Class of 2017 Chancellor’s Faculty Entrepreneurship Members


Dr. Anderson

Janice L. Anderson teaches science education courses in the Elementary Education program and the Master of Education program for Experienced Teachers. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, she taught biology and anatomy in Ohio and worked in elementary classrooms in Massachusetts. Preceding her classroom experience, she worked in a molecular biology research lab focusing on reproductive endocrinology and biochemistry. Anderson received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. Her dissertation research explored the use of virtual worlds to teach concepts related to water quality and ecosystems to urban fifth-grade students. Additionally, the study looked at the impact of gender and learning outcomes on how students engaged with the game. The catalyst for her professional efforts has been the notion of improving students’ engagement with science and technology particularly among populations that are underrepresented in science, based on both gender and race. Anderson’s research interests include the use of educational games to teach science content, the impact of gender and race on students’ construction of scientific knowledge, supporting students in scientific inquiry, explanation and argumentation and the design and enactment of science curriculum materials. Her research uses feminist theory as well as the theoretical framework of Vygotsky to study the role of the computer/video games and their impact on facilitating students’ understandings of science. Additionally, her work focuses on teachers’ engagement with these innovative technologies and how they are enacted within the classroom context. Specifically, she is investigating the complex relationship among teachers’ beliefs, use of the game environment, and how teachers implement the game in their classroom.


Dr. Burger

Dr. Burger’s primary area of research focuses on eating behavior, how it evolves, implicit drivers and explicit perceptions of food intake. Specifically, he studies how these aspects of ingestive behavior relate to habitual consumption, executive control and weight regulation. His lab also is interested in the impact of the current food environment on ingestive behavior. Dr. Burger examines these questions using direct and indirect measures of food intake, functional brain imaging techniques — particularly functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) — and a variety of behavioral and self-report measures.


Ryan Cook

Dr. Ryan Cook is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University, where he graduated with a BA in Chemistry, a BS in Biochemistry and ran Cross Country/Track and Field.  The University of Southern California School of Dentistry was the next stop in Dr. Cook’s academic career. It was here faculty noticed his talent and encouraged him to pursue specialty training. His sincere interest in Periodontics and Prosthodontics led him to pursue post-graduate training in both.  The University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio served as Dr. Cook’s home for the next 5 years. While there, he completed residency programs in both Periodontics and Prosthodontics.  Dr. Cook is one of only a hand full of clinicians who complete post-graduate training in both Periodontics and Prosthodontics and he is one of only four individuals in the nation board certified in both specialties.  In addition to private practice, Dr. Cook lectures on topics such as Implant Dentistry, Contemporary Esthetics, and Multidisciplinary Treatment of Full Mouth Reconstruction. He also continues to do research and write scientific articles that help further the field of dentistry. He strongly believes in evidence-based dentistry and finds it allows him to give his patients the highest quality of care.



Dr. Carneiro

A native of Canada, Dr. Carneiro received an honors undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1999. In 2005 he received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following medical school, he completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and a fellowship in Sports and Spine Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Sports Medicine. Prior to coming to UNC, Dr. Carneiro served as a clinical instructor and chief resident at RIC. While there, he received the Meyer S. Gunther Award, which is given to the second-year resident who displays the art of listening, understanding and interacting with patients. Additionally, he won the Walter E. Heller Chief Resident Award and the Dr. Scholl’s Research Award. He has conducted research and written book chapters and journal articles on musculoskeletal, sports and occupational rehabilitation medicine, most recently on exercise for low back pain. He presents regular lecture modules in musculoskeletal, sports and spine rehabilitation, and has lectured at various meetings on subjects ranging from complementary and alternative approaches to pain management, to return-to-play guidelines for athletes. Outside of work, Dr. Carneiro enjoys daily exercise, competing in triathlons, meditation, singing, playing the guitar, and spending time with his family and friends.


