Our Staff

Kristie Hadden, PhD, Executive Director

hadden-2014Dr. Hadden is executive director and principal investigator for CHL, where she conducts health literacy research and participates in policy initiatives to improve health literacy in Arkansas. She has served as vice chair of the Partnership for Health Literacy in Arkansas and chair of the Health Literacy Research Think Tank, as well as an honorary fellow of the Arkansas Society of Public Health Educators. Dr. Hadden recently received a Chancellor’s Circle award to establish the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. She holds the Carl L. Nelson Endowed Chair for Creativity in Orthopaedics at UAMS and her research is funded by NIH. Dr. Hadden holds a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Radford University in Radford, Va., and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from UAMS. She practiced as a speech-language pathologist and augmentative communication specialist and as the state director of programs for March of Dimes, then earned a PhD in health promotion and prevention research at UAMS.
Contact Dr. Hadden
Phone: (501) 686-2594


Alison Caballero, MPH, CHES®, CRS, Director of Programs

Alison advances the mission of UAMS CHL by directing its programs and services. In this role, she leads the team of expert staff who make health information easy to understand through training, plain language assessment and editing services, health education materials development, and field testing. Alison’s background includes workforce development, public health education and research, patient education, medical administration, and major gifts fundraising. Alison holds an undergraduate degree in health education from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in public health from UAMS, and she completed a prevention fellowship with the US Department of Health and Human Services. Alison is a certified health education specialist (CHES®).
Contact Alison
Phone: (501) 686-5463


Jennifer Gan, MBA, Program Manager

Jennifer manages Dr. Hadden’s NIH funded grant as a Program Manager. In this role, she works with six UAMS Regional Medical Centers to test the effectiveness of a diabetes educational and behavioral intervention. Jennifer previously worked as deputy director of clinical research for a clinic in California specializing in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. She relocated to Arkansas in 2016 and is enjoying applying her experience and training to advance CHL’s clinical research objectives.
Jennifer has managed multiple clinical research projects, surgical resident educational research, and an international robot-assisted laparoscopic surgical training program at the University of California Irvine (UCI). She also worked at the UCI Center for Educational Partnerships, where she managed a statewide program to increase the engagement of underrepresented minorities in STEM research on UC campuses as well as a summer camp for gifted students. Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in sociology from UCI and a master’s degree from the Health Care Executive MBA program at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business.
Contact Jen
Phone: (501) 296-1567


Katie Leath, MPH, Program Administrator, Health Literacy Services and Communications

Katie Leath-StudentKatie received a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing with a minor in art/graphic design from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007. She graduated with honors from UAMS with a master of public health degree in 2016. She will graduate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2017 with a master’s degree in applied communication studies. Before joining CHL, Katie worked at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, where she worked on research and evaluation projects including the evaluations of the Child Wellness Intervention Project, Coordinated School Health Program, Graduated Driver License Law, and the Arkansas Health Care Independence Program (Private Option).
Contact Katie
Phone: (501) 686-2579


Latrina Prince, EdD, Instructor

Dr. Prince has been involved in research at UAMS for 15 years. She is certified by UAMS as a research specialist and grants manager. Dr. Prince joined the UAMS Health Literacy program in 2013 as a research associate. Her research agenda and expertise are in organizational health literacy and health disparities, with a particular interest in increasing heart disease awareness in minority women by addressing health literacy. Dr. Prince has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a master’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She recently completed a doctoral degree in education from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Her primary faculty appointment is in the UAMS College of Nursing, Department of Nursing Science.
Contact Latrina
Phone: (501) 686-5044


Andrea Roy, Assistant Director of Operations

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Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from UALR. Andrea has an extensive background in human resources and financial management. She has also worked in various administrative roles in her 31 years of service to UAMS. This experience includes budget administration, human resources, student and educational services, and financial administration. Prior to joining the Center for Health Literacy, Andrea worked at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement where she served as the Fiscal Manager. She provided overall management of the department’s financials and budget development as well as monitoring of grants, contracts, travel, procurement and human resource management.
Contact Andrea
Phone: (501) 686-6264


Maria Ruvalcaba, Program Administrator, Spanish Health Literacy Services

Maria is a bilingual, certified medical interpreter with over 15 years of experience as a liaison between families and healthcare service providers. Throughout her career, Maria has served in many capacities, which have involved all aspects of health education and promotion, at state agencies and non-profit organizations in Arkansas. Positions included family advocate, health promotion and outreach coordinator, enhanced health service specialist, support group facilitator, first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation instructor, and health services and education advisory committee coordinator. Most recently, she was the health resource specialist at UAMS Head Start. Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is enrolled in the public health certificate program at the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.
Contact Maria
Phone: (501) 296-1571


Chris Trudeau, JD, Associate Professor

Chris has a dual appointment at UAMS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. At UAMS, his focus is on health communications research, plain language writing, and teaching health law and communication courses. Chris is a nationally known advocate for plain language in law, health care, government, and business. He received a grant from Lexus/Nexus to conduct research on public preferences for plain language, which was the first US study of its kind. Chris frequently presents at conferences, including those of the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Chris came to CHL from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he served as faculty for more than13 years and carved out a niche as one of the only health literacy lawyers in the country. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a juris doctorate, summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University.
Contact Chris
Phone: (501) 686-5765