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Editorial Board

PCD’s editorial board consists of a diverse group of independent leaders and experts with experience in various areas of public health research, evaluation, and practice. Editorial board members are volunteers who advise the journal on its policies and identify appropriate and timely topics for publication. Editorial board members may also serve as peer reviewers and as judges for the journal’s student paper contest. In addition, the editorial board assists with identifying ways to disseminate the journal’s content throughout the world.



Ana F. Abraido-Lanza, PhD, MA

Program Director, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development
Director, DrPH Program
Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
New York, New York

Ana F. Abraido-Lanza

Dr Abraido-Lanza’s research focuses on cultural, psychosocial, and socioeconomic processes that affect psychological well-being, adjustment to chronic illness, and mortality rates among Latinos, as well as health disparities between Latinos and non-Latino whites. Her current research projects include the study of acculturation and cancer-related behaviors among Latinos, as well as coping and psychosocial adjustment and socioeconomic status and disability among Latinos with arthritis. Her work on cancer screening among Latinas compares the extent to which socioeconomic factors and quality of health care predict breast and cervical cancer screening among Latinas and non-Latina whites. Dr Abraido-Lanza is also director of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development at the Mailman School of Public Health. She received a BA from New York University and an MA and PhD from City University of New York.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH

Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences
Global Research Against Noncommunicable Diseases (GRAND)
Georgia State School of Public Health
Atlanta, Georgia

Collins O Airhihenbuwa

Dr Airhihenbuwa is the author of the PEN-3 model and a global expert and pioneer in how to centralize culture in health behaviors. He is a consultant to several United Nations agencies, including WHO, UNFPA, and UNAIDS. He led an early UN effort to galvanize multidisciplinary efforts to address HIV and AIDS globally, which resulted in the publication of UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction (2000). He has authored more than 120 articles and book chapters and is a coauthor of Public Health Critical Race Praxis. He is a former President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education and a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Dr Airhihenbuwa received a BS from Tennessee State University and an MPH and PhD from the University of Tennessee.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Hector Balcazar, PhD, MS

Dean, College of Science and Health
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, California

Hector Balcazar

Prior to his current position, Dr Balcazar was the regional dean of public health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus, where he was also a professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences. Dr Balcazar is a leader in public health education, research, service and community outreach. He received the National Hispanic Medical Association Academic Leader of the Year award. From 2003 to 2013, Dr Balcazar was co-director of the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, an NIH-funded initiative in collaboration with the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing of the University of Texas at El Paso. He was chair of the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health from 200 to 2011. Dr Balcazar specializes in the study of public health problems of Latinos and Mexican Americans. Dr Balcazar received a BS from Iberoamericana University and a MS and PhD from Cornell University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Oliver Ezechi, MD, MPH, MSc, PhD

Director of Research
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research
Lagos, Nigeria

Oliver Ezechi

Dr Ezechi is a Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Lagos, where he leads a team that provides comprehensive care, treatment, and support for more than 25,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. His research focuses on women’s health, infectious diseases (HIV, HPV, Hepatitis B), and interaction with noncommunicable diseases (cervical cancer, musculoskeletal diseases, and hypertension). He has authored more than 100 articles, book chapters, and two books. Dr. Ezechi received a PhD in public health from Lund University in Sweden, MD degree from University of Benin, Nigeria, and an MPH and MSc from University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022



Lauren Gase, PhD, MPH

Senior Researcher
Spark Policy Institute
Denver, Colorado

Lauren Gase

At Spark Policy Institute, Dr Gase partners with stakeholders throughout the country to develop innovative, research-based solutions to complex societal problems. She has served as the chief of health and policy assessment in the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Throughout her career, she has led several applied research and evaluation projects to prevent chronic disease and improve the social determinants of health. Much of her work has focused on identifying ways to improve the holistic health and well-being of children and adolescents in partnership with the education and juvenile justice systems. Dr Gase received a BS from University of California–Santa Barbara, an MPH from Emory University, and a PhD from the Fielding School of Public Health, University of California–Los Angeles.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Melissa Grim, PhD, MA

Chair and Professor
Department of Health and Human Performance
Radford University
Radford, Virginia


Dr Grim is chair and professor at the Department of Health and Human Performance at Radford University where she serves 650 to 675 students and 21 full-time faculty members. She is active in the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and is completing her seventh year of service as a deputy editor for Health Promotion Practice. She co-authored a chapter in SOPHE’s textbook Health Promotion Programs: From Theory to Practice and also co-edited both the sixth and seventh editions of The Health Education Specialist: A Study Guide for Professional Competence published by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Dr Grim received the Radford University Distinguished Faculty Advising Award and the College of Education and Human Development Scholarly Activity Award. She received a BS from Bowling Green State University and an MA and PhD from the Ohio State University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Sara L. Huston, PhD

Lead Chronic Disease Epidemiologist
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Augusta, Maine


In addition to her post at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Huston is an assistant research professor at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. She is also an Epidemic Intelligence Service alumna. Dr Huston has more than 20 years of experience in applied epidemiology and surveillance for chronic disease at state health departments. She also served on the executive board of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. She received a BA from Hampshire College and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Appointment Term: 2020–2022



Rachel Kaufman, PhD, MPH

Associate Director for Science
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia


Dr Kaufmann is the associate director for science for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NCCDPHP houses programs in population health, cancer control and prevention, diabetes translation, heart disease and stroke prevention, reproductive health, physical activity and nutrition, oral health, and tobacco use. Before joining NCCDPHP in 2016, she served in similar roles for CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office, and Office on Smoking and Health. She was also seconded by CDC to the World Bank for Pollution Management and Environmental Health for 5 years. Dr Kaufman received a BA from Brown University and an MPH and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023



