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Huston-Tillotson University Experts for Media Interviews

Director of Public Relations


Carlos M. Cervantes, PhD, The Ohio State University; Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE)
Chair, Department of Kinesiology
Areas of Expertise:
Adapted Physical Education, Disability Studies and Visual Impairments, Physical Education Teacher Education, Health and Physical Activity Promotion and Health Disparities. Fluent in both English and Spanish.

Robert M. Ceresa, Ph.D., Florida International University
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Areas of Expertise: Political development and participation, the organizational effectiveness of community/civil society groups and organizations, urban and racial/ethnic politics.

James Kraft, Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Areas of expertise:  Interreligious dialogue; the impact the serious consideration of religious diversity has on the justification of religious belief; religion and violence; the rationality of religious belief; and religious disagreement.

Amanda M. Masino, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Biology

Areas of expertise:  Genetics, cellular and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology. Research interests include skeletal muscle developmental genetics and environmental toxicology.

Rosalee Martin, Ph.D., LPC, LCDC, LMSW-ACP, University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Sociology

Areas of expertise:  Alcohol and drug abuse; sexual abuse; counseling; HIV/AIDS; conflict resolution; gang behavior;  welfare issues;  human sexuality;  social work; etc.  Licensed Professional Counselor; Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor; Licensed Master Social Worker; Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

Debra L. Murphy, Ph.D., M.P.H., Texas Christian University
Professor of Psychology
Principal Investigator/Coordinator of the HT Health/Mental Health Connection Project (an HIV/AIDS Project)

Areas of expertise:  Racial disparities in health and mental health, including the implementation, evaluation, and research of prevention and intervention programs in the area of health promotion and disease prevention, including HIV/AIDS, specifically with regard to minorities, women, and youth.  Other areas of focus:  eHealth and Youth Empowerment.

Katherine Durham Oldmixon, Ph.D., English UT-Austin, M.F.A. Creative Writing University of New Orleans
Chair, English Department, Director of the Writing Program, Professor of English, Co-director of the Poetry at Round Top Festival, Senior Poetry Editor, Tupelo Quarterly
Areas of research:   Literary Studies, with emphases in English medieval literature, poetics, British and world literatures, language and culture, folklore and cultural theory; Writing Studies, with emphases in Creative Writing/Poetry, writing centers, and multimodal composition. Ethnographic research in Caribbean cultural performance, especially salsa, and an active member of the salsa community in Austin.  A poet and works with local poetry, art and theater organizations, past president of Austin Poetry Society.  Serves as a trustee for the Shanti Foundation for Intercultural Understanding.  Has strong community connections with ProArts Collective, Puerto Rican Dance and Folklore, Texas Writers’ League, Texas Book Festival and various Latino organizations and artists.