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Consuelo Wilkins
Title Dr.
Faculty Rank Executive Director
Degree MD
Institution Meharry Medical College
Department Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
Clusters Community Engagement
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd.
Biomedical Building
City Nashville
State TN
Postal Code 37208
Telephone 615-963-2827
Fax 615-320-4957
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Title Associate Professor of Medicine
Institution Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Division General Internal Medicine and Public Health
Title Associate Professor of Medicine
Institution Meharry Medical College
Title Director
Institution Meharry-Vanderbilt Community-Engaged Research Core
Title Senior Research Program Mentor
Institution Vanderbilt Univ School of Medicine
Division Research 2 Curriculum
Title Faculty Advisor
Institution GE National Medical Fellowship
Division Primary Care Leadership Program
Title Workgroup Chair
Institution PCORnet Patient & Consumer Engagement (PCE) Task Force
Title Research Area Director
Institution Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Title Resident
Institution Duke University Medical Center
Division Internal Medicine
Title Fellow
Institution Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Division Geriatric Medicine

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2002 St. Louis American Foundation Top 10 Physicians in St. Louis
2004 Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Association Recognition Award
2004 National Medical Association Region V Best Physician
2006 Howard University Alumni Alumnus of the Year
2006 Mound City Medical Forum Outstanding Service Award
2006 Professional Organization of Women Women of Distinction Award
2008 Washington University Distinguished Faculty Award for Community Service
2008 Washington University Kopolow Award for Excellence in Geriatrics, Neurology or Psychiatry
2010 Washington University’s Center for Health Policy Senior Fellow
2013 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women Fellow
2013 Association of American Medical Colleges Learning Health System Challenge Award
2013 Knight’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Norman R. Seay Lecturer

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As the Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, a strategic partnership between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, my primary responsibilities include developing and supporting collaborative initiatives and programs in biomedical research, community engagement and interprofessional learning. I hold appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine at both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College. As co-director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community-Engaged Research Core in the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, I bring together academic researchers and community members to improve community health and healthcare through community-engaged research. I am widely recognized for my work in stakeholder engagement, and I am Principal Investigator of a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Research Award focused on Improving Patient Engagement and Understanding its Impact on Research.

My prior research has focused on understanding the complex intersection between cognitive impairment, frailty and depression. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2012, I was an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, with secondary appointments in Psychiatry and Surgery (Public Health Sciences) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. I served as Founding Director of the Center for Community Health and Partnerships in the Institute for Public Health, co-director of the Center for Community Engaged Research in the CTSA, and director of "Our Community, Our Health"- a collaborative program with Saint Louis University to disseminate culturally relevant health information and facilitate community-academic partnerships to address health disparities.

I serve on numerous national committees and boards including the CTSA Consortium Collaboration/Engagement Domain Task Force (Lead Team), PCORI Advisory Panel on Clinical Trials Subcommittee on Recruitment, Accrual, and Retention, PCORnet Patient and Consumer Engagement Task Force (co-chair), and the NIA Task Force for Diversity in Scholar Development in Aging/Neurocognitive Disease and Research Recruitment.

I earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a Doctor of Medicine from Howard University. I completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Following medical training, I earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Washington University School of Medicine.

