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. 

AMBER JOHNSON

Co-founder,
Executive Director

RUQAIIJAH YEARBY

Co-founder,
Director of Community Research Ethics

KEON GILBERT

Co-founder,
director of Equity and Policy

KIRA BANKS

Co-founder,
Director of Healing Justice

LYDIA BULLOCK

Program Director

KJ SCHAEFFNER

Web Developer & Designer

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.

PUBLIC HEALTH

CRYSTAL LEWIS

ELIZABETH A. BAKER

ELLEN K. BARNIDGE

KIMBERLY R. ENARD

KATIE STAMATAKIS

RHONDA BELUE

ARTS & SCIENCES

LIZ CHIARELLO

RICHARD HARVEY

TIM HUFFMAN

BRYAN SOKOL

CHRISTOPHER TINSON

LAW

ROBERT GATTER

WILLIAM P. JOHNSON

ELIZABETH PENDO

SIDNEY WATSON

PRASHASTI BHATNAGAR

FORMER FACULTY, STAFF, & AFFILIATES

MICHELLE ROLFSMEYER

FORMER Program Director

CHARYSSE GIBSON

FORMER BIOstatistician & Web Developer

ANA SANTOS RUTSCHMAN

Faculty Affiliate: Law

CHRISTOPHER PRENER

Faculty Affiliate: Arts & Sciences

DENISE
HOOKS-ANDERSON

Faculty Affiliate: Medicine

AUTUMN JONES

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

AUBRA LADD

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

NIA SUMPTER

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

IN MEMORIAM

JONATHAN SMITH