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Associate Editors

At PCD, all manuscripts determined to be appropriate for peer review undergo a rigorous review by 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.

 

Lawrence Barker, PhD

Senior Advisor
Office of the Associate Director for Science
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Lawrence Barker

Dr Barker has been with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1998. He worked in the National Immunization Program, Data Management Division, the National Center for Injury Prevention in the Division of Violence Prevention, and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation, Division of Community Health, and Office of the Director. Prior to CDC, Dr Barker worked for the US Department of Energy in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the executive branch in Washington, DC, taught mathematics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and served as visiting faculty at the Department of Statistics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr Barker was a winner in CDC’s 2010 Statistical Sciences Award and a runner-up in 2012, 2010, 2005, and 2004. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. In addition, he served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and as a guest editor of Preventing Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. Dr Barker received his doctoral and master’s degrees in statistics from Florida State University.

Appointment Term: 2016–2019

 

 

Ronny A. Bell, PhD, MS

Professor and Chair
Department of Public Health
East Carolina University School of Medicine
Greenville, North Carolina

Ronny Bell

Dr Bell is Professor with tenure of Public Health Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is also director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest, a designated Center of Excellence with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is professor and chair of the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University. Dr Bell is chair of the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council and the North Carolina American Indian Health Board. 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: 2016–2020

 

 

Tammy Calise, DrPH

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

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 with 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

Cheruvu

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
 

 

Paul Estabrooks, PhD

Harold M. Maurer Distinguished Chair
College of Public Health | Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska

Paul Estabrooks

Dr Estabrooks is the Harold M. Maurer Distinguished Chair and Professor in the Department of Health, Promotions, Social & Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Dr Estabrooks work focuses on testing innovative physical activity, nutrition, and weight control programs, policies, and practice interventions that can be adopted in schools, workplaces, and health care clinics. Dr Estabrooks also studies health promotion initiatives that can be implemented and sustained in typical community and clinical settings, at a reasonable cost, with a focus on achieving health equity. Dr Estabrooks is the author of nearly 200 publications, mostly focusing on how best to integrate evidence-based practice into typical community in clinical settings.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020

 

 

Tiffany Gary-Webb, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Departments of Behavioral and Community Sciences and Epidemiology
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tiffany Gary Webb

Dr Gary-Webb is associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. She has held faculty positions at several other top-tiered schools of public health including the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research is on working to understand the social and environmental determinants of chronic disease and implementing interventions to improve prevention and control. Her areas of research are the social determinants of diabetes and obesity, interventions to improve diabetes outcomes for minority populations, and translation of research findings to practice and real-world evaluation. She has held leadership positions in several national organizations including the American Diabetes Association, the American Public Health Association, and the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network. She completed her doctorate and master’s degrees in clinical epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Appointment Term: 2016–2019

 

 

Sarah L. Martin, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor of Social and Administrative Sciences
Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences
Husson University School of Pharmacy
Bangor, Maine

Sarah L Martin

Dr Martin joined the Husson University School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of Social and Administrative Sciences in 2013. Prior to joining the School of Pharmacy, she was adjunct professor of epidemiology at Husson University in the School of Science and Humanities. She has more than 25 years of experience in public health. She was a health scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and she taught research-related courses at the University of Maine at Farmington and Morehead State University. Dr Martin 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: 2017-2019

 

 

Katerina Maximova, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Public Health
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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 is supported by a Career Development Award in Prevention Research from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute andengages in research to monitor Canada’s public health systems capacity for chronic disease prevention and establish the link with implementation of effective policy solutions to support healthy behavior changes.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022

 

 

Sandra Carr Melvin, DrPH, MPH, MCS

Chief Operating Officer
Open Arms Health Care Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Sandra Hayes

Dr Melvin is the chief operating officer for Open Arms Health Care Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr Melvin has methodological and technical expertise in the design, conduct, and analysis of epidemiological studies. She has served as the principal investigator for several community-based studies that examine the influence of social determinants on health outcomes. Her collaborations have resulted in publications that explore health disparities related to the development of infectious and chronic diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diabetes, and asthma. She has authored manuscripts that examine social factors that contribute to health disparities. Her research focuses on those chronic and infectious disease health disparities in minority and underserved communities. She has a doctorate and master’s degree in epidemiology from the Jackson State University School of Public Health.

