Mary Hannan, PhD, APRN, AGACNP-BC
Dr. Hannan’s overall research interests focus on kidney disease and physical activity. She has over ten years of experience as a nurse practitioner, primarily working in nephrology. Dr. Hannan plans to investigate in the influence of sedentary time, physical activity, and frailty on adults with chronic kidney disease. Through this work, she plans to develop behavior change interventions, specifically physical activity interventions, to improve the health and outcomes of patients with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Hannan is also funded as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow.
Emily Kringle, PhD, OTR/L
Emily Kringle, PhD, OTR/L joined AIM as a PREMIER T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She completed her research training in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 and spent her first year at UIC as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Her research focus is intervention development to reduce sedentary behavior among stroke survivors. She is also interested in social and contextual influences on engagement in meaningful daily activities among underserved populations who have neurological disorders.
Tristesse Burton, PhD, M.S.L.
Dr. Burton completed her research training in Pharmacognosy (developing medicines from plants and natural products) with a focus in medical ethnobotany (how people use plants as medicine) from UIC’s College of Pharmacy. She has over 10 years of interdisciplinary and collaborative research experience, including working within the fields of phytochemistry, pharmacognosy, anthropology, nutrition sciences, and health disparities research that collaborates with American Indian communities. Her long-term research goals are centered around examining the role of plant-based interventions in improving women’s health, particularly focusing on eliminating health disparities for American Indian and African American women.
Wesley Lefferts, PhD
Dr. Lefferts was the first to complete the T32 Precision Lifestyle Medicine and Translation Research (PREMIER) Postdoctoral Training Program. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University.