Dr. Carpenter

Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH, is an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Her research focuses on interpersonal influences on disease self-management for adolescents and adults living with chronic illnesses, such as asthma and arthritis. She is particularly interested in using mobile health (mHealth) technologies to improve patients’ chronic disease self-management and quality of life, especially for rural populations. She has a tailored video software program to improve children’s asthma inhaler technique. During her postdoctoral training at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, Carpenter studied how conflicting medication information affected arthritis patients’ self-efficacy and medication adherence. Her work in this area has received awards from the Society for Behavioral Medicine and American College of Rheumatology. She also has served as the principal investigator on grants from the American Lung Association, the Arthritis Foundation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and the UNC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. Her goal is to use the results from her studies to develop interventions to enhance patient-provider communication about medication-related issues and improve the ability of patients to better self-manage disease.


Francesca Carpentier

Francesca R. Dillman Carpentier is the James H. Shumaker Term Professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Much of her research lies within the broad area of media effects, most often focusing on the automatic processing of media and their resulting unobtrusive effects on media users’ attitudes, social judgments, and issue perceptions. Her recent work in this arena has focused on three key areas: sexual content across popular media and its influence on sexual attitudes and judgments, the effects of stereotype depictions in media on beliefs of self and others, and food marketing tactics and their impact on children’s food attitudes and diets. Her second thread of study is in understanding the motivations behind media content choices, especially within the context of mental health. Her work can be found in academic journals across communication, psychology, and public health.


Dr. Cao

Yanguang Cao, Ph.D., joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in the division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics. He received his Ph.D. at China Pharmaceutical University. Prior to joining the School, Cao served as a research assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo for two years after completing a postdoctoral training program at SUNY, Buffalo. Cao has worked on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and quantitative pharmacology for nearly 10 years. Cao’s expertise and training in the field focus on quantitatively understanding pharmacokinetics (PK) / pharmacodynamics (PD), and assessing the impacts of host physiology and the immune system on antibody PK/PD and therapeutic outcomes. His independent research focuses on developing novel strategies for combining experimental, mathematical, and statistical techniques in understanding the dispositional behaviors and pharmacological properties of therapeutic modalities including monoclonal antibodies, cell-based therapy, and nanoparticle-associated delivery system.


Dr. Cockroft

Marianne Cockroft, PhD, MNEd, RN is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill. A nursing educator for a range of educational contexts (i.e., University professor, community college instructor, hospital community educator), Dr. Cockroft’s public and community health nursing, disease prevention, and health and safety promotion work has served populations across the lifespan—from infants to senior citizens—and has mostly addressed high risk behaviors, chronic diseases in aging, and self-care. In her career she has demonstrated a high level of motivation to engage in assessing health needs for individuals and families and to serve special, and often overlooked, populations with unmet health care needs. Dr. Cockroft has experience in conducting community assessments and developing interventions to address community needs, such as her creation of a playgroup for parents and their toddlers as a child abuse prevention strategy. Her portfolio of accomplishments also includes establishing a wellness center for Durham County, NC seniors; establishing partnerships with school health and occupational health clinical sites; and developing ways for public libraries to provide clinical teaching opportunities. Dr. Cockroft’s career in public health nursing has also revolved around forging connections and partnerships—creating and strengthening relationships between parents and their children, between patients and community resources, and between education and service partners.


Dr. Corbett

In addition to her appointment in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Amanda Corbett, Pharm.D., is a clinical associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine, global pharmacology coordinator for the UNC Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases, clinical associate for the UNC Center for AIDS Research, and a pharmacologist for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Corbett received a B.S. in chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994 and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Campbell University in 1999. She completed pharmacy practice residency training at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center before completing an Infectious Diseases specialty residency at UNC-Hospitals and an HIV pharmacology fellowship at UNC-Eshelman School of Pharmacy under the mentorship of Angela Kashuba, Pharm.D.. During Corbett’s fellowship she received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Infectious Diseases Fellowship Award for global translational research and the Infectious Diseases Society of America Travel Award. Corbett joined the faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2003 where she leads translational research efforts in antiretroviral use and treatment of opportunistic infections in resource poor countries. Her research efforts have been recognized by awards from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Infectious Diseases Investigator Development Research Award and the UNC Center for AIDS Research Developmental Award, the UNC Research Council Junior Development Award and Research Grant and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy SEED Grant. She received the Pam Herriott award both in 2007 and 2012 from the UNC Center for AIDS Research for her outstanding collaborative clinical and research efforts both domestic and global. Corbett’s responsibilities include teaching (didactic and precepting) clinical practice (UNC ID clinic), and clinical research (HIV pharmacology of antiretrovirals in developing countries). More recently, Corbett has pioneered Integrative Medicine at the pharmacy school where she developed an elective in 2011 focusing on teaching pharmacy students the perspective of combining Western and traditional medicine in caring for patients in a holistic way. In addition, she is pursuing intensive training in herbal medicine, mind-body practices, and integrative medicine.


