Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Research on Rural Families & Communities
Co-Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, VICTR
Betts Chair, Education and Human Development
Professor, Human & Organizational Development
Vanderbilt University
Office Phone: (615) 343-4887
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Significance of context in studies of African American families and youth; Impact of racism on family functioning; Impact of the external stressors and protective factors (personality characteristics, coping behaviors, context, social support) on African-American families

Current Projects:
Computer-Based HIV Prevention for Rural African American Youth. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 9/13/2007 - 5/31/13


Travis Burns, B.B.A.
CRRFC Research Analyst II
Office Phone: (615) 322-4355
Office Cell: (731) 298-9676

Education / Training:
B.B.A., Belmont University, 2011


Graduate Research Assistants

Magaela C. Bethune, M.P.A.
Office Phone: (615) 322-2939

Vanderbilt University
Community Research & Action


 Community Staff

West Tennessee Community Consultants

Minnie L. Bommer, BPS, MA
Community Development Consultant
Tipton County


West TN Field Staff

Lavonda Bond Jacquelyn Butler Beverly Chism Shirley Coney
Sharhonda Crowder Fredia Evans Keith Hendrix Lachesha Hendrix
Mary Jarrett-Woods Cynthia Lacy-Janes Sharon Perry Lucille Perry-Dudley
Janice Reed Sabrina Scott Jacqueline Shields Valerie Smith
Jeanette Taylor Karetha Taylor-Miller Nakeyla Vann Essie Walker