Erin Vinoski Thomas, Ph.D., is the Co-Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability, and is also a Research Associate Professor in the department of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Dr. Vinoski Thomas’s research focuses on disability health disparities, with an emphasis on identifying and promoting holistic health behaviors particularly among women and girls with disabilities.
Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Vinoski Thomas served as a Disability and Health Fellow with the National Association of County and City Health Officials; in this role, she supported a national program providing technical assistance to local health departments across the US to increase their inclusion of people with disabilities in their policies, programs, and services.
Kathleen Baggett is Co-Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability, Director, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, and Associate Professor .
Dr. Baggett is a Licensed Psychologist Health Service Provider and Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health. She directs the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, one of the five university level research centers at Georgia State.
For more than 12 years, she has served as an NIH study committee or special emphasis panel member for grant reviews on child development, peripartum health and well-being, child maltreatment prevention and treatment, and cross-institute clinical scientist loan repayment awards. Long-term research partnerships include the International Peripartum Mood Disorder Research Group, National Toddler Treatment Network, and Oregon Research Institute. Within the Society for Prevention Research and the Bridging the Word Gap research groups she mentors early career researchers.
Mark Crenshaw, MTS, is the Assistant Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability. He also serves as the Director of Interdisciplinary Training and the Training Director for Georgia’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) program. Mr. Crenshaw’s work focuses on developing disability leaders, building and sustaining community partnerships, and increasing the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in their communities. Since 2019, Mr. Crenshaw has represented CLD on the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and played a significant role in the Georgia Developmental Disabilities Network’s response to COVID-19. He provides training and technical assistance to LEND programs about the purposeful inclusion of self-advocates in interdisciplinary training. Mark has served on the design team and core faculty of the AUCD Leadership Academy since its inception in 2017.