Addressing the significant health challenges and disparities specific to Appalachia.

ATRN Leadership Committee 2021-2022


Kelly Brunst, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati

Immediate Past-Chair
Melissa Thomas, PhD, MSPH, MSA, MCHES®, C-CHW
Assistant Professor, Department of Primary Care
Ohio University

Kathy Hosig, PhD, MPH, RD
Associate Professor & Public Health Extension Specialist
Department of Population Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech
Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research
Co-lead, Community & Collaboration Core, integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia
(540) 231-6637


Brianna Sheppard, PhD
Assistant Director, WVU Institute for Community and Rural Health
Co-Director Community Engagement & Outreach, West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute 
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences, WVU School of Public Health 
West Virginia University 

Rajan Lamichhane, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biostatistician 
Department of Clinical and Translational Sciences (DCTS)
John C. Edwards School of Medicine
Marshall University


Eugene J. Lengerich, V.M.D., M.S. 
Director, Office for Cancer Health Equity
Associate Director, Health Disparities and Engagement, Penn State Cancer Institute
Director, Public Health Preparedness Option, Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security and Graduate Certificate
The Pennsylvania State University 

Gia Mudd-Martin, PhD, MPH, RN, FAHA
Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Director of Community Engagement and Research
University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Ashley G. Hall, MS
Research Project Manager, Community Engagement and Participant Recruitment, University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
ATRN Newsletter Editor

Pamela Salsberry, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean, Community Outreach and Engagement
Professor, Health Behavior and Health Promotion, College of Public Health
Director, CCTS Community Engagement
The Ohio State University


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