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1. Skinner JS, Abel WM, McCoy K, Wilkins CH. Exploring the "Obesity Paradox" as a Correlate of Cognitive and Physical Function in Community-dwelling Black and White Older Adults. Ethn Dis. 2017; 27(4):387-394.
2. Wilkins CH, Skinner JS, Boyer AP, Morrow-Howell N, Smith JM, Birge SJ. A Community-Based Collaborative Care Model to Improve Functional Health in Underserved Community-Dwelling Older Adults. J Aging Health. 2017 Nov 01; 898264317731427.
3. Heerman WJ, Jackson N, Roumie CL, Harris PA, Rosenbloom ST, Pulley J, Wilkins CH, Williams NA, Crenshaw D, Leak C, Scherdin J, Muñoz D, Bachmann J, Rothman RL, Kripalani S. Recruitment methods for survey research: Findings from the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Nov; 62:50-55.
4. Stubbs C, Schorn MN, Leavell JP, Espiritu EW, Davis G, Gentry CK, Friedman E, Patton T, Graham A, Crowder R, Wilkins CH. Implementing and evaluating a community-based, inter-institutional, interprofessional education pilot programme. J Interprof Care. 2017 Sep; 31(5):652-655.
5. Erves JC, Mayo-Gamble TL, Malin-Fair A, Boyer A, Joosten Y, Vaughn YC, Sherden L, Luther P, Miller S, Wilkins CH. Needs, Priorities, and Recommendations for Engaging Underrepresented Populations in Clinical Research: A Community Perspective. J Community Health. 2017 Jun; 42(3):472-480.
6. Fair AM, Beckwitt AE, Wujcik D, Wilkins CH, Halmon U, Disher A, Champion VL. Provider Perspectives of the Complexities of Follow-Up of Abnormal Mammographic Findings. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 09; 14(9):1190-1193.
7. Moses KA, Heslop D, Griffith DM, Holmes A, Sherden L, Wilkins CH, Wallston KA. Development and Initial Testing of the FLOW Instrument: Novel Assessment of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Men. J Urol. 2017 Sep; 198(3):657-662.
8. Joosten YA, Israel TL, Williams NA, Boone LR, Schlundt DG, Mouton CP, Dittus RS, Bernard GR, Wilkins CH. Community Engagement Studios: A Structured Approach to Obtaining Meaningful Input From Stakeholders to Inform Research. Acad Med. 2015 Dec; 90(12):1646-50.
9. Cunningham J, Wallston KA, Wilkins CH, Hull PC, Miller ST. Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the HPV Clinical Trial Survey for Parents (CTSP-HPV) Using Traditional Survey Development Methods and Community Engagement Principles. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Dec; 8(6):702-9.
10. Skinner JS, Morgan A, Hernandez-Saucedo H, Hansen A, Corbett S, Arbuckle M, Leverenz JB, Wilkins CH, Craft S, Baker LD. Associations between Markers of Glucose and Insulin Function and Cognitive Function in Healthy African American Elders. J Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2015 Aug; 4(4).
11. Skinner JS, Poe B, Hopper R, Boyer A, Wilkins CH. Assessing the effectiveness of pharmacist-directed medication therapy management in improving diabetes outcomes in patients with poorly controlled diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2015 08; 41(4):459-65.
12. Cunningham J, Miller ST, Joosten Y, Elzey JD, Israel T, King C, Luther P, Vaughn Y, Wilkins CH. Community-Engaged Strategies to Promote Relevance of Research Capacity-Building Efforts Targeting Community Organizations. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Oct; 8(5):513-7.
13. Johnson DA, Joosten YA, Wilkins CH, Shibao CA. Case Study: Community Engagement and Clinical Trial Success: Outreach to African American Women. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Aug; 8(4):388-90.
14. Wilkins CH, Spofford M, Williams N, McKeever C, Allen S, Brown J, Opp J, Richmond A, Strelnick AH. Community representatives' involvement in Clinical and Translational Science Awardee activities. Clin Transl Sci. 2013 Aug; 6(4):292-6.
15. Wilkins CH, Roe CM, Morris JC, Galvin JE. Mild physical impairment predicts future diagnosis of dementia of the Alzheimer's type. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jul; 61(7):1055-9.
16. Sheline YI, Disabato BM, Hranilovich J, Morris C, D'Angelo G, Pieper C, Toffanin T, Taylor WD, MacFall JR, Wilkins C, Barch DM, Welsh-Bohmer KA, Steffens DC, Krishnan RR, Doraiswamy PM. Treatment course with antidepressant therapy in late-life depression. Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Nov; 169(11):1185-93.
17. Barch DM, D'Angelo G, Pieper C, Wilkins CH, Welsh-Bohmer K, Taylor W, Garcia KS, Gersing K, Doraiswamy PM, Sheline YI. Cognitive improvement following treatment in late-life depression: relationship to vascular risk and age of onset. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Aug; 20(8):682-90.
18. Wilkins CH. Communicating results of community-based participatory research. Virtual Mentor. 2011 Feb 01; 13(2):81-5.
19. Sheline YI, Pieper CF, Barch DM, Welsh-Bohmer K, Welsh-Boehmer K, McKinstry RC, MacFall JR, D'Angelo G, Garcia KS, Gersing K, Wilkins C, Taylor W, Steffens DC, Krishnan RR, Doraiswamy PM. Support for the vascular depression hypothesis in late-life depression: results of a 2-site, prospective, antidepressant treatment trial. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010 Mar; 67(3):277-85.
20. Wilkins CH, Mathews J, Sheline YI. Late life depression with cognitive impairment: evaluation and treatment. Clin Interv Aging. 2009; 4:51-7.
21. Wilkins CH, Birge SJ, Sheline YI, Morris JC. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with worse cognitive performance and lower bone density in older African Americans. J Natl Med Assoc. 2009 Apr; 101(4):349-54.
22. Wilkins CH, Roe CM, Morris JC. A brief clinical tool to assess physical function: the mini-physical performance test. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2010 Jan-Feb; 50(1):96-100.
23. Sheline YI, Price JL, Vaishnavi SN, Mintun MA, Barch DM, Epstein AA, Wilkins CH, Snyder AZ, Couture L, Schechtman K, McKinstry RC. Regional white matter hyperintensity burden in automated segmentation distinguishes late-life depressed subjects from comparison subjects matched for vascular risk factors. Am J Psychiatry. 2008 Apr; 165(4):524-32.
24. Wilkins CH, Wilkins KL, Meisel M, Depke M, Williams J, Edwards DF. Dementia undiagnosed in poor older adults with functional impairment. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Nov; 55(11):1771-6.
25. Wilkins CH. Osteoporosis screening and risk management. Clin Interv Aging. 2007; 2(3):389-94.
26. Wilkins CH, Sheline YI, Roe CM, Birge SJ, Morris JC. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with low mood and worse cognitive performance in older adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2006 Dec; 14(12):1032-40.
27. Johnson DK, Wilkins CH, Morris JC. Accelerated weight loss may precede diagnosis in Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. 2006 Sep; 63(9):1312-7.
28. Wilkins CH, Grant EA, Schmitt SE, McKeel DW, Morris JC. The neuropathology of Alzheimer disease in African American and white individuals. Arch Neurol. 2006 Jan; 63(1):87-90.
29. Wilkins CH, Birge SJ. Prevention of osteoporotic fractures in the elderly. Am J Med. 2005 Nov; 118(11):1190-5.
30. Sheline YI, Mintun MA, Barch DM, Wilkins C, Snyder AZ, Moerlein SM. Decreased hippocampal 5-HT(2A) receptor binding in older depressed patients using [18F]altanserin positron emission tomography. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2004 Dec; 29(12):2235-41.
31. Wilkins CH, Goldfeder JS. Osteoporosis screening is unjustifiably low in older African-American women. J Natl Med Assoc. 2004 Apr; 96(4):461-7.
32. WILKINS CH. A pharmacist speaks on our profession. Can Hosp. 1954 May; 31(5):48-50; passim.

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