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Associate Editors

At PCD, each manuscript determined to be appropriate for peer review undergoes a rigorous review by one of our associate editors. These volunteers are independent public health experts who bring a wealth of training, experience, and expertise to the journal. They select manuscripts on the basis of their alignment with the journal’s vision and mission and their scientific and programmatic contributions to advancing the field of chronic disease prevention and control.

Arsham Alamian, PhD, MSc, FACE

Associate Dean for Health Studies
Associate Professor
University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Coral Gables, Florida

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Dr Alamian is associate dean for health studies and an associate professor at University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS). As associate dean, Dr Alamian oversees the public health and health sciences programs of the SONHS. His research interests include cluster-risk and theoretical modeling of risk behaviors and risk factors for chronic disease including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. He has been investigator on multiple National Institutes of Health and state grants on pediatric obesity, metabolic syndrome, and biomarkers for chronic liver disease. Dr Alamian received a doctoral degree in public health, with specialization in epidemiology, from the University of Montreal School of Public Health. He completed a fellowship in public health through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research fellowship program at McGill University, and has a master of science degree in pharmacy, with specialization in pharmacoepidemiology, from Laval University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

Semra Aytur, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Department of Health Management and Policy
University of New Hampshire
Durham, New Hampshire

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Dr Aytur is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on relationships between health behavior, chronic disease prevention, and environmental, social, and policy factors. Prior to joining the University of New Hampshire, Dr Aytur completed a PhD and postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MPH at Boston University. She is particularly interested in health disparities and in relationships between population health and access to health-promoting resources. Her methodological focus areas include generalized linear mixed models, mediation analysis, complex systems models, health impact assessment, and participatory action research methods such as Photovoice and community mapping.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

Ronny A. Bell, PhD, MS

Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Director, Office of Cancer Health Equity
Wake Forest Health Comprehensive Cancer Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Dr Bell is a professor with tenure in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is also director of the Office of Cancer Health Equity in the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center. From 2016–2020, Dr Bell served as professor and chair of the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University. He is chair of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board and previously served as chair of the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council. He also serves on the American Diabetes Association Health Disparities Committee. Dr Bell received master’s and doctoral degrees in nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in epidemiology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in gerontology at Wake Forest before joining the faculty in 1996.

Appointment Term: 2020–2025

Veronica Berrocal, PhD, MsC

Department of Statistics
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

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Dr Berrocal receive a PhD in statistics from the University of Washington and an MsC in statistics from Michigan State University. Dr Berrocal’s research is focused on developing and applying statistical methods to analyze data collected over space and time (eg, spatio-temporal data, geostatistical data), with a particular emphasis on characterizing environmental exposure and its effect on health, the role of environmental factors, spatial movement and human behavior in the spread and transmission of infectious diseases, and antibiotic resistance. Dr Berrocal has also contributed to the clinical literature on rheumatology through her participation in multiple clinical trials for the management of systemic sclerosis as well as her involvement in the development of a composite response index for systemic sclerosis. Dr Berrocal is a 2022 Fellow of the American Statistical Association and since 2021, a member of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Appointment Term: 2020–2025

Erin Bouldin, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
School of Medicine
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Dr Bouldin is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on disability, healthy aging, and caregiving, with an emphasis on cognitive decline and people living in rural areas. She received an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Florida and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the VA Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care in Seattle.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

Tammy Calise, DrPH, MEd

Director, John Snow, Inc. Healthy Communities
Boston, Massachusetts

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Dr Calise is the director of John Snow, Inc. Healthy Communities and is responsible for advancing the organization’s commitment to place-based efforts where communities flourish and people thrive. Her interests include the contributions of evidence-based programs, policies, and systems changes to health status, particularly in chronic disease. Dr Calise has a background in developmental evaluation, social determinants of health, public policy, needs assessments, and training and technical assistance. She works in health care, public health, and community-based organizations to transform places to support health. As lead evaluator on a number of state-level chronic disease efforts, Dr Calise has worked to ensure partners from across geographic areas and organizational boundaries have opportunities to collect and compile data, share information, leverage resources, and document and enhance their collective impact. Dr Calise received a DrPH in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University and an MEd from the University of Missouri.

