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Theresa A. Wynn, Ph.D., MA-Ed, BSN


Project Director, REACH 2010Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC)University of Alabama at Birmingham


Dr. Theresa Wynn is a three time graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, a Masters of Arts in Health Education, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Education Promotion. As a Research Fellow in the UAB School of Medicine-Division of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Wynn completed two years of Postdoctoral Studies under the mentorship of Dr. Mona Fouad and other researchers.Given her extensive didactic training and experience in community-based, participatory research and her special interest in eliminating health disparities among underserved populations, Dr. Wynn is the Principal Investigator of a 5-year, $500,000 CDC/ADPH-funded, community-based, prostate health grant entitled Using Tailored Health Messages and Educational Materials to Promote Informed Decision Making among Community Men and Providers in Alabama. Based on findings from formative evaluations with local men, key leaders, and urologists, the long term goals of this project are to develop culturally-appropriate prostate health messages and build community capacity by training local men to disseminate health messages and materials.Dr. Wynn is also the Principal Investigator of two feasibility studies funded by the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program: Shop Talk Phase I and II, a salon-based breast and cervical cancer program devoted to empowering and training beauticians to educate their clientele about the importance of cancer screening. Highlights of Shop Talk were featured on the National Public Radio – All Things Considered Broadcast and in Women’s Day magazine in 2003. Furthermore, Dr. Wynn served as the Principal Investigator of two Department of Transportation funded studies aimed at reducing road fatalities among high risk drivers.Additionally, she is an Investigator/Project Director of a 7-year, 7 million dollar, CDC-funded demonstration project entitled, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health by the year (REACH) 2010. Dr. Mona Fouad is the Principal Investigator. The primary goal of REACH 2010 is to eliminate breast and cervical cancer disparities between Caucasian and African American women in three urban and six rural Black Belt counties. She is an Investigator on the NCI-funded Deep South Network (DSN) for Cancer Control study, which is led by Dr. Edward Partridge. Dr. Wynn also serves as a Project Liaison for a two-year Avon-supported grant entitled Community Health Advisors in Action Program. The goal of which is to train community volunteers as referrers, navigators and case managers and assist patients navigate the healthcare delivery system.