Postdoctoral Fellow, Perelman School of Medicine
Health Communication, Media and Health, Education, Chronic Medical Conditions
Julia Alber is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Health Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania who studies the use of interactive, communication technology for chronic disease prevention and management. Julia has previously published and presented on the use of social media for health promotion, professional preparation in public health education.
Lecturer, Schools of Nursing and Medicine
Epidemiology, Law, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse
Evan Anderson is a public health law researcher. He was formerly the Senior Legal Fellow at the National Program Office for Public Health Law Research (PHLR), an RWJF-funded academic center based at Temple University Beasley School of Law. At PHLR, his work focused on empirical evaluations of the effect of law on population health. Anderson was previously a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Senior Fellow at the Centers for Law and the Public's Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. At Hopkins, his projects explored the balance between government authority in promoting health and individual rights in contexts including emergency preparedness and infectious disease. He currently lectures in health policy and public health law in the School of Nursing and in the MPH Program.
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Global Health, Emergency Preparedness, Critical Care
George L. Anesi, MD, MSCE, MBE, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has advanced training in health services research, clinical epidemiology, high-risk pathogen and disaster preparedness, biomedical ethics, and global health. His research interests focus on the evaluation of critical care and acute care resources during times of strain to the system, including situations of dynamic strain (i.e., random variation in demand, seasonal trends, epidemics, and disasters) and fixed strain (i.e., critical illness in resource-limited settings domestically and globally). At Penn, Dr. Anesi sees patients in the medical intensive care units, including the COVID ICUs, and on the rapid response service, and serves as Director of the Medical Critical Care Bioresponse Program and Co-Chair of the Penn Medicine Critical Care Alliance COVID-19 and Pandemic Preparedness Committee.
Instructor of Medicine at Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Judith Anesi, MD is an Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Anesi is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on the clinical and molecular epidemiology of bacterial infections among solid organ transplant recipients. In particular, she focuses on donor-derived bacterial infections and multidrug-resistant organisms. The overarching goal is to improve the detection, prevention, and treatment of such infectious complications among transplant donors and recipients.
Mental Health, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Adolescents, Qualitative Methods, Health Equity, Nutrition, Behavioral Health, Evaluation, Education, Mixed Methods Research, Community/Population Health, Chronic Medical Conditions, Obesity, Diabetes, Racism, Wellness
Kimberly T. Arnold, PhD, MPH is a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow in mental health services research, implementation science, and academic-community partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Mental Health. Dr. Arnold is interested in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practices and policies for physical and mental health in schools, churches and other community settings (especially those that are underserved); and addressing health disparities through multisectoral collaboration. While earning her MPH, she was trained in community-based participatory research and helped deliver and evaluate community-based health interventions focused on chronic disease prevention and health promotion in African American churches. Her doctoral research examined factors that influenced the adoption and sustainability of a trauma-informed universal mental health intervention in 20 Baltimore City public schools. She is currently engaged in a cross-sector partnership to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices for mental health throughout the School District of Philadelphia. Dr. Arnold earned a BA in Biology with minors in African American Studies and Health from the College of Charleston in 2012, MPH from the Dornsife School of Public Health and Human Rights at Drexel University in 2014, and PhD in Health Policy and Management and certificate in Community-Based Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2019.
Research Associate Professor, School of Nursing/Family and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania
Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Behavioral Health, Data Analysis, Biostatistics
Dr. Aryal is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of BECCA (Biostatistics Evaluation Consulting Collaboration Analysis) Lab in the School of Nursing. He is collaborating with School of Nursing faculty members on projects related to HIV care outcomes, HPV vaccine acceptance and opioid and chronic pain. Dr. Aryal is also involved in school based asthma reduction program (Asthma 411) and vision screening among Pre-K students and big data analysis on vision research through IRIS registry.
Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine/Psychiatry
HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Tobacco
I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. My research focuses on identifying risk factors for smoking relapse and evaluating novel treatments to help more people quit smoking. I utilize tools from the fields of neuropharmacology and cognitive neuroscience to understand the mechanisms of efficacy of nicotine dependence treatments. I have two NIDA-funded grants to evaluate repurposed medications as novel treatments for smoking cessation. My research also focuses on developing targeted treatments for smokers with comorbid disorders (e.g., HIV/AIDS) and I have a NIDA-funded R01 that will examine the intersection of smoking, HIV, and cognition.
Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania
Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Health Services Research, Homelessness, Pediatrics
Sara S. Bachman, PhD is Dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Formerly she was the Paul Farmer Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work; Research Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health; and Director of the Boston University School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health. Dr. Bachman is an expert in health care financing and organization, focusing on alternative payment strategies. She has over twenty years of experience with health policy research and program evaluation, especially in the area of health care finance, health reform, social work, and state health policy for individuals with disabilities or complex health and social conditions, including children with special health care needs. She has published on state approaches to the issue of contracting for mental health services. Dr. Bachman received her MS in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and her PhD in Health Policy from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University where she was a Pew Health Policy Fellow.
Associate Professor; Director of Research on Pediatric Education
Qualitative Methods, Education
Dr. Balmer serves as Director of Research on Pediatric Education at The Children’s Hospital Philadelphia and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she supports faculty and trainees in their pursuit of educational scholarship. She frequently consults on qualitative research methodology in health-related research and medical education. Dr. Balmer’s current research agenda focuses on identity construction in health professions education. She leads large-scale program evaluation efforts for organizations (e.g. Association of American Medical Colleges’ Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum) and grants (e.g. Columbia University Medical Center’s NIH-funded work, Behavioral and Social Sciences in Clinical Setting: Team-Based Patient Care.)
Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health/PSOM
Global Health, Environmental Health
I am a medical anthropologist. I am currently looking at community concerns related to asbestos exposure, contextual factors affecting the uptake of mental health services, and implementation science.
Associate Professor, SAS/HIstory & Sociology of Science
Dr. Barnes's work focuses on the history of infectious disease, epidemiology, and public health. His research has focused on the Bacteriological Revolution and its effect on public health and 19th centry European (esp. French) social and cultural history.
Healthy Food Procurement Coordinator, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Policy, Nutrition, Food Access
Catherine Bartoli works with City departments and Philadelphia-based hospitals to integrate comprehensive procurement and nutrition standards into food service operations and contracts, and collaborates with multiple community partners to provide training, technical assistance, and resources to sites throughout Philadelphia.
Penn Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Community Engagement, LGBTQ
My work focuses on examining the social, community, interpersonal and biological factors that increase vulnerability to HIV among young minority populations. Using interdisciplinary research methods, I develop and test sexual health promotion programs to optimize health outcomes in vulnerable adolescents and young adults.
Resident Physician, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Community/Population Health, Critical Care
Andrew M. Becker, MD, MPH is an experienced health systems researcher and resident physician in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. Andrew has experience as a corporate consultant at Cigna where he worked on value-based-care investments for Medicare Advantage patients with multiple chronic diseases. He has a key interest in federal health policy and has successfully facilitated health systems research on population health readmission risk assessments, OR-to-ICU communication, and anesthesia materials management usage. Andrew received both his MD and MPH from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Associate Professor, SOM/Psychiatry
Mental Health, Global Health, Policy, Community Engagement, Health Services Research, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health, Mixed Methods Research, Violence/Injury Prevention
Dr. Beidas’s research group focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for youth psychiatric disorders in community settings. Dr. Beidas is an established expert in implementation science; a recent social network analysis conducted by Norton and colleagues identified her as among the top 10 implementation science experts nationally. Dr. Beidas has published approximately 80 articles and is the co-editor of the only book published on EBPs in youth, Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in child and adolescent mental health. Dr. Beidas’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health continuously since 2012. Dr. Beidas is deeply committed to partnering with community stakeholders to understand the best way to implement evidence-based practices and improve children’s mental health services across a variety of settings including community mental health, pediatric primary care, and schools. Dr. Beidas holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Colgate University and a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from Temple University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beidas is a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute. She is also an alumnus fellow of the NIH funded Training Institute in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH), Implementation Research Institute (IRI), and the Child Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Fellowship. She is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the ABCT President’s New Researcher Award in 2015 and the American Psychological Foundation Diane J. Willis Early Career Award.
Attending Physician Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Clinical Chair CHOP Autism Integrated Care Shared Governance Committee, Director, Autism Speaks, Autism Treatment Network Philadelphia
Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health
Dr. Bennett is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) who specializes in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Fragile X Syndrome. She serves as director for the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network Philadelphia site, contributing to a learning health network of programs dedicated to improving care for individuals with ASD. She is also the Clinical Chair of the Autism Integrated Care Shared Governance Committee at CHOP, dedicated to improving care and expanding programs for individuals with ASD and their caregivers across the entire CHOP network. Her clinical research interests focus on identification and treatment of comorbid conditions associated with ASD and in novel clinical and educational programs to support community services for children with ASD and their families.
Professor, Childhood Studies - Rutgers
Global Health, Adolescents, Qualitative Methods
PhD in Childhood Studies; Qualitative methods specialists including visual, participatory and digital methods; Playground design specialist
Assistant Professor, Director of Medical Student Education, University of Pennsylvania
Health Services Research, Health Equity
As the Director for Medical Student Education in my department I oversee and implement all medical student educational and curricular elements. In addition, I am currently collaborating as a researcher on a HRSA grant to study best practices in integrated behavioral health.
Program Manager, Family Medicine and Community Health
Global Health, Qualitative Methods, Health Services Research
Andrea currently serves as the Program Manager of the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, overseeing all research activities. Andrea also manages the Mixed Methods Research Lab within DFMCH, a research center specializing in qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies with a focus on integrating key stakeholder perspectives and goals into research designs. Prior to joining the DFMCH team, Andrea was the manager of a research lab at Temple University focusing on the community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Her own work focused on reentry barriers to community inclusion among individuals with mental health conditions leaving jails and prisons.
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Rural Health
Dr. Blank's research and writing focus on integration of health and mental health services delivery systems including treatment for co-morbid illness such as HIV/AIDS. Other areas of interest include informal care and its impact on consumers and families, rural mental health, ethics in prevention, and applications of technology and computer-assisted care in mental health service delivery.
Senior Research Scientist, Annenberg Public Policy Center
Adolescents, Health Communication, Media and Health
Amy Bleakley's research investigates the intersection of youth, media, and health, particularly how media affect various health risk behaviors and cognitions. Additionally, she conducts research using behavioral theory to develop and test health oriented media communications. Specific content areas of interest within mostly adolescent populations include sexual behavior, tobacco use, STD/HIV prevention, and obesity-related behaviors, as well as youth media use and exposure to specific media content. Bleakley has methodological and statistical expertise in survey research, structural equation modeling, and theory testing. Her research has been published in numerous academic journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics (formerly Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine), Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Health Communication, Health Education and Behavior, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Media Psychology. She received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.
Surveillance Coordinator, Birth Defects and Congenital Zika Infections, City of Philadelphia/Dept. of Public Health
Global Health, Women's Health
Currently I serve as the Congenital Zika and Birth Defects Surveillance Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia. I bring with me several years of experience working at CDC, most recently on Zika surveillance in Puerto Rico, as well as vast experiences working both globally and domestically.
