2020 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Angel Brutus

Title of Keynote: The Stress-Response to Sport Injury from a Multicultural Framework

Dr. Angel Brutus is a member of Mississippi State University’s Sports Medicine and Performance team serving as Director of Counseling and Sport Psychology.  There, she provides clinical and performance enhancement services to address MSU’s sports culture. Her training includes Licensed Professional Counseling, Certified Rehabilitation Counseling and Sport-Performance Psychology. She serves as co-chair for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s Nominations Leadership and Development Committee,  Co-coordinator for the Association’s Race & Ethnicity in Sport Special Interest Group (SIG) – member of additional SIGs (Women in Sport, Eating Disorders in Sport, Adaptive Sport & Physical Activity) and is an active member of other committees within the Association (Ethics and Community Outreach).  She is a member of the American Counseling Association as well as the American Psychological Association, where she currently serves as junior program chair for Division 47 and secretary for Section 2 – Performance Psychology.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her three daughters, husband and mother, engage as a community volunteer with philanthropic organizations targeting at-risk youth, and mentoring students interested in pursuing careers in the helping profession.

Melicia Whitt-Glover, PhD

Title of Keynote: My Journey in Health Equity Research: Unbossed, Unbought, and Unapologetic

Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover is President and CEO of Gramercy Research Group in Winston Salem, NC. Gramercy Research Group’s mission is to positively impact and improve the lives of individuals and communities by addressing health and related issues. She is also Executive Director for the Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEEHD) at Winston-Salem State University. CEEHD strives to promote equity and social justice in health care delivery, treatment, and outcomes by leading collaborative efforts to generate and disseminate evidence-based, policy-relevant solutions, and to educate future leaders how deliberately consider and incorporate equity and social justice in professional practice. For over 20 years, Dr. Whitt-Glover has been engaged in research and evaluation projects designed to identify effective strategies to promote adherence to national recommendations for physical activity, diet, and healthy weight gain to address disparities in chronic disease morbidity and mortality. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, national and local foundations, and local government organizations. She was a member of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, which was a group of the country’s most accomplished physical activity and health expertise who will play a critical role in a comprehensive process, culminating with the publication of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Dr. Whitt-Glover received her BA (Exercise Physiology, 1993) and MA (Exercise Physiology, 1996) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. (Epidemiology, 1999) from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Whitt-Glover completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2000 – 2002).