Karletta Poland is the Penn Memory Center Coordinator of Diversity in Research and Education. In this role, she will oversee the center’s multicultural recruitment, with a particular focus on the African-American community in the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) study. She also represents PMC at West Philadelphia community events to educate community leaders about Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive health and to maintain PMC’s Brain Health Research Registry, a recruitment tool for current and ongoing research studies.
The Philadelphia native comes to PMC with a history of educating and building relationships with the West Philadelphia community and with over eight years of experience working with underserved and underrepresented high school students. She most recently worked as the Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Upward Bound TRiO Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, where she assisted low-income, first-generation high school students of color in the local Philadelphia area as they applied for college. She has also previously worked as a nutrition educator in the Philadelphia School District, teaching local youths and their families how to develop healthy lifestyles.
Karletta holds an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Wilmington University, an M.S.Ed. in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum and Higher Education concentration from Drexel University’s School of Education, and a B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Temple University’s School of Education.