Population Health Sciences Student Among Bouchet Honorees
Abiola O. Keller, a doctoral candidate in the population health sciences graduate program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is among three UW-Madison graduate students of color who will be inducted into the Madison Chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Student Honor Society in a ceremony during its annual conference Friday, March 9.
Keller holds a master of public health from UW-Madison and a master of physician assistant studies from the University of Iowa. Her graduate research with Whitney Witt focuses on better understanding the social, behavioral, and psychological factors that contribute to disparities in health and mental health outcomes across the life span.
Her dissertation will examine the impact of patient-provider communication on the receipt of adequate treatment for depression among women in the United States and to what extent patient-provider communication impacts disparities in quality treatment. Keller has received several awards including an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) T-32 Pre-doctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) Traineeship.
The conference will be held at the Pyle Center, 201 Langdon St., from 1 to 6:30pm featuring guest speaker Curtis L. Payton, a nationally recognized leader for his critical work in promoting diversity and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented populations in higher education and for his focus on health disparities in these populations.
In 2004, Payton was awarded the national Bouchet Leadership Award at Yale for his pioneering work in microbial diseases and in recognition of his prolific activity in issues of diversity and mentoring. He retired after a 36-year career at the Yale School of Medicine in 2006.
The Bouchet Society is named for the nation's first African American doctoral degree recipient, who earned a doctorate in physics from Yale University in 1876. It was established in 2005 by Yale University and Howard University to recognize this historic event and to promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and among professors.
Date Published: 03/05/2012