The Research Team - Faculty and Staff



Gloria B. Callwood
, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor of Nursing, University of the Virgin Islands


Principal Investigator and Director, Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center

Research Interests: The severely mentally ill; the elderly; health seeking behaviors
Grants: PI Export Center on Health Disparities; PI Workforce Development grant; STARs; Local Site Coordinator for the Virgin Islands Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center
Nursing Education Focus: Psychiatric Mental Health
Educational Background: BSN, Hampton Institute; MN, University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida




Edith M. Ramsay-Johnson
, EdD, RN
Professor, Nursing Division, University of the Virgin Islands


Director, Research Education/Training

Research Interests: Breast cancer/ The older adult
Grants: STEPNg@UVI
Nursing Education Focus: Medical-Surgical/ Gerontological
Educational Background: BSN, Michigan State University; Med, EdD, Teachers College Columbia University




Edris E. Evans
, BSN
Coppin State College


Exploratory Research Center Investigator

Edris Evans has worked through the ranks of the Nursing profession in New York, Maryland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the University of the Virgin Islands, she is Clinical Instructor in the BSN program, and also acts as tutor and Coordinator of the ATI Testing program.




E. Aracelis Francis
, DSW, ACSW
Director Emeritus, Office of Social Work Education and Research, Minority Fellowship Programs, Council on Social Work Education; Part-time Faculty, UVI Division of Humanities and Social Science


Director, Research Core

Social work education focus: Advanced education for social work professionals
Research interests: Immigration, migration, health and human services, and cultural diversity
Educational Background: BA, Inter-American University, AM, University of Chicago, DSW, Columbia University




Tyra U. DeCastro


Administrative Assistant

Tyra DeCastro attended college in Atlanta for several years and gained office administrative experience on her return to St. Thomas. She was Office Manager for Professional Insurance Center, Inc. for four years, and was Administrative Assistant to the President of the united Steelworkers Local Union 8249 for three years where she developed proactive skills to achieve desired results on time. Being the oldest sibling with three brothers, Tyra is accomplished at developing and taking charge of significant tasks.