Hope Landrine

Dr. Hope Landrine (Professor of Public Health and Psychology) is the Director of the Center. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, postdoctoral training in Social Psychology at Stanford University, and postdoctoral training in Cancer Prevention and Control as a National Cancer Institute Fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California Medical School. Prior to joining ECU, she was the Director of Multicultural Research at the American Cancer Society. Her research focuses on neighborhood and sociocultural factors in cancer disparities, and on community-based strategies for reducing health disparities.

View Dr. Landrine's biography at ECU's Department of Public Health.

Assistant Director

Jimmy Efird

Dr. Jimmy Efird (Associate Professor of Public Health) is the Assistant Director of the Center.

View Dr. Efird's biography at ECU's Department of Public Health.

Director of Grants Development & Administration

Kevin Mills (MAEd, CRA) is the director of grants development and administration for the center.

Administrative Assistant

Tracy Kono is the Administrative Assistant for the Center. Please direct email and telephone inquiries to her at, 252-744-5051.

Internal Advisory Board

The Internal Advisory Board is a group of ECU administrators who advise and evaluate the CHD:

  • Paul Cunningham, MD, Dean of Brody School of Medicine
  • Phyllis Horns, RN, DSN, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
  • Ron Mitchelson, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies
  • Marilyn Sheerer, Ph.D., Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor
  • Paul Gemperline, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Gregory Chadwick, DDS, Dean of School of Dental Medicine
  • Sharon Gordon, DDS, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Dean for Research of Dental Medicine
  • Sylvia Brown, EdD, RN, Dean of the College of Nursing
  • Stephen Thomas, Ph.D., Dean of College of Allied Health
  • Mary Farwell, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Research
  • Fiona Baxter, Ph.D., ECU Office of Institutional Planning and Assessment
  • Glen Gilbert, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Health & Human Performance
  • John Sutherland, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board is a group of external experts in health disparities and directors of health disparities centers who advise and evaluate the CHD: