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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.



Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD

Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
School of Medicine, University of California, Davis
Sacramento, California


Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis Health and the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC). He is a national and international expert on health and mental health comorbidities on diverse populations. Dr Aguilar-Gaxiola’s applied research program has focused on identifying unmet mental health needs and associated risk and protective factors to better understand and meet population mental health needs and achieve equity in health and mental health disparities in underserved populations. Dr Aguilar-Gaxiola is the author of more than 190 scientific publications. Dr Aguilar-Gaxiola received his MD from the School of Medicine, Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico and his PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology at Vanderbilt University.

Appointment Term: 2021–2025



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: 2020–2022



Philip M. Alberti, PhD

Senior Director, Health Equity Research and Policy
Association of American Medical Colleges
Washington, DC

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As a senior director with the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr Alberti promotes health equity by working with medical schools and teaching hospitals to integrate principles of As a senior director with the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr Alberti promotes health equity by working with medical schools and teaching hospitals to integrate principles of community engagement and health justice into academic medicine’s clinical care, medical education, research, and advocacy missions. In his previous position with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, he developed programs to promote health equity between under-resourced, marginalized neighborhoods and the rest of the city by focusing on nutrition as it relates to food deserts, farmers markets, and city policy regarding sugar-sweetened beverages. He also conducted formative research which helped lead to the integration of evidence-based comprehensive sex education in New York City public schools’ curricula with an emphasis on reproductive health and unintended teen pregnancy. Dr Alberti received a BA in Psychology and a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University in New York, and was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Appointment Term: 2020–2024



Zachary Brian, DMD, MHA

North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative
Cary, North Carolina

 Zachary Brian

Dr Brian’s clinical and administrative career in public health has focused on increasing oral health equity and access, supporting integrated practice, and facilitating collaborative partnerships to achieve systems change for vulnerable populations. As director of the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative, Dr Brian helps shape state public policy and practice through health promotion and literacy, policy advocacy, and educational outreach highlighting the connection between oral health and overall health outcomes. Previously, Dr. Brian was site director for the Indian Health Service for the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He also served as dental director for a federally qualified health center in New Haven, Connecticut, working in partnership with Yale University. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, and North Central Michigan College. Dr Brian received his BS from Murray State University, his DMD from the University of Louisville, and his MHA from Central Michigan University.

Appointment Term: 2020–2024



Pamela L. Carter-Nolan, PhD, MPH

Director, Master of Public Health Program
Howard University Graduate School
Washington, District of Columbia

Pamela L. Carter-Nolan

Prior to her current position, Dr Carter-Nolan was the Director of Public Health Research at IQ Solutions, Inc, a public health consultancy firm. In this role her primary responsibility was to supervise and support the National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention’s (NIH-ODP) prevention research taxonomy project. From 2010 to 2015, Dr Carter-Nolan served as the Assistant Dean of Medical Education and Vice Chair of the Community and Family Medicine Department at the Howard University College of Medicine. She is an investigator and educator who has designed, implemented and led several training programs, curricula, and courses focused on clinical translational science and health disparities-related topics. She has also led efforts in curriculum and course development and planning of public health programs and medical education. Dr Carter-Nolan is the co-director for the faculty development component of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) at Howard University, and the co-director for the Cancer Research Education Program for the Howard-Georgetown Collaborative Partnership in Cancer Research, which are both NIH-funded initiatives. Dr Carter-Nolan received her BS in Community Health Education from the University of Massachusetts, an MPH in Health Policy from Yale University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023



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



Tiana Garrett-Cherry, PhD, MPH

Consultant and Owner
Indices Consulting
Alexandria, Virginia

Tiana Garrett Cherry

As a consultant and owner of Indices Consulting, Dr Garrett-Cherry helps build epidemiologic capacity at local and state health departments and in nonprofit organizations. She has more than 10 years of experience in applied epidemiology, data analysis, and surveillance across a number of public health topics, including maternal and child health, chronic disease, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness. Dr Garrett-Cherry previously worked with emerging vector-borne diseases for the Department of Homeland Security and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on chronic disease surveillance and program development, designing and implementing research studies involving large population-based datasets. She has served in the US Public Health Service, has held leadership roles with several community organizations and state government agencies, and has served on national boards of government and nonprofit organizations. She received her BS from Virginia State University and both her PhD in cell and developmental biology and MPH in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023



Jeffrey E. Hall, PhD, MA, MSPH, CPH

Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity and Chief of the Minority Health and Health Equity Team
Office of Minority Health & Health Equity
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Jeffrey E. Hall

Dr Hall serves as Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) and Chief of the Minority Health and Health Equity team for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with key involvement in substantive health matters and in health policy and program development. Dr Hall works to assure that the OMHHE helps to accelerate CDC’s health impact in improving population health and eliminating health disparities in the US. He provides leadership across several OMHHE priorities including strategic planning, technical consultation and assistance, refining OMHHE’s health equity framework and grounding concepts and principles, elaborating workforce diversity as a social determinant of health, and measuring and monitoring progress towards health equity. Prior to joining OMHHE, Dr Hall was a Lead Behavioral Scientist in the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Dr Hall holds a PhD in Medical Sociology, MSPH in Epidemiology, and MA in Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr Hall is currently adjunct faculty in UAB’s Department of Sociology.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023



