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Summer 2020 Fellows

Summer 2020 ADVANCE NCFDD Faculty Success Fellows

Heidi Craig
Assistant Professor
Department of English

Ph.D. of Philosophy, English Book History & Print Culture, University of Toronto, 2017
M.A. of Letters, Shakespeare Studies, University of St. Andrews, 2011
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 2019 - Present
Editor, World Shakespeare Bibliography, 2019 - Present                                                            

Interests: “My primary goal is to finish my first monograph “A Play without a Stage”: English Renaissance Drama. I am the editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography (WSB). The WSB editorial team is currently working with TAMU’s IT Accessibility Offices to improve the WSB’s accessibility, especially in the area of screen reading technology for WSB users with sight impairments.”‚Äč

Sara DiCaglio
Assistant Professor
Department of English

Ph.D. in English and Women’s Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2016
M.A. in English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012
M.S. Ed. in Adolescent English Education, Hunter College, 2010
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, 2018 - Present                                                                                                                                                                          

Interests: “My research centers on issues of gender and its intersections, examining particularly how the silence around miscarriage has material harms on the well-being of reproducing people, and how that silence extends into issues such as maternal mortality, which disproportionately affects women of color. In my teaching and research, I am focused on issues of health and disability and thinking about how to make my classroom more accessible to students with disabilities that they are still coming to understand.”

Melissa DuPont-Reyes
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Columbia University New York, 2017
MPH in Epidemiology, Rutgers University School of Public, 2011
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, School of Public Health, 2019 - Present

Interests:  “As a community-informed scholar, my research questions and populations of focus are driven by the experiences of the community members in which I serve towards achieving mental-health equity. These communities include individuals and families dealing with mental-health problems and medically underserved adolescents (race/ethnic minorities, low socioeconomic status, rural). Upon training in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Health Disparities Research, my research program has focused on race/ethnic and gender disparities related to mental-illness stigma among adolescents.”

Florina Erbeli
Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Psychology

Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Ljubljana, 2015
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2018 - Present
Postdoctoral Researcher, Florida Center for Reading Research & Department of Psychology, Florida State University, 2015-2017

Interests:My research focuses on prediction, identification, and prevention of reading disabilities. My past and current research has focused on children with reading disabilities and the ways how they can reach their potential. One way to promote that is by predicting and identifying early enough which children might need additional support and attention when learning to read. My research attempts to find novel ways of how to identify such children most accurately.

Annmarie MacNamara
Assisant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Ph.D. of Philosophy, Stony Brook University, Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois, 2013-2015
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, 2016 - Present

Interests: “Research goals include strengthening the impact of my research and increasing grad student productivity. I would like to see a greater translation of my work beyond academia. As a researcher, I feel it is my responsibility to actively cultivate an atmosphere of inclusion in my lab.” 

Annie Newell-Fugate
Assistant Professor
Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology

Post-doctoral fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012-2014
Ph.D. of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, 2004
Assistant Professor of Physiology, Texas A&M University, 2014 - Present
Post-doctoral research fellow, University of Illinois-Urbana, 2014

Interests: “Diversity and inclusion are vital to my role as a scientific mentor to the next generation of biomedical scientists. My research goals include a new pre-proposal for the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research program and a new US Fish and Wildlife Service Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund grant.”

Robin Page
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Ph.D. in Nursing-Women’s Health University of Texas, Austin, 2006
Fellowship, National Institutes of Health National Institute for Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute Bethesda, MD, 2017
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University College of Nursing, 2016 - Present                                                                                                                                                                           

Interests: “My area of expertise is disparities in maternal outcomes related to preterm birth. My prior work focused on the Hispanic Paradox and potential explanations for low rates of preterm birth in Mexican immigrant women. I would like to accomplish 2 first-author publications of the findings of this pilot study. I would also like specific feedback on my R01 proposal from someone who is familiar with NIH processes and funding mechanisms for health disparities and maternal/pregnancy outcomes. My work as both as a Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife has always focused on health disparities and equity.”

Maryam Zahabi
Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, North Carolina State, 2017
M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2013
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 2018 - Present
2017-2018 Assistant Professor, Wichita State University, 2017-2018
Interests: “My research and educational goals include conducting high-impact research in the area of human-systems engineering and improve the quality of life of people, advocating for diversity and inclusion in my research activities and classrooms, disseminating the outcomes of my research through peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and incorporate the findings into courses to improve students' knowledge.”