Senior Associate Editor
Erin Haynes, DrPH, MS
Erin Haynes is a Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati. She received her master’s degree in Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati and Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Molecular Epidemiology in Children’s Environmental Health training program at the University of Cincinnati before joining UC as faculty in Environmental Health. Dr. Haynes’ primary research interest is to conduct community engaged environmental health research. She grew up in rural Appalachian Ohio and is passionate about working with rural communities to address their environmental health research questions. She is the Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core within the NIEHS Environmental Health Center and the Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core within the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training.
Dr. Haynes has no competing editorial or research interests regarding her role as Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Appalachian Health.
Director of Knowledge Management
Robert M. Shapiro II, MALS, PhD
Robert M. Shapiro II is the Director of the South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) Medical Library in Wilmington NC. He received his PhD from the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, studying health communication, information science, and public health. He completed his Master of Arts in Library Science at the University of Kentucky School of Information, and his BA in philosophy and religion from Appalachian State University.
Prior to his current position Mr. Shapiro served as a visiting assistant professor in the UK School of Information and held the position of Public Health Librarian and Assistant Director for Research, Education, and Clinical Services at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Library. He helped establish and manage Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research, an open access, rapid dissemination journal. His research interests lie at the confluence of information science, public health, and communication science.
Dr. Shapiro has no competing editorial or research interests regarding his role as Director of Knowledge Management with the Journal of Appalachian Health.
Editor of Media Reviews and Reports
Jennifer Mallow, RN, FNP-BC, PhD
Dr. Mallow is an Associate Professor at the West Virginia University School of Nursing. The focus of her work is the use of technology to improve access and outcomes in rural and underserved individuals. As a Post-Doctoral Investigator, she received the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute Scholar Award to develop her research in informatics and Translational Research in rural and chronically ill adults. She received further leadership training as a funded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. She grew up in rural Appalachian Pennsylvania and currently resides in a rural community in West Virginia. She has a passion to improve the lives of those who live in Appalachia.
Dr. Mallow has no competing editorial or research interests regarding her role as Editor of Media Reviews and Reports for the Journal of Appalachian Health.
Rachel E. Dixon, MPhil
Rachel, a native of Kentucky, has familial roots in Letcher County (Southeast Kentucky) and is an editor and researcher working at the intersection of health and community development. Her parents—and especially her late Father, Tom Dixon—instilled in her a deep love of Appalachian culture and encouraged her interest in rural health
Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and WRD (Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies) from the University of Kentucky, where she was a Gaines Fellow in the Humanities and pre-medicine student. From 2017 to 2018, she held a research post at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, and she collaborated there on projects to advance deliberative civic engagement. In 2018, Rachel moved to England, where she received her MPhil (with distinction) in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford’s Green Templeton College.
Rachel brings a wealth of editorial experience, having worked on research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and at other institutions. Most recently, she assisted Drs. Doug Scutchfield and Randy Wykoff with the publication of an anthology highlighting health disparities in Appalachia: Appalachian Health: Culture, Challenges and Capacity (University Press of Kentucky, 2022). In addition to her editorial work, Rachel continues to publish research in the areas of just transition, rural community development and the social determinants of health.
Ms. Dixon has no competing editorial or research interests regarding her role as managing editor of the Journal of Appalachian Health.