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Rural Health


Photo of Byrant SmalleyBryant Smalley, PhD, PsyD, MBA is the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Rural Health and Professor of Public Health in the College of Health Sciences. He also serves as the Associate Vice President for Research within the University. A licensed clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Smalley has focused his career on community-based research designed to improve health and wellness outcomes in rural communities.  He has been PI of more than $21 million in grant funding focused on rural health, including Center of Excellence funding through the National Institutes of Health, as well as other funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Commonwealth Fund, AARP, and others. At University of Wyoming, Dr. Smalley serves as PI of the federally-funded Community Health Worker Training Consortium, which is establishing a statewide training program for community health workers (CHWs) while also examining the impact that CHWs have on health outcomes within rural communities. Prior to coming to the University of Wyoming, Dr. Smalley served as the Associate Dean for Research in the rural-focused Mercer University School of Medicine where he was responsible for growing and supporting research across the full biomedical research spectrum. He also previously served as the founding Executive Director of the Rural Health Research Institute (an NIMHD Center of Excellence) at Georgia Southern University where he was responsible for building interdisciplinary research teams to grow rural health research at the University. He has mentored dozens of faculty via mentoring programs ranging from seminar-style workshops to federally-funded multi-year career development and grantwriting mentoring initiatives intended to diversify the rural health research workforce. Dr. Smalley has received significant recognition for his rural health work, including being the recipient of each of the Outstanding Researcher of the Year, Outstanding Educator of the Year, and Outstanding Program of the Year awards from the National Rural Health Association. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as 5 books, including the texts Rural Mental Health, Rural Public Health, and Health Equity.







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