Associate Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Mental Health, Adherence, Chronic Medical Conditions
I am the Principal Investigator on a funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project to fill gaps in the understanding of health care disparities as experienced by adults with disabilities and how differences in the quality of care received might be impacting their wellbeing. I am working nationally with groups dedicated to improving the health and well being of persons with disabilities.
Chair of Epidemiology, Columbia University
Global Health, Epidemiology, Rural Health
Dr. Branas has conducted research that extends from urban and rural areas in the US to communities across the globe, incorporating place-based interventions and human geography. His pioneering work on geographic access to medical care has changed the healthcare landscape, leading to the designation of new hospitals and a series of national scientific replications in the US and other countries for many conditions: trauma, cancer, stroke, etc. His research on the geography and factors underpinning gun violence has been cited by landmark Supreme Court decisions, Congress, and the NIH Director.
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Family and Community Health
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Community Engagement, Adolescents, Health Equity, Urban Planning, Built Environment, Mixed Methods Research, Community/Population Health
Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, APRN is a nurse researcher examining individual, social and structural drivers of health inequities. She is passionate about urban women's physical and mental health, and takes a community engaged approach to science. Her current randomized controlled trial is testing the effect of a targeted psycho-educational intervention on HIV/STI risk reduction among Black adolescents with mental illness.
PSOM Family Medicine and Community Health
Global Health, Community Engagement, Community/Population Health
Dr. Bream works at the Bernett L. Johnson Sayre Health Center and directs the Guatemala Health Initiative. His research area focuses on health care and distribution of health care resources in remote or poor communities in the US and globally.
Clinical Research Coordinator, CHOP
Epidemiology, Adolescents, Infectious Disease, Health Communication, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Education, Community/Population Health, Vaccines
Safa Browne is a research coordinator in the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Ms. Browne has studied infectious diseases and health communication in a public health setting. Her previous research looked at the connection between HIV/AIDs and social media use among young adults. She has also worked with the Acute Communicable Diseases Program in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health looking at travel health and safety knowledge, attitudes and practices.
Physician Investigator, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
Policy, Health Equity, Aging, Mixed Methods Research, Data Analysis, Behavioral Economics
Dr. Burke is a hospitalist physician and health services researcher primarily working on improving the outcomes of older adults in hospital and post-hospital care, and in supporting older adults in the community as they age. He currently works on projects evaluating Medicare and Medicaid policy as well as integrating VA and non-VA supports for older Veterans as they age.
Behavioral Health Operations Manager at CHOP
Health Equity, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Quality Improvement
Kayla Burley is a Behavioral Health Operations Manager in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DCAPBS) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In addition to her work at CHOP, she is a Doctor of Public Health student at Dornsife School of Public Health. She also has a Master of Public Health degree from Dornsife. Ms. Burley’s research focuses on improving access to behavioral health services for the pediatric population navigating multiple healthcare settings.
Attending Neonatologist & Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, CHOP & PSOM Dept of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Environmental Health, Health Equity, Maternal and Child Health, Women's Health, Racism
Dr. Heather Burris is an attending neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is a perinatal researcher motivated by birth outcome inequity across populations in the United States. She received her BA in in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MD from Temple University. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She obtained her MPH at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and then was faculty at Harvard Medical School for eight years while working as an attending neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School. She returned to Philadelphia to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in 2017. She integrates molecular epidemiology into cohort studies focused on the intersection of social and environmental factors to investigate how they contribute to birth outcome disparities.
Health Services Research Assistant, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Hospital of the Unviersity of Pennsylvania
Health Services Research
My overarching goal in public health has been to better understand patients’ health and healthcare experience as they intersect with other aspects of their lived experience, rather than as isolated incidents. By understanding individuals’ expectations, experiences, and environment outside of the healthcare system, we can better meet their needs within the system and aim to provide more patient-centered care. Through my various roles as a Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Scholar, a research assistant in the Anesthesiology and Critical Care Department, and Fulbright Scholar, I am involved in a host of research experiences relevant to the field of public health and health services.
Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy, Family and Community Health (Nursing) and Health Policy (Perelman School of Medicine)
Mental Health, Global Health, Policy, Adherence, Infectious Disease, Health Behavior, Maternal and Child Health, Tobacco
Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy. Her research addresses persistent behavior change challenges in public and global health. Using the techniques and frameworks of behavioral economics, Alison designs, trials, and scales innovative interventions in the areas of vaccine acceptance, smoking cessation, reproductive health, cancer prevention, and vector control. A recognized evaluation expert, Alison has consulted on several impact evaluation studies in international settings, including village midwife and microfinance programs in Indonesia, school feeding schemes in Laos, and improved sanitation in urban Bangladesh
Perelman School of Medicine
Social Determinants of Health, Environmental Health, Community Engagement, Urban Planning
Dr. Cabey's work focuses on bringing social justice and care for the under-served into research and business frameworks. Her current interests include how transportation access influences healthcare access and health outcomes. She is working on two collaborative projects with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Philadelphia Fire Department.
Executive Director, MindCORE, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Community Engagement, Health Communication, Education
Heather Calvert is the executive director of MindCORE, a key initiative under the “Mapping the Mind” initiative from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences. MindCORE is designed to unite researchers, programs, and initiatives involving human intelligence and behavior across the University with new programs for outreach, research, and education related to the study of mind and brain. Heather previously was the Managing Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, the Perelman School of Medicine’s global health program in Botswana focused on HIV/AIDS and TB treatment during the time when the program grew from four to more than 250 employees (2008-2017).
CPHI Director of Research and Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement
Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD is the Director of Research for CPHI and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is committed to improving the health of populations, especially disadvantaged urban populations, through her scholarship and public health practice. This work is strengthened by collaborations with vibrant interdisciplinary teams and dedicated community partners. Dr. Cannuscio completed her training at Brown University and the Harvard School of Public Health with leaders in social and chronic disease epidemiology. She first came to Penn as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar and then became a member of the faculty, where she has worked to address the critical social problems driving health disparities, with a focus on population health dynamics in Philadelphia—the poorest of the United States’ 10 largest cities. She is committed to strengthening cross-sectoral partnerships with organizations that have been largely untapped as agents for promoting population health, such as public libraries (notably the Free Library of Philadelphia) and arts institutions (including the City of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program). Dr. Cannuscio is also involved in a range of projects to advance evidence-based practices for the prevention/management of important public health concerns (e.g., the opioid epidemic, food insecurity/(un)healthy food access, and food allergies). She is dedicated to using her skills, experience, partnerships, and position at Penn to answer the Institute of Medicine’s call to “eliminate health inequities and improve health for all.”
Epidemiology, Adolescents, Violence/Injury Prevention
Meghan Kirk is a Research Coordinator at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research includes a variety of epidemiologic studies that examine driving safety and outcomes among teens and young adults using the New Jersey Traffic Safety Outcomes data warehouse.
Postdoctoral Investigator, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, University of Pennsylvania and Universidad Peruana
Global Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease
Currently, I am researcher working on neglected tropical disease in Peru. I am involved in developing epidemiological surveillance systems for early detection of neglected zoonotic diseases in South America. I also work on transmission models to better understand dynamics of infectious diseases in complex systems.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, PSOM, University of Pennsylvania
Policy, Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Qualitative Methods, Health Equity, Aging, Digital Health, Community/Population Health, Chronic Medical Conditions
Mr. Chaiyachati designs, implements, and studies innovative strategies for addressing social barriers to care and improving the accessibility of health care to achieve population health goals. A major theme of his research is to understand how health outcomes for low-income and minority populations are affected by improving access to social services or redesigning health care to be more accessible. As the Medical director for Penn Medicine OnDemand, the Medical Director for PennOpen Pass, and a Clinical Innovation Manager at the Center for Health Care Innovation, Mr. Chaiyachati has an operational and implementation role within Penn Medicine – developing, managing, and steering delivery innovations from pilot to scale. His portfolio of operational projects includes reimagining clinician-patient interactions through telemedicine, developing a text bot for hypertension management, assessing the prevalence of social needs among Penn’s Cancer patients, and coordinating key components of the University and Health System’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Qualitative Methods, Health Communication, Ethics, Mixed Methods Research
Justin Clapp, PhD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Clapp is a medical and linguistic anthropologist who uses qualitative and mixed methods and social scientific theory to examine communication between health professionals and patients/laypeople, particularly in perioperative contexts. A central goal of his work is understanding how the sociocultural norms of patients from diverse backgrounds shape their interactions with medical experts and thereby lead to the selection of particular treatment options.
Director of Strategic Initiatives for Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professors.
Aging, Built Environment
Clark is the new Director of Strategic Initiatives for Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. Previously, she was the Planner for Policy & Program Development at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), where she developed two nationally award-wining programs, Age-friendly Philadelphia and GenPhilly (Generation Appreciation Philadelphia).
Medical Officer at Indian Health Service
Global Health, Infectious Disease, Health Equity, Pediatrics, Vaccines, Indigenous Health
Dr. Close is a physician with the Indian Health Service, where he serves as a clinician and public health officer. His public health activities focus on describing and addressing the burden of infectious disease in the Native American population he serves, particularly invasive Group A Streptococcus; improving responses to endemic rickettsial diseases; working with community partners to address health issues that are local priorities.
Family and Community Medicine
Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Homelessness
Serving on the board of Prevention Point Philadelphia for the last five years, Ben Cocchiaro witnessed firsthand the mounting devastation of the overdose epidemic. Subsequently serving on the Mayor's Taskforce to Combat the Opioid Epidemic and within the Philadelphia Opiate Harm Reduction Collective, he continued working to stop the deaths while simultaneously trying to strike the roots of the epidemic.
Senior Data Scientist
Epidemiology, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Qualitative Methods, Media and Health, Data Analysis, Biostatistics, Behavioral Economics
Chris joined the Comcast Total Rewards team in December 2017. His work focuses on supporting the physical, mental and financial wellness of Comcast's >100k employees and their families. Chris uses data science to evaluate benefit products and identify new opportunities for offerings or efficiencies.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health, Qualitative Methods, Health Equity, Maternal and Child Health
I completed an MPH/MS from Columbia University, a PhD from NYU, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the International Center for Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families/Center for Health Disparities at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. My clinical and research experiences relate to health promotion and disease prevention in maternal child health. I have used ethnographic approaches to examine breastfeeding disparities in vulnerable populations in the community, WIC clinic, hospital and NICU settings. I teach ethnographic classes to doctoral students and have served on the Qualitative Research Infrastructural Development Task Force in the School of Nursing. I have worked in partnership with Department of Health State of New Jersey, WIC Services to disseminate breastfeeding research findings among WIC employees and have been active in the Essex County Breastfeeding Coalition. I have also collaborated with the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” research project to prevent preterm birth among African American Women in Newark, N.J.
Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
Mental Health, Epidemiology, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Qualitative Methods, Health Services Research, Health Behavior, Health Communication, Health Equity, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health, Evaluation, Women's Health, Gender and Sexuality, Education, Mixed Methods Research, Violenc
Peter Cronholm, MD, MSCE, FAAFP is an Associate Professor, Director of Community Programs, and Associate Program Director in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests have focused on health services regarding: 1) integration of trauma-informed care and primary prevention strategies into systems of primary care; and 2) developing novel mixed methodologies and patient-centered outcomes into research paradigms. Dr. Cronholm has content expertise in program evaluation of health services using mixed methodologies and Community-Based Participatory Research techniques. He is actively involved in community programs addressing family violence, having served as a Clinical Consultant, Director of the Men's Council on Family Violence, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Safe Families. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Men’s Resource Center and Women Organized Against Rape, America’s first rape crisis center.
Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Policy & Practice
Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness
Dennis Culhane is the Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Policy and Practice at The University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Research for the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Culhane directs the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) initiative, a MacArthur-funded project to promote the development and use of integrated data systems by state and local governments for policy analysis and systems reform. His homelessness work has positioned him as an early innovator in the use of administrative data for program evaluation and policy analysis, particularly for populations which are difficult to assess and track. Culhane’s work has resulted in federal legislation requiring all cities and states to develop administrative data systems for tracking homeless services in order to receive HUD funding. Since the system’s implementation, Culhane has provided technical assistance to jurisdictions around the U.S. on using administrative data to inform the local policy-making process. As part of his work with AISP, Culhane recently organized several expert panels to address the challenges and identify innovative solutions related to developing and using integrated data systems.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CHOP Center for Injury Research and Prevention; Master of Public Health Faculty and Senior
Epidemiology, Adolescents, Pediatrics, Violence/Injury Prevention
Allison E. Curry, PhD is a Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is also a faculty member at the school's Master of Public Health Program. Dr. Curry's program of research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of motor vehicle crashes in children and adolescents. She currently leads Developing the New Jersey Traffic Safety Outcomes Data Warehouse, a line of research at CIRP that aims to advance traffic safety research and associated epidemiologic methods through novel linkages of state-level administrative data sources.
Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Biostatistics Epidemiology and Informatics
Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Mixed Methods Research, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community/Population Health
I am currently a full-time clinical research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Penn Injury Science Center. I completed my MPH at Penn in 2017 and have worked for several years in research, prior to this in the Center for Public Health Initiatives. I currently manage multiple federally funded studies centered around issues of injury, violence, geography, and health. Much of my work involves the collection and integration of data that are derived from multiple sources at different temporal and spatial scales. I also coordinate research activities, lead analyses and manage the Big Ten Ivy League Epidemiology of Concussions study of the Big Ten Ivy League Concussion Consortium.
Associate Professor of Avian Medicine and Pathology, University of Pennsylvania
Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, Education, Agriculture
Dr. Sherrill Davison is an Associate Professor of Avian Medicine and Pathology and has been with Penn Vet for 35 years. She received her BA, VMD, MS and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and is board certified by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Her major interests are pathology and epidemiology of infectious diseases of poultry. She has been an integral part of the prevention and control efforts of poultry disease outbreaks in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Specific diseases of interest are avian influenza, infectious laryngotracheitis, Infectious Bronchitis, Salmonella Enteritidis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, and Infectious Coryza.
Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Qualitative Methods, Pediatrics, Community/Population Health
Focusing on potentially vulnerable populations who are at risk for health care disparities, Dr. Deatrick provides leadership regarding children with chronic conditions and cancer, family management styles, health-related decisions, advanced practice pediatric nursing, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Deatrick’s research encompasses a unique blend of substantive, theoretical, and methodological contributions. Her efforts to explicate children and family’s involvement in health-related decisions and her careful observations of family management of childhood illness provide invaluable information to clinicians. Simultaneously, Dr. Deatrick’s more theory-based efforts provide direction for pediatric nursing and research. She is also well respected for her methodological expertise in qualitative, mixed methods, and family research. Her present research focuses on caregivers and adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood brain tumors who are living at home with their parents. This research extends family management into oncology populations and provides a family context to caregiving research.
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania
Maternal and Child Health, Women's Health, Chronic Medical Conditions
Dr. Mario DeMarco is a family medicine doctor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Good Shepherd Penn Partners Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse and Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian.
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine and Research Health Scientist, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, and a Research Health Scientist at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her research primarily focuses on women’s experiences with intimate partner violence (IPV) and intersections with the healthcare, social service, and criminal legal systems. She is currently investigating IPV experiences among women veterans and developing a model for IPV assessment and response within the VA healthcare system. Melissa earned her PhD in Social Welfare and Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Child Development from Tufts University.
Global Health, Social Determinants of Health, Women's Health, Community/Population Health
Jess is a nurse practitioner in women's health, focusing on maternal and reproductive health, conditions that are unique, more common, or under-recognized in women. She works on CRNP on-boarding committee to streamline processes and credential nurse practitioners in the health system and increase access to care and is currently focusing on a PDSA project focusing on improving practice protocols.
Megan Doherty works at the Center for Global Health
Director, African-American Resource Center
Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention
Valerie Dorsey Allen is a graduate of the SP2 DSW Program. Her dissertation, entitled "Educational-Entertainment as an Intervention for Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence," is published at ProQuest and Scholarly Commons. She has presented for the Association of Black Social Workers on healing from trauma; and the Horizons Youth Services Counseling Conference on case management. Concerned by Philadelphia's increase in homicide counts in 2007, her research examines programs and strategies for helping adolescents to navigate community violence. She is currently do programming, writing, and speaking about this topic as well as community work around understanding and avoiding police violence.
Division of General Internal Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Law, Policy, Aging, Chronic Medical Conditions, Behavioral Economics, Drug Utilization
Jalpa A. Doshi, PhD, is Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. She is also Director of Value Based Insurance Design Initiatives at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics and Director of the Economic Evaluations Unit of the Center for Evidence-based Practice at Penn. The goal of her research program is to understand how pharmaceuticals can be better accessed and utilized in the health care system to improve health care quality while balancing costs. Her research focuses on three broad areas. First, it examines the impact of prescription benefit design and reimbursement policies on access to prescription drugs, and the quality and cost of health care. Second, her work focuses on the prevalence, causes, outcomes, and costs of suboptimal medication use in chronic diseases and the clinical and economic impact of innovative behavioral or policy interventions for improving medication adherence and management. Third, her research focuses on advancing the methods used in pharmaceutical outcomes and cost-effectiveness research to enhance its usefulness in real world decision-making by patients, providers, payers, and policymakers. In recent years, her research program in all three areas has focused on specialty drugs, which have become increasingly important treatment options for patients with serious, rare, and/or chronic diseases.
Director of the Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research at the Mayo Clinic
Epidemiology, Health Services Research
Dr. Doubeni is board-certified in both family physician and general preventive medicine. He is a clinical epidemiologist/health services researcher. His goal is to provide exceptional care irrespective of a patient's background. He is particularly interested in disease prevention by identifying and mitigating individual risk of chronic illnesses including cancer. "My clinical work and research are inextricably interconnected. My clinical experiences inform my research, which in turn informs my clinical and teaching activities."
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Saint Joseph's University
Dr. George Dowdall is currently working on papers about youth alcohol use in the US and EU; undergraduate drinking as a social problem in the US and UK; and alcohol-related crime and violence on US college campuses. His book about college drinking as a social and public health problem was just published in an expanded revised edition. He serves on an advisory committee of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and on the board of Security on Campus, Inc.
Professor Critical Care at University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine
Health Services Research, Health Communication, Community/Population Health
As chief of the emergency service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, Dr. Drobatz is an expert in emergency medicine for companion animals. Ryan Hospital is the only institution in the country recognized as both as Level I Facility and a verified Veterinary Trauma Center.
Research Program Manager at the Center for Public Health Initiatives
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Health Behavior
Roxanne Dupuis, MSPH, is a Research Program Manager for Dr. Carolyn Cannuscio at the University of Pennsylvania’s CPHI. She works on community-engaged research projects that focus on urban health, the social determinants of health, food environments, and food allergies. In this role, she works on all aspects of study design, planning, and implementation. Roxanne also has expertise in program planning and evaluation. She works closely with community partners locally and nationally, including the Free Library of Philadelphia on the Healthy Library Initiative.
Mental Health, Law, Social Determinants of Health, Aging, Evaluation, Immigration
Clinical psychologist, with expertise in the psychological effects of persecution for individuals seeking political asylum in the United States, specifically documenting human rights abuse for immigration cases.
Adjunct Senior Fellow at Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Policy, Environmental Health, Aging, Nutrition
Dr. Eiser researches causes of dementia with researchers in the USA(Phila) and Canada and collaborates with bioethicists in British Columbia and UCSF on a variety of topics. He is authoring a book on environmental toxins,dementia and autism and the roles of public health, integrative medicine, and the history of neuroscience.
Professor, Occupation and Environmental Medicine
Environmental Health, Community Engagement
Edward Emmett is a physician, Professor Emeritus, and Director of Academic Programs in Occupational Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine who has made major contributions to clinical practice, research, education and government in. He currently focuses on community environmental health hazards, risk communication and community empowerment. He is Director of the Community Engagement Core of the Superfund Research and Training Program directed at community asbestos exposure.
Senior Fellow, Sex-Gen Policy Lab, School of Social Policy and Practice
Policy, HIV/AIDS, Qualitative Methods, Women's Health, Gender and Sexuality, Sexual Health
My professional experience and research focus on gender, sexual health, social inequality, and health promotion. My book based on ethnographic research in Malawi, "Modernizing Sexuality," follows U.S. HIV-prevention policy in Sub-Saharan Africa as its broad directives are translated into prevention interventions and integrated into the lives of individuals. I am currently developing a set of projects to support trans, gender nonconforming and nonbinary young people.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, Penn Memory Center Scholar
Ethics, Aging, Gender and Sexuality
Cara Kiernan Fallon, PhD, MPH is a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Dr. Fallon is a historian of medicine, public health, and medical ethics whose research analyzes the rise of the healthy aging practices in the twentieth century. She pays particular attention to issues of gender, disability, and structural barriers to health in long-term public health outcomes. She completed her PhD in the History of Science at Harvard University and her MPH at the Yale School of Public Health, and she also has a background in finance. Her current research emphasizes evolving historical relationships between medicine, public health, the commercial marketplace, and aging Americans, as well as the ethical dimensions of chronic disease.
Director of Administration and Finance at Penn Medicine, UPHS
Health Services Research
Health Systems and Delivery.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Global Health, Epidemiology, Policy, Community/Population Health, Vaccines
Kristen A. Feemster is Medical Director of the Immunization Program and Acute Communicable Diseases at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Director of Research for the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She trained as a pediatric infectious diseases physician and health services researcher at the CHOP and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she has been on faculty since 2010, currently as an adjunct associate professor. Her research portfolio focuses upon understanding how both individual and neighborhood factors affect the epidemiology of pediatric infectious diseases to inform the development and implementation of effective prevention policies, especially vaccine policies. She serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Immunization Coalitions and the UNITY Consortium that promotes adolescent vaccination. She is also a technical advisor for the American Academy of Pediatrics Global Immunization Advocacy Initiative that works with pediatric societies to support immunization programs in GAVI eligible countries. Related to her positions and community involvement, Dr. Feemster has authored a book (Vaccines: What Everyone Needs to Know), numerous peer—reviewed manuscripts and invited commentaries and regularly provides vaccine education to a wide range of audiences.
Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine; Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Adolescents, Violence/Injury Prevention
Joel Fein is the Co-Director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Violence Prevention Initiative. He is also the Co-chair of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force and the Director of Advocacy and Health Policy at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Emergency Department.
Professor of Law; Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Law, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse
Eric Feldman’s expertise is in Japanese law, comparative public health law, torts, and law and society. His books and articles explore the comparative dimensions of rights, dispute resolution, and legal culture, often in the context of urgent policy issues including the regulation of smoking, HIV/AIDS, and natural and nuclear disasters. Feldman has twice been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan and has received grants and fellowships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Bar Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. He is the author or editor of books published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Harvard University Press, and his articles have appeared in journals including the California Law Review, Law in Japan, American Journal of Comparative Law, Los Angeles Times, Social and Legal Studies, Hastings Center Report, Lancet, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
Epidemiology, Community Engagement
Harold I. Feldman, MD, MSCE is the Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics (DBEI), the George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, a Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine (Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension Division), and the Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). Dr. Feldman earned his MD in 1982 from Boston University before completing a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He subsequently completed his fellowship training in nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania where he also trained in Clinical Epidemiology. His work has also been recognized through membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Epidemiological Society. He is Past-President of the American College of Epidemiology. Dr. Feldman is also currently the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases after serving as past inaugural Deputy Editor of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and past Associate Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Among his numerous national leadership roles, Dr. Feldman leads NIH’s Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study (CRIC), the major national research effort making fundamental insights into the epidemiology, management, and outcomes of chronic kidney disease. Under his leadership, the CRIC Study has discovered numerous findings with great promise to advance the development of novel therapies to reduce morbidity in this population worldwide. Dr. Feldman also leads NIDDK’s Coordinating Center of its Chronic Kidney Disease Biomarkers Consortium. He is also the director of multiple NIH-funded institutional training grants in the clinical epidemiology of kidney disease, cancer, and neurological disorders. Dr. Feldman’s published scholarship of more than 200 research publications has appeared in many leading biomedical journals.
Research Project Manager, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE)
Policy, Behavioral Economics
Will Ferrell is a Research Project Manager at The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE). He has worked on projects ranging from 1115 Medicaid waivers, remote symptom monitoring, smoking cessation, and medication adherence. Prior to joining CHIBE, he interned in Penn Medicine’s Electronic Health Record Department and completed his graduate fieldwork at the Nemours National Office of Policy and Prevention. Will received his MPH from Temple University and BA from West Chester University.
Director of Child Welfare and Housing Initiative, Stoneleigh Foundation
Nan Feyler is an accomplished nonprofit director and board member, government leader, strategic planner, policy maker and advocate. She provides leadership, working effectively with diverse staff and outside constituents to provide the highest quality services, and experience in developing a strong development portfolio, maintaining sound fiscal operations and increasing public visibility. Nan is innovative, creative, and resourceful with proven track record in building organizations and programs.
Senior Scientist, Children's Hospital of Philadephia, Research Institute, Center for Injury
Health Communication, Health Equity
Dr. Linda Fleisher has extensive experience in health communications, designing and leading both regional and national level programs and research projects addressing patients’ information and decision making needs as well as building partnerships with organizations addressing a broad array of public health issues. Linda also founded Fox Chase Cancer Center's Patient Resource Education Center in 2000, which is one of the first multi-media patient education programs at a comprehensive cancer center, serving over 30,000 people to date. She has had extensive experience in developing and implementing surveys with health professionals and patients, as well as developed and conducted formative research (e.g. focus groups, interviews, usability testing). Linda has recently joined the faculty at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention and is leveraging her extensive background in health communications, digital health and partnerships to lead a digital health initiative focused on translating our knowledge of evaluation and evidence to health app developers, distributors and consumers to ensure that the explosion of mobile health tools are evidence-based and their impact on health improvement are validated.
Chief of Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP
Adolescents, Health Services Research
Carol Ford is an internist, pediatrician, Adolescent Medicine subspecialist physician and adolescent health researcher with a long history of research and clinical work to improve adolescent health. Her adolescent health research portfolio has focused on themes of adolescent access to high quality health care, adolescent patient-physician communication, and adolescent privacy concerns. Dr. Ford’s most recent interest has been in understanding strategies to influence adolescent patient-physician-parent communication to improve adolescent health.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Adolescents, Behavioral Health, Violence/Injury Prevention
Dr. Forke has a strong interest in adolescent health and behaviors, and she has expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method designs. She has studied a variety of risk behaviors and health outcomes, but her primary interest focuses on identifying and responding to intimate partner violence and examining its impact on children, adolescents, and families. Recently, she has increased her efforts to understand how childhood exposures to violence impact subsequent negative health outcomes and adoption of risk behaviors. In particular, she has examined the relationship between witnessing family violence as child, gender role-modeling, and later experiences with adolescent dating violence. Given her strong interest in the intergenerational transmission of violence, her current work focuses on studying the impact of witnessing and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on health across generations using a trauma-informed lens. Dr. Forke is a member of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF) Steering Committee, and she co-chairs the PATF Research Committee. The goal of the Committee is to enhance cross-fertilization of ideas that can advance the field of ACE research by building a collaborative network of researchers in the Philadelphia area who are interested in studying household and community level adversities specific to urban and/or impoverished communities. Dr. Forke received undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) in psychology and nursing, a master’s degree in nursing from PENN’s School of Nursing, and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from PENN’s School of Medicine. She is a licensed and nationally-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Senior Research Analyst, Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Behavioral Health
Kate Fox is a Senior Research Analyst of Health Promotion at the Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). Behavioral health is an area of public health that is too often neglected and DBHIDS has recently transformed to take a population health based approach to behavioral healthcare in Philadelphia, but the department has historically been focused heavily on clinical treatment. Kate strives to bridge the disconnect between public health and behavioral health.
Director, Master of Public Health Program, Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Qualitative Methods, Health Equity, Community/Population Health
Rosemary Frasso is a public health researcher and the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health. Her current research focuses on health disparities, housing insecurity, health literacy, and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in projects designed to improve healthcare quality and access to physical and mental health services for vulnerable populations. In addition to her research, Dr. Frasso provides consultation and oversight on qualitative projects for faculty and students across the university as well as for outside clients including the VA Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Her expertise in qualitative methods includes traditional and alternative data collection approaches, including, but not limited to, walking interviews, photo-elicitation interviews, free-listing, and consensus-deriving group approaches. Dr. Frasso recently collaborated with Dallas Artist, Willie Baronet, who has been buying and collecting signs from people on the streets since 1993 for art exhibits designed to raise awareness about homelessness. Results from this study and rationale for cross-disciplinary collaboration will be published this fall in the American Journal of Public Health.
Clinical Research Outcomes Manager
Global Health, Social Determinants of Health, Adolescents, Education, Quality Improvement
Jennifer Frazier is the Clinical Research Manager for the Division of Urology in the Department of Surgery at CHOP. She is focused on high impact clinical research impacting the quality of life of the patients seen by the Division of Urology and currently leading a project internationally in collaboration with Civil Hospital Amdavad in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India through the Division of Urology’s established annual surgical clinic. This innovative project focuses on patient and family education and will continue to facilitate more in-depth clinical research into the treatment of patients in Southeast Asia as well as for patients seen at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, DBEI
Global Health, Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Qualitative Methods, Health Equity, Women's Health, Mixed Methods Research, Chronic Medical Conditions
Currently, I am a third year doctoral student in Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. My current dissertation work focuses on identifying clinical, sociodemographic, and geo-spatial factors associated with late stage at diagnosis of cervical cancer for women in Botswana. I aim to pursue translational research projects related to the effective implementation and evaluation of early detection and prevention programs in low-resource settings designed to combat the cancer burden at the population level. I am also working on breast cancer subtype disparities among Black women that have had mammographic screening at the University of Pennsylvania.
Policy Associate, PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Law, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Pediatrics, Community/Population Health
Jennifer Gable is an instructor in the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania and policy associate with PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Ms. Gable supports the development and implementation of PolicyLab's policy agenda, and works to ensure that the center's research is well-positioned to influence policy decisions affecting the health and well-being of children and families at the local, state and federal level. Ms. Gable completed her Master of Public Administration and Master of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carter Professor of Child Development and Professor of Education
Social Determinants of Health, Adolescents, Community/Population Health
Over the course of my academic career, I have focused on issues that have implications for public health, whether addressing learning among low-income adults, parents, and communities or examining the needs of young children. My background in education and psychology contributes to my interests. However, my interests are equally located in the growing problems faced by disproportionate numbers of children and families with whom I have worked and whom I study. These issues relate to the social determinants of health; the intersections of race, class, gender, nativity, sexuality, and disability; and the intricate relationships among education and schooling, homelessness, joblessness, and prevention and resilience. I chair the NAS Committee on Supporting Parents of Young Children, direct a project on intergenerational health, and am beginning a project on young children and families across the life-course. I also teach a graduate course on health and education disparities and plan to introduce a course on social determinants in Summer 2017.
George A. Weiss University Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and School of Nursing
Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Built Environment, Community/Population Health
Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center, at the University of Pennsylvania. A globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition and other disciplines, her research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reducing health disparities; and health communication technologies. Her research, funded for over $40 million over the past 25 years, focuses on cancer prevention and control, theories of health behavior, obesity and the built environment, social and health policy, and new health communication technologies. Her research and publications about understanding, measuring and improving healthy food environments, beginning in the 1980’s, has been widely recognized and replicated. She is a member of the NHLBI Advisory Council and served on the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services for 10 years. Dr. Glanz was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences [now the National Academy of Medicine] in 2013. She was designated a Highly Cited Author by ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period, and was named a Highly Cited Author from 2007 to 2017 and was designated as one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 by Thomson Reuters. Some of her current public health related activities include: 1) Working across disciplines to develop and study policies and interventions for better health and safety in the communities we live in, funded by The Fels Policy Research Initiative. 2) Directing the UPenn Prevention Research Center (PRC) which includes a core center grant and 7 supplementary grants (2 led by Karen Glanz) studying the effects of incentives and environmental change on weight loss in obese employees, mostly blue collar. As one example, Dr. Glanz leads a skin cancer communication study, with Amy Bleakley and Amy Jordan, is testing messages to reduce UV radiation related risk. 3) Researching the impact of healthy food marketing strategies in supermarkets and, with support from the NIDDK (NIH), looking to see if they improve the diet and food environment of low-income residents.
Associate Dean and Interim Division Chief, School of Dental Medicine, Community Oral Health
Social Determinants of Health, Oral Health, Community/Population Health
At Penn Dental Medicine, Dr. Joan Gluch serves as Associate Dean for Academic Policies, and Chief of the Division of Community Oral Health. She directs the academically based community service learning courses and leads the three PDM clinical outreach programs: Penn Smiles, the mobile children’s dental care program; the dental program at LIFE for low income elderly; and the dental program at Sayre Health Center, for low income children and adults. Dr. Gluch also coordinates the community health honors program, and the dual degree DMD/MPH program for pre-doctoral dental students at Penn. Dr. Gluch’s research interests focus on expanding access to oral health promotion and clinical care in community based settings. She is the principal investigator for the training grant to expand pediatric and community based training for pre-doctoral dental students, received from the Health Resources and Services Administration, 2017-2022. Dr. Gluch also serves as dental school coordinator and program faculty for the Penn community health inter-professional education program, Bridging the Gaps.
