Woody Neighbors

MUMD Program Director
C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health

Dr. Neighbors is the Program Director of MUMD and also serves as a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He holds a BA in Psychology from Haverford College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. For the past 30 years, he has been a professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he has dedicated his career to the investigation of racial disparities in mental health with an emphasis on stress and coping among Black Americans. His work promotes a personal empowerment perspective on coping with stress that emphasizes the ability to draw upon psychological strengths and social assets to overcome personal and community barriers to seeking mental health care.


Jessica n MIMS

Program Manager

Jessica Mims is the Program Manager at MUMD, where she plays a lead role in the strategic planning and implementation of community-based interventions research and outreach activities.  She received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Community Action and Social Change in 2016 from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. Jessica's research interests are in health literacy and health promotion for children and she plans on pursuing a Master’s in Public Health and Social Work.


Bianca Alexander
MSHE Candidate

Project administrator

Bianca Alexander is a Flint native. She is responsible for health communication and community outreach efforts at MUMD. She currently holds a BAS from UM-Flint with a minor in healthcare administration, and is currently working towards a Master of Science Health Education (MSHE) at UM-Flint. Bianca is heavily involved with the Flint community and has been awarded 1st place for a health promotion video that she scripted and created for the Genesys Heart Institute distributed across the Genesys Health System. Her research interests are in community-based participatory research in relation to health education and promotion, as well as theater.

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Research Associate

Dr. Carthron is a native of Flint, MI and a research associate with Man Up Man Down. Dr. Carthron is a tenure track faculty in the Michigan State University College of Nursing and a former Army nurse. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she entered the BSN-to-PhD Program where she was one of the first graduates and the first African-American to graduate from this program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Carthron has completed fellowships at Duke University as a Claire M. Fagan Research Fellow and a second fellowship at the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received training in community-based participatory research models and the development of multi-phase clinical trials. Her current work focuses on chronic illness self-management and resilience during crisis. She is currently Project Director on the Black men's diabetes self-management study, "MANUP," funded by the NIH-National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

Ike Valentine Iyioke PhD

Research Associate

Dr. Iyioke has an extensive work experience both at MSU and abroad that spans almost two decades. His multidisciplinary backgrounds include a BPhil. in Philosophy from Pontifical University, Rome; a teaching certificate from University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN); a Master of Science in International Relations from UNN; a Master of Art in Environmental Science Writing from Michigan State University (MSU); and a PhD in Health Ethics from MSU. He likes to explore questions pertaining to moral philosophy, particularly bioethics. His research interests include issues about research subject/participant selection; biomedical research partnerships between Africa & the West; environmental science and public policy; environmental justice/racism; eugenics; science of life extension; and morality in primitive cultures.

Dr. Iyioke has authored several publications including a book titled, Clinical Trials and the African Person: A Quest to Re-Conceptualize Responsibility.


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KAYLA MOORE            BA


Kayla Morse is a Research Assistant at MUMD where she provides research support across a range of MUMD activities. She is a recent graduate from Michigan State University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Bioethics. Kayla’s research interests include health disparities among people of color, global public health, and preventative healthcare. She is planning to return to school next fall to pursue a Master’s in Public Health.


Naledi Makhene

Research Assistant

Naledi Makhene is a Research Assistant at MUMD where she provides support for research and community engagement activities. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Social Relations and Policy. Prior to MUMD, she interned at the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as Sarah Fox Children's Hospital. Her main interests in research are in bridging gaps in health disparities for communities of color and increasing access to health care and health information.



Gabriel Holden

Research Assistant

Gabriel Holden is our social media and communications specialist. He currently attends Mott Community College where he is majoring in Audio Engineering.