AEA Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Fellowship

The AEA Minority Serving Institution initiative brings a cohort of faculty from MSIs together throughout the 2017-2018 academic year and into the 2018 summer to participate in webinars, the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Workshop Series, and the AEA annual conference.The overall purpose of the initiative is to increase the participation of evaluators and academics from underrepresented groups in the profession of evaluation nd in the American Evaluation Association. The MSI Faculty Initiative identifies this group of potential and practicing evaluators by drawing from faculty at MSIs. The program focuses on:

  • Broadening their understanding of evaluation as a profession; and
  • Strengthening their knowledge of evaluation theory and methods through workshops, webinars, mentoring and experiential projects.

Meet the 2017-2018 MSI Cohort!

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  Juan DelaCruz             Dr. Naomi Hall-Byers         Dr. Nicole Henley           Dr. Imelda Moise 


Juan J. DelaCruzCity University of New York-Lehman College 

Juan J. DelaCruz is an Associate Professor of Economics and Business at Lehman College and associated faculty of the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. His work relates to health economics, which focuses on the economic and social determinants of health influencing HIV globally and in New York City. He is committed to the analysis of HIV-related disparities and economic evaluation of interventions for people with HIV. His work analyzes psychosocial factors affecting quality of life among HIV-infected individuals from an economics perspective. His research sustains that HIV-infected longtime survivors are facing disproportionate health outcomes, including disability and early death. His scholarship provides an opportunity to evaluate the needs of older HIV-infected individuals from an economic and multi-cultural perspective. As a MSI fellow, he is expecting to develop a framework of economic analysis to understand public health problems, leading to a more rigorous study of health disparities and economic evaluation.


Dr. Naomi M. Hall-Byers, Ph.D., MPH, Winston-Salem State University 

Dr. Naomi M. Hall-Byers is a social psychologist, with an advanced degree in public health, whose teaching and research has always focused on psychosocial, sociocultural, and contextual factors associated with health disparities and inequities among youth and emerging adults (YEAs) of African descent. Her methodological expertise lies in utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods, often employing mixed methodology, to identify potential key mechanisms and pathways of intervention to promote optimal sexual health, STI/HIV prevention, and risk reduction among YEAs. Dr. Hall-Byers’ academic and professional background is quite diverse, and includes over 10 years of experience providing health education, program planning and development, organizational management, consulting, and evaluation training and services to non-profits, governmental agencies, and academic institutions.

Dr. Hall-Byers is a former visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, an institution recognized worldwide for its work in STI/HIV prevention and intervention. She is an alumna of the NIMH/APA Minority Mentoring Program (HIV/AIDS Research Fellow), and the APA Cyber Mentors program. She recently completed a three-year term as an elected council member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9). She is currently on the steering committee for the APA Cyber Mentors program, and a research mentor for underrepresented students in three federally funded training programs on her campus—Maximizing Access to Research Careers, Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement, and Bridge to Doctorate.

Dr. Hall-Byers has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, American Psychological Association, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the University of North Carolina Center for AIDS Research. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a program grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Hall-Byers has three main goals while in the AEA MSI program:

  • Integrate culturally response and appropriate (CRA) evaluation methodology into her department’s Research Methodology and Statistics courses and Honors Curriculum
  • Develop an interdisciplinary evaluation course
  • Strengthen her ability to provide program evaluation services to community based organizations (CBOs) she works with

Dr. Nicole Henley, Ph.D., M.B.A., California State University, San Bernardino 

Dr. Nicole Henley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology at California State University, San Bernardino and serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Health Care Management Program. Dr. Henley earned her BBA in Finance and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  She received her Ph.D. in Health Services from UCLA as a UCLA-Rand Health Services Pre-Doctoral Fellow.  Prior to joining CSUSB, she worked as a Research Analyst for Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, detecting trends and patterns in county-level data that impact the health experiences of Los Angeles County residents.

Her diverse research and professional experiences have given Dr. Henley a greater understanding of how structural, social, and economic inequalities affect the access, use of health care services, and health outcomes among many individuals.  Her research agenda focuses on addressing social determinants of health related to access to care and health care disparities among vulnerable populations, particularly, homelessness.  Her goals are to educate, transform, and build resilient communities through teaching, and the translation of culturally-relevant research into policy and practice. She currently serves on the board of several academic and community organizations, both locally and out of state.  She continues to serve as a consultant, providing research and data analysis support to local organizations.  Dr. Henley describes herself as a “servant-leader”, passionate about helping individuals achieve their personal and professional goals. 


Dr. Imelda Moise, Ph.D., MPH, University of Miami

Dr. Imelda Moise is a health geographer and a mixed-methods researcher of issues affecting vulnerable populations. Her research focuses on the two-way links between health disparities research, and linking research to practice or policy. Her scholarly work has focused on program evaluation and addressing health disparities as it relates to: minority populations, health care/utilization; geographical targeting, food environments; maternal & child health in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeastern United States and Illinois.

Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Moise worked as a GIS/M&E Advisor at John Snow Inc.(JSI)’s International Division. She supported USAID funded health programs in low-middle income countries on various scopes of work (e.g., M&E, national assessments, indicator development, system strengthening, partner coordination, evaluation, etc.); and five years as a Research Program Specialist in Illinois coordinating federally funded research projects and program evaluation for state agency initiatives and ongoing programs. She also spent six years as a Peace Corps technical trainer in Zambia.