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Faculty Profiles: Wilson-Howard, Danyell

This guide provides information on Bethune-Cookman University faculty, including their research interests, accomplishments and activities, and brief biographical details.

Dr. Danyell Wilson-Howard

Dr. Danyell Wilson-Howard

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Director of the We Invest Needs-Health Projects (WIN-HP)
Office Location: Rabie J. Gainous 
Science Annex/Observatory Room #126
Office Phone: 386-481-2687


Instagram: bcu.win_hp  


  • B.S. Chemistry, Lincoln University 2003
  • Master Analytical Chemistry 2007, University of Florida
  • PhD Biochemistry 2010, University of Florida

Brief Biographical Sketch

Dr. Wilson-Howard is a faculty member at the Great Bethune-Cookman University in the Department of Natural Sciences. She is also an Affiliated Faculty member with the University of Florida’s STEM Translational Communication Center. As an affiliated faculty member, Dr. Wilson-Howard’s research with UF examines the effectiveness of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and culturally tailored Virtual Human Technology (VHT) promoting colorectal cancer screening via telehealth.

She is also the founder and director of the Bethune Cookman University’s WIN Health Projects.  WIN-Health Projects uses evidence-based frameworks and models to invest in the health needs of our community in person and virtually via social media by translating educational health and science information concerning infectious and chronic diseases. The Long-term goal of WIN-HP is to design an entity that provides chronic and infectious disease education virtually and locally, promotes preventive behavior, and decreases risk-of-exposure with all populations especially priority populations affected the most by various health disparities.  


Research Interests

Dr. Wilson-Howard’s research interests are in translational research with an emphasis on health communication and science literacy. Her long-term goal is to establish a Translational Research and STEM Center at a historically black college or university (HBCU) in order to tackle two factors that affect health disparities: 

1. Conduct a translational research project surrounding health and science literacy.

2. Increase minority participation in disciplines studying and treating health disparities

  •  Science and Health Communications
  •  Health Disparities
  • Equity
  • Chronic and Infectious Diseases 


Feb. 18, 2023 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Miami, Florida. Title: Can a Growth Mindset be used to Increase COVID-19 Education and Decrease Vaccination Hesitancy?

Feb. 19, 2022 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Orlando, Florida .Title: Transference of Psychological and Physiological Crisis

Feb. 19, 2022 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Orlando, Florida. Title: Identifying the Impact of Lack of Complacency and Confidence on Vaccination hesitancy

Jan. 25, 2022      Health Volusia, Department of Health, Daytona Beach, Florida .Title: Helping to Promote Local Businesses and Tell their Stories: The Pandemic Win Initiative

Jan. 4, 2022 Bethune Cookman University’s Faculty Institute, Daytona Beach, Florida .Title: Building Community Partners to Share Health and Science Information that May Save Lives: The Pandemic Win Initiative

Nov. 19 2021 Classic Weekend, Orlando, Fl . Title: Viewing the Impact of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories on Vaccination Hesitancy



Cooks EJ, Duke KA, Neil JM, Vilaro MJ, Wilson-Howard D, Modave F, George TJ, Odedina FT, Lok BC, Carek P, Laber EB, Davidian M, and Krieger JL. Telehealth and racial disparities in colorectal cancer screening: A pilot study of how virtual clinician characteristics influence screening intentions. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science 6: e48,  2022, 1–10. doi: 10.1017/cts.2022.386

Wilson-Howard D, Vilaro M, Neil J, Cooks E, Griffin L, Ashley T, Tavassoli F, Zalake M, Lok B, Odedina F, Modave F, Carek P, George T, Krieger J. Development of a Credible Virtual Clinician Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening via Telehealth Apps for and by Black Men: Qualitative Study, JMIR Form Res 2021; 5(12):e28709 DOI: 10.2196/28709

The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication Chapter 3: Research Translation, Dissemination, and Implementation Janice L. Krieger, Donghee Lee, Melissa J. Vilaro, Danyell Wilson-Howard, Aantaki Raisa, and Yewande O. Addie. ISBN 9780367487447 Book Chapter:  3rd Edition (Dec. 2021)

Vilaro MJ, Wilson-Howard D, Griffin L, Tavassoli F, Zalake M, Lok B, Modave F, Carek P, George T, Krieger J. Tailoring virtual human‚Äźdelivered interventions: A digital intervention promoting colorectal cancer screening for Black women. Psycho-oncology; (Sept. 5, 2020)

