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Texas A&M Names Associate Dean of Climate and Diversity

Dr. E. Lisako Jones McKyer of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, has been named associate dean of climate and diversity, heading the newly established Office of Cultural Competence, Diversity & Inclusion (CCDI).

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[Photo: Dr. E. Lisako Jones McKyer]

Dr. McKyer will provide leadership, vision, and a philosophy that enables plans and policies for inclusion of all members of the School of Public Health community and represent the school’s diversity efforts both locally and nationally.

“I am excited to have Lisako join our school’s leadership team,” Dean Jay Maddock said. “Lisako’s leadership and passion for this issue will greatly improve our school’s effort in diversity as well as enhance our ability to reduce health disparities in the State of Texas and beyond.”

Dr. McKyer is an associate professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health with secondary appointments in the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Medicine. She currently serves as research development director for the Center for Community Health Development at the Texas A&M School of Public Health and as associate director for the Texas A&M Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research in the College of Education and Human Development.

“I appreciate Dean Maddock’s confidence and believe I am up to the challenge,” Dr. McKyer said. “With the support of my colleagues, school leaders, staff and students, we will realize our full potential respective to fostering a truly diverse, supportive and inclusive climate for all.”

Most recently, Dr. McKyer was named the recipient of the 2016 American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) Mentor award. She has chaired or co-chaired over 20 doctoral degree recipients and is currently mentoring four doctoral candidates. Among the degree recipients, 80 percent are first generation college students, 80 percent pursued research and academic positions, 85 percent are women and 85 percent are racial/ethnic minorities.

Her research interests and expertise include socioecological determinants of child health, health disparities, and cultural competence. Dr. McKyer has secured as part of research teams over $20 million in grants and contracts since 2006, serving as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on $3.5 million of those projects. She has published 63 peer-reviewed journal articles and has made over 150 presentations.

Dr. McKyer completed her undergraduate degree from California State University, Northridge, and her master’s and doctoral degrees at Indiana University under the mentorship of AAHB co-founder and former president Dean Mohammad R. Torabi.