Meet Our Team

Meet our team of multidisciplinary faculty, staff, students, and affiliates

INSTITUTE FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENTS

The Institute for Healing Justice & Equity is an interdisciplinary collective of researchers that engages academic and practice stakeholders in developing strategies and partnerships to change policy, encourage stakeholder participation, and provide training to enhance the capacity of Saint Louis University and the broader community to eliminate inequities in health and well-being. 

RUQAIIJAH YEARBY

Co-founder,
Executive Director,
Director of Community Research Ethics

KEON GILBERT

Co-founder,
director of Equity and Policy

KIRA BANKS

Co-founder,
Director of Healing Justice

MICHELLE ROLFSMEYER

Program Director

CRYSTAL LEWIS

Public Health Law &
Policy Analyst

CHARYSSE GIBSON

Biostatistician

NIA SUMPTER

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

AUTUMN JONES

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

AUBRA LADD

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

FACULTY AFFILIATES

The Institute serves as a hub for trans-disciplinary research collaboratives, where community members and scholars work jointly to create new conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and translational innovations that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address a common problem. The Institute is proud to serve as a place for interdisciplinary research, bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community organizations to collaborate on community engagement projects and grants.

DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

AMBER JOHNSON

Co-founder,
Executive Sponsor

PUBLIC HEALTH

ELIZABETH BAKER

ELLEN K. BARNIDGE

RHONDA BELUE

KIMBERLY R. ENARD

KATIE STAMATAKIS

ARTS & SCIENCES

LIZ CHIARELLO

RICHARD HARVEY

TIM HUFFMAN

CHRISTOPHER PRENER

BRYAN SOKOL

CHRISTOPHER TINSON

LAW

ROBERT GATTER

WILLIAM P. JOHNSON

ELIZABETH PENDO

ANA SANTOS RUTSCHMAN

SIDNEY WATSON

MEDICINE

DENISE
HOOKS-ANDERSON

IN MEMORIAM

JONATHAN SMITH