Appointment Term: 2016–2019

 

 

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: 2018–2020

 

 

Qaiser Mukhtar, PhD, MSc

Health Scientist
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Qaiser Mukhtar

Dr Mukhtar leads efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity to increase physical activity in American worksites through scientific translation, consultation, and partnership. She came to CDC from the New Mexico State Department of Health, where she was the hantavirus epidemiologist and led a community-based diabetes primary prevention research study assessing the association between Acanthosis nigricans and hyperinsulinemia among middle-school students. At CDC, she has served in several key leadership roles, in the Community Guide Branch, the Applied Research and Translation Team at the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and the Applied Research and Evaluation Team at the Division for Diabetes Translation. Dr Mukhtar received a BSc and an MSc from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, and a PhD from the University of South Carolina.

Appointment Term: 2017-2019

 

 

Sarah Patrick, PhD, MPH

Administrator
Jackson County Health Department
Murphysboro, Illinois

Sarah Patrick

Dr Patrick graduated from the University of Illinois and University of Pittsburgh, where she was trained at the WHO Collaborating Center for Diabetes Registries, Research and Training. In the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, she was a field officer with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She is a former state epidemiologist for South Dakota and Missouri and eputy Didrector of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and now directs the Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) in Illinois. JCHD is part of the Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network, where regional services such as HIV Care Connect, opioid misuse response, and HealthWorks youth care connection are provided. Dr Patrick serves on the executive committee of the Washington University Center for Community Health Partnership and Research and is an adjunct faculty member at the Southern Illinois University public health graduate program.

Appointment Term: 2018-2020

 

 

James M. Peacock, PhD, MPH

Epidemiologist
Cardiovascular Health Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
St. Paul, Minnesota

James Peacock

Dr Peacock monitors state and local trends in cardiovascular disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease and associated risk factors by using diverse data sources. He is especially interested in the use of geographic information systems to describe chronic diseases, risk factors, access to health care resources, and the provision of health care services by geographic distribution to better identify the needs of local communities. He received a PhD and an MPH from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from Earlham College.

Appointment Term: 2017-2020

 

 

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

 

 

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

Salvo Deborah

Dr Salvo is Assistant Professor of Public Health in 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 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

 

 

Edmond D. Shenassa, ScD, MA

Associate Professor, Maternal and Child Health Program
Department of Family Science
School of Public Health
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland

Shenassa Edmond

Dr Shenassa was recruited from Brown University in 2008 to become the founding director of the Maternal and Child Health program in the department of Family Science. He has a dual doctorate in epidemiology and maternal and child health from the Harvard School of Public Health and a master’s in quantitative research methods from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his population-based investigations focus on social determinants (eg, income inequality, housing quality) of health over the life course. He also investigates the synergy between modifiable determinants of prenatal and perinatal health (eg, breastfeeding by smokers). Much of this work is based on data Dr Shenassa collected as principal investigator of the Rhode Island Birth cohort study, an investigation of in-utero exposure to toxins and physical, cognitive, and social development during infancy. His team recruited 650 women who were one-day post-partum and measured physical, mental, and behavioral outcomes of the mother–infant dyad on three occasions during a 15 month follow-up period. This work has been funded by Maternal and Child Health Bureaus (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Flight Attendant’s Medical Research Institute, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Last year, Dr Shenassa was selected as a graduate mentor of the year by the University of Maryland Graduate School. He serves as president-elect of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019

 

 

Mark A. Strand, PhD, MS

Professor
College of Health Professions
North Dakota State University
Fargo, North Dakota

Mark Strand

Dr Strand teaches courses in epidemiology, prevention and management of chronic illness, and global health in the Master of Public Health Program; he also teaches a course in public health for pharmacists in the School of Pharmacy. He received a CPH (Certified in Public Health) credential from the National Board of Public Health Examiners and a certificate in Diabetes Management from the International Diabetes Federation. Dr Strand has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, with primary research in diabetes prevention and management, evaluation of the Diabetes Prevention Program, comorbid diabetes and depression, metabolic syndrome, and public health education in pharmacy. He completed a trial evaluating the efficacy of the Diabetes Prevention Program in China and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. In 2016 Dr Strand earned the College of Health Professions Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and in 2014 was awarded the North Dakota Rural Health Educator/Mentor of the Year. He is also a section councilor in the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association. He received a BA from Luther College, an MS from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Appointment Term: 2017-2020

 

 

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 (Sam)

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: 2016–2020

 

 

Adam S. Vaughan, PhD, MPH, MS

Epidemiologist
Small Area Analysis Team
Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Adam Vaughan

Dr Vaughan’s research focuses on geographic disparities in heart disease and stroke to better understand contributing community factors for the purpose of tailoring local interventions. He also works with the GIS Capacity Building Project, which trains state and local health departments on the use and application of geographic information systems. Dr Vaughan received a PhD and an MPH from Emory University, an MS from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and a BE from Vanderbilt University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019

 

 

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: 2016–2020


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