Community-Based Participatory Research Training Program (CBPRTP)

Our program prepares postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members for careers in community-based participatory research. This unique training program includes a series of educational, collaborative, and field activities that expand investigator skill-set in community-based participatory research theory and practice. Our trainees are duly mentored by a community and academic leader.  By linking new investigators to the community through mentorship and immersion activities, this program provides an understanding of economic, social and cultural perspectives. Together, our goal is to create sustainable and effective community-based interventions to impact cancer disparities.

All Trainees will have:

  • •  Access to local training and field placement
  • •  Funding to attend additional training opportunities
  • •  Access to apply for pilot project funds
  • •  Small group workshops with nationally recognized experts
  • •  Opportunities for meaningful interaction and relationship building with community partners
  • •  Outstanding academic and community mentorship within a highly supportive environment  TBCCN’s first cohort of junior investigators (i.e., Trainees) graduated from the program in the summer of 2012. The current cohort will graduate in 2014.

We are excited to introduce you to our current trainees and mentors:


Claudia Aguado Loi, Ph.D.
University of South Florida 
Paul Jacobsen, Ph.D.
Moffitt Cancer CenterUniversity of South Florida
Kaytlyn Burke
Florida Suncoast Affiliate for Susan G. Komen
Diane Allen-Gipson, Ph.D.
University of South Florida 
Vani Simmons, Ph.D.
Moffitt Cancer CenterUniversity of South Florida
Lounell Britt
James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center
Alexis Koskan, Ph.D.
University of Miami
Cathy Meade, Ph.D.
Moffitt Cancer CenterUniversity of South Florida
Gloria San Miguel, MSHS
Morton Plant Mease-Powell Cancer Center
Stacy Davis, Ph.D.
Moffitt Cancer Center
Clement Gwede, Ph.D.
Moffitt Cancer Center University of South Florida
Martine Dorvil
University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC)
Cheryl Vamos, Ph.D.
University of South Florida 
Kristen Wells, Ph.D.
San Diego State University
Sr. Sara Proctor, ARNP
Catholic Charities Mobile Medical Services at the San Jose Mission
Hsiao-Lan Wang, Ph.D.
University of South Florida 
Clement Gwede, Ph.D.
Moffitt Cancer CenterUniversity of South Florida



Shalanda Bynum, PhD
Assistant Professor, Social and Behavior Sciences
Uniformed Services University

Dinorah Martinez Tyson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Health
University of South Florida

Julie Christie, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Florida

Vani N. Simmons, PhD
Associate Member
Moffitt Cancer Center

Kristen Wells, PhD
Assistant Professor
San Diego State University