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Dr. Crystal Lumpkins, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the Family Medicine Research Division and also is a voluntary faculty member at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Lawrence, Kansas.  Dr. Lumpkins received her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007; she also holds a dual Master’s Degree in Media Communications and Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She previously held a tenure-track position at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri from 2003-2004 and worked in public relations and television news collectively from 1992-2003.  Her current and primary research interest is in cancer communication, specifically breast and colorectal cancer risk and prevention communication targeted to minority and underserved populations.  The focus of her research is to investigate the impact of religion and spirituality on health behavior outcome.  Her research is primarily community driven where she is following community based participatory research principles and approaches to engage Kansas and Missouri communities in the research process to address health disparities.