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Leah Lomotey-Nakon speaking at a podium in yellow jacket in front of a Vanderbilt University Logo
Vanderbilt Graduate’s Day 2023

I am a multi-disciplinary trained researcher committed to community-engaged mixed method research as a pathway to identify the root causes of health inequities and address wicked problems impacting human flourishing. I focus on organizational ethics in the healthcare industry as well as clinical and organizational ethics.

My career began in the world of philanthropy and I have had the privilege of working with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and United Way of the Piedmont before pursuing a M.Ed. in Community Development & Action at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College and a M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Throughout my academic pursuits I have leveraged my multi-sector experience working to identify and engage stakeholders within complex healthcare systems and communities.

My dissertation research paired historical analysis and in depth ethnographic data to examine reproductive healthcare ethics and inequities in reproductive and birth outcomes at the individual, group and organizational levels within the Southern United States. I am honored that this work has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Social Science Research CouncilMeharry-Vanderbilt AllianceVanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, and the Forum for Theological Exploration.

In addition to my research I have extensive experience in:

  • Strategic Research and Ideation: Working with organizations and groups to holistically understand issue landscapes and (re)imagine possibilities for sustainable action.
  • Meeting/Retreat Design & Facilitation: Co-creating human-centered, equity-rooted, purposeful, and creative gatherings for small and mid-sized groups.
  • Mindful Movement: Creating space for individuals and groups to tap into their creative voice through accessible therapeutic movement, music, and arts.