Appointment Term: 2019–2025

Vinay Cheruvu, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Division of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, and Epidemiology
College of Public Health, Kent State University
Kent, Ohio

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Dr Cheruvu has more than 10 years of experience as a consulting biostatistician, working with researchers in the fields of medicine and public health. His expertise is in the areas of longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, clinical trials, and mediation analysis. His research interests include HIV/AIDS, cancer survivorship, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mental health, health care access, health-related quality of life, and health care utilization. Dr Cheruvu received a PhD in biostatistics from Case Western Reserve University and an MS in statistics from Oklahoma State University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022

Pyone Cho, MD, MPH

Epidemiologist
Division of Diabetes Translation
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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Dr Cho is an epidemiologist in the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He started his public health career as a medical epidemiologist and team leader with a national vector-borne diseases control program at the Ministry of Health, Burma. Then he served as a medical officer at a mining corporation hospital. After receiving two master’s degrees at San Jose State University, California, he continued his career in two California counties, working as an epidemiologist and public health data manager. Before coming to CDC, Dr Cho was an epidemiologist at the Georgia Department of Public Health, where his work focused on the prevention and control of diabetes, kidney disease, and vision health.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

Benjamin W. Chrisinger, PhD, MUEP

Associate Professor
Department of Social Policy and Intervention
University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom

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Dr Chrisinger is associate professor of evidence-based policy evaluation in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He conducts interdisciplinary research on the relationships between place and health and uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore how individuals navigate built environments and how place-based policies influence health and built environment outcomes. He is also involved in various citizen science initiatives. Dr Chrisinger completed his doctoral degree in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania and a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease prevention at the Stanford Prevention Research Center.

Appointment Term: 2022–2025

Kar-Hai Chu, PhD, MS

Associate Professor
School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Dr Chu is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh and is co-director of the university’s Center for Social Dynamics and Community Health. He has a diverse background in computer science, social network analysis, online social media, and cancer prevention. Dr Chu is an NIH-funded researcher with a focus on leveraging innovative technologies to study tobacco control. His research projects include exploring the presence of tobacco companies on social media, the diffusion of misinformation, network-based interventions, and applying agent-based modeling to inform health policies. Dr Chu received a Master of Science degree in computer science from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctoral degree in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawaii.

Appointment Term: 2022–2025

Sarah Conderino, MPH

Data Scientist
Department of Population Health
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
New York, New York

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Ms Conderino is a DrPH candidate at Columbia University and a researcher in the Department of Population Health at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine. She received an MPH in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University and completed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist’s applied epidemiology fellowship at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Her research interests include innovations in chronic disease and injury surveillance.

Appointment Term: 2021–2025

Patricia Da Rosa, DDS, MPH, MSc

Research Associate/Public Health & Health Outcomes Data Analyst
Population Health Evaluation Center
Office of Nursing Research
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota

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Dr Da Rosa is a research associate with the College of Nursing and the South Dakota State University’s Population Health Evaluation Center. She provides services to the South Dakota Department of Health on data analysis and program evaluation. Her main projects include understanding cancer disparities and increasing breast cancer screening among underserved women in South Dakota.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

Julia Dilley, PhD, MES

Senior Research Scientist/Epidemiologist
Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Public Health Division
Portland, Oregon

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Dr Dilley is a senior research scientist/epidemiologist with the Multnomah County Health Department and the State of Oregon Public Health Division. For more than 20 years, Dr Dilley has supported public health systems in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and New Mexico. Her recent research focuses on cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco-related public health policies.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

Jason A. Douglas, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Chapman University
Orange, California

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Dr Douglas is an environmental health disparities researcher in the Department of Health Sciences at the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences of Chapman University. Dr Douglas’s work with community-based organizations and residents in underserved Black and Latino communities uses community-based participatory research frameworks to investigate social and environmental determinants of public health disparities. With the support of state and federal funding, Dr Douglas developed and adapted innovative participatory methodologies for public health, including structured observation and neighborhood mapping approaches for examining novel public health challenges.

Appointment Term: 2022-2025

Mike Dolan Fliss, PhD, MPS, MSW

Epidemiology Research Scientist
UNC-CH Injury Prevention Research Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Mike Dolan Fliss, PhD, MPS, MSW, is a public health epidemiologist and data scientist, dually affiliated with the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and the NC Division of Public Health to help bring research to practice. His current projects include opioid overdose (build the state’s dashboard), the tobacco/alcohol retail environment, child maltreatment, industrial animal farms, racial disparities in policing, and public health informatics. He has a PhD in Epidemiology (2019) and master’s degrees in social work (2009) and public health informatics (2018). He teaches a course on R for Public Health Epidemiology at UNC with content publicly available online.

