Faculty & Staff
Annie Loyd is a second year Master of Public Health student in the Public Health Education concentration. Additionally, she is completing dietetics courses in order to pursue a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. As a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center, Annie is assisting with the evaluation of a CDC 1422 grant focused on creating a local and joint approach to prevent and reduce high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke within West Piedmont Health District.
Alyson Scullin is a Master of Public Health student in the Public Health Education concentration. She is completing her MPH practicum with the Center for Public Health Practice and Research and is assisting Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare with the Partnership for Success grant. The grant is funded by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and is supported by OMNI. Alyson is conducting a needs assessment of the Roanoke Valley to determine the perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of persons ages 12-25 in regards to substance abuse, focusing on prescription opioids and heroin. Alyson will be collecting data by means of surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews in order to gain insight into issues of the community related to substance abuse. She will also analyze YRBS data to identify social norms and areas of concern in the region.
Shelbie Turner is a Master of Public Health student in the Public Health Education concentration. As the Graduate Assistant for CPHPR, Shelbie assists with the evaluation procedures—including implementing data collection measures, analyzing data, and disseminating evaluation findings via reports and presentations—for several projects. Shelbie graduated from Virginia Tech in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and minors in Medicine & Society, Leadership & Social Change, and Psychology.