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Linda Aldoory, Associate Dean for Research and Programming, and Professor of Communication
laldoory@umd.edu, 301-405-7364

Linda Aldoory, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Research and Programming for the College or Arts and Humanities, and Professor in the Department of Communication. She is former Endowed Chair and Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy located in the School of Public Health at UMD. Aldoory's research focuses on health communication and public relations. She examines effects of campaigns and messages on underserved health populations. Some of her most recent grants have been with Prince George's County Health Department and Atlantic General Hospital and Health System. Her research is published in leading journals of the field, such as Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication and Journal of Public Relations Research. She has worked in health communication for over 20 years and has consulted for federal agencies, such as the CDC, FDA and USDA. She formerly worked for the Bronx Perinatal Consortium and American Psychiatric Association in public health campaigns.


Cara Kennedy, Grants Development Coordinator

Cara Kennedy holds B.A. degrees in Psychology and French from Augustana College, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. Her research has focused on the design and evaluation of preventive interventions for children and families, both in the United States and in Haiti, and on the mental health impact of child servitude in Haiti. Prior to coming to the College of Arts and Humanities, she worked as a grant writer for a nonprofit organization working in Haiti. As Grants Development Coordinator she is responsible for supporting faculty to identify and secure resources for their research and scholarship.


Ashley Richerson Miller, Coordinator

Ashley holds B.S. degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from William Jewell College, and a M.Ed. in Community Arts, Integrated Arts specialization from Lesley University. Her professional interests include interdisciplinary and arts-integrated education, curriculum development, and community arts programming. Prior to coming to the College of Arts and Humanities, she worked as a musician, educator and administrator in schools, nonprofits and higher education. Ashley is responsible for coordinating administrative operations and programming for the center.