Lisako McKyer joined as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for Alice L. Walton School of Medicine in July 2022. In this role, she oversees appointments and promotions for faculty and other instruction-related positions. McKyer also ensures the School meets DEI recruitment and retention goals and leads initiatives that advance the institution and its faculty.
McKyer previously served as the Inaugural Senior Associate Dean of Climate and Diversity at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, part of Texas A&M Health where she was on the school's executive leadership team. She established and grew the Office of Cultural Competence, Diversity & Inclusion. Dr. McKyer was also a full tenured professor jointly appointed in the Department of Health Behavior (formerly Promotion and Community Health Sciences), School of Public Health, and Department of Humanities in Medicine, College of Medicine. She is a population and public health disparities expert with 90+ peer-reviewed publications, as well as an award-winning mentor to health and medical science scholars. Among her many accomplishments, McKyer was the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D in Health Behavior from Indiana University School of Public Health, was named one of “1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America'' by Cell Mentor, and first Black president of the American Academy of Health Behavior, where she also holds Fellow status.
McKyer has doctoral-level training in clinical science, and earned a Master of Public Health degree, both at Indiana University.