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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

Arsham Alamian

Dr Alamian is Associate Dean for Health Studies and 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. Dr Alamian’s 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 NIH and state grants on pediatric obesity, metabolic syndrome, and biomarkers for chronic liver disease. Dr Alamian received his 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 holds 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 Miami
University of New Hampshire
Durham, New Hampshire

Semra Aytur

Dr Semra 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 her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her 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

Ronny A. Bell

Dr Bell is 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. Dr Bell is Chair of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board and previously served as Chair of the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory County. He also serves on the American Diabetes Association Health Disparities Committee. Dr Bell received his master’s and doctoral degrees in nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his master’s 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: 2020–2022

 

 

Erin Bouldin, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Exercise Science
Beaver College of Health Sciences
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina

Erin Bouldin

Dr Bouldin is an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program at Appalachian State University where she teaches in the CEPH-accredited bachelor’s degree program in public health and researches disability, healthy aging, and caregiving, with an emphasis on 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

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

Tammy Calise

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 her DrPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University and her Masters of Education in Health Education from the University of Missouri.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022

 

 

Vinay Cheruvu, PhD

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

Vinay Cheruvuu

Dr Cheruvu received his PhD in biostatistics from Case Western Reserve University and Masters in Statistics from Oklahoma State University. He 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.

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

Pyone Cho

Dr Cho is an epidemiologist in the Division of Diabetes Translation at 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

 

 

Sarah Conderino, MPH

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

SarahConderino

Ms Conderino is a DrPH candidate at Columbia University and a researcher in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She received an MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University and completed the CDC/CSTE 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

Patricia Da Rosa

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

Julia Dilley

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 public health policies.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

 

 

Z. Tuba Suzer Gurtekin, PhD, MS, MBA

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

ZTubaSuzerGurtekin

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 holds both a master’s degree and PhD 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

Jeanette Gustat

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

DaikwonHan

Dr Han is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M School of Public Health. With training in epidemiology and GIS sciences, his research spans 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 earned a PhD in geography/spatial epidemiology from the University at Buffalo-SUNY.

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

Nikki A Hawkins

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 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

 

 

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

Linda Highfield

Dr Linda D. 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 model (AHC) and peer technical assistance methods, development of population health “health hubs,” and transitional care management interventions. Dr Highfield received her Master of Science degree in Epidemiology and her 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

Elizabeth Winter Holt

Dr Holt is an epidemiologist whose research and teaching focus on factors affecting the prevention and management of chronic disease. Specifically, 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

 

 

Brittney Keller-Hamilton, MPH, PhD

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

Brittney Keller-Hamilton

Ms 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 include health disparities research, epidemiologic methods, and tobacco control policy. Ms. Keller-Hamilton received her PhD in public health from The Ohio State University in December 2019. She received a Master of Public Health degree from The Ohio State University.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

 

 

Robert Krikorian, PhD

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

Robert Krikorian

Robert 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 earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Philosophy from Boston University, a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and 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

 

 

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

Bian Liu

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 healthcare utilizations.

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

Zhen-qiangMa

Dr Ma has extensive experience in epidemiological investigations at the 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, opioid overdose, and chronic disease prevention program epidemiologic support. He obtained his medical degree from Nanjing medical college in China and has a master’s degree in public health and a master’s degree in 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, BRFSS, 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

 

 

Sarah L. Martin, PhD, MS

Adjunct Faculty University of Maine
Department of Community Health Education
Farmington, Maine

Sarah L Martin

Dr Martin has more than 30 years of experience in public 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 21st century. She currently teaches in the Community Health Department and oversees the students’ practicum experiences. She has taught social and behavioral courses for Husson University School of Pharmacy and research-related courses at Morehead State University. Dr Martin has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and books 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: 2020-2022

 

 

Kevin Matthews, PhD, MS

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

Kevin Matthews

Dr Kevin Matthews is a Health Geographer at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His work centers around applications of geographic information sciences (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 holds a master of science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University and a doctorate 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

Katerina Maximova

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: 2019–2022

 

 

Jane A. McElroy, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Missouri, Family and Community Medicine Department
Columbia, Missouri

Jane A. McElroy

Dr Jane A. McElroy is an associate professor at 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 psychosocial needs among cancer patients. Her other areas of research focuses 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 her doctorate degree in epidemiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Appointment Term: 2019-2023

 

 

Jeremy Mennis, PhD, MS

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

Jeremy Mennis

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) and 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

 

 

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

Michael J. Parks

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

 

 

Anna Porter, PhD, MPH

Consultant, Ramboll
Raleigh, North Carolina

Anna Porter

Dr Anna Porter is an epidemiologist and consultant at Ramboll. Her research has historically 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 MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Austin, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gilling 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

Austin Porter III

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 the field of trauma/injury prevention, health policy evaluation, and health systems evaluation. He earned his MPH and DrPH from the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022

 

 

Terrinieka Williams Powell, PhD

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

Terrinieka Williams Powell

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 holds leadership roles in both 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, as well as 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 earned her master’s and doctoral degrees 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

Irene Prabhu Das

Dr Irene Prabhu Das is currently serving as Health Scientist Administrator within the Division of Scientific Programs of the All of Us Research Program (AoURP), Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her public health career began 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 acquiring her MPH at UCLA. Dr Prabhu Das then served as Director for the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control as well as 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 her PhD from University of South Carolina, she then served as public health advisor and health scientist at the Office of Dissemination and Implementation and Healthcare Delivery Research Program within 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

Jessica M. Robbins

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 her 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

 

 

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

Daniel Sarpong

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, senior biostatistician with RCMI Translational Research Network Data Coordinating Center, and 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 his MS in Mathematics from New Mexico Highlands University and PhD in Biometry from the LSU Medical Center.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022

 

 

Deborah Salvo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health
George Warren Brown School
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Deborah Salvo

Dr Salvo is Assistant Professor of Public Health in St. Louis. 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 relations 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 relation 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

 

 

Charlotte D. Smith, PhD

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

Charlotte D. Smith

Dr Charlotte D. Smith is a faculty member of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, 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 using 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 holds a bachelor of science degree in Microbiology from the University of Michigan, a master of arts degree in Community Health from the City University of New York, and a doctoral degree 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

Sergey Sotnikov

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

Mikiko Terashima

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, MSc from the University of British Columbia, and BSc from Michigan State University.

Appointment Term: 2018–2021

 

 

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

Tung-Sung Tseng

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 multi-disciplinary 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 ethnic minorities 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 the National Taiwan University.

Appointment Term: 2020–2022

 

 

Camille Vaughan, MD, MS

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

Camille Vaughan

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 completed her doctor of medicine and master’s degree in clinical research at Emory University.

Appointment Term: 2020–2022

 

 

Trang VoPham, PhD, MS, MPH

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

Trang VoPham

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

 

 

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

Yan Wang

Dr Yan 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

 

 

Korede Yusuf, MBBS, MPH, PhD

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

Korede Yusuf

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: 2019–2022

 

 

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

Janice C. Zgibor

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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