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Faculty & Staff

The coordinators, faculty, and staff members of the Health and Human Values department are committed to providing students with an excellent undergraduate education. What brings them together is their desire to humanize medicine. The Health and Human Values faculty and staff members are the authors of many scholarly books and articles, the initiators of major biomedical research projects and public policy proposals, and speakers at numerous conferences. The group regularly meets with students to discuss current issues in bioethics.

Faculty work is supported by the college and the Frederick Womble Speas Family.

Patrick Baron

Patrick Baron
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

My research focuses on issues related to public health, U.S. food systems, and the environment.

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Naila M. Mamoon
Ph.D. University of Mississippi

I provide guidance and support to current students and alumni, and assist them in their preparation for admission to various health-related professional programs.

Lauren Stutts

Lauren Stutts
Ph.D. University of Florida

My specialty area is health/medical psychology with a focus on rehabilitation populations and in the area of college student resiliency, health, and wellbeing. I'm a licensed psychologist in North Carolina and trained in psychological assessment, including diagnostic interviews, neuropsychological assessments, and health behavior assessments.

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David Wessner (Interim Director)
Ph.D. Harvard University

I teach an introductory biology course and upper level courses in microbiology and HIV/AIDS. My research involves viral pathogenesis, HIV/AIDS outreach, and education.


Frances Alexander

Frances Alexander
Administrative Assistant
A.A. More Than Conquerors College

I provide support to the Health and Human Values Program which includes mainly budget management and event planning.  In addition, I provide support to the Pre-Medicine and Allied Health Program.