brown is an active member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), where she serves as a member of the Research Mission Advancement Commission. 

Dr. Brown also has received various honors and awards, including the PAEA Leadership Development Workshop Scholarship (2015), American Thoracic Society Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (2013), and NIH Loan Repayment Program Award (2011).

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