Meet the Team

Robin McAtee, Phd, RN, FACHE, Director

Ronni Chernoff, Phd, FAND, FASPEN, Associate Director

Contact Us for more information: 

Laura Spradley, MS, Outreach Education Coordinator: lspradley@uams.edu

Sajni Kumpuris, BA, CDP, Alzheimer’s Disease Program Education Manager: skumpuris@uams.edu

Whitney Thomasson, MAP, Research Assistant WThomasson@uams.edu

AGEC general questions: agec@uams.edu

Meet our Geriatric Fellows

Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACE, Director and Ronni Chernoff, PhD, FAND, FASPEN, AGEC Associate Director, and , are pleased to announce awardees for the 2018 Junior Faculty Fellowships in geriatrics at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS. Christopher Walter, PT, DPT, PhD and Priya Priyambada, MD were notified of the decision in July, 2018. The fellowship program objective is to support the career development of professionals who want to specialize in academic and clinical geriatrics. The award includes $40,000 in salary support and will support attendance for each at (1) national geriatric conference. Their fellowships began January 01, 2016.

2018 Awardees

Dr. Walter

Chris Walter

Christopher Walter, PT, DPT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest Campus.  He completed his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Utah.  He also earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Central Arkansas.  Dr. Walter has extensive clinical experience treating patients following stroke and brain injury.  His research focuses on improving function and quality of life in older adults and individuals with neurological disorders by studying the interaction between cognition and motor function.

Dr. Priyampada, MD

Dr. Priyambada

Dr Priya Priyambada is originally from a naturally beautiful south Asian country, Nepal. She completed medical school from Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, Nepal. Dr Priyambada did her residency in Family and Preventive Medicine and later fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Little Rock, Arkansas. She was awarded with Physician Patient relationship award during her residency. She likes evidence-based practice and has enormous interest in clinical research. During her residency and fellowship trainings she was involved in poster presentations, Quality improvement projects and publications of her research works in journals. After her fellowship she worked in department of Family and Preventive Medicine for about one and half year and is currently working as an assistant professor at the Institute of Aging, UAMS.  She is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows during their geriatric inpatient and outpatient rotations at UAMS. Dr Priyambada continues to work in research projects and she has special interest in research works related to dementia in elderly population.

2017 Awardees
Dr. Upendra Kar
Upendra Kar, Ph.D. Dr. Kar is an Assistant Professor of research in the College of Pharmacy. He received his Ph.D. degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India and post-doctoral training from Johns Hopkins Medical Institute (JHMI) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has extensive training in Stem Cell Biology. His research interest is to understand the molecular mechanism of stem cell exhaustion, a process known to be one of the fundamental hallmarks of aging. Using the 3D ex-vivo organoid culture system and various animal models he intends to 1) understand the underlying basis of human aging and cell death and 2) develop interventions which may enhance the life span and delay the aging process.
Dr. VanHoose
Lisa VanHoose, Ph.D., MPH, PT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas. She completed her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science and MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She also completed the NHLBI PRIDE Summer Institute with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology. Her BS in Health Science and MS in Physical Therapy were earned at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. VanHoose’s research focuses on the incidence, prevalence, and severity of cancer-related side effects with an emphasis on the disease burden of minority and rural cancer survivors.
2016 Awardees
Dr. Price
Dr. Price is Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacogenomics) in the College of Pharmacy and Assistant Professor, Genetic Counseling in the College of Health Related Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In addition, Dr. Price is Intermittent Pharmacist at the John L. McCellan Memorial VA Health System in Little Rock, AR. He received his PharmD degree from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee and his PhD in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Dr. Vincenzo
Dr. Vincenzo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest Campus. She completed her PhD at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in Kinesiology with a graduate certificate in Educational Statistics and Research Design. She also earned a Master of Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University and a Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut. She is a board-certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist. Dr. Vincenzo has extensive experience in physical therapy for older adults.