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, Maternal and Child Health, LGBTQ, Data Analysis, Vaccines
Dr. Goldstein specializes in conducting research on the health effects of infectious diseases in vulnerable populations including children and sexual and gender minorities. He has extensive experience as an applied methodologist, particularly in epidemiological analyses from observational studies and secondary data sources. His research spans several disciplines including vaccine-preventable diseases, sexually transmitted infections and HIV, pediatric infectious diseases, and women’s health surrounding pregnancy. He also possesses a background in biomedical informatics with a detailed knowledge of hardware and software in the healthcare domain, including electronic health records.
Research Project Manager, University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing
Qualitative Methods, Health Communication, Health Equity, LGBTQ
Jesse hopes to engage research participants as collaborators to identify and investigate topics of significance to the community. Additionally, Jesse's aim is to work with study collaborators to make research results accessible and meaningful to the public.
Head of Epidemiology, Saftey Science and Analytics at Bristol Myers Squibb
Epidemiology, Diabetes, Drug Utilization
I am currently involved in the development of risk management plans for drugs developed by BMS. The ultimate goal of these plans is to monitor and minimize the risk of adverse events once the drugs go into the general public.
Director of Nutrition and Wellness Education, AUNI at Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Health Equity, Nutrition, Education, Community/Population Health
Melissa is currently the Director of Nutrition and Wellness Education for the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, a program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. She works on community based nutrition programming that focuses on policy, system, and environmental change initiatives, adult education, and food systems. Melissa’s background both as a Registered Dietitian and in public health enables her to holistically examine social determinants of health and how to support healthy choices at the individual and organizational level. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science in Public Health and Registered Dietitian internship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Host & Executive Producer of "Tradeoffs: A Health Policy Podcast"
Policy, Health care journalism
Before launching Tradeoffs, Dan was the Senior Reporter for American Public Media’s Marketplace Health Desk for over six years, and before that, spent more than 11 years at New Hampshire Public Radio. He got his start in journalism at the Chicago Reporter, an investigative journal that examines race and class disparities in the Chicago area. He’s won numerous national and local awards, including the Society of Professional Journalist Sigma Delta Chi investigative reporting award.
Associate Professor of Medicine at PSOM and Director of Policy at LDI
Dr. Grande is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Director of Policy at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. His research focuses on health care for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on identifying and overcoming barriers to care. He also studies ethical issues related to marketing in health care and digital health information privacy.
Instructor of Pediatrics at PolicyLab, CHOP
Pediatrics, Women's Health
Emily F. Gregory, MD, MHS, is a faculty member at PolicyLab and instructor of pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research addresses health care redesign with an aim of supporting positive health behaviors throughout the life course. She is particularly interested in the interconception period and better understanding the barriers and facilitators that influence how new families establish habits for health care utilization and health-related behavior that promote family-wide health and positive pregnancy outcomes for subsequent pregnancies. Her research projects have addressed breastfeeding, postpartum depression, healthy weight, and contraceptive access, among other topics.
University of Pennsylvania
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Homelessness
S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA has been the Section Chief of Hospital Medicine in Penn's Division of General Internal Medicine since August 2016. A native Texan, Dr. Greysen received both his BA and MD with Honors from the University of Texas. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine (Primary Care) at George Washington University, graduate study in History and Sociology of Science at Penn (MA ‘03), and post-doctoral training at Yale (MHS) as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Before coming to Penn, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Greysen’s quality, safety, and research efforts focus on improving hospital and transition care for vulnerable patients, particularly older adults with multiple morbidities. He launched the first ACE program at UCSF Medical Center and obtained extramural funding from the NIH National Institute on Aging as well as significant intramural funding to study patient-centered stressors such as poor functional status, mobility, sleep, and engagement in care (see www.arches-cohort.org). He is also keenly interested in the potential for personalized mobile technologies to help alleviate these stressors and increase patient and caregiver engagement in acute and recovery care. Dr. Greysen’s research has been published in leading journals including JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Journal of Hospital Medicine and has been covered by the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He is the first recipient of the Junior Investigator Award from the Society of Hospital Medicine in 2015 as well as the first hospitalist to be awarded the Outstanding Junior Investigator Award by the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society, both in 2016. As Section Chief for Hospital Medicine at Penn, Dr. Greysen leads the development of a scalable model for academic hospital medicine across all sites within Penn Medicine that will engage all faculty in clinical, educational, quality, safety, and research excellence. The Section currently maintains a core faculty of 35 hospitalists who provide care at HUP, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia VAMC, and Good Sheppard Penn Partners and who play critical roles in quality, safety, education in the Perelman School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Professor of Medicine, Nursing, & Public Health
Qualitative Methods, Urban Planning, Women's Health, Agriculture
Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health.
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, Community/Population Health, Drug Utilization
Robert Gross, MD, MSCE, is board certified in Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology. Dr. Gross is Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in the Division of Infectious Diseases and has a position as Senior Scholar (core faculty) within the CCEB. Dr. Gross’ research has been on HIV outcomes with a focus on antiretroviral drug adherence. Dr. Gross’ projects observational studies have looked at both short- and long-term adherence behavior. His ultimate goal is the development of interventions aimed at improving treatment outcomes.
Project Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at PDPH
Nutrition, Evaluation, Community/Population Health
I am a graduate of Penn's MPH program and current member of Get Healthy Philly's evaluation team at PDPH. My current work focuses on Good Food Healthy Hospitals, Sodium Reduction Community Program, and various policy initiatives for the city.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Research
My research and public health interest has been improving public health by increasing cancer screening rates, particularly in vulnerable populations such as racial ethnic minorities, low SES, and patients with traditionally low cancer screening adherence rates. To address disparities in cancer screening, I have created the first cancer screening navigation programs at UPHS (for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening) and conducted studies to evaluate their effectiveness cost-effectiveness.
Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology, PSOM/Pediatrics
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Adolescents
I am a Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I have research and clinical interests at the intersection of early childhood development and behavior and health disparities. I have been the principal investigator on a number of foundation- and federally-funded research grants in the field of early childhood: 1) a PCORI award to test the comparative effectiveness of a care manager vs a patient portal for children with ADHD, 2) an R18 Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of the American Academy of Pediatrics policy on developmental screening using a validated tool in urban primary care settings, and 3) foundation awards to test the effectiveness of early literacy promotion and digital literacy promotion among newborns. Many of these awards involve working with poor disenfranchised populations that suffer from health inequities and partnering with community-based organizations.
MD-PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Global Health, Epidemiology, Behavioral Health, Digital Health
Independent research Volunteer, Unity Clinic Campus Liaison, American Public Health Association-Student Assembly
Clinical Research Program Manager, CHOP
Global Health, Community Engagement, Qualitative Methods, Wellness
Tigist Hailu worked for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging as a Care Manager and later worked for the Penn Memory Center as Director of Diversity in Research and Education while pursuing her MPH degree. At Penn Memory Center, she led a number of public health projects such as Dance for Health (Active Body, Active Mind), Bridges to Wealth and “Typical Day” (www.mytypicalday.org) website and exhibit aimed at raising awareness about cognitive impairment. She currently works at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Radiology department as a Clinical Research Program Manager (radiology.research.chop.edu). At CHOP, she oversees and supervises the radiology clinical research infrastructure, co-leads the department’s wellness initiatives and supports the Global Pediatric Radiology Education & Outreach Program.
Director, Campus Health
Epidemiology, Policy, Education, Data Analysis
Ashlee Halbritter is the Director of Campus Health where she serves as the lead staff person for Penn’s public health office. She oversees various health policy efforts, health education and promotion in nine different topic areas, and disease surveillance and response efforts. Prior to coming to Penn, Ashlee spent several years of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked in built environment, health communication, sexually transmitted disease prevention, and food-borne disease outbreaks.
Associate Director of the Master of Public Health Program, University of Pennsylvania
Policy, Nutrition, Food Access, Education, Health Literacy, Sexual Health
Moriah Hall, MPH, currently works with the University of Pennsylvania as the Associate Director of the MPH Program. Her primary responsibilities in this leadership role include programmatic advisement to students, meeting with prospective students, working with faculty within public health related committees and coursework, and CEPH accreditation oversight. Moriah is the Course Director for the Methods for Public Health Practice course and the Public Health Nutrition course in the MPH program. Beyond her work at UPenn, Moriah serves as a Board Member and lead program evaluator for Healthy NewsWorks, a grass-roots nonprofit organization that empowers elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, critical thinkers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Moriah served as the Master of Public Health Coordinator, Harrisburg Campus, for the Department of Public Health at Temple University. In this role, she was responsible for academic recruitment, advisement, and teaching graduate public health courses. Moriah was previously a Project Manager for the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization, The Food Trust, where she worked with emergency food providers to build community relationships and capacity to increase access to healthy, fresh food.
Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer H. Han, MD, MSCE is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases), Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (secondary), Senior Scholar of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), and Fellow of the Institute of Aging, all at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds an MSCE from the University of Pennsylvania, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Han is also the Associate Healthcare Epidemiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of federal grants from NIH and the CDC to conduct research on antibiotic resistance. Her research focuses on healthcare-associated infections, antibiotic use, and antibiotic-resistant organisms, with a specific focus on the post-acute care setting (e.g., long-term acute care hospitals, nursing homes).
Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania
I am interested in developing and tailoring clinical trial methods and designs and statistical methods for clinical epidemiology research. My collaborative work is primarily in cardiovascular and critical care epidemiology. I am especially interested in cardiovascular disease and epidemiologic transitions in low and middle income countries.
Founding Director and Associate VP of Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Ira Harkavy is Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. An historian with extensive experience building university-community-school partnerships, Harkavy teaches in the departments of history, urban studies, and Africana studies, and in the Graduate School of Education. As Director of the Netter Center since 1992, Harkavy has helped to develop academically based community service courses, as well as participatory action research projects, that involve creating university-community partnerships and university-assisted community schools in Penn's local community of West Philadelphia.
Senior Quality Management Analyst at Independence Blue Cross
Policy, Maternal and Child Health
Dare Henry-Moss is a public health professional with experience in qualitative, quantitative, clinical and socio-behavioral research and over 10 years of work experience in women's, men's, and adolescent reproductive health and family planning. She also supported research on genetic risk for breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease for over 5 years. Dare has additional expertise in digital health research and programs, having contributed to a number of studies involving text messaging and telemedicine, as well as coordinated the CHOP mHealth Research Affinity Group. Her personal research and practice has focused on improving workplace lactation support, including evidence-based and user-centered design of lactation space.
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Law, Policy, Environmental Health, Health Equity, Food Access, Tobacco
Amory Hillengas uses GIS to evaluate various health data for Philadelphia, particularly focusing on nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco control. Her spatial analyses help guide local policy and programming decisions, such as Philadelphia tobacco retailing regulations around tobacco retailer density and proximity to schools.
