Asst. Research Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC and part of the Secretariat, Stakeholder Health. Past Director of Research for Innovation, Centre of Excellence in Faith and Health, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, adjunct academic appointments at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine’s departments of Preventative Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Memphis’ School of Public Health and Healthcare administration, and Memphis Theological Seminary.
Teresa has been instrumental in helping design and create clinical and community-based applications of the Leading Causes of Life framework, including the Life of Leaders (executive physical for clergy and other leaders’ health), survey instruments for clergy and lay persons used in primary care settings and in other sites focused on preventive medicine, as well as serving as a plenary leader outlining the ‘found science’ under-girding Leading Causes of Life in the two day workshop done for local United Methodist Church leaders (along with Dr Gary Gunderson and Rev. Larry Pray).
She has served as Primary Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on numerous large scale grants, including co-site research of a community based intervention to promote peace and safety among minority males in Memphis, along with research from the Medical Research Council and University of South Africa, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention work on building capacity for influenza awareness, prevention and treatment in faith communities and developing a Community Health Record to combat obesity and cardiovascular disease, as well as serving as a multi-year consultant on Quality of Life for patients with gastrointestinal motility disorders.
Most recently, she serves as Co-PI on RWJF funded initiative for Stakeholder Health, a learning collaborative of over 50 healthcare systems representing several hundred individual hospitals across the USA, in conjunction the federal Health and Human Services, and the White House, aimed at strengthening community partnership for healthcare via innovative strategies to improve the health of vulnerable populations. She has authored numerous articles in the medical and faith/health field and edited and/or co-authored one book and several book chapters. Recently, she was co-editor (with Professor Jim Cochrane) and helped co-author numerous chapters in the book, Stakeholder Health: Insights from New Systems of Health.
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