KC FAITH Initiative 

Fostering Action and Improvements To Health

Jannette Berkley-Patton, Ph.D.


Jannette Berkley-Patton, PhD, has an extensive research background in using community-based participatory research, social marketing, and health communication strategies for community health behavior change. Her experience in conducting community-based research studies began in 1993 as a doctoral student in the Applied Behavioral Analysis Department at the University of Kansas. While there, she led intervention studies focused on adolescent substance and community violence/development in African American neighborhoods using coalition models.

She is currently an Associate Professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas (UMKC) School of Medicine where her research focuses on: a) HIV/STD and other health disparities education and screening in African American churches and b) faith-based/health/ academic organization partnerships to conduct health science research with African American church organizations. Dr. Berkley-Patton is the PI on an NIMHD-funded R24 grant focused on identifying a health issue of importance to the African American faith community and pilot testing a health promotion intervention addressing this health issue in African American churches. She is alaso the PI of an NIH funded R01 grant to promote HIV testing and education in African American churches. This work has been pilot tested in the Kansas City area and replicated in 10 churches in Montgomery, AL. She also served as Co-I of the Heartland Health Network (HHN), an NIH-funded effort to address health disparities by developing a model partnership between academic health researchers, the African American faith-based community, and community-based health service organizations.

Her productivity in disseminating her community-based research is demonstrated with 28 peer-reviewed articles/book chapters and over 80 conference presentations and invited talks. She is the 2012 recipient of the University of Missouri system Chancellor’s Award in Community Engagement. Additionally, she: a) teaches UMKC undergraduate and graduate courses on community-based research and ethnic minority psychology, b) trains doctoral students and undergraduate students in my Community Health Research lab, and c) conducts community capacity building workshops.