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Editor Name: Vivian L. Carter
Designation: Associate Professor
University: Tuskegee University
Biography: Dr. Vivian Carter, is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology at Tuskegee University. She also serves as the Deputy Director for Community Engagement for the Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education. Dr. Carter is an experienced social scientist with specialties in organizational development and transformation, medical sociology and race relations. Dr. Carter is one of the originators of the “Invisible Legacy Project” along with Dr. Caroline Gebhard and Dr. Gwendolyn Jones. Dr. Carter has served as a Primary Investigator on three funded cancer related grants. Dr. Carter is currently the primary investigator for the Healthy Lifestyle Program under the U54 Cancer Research Partnership between Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition, she is currently the primary investigator of a Broadening Participation Research (BPR) STEM Retention Study funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Carter is committed to expanding the reach of behavioral science and encourages interdepartmental collaborations at all levels within the academy. She has served on several community boards including Governor Robert Bentley’s Alabama HIV Task Force on Children and Adults, the Alabama Battered Women’s Taskforce, the Macon County Cancer Coalition (Co-Founder), and the Mayors Health Advisory Board. In her native state of Oklahoma, she served as the Lead Cultural Diversity Consultant for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ strategic plan to increase minority participation in rehabilitation service programs. Dr. Carter has received several awards including Tuskegee University Teaching and Research Excellence Awards, Heritage Who’s Who multiyear Honoree, Who’s Who Among Americans Teachers Multiyear Honoree, and the American Biographical Association’s “Two Thousand Most Notable Women”. Dr. Carter holds a masters degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma with practicum completed at the University of California Irvine and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma.