Executive Committee

The RPHC Executive Committee is comprised of faculty from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Department of Religion, Rollins School of Public Health, Woodruff School of Nursing, and Emory Healthcare.

John Blevins, ThD
Research Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Dr. Blevins’ scholarly interests include practical theology, religion and sexuality, community-based participatory research (CBPR), and religion’s role as a social determinant of health. He is a regular contributor on these issues to the online magazine Religion Dispatches and serves on the Steering Committee of the African Religious Health Assets Programme, a consortium of scholars and practitioners in religion, the social sciences, and public health that is exploring the ways in which religion influences communities’ understanding of health and wellness in Africa. For more information on Dr. Blevins and his work, click here.

Laura M. Gaydos, PhD
Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health

Dr. Gaydos’ areas of interest include faith-based health, maternal and child health, health policy, nutrition, and obesity prevention. Her research projects have been funded by CDC, USDA, and Emory.  For more information on Dr. Gaydos and her work, click here.

George H. Grant, PhD
Executive Director, Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare

Dr. Grant’s area of research focus is on the spirituality and cultural qualities associated with whole person health.

Carol J.R. Hogue, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology and Jules and Uldeen Terry Professor of Maternal and Child Health
, Rollins School of Public Health

Dr. Hogue has spent over 30 years conducting research on unintended pregnancy and its sequelae, as well as understanding the causes and consequences of racial/ethnic disparities in reproductive and adult health, including pioneering studies into the excess risk of low birth weight among university-educated African-American women.  For more information on Dr. Hogue and her work, click here.

Ellen Idler, PhD
Director, Religion and Public Health Collaborative; Professor of Sociology, Emory College


Dr. Idler studies the influence of attitudes, beliefs, and social connections on health, including the effect of self-ratings of health on mortality and disability, and the impact of religious participation on health and the timing of death among the elderly, research supported by National Institute on Aging funding, including a FIRST Award. She has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociological Forum, the Slovenian Journal of Aging, and Rutgers University Press.  For more information on Dr. Idler and her work, click here.

Mimi Kiser, DMin, MPH, RN
Research Assistant Research Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Dr. Kiser’s work focuses on building the capacity of health groups to form collaborative relationships with the faith community and provide multi-sector leadership development for the elimination of health disparities. Currently Dr. Kiser is leading the Academic Programs Working Group for Emory’s Religion and Public Health Collaborative and working with colleagues in teaching and community mobilization activities throughout the US and in Kenya.  For more information on Dr. Kiser and her work, click here.

Emmanuel Lartey, PhD
Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling
, Candler School of Theology

Dr. Lartey teaches pastoral care, counseling, and theology in different cultural contexts, with particular reference to African, British, and American expressions. He is researching the theological implications and practical effects of pastoral care in a diversity of cultures. He also teaches in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion in the Person, Community, and Religious Life Program.  For more information on Dr. Lartey and his work, click here.

Susan Landskroener, MM
Project Manager