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 Phillip, Scott, Keena, Joey, Stephanie, Megan

 Phillip Summers, Scott Rhodes, Keena Moore, Joey Skelton, Stephanie Daniel, and Megan Irby



Scott Rhodes, PhD, MPH, Director

Dr. Scott Rhodes is professor and chair of the Department of Social Science and Health Policy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC. His research focuses on health promotion and disease prevention among sexual and gender minorities, Latinos, and other vulnerable populations using authentic approaches to community-based participatory research (CBPR), community capacity development, and empowerment. His research explores health disparities, sexual health, and immigration policy. Dr. Rhodes has extensive experience working with Latino communities (including women and men) and other communities of color; adolescents; persons living with HIV; and self-identified gay and bisexual men; other men who have sex with men (MSM); and transgender persons. He currently has research studies in the United States and Central America.

Stephanie Daniel, PhD, Associate Director

Dr. Stephanie Daniel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Daniel’s primary areas of research have focused on risk and trajectories associated with suicidal behavior; interventions for individuals at risk for suicidal behavior; school-based mental health interventions; and familial, social, and environmental risk and protective factors as they relate to parent well-being and child and adolescent emotional and behavioral development. Dr. Daniel is a leader in school-based mental health collaborations at local, state, and national levels. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the School Health Alliance for Forsyth County, a partner and supporting organization for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in NC. Clinically, Dr. Daniel has expertise in child and adolescent psychopathology and mental health; cognitive-behavioral therapy for children and adolescents; psychiatric and behavioral outcomes among high risk children and adolescents; treatment development and implementation for high risk youth; school-based mental health care and evaluation; and clinical interviewing, assessment, and psychiatric diagnosis.

Joseph A. Skelton, MD, MS, Associate Director

Joseph A. “Joey” Skelton, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and serves as Director of the Brenner FIT (Families In Training) Program, an interdisciplinary pediatric obesity treatment, prevention, research, and education program within Brenner Children’s Hospital. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, and is an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, and is a member of the Center for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism and the Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research has focused on family-based treatment of children with obesity. He led the first in-depth investigation of attrition from pediatric weight management, with innovative focus on the influence of patient satisfaction and family function, using patient-centered approaches and family theory to explore this phenomenon. He was the first to show the prevalence of severe obesity in children and adolescents; with collaborators, he has better defined and classified severe obesity in children, demonstrating the increasing prevalence in the U.S. and the significantly increased cardiometabolic risk factors. He has active research collaborations with UNC Greensboro, Elon University, Virginia Tech, and Duke University, and mentors several medical and graduate students. He and the Brenner FIT Program have an active partnership with the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina researching child and family cooking.

Phillip Summers, MPH, Associate Director

Phillip Summers was a Research Associate with the Department of Family and Community Medicine before joining the Program in Community Engagement as an Associate Director. He has used his background in Public Health leadership in a variety of non-profit organizations both locally and globally. His research and practice focus on health and justice for immigrants and reducing health disparities. He is bilingual English/Spanish. Phillip is interested in geographic information systems (GIS), web based data collection, and active transportation. He leads the day to day operations of the Program in Community Engagement serving as a liaison to faculty and community research interests.

Megan Bennett Irby, MS, MS, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Megan Irby is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Program in Community Engagement. Previously Dr. Irby served as an exercise physiologist and director of research for the Brenner FIT pediatric obesity treatment program, where she focused on family functioning and the role of parenting and family relationships in shaping children’s health behaviors, treatment participation, and weight-related health outcomes. Dr. Irby’s work in the field of pediatric obesity treatment also has focused on modes of intervention delivery to improve access to health care among low-income and underserved populations. In addition, Dr. Irby has expertise in the behavioral management of headache and chronic pain disorders and served as an investigator and research program manager in the Pain Mechanisms Lab at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she explored the role of family and social support in pain management, development of pain-coping skills, enhancing treatment adherence, and improving access-to-care among populations with debilitating migraine. She is skilled in the conduct of qualitative research methods, questionnaire and survey development, and program evaluation. Her current research explores social determinants of health, health disparities and inequalities, and leveraging the capacity of family and community systems to improve health outcomes in vulnerable populations.  

Keena Moore, BS, CHES, Health Educator

Keena Moore is a Certified Health Education Specialist working as a Health Educator in the Program in Community Engagement. She is interested in addressing health disparities in the community that she lives, works, and worships. Keena is skilled in faith-based outreach and pedagogy. Her work has focused on childhood obesity, breast health, and the developmentally disabled. Keena works to serve and educate others about the unique assets and opportunities facing historically marginalized communities. She is passionate about increasing health equity.