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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

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Dr Aguilar-Gaxiola is a professor of clinical internal medicine at the 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 in 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. He received an MD from the School of Medicine, Autonomous University of Guadalajara, and a PhD in clinical–community psychology at Vanderbilt University.

Appointment Term: 2021–2025

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 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 underresourced, marginalized neighborhoods and the rest of the city by focusing on nutrition as it relates to food deserts, farmers markets, and city policy on sugar-sweetened beverages. He also conducted formative research that 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 and was a National Institute of Mental Health fellow in psychiatric epidemiology.

Appointment Term: 2020–2024

Robert E. Bailey II, MPH

Team Lead
Program, Communications, and Training
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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Robert E. Bailey II is the Program, Communications, and Training Team Lead for CDC’s Division of Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control. His team is responsible for providing funding and guidance to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to advance cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship supports, and health equity. Robert has worked in multiple leadership roles at CDC, including supporting CDC’s COVID-19 response, serving as acting Branch Chief and Team Lead within CDC’s Division of Community Health, and leading national partnership efforts, campaigns, and mobilization for CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP). Robert also managed the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium and worked as a public health analyst on evaluation practices for DHAP’s Program Evaluation Research Branch. His background includes working as a consultant for nonprofit organizations and small businesses.

Appointment Term: 2022–2026

Zachary Brian, DMD, MHA

North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative
Cary, North Carolina

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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 a BS from Murray State University, an DMD from the University of Louisville, and an 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, DC

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Prior to her current position, Dr Carter-Nolan was 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’s) prevention research taxonomy project. From 2010 to 2015, Dr Carter-Nolan served as 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 a 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

Sunita Dodani, MBBS, PhD, MSc

Professor of Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)
Founding Director
EVMS-Sentara Healthcare Analytics and Delivery Science Institute (HADSI)
Norfolk, Virginia

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Dr Dodani has served as an executive leader for more than 20 years with vast experience in research management and creating innovative models of health promotion. In her current position, she is dedicated to improving the quality of health care in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and striving to improve population health, reduce disparities, and create high-performing, sustainable health systems through the use of health care analytics tools. Dr Dodani is an NIH-funded outcome implementation scientist and has developed several cardiovascular disease prevention programs for diverse races and ethnic communities. In 2020, soon after the COVID-19 pandemic began, she established the Health Equity Collaborative, in which 12 academic institutions and 5 major health care systems participate in Virginia. The collaborative brought organizations together on 1 platform to reduce and eliminate health disparities in the region through partnerships and team science. Dr Dodani is nationally and internationally known for her mentoring skills and has helped to develop more than 70 physician–scientists.

Appointment Term: 2022–2026

Tiana Garrett-Cherry, PhD, MPH

Consultant and Owner
Indices Consulting
Alexandria, Virginia

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As 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 a BS from Virginia State University and a PhD in cell and developmental biology and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023

Sheba M. George, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Program Director, Health Careers Opportunity Program
Community Health Worker Academy
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
University of California at Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health
Los Angeles, California

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Dr Sheba George is an associate professor in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, at Charles R Drew University in Los Angeles, California, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health. Dr George has extensive expertise in implementing social-scientific theories and qualitative, quantitative, and community-engaged methods of studying health inequities among racial and ethnic under-resourced populations. Her areas of focus have included the digital divide and its impact on meaningful use of health information technology, research participation among under-resourced groups, and a cultural framework for health. Her recent work has concentrated on health professional training with community health workers in under-resourced clinical settings.

Appointment Term: 2022–2026

Paulette Grey Riveria, MD, MPH, MBA

Regional Administrator / Regional Medical Director
Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Region 2
Primary Care Practitioner
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Dr Paulette Grey Riveria is a family medicine physician and public health leader with global experience. Through her private consulting firm, she provides primary care and public health consulting to community groups, businesses, and governments. Additionally, she currently serves as a Regional Medical Director within the Louisiana Department of Health, overseeing public health programs across 7 parishes in Louisiana. Her primary care and public health work focuses on health literacy, disease prevention, and health care justice. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a master’s degree in public health from Harvard School of Public Health, and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Appointment Term: 2022–2026

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

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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 toward health equity. Prior to joining OMHHE, Dr Hall was 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 has a PhD in medical sociology, an MSPH in epidemiology, and an MA in sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr Hall is currently an adjunct faculty member 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

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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 is also a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, where she received a PhD in community health sciences. Additionally, she received a PharmD from Xavier University of Louisiana, an MPH from the University of Michigan, and an 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

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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 published articles in law journals and the social science literature. She 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

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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 of 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: 2020–2024


Rachel Kaufmann, PhD, MPH

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

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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 Kaufmann 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

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Dr Michener is a 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 National Institutes of Health (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: 2019–2024

Carlos A. Reyes-Ortiz, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Institute of Public Health, Behavioral Sciences & Health Education
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Florida A & M University
Tallahassee, Florida

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Dr Reyes-Ortiz’s research includes studies on geriatric syndromes and cancer health disparities among older Hispanic populations in the United States and other Latin American and Caribbean countries. He discovered an association between a history of various types of abuse and falling, followed by the association between life course psychological trauma or adverse events with falling and frailty. He has authored more than 160 articles and book chapters. Dr Reyes-Ortiz received his medical degree from the School of Medicine, University of Valle, Cali, Colombia, and his doctorate degree in preventive medicine and community health from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. He completed his residency training in family medicine and 3 geriatric medicine fellowships in Spain and the United States He received his first Fulbright Scholar Award in 2017, and his most recent was awarded in 2022.

Appointment Term: 2022–2026

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

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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 chair of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at HSDM and 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 & Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) 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 served on the technical advisory panel for the 2019 Health Center Patient Survey. Dr Riedy Murphy received a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in psychology and an MPH in health services from the University of Washington.

Appointment Term: 2020–2023

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

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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 (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: 2020–2024

Susan Swider, PhD, PHNA-BC, FAAN

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

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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 received a BSN from DePaul University and an MS in public health nursing and a 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

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Dr Sanders Thompson is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Studies at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. She 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 Sanders 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. She received a PhD from Duke University.

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

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Dr 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 and 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



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