Vida Henderson, PhD, PharmD, MPH, MFA

Director, Community Engagement and Health Equity Office, University of Illinois Cancer Center
Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois School of Public Health
Chicago, Illinois

Vida Henderson

Dr Henderson is a minority health and health disparities researcher whose research is focused on health services utilization and cancer prevention and early detection. Dr Henderson specializes in women’s health, qualitative methods, program evaluation, community-engaged research and health communication. She is currently Director of the Office of Community Engagement and Health Equity and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Illinois Cancer Center. Dr Henderson also serves as Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, where she received her PhD in Community Health Sciences. Additionally, she received a PharmD from Xavier University of Louisiana, MPH from University of Michigan, and MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

Appointment Term: 2020–2024



Kathleen Hoke, JD

Professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Director, Network for Public Health Law–Eastern Region
Director, Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy
Baltimore, Maryland

Kathleen Hoke

Dr Hoke is a professor in the University of Maryland Carey School of Law where she teaches public health law and policy, including at the innovative Public Health Law Clinic, and operates two legal resource centers. She provides technical legal assistance to state and local health officials, legislators, researchers, and organizations working to use law and policy change to improve public health. In 2016, Dr Hoke received the Jennifer Robbins Award for the Practice of Public Health Law from the APHA Law Section, and in 2019 she was appointed by the Maryland governor to the State Council on Cancer Control. Dr Hoke has been published in law journals and social science literature. She was graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1992 and served with distinction as Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Maryland prior to joining the school of law in 2002.

Appointment Term: 2020–2024



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



Udhayashankar Kanagasabai, MD, MPH, MSc

Health Scientist, Gender and Youth Team
Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Udhayashankar Kanagasabai

Dr Udhayashankar Kanagasabai is a health scientist with the Gender and Youth Team in the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis (DGHT) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While working as a senior medical officer in Liberia, he helped to establish the country’s first chronic care clinic for children. Much of his current work is oriented towards HIV/AIDS with a focus on gender and adolescent-friendly health services. His work with DGHT has involved the design, implementation, and evaluation of multiple programs in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique. He received an MD from the University of Liberia, an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology from Cuttington University in Liberia, and an MSc in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023



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



Christine Riedy Murphy, PhD, MPH

Delta Dental Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts

Christine Riedy Murphy

Dr Riedy Murphy is the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Associate Professor in Oral Public Health and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). She is also the chair of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at HSDM. She is the director of the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health, one of 6 academic units for primary care training enhancements with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce. She is also the director of the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, a national training and technical assistance partner with HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care. She has also served on the technical advisory panel for the 2019 Health Center Patient Survey. Dr Riedy Murphy received her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology and an MPH in health services from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023



Shamarial Roberson, DrPH, MPH

President of Indelible Business Solutions Health and Human Services
Consultant and Owner of DSR Consulting and Management, LLC
Tallahassee, Florida

Shamarial Roberson

Dr Shamarial Roberson is an expert in Health Equity and Public Health Administration with proven experience in Public Health Policy, Community Health Promotion, Emergency Preparedness, Research, Performance Management, Budget and Grant Management, and Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. She has extensive knowledge of epidemiology, chronic disease, infectious disease, state and federal rules and regulations, and establishing efficient and effective business processes to ensure compliance. She also has exhaustive experience implementing strategies to foster cross-sector collaborations to address the root causes of health disparities, leveraging funding, and driving policy. 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: 2020–2022



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: 2020–2022



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: 2020–2022



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



Susan Swider, PhD, PHNA-BC, FAAN

Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing
Rush University
Chicago, Illinois

Susan Swider

Dr Swider has worked for more than 30 years in acute care, home health care, and public health. She is program director for two doctor of nursing practice programs in which practicing registered nurses specialize in public health and nurse practitioners specialize in population health to enhance primary care. Students in these programs address a range of illnesses from a public or population health perspective, including communicable disease, chronic illness, and health promotion and disease prevention for vulnerable populations. Dr Swider’s research has focused on using community health workers for health promotion and disease prevention among vulnerable populations. In 2011, President Obama appointed her to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, a group designed to advise on the development and implementation of the National Prevention Strategy. She currently serves on the Illinois State Board of Health and the Community Preventive Services Task Force of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr Swider is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. She earned her BSN from DePaul University in Chicago and both her MS in Public Health Nursing and PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023



Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Studies
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD

Dr Vetta Sanders Thompson is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Studies at the Brown School, Washington University, in St. Louis. Dr Sanders Thompson serves as codirector of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University, is an associate member of the Siteman Cancer Center, and is a faculty affiliate of the Department of African and African-American Studies and of the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies. Dr Thompson, a licensed psychologist and health service provider in the state of Missouri, is a past chair of the State Committee of Psychologists and a past president of the Missouri Psychological Association.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023



Raegan Tuff, PhD, MPH

Public Health Analyst
Office of Informatics and Information Resources Management
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Raegan Tuff

Dr Raegan Tuff is a public health analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she applies informatics strategies and information systems to public health practice. She also researches social determinants of health and equity to improve health outcomes in minority populations such as women and African Americans. She received an MPH in Social & Behavioral Science from Morehouse School of Medicine and a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia College of Public Health. Dr Tuff is a member of Leadership Women and Delta Omega.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023



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


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