Faculty Scholars

Courtney BomanCourtney Bonam, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Courtney Bonam is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She began this position in 2012, after completing a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Bonam is also a research affiliate of San Francisco State University's Center for Sustainable Cities and Schools. Trained as a social psychologist, her research focuses on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; environmental justice; racial disparities in access to high quality physical space; as well as the experiences and perceptions of multiracial people. Courtney is a graduate of Stanford University. During her time there, she published research focusing on multiracial individuals' views of race as a social construct, as well as how this view can afford them resilience in potentially challenging social situations.

Keith ElderKeith Elder, PhD
Samford University

Keith Elder currently serves as dean and professor of Samford University's School of Public Health. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he was a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Minority Pre-doctoral fellowship. The fellowship funded his dissertation research. Elder served previously as chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University. He has also served as faculty at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health and the University of Alabama Birmingham's Department of Health Services Administration. Elder's research primarily focuses on providing evidence to help inform health programs, health policy, and health care delivery.

Amani Nuru JeterAmani Nuru-Jeter, PhD
Associate Professor
University of California-Berkeley

Dr. Nuru-Jeter is an Associate Professor of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Nuru-Jeter completed her PhD in Health Policy and Management, Health and Social Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and earned an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health. Amani's broad research interest is to integrate social, demographic and epidemiologic methods to examine racial inequalities in health as they exist across populations, across place and over the life-course. Her research has included work on doctor-patient race-concordance; the intersection of race, socioeconomic status, and gender on risk for psychological distress, disability outcomes, adult mortality, and child health and development; racial segregation; and racism stress and mental health outcomes. Her previous roles include Health Policy Coordinator at DC Action for Children and Manager of the State Primary Care Office at the Department of Health in Washington, D.C.

Leodis ScottLeodis Scott, EdD
Depaul University

Dr. Leodis Scott serves on the faculty of the College of Education at DePaul. He received a EdD from Columbia University-Teachers College in Adult Learning and Leadership and co-founded LearnLong Institute for Education and Learning Research (NFP), an educational think-tank in adult and continuing education that focuses on developing learning cities and societies. His research interest include Learning Cities/Regions, Quality of Life, and Lifelong Learning Policy; Academic Accreditation, Analytics, and Assessment; Educational Philosophy and Research Methodologies​.