Melissa J. Vilaro, Danyell S. Wilson-Howard, Jordan M. Neil, Fatemeh Tavassoli, Mohan S. Zalake, Benjamin C. Lok, François P. Modave, Thomas J. George, Folakemi T. Odedina, Peter J. Carek, Aubrey M. Mys & Janice L. Krieger (2021) A Subjective Culture Approach to Cancer Prevention: Rural Black and White Adults’ Perceptions of Using Virtual Health Assistants to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening, Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2021.1910166

Vilaro, M.J., Wilson-Howard, D.S., Zalake, M.S. et al. Key changes to improve social presence of a virtual health assistant promoting colorectal cancer screening informed by a technology acceptance model. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 21, 196 (2021).

Krieger, J. L., Neil, J. M., Duke, K., Zalake, M., Tavassoli, F., Vilaro, M., Wilson-Howard, D., Chavez, S., Laber, E., Davidian, M., George, T., Modave, F., Odedina, F., Lok, B. A pilot study examining the efficacy of delivering colorectal cancer screening messages via virtual health assistants. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. April 2021


Sultan DH, Rivers BM, Osongo BO, Wilson DS, Schenck A, Carvajal R, Rivers D, Roetzheim R, Green BL. Affecting African American Men’s Prostate Cancer Screening Decision-making through a Mobile Tablet-Mediated Intervention. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 25 (3): 1262-77. September 2014

D. Wilson, V. Dapic, R. Mhaskar, S. Connors, J. Pow-Sang, B. Miladinovic, N.  Kumar, B. Rivers, A. Kumar, Benjamin Djulbegovic Chemoprevention agents (biological, botanical, and synthetic) for prostate cancer, Cochrane Collaboration: Prostatic Diseases and Urological Cancer Group (Protocol)

D. Wilson, E. August, V. Dapic, R. Mhaskar, J. Scian, D. Sultan, B. Rivers Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities (CERED): A Multilevel Intervention to Promote Informed Decision-Making on Prostate Cancer among African American Men Health Practice Promotion, March 2013

D. Wilson, V. Dapic   TRAINING OF COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS: Coordination Requirements Necessary for the Development of a Seamless CHW Educational Experience in Florida, White Paper. Florida Department of Health, September 2012.


LM. Yang, R. Wray, J. Parker, D. Wilson, R. Duran, P. Blount Three Routes to Modulate the Pore Size of the MscL Channel/Nanovalve, ACS Nano 2012, Jan. 6

M. Andersson, J. Jackman, D. Wilson, P. Jarvoll, V. Alfredsson, G. Okeyo, R. Duran Vesicle and Bilayer formation of DPhPC and DPhPE mixtures and their Bilayers’ Electrical Stability, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 82;2, February 2011, p. 550-561

L. Yang, D. Wilson, R. Wray, R. S. Duran, P. Blount. Modulating the Conductance and Ionic Preference of Mscl, A Nanovalve. Biophys. J. March 2009, 94:3 p. 256a 

D. Wilson, M. Andersson, G. Okeyo, P. Blount, R. Duran. Single Channel Analysis of MscL Reconstituted in a Tethered Lipid Bilayer: Gated by an Applied Voltage. Biophys. J. Jan. 2008, 94: 1005

M. Andersson, G. Okeyo, D. Wilson, H. Keizer, P. Moe, P. Blount, D. Fine, A. Dodabalapur, R. Duran; Voltage-induced gating of the mechanosensitive MscL ion channel reconstituted in a tethered lipid bilayer membrane Biosensors and  Bioelectronics  23:6 January 2008. p. 919-923 


A. Robinson, D. Wilson, E. Hodge, A. Prewitt, A. Donnelly; Enhancing the Microenvironment of Minority Graduate Students at Three Universities through Strategic Programmatic Support: A Comparative Study submitted to Innovative Higher Education June 2017

D. Wilson, B. Fang, W. Dalton, C. Meade, J. Koomen An ET-CURE Pilot Project Supporting Undergraduate Training in Cancer Research, Emerging Technology, and Health Disparities, J. Cancer Education, April 2012 (Epub ahead of print)

D. Wilson, A. Donnelly Academia vs. Industry: A Study of the Most Common Factors that Influence the Career Choices of Minority PhDs in STEM Fields, WEPAN Conference proceedings, April 2010, Baltimore MD 

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