Department of Public Health Sciences
Library Resource Center
Suite 321

Meet Our Faculty

L. Faye Grimsley, PhD, CIH, MSPH

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences Department Head, Public Health Sciences Associate Division Chair, Biological and Public Health Sciences

Library Resource Center, Suite 321
Campus Box V
New Orleans, LA 70125

Office: 504-520-7460

Fax: 504-520-7894

Email: fgrimsle@xula.edu

Dr. L. Faye Grimsley holds a BS degree in Microbiology from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, an MSPH degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a PhD degree in Environmental and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Dr. Grimsley worked in private industry for seven years. Four years with Texaco Inc., as an industrial hygienist and three years with International Paper as a senior process industrial hygienist. Dr. Grimsley is a certified industrial hygienist (CIH) with more than 20 years of experience.

Dr. Grimsley’s research interests include indoor air quality, bioaerosols, and exposure assessment, with a particular interest in exposure characterization and control of indoor allergens, bacteria, mold, and the toxins they produce. Dr. Grimsley has several years of experience conducting exposure assessment, environmental and occupational health training, scientific research, and teaching. She has participated in research projects that investigated the exposure response relationship for particulates and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), assessed pesticide exposures in residential homes of migrant laborers, investigated indoor asthma triggers and lead exposures in low-income children in the New Orleans, assessed exposure for indoor air pollution in unplanned urban settlements in Syria, and conducted mold and allergen exposure assessment investigations in flood damaged homes of asthmatic children in the New Orleans area Post-Katrina. She has served for NIH study sections, work groups, and review panels in the areas of biomarkers of mold exposures, mold exposure assessment, hazardous waste management, oil spill response, and occupational health and safety.

Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences

Regina Benjamin MD, MBA holds the NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of New Orleans. From 2009-2013, Dr Benjamin served as the 18th United States Surgeon General and chair of the National Prevention Council – 17 cabinet level Federal agencies that developed the road map for the Nation’s health – the National Prevention Strategy.

Having served as America’s Doctor, Regina has invaluable experience and insights, as well as a longstanding commitment to improving health care outcomes – particularly for underserved populations. From her early days as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama to her leadership role in the worldwide advancement of preventive health care, Dr. Regina Benjamin has forged a career that has been recognized by a broad spectrum of organizations and publications. In 1995, she was the first physician under the age of 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. Other past board memberships include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Catholic Health Association, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Benjamin is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has been chosen as a Kellogg National Fellow and Rockefeller Next Generation Leader.

Krista Mincey MPH, DrPH

Assistant Professor

Library Resource Center, Suite 321
Campus Box V
New Orleans, LA 70125

Office: 504-520-5702

Fax: 504-520-7894

Email: kmincey@xula.edu

Krista Mincey, MPH, DrPH is an Assistant Professor at Xavier University of Louisiana. She holds a DrPH in Community Health Behavior & Education from Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health in Statesboro, GA. In addition, she holds a MPH from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savanna, GA and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. Her dissertation Just be a Man About it: The Influence of Masculinity on the Coping Mechanisms of Undergraduate African American Men examined the ideas of manhood in Black men using mixed methods. Her research interests are mental health, Black men’s health, and health disparities.

Tyra Gross, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Library Resource Center, Suite 321
Campus Box V
New Orleans, LA 70125

Office: 504-520-5110

Fax: 504-520-7894

Email: tgross@ xula.edu

Tyra Gross is a new Assistant Professor in the Department and is originally from Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Gross currently teaches Nutrition & Health, Behavioral Theory in Public Health, and Intro to Global Health. Prior to Xavier, Dr. Gross completed a NIH funded postdoctoral research fellowship in women’s health at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). In Summer 2014, she completed her PhD in Health Promotion & Behavior at the University of Georgia (UGA). She earned a B.S. in Nutrition from Louisiana State University (LSU) and a MPH in Behavioral & Community Health Sciences from LSU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Gross was a fellow for both the American Public Health Association (APHA) Maternal & Child Health section and the Albert Schweitzer Fellow, New Orleans chapter in 2008-2009. Her primary research interests include maternal & child health disparities, with a particular focus on breastfeeding in African-American women.

Leonard Jack, Jr., Ph.D., M. Sc.

Director, Division of Community Health National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Center for Disease Control and Prevention Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences Xavier University of Louisiana

Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr. joined the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion as Director of the Division of Community Health in January, 2013.  In this capacity, Dr. Jack provides national leadership around the division’s vision and mission to advance the science and practice of community health. Dr. Jack returned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after many years of serving in various academic appointments and leadership capacities at the university level.

Dr. Jack served as Associate Dean for Research; Director of the Center for Minority Health, Health Disparities, Research and Education; Endowed Chair of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research; and Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Jack was the Founding Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. 

Prior to this appointment at Xavier University of Louisiana, Dr. Jack held the Jim Finks Endowed Chair of Health Promotion and served as Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s (LSUHSC) School of Public Health.  Before joining the faculty at the LSUHSC School of Public Health, Dr. Jack served as Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Interim Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health at Jackson State University.  Early in his career, he served as an Instructor in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Leisure Studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  He currently holds three adjunct appointments at the rank of Professor in the Global and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health at Tulane University; the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine; and the Department of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana.

In addition, Dr. Jack worked at CDC for more than 14 years, serving as a Senior Behavioral Scientist and Lead of the Applied Behavioral Research, Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Evaluation Team in the Divisions of Diabetes Translation and Cancer Prevention and Control.  He has published over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and/or book chapters.  Dr. Jack has published three books, among which include the second edition of an edited volume entitled, “Diabetes in Black America: Clinical and Public Health Solutions to A National Crisis”. His areas of research expertise include sociocultural aspects of disease management; family- and community-based research; men’s and minority health; program evaluation; and psychosocial aspects of managing diabetes.  He completed his undergraduate training in Community Health Education with a concentration in Psychology and Biology at Virginia State University and his Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Health Education at The Pennsylvania State University. 

Jennifer L Glick, MPH

Adjunct Professor

Jennifer L. Glick, MPH is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Ms. Glick holds a master’s degree in public health and a graduate certificate in gender and sexuality studies from Tulane University. Jennifer is the founder and co-executive committee member of the Tulane Society for Sexuality Health and Gender (TSSHaG). She has a strong interest in the intersections of gender, sexuality, public health, and social justice. She has extensive experience managing and directing HIV prevention interventions and sexual health promotion at the community level. She has both qualitative and quantitative research experience and is currently involved in research collaborations with global partners focusing on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC), HIV risk reduction practices among female sex workers, and HIV surveillance among transgender individuals. Additional research interests include: mixed methods research, respondent driven sampling, social determinants of health, community participatory action research, minority stress, stigma and its impact on health seeking behavior, and the application of critical social theory on public health practice.