Research Development Coordinator
Brent Van Ham, MS, RN, CRC, CADC
Research Project Coordinator
Department of Population Science and Policy
My primary responsibility for the Department of Population Science and Policy is to assist in research aimed at improving health outcomes in central and southern Illinois.
I grew up in Kankakee, Illinois, and moved to Carbondale following my enlistment in the US Navy. I hold an associate’s degree in nursing from John A. Logan College (1997), a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University (2014) and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling (2018), also from Southern Illinois University. Before joining SIU School of Medicine, I worked as an RN in multiple clinical settings, including physical-medical rehabilitation, medical-surgical, and brain and spinal cord rehabilitation. My interests in research include health disparities in rural areas and community and preventative health services.