Community Research Advisory Board

Reducing health disparities through research, education, and community engagement.

What is the CRAB?

The Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) was established in 2001 to advise researchers on how best to engage under-represented populations in research, and to foster collaboration among those populations and researchers interested in addressing health disparities.

Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB)

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Meet the Third Wednesday of the Month

September 20, 2017 

October 18, 2017

November 15, 2017

No meeting in December 2017

January 17, 2018

 

February 21, 2018

 

Who serves on the CRAB?

Community members, service providers, and academics with a shared interest in research being responsive to community needs and being conducted in a culturally appropriate and ethical manner.   

When does the CRAB meet?

The CRAB meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month (expect in July, August, and December; "call" meetings in May and June) at 11:30am-1:00pm.  Meetings are held in Room A521 Crabtree Hall in the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.  Lunch is served at 11:30am and the business meeting begins at 11:50am.        

How can CRAB benefit you?

Over 90 researchers have presented research proposals or funded research projects to the CRAB seeking guidance on:

  1. development of proposals and study design
  2. minority recruitment
  3. design and content of recruitment materials
  4. how to address bad research experiences with minority populations
  5. how best to inform underrepresented populations about their research 
  6. developing a systematic recruitment strategy
  7. identifying community organizations for partnered research

Who should you contact to schedule a presentation to the CRAB?

To learn more about the CRAB and to schedule a presentation, contact Dr. Patricia Documét, CHE Scientific Director.

CRAB Members

Donna Alexander
Women of Vision
Year Joined:
2011
Carrie Berlin
Outreach and Enrollment Manager, Women's Resource Center
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
Year Joined:
2015
Carol Brackett
Allegheny County DHS/Area Agency on Aging
Year Joined:
2011
Lora Ann Bray
Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt)
Year Joined:
2014
Mario Browne
Office of Health Science Diversity (Pitt)
Founding Member
Caren Caldwell
School of Medicine (Pitt)
Founding Member
Jenna Carlson
Doctoral Student, Department of Biostatistics (Pitt)
Year Joined:
2015
Aurelia Carter
Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health
Year Joined:
2013
Dr. Kevin Carugati
Internal Medicine
Year Joined:
2009
Jackie Dixon
Consultant, UPMC Asthma Institute
Founding Member
Dr. Patricia I. Documet
Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt)
Year Joined:
2006
Dr. Willa Doswell
School of Nursing (Pitt)
Founding Member
Jonathan Duvall
School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Diversity Council (Pitt)
Year Joined:
2012
Miriam Featherstone
Doctoral Student, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (Pitt)
Year Joined:
2015
Flor Gonzalez
Master's Student
Year Joined:
2014
Frank Greenlee
Retired Human Resources Specialist
Year Joined:
2014
Rev. Brenda Gregg
Project Destiny
Year Joined:
2006
Nicola Henry-Taylor
Law Office of Nicola Henry-Taylor, LLC
Year Joined:
2015
Stanley Holbrook
Consultant, Holbrook And Associates
Year Joined:
2014
Elaine Jenkins
Community Member
Year Joined:
2011
Dr. Annamore Matambanadzo
Community Member
Year Joined:
2009
Dr. Dara Mendez
Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt)
Year Joined:
2009
Dr. Sandra Murray
School of Medicine (Pitt)
Founding Member
Officer Juan Polanco
University of Pittsburgh Police Officer
Year Joined:
2012
Dr. Juleen Rodakowski
Postdoc
Dept of Occupational Therapy (Pitt)
Year Joined:
2013
Dr. Jeannette South-Paul
School of Medicine (Pitt) and (UMPC)
Founding Member
Angeles Stiteler
Retired Professor
Year Joined:
2014
Victor Talisa
Doctoral Student, Department of Biostatistics (Pitt)
Year Joined:
2015
Dr. Sharon Taverno Ross
Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Physical Activity (Pitt)
Year Joined:
2015