Former Post-Doctoral Fellows
Charles Beverley, Jr. is a native of Saluda, Virginia who has earned
a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Policy and Management from the
Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina
in Columbia, South Carolina. He holds a Masters in Information Systems
from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a Bachelor of
Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta,
During his doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina, Dr.
Beverley worked as a graduate research assistant for the Institute for
Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities at USC. In this position,
he conducted research, performed statistical analyses using SAS, and
contributed to the production of manuscripts in health disparities,
healthcare informatics, and HIV/AIDS for submission to peer-reviewed
journals. Also, Dr. Beverley worked as a Health Educator on a
multi-million dollar federal health promotion study for the University
of California in San Francisco. In this position, he taught and
counseled army soldiers in two health promotion programs called 'Staying
Safe and In Control' and 'Fit You'. In both programs, he was a subject
matter expert in HIV/AIDS, cancer prevention, substance abuse,
alcoholism, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancies,
intimate partner violence, healthy living, and interventions to prevent
After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Beverley received a two-year
postdoctoral fellowship in Public Health Informatics and Surveillance at
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.
Currently, his core responsibilities at the CDC include identifying
existing evidence-based health promotion interventions targeting people
with disabilities, determining ways to adapt these interventions, and
conducting analyses related to comparative health surveillance of people
with and without disabilities to identify health disparities.
W. Andre Walker is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute
for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD) and the
Office of Public Health Practice. Dr. Walker graduated from the
Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM) Department of the
Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South
Carolina (USC) in December 2011. Dr. Walker has worked in the
field of public health since 1995, first as the Intensive
Outpatient Program Coordinator at Lexington Richland Alcohol and
Drug Abuse Council and then in 2006 as Research Project Director
of a 5-year multi- million dollar (Brown University, Emory
University, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, and
The University of South Carolina) research project funded by the
National Institutes of Health. The research project targeted HIV
Prevention Strategy for High Risk African American Youth. Dr
.Walker has served as contractual data consultant with MEE
Productions a communications, research and marketing firm based
out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that specializes in developing
cost - effective and culturally relevant media messages for
hard-to-reach urban and ethnic audiences.
Dr. Walker has also served 8 years as a United States Naval
Reservist, where he was awarded the national defense service
medal for his honorable service as medical support personnel in
operation desert shield.
Dr. Walker's research emphasis includes: health
disparities/health equity, oral health, minority health, health
policy, access to care in rural and underserved populations. Dr.
Walker's academic training and professional experiences in life
have laid the foundation for his research in health disparities.
Minnjuan Flournoy, PhD, MPH, is a native of Warsaw, NC. Dr. Flournoy's
research is dedicated to eliminating health disparities in rural,
minority, underserved, and disenfranchised communities. Her research
focus includes access and utilization to health services, infectious and
chronic disease prevention and management, emergency preparation and
management, and program/project evaluation. Dr. Flournoy is currently
the evaluator for the Coordinating Center of Excellence in the Social
Promotion of Health Equity through Research, Education, and Community
Engagement, a grant received by the Institute for Partnerships to
Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD) from the National Institutes of
Dr. Flournoy was the recipient of two esteemed doctoral fellowships
during her academic matriculation: the Mobilizing Against Threats to
Community Health (MATCH) Fellowship funded by the W. K. Kellogg
Foundation, and the USC/Claflin Centers of Excellence in Partnerships,
Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities, and Training
(EXPORT) Fellowship funded by the National Center for Minority Health
and Health Disparities (NCMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Her dissertation, entitled "Organizational barriers to and facilitators
of patient engagement processes for PLWHA: A case study analysis of an
oral health services program" is being considered for the Academy Health
Dissertation of the Year Award.
Dr. Flournoy is a regular reviewer of manuscripts and textbooks for the
Journal of the National Medical Association, Progress in Community
Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, and Delmar Cengage
Learning. She has also published articles in journals including Public
Health Reports and the Journal of the National Medical Association.
Dr. Flournoy has been an active member of several professional/academic
organizations, including (but not limited to) the American Public Health
Association, the National Rural Health Association, and the American
Psychological Association. She has served as an abstract reviewer and
session moderator in the APHA Community Health Program and Policy
Development section. She presented oral and poster presentations at the
APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. Additionally, she has served as a
program planner and is the current membership chair for the Women's
Dr. Flournoy has years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate
courses, using traditional and non-traditional methods. She has taught
courses such as Personal and Community Health, Introduction to Mental
Health, The Healthcare Organization, Healthcare Organization and
Management, Health Behavior, and Health Policy and Ethics in Public
Health, Disaster Management for Public Health Professionals, Cultural
Diversity in Public Health, and Capstone for Masters of Public Health.
Dr. Flournoy currently serves as the course lead and subject matter
expert in Organization and Management for Health Care and Cultural
Diversity in Public Health.
