Meet the Faculty Diversity & Development Team

Byron Cryer, M.D.

Byron Cryer, M.D. photo

Byron Cryer, M.D., Associate Dean for the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development (FDD), graduated from Harvard College, and received his M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine.

He joined UT Southwestern Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in 1992. Dr. Cryer is currently Professor of Internal Medicine and holds the John C. Vanatta III Professorship. He is also a Councillor-At-Large for the American Gastroenterological Association Governing Board and past chair of the Association’s Underrepresented Minorities Committee.

Dr. Cryer served as the Associate Dean for Minority Student Affairs for UT Southwestern Medical School from 1997 to 2011, gaining national recognition for increasing our African-American and Hispanic medical student populations. In 2011 Dr. Cryer was appointed as the Associate Dean to launch the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development. FDD expanded to include the Office of Women’s Careers in 2012.

Helen Yin, Ph.D.

Helen Yin

Associate Dean for the Office of Women’s Careers

Dr. Yin obtained her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in Physiology from Harvard University. She was an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and joined UT Southwestern in 1989 as Professor of Physiology. Dr. Yin holds both the Margaret Yin Chair for the Advancement of Women Faculty and the Peter and Jean D. Dehlinger Professorship in Biomedical Science. She is the Director of the NIGMS T32 Mechanisms of Disease, Mechanisms of Disease & Translational Science Ph.D. Track at the Southwestern Graduate School, and the Co-Director of the Education and Career Development Program in the UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine. Dr. Yin was a founding member of the Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee (WISMAC) in 1995. In 2012, Dr. Yin joined FDD to launch the Office of Women’s Careers.

Christina E. Ahn, Ph.D., CPCC, ACC

After her postdoctoral training in breast cancer research at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Ahn transitioned into science administration and managed biomedical graduate education and translational research programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2008, Dr. Ahn moved back to Duke where she had multiple roles, including research administration, management of a large cardiology research group, and launching and directing the Chancellor’s Clinical Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for faculty. In 2013, Dr. Ahn joined UT Southwestern as the Director of the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development and Office of Women’s Careers.  As Director, Dr. Ahn is responsible for implementation of strategic plans, fostering key collaborations, and managing the team that delivers on the missions of both offices.

In April 2020, Dr. Ahn earned her Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) credential from the Co-Active Training Institute. In December 2020, she earned her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation. She actively provides leadership coaching for faculty, residents, and trainees.

Marissa Hansen, M.A.

Marissa Hansen

Marissa Hansen is the Management Analyst for the office of Faculty Diversity & Development/Office of Women’s Careers. She organizes and manages faculty data analysis projects and coordinates the logistics for housestaff leadership development programs. Prior to her arrival in 2014, she was a student worker for the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Bursar’s Office. Marissa earned her B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies from UTD in 2011, and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2013. Marissa’s research projects at UTD focused on the study of conflict, reconciliation, and attachment styles in couple relationships.

Traci Barros

Traci Whiting

Traci is the Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Women's Careers/Faculty Diversity and Development. 

Traci earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in 2015. Within the two offices, she coordinates events, implements new initiatives, and assists Dr. Yin with daily operations and data analyses. Traci is also the Administrative Manager for the Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee whose mission is to enhance the visibility and recognition of women in science and medicine on campus. Recently, Traci has been accepted by the UT Southwestern Medical Center Selection Committee for the UT Dallas Healthcare Organization Leadership MBA Program. Her studies began in January of 2020.

Breanna Grimes, MBA

Breanna Grimes is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development. Breanna is a first generation graduate from Oklahoma Christian University with a Master of Business Administration, specializing in Health Services Management. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Community/Public Health, Minor in Nutrition. While studying at UCO, she was greatly involved in volunteering in the OKC community, exceeding 500 hours of public service in under-privileged neighborhoods. True to her studies and volunteer efforts, Breanna’s passion is to inform and empower all generations to make health a priority worldwide.