Dr. Coronell

Assistant Professor Dr. Coronell studies basic and applied aspects of water and energy where membrane technology plays a central role. Dr. Coronell’s main focus areas are membrane processes for (i) water desalination and reuse, and (ii) energy generation and storage using salinity gradients . Currently, research focuses on advancing the understanding of the mechanisms of transport of water, salts, and other solutes through membranes, the development of new and improved membranes, and the optimization of membrane processes and systems.  Such work involves wet chemistry, polymer synthesis, materials characterization at the nanoscale, use of state-of-the-art membrane systems, and mathematical modeling of membrane performance.


Dr. Divaris

Kimon Divaris is Associate Professor and Research Director in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, and adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, both at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a board-certified pediatric dentist with a PhD in Epidemiology and a postdoctoral fellowship in Oral and Genetic Epidemiology and Health Services Research. His research interests are diverse and include proximal and distal determinants of oral health and disease, ranging from genomics of oral health traits and behavioral sciences to health disparities and dental education. Dr. Divaris earned his dental degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Dentistry, Athens, Greece. He then completed the pediatric dentistry residency program at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and Hospitals, received a graduate certificate in Global Health and a PhD degree in Epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Oral and Genetic Epidemiology and Health Services research. Dr. Divaris has had substantial scholarly contributions and editorial activity and has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards. He is actively involved in teaching, NIH-funded research and clinical practice.


Dr. Hamm

Dr. Hamm’s research interests center on early adolescents’ social, behavioral, and academic adjustment, and the role of peer relations in successful school adaptation. She has applied her research findings to the development and testing of professional development programs designed to help middle school teachers create supportive learning environments for their students. Dr. Hamm currently directs or co-directs several research studies that involve creating professional development programs and examining their efficacy and utility for middle school teachers and their students. One recent project, PEARL (Peers Engaged as Resources in Learning), is a collaborative study with Horizon Research, Inc., designed to provide foundational research on small group learning in mathematics classrooms, bringing together theories and evidence-based practices regarding high quality mathematics education and productive classroom social dynamics. Currently in an early phase, PEARL involves 10 middle and high school math teachers and their students as they engage with small group learning across the school year. A different project, SEALS (Supporting Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success) is an efficacy study that is a collaboration with colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University and Penn State. SEALS draws on developmental and educational theories to identify evidence-based practices to help teachers support social, academic, and behavioral adjustment for students. The study is a randomized controlled trial of 26 metropolitan middle schools in three states, involving multi-method, multi-informant data collected from students and teachers over a two-year period. NTACT (Networks of Teachers Affect Children in Transition) is a companion study to SEALS, which investigates teachers’ social networks with colleagues, including their middle school team assignments, as developmental contexts of teachers’ own practice and influence on students. Finally, SEALS II is a follow-up research and development study to SEALS, designed to extend the original SEALS program to 7th and 8th grade teachers and students. This study is in an early phase and currently involves teachers and students in five middle schools. Dr. Hamm recently completed co-direction of REAL (Rural Early Adolescent Learning, funded by the Institute for Education Sciences), which involved the development and testing of the original SEALS program in 36 rural schools located across the U.S.. She has also directed and co-directed studies funded by the Spencer Foundation and National Science Foundation on the classroom learning and experiences of students’ learning and adjustment in mathematics classrooms.