Associate Professor at School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania
Amy Hillier teaches courses relating to GIS, built environment and public health, and racism and social change for social work, social policy, city planning, and urban studies graduate and undergraduate students. Her research has focused largely on issues of geographic disparities and access to services and resources in disadvantaged communities, using GIS applications in historical mortgage redlining and housing discrimination, affordable housing, and park use, food shopping, and exposure to outdoor advertising. Her recent research and advocacy focuses on well-being of LGBT youth, particularly trans youth of color.
Professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine/Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics
Social Determinants of Health, Environmental Health
My own research interests are focused on several areas in medical informatics, specifically evolutionary computation and machine learning approaches to knowledge discovery (data and text mining) in biomedical and other databases and interoperable information systems infrastructures for epidemiologic surveillance. I was the principal investigator on an NLM-funded project to develop an ontology-based text mining on tool to analyze social media for evidence of self-reported natural supplement-associated adverse events and interactions. I currently lead the evaluation of two PCORnet obesity projects, and serve as the Principal Investigator of the Penn Center of Excellence in Health Disparities. I am the evaluator for the PCORNet Obesity Initiative studies, responsible for developing and implementing the evaluation plan and metrics for the initiative. I am currently a co-investigator on a project funded by the Cardiovascular Medical Research and Education Fund (CMREF), leading the effort to harmonize 30 clinical trials in pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Policy Advisor, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Infectious Disease, Homelessness, Food Access
Jeffrey Hom is a policy advisor in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where he provides guidance to the Health Commissioner on programs and policies related to the well-being of all Philadelphians. A board-certified internist, Jeff's present focus is on substance use, in particular issues around access to treatment and harm reduction. Jeff has contributed to health care and public health efforts in San Francisco, Boston, and Shiprock, New Mexico, as well as internationally in Lesotho and Cambodia, all of which have deepened his desire to improve community well-being, pursue health equity and advance social justice. For his efforts he has been selected as a Zuckerman Fellow at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership, a Presidential Leadership Scholar, and in 2019, one of the de Beaumont Foundation's "40 under 40 in Public Health" honorees.
Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication and Health Policy, Annenberg School for Communication
Health Communication, Media and Health, Tobacco
Robert C. Hornik (Ph.D., Stanford University) is the Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication and Health Policy at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. He now co-directs Penn’s Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science funded by FDA/NCI. His major current research project under that grant examines the effects of mass and social media diffused information about tobacco products on youth and young adult decisions about tobacco use. Between 2003-2014 he directed Penn’s National Cancer Institute-funded Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. That program involved major population studies of the ways information seeking and scanning influenced decision-making throughout the cancer spectrum from prevention through screening, treatment and post-diagnosis survival. He has led the evaluation of more than 20 public health communication campaigns including those focused on child survival, HIV prevention and tobacco use throughout the world as well as the evaluation of the US National Youth Antidrug Media Campaign. He is the author of Development Communication, edited Public Health Communication: Evidence for Behavior Change and co-edited Prediction and Change of Health Behavior as well as more than 135 refereed articles and papers. He has served on five US National Academy of Sciences Committees, is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and received the Derryberry Award from the American Public Health Association and the Lindback award for distinguished teaching at Penn.
Director , Community Engagement Core, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
Environmental Health, Community Engagement, Health Communication, Health Equity, Emergency Preparedness, Health Literacy
Marilyn Howarth, MD, FACOEM is a thought leader in environmental public health. She is an occupational and environmental medicine physician with more than twenty-five years in clinical practice who more recently has focused on environmental policy and the science through which it is informed. Her work with the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology engages legislators, regulators, medical providers and community members around important environmental problems locally and nationally. Her community engaged research and scholarship has focused on environmental justice and the cumulative impacts of environmental pollutants. She is a founding professor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Public Health Environmental and Occupational Health course and works with students in a variety of degree programs on projects involving topics in environmental health.
Global Health, Environmental Health, Community/Population Health
Anastasia Hudgins is a sociocultural anthropologist with broad experience in qualitative research who focuses on the relationships between health, human rights and social policy, and her methods prioritize the voices of those who experience a particular social problem in recognition that they are the experts on their lives. Most recently, she led research projects for UNICEF in collaboration with government ministries in Southeast Asia and has worked locally on projects related to patient-centered care in urban emergency rooms; perceptions of risk held by rural Pennsylvanians who live adjacent to hydraulic fracturing well sites; and efforts to acquaint Philadelphia youth with the watershed. Her academic research focused on debt-bonded sex workers in Cambodia and the NGOs that aimed to help them, as well as on the structure of the Cambodian health system.
Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy; Associate Dean for Global Studies; Faculty Chair at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)
Global Health, Policy, Health Equity
Dr. Jennifer J. Prah is a leading scholar of global and domestic health policy and public health. She conducts theoretical and empirical studies of health equity to reduce global and national health inequities with a focus on the most impoverished populations worldwide, especially women and children. Dr. Prah draws on her training in political economy, health policy, international relations, comparative social research and law to cross disciplines and reexamine the principles and values that underlie health policy and public health and apply these principles empirically. She created the health capability paradigm, challenging existing approaches and illuminating optimal health policies and she has developed an empirical approach to evaluate public health programs and health policies as they measure up to that paradigm. Dr. Prah’s scholarship has critically scrutinized the existing global health architecture in order to identify more effective global health policy responses linking public policy and law to global health theory at the global and national levels. Dr. Prah studies critical health policy and public health problems such as the equity and efficiency of health system access, financing, resource allocation, policy reform and the social determinants of health. Her scholarship includes areas such as global health justice; global health governance; health and social justice; and shared health governance. Her research is conducted internationally and nationally, including work in Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, South Korea, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam.
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing/Department of Family and Community Health
Global Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Violence/Injury Prevention
Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, MSN is a nursing and public health scholar focused on underserved injured people in the US and globally. The goal of her scholarship is to build greater health equity and inform policies and population health programs that enhance injury prevention and recovery. Her recent mixed-methods research addresses key individual, health system, and structural drivers of injury risk and outcome disparities. She also studies the community impact of intersections between trauma care and law enforcement in urban environments. Dr. Jacoby is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is Center Investigator at the Penn Injury Science Center where she was an interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellow. She received her BA from Rutgers College, MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and BSN, MSN, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Operating Officer at Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Law, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Violence/Injury Prevention
As Philadelphia Department of Public Health's Chief Oeprating Officer, Sami Jarrah serves as a Deputy Health Commissioner and leads the agency’s finance, budget, contracts, grants, information technology, and state and federal policy functions. He also advises the Health Commissioner on a broad range of policy and operational issues, and represents the department to internal and external partners. Before joining the City of Philadelphia, Jarrah served as Deputy Director for Integrated Clinical Services at the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, Oregon, directing programs and advocating for policies that increased access to health services for low-income, refugee, and undocumented immigrant communities; reduced recidivism for inmates; and increased collaboration between public health and health care systems.
Vice-Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of General Internal Medicine/School of Social Policy & Practice
Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Racism
Recognized as a thought-leader in medicine, Dr. Jenkins was named a 2017 National Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leader in Health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care, awarded Dr. Jenkins the highly-competitive New Connections award for early career scholars.
Lecturer, Sciences, School of Nursing
Epidemiology, Chronic Medical Conditions
Jill Johnson, PhD, MPH is a Lecturer in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a member of the Core Teaching Faculty for the MPH program. Dr. Johnson is a cancer epidemiologist whose research on prostate and colorectal cancers has examined genetic and epigenetic factors associated with cancer incidence and hormones as etiologic agents of cancer. She has also conducted research on colorectal cancer screening adherence and ways through which rates of screening can be improved. In addition, Dr. Johnson has a strong interest and research background in effectiveness investigations of integrative medicine therapies for oncology and other hospitalized patient populations.
Assistant General Counsel at the School District of Philadelphia
Lindsey Johnson currently works as an attorney for the School District of Philadelphia. She negotiates contracts with federal, state, and city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and vendors and advises internal programs. Before joining the School District, Lindsey was an Assistant General Counsel at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she supported patient care teams, worked on managed care issues, and helped prepare institutional policies. She has had experience working in several different types of community, advocacy, and research organizations, including Children International, World Relief, the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, and the Center for Public Health Law Research.
Practice Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Dr. Johnson teaches introductory biology courses to first-year nursing students and research methods to junior-level and accelerated program students. As in his research on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, he aims to help students develop understanding at the systems level of how basic biological principles affect a patient’s well-being and in turn, influence a nurse’s care plan. For example, he relates learning about cell structure and function to the example of cancer, reminding students that malignancies begin with dysregulation and overproliferation of a single cell that becomes many, metastasizes, and wreaks havoc on its host. His aim is to connect basic science with clinical care in ways that make students more thoughtful, effective nurses.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Adolescents, Health Equity, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community/Population Health
Rupa Jose, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where she uses big data methods to study associations between language and unhealthy alcohol use. Dr. Jose earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and doctorate in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine. After graduating, Dr. Jose served as a postdoctoral fellow within the University of California, San Diego’s Center on Gender Equity and Health, where she co-led a multi-country effort to identify and advance gender equality and empowerment measurement science. As a researcher, she primarily studies the mental health, health-related behaviors, and beliefs of individuals and communities exposed to violence or other types of stress (e.g., global public health emergencies). Dr. Jose’s current interests focus on racial/ethnic health disparities in the context of large-scale community stressors.
Assistant Counsel, Community Behavioral Health, DBHIDS
Mental Health, Law, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse, Health Equity, Behavioral Health, Community/Population Health, Quality Improvement
I currently work as an attorney for Community Behavioral Health, a Medicaid managed care organization responsible for funding and managing mental health, behavioral health, and substance use services for MA-eligible individuals residing in Philadelphia County. I am very interested in the intersection law and public health, health care compliance, and privacy laws related to treatment for mental health and substance use challenges.
Instructor in Pediatrics (Division of General Pediatrics) and Child Health Policy Advisor (Division of Maternal Child Health, PDPH)
Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health
Stacey Kallem is an instructor at PolicyLab and instructor of pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Broadly, her research focuses on two-generational approaches for improving health and developmental outcomes in the early childhood period. She has a particular focus in screening and referring for postpartum depression in pediatric settings, maternal and early childhood home visiting services, and the social determinants of health. Dr. Kallem also serves as the child health policy advisor for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health. In this role, she is leading the city’s implementation efforts to create a centralized intake system for maternal and early childhood home visiting services. Clinically, Dr. Kallem practices as a primary care pediatrician at the CHOP South Philadelphia practice.
