Logan selected for prestigious NIH institute

Henrietta Logan, Ph.D.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently selected Henrietta L. Logan, Ph.D., a professor in the department of community dentistry and behavioral science and director of the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health, to participate in the NIH Health Advanced Training Institute (ATI) on Health Behavior from July 25 to August 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Logan is one of only 35 participants chosen from universities across the country to participate in this institute.

The ATI is designed to offer in-depth instruction on the use, development and evaluation of health behavior theory, according to the NIH ATI Web site. The course encourages participants to build upon and expand their own research interests in health behaviors.

“My goal is to apply insights gained from the ATI to theoretically grounded studies that lead to interventions targeted and tailored to the individual in the underserved community,” Logan said. “I strongly believe that this blending of scientific excellence and relevance will push health disparity research to the next level and positively affect changes in health behavior.”

Fellow UF professor Barbara Curbow, Ph.D., will serve as part of the faculty leading this seven-day intensive learning course. Curbow is a public health psychologist  and currently serves as professor and chair in the department of behavioral science and community health in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.

The Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Oral Health Disparities

With the motto, “Taking the bite out of head and neck cancer,” the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health serves as a magnet to pull together groups with interest and capacity in reducing the disparities resulting from head and neck cancer. The center promotes interdepartmental collaboration across the University of Florida campus and serves rural communities in North Florida.