Appointment Term: 2022-2025

Z. Tuba Suzer Gurtekin, PhD, MS, MBA

Assistant Research Scientist
University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Z. Tuba Suzer Gurtekin is an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Her research interest is to investigate the inference properties of nonprobability samples based on a comprehensive framework and to propose new inference methods that incorporate the realities of the nonprobability samples. In particular, her investigations include improving error properties of the scientific data collection methods in the face of increasing nonresponse rates and survey data collection costs. Her research includes managing monthly surveys of consumer attitudes, expectations, and behavior and developing estimation methods that can improve the reliability of the low response rate probability sample surveys. Her published research focuses on methods to quantify nonresponse and measurement survey errors in probability and nonprobability sample surveys and mixed-mode survey design and inference. Her research experience has included development of alternative sample, methodology and questionnaire designs, data collection and analysis methods for a general population in parallel survey modes. She also teaches Survey Sampling for Clinical Research at the University of Michigan’s Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis program. Dr Gurtekin received a master’s degree and doctoral degree in survey methodology from the University of Michigan.

Appointment Term: 2021-2025

Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology, Tulane Prevention Research Center
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Dr Gustat is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on the social and environmental determinants of physical activity and health. She is a co-investigator of the Tulane Prevention Research Center and the Bogalusa Heart Study. She is a member of the Physical Activity Policy Research Network. Her interests include physical activity, obesity, food access, psychosocial factors, urban blight, and cognitive function, and how these factors play a role in chronic disease outcomes. Dr Gustat received a BA from Valparaiso University and an MPH and PhD from Tulane University.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

Daikwon Han, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

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Dr Han is an associate professor at Texas A&M School of Public Health. With training in epidemiology and geographic information system sciences, he researches environmental health, exposure science, spatial epidemiology, and population health studies. He has conducted extensive research in the investigation of the etiology of chronic diseases based on broad-based approaches, especially focusing on incorporating geospatial and statistical methods into epidemiologic research of environmental causes. Dr Han has a PhD in geography/spatial epidemiology from the University at Buffalo–State University of New York.

Appointment Term: 2021–2025

Nikki A. Hawkins, PhD

Lead Health Scientist
Office on Smoking and Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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Dr Hawkins is a health scientist in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her training and expertise are in health psychology, with specialization in health behavior and the psychosocial aspects of chronic disease. She holds a doctorate in psychology and social behavior with an emphasis in research methodology and statistics from the University of California, Irvine. Since coming to CDC, she has served in several roles in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: first, as a behavioral scientist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control; next, as a health scientist in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention; and currently, as a lead evaluation health scientist in the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH). In her current role, she directs the work of OSH’s Evaluation Team, which supports evaluation of the National Tobacco Control Program, oversees the National Quitline Data Warehouse, and manages a portfolio of work evaluating tobacco-related policies.

Appointment Term: 2020-2023

Natalie D. Hernandez, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor | Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Executive Director | Center for Maternal Health Equity
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

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Natalie D. Hernandez, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and the Executive Director of the Center for Maternal Health Equity at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr Hernandez received her Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Stony Brook University in New York. She earned her PhD in public health as well as a graduate certificate in interdisciplinary women’s health from the University of South Florida. She has more than 16 years of experience in developing community partnerships and implementing population health that engages diverse stakeholder groups. To advance science toward the elimination of women’s health inequities, Dr Hernandez has obtained extramural funding to develop multiple lines of research in the context of maternal and women’s health, specifically with Black and Latinx populations. The research approach in these local and nationally funded initiatives encompassed utilization of CBPR approaches, and takes a multi-sectoral and multi-level translational, health disparities research approach to understanding the myriad causes of women’s health inequities.

Appointment Term: 2022-2025

Linda D. Highfield, PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Community Health Practice & Epidemiology
UTHealth School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
UTHealth McGovern Medical School
Houston, Texas

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Dr Highfield is an associate professor at UTHealth School of Public Health and is jointly appointed at McGovern Medical School. Her expertise is in spatial epidemiology and applied intervention research. She focuses on integration of systems science, geospatial methods, and interventions to improve health care access. Dr Highfield’s recent work includes the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model and peer technical assistance methods, development of population health “health hubs,” and transitional care management interventions. Dr Highfield received an MS in epidemiology and a PhD in biomedical sciences (epidemiology) from Texas A&M University.

Appointment Term: 2020-2024

Elizabeth Winter Holt, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
Furman University
Greenville, South Carolina

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Dr Holt is an epidemiologist whose research and teaching focus on factors affecting the prevention and management of chronic disease. She has examined the role of the social and physical environment on health-promoting behaviors, clinical outcomes, and quality of life. Dr Holt received a BA from Duke University, an MPH from Yale, and a PhD from the Tulane School of Public Health.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

Nan Jiang, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Population Health
NYU Grossman School of Medicine

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Dr Jiang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine. Her research focuses on mobile technology-mediated smoking cessation interventions with a particular focus on racial/ethnic minority groups, and multilevel determinants of alternative tobacco use and cigarette smoking. She received a BS in nursing from Peking Union Medical College in China, a MS and PhD in health behavior from Indiana University Bloomington. She completed postdoctoral training in the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco.