Senior Fellow, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Global Health, Epidemiology, Policy, Pediatrics, Emergency Preparedness, Community/Population Health, Data Analysis
Vinay N. Kampalath is a Senior Fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He earned his medical degree at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and finished his residency in pediatrics at CHOP. He earned his Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is currently completing an MSc in Public Health at LSHTM. Vinay is a Research Fellow and Affiliate at the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies at the University of Geneva. Vinay has worked in Laos, Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Jordan, Greece, Botswana, South Africa, and Sierra Leone, and is a researcher studying humanitarian emergencies, universal health coverage, emergency care development, and health systems strengthening. Currently, he is working with the World Health Organization on developing a high-priority health package for humanitarian settings, and with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health on developing an integrated package of health services to achieve universal health coverage. He is also working on projects related to migration and health in Europe, child morbidity and mortality in Syria, pediatric Covid-19 infection, and point-of-care ultrasound in the diagnosis of childhood pneumonia. He is also a reviewer for the Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review and a member of the International Pediatric Association’s Strategic Advisory Group on Children in Humanitarian Emergencies.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Executive Director Penn Center for Community Health Workers
Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Community/Population Health
Dr. Shreya Kangovi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and the Executive Director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers. She led a multi-stakeholder team that designed a community health worker intervention (IMPaCT). This intervention has been tested in two randomized controlled and shown to improve chronic disease control, primary care access, mental health and quality of care while reducing hospital admissions. Dr. Kangovi has authored numerous scientific publications in publications such as NEJM, JAMA and Health Affairs and received many grants, including support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct a multi-center trial of IMPaCT across Veterans Affairs, federally qualified health center, and academic sites. Dr. Kangovi founded the Penn Center for CHWs to support further research, development and implementation of evidence-based CHW models of care. PCCHW, fully supported by Penn Medicine, has delivered IMPaCT over 5,000 high-risk patients and has provided tools and training to over 1,000 organizations across the country.
Director, Nutrition and Active Living
Health Behavior, Nutrition, Food Access, Community/Population Health
Vanesa Karamanian is the Director of Nutrition and Active Living at Health Promotion Council where she is responsible for overseeing the provision of nutrition education, technical assistance and capacity building to individuals and organizations to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Dr. Karamanian is the director for several evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education (SNAP-ed), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Philadelphia Comprehensive Food Standards (Get Healthy Philly) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) services.
Professor, School of Medicine
Ethics, Aging, Chronic Medical Conditions
Jason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of Penn’s Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program; co-Director of the Penn Memory Center; the Director of the Alzheimers Disease Center’s Outreach and Recruitment Core; and director of a CDC funded Healthy Brain Initiative Center. His clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of persons with Alzheimers disease and related disorders. Dr. Karlawish’s research focuses on ethical and policy issues encountered in research and care that engages older adults with late-life cognitive disorders such as Alzheimers Disease and Parkinsons Disease, and cognitive aging. His current research includes understanding and addressing the ethical, psychological and legal impacts of applying precision medicine to the brain; developing assessment tools for adult protective service investigators to assess client capacity to manage an immanent risk; and developing the concept of “whealthcare” which describes how a public health approach can promote both cognitive and financial well-being.
Senior Associate Director at Center for Research in Education and Social Policy, University of Delaware
Dr. Karpyn is committed to informing policy and practice with rigorous research designs. Her current research efforts include the study of corner store programs in urban areas and in-store marketing approaches in supermarkets to promote purchase and consumption of healthier options.
Community Health & Engineering Librarian, UPenn
Community Engagement, Education, Health Literacy
Amanpreet "Aman" Kaur, CFCS, MLIS is the Community Health & Engineering Librarian and serves as a Wellness Partner at the University of Pennsylvania. In the "Community Health" portion of her role, Aman coordinates the Biomedical Library's Community Health Outreach initiatives, which engages with partners and individuals across Penn and the City of Philadelphia in the areas of health literacy and wellness. Aman has strong interest in community engagement, health literacy, and campus wellness. To learn more about the Biomedical Library's Community Health Outreach initiatives, visit https://guides.library.upenn.edu/communityhealth.
Fellow, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes, CHOP
Adolescents, Health Services Research, Health Behavior, Health Communication, Pediatrics, Behavioral Economics, Quality Improvement, Diabetes
Dr. Kaushal is a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cornell University and her MD from UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore. Her interests lie in behavioral interventions to manage Type 1 Diabetes self-care in adolescents. Currently, she is developing effective text message and social media interventions to improve compliance with insulin therapy in adolescents and prevent hospitalizations and other complications.
Director of the National Campaign to End Lead Poisoning, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Homelessness, Health Equity, Community/Population Health
Kate Klinger is the National Lead Campaign Director at GHHI. In her role at GHHI, Ms. Klinger manages the day-to-day activities of the National Lead Campaign. She also provides technical assistance to states and municipalities seeking to implement innovative strategies to advance healthy, safe, and energy efficient affordable housing. Ms. Klinger earned a Master of Public Health from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health in 2004, and spent part of her career operating direct program services to families to improve housing quality and health outcomes.
Associate Director, Center for Community & Population Health; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Mental Health, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse, Community Engagement, Health Services Research, Health Equity, Behavioral Health, Community/Population Health
Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW is the Associate Director of the Center for Community and Population Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Klusaritz is also the Director of Community Engagement for UPenn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, core faculty in the MPH program, and a Lecturer at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Dr. Klusaritz is trained clinically as a medical social worker and been engaged in care delivery at University of Pennsylvania Health System for over 15 years. Dr. Klusaritz’s research focus is at the intersection between healthcare and policy, specifically access to health care for marginalized populations and the design of health systems to eliminate disparities in health access and outcomes. Currently, she co-directs the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health, a HRSA-funded cooperative agreement which aims to advance training in integrated models of care to improve the quality, accessibility, and effectiveness of behavioral health and substance use disorders in primary care. Dr. Klusaritz has significant teaching experience with MSW, MPH, and medical students as well as resident physician trainees in the areas of health disparities, social determinants of health inequities, health policy, and social welfare policy. Dr. Klusaritz works collaboratively with multiple community partners throughout West Philadelphia to improve the health of underserved communities and is the co-founder of a program that connects patients to critical social welfare benefits, helps navigate health system access, and engages in medical-legal advocacy.
Professor of Sociology & LDI Senior Fellow
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health
Professor Koppel is a leading scholar of healthcare IT, and of the interactions of people, computers and workplaces. He focuses on medication error and the use of medical records for epidemiology, public health, and reduction of errors. His articles in JAMA, JAMIA, Annals of Internal Medicine, NEJM, Health Affairs, Journal of Patient Safety, the Journal of Clinical Care, Journal of Managed Care, Chest, and AHRQ-M&Ms, et cetera are considered seminal works. Professor Koppel is on the faculty of the Sociology Department and of the Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania. Koppel is also a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute at Penn’s Wharton School. In addition, Koppel is a co-investigator of Penn’s National Science Foundation Project on Safe Cyber Communication and Smart s. At Harvard, Dr. Koppel is co-PI on the FDA-funded study of prescribing errors related to patient data displays. Also at Harvard, he is the Internal Evaluator of their project that created the new HIT architecture (SMART). His work combines ethnographic research, extensive statistical analysis, surveys, and usability studies. Koppel was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and has won five of the top award in applied sociology offered by the discipline. His work in medical informatics reflects his 46-year career as researcher and sociologist of work and organizations, statistics, ethnographic research, survey research, and medical sociology. In the past 3 years he has published over 50 articles and book chapters in addition to two books.
Associate Professor, School of Nursing/Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Adolescents, Pediatrics, Nutrition, Chronic Medical Conditions
The overarching goal of my NIH-funded research is to study the cognitive, sensory, and nutritional controls of appetite and eating in children and adults. I use a unique intersection of behavioral genetic, behavioral economic, and experimental research methods to study human ingestive behavior and its implications for obesity. One of my current research projects (R01DK101480) aims to study multiple eating traits concurrently under states of hunger and satiety. It examines the impact of short-term appetite and intake regulation on longer-term energy intake control and weight development in a cohort of ethnically diverse children who are normal-weight or have overweight/obesity and different familial predispositions to obesity. Another project (R21HD091330) aims to develop and test an interactive mobile health (mHealth) nutrition intervention, which incorporates core behavior change strategies that have been empirically tested in family-based nutrition research and behavioral interventions with children with ASD. The feasibility and efficacy of this mHealth intervention to improve dietary outcomes in children with ASD will be tested in a proof-of-concept randomized controlled trial.
Director of Applied Research and Analysis at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania
Epidemiologist with 15 years of global and public health experience in academia and donor agencies. Ability to collaborate and work within changing environments and diverse stakeholder communities. Strong personal and professional commitment to global health.
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Dr. Lautenbach's research focuses on antibiotic use, antimicrobial resistance, outbreak investigation and epidemiologic methods in the study of infectious diseases. This research focuses on various healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals and long term care facilities. Dr. Lautenbach investigates the emergence and impact of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) resistance among gram-negative organisms, particularly how the dissemination of this resistance mechanism responds to manipulations of hospital antimicrobial formularies. He also studies patterns of use of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics, as well as how such use patterns affect current trends in resistance to these agents. Finally, Dr. Lautenbach studies the epidemiology and transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the community.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor
Policy, Health Equity, Community/Population Health
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA is a world-renowned expert in health policy and geriatric medicine. She has served since 2003 as president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and, for 15 years before that, as a distinguished professor and administrator at Penn. She will be the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor with joint faculty appointments in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Department of Health Care Management in the Wharton School and the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing.
Director of Innovation Research at the Center for Resuscitation Science; Innovation Specialist at the School of Nursing; Instruction in the Penn Master of Public Health Program and School of Nursing.
Emergency Preparedness, Community/Population Health, Biomedical Research, Resuscitation Science
Marion Leary is the Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Innovation Specialist and Course Director (NURS 357/573) at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing. Ms. Leary has focused her research and education over the past twelve years on cardiac arrest and CPR quality with the current goal of developing innovative strategies to improve CPR and resuscitation training. Ms. Leary has participated as an author on over 55 scholarly publications pertaining to CPR and resuscitation science, including the American Heart Association (AHA)’s digital health consensus statement and an AHA scientific statement on CPR quality. She serves on the Science Subcommittee of the AHA Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and was a member of the AHA’s Education Innovation Summit. Ms. Leary also coordinates the social media campaign for the AHA’s Resuscitation Science Symposium. She is an international Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and has participated in the 2010 and 2015 resuscitation guidelines. Ms. Leary is also on the program committee for the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Updates conference focusing on social media outreach and engagement. Ms. Leary has established herself as a nursing leader in the field of resuscitation science and also innovation and design thinking. As the innovation Specialist at Penn Nursing she created a curriculums focused on nursing innovation and the foundation of design thinking.
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Lerman's work translates research in neuroscience, pharmacology, genetics, and behavioral science to develop improved interventions for health risk behavior change.
Associate Professor, Medicine/DBEI
Global Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease
I work at the interface of epidemiology, ecology and statistics to understand and control vector-borne and other infectious diseases. For the past 12 years I have focused my research on the control of urban Chagas disease transmission in Peru. My research team in Peru conducts epidemiological studies on Chagas disease as well as entomological and ecological research on disease vectors and reservoirs. In addition, my team uses quantitative and qualitative methods to elucidate the factors that have led to the urbanization of a disease traditionally associated with rural poverty. In Philly I work on a parallel problem: bed bugs.
