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Sadler Scholar Advisors

Jalayne Arias, JD, MA, and Keisha Ray, PhD, are consultants to the Sadler Scholars initiative. Beginning in 2022, they will co-lead professional development workshops and provide expert advice on professional development for early-career scholars in bioethics, health policy, medical and health humanities, and related fields. Their role is made possible by the Sadler Fund for Socially Just Health Policy, which aims to cultivate a more diverse set of scholars committed to creating a more equitable world.

Jalayne Arias, JD, MA, is an associate professor of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Her research harnesses training in law and ethics to evaluate critical challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and aging. Professor Arias completed the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics (Cleveland Clinic, 2011-2013) and an Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) (2016-2018). Her research has been funded through grants from the  National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Hellman Foundation, and the Aging Research and Criminal Health Network.

Keisha Ray, PhD, has a doctoral degree in philosophy and is currently an assistant professor at UT Health Houston, McGovern Medical School, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where she also serves as director for the Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration. Her research specialties are in the sociopolitical determinants of Black people’s health, integrating race into medical school curriculum, and the ethics of biotechnology. She has published in many peer-reviewed journals, contributed chapters to anthologies, given invited keynote lectures, and served as a consultant in many broad topics in bioethics and medical humanities. She has also been an instructor in graduate and post-graduate education for 15 years.

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