GREMAP Alumni Pursuing Clinical Training

Joshua Montgomery was recently accepted into Shenandoah University’s Physician Assistant (PA) program. He will be attending the university’s Scholar Plaza campus located in Northern Virginia. He sees the role of PAs as being essential to help close the gaps in healthcare access, particularly for those who are underserved. The Shenandoah PA  program is a top 25 PA program that emphasizes service to medically underserved populations and a team approach to the delivery of health care.

Tom Ko will be attending medical school at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey later this summer. He is very excited and looking forward to exploring the clinical aspects of his research interests cultivated in GREMAP. He is also looking forward to experiencing a new state and fully embracing the NJ lifestyle of pork rolls/Taylor Ham and not pumping your own gas.

MIWI (Michigan Integrative Well-Being and Inequality ) Training Program Application Open

The inaugural MIWI Training Program, directed by Dr. Mezuk, is now taking applications. The MIWI Training Program is a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary methods training program that prepares participating scholars to investigate the intersection of mental and physical health, with an emphasis on how this intersection relates to health disparities. The training encompasses conceptual frameworks, study designs, data collection needs, and analytic approaches necessary to conduct this innovative research. The program includes an intensive 4-day summer institute in Ann Arbor, MI, followed by ongoing collaboration with a mentorship team. 

The MIWI Summer Institute will take place from June 22-26 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Applications are due by March 1, 2020 at 11:59 EST. Visit our Applications Page for information on how to apply. 

See link for further details on the program.

Project Funding for Dr. Julie Ober Allen

Congrats to Dr. Julie Ober Allen for getting funding for her supplemental project to the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)!! Julie’s project is titled “Biobehavioral stress processes and cardiometabolic risk” and as part of it she’ll be analyzing data fro the Richmond Stress and Sugar Study. Congrats Julie!!

GREMAP representing in Washington, DC

GREMAP alumni are doing amazing things!

Check out this recent picture of Josh Montgomery, MPH (bottom row, second from left) with the US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams.

Josh is currently doing a Oak Ridge Institute for Science & Education (ORISE) Fellowship with the Office of The Chief Medical Officer within Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. Josh earned his MPH from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 and was instrumental in forming our community-engaged partnership with the YMCA of Greater Richmond around their diabetes programs.

In his ORISE fellowship Josh has been working to develop pain management guidelines to help reduce overdose risk.


Dr. Mezuk visits Johns Hopkins

Dr. Mezuk visited her alma mater, the Department of Mental Health at JHSPH, to give a talk on “Depression and diabetes: From epidemiology to mechanisms.” Here she is with two of her mentors, Drs. Joe Gallo and Bill Eaton.

Briana Mezuk, Joe Gallo, and Bill Eaton

Jacinda Fleming and Viktoryia Kalesnikava co-present at American Psychosomatic Society

Viktoryia and Jacinda at APS

In March 2019, two of our GREMAPers Jacinda and Viktoryia attended an annual meeting for the American Psychosomatic Society, which took place in Vancouver, BC this year. They presented a poster featuring baseline data from the Richmond Stress and Sugar Study. The poster focused on comparing whether HPA-axis reactivity to the Trier Social Stress Test differed by race/ethnicity and/or neighborhood socio-economic status (SES). Findings are intriguing and provide preliminary evidence that exposure to environmental stress, which is operationalized through low neighborhood SES, might alter reactivity to acute stress. Stay tuned for further details!