Appointment Term: 2022-2025

Brittney Keller-Hamilton, PhD, MPH

Program Manager
Division of Epidemiology
College of Public Health
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

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Dr Keller-Hamilton is a program manager of several epidemiologic research studies at The Ohio State University. Her research centers on tobacco use among adolescents and young adults. Her interests also include health disparities research, epidemiologic methods, and tobacco control policy. Dr Keller-Hamilton received an MPH and a PhD in public health from The Ohio State University.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

Marynia Kolak, PhD, MS, MFA

Associate Director of health Informatics
Center for Spatial Data Science
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

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Dr Kolak received her PhD from Arizona State University, Tempe, and her MS from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. As a health geographer, she uses spatial epidemiology and an exploratory data analytic approach to investigate issues of equity across space and time. Her research centers on how “place” influences health outcomes in different ways for different people, from opioid risk environments to chronic disease clusters with a focus on the measurement of neighborhood constructs, investigating contextual, neighborhood effects on health outcomes, and integrating an explicit spatial perspective in research design to account for complex phenomena and neighborhood structures. Dr Kolar is committee chair of the Chicago Public Health GIS Network, and founder and member of the Chicagoland Air Quality Working Group.

Appointment Term: 2022-2025

Robert Krikorian, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, Cognitive Aging Program
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Dr Krikorian is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience and director of the Cognitive Aging Program at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in philosophy from Boston University and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati; he completed a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology in the departments of neurology and neurosurgery. He is interested in the influence of health conditions on memory decline with aging and risk for Alzheimer’s disease. He directs a clinical program that provides neurocognitive diagnostic services and lifestyle coaching and a research program investigating nutritional interventions to forestall cognitive aging and progression of neurodegeneration. His current research involves investigations of the effects of berry fruit supplementation and nutritional ketosis on cognitive function and metabolism in middle-aged people with increased risk for late-life dementia.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

Jessica A. Kulak, PhD, MPH, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
School of Public Health and Health Professions
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Buffalo, New York

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Dr Kulak is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo. Her research focuses on substance use, particularly nicotine and cannabis. Dr Kulak’s research examines risk and resiliency factors among vulnerable populations, including youth and young adults, military services members and their spouses, and the aging population. Dr Kulak received a Master of Science degree in school and community mental health counseling from the University of Rochester, and Master of Public Health and doctoral degrees in Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr Kulak completed a fellowship in addictions research at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

Appointment Term: 2022-2025

Amos Lal, MBBS, MD, FACP

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Rochester, Minnesota, USA

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Dr Lal is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician whose clinical research focuses on bioinformatics, epidemiology, and observational studies related to COVID-19 disease and clinical trials in the intensive care unit. In addition to this, he is closely engaged with the Society of Critical Care Medicine Discovery Network, Viral Infection, and Respiratory Illness Universal Study (VIRUS) International Registry. His clinical expertise involves Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and formal training with a Master’s in clinical and translational research with a focus on creating a digital twin platform for critically ill patients. His other clinical and research interests include infections in ICU, Quality improvement, Sepsis, and the use of artificial intelligence in the intensive care setting. His outreach effort includes improvement in healthcare delivery in the underserved areas internationally by providing clinical care and teaching in developing countries via in-person and digital format. Dr Lal is an invited Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Thoracic Society, and American College of Chest Physicians.

Appointment Term: 2022-2025

Bian Liu, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor
Department of Population Health Science and Policy
Institute for Translational Epidemiology
Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

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Dr Liu is an environmental and cancer epidemiologist. She studies geospatial and disparity patterns of exposure and health outcomes, investigates the health effects of environmental and occupational exposures under normal and natural/man-made disaster conditions, and examines how personal-level and area-level factors affect people’s health and their health care utilization.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

Zhen-Qiang Ma, MD, MPH, MS

Division Director
Division of Community Epidemiology
Bureau of Epidemiology
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Dr Ma has extensive experience in epidemiological investigations at local and state health departments. He is a senior epidemiologist at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the division director of community epidemiology. In this role, he oversees maternal–child health, childhood lead exposure, opioid overdose, and chronic disease prevention program epidemiologic support. He obtained his medical degree from Nanjing Medical University and has master’s degrees in public health and applied statistics. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests are to link various existing data sources — vital records, cancer registry, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and hospital discharge data using personal and geographical identifiers — and use these linked data to design and evaluate public health programs. He is also interested in using appropriate epidemiological study design and statistical methods applied in public health practice.

