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Maryland Student to Receive Diversity Award at 2014 NIH-NHLBI Awards Ceremony

Ms. Alyssa T. Brooks, PhD candidate in behavioral and community health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, will be recognized for her work to expand the diversity of cardiovascular research at the 2014 NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Director’s Awards Ceremony.


[Photo: Ms. Alyssa T. Brooks]

The ceremony celebrates colleagues from across the Institute who exemplify excellence and whose achievements deserve special recognition. Ms. Brooks will be receiving the Diversity Award in recognition of her exceptional work with Dr. Tiffany Powell-Wiley, a physician-investigator at the NLHBI whose work is centered on heart health.

“We were asked to help [Dr. Powell-Wiley] develop a survey using qualitative techniques, including group-based cognitive interviewing,” said Ms. Brooks, who is advised by Professor Kenneth H. Beck. “Currently, we are administering the survey along with technology-based physical activity and nutrition monitors in various faith-based communities in Washington, DC”

The ceremony will be held October 29 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Ms. Brooks has been working as an intramural pre-doctoral fellow at the NIH for the past four years, and is currently collecting data for her dissertation at the Clinical Center (NIH CC).

“I love being in the clinical center — the world’s largest research hospital — because it offers so many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration,” Ms. Brooks said. “The best part of working at NIH are the patients I get to meet on a daily basis and the compassion shown by each and every researcher and clinician.”