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Our Team

LEADERSHIP

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD
PRC Principal Investigator

Kathleen O’Connor Duffany, PhD
PRC Co-Director

Beth Patton Comerford, MS
PRC Co-Director

STAFF

Valentine Yanchou Njike, MD, MPH
Assistant Director of PRC Research and Evaluation

Katherine LaMonaca, MPH
Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation for PRC & Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE)

Jaime Foster, PhD, RD
Research Scientist

Amber Homi-Fiedler, PhD, MPH
Research Scientist

Rockiy G. Ayettey, MS, DHSc
PRC Coordinator and Lead Research Associate

Jackson T. Higginbottom, MPH
Lead for Initiative for Strategic Health Communications

Allison Beaulieu, MPH
Program Manager

Meredith Campbell Britton, LMSW  
Research Associate 

Sofia I. Morales, MPH  
Program Manager of PRC Community Advisory Board and Program Manager of Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE)

Summaya Multaney, MBBS  
Research Associate

Andrea Mayer
Vascular Ultrasonographer and Research Associate

AFFILIATED FACULTY

Elizabeth Rhodes, PhD, MS
Co-Investigator of Center for Food is Medicine

Marney White, PhD, MS
Scientific Director of Initiative for Strategic Health Communications

Debbie Humphries, Phd, MPH, MA
Assistant Professor of Chronic Disease & Epidemiology

PARTNER

Alycia Santilli, MSW
Director of Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE)

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Valentine Yanchou Njike, MD, MPH

Assistant Director, Research and Evaluation


Phone: 203-732-1241

Research Interest

Dr. Njike is the PRC’s Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation. His principal research interests involve methodological design, conduct, and analysis of efficacy and effectiveness trials in chronic disease prevention. Dr. Njike has conducted numerous nutritional intervention studies aimed at the reduction of cardio-metabolic risk factors in those at risk for or with Type 2 diabetes. In addition, Dr. Njike also serves as a preceptor to resident physicians in training in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Griffin Hospital.

Education

  • M.D., University of Perugia, Italy, 1996
  • M.P.H. with a Concentration in Epidemiology, State University of New York at Albany, USA, 2001

Selected Publications: