Funded Training Announced for Three Early-Career Researchers

By David Robinson

Britni Ayers


Career Development Awards.

The KL2 program, co-led by Elisabet Borsheim, Ph.D., and Brooks Gentry, M.D., provides two years of research training to promising junior faculty. It provides 75 percent salary support and up to $25,000 per year for research, tuition, travel and education.

The awardees, selected by a UAMS study section (committee), are:

Britni Ayers, Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Medicine, UAMS Northwest Regional Campus; “Exploring



the Feasibility of a Group Prenatal Program, Kōmmour Prenatal, to Reduce Maternal and Infant Health Disparities among Marshallese Pacific Islander Women.”


Jure Baloh, Ph.D., M.H.A., assistant professor, Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health; “Adapting a Supervision Strategy for Sustaining Fidelity to Evidence-Based Practices in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings.”

Kimberly Stephens, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) Division/Center for Applied Research and Evaluation, Department of Pediatrics,



College of Medicine; “Changes in Epigenetic Mechanisms and Symptom Clusters Associated with the Resolution of Persistent Pain following Spinal Cord Stimulation.”