Faculty Research Interests

research interestsFaculty within the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health have a wide range of research interests. 


Faculty Profile Research Interest Topics
Joedrecka Brown Speights, MD

Health Equity, Maternal and Child Health including Adolescent Health, Black Infant Mortality, Community-Engaged Research, Underrepresented in Medicine Mentorship, Resilience and Wellness, and Faculty Development

Jessica De Leon, PhD Multicultural Medicine, Health Disparities, Public Health, Social Determinants of Health, Community-Based 
Charles Fleischer, MD Global Health, Preventative Medicine, Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
Kerwyn L. Flowers, DO Rural Medicine, Multicultural Medicine, Health Disparities, Resiliency and Wellness, Adolescent Health, Pipeline to Medical School Programs, Medical Humanities
Suzanne L. Harrison, MD Abuse/Violence Issues, including: 
  • Domestic Violence
  • Human Trafficking
  • Child and Elder Abuse
Medical Education, Breastfeeding, Mentorship, Women's Health, Wellness
Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews, MD Spirituality and Medicine, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Primary Care Behavioral Health, Women's Health, Health Disparities, Medical Education and Retention, Wellness & Resiliency, Adverse Childhood Events/Trauma-Involved Care

Susan LaJoie, DrPH, APRN-c

Human Trafficking, Rural Health, Public Health, Adolescent Health
Alma B. Littles, MD Pipeline to Medical School Programs, Rural Health, Medical Student Education, Graduate Medical Education
Stephen M. Quintero, MD Transition of Hospital Care, High Fidelity Simulation, Snake Bite, Ultrasound, Physician Assistant Education, Telehealth
Daniel J. Van Durme, MD, MPH Evidence Based Medicine, Global Medicine, Dermatology, Public and International Health, Diversity, Rural Recruitment and Retention, Specialty Choice, Happiness, Spirituality, Sports Medicine
Tana Jean Welch, PhD Medical Humanities, Narrative Medicine