Alignment of Governance and Leadership in Healthcare: Building Momentum for Transformation








Teresa Cutts, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Public Health Sciences Division
Wake Forest University Hospital

Dr. Teresa Cutts completed her post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. She began her career as a staff psychologist at Baptist Memorial Hospital and held an appointment at University of Tennessee in psychiatry. She was also a private practitioner at Memphis Center for Women and Families, with a focus on health psychology and conducted critical incident stress debriefings in the community. She has conducted clinical team research in the area of quality of life and catastrophic gastrointestinal disorders and currently serves as a consultant to the NIH Gastroparesis multi-site consortium.

Dr. Cutts served as the Coordinating Director of the World Council of Churches International Reference Group on Mental Health and Faith Communities and is a member of the African Religion Health Assets Programme, as well as a Leading Causes of Life Fellow. She served as the CO-PI on a RWJF grant, the Stakeholder Health collaborative, with over 50 national health systems, designed to proactively deal with healthcare reform mandates.

In 2013, Teresa moved to an Assistant Research Professor faculty position at the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Public Health Sciences Division to work with FaithHealth Innovations at Wake Forest University Hospital. Recently in 2014, with colleagues from MLH in Memphis, she published “Methods for Managing and Analyzing Electronic Medical Records: A Formative Examination of a Hospital-Congregation Based Intervention” in Population Health Management.

As the faith-health academic and community liaison in her academic and community roles, Dr. Cutts hopes to help all, but particularly the under-served, become the “beloved community” envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others.


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