Micaela Gladney is a young health professional with verified experience working in both health research and clinical health environments. She is skilled in Data Analysis, Research Design, Quantitative and Qualitative Research, and Program Evaluation.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She then moved to New York where she earned a Master of Public Health with a certificate in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. During her time at Columbia, she worked as a Teaching Assistant and served as a mentor to first-year NDP-ethnic students at Mailman. Her primary research focus was on health disparities in the context of the social and environmental determinants of cardiovascular disease outcomes among diverse non-dominant populations.
Following her Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, she was hired as a Research Health Science Specialist for the Durham VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) service, in support of research projects conducted by Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT). She worked collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals to develop and implement research studies. She also supported research dissemination activities by contributing to and preparing manuscripts.
Ms. Gladney is a native of North Carolina and hopes to someday serve her community as a pediatric cardiologist. She is also passionate about investigating the physiologic mechanisms by which factors in the environment contribute to cardiometabolic health inequities, and wants to be able to translate her research findings into interventions, policies, and practices that address structural and individual-level barriers to health.
In her free time, Ms. Gladney enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her daughter, Ariah (2), is the light of her world, and she hopes to teach her the importance of cultural wealth in maintaining optimal health and wellbeing.