Our people


Dr. Wardibo Allison

Waridibo Allison MD, PhD, FACP, CPE, FIDSA

Vice President of Health Policy and Center Director

Dr. Allison is Vice President of Health Policy in the Division of Research and Innovation and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education. She is Director of the HSC Center for Health Policy. Dr. Allison believes health care is a human right and the focus of her work is on improving access to health care for underserved, marginalized populations by combating disease specific, racial, cultural, gender-based, geographical, and economical barriers to health care access from the individual to the health systems level. This includes telementoring and work force development. Her work has received consistent federal funding for several years. She is the principal investigator and program director of the multi-million-dollar Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded national Rural Telementoring Training Center and Integration of the National HIV Curriculum e-learning Platform into Health Care Professions Programs project.


Kristen Cathey

Kristen Cathey, BFA

Senior Project Coordinator

Ms. Cathey serves as project coordinator at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Department of Research and Innovation, Center for Health Policy.  She provides administrative and financial reporting support for the RTTC.  Ms. Cathey earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art with an emphasis in printmaking from Texas Christian University.  She has over twenty years of non-profit arts management experience with a background in ticket services and financial operations.   Ms. Cathey seeks to create a landscape of healthier communities with universal access to care that utilizes a whole health approach.




Aro Choi

Aro Choi, MS

Senior Research Associate  /  Statistician

Ms. Choi serves as a Senior Research Associate at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Department of Research and Innovation, Center for Health Policy. She provides statistical expertise for the Center for Health Policy. Before joining the UNT Health Science Center, Ms. Choi worked with extensive clinical and pharmaceutical data from various agencies, including Duke Clinical Research Institute, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Ms. Choi earned a Master of Science in Biostatistics from Duke University. Her research interest is to promote the well-being of rural and remote health care workers and to develop measurements for occupational determinants of health.



Charde' Jones

Charde’ Jones

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Charde’ Jones serves as the Senior Administrator, Executive Support for the Center for Health Policy in the Division of Research and Innovation. Ms. Jones joined the UNT Health Science Center in 2018 and has served in various office management roles assisting high-level executives, facilitating all aspects of internal and external communications and coordinating special projects. As part of her experience, Ms. Jones has helped improve office procedures, managed office budget tracking systems all while maintaining a high degree of excellent customer care.




Trisha MelhadoTrisha Melhado, MPH

Evaluation Staff Lead

Ms. Melhado leads evaluation efforts across the Center for Health Policy and the Rural Telementoring Training Center, including the development of telementoring quality measure toolkit and dissemination of program findings. As a Senior Research Specialist, she provides research guidance to faculty and residents on all aspects of the research process with an emphasis on study methodology and statistical analysis. She has collaborated with teams across institutions to implement multi-year grant funded projects from the state and federal grantors, including the following: Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, and Health Resources and Services Administration. She has presented research at local and international conferences in addition to co-authoring publications based on her analytical contributions.