Appointment Term: 2021-2025

Amyn A. Malik, PhD, MBBS, MPH

Postdoctoral Associate
Yale Institute for Global Health
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

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Dr Malik is an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Yale Institute of Global Health, Yale University. He has more than a decade of experience in running global health delivery programs and conducting epidemiological research. Dr Malik’s research portfolio and interests include work on COVID-19, child health, drug-susceptible and drug-resistant tuberculosis, pediatric tuberculosis, contact tracing, preventive treatment for tuberculosis, and behavioral and social drivers of vaccination and other health-related behavior. Dr Malik received his medical degree from the Aga Khan University in Pakistan, a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Emory University.

Appointment Term: 2022-2025

Sarah L. Martin, PhD, MS

Grants Manager
St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation
Bangor, Maine

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Sarah Martin, PhD, MS, joined St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation as a Grants Manager in 2022, seeking and writing grant proposals for St. Joseph Hospital and Convent member organizations. Dr Martin is a chronic disease epidemiologist with more than 30 years of experience in population health. She began her career at one of the nation’s first community health trials and served as a health scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the early 2000s. She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and is a reviewer for several health-related journals. Her research focuses on substance use disorders, health equity, and the assessment of pharmaceutical needs in rural settings in the midst of the changing health care environment. She received an AB from Brown University, an MS from the University of New Mexico, and a PhD from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

Kevin Matthews, PhD, MS

Health Geographer
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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Dr Matthews is a health geographer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His work centers on applications of geographic information systems (GIS) for analyzing the health of populations, which includes disease mapping, medical geography, spatiotemporal epidemiology of chronic disease, and spatial accessibility for health services research. He has an MS in geographic and cartographic sciences from George Mason University and a PhD in geography from the University of Iowa. He has 22 years of professional GIS experience; more than 12 of those years have been in a scientific research setting associated with public health-related projects. Overall, his work is motivated by a desire to promote the health of populations and to lessen the burden of chronic disease.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

Katerina Maximova, PhD

Murphy Family Foundation Chair in Early Life Interventions
Scientist, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital
Associate Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dr Maximova received training in epidemiology at McGill University, specializing in primary prevention of chronic disease through research on improving key modifiable behaviors (physical activity, healthy eating, smoking, obesity). Her research interests include etiologic associations of lifestyle behaviors with chronic disease risk, misperception of risk, novel markers for chronic disease, public health systems capacity for chronic disease prevention, implementation of prevention policies to improve lifestyle behaviors and reduce chronic disease risk, social dimensions of health, and health outcomes in immigrant and refugee populations. She currently holds the Murphy Family Foundation Chair in Early Life Interventions and focuses on solutions to improve the early life experiences, development, and well-being of children and youth experiencing poverty. She previously held a Career Development Award in Prevention Research from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute to support her program of research focused on chronic disease prevention and implementation of effective interventions to support healthy behavior changes.

Appointment Term: 2019–2025

Jane A. McElroy, PhD

Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine Department
University of Missouri 

Columbia, Missouri

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Dr McElroy is an associate professor at the University of Missouri–Columbia. She is interested in influencing the trajectory of chronic diseases, with particular emphasis on cancer. She has explored cancer etiology through biomarker and spatial analyses; patterns of disease incidence and prevalence associated with environmental exposures and urban-rural status; and the psychosocial needs of cancer patients. Her other areas of research focus on improving health status among sexual and gender minority (SGM; aka LGBTQ) individuals. She has worked on increasing breast cancer screening among Black women, improving lesbian and bisexual women’s health through achieving a healthy weight, and exploring tobacco use among SGM individuals. She received a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

Jeremy Mennis, PhD, MS

Professor
Department of Geography and Urban Studies
Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Dr Mennis is a professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. His area of expertise is geographic information systems (GIS) science and its application to health and environment. His research focuses on GIS-based modeling of neighborhood, environmental, and social contexts of health behaviors and outcomes, with a focus on substance use and addiction. He has served as chair of the Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, on the board of directors for both the GIS Certification Institute and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, and on the editorial board of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, among several other journals. Dr Mennis received a doctorate in geography from Pennsylvania State University and is a certified GIS Professional.

