Department of Family Studies and Community Development


Family Studies alumna selected for Columbia University summer programKeyonia Holland

Keyonia Holland, a December 2013 Family Studies graduate, has been accepted into the prestigious Columbia University 2014 Summer Public Health Scholars Program. This program is designed for rising junior or senior undergraduates and recent baccalaureate degree students who have an interest in public health and biomedical science careers.

Ms. Holland completed the Family Studies Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector track. She credits Dr. Sharon Jones-Eversley, her Family Studies academic adviser, with guiding her toward a career in public health. Dr. Jones-Eversley encouraged Ms. Holland to attend a Towson University Visit Day in February 2013 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This is where she first learned about the Columbia University program. She says she is, "so excited to have this opportunity and represent Towson University." Ultimately, Ms. Holland hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in public health with a focus in either environmental or community health. We wish her all the best in the summer program and beyond!

Dr. Sharon Jones-Eversley selected for PRIDE Award

Towson University’s Department of Family Studies and Community Development is proud to announce that Assistant Professor Sharon Jones-Eversley, DrPH, was selected for the 2013-2015 PRIDE Award sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since 2011, six Summer Institute PRogram to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) sites across the country--at Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, Georgia Regents University, San Diego State University and SUNY Downstate Medical Center (2)--select cohorts of 8-12 for each site. It is a two year, all-expense-paid research career advancement opportunity sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). It is a highly competitive process among junior faculty of color who are involved in health disparities research. Dr. Jones-Eversley will train at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The clinical and didactic training offered through NIH, NHLBI, American Heart Association, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center will aid Dr. Jones-Eversley’s social epidemiological research in examining social determinants of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among African American families and communities. She is particularly interested in intergenerational distribution of CVD and the associated co-morbidities that adversely impact urban families and communities.


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