Marquette University campus


New Student Convocation details
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Al McGuire Center
770 North 12th Street

Join the Marquette community for a formal academic welcome to the Class of 2019. Student attendance is required, and family members are welcome to attend. Dress is business casual (no jeans, shorts or T-shirts). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and space for family members will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required for this event.
For questions or special needs, please call (414) 288-1412.

Keynote Speaker (View Dr. Keller's remarks)

Abiola Keller, Director of Clinical ResearchAbiola Keller is the Director of Clinical Research and a clinical assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University. Dr. Keller’s patient-oriented research efforts focus on individual, provider, and health system factors, and their impact on social disparities in mental healthcare. Her current work, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, contributes to understanding the role of physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the management of depression within primary care settings, with the aim of decreasing disparities in mental healthcare.

Dr. Keller provides leadership in research and teaching in science writing and behavioral health medicine for physician assistant students. She also directs the master’s degree capstone experience within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and serves as a faculty research mentor for several undergraduate students within the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Keller is a jointly appointed member of the Marquette University Task Force for Interprofessional Education for Health Related Professions and alternate scientific member of the university’s Institutional Review Board. She also holds an assistant adjunct professor appointment in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

Dr. Keller’s commitment to research aimed at achieving health equity has been recognized though receipt of a National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment award from the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, selection as a Health Equity Leadership Institute Scholar through the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, and receipt of a University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Advancing Health Equity and Diversity Research Pilot Award. Most recently, she was accepted to the MCW Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Clinical Research Scholars program.

Dr. Keller received her Ph.D. in population health sciences and master of public health degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, received a T32 pre-doctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA), and a NRSA T32 post-doctoral award as a health disparities research scholar. In addition, she holds a master of physician assistant studies degree from the University of Iowa. She completed her undergraduate studies in biomedical sciences at Marquette University, where she was a Burke Scholar and elected to Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.