Vicki L. Collie-Akers, Ph.D.
Dr. Collie-Akers holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Saint Louis University. Her research is primarily focused on applying a community-based participatory research orientation to working with communities to understand how collaborative partnerships and coalitions can improve social determinants of health and equity and reduce disparities in health outcomes.
Throughout her career, Dr. Collie-Akers has worked to promote health through research and practice, including assisting in research projects that studied coverage of prevention research in small market media, environmental assessments of walkability for children, mammography usage among African American women, and promoting involvement of neighborhood and faith-based organizations in a CDC-funded REACH 2010 project in Kansas City, Missouri. In her position at the KU Work Group, she directs several evaluation projects that support partners, such as the Medical Legal Partnership of Western Missouri, who are working to promote health through their comprehensive initiatives. Additionally, she serves as principle investigator or co-investigator on several projects promoting health equity and reduction in health disparities in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Dr. Collie-Akers has provided consultation to a number of community initiatives on topics such as evaluation, logic model development, and sustainability. She has also been active in capacity building through trainings and webinars of individuals including public health practitioners and grass-roots community representatives.
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4082 Dole Human Development Center
Lawrence, KS 66045
Applying a community-based participatory research orientation to working with communities to understand how collaborative partnerships and coalitions can improve social determinants of health and equity and reduce disparities in health outcomes.