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HEARRT is comprised of a group of dedicated individuals working together to identify social determinants of health and combat racial disparities, particularly for Black and Hispanic persons. Learn more about our research goals here

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Emmanuella Asiedu

Doctoral Student Researcher

Emmanuella got her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Northern Kentucky University and her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from Brown University School of Public Health. Her research interests are in social epidemiology and health disparities with an emphasis on how social structural factors impact chronic disease burden in marginalized communities and how to use what we know/learn from research to help reduce these health disparities

Mary R. Lee

Doctoral Student Researcher

Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Weber State University and MPH and certificate in Epidemiology from Benedictine University School of Public Health. Mary’s research focus encompasses public health nutrition and health inequalities among racial minoritized groups, with a specific focus on food and nutrition insecurity in forms of structural and social determinants of health that are related to cardiovascular and cardiometabolic health.

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Isabelle C. Pierre-Louis, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Prior to working as a post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Pierre-Louis completed her PhD at Northeastern University where her research looked at health-related quality of life in older adults with atrial fibrillation. At UMass, Dr. Pierre-Louis’ research focus further emphasizes understanding health-related quality of life while looking at differences in aging Black and White populations.


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Olachi Unaka

 Graduate Prep Student Researcher

Olachi attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. Currently, she is enrolled in the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)  within the Clinical and Population Health Research (CPHR) program. Her research interests are centered around older Black populations, exploring the impact of their childhood environments on cognitive aging.

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Delice K. Ndaie

Clinical Research Coordinator

Delice got her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Worcester State University with a concentration in Big Data analytics. As a coordinantor, she is involved with the design and development of survey materials. Her work also includes handling data collection and analysis for reporting as well as maintaining the website and handling the team’s social media presence.

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Jennifer Batista

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jennifer’s work is focused on the design and development of Research projects as well as conducting in person and telephonic field searches. Recent studies include COVIDStory and COVIDVaxStories where the focus is to have individuals from Black and Latino communities tell their stories surrounding the pandemic and their experience with COVID vaccine and booster.