Dr. Khairat

Dr. Saif Khairat is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Previously, Dr. Khairat served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Khairat is the Chair-Elect of the Education Working Group, and member of the Working Group Steering Committee at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Among his research interests are mobile technologies in chronic disease management, and human factors in EMR systems. Dr. Khairat earned his PhD in Health Informatics at the Informatics Institute at the University of Missouri with a focus on ICU clinical communication. During his Informatics training, Dr. Khairat worked as a Research Fellow at the Division of Clinical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. He also has a track record of computer science training. In 2007, He designed and developed a clinical content tracking system that bridged Database Management Systems and web applications.


Dr. Lanier

Paul Lanier, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where he teaches courses in social policy and program evaluation. He is currently lead instructor for the master’s-level capstone course, Evaluation of Social Work Interventions. Dr. Lanier received his undergraduate and master’s degrees at UNC, and his doctorate from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Lanier’s expertise is in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programs in public child welfare, mental health, and early childhood systems. In North Carolina (NC), he has been actively involved in many initiatives including the CDC-funded Essentials for Childhood Task Force (NC Institute of Medicine). He currently serves on the board of directors for the NC Professional Society on the Abuse of Children as well as the national child abuse prevention committee. Dr. Lanier’s research focuses on improving the availability of evidence-based programs and policies to prevent maltreatment and promote child well-being. This research has focused primarily on evidence-based home-visiting programs and other parenting interventions including: Triple P, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Circle of Parents. He has also completed studies focused on policy-relevant topics including: the experience of children at the intersection of child welfare and mental health systems; an evaluation of a parenting program for victims of domestic violence; and a primary prevention program for fathers of children in Head Start/Early Head Start centers.


Dr. Lippold

Melissa Lippold is an Assistant Professor in The School of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a faculty member of the Center for Developmental Science. She studies the role that parent-youth relationships play in the prevention of adolescent risky behavior and the promotion of adolescent physical health. She is also interested in the design of family-based interventions aimed to improve family relationships and promote healthy outcomes for adolescents.  She holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University as well as a dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Policy from The University of Chicago.


Dr. Lu

The overarching goal of Dr. Lu’s lab is to better understand health effects of environmental exposure and individual response by integrating the microbiome, exposome, omics profiling, and biomarker development. Dr. Lu’s lab is working on a number of important environmental chemicals ranging from heavy metals to pesticides, as well as others with significant public health concerns. The current emphasis is being placed on microbiome research and exposome mapping. Dr. Lu’s lab aims at answering how gut microbiome interacts with environmental exposure, how gut microbiome affects disease susceptibility, and how host factors crosstalk with microbiome to influence its response. Another focus of Dr. Lu’s lab is to map exposome for human disease, with the goals of characterizing all exposures over the lifespan via high-resolution mass spectrometry, understanding the health impact of the exposome, and designing strategies to reduce exposure-associated adverse effects. Dr. Lu’s lab combines both systems-level and targeted approaches in research. In particular, Dr. Lu’s lab utilizes highly integrated system-level approaches including DNA sequencing, metabolomics, proteomics and lipidomics, coupled with the application of diverse cell, animal and disease models to interrogate the pathogenesis of human disease.


Dr. Martinez

Dr. Martinez’s work, at the intersection of school, college, and clinical mental health counseling, has helped him understand the systemic barriers students can face on a daily basis. Preparing school counselors to support all students, but especially students of color, as they prepare, access, afford, and transition into postsecondary education, and earn a degree, is at the heart of his work.  Dr. Martinez’s in diverse school and community settings has allowed him to understand the unique requirements needed to be a successful school counselor. Training school counselors to understand the developmental and clinical needs of diverse communities is a great place to start. The sooner school counselors connect how community, school, and college systems can support or marginalize students of color, the sooner they will be able to advocate for change within those systems. It’s important to train graduate students to understand the cultural, historical, social, and contextual needs of diverse communities, so they are empowered to serve them. Faculty that train school counselors are in a unique position to educate them on what shapes human interaction within different social settings, and connected systems and structures of power. School counselors need to become skilled at analyzing social problems, of any category, through a lens of discovery and constructivism, to emphasize relationship building. Today, we should expect our counselors to be aware of school/community and student issues, maintain and involve a collaborative network of stakeholders, and intervene at various levels to promote justice, equity, and access for all. Beyond his teaching and research activities, he served as the Assistant Director of NC State’s Educational Talent Search program, District School Counselor with LAUSD, MAT Clinician, and Family Facilitator Supervisor for Wraparound Services throughout Los Angeles, CA.