Dr. Flournoy serves as the chair of the Jones Memorial AME Zion Church
Health and Wellness Ministry. Additionally, she is a board member of the
Jones Memorial Community Development Corporation. Currently, Dr.
Flournoy serves on the Physical and Mental Health Committee in her
chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has served on several
special national and regional committees within Delta Sigma Theta
Dr. Flournoy received her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services,
Policy, and Management from the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health
at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She holds a Masters
in Public Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk,
Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from North Carolina
Central University in Durham, NC. Minnjuan is currently a candidate for
a Masters Degree in Business Administration at Taft University.
Crystal Piper is a graduate of the USC- Arnold School of Public Health,
Department of Health Services, Policy and Management. During Dr. Piper’s
doctoral studies, she concentrated on policies and programs that impact
minority health. As a USC Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health
Disparities (IPEHD) fellowship recipient, she researched, published, and
presented her work at national conferences. Funding from IPEHD during
her doctoral studies afforded her the opportunity to work on several
health disparities related studies and projects.
After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Piper received a two-year postdoctoral
fellowship at the USC South Carolina Rural Health Research Center and
IPEHD where she received research training that led to at least three
publications each year since 2007. In her current position as a
tenured-track assistant professor at the University of North
Carolina-Charlotte, Dr. Piper devotes 50% of her time to research.
Dr. Piper has been awarded two grants to conduct health disparities
related research on cervical cancer, and to develop a pipeline approach
to increase minorities entering the field of public health, in
partnership with Johnson C. Smith University. Dr. Piper has also been
selected to participate in an International Child Health & Nutrition
Disparities Research Initiative in New Delhi, India.
Dr. Piper’s research interests in health disparities have been shaped
over the past fifteen years, and are guided by her belief that quality
health care is a right and not a privilege. Her academic training,
personal and professional experiences in life have laid the foundation
for her research in health disparities.
Lisa Wigfall’s research interests are focused on reducing and ultimately
eliminating health and health care disparities experienced by persons
both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Dr. Wigfall is interested in the
early detection of HIV infection and entry/retention in HIV care,
especially among vulnerable populations such as those residing in rural
and/or otherwise medically-underserved geographical areas. This also
includes older adults who are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV
infection late in the disease progress and as a result, experience poor
health outcomes related to HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Wigfall is also very interested in reducing cancer risk and the
burden of HIV/AIDS-associated cancers among HIV-positive persons by
improving the quality of care received across the cancer care continuum.
Dr. Wigfall wants to accomplish this by working with community partners
to address health system failures in the prevention, detection,
diagnosis, and treatment to cancer that negatively impacts cancer
survivorship. An emerging area of research interest for Dr. Wigfall is
the use of mobile health (mHealth) technology to address these (i.e.,
HIV/AIDS and cancer) and other health and health care disparities.
Dr. Wigfall obtained her doctoral degree from USC Arnold School of
Public in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.
Wilkinson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Partnerships
to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD), graduating from the Health
Services Policy and Management (HSPM) Department of the Arnold School of
Public Health at the University of South Carolina (USC) in May of 2011.
Dr. Wilkinson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological
Sciences at Tennessee State University in 2000. He completed his Master
of Science in Public Health degree in Health Promotion Education and
Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) in 2005. Larrell
has worked in the field of public health since 2004, first as the
Coordinator of the Office of Alcohol & Drug Programs at USC and then as
its Director in 2005. Serving as Director of a new office, the Office of
Substance Abuse Prevention & Education, from 2005 through 2009, he was
responsible for transitioning the office from event based programming
and peer education toward a focus on evidence-based practices and
community coalition building.
Currently, his core responsibilities at IPEHD include serving as
principal investigator/project manager of the small pilot study entitled
Stress Coping & Obstruction: Prevention & Education (SCOPE) Project;
serving as Program Director/Co-Investigator of the Project 3 Mental
Health & Sleep Quality component of the Soldier Health Promotion to
Examine and Reduce Health Disparities (SHPERHD) Research Study, and
collaborating with community organizations and research teams to
implement community programs and apply for grant funding. Dr.
Wilkinson’s research emphasis includes: health disparities/health
equity, young adult wellness, access and utilization of health care and
psychosocial health. Dr. Wilkinson also focuses on disease and
disability prevention through applying the life-course perspective and
community-based participatory research.
Presently, Dr. Wilkinson is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for
the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and is a member of
the African American Advisory Committee for the South Carolina
Commission for Minority Affairs. While a doctoral candidate, he received
the Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation Award in
Patient Reported Outcomes in 2010 and was the recipient of the ASPH
Doctoral Scholarship in 2009. Larrell first arrived in Columbia in 2002
as a graduate student from Stone Mountain, GA. He credits his
experiences in the Columbia area in shaping his desire to “help people
succeed through social enterprise, community engagement, and individual