Appointment Term: 2020–2022

LaToya J. O’Neal, PhD, MS

Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Gainesville, Florida

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Dr O’Neal, a medical sociologist, received her doctorate in medical sociology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts. She specializes in community-based approaches to advance minority health and health equity. Her research examines social, cultural, and environmental determinants of population health. Her current research focuses on risk and protective factors related to the onset and progression of cardiometabolic comorbidities among diverse communities. Dr O’Neal serves as statewide leader in chronic disease prevention and management at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Service.

Appointment Term: 2022-2025

Michael J. Parks, PhD

Research Associate, Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health, University of Minnesota
Senior Research Scientist, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division, Minnesota Department of Health
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Dr Parks is a research associate at the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. He is also a senior research scientist in the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division at the Minnesota Department of Health. He does research and applied public health focused on adolescent and young adult health. His primary areas of concentration are in adolescent health, health promotion, evaluation research, quantitative methods, risk and protective factors, tobacco control, and health disparities. After completing his PhD at Penn State, Dr Parks worked as a senior research scientist at the Minnesota Department of Health for 5 years. While at the Minnesota Department of Health, he conducted research on substance use, such as tobacco use, and implemented and evaluated population-based health promotion and prevention programs. In 2019 he completed a 2-year fellowship (T32) in adolescent health at the University of Minnesota’s Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Health.

Appointment Term: 2020-2023

Carolina Pérez Ferrer, PhD, MSc

Center for Research in Nutrition and Health
National Institute of Public Health
Cuernavaca, Morelos, México

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Dr Pérez Ferrer is a research fellow in the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. Her research focuses on the food environment, chronic disease inequities, urban health, and the evaluation of urban health policies, such as road safety legislation. She received a doctoral degree in epidemiology and public health from University College London and a Master of Science in Public Health: Health Promotion from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Pérez Ferrer also serves as a voting member on the governing boards of two teaching hospitals in Mexico City.

Appointment Term: 2022–2025

Anna Porter, PhD, MPH

Consultant, Ramboll
Raleigh, North Carolina

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Dr  Porter is an epidemiologist and consultant at Ramboll. Her research has focused on physical activity and the built environment, with a particular interest in bicycling. Recently, she has begun work examining environmental exposures and health outcomes. She received a BS and an MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023

Austin Porter III, DrPH, MPH

Deputy Chief Science Officer, Arkansas Department of Health
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Dr Porter is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He also serves as the deputy chief science officer at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). He began his career in public health by serving as the injury epidemiologist for ADH, where he was involved in the development and evaluation of the Arkansas Trauma System. Dr Porter has more than 10 years of research experience and 8 years of experience in injury epidemiology. His research interests are in trauma/injury prevention, health policy evaluation, and health systems evaluation. He received an MPH and DrPH from the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Appointment Term: 2019–2025

Terrinieka Williams Powell, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Maryland

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Dr Powell is an associate professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she has leadership roles in the Center for Adolescent Health and the Urban Health Institute. She seeks to improve adolescent health outcomes through partnerships with churches, schools, and community-based organizations. Her areas of expertise are adolescent health, qualitative methodologies, community-engaged approaches to research, intervention development, and implementation science. She has collaborated with institutions across the country to address adolescent sexual and reproductive health and substance use prevention. She received a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in community psychology from DePaul University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022

Irene Prabhu Das, PhD, MPH

Health Scientist Administrator
Division of Scientific Programs
All of Us Research Program
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Rockville, Maryland

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Dr Prabhu Das is a health scientist administrator in the Division of Scientific Programs of the All of Us Research Program (AoURP), Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She began her public health career as an epidemiologist in infectious disease surveillance in Los Angeles County and moved into cancer prevention and control research at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center after receiving an MPH at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr Prabhu Das then served as director for the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, and the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. After obtaining a PhD from the University of South Carolina, she served as public health advisor and health scientist at the Office of Dissemination and Implementation and Healthcare Delivery Research Program in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, where her research activities included program evaluation and qualitative research.

Appointment Term: 2021–2024

Jessica M. Robbins, PhD

Public Health Epidemiologist/IRB Administrator
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Dr Robbins is a public health epidemiologist with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), Division of Ambulatory Health Services, and also serves as the administrator of the PDPH Institutional Review Board. She earned a PhD in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University and had postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center. She has taught and supervised public health student projects at Drexel University, Temple University, and Thomas Jefferson University. Dr Robbins has carried out NIDDK-funded research on outcomes for diabetic patients of the Philadelphia Health Centers and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded research on childhood obesity in school children. Her research interests are in health disparities, social determinants of health, and the role of community health centers.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023

Richard Casey Sadler, PhD, MPH

Division of Public Health
College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University
Flint, Michigan

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Dr Sadler earned his PhD from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, and his MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. His public health research interests cover a broad spectrum, including the built environment and health, structural racism and health equity, local food policy and food systems, and drug and alcohol abuse. He also works with the application of geographic information science in public health systems. Dr Sadler serves as an independent GIS and technical consultant to the City of Flint Planning Department, the Genesee County Health Department in their Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the Nation Consortium, the City of Flint Master Plan Food Systems Component, and the Flint Farmers’ Market.

