Brittny James

Dr. Brittny A. James

Assistant Professor of Health Science, Chair of Studies

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Dr. Brittny James is an established higher education professional with a wide range of experience, including program planning and evaluation, data analysis, instruction, and student mentoring.

As a researcher, she is dedicated to exploring predictors of health disparities among Black Americans and devotes her career to training the next cadre of public health professionals to resolve pervasive and persisting health inequities. She employs the concept of intersectionality, critical race theory, and the socio-ecological model as frameworks for qualitative studies to deeply understand factors that adversely affect health among Black Americans.

As an instructor, James has been recognized by the American Public Health Association for her innovations in using technology in the classroom. As well, she has been awarded for her student engagement and mentoring as an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida.

Grants Awarded

  • Parent Grant – U19 Midlife in the United States: A National Longitudinal Study of Health & Well-Being. National Institute of Aging. ($297,880). Funded August 2018-March 2020.
  • Wells, B. A. (2018). Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.


  • Doctorate – public health – Florida A&M University
  • Master's – health promotion – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Bachelor's – psychology – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Certified Health Education Specialist – National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

Academic Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Workplace inequalities
  • Black women's health
  • Intersectionality
  • Qualitative inquiry


  • Jackson, L., Ford, J., James, B. A…Harris, D. (2020, under review) Expect the Best; Not the Worst: The Impact of Parental Expectation on Black Males’ Academics. Journal of Black Studies. In Print.
  • Theis, R., Wells, B. A., & Staras, S. A. A. (2020). “I can be the Judge of What’s Serious”: A Qualitative Pilot Study of Parents’ Responses to Messaging About Side Effects of the HPV Vaccine. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 24(4), 1-6. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-019-02856-8.
  • Goldfarb, S., Houser, K., Wells, B. A…Rust, G. (2018). Pockets of Progress amidst Persistent Racial Disparities in Low Birthweight Rates. PLoSOne. Jul 31;13(7):e0201658. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201658. eCollection 2018. PMID: 30063767
  • Glueckauf, R. L., Maheu, M. M., Drude, K. P., Nelson, E-L.,Wells, B. A., Wang, Y., & Gustafson, D. J. (2018). Survey of Psychologists’ Tele-behavioral Health Practices: Technology Use, Ethical Issues and Training Needs. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 49(3), 205-219.
  • Brown-Speights, J., Goldfarb, S., Wells, B.A.…Levine, R. (2017). State-Level Progress in Reducing the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap, 1999-2013. American Journal of Public Health, 107(5), 775-782. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303689
  • Wells, B. A., Glueckauf, R. L., Bernabe, D. L…Springer, J. (2017). African-American Dementia Caregiver Problem Inventory: Initial Psychometric Evaluation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 6(21), 25-35.
  • Wells, B. A. & Thompson-Robinson, M. V. (2016). Using the Health Belief Model to Identify Perceived Barriers to Mammography Re-screening among African-American Women. Nevada Journal of Public Health, Vol 13, ePub retrievable at
  • Lemacks, J., Wells, B. A., Ilich, J.Z., & Ralston, P.A. (2013). Interventions in Adult African-American Populations for Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Past Decade. Preventing Chronic Disease, 10. doi:


  • 2019 UCF CHPS First Federal Award – Orlando, FL
  • 2019 UCF CHPS $100,000 Club Award – Orlando, FL
  • 2019 CF CHPS Sponsored Research Contribution Award – Orlando, FL
  • 2018 American Public Health Association, Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Section, PHEHP Materials Contest, Training Award Recipient – San Diego, CA
  • 2018 UCF Student Development and Enrollment Services TRiO Program, Faculty Mentor of the Year – Orlando, FL
  • 2018 Top 35 Millennial Influencer of America (Nominee), Next Big Thing Movement & Forward Conference – New York, NY
  • 2015 Alpha Mu Chapter, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Florida A&M University – Tallahassee, FL
  • 2013 American Public Health Association Student Assembly Chair Citation (Honorable Mention), American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting – Boston, MA
  • 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

Professional Affiliations

  • Columbia Southern University College of Business – Health Advisory Board
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • American Public Health Association
  • Board Member, Manhood on the Go – Pompano Beach, FL
  • Former Board Member, Girls2Divas, Inc. – Tallahassee, FL
  • Former Board Member, Havana Health and Wellness Council – Havana, FL