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  • Director:

    Etienne (Tina) PhippsEtienne (Tina) Phipps, PhD is Director of the Center and Director of Medical Ethics. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Her current work focuses on cultural and ethnic diversity, health disparities, and palliative care. She has been funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Dr. Phipps serves on NIH research review panels including the Ethical Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project. She participated in the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) End of Life Care video series, addressing cultural considerations and decision making at end of life. She is a co-convener to the Robert Wood Johnson Last Act’s Campaign Diversity Resource Committee which is working to promote a broader appreciation for how diversity shapes patient and provider behaviors. Dr Phipps directs the Ethics Program at Einstein Healthcare Network and is the Vice-Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Einstein Healthcare Network.

    Program and Research Manager:

    Janice EspiritJanice Esprit is the Program and Research Manager. She supervises the administrative operations of the office. She coordinates grant-related and program financial reports, organizes and prepares research information for online completion, and centralizing research-related accounts for review and monitoring. In addition to her administrative-related duties, Janice is the link with other research officers within the network to streamline the research process. She assists investigators by overseeing the management of qualitative and quantitative database programs used in research.

    Shana StitesShana Stites, PsyD Research Analyst, is working towards a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College. She has expertise in designing and analyzing large data sets to evaluate population-based trends and interventions. She has experience in the implementation and evaluation of public health programs, including those focusing on emergency preparedness. She is working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to map and understand community characteristics and community level interactions. Current projects involving GIS include community asset mapping to identify barriers and support factors for implementing community level diabetes interventions. Ms. Stites is also using GIS to study the impact of naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs) on the social well being of seniors.

    Brook SingletaryBrook Singletary, MSW, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s in Social Work. Ms. Singletary works with other Center researchers, providing research and data management support. Other responsibilities include: enrolling and interviewing subjects, building databases, assisting in data analysis, and participating in scholarly activities, such as manuscript writing and presentations. Her research interests include health disparities and nutrition.




    Clarissa Cooblall, MPHClarissa Cooblall, MPH, graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with a Master’s in Public Health. Ms. Cooblall participates in the design, implementation, and analysis of the Center’s research projects. She provides assistance to the Center’s researchers and is involved in specific tasks such as survey design, database preparation, data monitoring, and reporting results, among others. Her research interests include health prevention and promotion in diverse urban settings.

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