Appointment Term: 2022–2025

Daniel Sarpong, PhD

Director, Center for Minority Health Disparities Research & Education (CMHDRE)
Endowed Chair of Health Disparities
Professor of Biostatistics, College of Pharmacy
Xavier University
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Dr Sarpong is the director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education, Endowed Chair of Health Disparities and Professor of Biostatistics in the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana. Prior to returning to Xavier University of Louisiana, he was a research professor of biostatistics, a senior biostatistician with RCMI Translational Research Network Data Coordinating Center, and an associate director with the Center of Environmental Health at Jackson State University. He served in various capacities and positions at the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), the largest single site epidemiological study investigating the etiology and progression of cardiovascular disease in African Americans. Dr Sarpong was director, co-principal investigator, and senior biostatistician of the JHS Coordinating Center. His programmatic focus has been in the use of data from large epidemiological studies and intervention trials and the application of translational research approaches to mitigate both biological and social determinants of health disparities. Dr Sarpong received an MS in mathematics from New Mexico Highlands University and a PhD in biometry from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022

Deborah Salvo, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

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Dr Salvo is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education, at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also an adjunct researcher and faculty member at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico. Her research interests center on the reduction of social and health disparities and the promotion of health equity. Her work focuses on understanding the context-specific relationships between the built environment and health, documenting and ameliorating geospatial health disparities, and using and improving objective measures to quantify physical activity and relevant geospatial exposures. She is an active member of a global network of researchers working jointly to advance the understanding of the relationship between the features of urban environments and behavioral health outcomes, with a focus on physical activity. Dr Salvo is committed to advancing this field of study globally, with emphasis in Latin America and low- and middle-income countries. She has served as invited expert for the fields of physical activity and spatial epidemiology in several international technical meetings, panels, and research courses. Dr Salvo was a contributing author for the recently published Second Lancet Series on Physical Activity (2016), presenting the latest science on physical activity and public health.

Appointment Term: 2018–2021

Michael L. Sells, PhD, MS, CHES

Public Health Advisor, Advancing Population Health Team
Program Development and Services Branch, Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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Dr Sells has over 20 years of experience serving in various roles such as public health advisor, health educator and behavioral scientist in the field of Public Health. His expertise and experience in public health results from his work across the US, with US territories, as well as on the continent of Africa in Zambia. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in community health, program consulting, health systems interventions, health equity, translating research to practice, strategic planning, and public health policy. He has also acquired extensive knowledge and expertise in health equity science. He has led and participated in numerous initiatives at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC to institutionalize health equity. Dr Sells has a PhD in Public Health with a Community Health Promotion and Education concentration from Walden University, a master’s degree in Health Education and Health Promotion from the University of Texas, and he is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Appointment Term: 2022–2025

Charlotte D. Smith, PhD

UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Environmental Health Sciences
Berkeley, California

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Dr Smith is a faculty member of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting professor at the Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente). Her research interests include the microbial ecology and control of waterborne pathogens and the use of geospatial statistics to explore the pathway from environmental exposures, including contaminated water, to diarrheal and/or kidney disease. Current community-based participatory research in Guadalajara focuses on access to water as a human right under UN Resolution 64-292. Dr Smith has a BS in microbiology from the University of Michigan, an MA in community health from the City University of New York, and a PhD in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management–Academic Network of the Americas and GIS Latin America. She received the Jorge Matute Remus Award in 2019.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

Sergey Sotnikov, PhD

Economist
Performance Development, Evaluation, and Training Branch
Division of Performance Improvement and Field Services
Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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Dr Sotnikov joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow in 2002. He received a PhD in agricultural economics from Iowa State University with specialization in international and environmental economics and agricultural policy analysis. Before coming to CDC, Dr Sotnikov was a consultant to the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He has traveled extensively across the Eurasia region, advising governments on agricultural, social policy, and production efficiency issues. Dr Sotnikov’s research interests in public health are in developing quantitative methods of performance and effectiveness assessment of public health agencies, application of social network analysis to measurement of partnership relations in public health, and quantitative evaluation of the effects of public health.

