• James M. Shikany, DrPH

    Co-Leader Research Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Shikany is a Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, and is Principal Investigator of the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS).  He arrived at UAB in 1993, after earning a Public Health doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Health, with a specialization in Nutrition.  Dr. Shikany is a Senior Scientist in the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center at UAB.  His research interests center on the association between diet and the epidemiology and prevention of chronic disease, including cancer and cardiovascular disease, with current and previous research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society.  Dr. Shikany has been active in disparities research, recently leading the NIH-funded Alabama Collaboration for Cardiovascular Equality, which addresses racial disparities in cardiovascular disease.  In addition, several of his previous and current studies seek ways to improve dietary assessment methodology, especially in neglected populations, such as rural African Americans.  Dr. Shikany has authored nearly 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Christopher Warlick, MD, PhD

    Co-Leader, Research Core
    University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Warlick completed his undergraduate training at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his MD and PhDs at the University of Minnesota before residency training at Johns Hopkins. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Urology with a focus on prostate cancer. His research focuses on the use of MRI in active surveillance patients and on image guided interventions.


  • Lisa Rogers, MS, MPH

    Administrative Director
    University of Minnesota

  • Lisa Rogers serves as the Administrative Director for the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) as well as for the Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials Consortium (EMPaCT) and the UAB/UMN SPORE (Specialized Program in Research Excellence) for Pancreatic Cancer.   Ms. Rogers has over 15 years of experience in federal award management and is a former cancer immunologist who has worked in academic and industry research and research project management.  Her interest in decreasing health disparities stems from her experiences as a member of the Navajo Nation and from her passion for just and equitable health care for all persons.

  • Sheikilya Thomas, PhD, MPH

    Administrative Director
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Sheikilya Thomas currently serves as a Program Manager II in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham. It is at UAB that she completed her graduate studies, receiving her MPH in Epidemiology and her PhD in Health Services Administration.  Her research interests include patient-provider relationships particularly as it relates to the potential role of trust and perceived discrimination on healthcare utilization and health disparities.