Visiting Scholars

Marino Bruce Marino Bruce
University of Mississippi
Bruce is a sociologist whose research examines the relationship between social environment, psychological functioning, health behavior and health outcomes among underserved populations. Dr. Bruce has been awarded a career development award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study the relationship between social, economic, psychological stressors and the progression of kidney disease among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study. His most recent research examines the implications that social environment has for mind-body interactions that are associated with weight status and accelerated weight gain among African American males.
Martha Crowther Martha Crowther
University of Alabama
Crowther’s research and clinical interests are in geropsychology. Her primary research examines the nature, impact and consequences of custodial grandparenting as well as designing effective interventions to reduce stress in this population.  Additionally, she has explored the relationship between spirituality, mental health, and well-being across the life span.  She has published journal articles and book chapters on psychology and aging, cultural competency in research and clinical practice as well as caregiving. 
Sarah Szanton

Sarah L. Szanton
Johns Hopkins University

Szanton is an Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She also is a core faculty member in the Johns Hopkins center on Aging and Health Core Faculty and the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. Szanton studies health disparities in older adults, working to eliminate health and quality-of-life differences for seniors across socioeconomic and racial lines and help them "age in place." 
Ronald Thorpe

Roland J. Thorpe
Johns Hopkins University

Thorpe is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Core Faculty of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. He is a gerontologist and epidemiologist whose research agenda focuses on how social and behavioral factors influence the health and functional status of middle- to old–age adults.

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