Project Heat Team

Project Heat Team

Core Investigators

Dr. Brianna Kent is Director of the Ph.D. in Health Science program and Associate Chair of the Department of Health Science.  Dr. Kent is a nurse, psychotherapist, and a trained mediator. Her research explores the healing process among survivors of sexual abuse. Her professional experience of working with issues of trauma among child, adolescent and adult populations and her skills in conflict resolution will provide integral support for this proposed research. Her involvement in raising awareness of human trafficking and in researching this issue extends back to 2010.  She is a founding member of Nova Southeastern University projectHEAT (Health Educators Against Trafficking) and has presented at local and international conferences.  The United States State Department invited Dr. Kent to participate in a discussion of the problem of human trafficking with three governmental and three, non-governmental representatives from Azerbaijan.

Dr. Rose M. Colón is a social psychologist with formal training in quantitative methods and public health. She has conducted work in special populations and has partnered with non-governmental organizations that provide services to these communities. Her action research supports the well being at the community and societal level.

Dr. Sandrine Gaillard- Kenney is the Chair of the Health Science Department and an Associate Professor. She has been involved in raising awareness of human trafficking and in researching this issue since 2010. She is a founding member of Nova Southeastern University projectHEAT and has presented at local and international conferences.  Dr. Gaillard-Kenney is the principle investigator on the current Quality of Life grant awarded to projectHEAT and funded by Broward Sherriff’s Office. The United States State Department invited Dr. Gaillard-Kenney to participate in a discussion of the problem of human trafficking with governmental and non-governmental representatives from Azerbaijan.   In addition, her previous research focused on instructional technologies, which supported the implementation of the faculty training modules for projectHEAT .