Community Research Advisory Board

Reducing health disparities through research, education, and community engagement

The Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) is a group of faculty and community stakeholders that host monthly meetings to provide consultation to researchers interested in engaging community members in research projects. The CRAB aims to ensure that research studies are culturally sensitive and relevant. 

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. 

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.   

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. the 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


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
 
 
 

Schedule

The CRAB meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month during the academic year with a "call" meeting in May and no meetings in June, July, August, or December. 

Meetings are 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in 1149  Public Health. 

Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and the business meeting begins at noon.    

Contact

To learn more about the CRAB and to schedule a presentation,,,
Contact:

Lora Ann Bray
Manager of Community Partnerships
E-mail: Phone: 412-624-4388