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Dr. Betty Nance-Floyd

Dr. Betty Nance-Floyd was born in eastern North Carolina.  She began her nursing career in 1985 in Kenansville, NC.  As a lifelong learner, she earned her Bachelors (BSN) in 1995, her Masters (MSN) in 2007, and PhD in 2016.  Her research focuses on better health outcomes for Native American state tribes in North Carolina.   She joined UNC at Chapel Hill School of Nursing in 2008 as a clinical instructor teaching in the clinical and classroom setting.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor and the Director for the Center for Lifelong Learning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing.  She earned through national certification exams Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).Dr. Nance-Floyd has the distinction of having started, owned and administrated a home care agency, which she sold after five years as a thriving business serving over 100 patients in 6 eastern NC counties.  During those years, she worked to address community needs on several Home Care and Hospice Association task forces and forged alliances by networking with many organizations throughout southeast NC.  Her educator’s portfolio includes teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill, community colleges in the NC state system, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), and at invited workshops nationally and internationally.  In the summer of 2016, she became a Fulbright Specialist and traveled to Malawi to teach innovative teaching strategies to the nursing faculty at the University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing.


Dr. Sherwood

Gwen D. Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her program of scholarship evolved from a model for caring relationships which led to examination of patient satisfaction with pain management, particularly from a multicultural perspective and the development of a Spanish Language tool, the Houston Pain Outcome Instrument. She also applied the caring model to spiritual dimensions of care and the impact on healthy work environments and helped develop the Methodist Caring Tool to examine patient satisfaction with caring. Through her work at the University of Texas at Houston School of Nursing she was co-investigator with the Medical School’s Center for Patient Safety to examine teamwork as a variable in patient safety. Dr. Sherwood is co-investigator on Phases I, II, III, and IV of the award winning Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to transform nursing curriculum to prepare nurses in quality and safety for redesigned health care systems. She was a nursing leader for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University Inter-professional Patient Safety Education Collaborative to measure effectiveness of teaching modalities for interdisciplinary teamwork training involving nursing and medical students. She participates in the annual Telluride Science Institute on interprofessional education with the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation Research Committee. She has been a leader in developing nursing education across borders, working with nursing faculty in China, Thailand, Macau, Mexico, England and Kenya. She is Past President of the International Association for Human Caring and served two terms as Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing.


Dr. Tate

Deborah Tate is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior with 20 years of research in behavioral weight management, particularly delivered through web and mobile platforms. Dr. Tate conducted several of the first randomized trials using the Internet and new technologies to deliver behavioral treatments for obesity and has continued to conduct a programmatic series of studies to determine which features of digital weight control programs contribute to efficacy. Her research focuses on two main areas: (a) strategies for improving both short and long-term weight loss and (b) the translation of obesity treatment programs using alternatives to clinic-based care often involving new technologies. She has been continuously funded in obesity and digital health intervention research by the National Institutes of Health since 2000 and is known internationally for her work in web and mobile interventions. Dr. Tate has published over 75 peer reviewed papers and conducted numerous RCTs based on self-regulation theory, as well as participated in multi-center trials of behavioral interventions; most involving new technologies.


Dr. Walter

Dr. Rick Walter is Clinical Associate Professor in the Operative Dentistry Department at the UNC School of Dentistry. He received his DDS degree from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) in 2000 and MS degree in Operative Dentistry from the UNC in 2005. From 2006 to 2011, he was full-time faculty member in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the UNC. In 2011, he moved to UPenn where he was Assistant Professor until early 2014. Dr. Walter returned to UNC in 2014. Dr. Walter is active in laboratory and clinical research in dental materials, mainly in resin-based restoratives. He also maintains an intramural practice devoted to restorative and esthetic dentistry. Walter earned his D.D.S. in 2000 from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, which is located in Brazil. He earned his M.S. in operative dentistry from the UNC School of Dentistry in 2005 and was faculty in the department from 2006 to 2011. He then joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he was faculty in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences until early this year.