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CBH Pilot Grant Program


SLIM - Smartcoach for Lifestyle Management

PI: Jerilyn Allen, RN, ScD, FAAN

Jerilyn Allen, RN, ScD, FAAN is Associate Dean for Research and M. Adelaide Nutting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing  with joint appointments in the School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Allen is the principal investigator and co-investigator on multidisciplinary research teams in the nursing, medical and public health arenas, contributing to the understanding of cardiovascular risk factors, prevention, and lifestyle modification in persons with or at high risk for the development of cardiovascular disease.  The interdisciplinary nature and findings of this research have made important contributions to the practice of nurses, physicians, and other health care providers who are involved in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Dr. Allen serves actively as a positive mentor, teaching, guiding, and developing faculty and students in research within the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and other universities nationally and internationally.   

Related Publications:
Jerilyn K. Allen, "Randomized Controlled Pilot Study Testing Use of Smartphone Technology for Obesity Treatment," Journal of Obesity, vol. 2013, Article ID 151597, 7 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/151597.


 Rachel Thornton, M.D., Ph.D.

Combining Clinic- and Community-Based Approaches to Childhood Obesity Prevention Interventions Using a Multi-Determinants Framework: Building a Community-Centered Medical Home Model

PI: Rachel Thornton, M.D., Ph.D.

Rachel Thornton is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  Her research addresses racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care with an emphasis on childhood obesity.  She is passionate about using public health research to inform clinical practice and public policy.  She directed a health impact assessment (HIA) of Baltimore City’s comprehensive zoning code rewrite (2010-2011), a project among the first of its kind in the U.S. The HIA has influenced the City’s planned zoning code revisions and resulted in ongoing collaboration with the Baltimore City Health Department, Planning Department and Law Department on City zoning policy.    As a postdoctoral research fellow in behavioral aspects of heart and vascular disease (2007-2009), Dr. Thornton directed a qualitative study examining parenting strategies and neighborhood influences on children’s diet and physical activity behaviors.  Dr. Thornton’s currently serves as a Health Policy Advisor to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (2011-2012) where she is working on health, housing, and community development policy, including providing technical expertise regarding HUD’s contributions to the National Prevention Strategy.  Dr. Thornton received her B. A. from New York University, M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She completed residency training in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital.






Charlene Gamaldo, M.D.







Rachel Salas, M.D.

My Sleep Script: A Behavioral Sleep iPad App for the Healthcare Provider

CoPI: Charlene Gamaldo, M.D. & Rachel Salas, M.D.

Charlene Gamaldo, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  Dr. Charlene Gamaldo received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and her M.D.  from The George Washington University School of Medicine and completed an internship at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. After her neurology residency at the University of North Carolina Hospital, Dr. Gamaldo became the first neurology clinical sleep research fellow at Johns Hopkins, where she served as a co-investigator on several studies evaluating the pathophysiology of restless legs syndrome (RLS). In July of 2006, Dr. Gamaldo joined The Johns Hopkins Hospital neurology faculty with a joint appointment in the pulmonary critical care division, serving as the first representative from the neurology department to be on staff in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Sleep Center. Dr. Gamaldo is now an Assistant Professor of the Department of Neurology, Assistant Professor of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, and the Medical Director of The Johns Hopkins Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Neurology Core Clerkship, and Director of the Johns Hopkins Neuro-sleep Division.   Her research interests are in the area of sleep medicine, specifically investigating the co-morbid health consequences of chronic sleep deprivation.

Rachel Salas, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  She received her B.S. from St. Mary's University and her M.D. from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where she also completed her medical internship and Neurology residency. After her Chief Resident year, Dr. Salas completed a two-year Sleep Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During that time, she also began training in non-invasive cortical stimulation techniques at Johns Hopkins.  Now an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Medicine, her primary area of research interest involves exploring the underlying mechanisms of sleep and chronic sleep disorders such as insomnia and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). More specifically, her long-term goal is to better understand changes in cortical activity associated with insomnia and RLS, in order to improve treatment for these conditions. In addition to her clinical research, Dr. Salas is involved in medical student, resident, and fellow education and currently serves as the Co-Director of the Neurology Core Clerkship for Medical Students and is the Co-Director for the Neurology Resident and Neurophysiology Fellow JHH Sleep Rotation. She is particularly interested in enhancing sleep education at all levels.