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Research Advocates

What are Research Advocates? 

If you are in need of support or have questions about the research process or proposal preparation, contact us at

Whether inquiring about getting started in writing proposals for funding or needing additional support while crafting budgets, the Research Advocates are available to answer questions, guide processes, and direct project inquiries across the Office of Research. In addition to expanding professional development offerings to target proposal planning and preparation, the Research Advocates work one-on-one with faculty to support them in the pre-award stages of research development. 

If you are in need of urgent, time-sensitive support for an initiated project, please reach out to your Grant Coordinator.

Dr. Amanda Townley

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Dr. Amanda Townley presently serves as the Provost Faculty Fellow in Research at Georgia Southern University. In this role she supports faculty research at the university through mentoring, professional development, and planning. She serves in elected positions in several national and international organizations, is an Associate Reviewing Editor for The American Biology Teacher journal, and provides service through various research-oriented committees and review boards.

Dr. Amanda Townley received her Ph.D. from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and is an Associate Professor of Middle Grades and Secondary education in the College of Education at Georgia Southern University. Her research centers on the intersections of science and society, specifically the acceptance and rejection of evolution in the Southeastern United States and the impact of the conflict between religion and evolution on science literacy. Her research and outreach have been featured on the NPR radio series Science Friday, Scientific American, Forbes, and others. She collaborates nationally with leading institutions including the Smithsonian Human Origins Project, National Center for Science Education, and has served on project boards at the Cradle of Humankind for National Geographic’s UMSUKA project. Her academic record includes numerous publications, invited speaking engagements, and scholarly presentations and her work has been supported with $2M in external funding.

Dr. Tilicia Mayo-Gamble

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Dr. Tilicia Mayo-Gamble is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Community Health and Provost Faculty Research Fellow. She received her PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Community Engaged Research with the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core. Dr. Mayo-Gamble is a health services and healthcare disparities researcher with a research agenda consisting of implementing community and patient engagement methods to facilitate self-care behaviors and enhance patient-centered care among adults with chronic disease. Her primary target population is individuals with sickle cell disease. Dr. Mayo-Gamble is currently funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to test a model that integrates community health workers into a sickle cell patient-centered chronic care team to enhance care coordination, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to develop a scalable model to engage patients in research dissemination. As an advocate for health education and promotion, Dr. Mayo-Gamble holds leadership roles as Vice-Coordinator of the Board of Directors for Professional Preparation and Practice and a member of the Board of Commissioners for the National Committee on Health Education Credentialing. Prior to this, Dr. Mayo-Gamble served on the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute’s Rare Disease Advisory Panel. 

Last updated: 7/21/2022