Lloyd Michener, MD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, Duke School of Medicine
Clinical Professor, Duke School of Nursing
Adjunct Professor, Public Health Leadership, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Lloyd Michener

Dr Michener is professor and past chair of Community & Family Medicine at Duke. He has served as director of the Duke Center for Community Research; co-chair of the Community Engagement Steering Committee for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards of the NIH; and president of the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research. He has also been a member of the National Academies Institute of Medicine Committee on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health; the board of directors of the Association of Academic Medical Colleges; the NIH Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; and the National Academic Affiliations Advisory Council for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He now leads the Practical Playbook with the support of the deBeaumont Foundation, linking health care, public health, and communities.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022



Jean O’Connor, JD, DrPH, FACHE

Task Force for Global Health and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Decatur, Georgia

Jean O' Connor

Dr O’Connor is a consultant to both the Task Force for Global Health and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. She is an adjunct associate professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory and at Health Policy and Management at the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. She was the chief policy officer and chronic disease prevention director for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), where she led policy development and evaluation activities for the agency, focusing on health behavior and systems of prevention. She has nearly 20 years of experience in public health practice, public health law, and health policy. Before joining DPH, she worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a health scientist and in other policy and strategy roles in state government. She is a past president of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, a member of the Board of Directors for Heluna Health, and past president of the alumni board for the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr O’Connor received her BS, JD, and MPH from Emory University and her DrPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the bar.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Shamarial Roberson, DrPH, MPH

Chronic Disease Director
Florida Department of Health
Tallahassee, Florida

Shamarial Roberson

Dr Roberson joined the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention at the Florida Department of Health in 2013 as an epidemiologist. In addition to serving as the chronic disease director, she is the co-chair of the Health Equity Program Council. She supervises staff members in various activities, including prevention and intervention activities in areas such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, and lupus. She supervises the School Health Services team and the chronic disease Epidemiology and Evaluation team. Her research is oriented toward reducing health inequities, especially as they relate to heart disease and related risk factors. Dr Roberson received a PhD in public health in epidemiology and biostatistics from Florida A&M University and an MPH and BS from Florida State University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD

Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Practice Transformation
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Baltimore, Maryland

Rodriguez De Bittner Magaly

Dr Rodriguez de Bittner is executive director of the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Her work has led to the development of innovative and nationally recognized programs, including the Giant Diabetes Education Program and the Maryland P3 Program. She served as director of the Community Pharmacy Residency Program at the University of Maryland (1996–2006) and currently is a preceptor. She has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance the role of pharmacists in chronic disease management. She is past president of the Maryland Pharmacists Association and the American Pharmacists Association Foundation Board from 2006 to 2008. Her leadership has led to quantifiable improvements in chronic disease management through medication use by improving medication adherence and developing diabetes and cardiovascular programs based on national treatment guidelines and evidence-based medicine. She received the American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Pinnacle Award for Individual Career Achievement in 2015. She received a BS from the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy and a PharmD from the University of Maryland.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Gia Rutledge, MPH

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

Gia Rutledge

Gia Rutledge is a lead health scientist in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She serves as the team lead for the Performance Improvement and Evaluation team providing evaluation guidance and technical assistance to states, communities, and national partners. She also provides evaluation expertise on special projects, contracts, and workgroups across the division and center. She received an MPH in community health practice from the University of Arizona and a BS in biology from the University of California at San Diego.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Victor D. Sutton, PhD, MPPA

Director for the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity
Mississippi State Department of Health
Ridgeland, Mississippi

Victor D. Sutton

Dr Victor D. Sutton serves as the director for the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity and is a member of the senior management team. In this role, he oversees the Preventive Health Program, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) role with the Jackson Heart Study, and the Office of Health Equity. He provides operational and fiscal oversight to the bureaus of Community and School Health, Chronic Disease, the Delta Health Collaborative, and the Injury and Violence Prevention Program. He also manages the programmatic planning, implementation, and evaluation of several federal and state grants.

Dr Sutton received his PhD from Jackson State University in public policy and administration with a concentration in health administration. He also completed additional educational studies and received a certification in public sector management at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York.

He has a faculty appointment with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the Department of Preventive Medicine and serves as principle investigator for the Jackson Heart Study, Community Engagement Center at MSDH. He has worked and held leadership positions for a number of community-based organizations, foundations, non-profits, and state government agencies. He has also served on a host of local, regional, and national boards.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022



Matthew Valliere, MPA

Chief Executive Officer
CareSouth Medical & Dental
Baton Rouge, Lousiana

Matthew Valliere

Matthew Valliere is the chief executive officer for CareSouth Medical & Dental and serves on the board of the Louisiana Primary Care Association. Mr Valliere has more than 10 years of experience in program design, implementation, and evaluation. He served as director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Unit with the Louisiana Department of Health where he was responsible for providing leadership over programs addressing asthma, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, tobacco control, healthy communities, and projects involving the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Mr Valliere is a member of the Evaluation Advisory Board for Xavier University Center for Minority Health Disparities and Research. He also serves on the Baton Rouge Leadership Council for American Cancer Society (2018 to present) and served as president for the Louisiana Public Health Association (2016–2017). Mr Valliere holds many positions on state and local panels, organizations, and boards. He received a Master of Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022



The opinions expressed by authors contributing to this journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the authors’ affiliated institutions.

Page last reviewed: February 11, 2020