Study co-leaders


Tisha M. Felder, PhD (Public Health), MSW (Social Work)

Mocha Mama of two. Assistant Professor. Researcher.

Dr. Felder is personally and professionally committed to creating ways that address breast-related health disparities among African American and low-income women. She is particularly interested in the connection between breastfeeding and breast cancer among African American women. She also enjoys mentoring and training young scholars who are interested in research. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with friends and family, and try out new restaurants and foods. 


Joynelle R. Jackson, EdD, MSN (Nursing Education), RNC

Maternal/Child Nurse.  Educator. Clinical Assistant Professor.

Dr. Jackson is a registered nurse with a background in maternal/child healthcare.  Her practice and personal experience has sparked her awareness to the issues of breast-related health disparities in the African American population.  She hopes that by providing education on breastfeeding and breast cancer rates, African American moms will be more encouraged to breastfeed. She enjoys baking and spending time with family and friends.




This study is supported by the University of South Carolina College of Nursing Seed Funds for Preparatory Research Work.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of South Carolina Institutional Review Board (Protocol #: Pro00067811).