Appointment Term: 2020-2023

Mikiko Terashima, PhD, MSc

School of Planning
Healthy Populations Institute
Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Dr Terashima’s research focuses on methods of measuring various social and built environmental forces that create systematic inequalities in health and well-being among different groups of people across communities. Her research investigates spatial accessibility to a multitude of services and amenities such as food outlets, green space, and primary health services, and their collective influences in health and well-being. Dr Terashima received a PhD from Dalhousie University, an MSc from the University of British Columbia, and a BSc from Michigan State University.

Appointment Term: 2018–2025

Tung-Sung Tseng, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Department
School of Public Health
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Dr Tseng is associate professor in behavioral and community health sciences at the School of Public Health, Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr Tseng is a Certified Health Education Specialist/Master Certified Health Education Specialist and co-chairs the Ethics Committee of the Society for Public Health Education. He is a senior behavioral scientist and lead evaluator of the Tobacco Control Initiative, a multidisciplinary program that specializes in helping tobacco users quit, in part by offering free or low-cost tobacco treatment services to all Louisiana public hospital patients and employees and the communities that the hospitals serve. He also serves as a member of Design and Analysis Core, Health Care Effectiveness, LSU Health Care Services Division and Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center. His primary research interests include tobacco control, childhood obesity, gene–environment interaction, risk behavioral patterns, health promotion interventions and evaluations, health disparities, and cancer prevention among racial and ethnic minority and underserved populations. He has a doctorate in community health and a master’s degree in health policy and health behavior from the Institute of Health Policy at National Taiwan University.

Appointment Term: 2020–2025

Camille Vaughan, MD, MS

Associate Section Chief for Research in Geriatrics and Gerontology
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

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Dr Vaughan is a geriatrician and associate section chief for research in geriatrics and gerontology at Emory University. Dr Vaughan also serves as Atlanta site director for clinical programs in the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Dr Vaughan’s research focuses on optimizing the care of adults with multiple chronic conditions. She has expertise in the study of lower urinary tract symptoms among older adults, including those living with Parkinson’s disease. She joined the Preventing Chronic Disease editorial team in October 2013. She received an MD degree and an MS degree in clinical research at Emory University.

Appointment Term: 2020–2025

Trang VoPham, PhD, MS, MPH

Epidemiology Program
Division of Public Health Sciences
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, Washington

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Dr VoPham is an epidemiologist and geospatial scientist whose research focuses on understanding the role of place/location (particularly environmental exposures) in cancer. She integrates methods in cancer epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, and geospatial science (eg, geographic information systems [GIS]) to study how environmental exposures might affect cancer risk.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

Neng Wan, PhD, MS

Department of Geography
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Dr Wan received a PhD in geographic information science at Texas State University-San Marcos, and an MS in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems at Wuhan University, China. His research focus in on the application of GIS, spatial modeling, and quantitative methods to the study of aging, tobacco control, physical activity, health disparities, health care access, and environmental exposures. Dr Wan is also director of the Utah Geo-Health Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Utah.

Appointment Term: 2022–2025

Yan Wang, PhD

Epidemiologist
Division of Population Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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Dr Wang is an epidemiologist with expertise in small-area–estimation methodology and application. She is the lead scientist developing and implementing the 500 Cities Project and the PLACES Project, a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation via the CDC Foundation. She graduated from Shanghai Medical University with a doctoral degree in epidemiology and health statistics and worked for the National Institute of Environmental Health as a postdoctoral epidemiology fellow. Her previous research interest was in environmental hazards and health outcomes in pregnant women and children.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023

Arica White, PhD, MPH

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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Dr White is an epidemiologist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is an alumna of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. Her research focuses primarily on understanding and reducing cancer health disparities. Dr White completed her undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University and received a Master of Public Health degree in health policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health, where she was a predoctoral fellow in a program funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Appointment Term: 2022–2025

Korede Yusuf, PhD, MBBS, MPH

Assistant Professor
Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health
Garden City, New York

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Dr Yusuf is an assistant professor at the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health. She has 15 years of combined experience in clinical practice and public health research. Her interests include health disparities and perinatal and reproductive health. Her current research focuses on maternal determinants of feto-infant health.

Appointment Term: 2019–2025

Janice C. Zgibor, RPh, PhD, CPH, FACE

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Director of the DrPH Program
Professor of Epidemiology
College of Public Health
University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

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Dr Zgibor is associate dean for academic affairs, director of the DrPH program, and professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Her primary research focus is community-based interventions for the primary and secondary prevention of diabetes and its complications.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

 

 

 

 


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