College of Health Sciences
Dr. Valandra L. Oliver is a native of Crossett, Arkansas, became Director of the Minority Research Center on Tobacco and Addictions in summer 2013. As such, Dr. Oliver spearheads the development and implementation of the long term research agenda of the Minority Research Center. Dr. Oliver provides consultation, support, and evaluation of the key components of the Center: research and dissemination; education and training; cessation and prevention; and wellness.
Dr. Oliver served for nearly three years as Interim Chair and Assistant Professor of the School of Public Health at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, her alma mater. She worked for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston from 2007-11, most recently as a Behavioral Science Research Manager responsible for planning, implementation, coordinating, supervising research projects related to health disparities. She has worked in public health since 2001 in locales including the University of Texas Health Science Center, Iowa Department of Health’s Office of Multicultural Health, the Polk County Health Department in Des Moines, Iowa, and with Phoenix Youth and Family Services in Lake Village, Arkansas, as its Tobacco Project Coordinator.
Dr. Oliver earned her doctorate in Public Health/Community Health Education from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, her master’s degree in Public Health/Community Health Education from the Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine, and her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Dillard University.
Dr. Oliver has 14 years of teaching experience. Dr. Oliver is a contributing faculty member at Walden University.
Dr. Oliver is a member of the Society for Public Health Educators, American Public Health Association, Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.