Pediatrics/ CHOP/ UPENN
Health Behavior, Pediatrics
Susan E Levy, MD, MPH is board certified in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), a member of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP), the Institutional Review Board of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) at UPENN. Her clinical activities include attending physician in outpatient clinics in DBP and Founder and Director of the Regional Autism Clinic at CHOP. Dr. Levy is active in policy and advocacy on a local, regional and national level. She is chair of the Autism Subcommittee for the Council on Children with Disabilities of the AAP. She is active in research activities as a member of the Center for Autism Research (CAR) of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research interests include early identification of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), epidemiology of ASD and Complementary and Alternative Medical treatments of ASD.
Manager of Research Projects (Beidas Lab), Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Behavioral Health, Mixed Methods Research, Community/Population Health, Immigration
Adina Lieberman has been managing the implementation science lab of Dr. Rinad Beidas since 2016. Adina received her Bachelor of English degree from Boston University in 2000 and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She has worked for Penn since 2004 and has expertise in project management, implementation science, and regulatory oversight and compliance. She has also been active in the Latinx community of Philadelphia since 2012 and has directed a variety of programs through Puentes de Salud that target social determinants of health.
Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, School of Nursing
Epidemiology, Community Engagement, Pediatrics, Community/Population Health
Dr. Terri Lipman is the Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition and Professor of Nursing of Children at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives and a Distinguished Fellow of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Dr. Lipman developed and maintains the Philadelphia Pediatric Diabetes Registry, the only such ongoing registry in the country. Her research is currently focused on disparities in the care and outcomes of children with diabetes and gender disparities in the evaluation of linear growth. She is funded by the NIH to study an Academic/ Community Partnership to Increase Activity in Youth and their Families, and by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to integrate community health workers into care of underserved children with chronic disorders. Dr. Lipman has collaborated with the Netter Center since 2005. She directs or co-directs three Academically Based Community Service courses and developed the Dance for Health Program- an intergenerational program to increase activity in the community. The program is presently in five sites in West Philadelphia and has resulted in multiple awards and national scientific presentations by Penn pediatric nurse practitioner students and Philadelphia high school students.
Executive Director & President at Women Against Abuse, Inc.
Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse, Community Engagement, Homelessness, Behavioral Health, Violence/Injury Prevention
During her tenure as the Executive Director & President of Women Against Abuse, Dr. Lisitski led exponential growth in direct services to survivors of domestic violence, doubling emergency safe haven beds and quadrupling attorney representation, among several other scale level impacts. Jeannine's interests include relational violence, poverty and associated issues and she is interested in being involved in community based participatory action research to elevate the voice of those with lived experience to lead relevant policy and practice change. Her dissertation was a qualitative exploration of the use of trauma-informed care within transitional housing for families experiencing homelessness.
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Environmental Health, Tobacco, Violence/Injury Prevention
My research directly involves public health concerns using population based epidemiology approaches to address children and adolescents mental health and behavioral outcomes.A particular area of work I focus on is understanding of how environmental toxicants’ exposure affects children’s and adolescents’ neurocognition and behavior. I’m currently a PI of the NIEHS funded (R01) China Jintan Cohort Study. I’m currently a member of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology. I teach Environmental Toxicology: Risk Assessment and Health Effects at the School of Nursing.
Senior Medical Director at Pfizer
Epidemiology, Community Engagement
My research interests and experiences include global health, sleep, psychiatric and chronic disease epidemiology, youth risk behaviors, sleep and health, community-based interventions, health outcomes research, and clinical trials.
Public Health Law Consultant, Widener University School of Law
Law, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Behavioral Health
Shannon Mace focuses on the intersection between law and health and addressing root causes of disease through collaborative efforts as the Public Health Law Consultant for Health, Education and Legal Assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership (HELP: MLP), a cross-sector collaboration that integrates civil legal aid attorneys into maternal and child health programs to reduce disparities in maternal health, infant mortality, and birth outcomes.
Professor and Director, Center for Mental Health
Mental Health, Health Services Research
David S. Mandell, ScD, professor and vice-chair for research in Psychiatry, directs the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and is the Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The goal of his research is to improve the quality of care individuals with psychiatric and developmental disabilities receive in their communities. This research is of two types. The first examines, at the state and national level, the effects of different strategies to organize, finance and deliver services on service use patterns and outcomes. The second consists of experimental studies designed to determine the best strategies to implement proven-efficacious practices in community settings. He has received continuous federal funding for 15 years and has published more than 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts in pursuit of these goals. Dr. Mandell holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Columbia University and a doctorate of science from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Director of Evaluation and Community Impact, Thomas Scattergood Behavoral Health Foundation
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Evaluation, Community/Population Health
As a clinical community psychologist, I am committed to how contextual factors contribute to our health and the interventions we can do to improve the health status of communities. Our department is increasingly taking a public health approach to behavioral health. My role is in the conceptual development of this work to drive system change as well as overseeing large-scale public health initiatives, including our work with the Mural Arts Program and the implementation of Mental Health First Aid and behavioral health screenings.
Research Scientist, PolicyLab Research Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Maternal and Child Health, Chronic Medical Conditions
Meredith Matone is the Deputy Director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at SOM. Her research interests include child maltreatment prevention and maternal health. She is experienced in large-scale program evaluation and use of administrative data for observational study designs in areas of child and family health. Recent work includes a statewide evaluation of federally funded home visitation programs for families of young children in Pennsylvania and an assessment of the health service needs of adolescent mothers with involvement in the child welfare system in Philadelphia. Meredith received her Doctor of Public Health, specializing in child and adolescent health and development, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While a doctoral student, Meredith held a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being. Currently, Meredith is a Stoneleigh Fellow pursuing research and policy efforts to reduce intergenerational involvement in the child welfare system.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Health Behavior, Tobacco, Obesity
I am an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CHOP in the Division of General Pediatrics. My research focuses on cardiometabolic disease prevention from a multi-level perspective. My recent work has focused on tobacco control policies and examining associations of neighborhood environments with health behaviors and cardiovascular disease outcomes using longitudinal and multi-level models. I am also currently involved in primary care innovation work at CHOP.
Research Program Manager, ObGyn/PSOM, University of Pennsylvania
Epidemiology, Women's Health, Data Analysis, Biomedical Research
Arden is the Research Program Manager of Penn Medicine's Division of Family Planning, managing a robust research program integrated within a busy family planning clinic. This research is focused on improving and streamlining care delivery for early pregnancy loss, running clinical trials of contraceptives with the goal of offering methods with improved safety and effectiveness, particularly for women with obesity, and policy-driven research to contribute to the evidence base for abortion rights advocacy. She is a recipient of the Bayard T. Storey Award for Excellence in Research and the Leading Edge in Clinical Research Award, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania MPH.
School of Nursing
Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Pediatrics, Education
Ms. McCabe is currently an NIH T32 Predoctoral Fellow for Research on Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families at the University Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In addition to her Fellowship, Ms. McCabe is involved with school nursing organizations in both New York City and Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on school nursing and asthma management and she is mentored by Dr. Terri Lipman and Dr. Catherine McDonald.
Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences, Arcadia University
Global Health, Epidemiology, Health Behavior
Heather F. McClintock's research broadly focuses on the prevention, treatment, and management of chronic disease and disability. Current areas of research include: (1) compliance with clinical guidelines and disease severity at diagnosis; (2) measurement and assessment of key determinants of compliance such as health literacy; (3) intervention strategies to improve compliance behaviors; and (4) the experiences and perceptions of healthcare quality and access for persons with chronic illness and disability.
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Adolescents, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community/Population Health
I am an assistant professor at the PENN School of Nursing. My clinical background in pediatric nursing has served as a foundation for my research trajectory in adolescent health promotion and injury prevention. My research expertise has focused on intentional (community violence) and unintentional (vehicular crashes) injury in youth, identification of risk and protective factors that contribute to health outcomes, and the development of effective interventions to promote health in youth. I have published over 20 peer-reviewed publications and have begun to establish my area of expertise in adolescent injury prevention in a national forum of injury science.
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, Adolescents, Infectious Disease, Pediatrics
Dr. McGuire is a Child Neurologist and Epidemiologist whose clinical practice and research are dedicated to improving the care of both children with infections of the nervous system, and to General Neurology. She co-founded the Neurologic Infections clinic at CHOP in 2016 with colleagues in Infectious Disease. There, they provide expert care for children affected by infections of the nervous system that is integrated into a clinical and epidemiologic research program aimed at helping better understand and treat these complicated disorders. In addition, she is supported by the National Institutes of Health to study the cognitive and neuroimaging features of HIV in adolescents and young adults, with the goal of later understanding the pathophysiologic basis of these changes in order to develop treatment and prevention strategies.
Professor at University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Dr. McHugh’s work has advanced the field of nursing outcomes and policy research by showing the value of investing in nursing as a vehicle to achieve a higher functioning health care system. He has conducted studies directly evaluating implemented policy; papers from his AHRQ-funded study evaluating the impact of a California law mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals have been published in leading policy journals including Health Affairs and The Milbank Quarterly. He is now evaluating a new nurse-to-patient ratio mandate in Queensland, Australia. Dr. McHugh has also carried out a number of studies evaluating the impact of nurse practitioner scope-of-practice restrictions and Medicaid reimbursement rates on access to care.
Professor, Division Chief, & Residency Program Director at University of Pennsylvania, Dept of Emergency Medicine/Division of Occupational Medicine
Social Determinants of Health, Environmental Health, Wellness
Dr. Judith Green McKenzie completed her Occupational Medicine Fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health where she also earned my Masters of Public Health degree and completed the Epidemiology Research Track. Her prior Internal Medicine training was completed New York University/Bellevue Hospital. She serves on the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Preventive Medicine, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Editorial Board and on several National Academy of Science committees. Author of 100 scientific publications, and Principal Investigator on two training grants, her research focuses on Occupational Medicine outcomes including occupational and environmental exposures, graduate medical education, work disability, work as a social determinant of health, and employee wellness. She was recognized by her peers with the 2015 American College of Occupational & Environmental Kehoe Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education and/or Research.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, PSOM
Carol A. McLaughlin is senior advisor for global public health and founding team member at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, as well as Adjunct Faculty of the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) in the University of Pennsylvania. She is a public health specialist and primary care/infectious disease physician with experience in research, community engagement, and program implementation in the U.S. and the developing world.
Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Service
Infectious Disease, Maternal and Child Health
Joyce McNeill is part of the ACHA Emerging Public Health Threats and Emergency Response Coalition and works closely with Campus Health (outreach, messaging information).
PhD Candidate in Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Health Equity, Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health, Behavioral Economics
Jessica R. Meeker, MPH, is a third-year doctoral candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine. Her research focus is in understanding disparities among maternal health outcomes through the investigation of neighborhood-level environmental exposures. Meeker is passionate about community engagement and the dissemination of research back to vulnerable communities. In the past, she has worked in collaboration with the federal, state, and local governments, as well as with academic scientists. Meeker holds a Master of Public Health from The University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology (Pre-Med) with dual minors in Environmental Studies and the German language from Ursinus College.
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine; Director Center for Emergency Care Policy Research; Patient Safety Officer, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Director, Policy and Dissemination Core, NIDA Center of Excellence for Health Economics of Substance Use Disorder, HCV and HIV
Substance Abuse, Health Services Research, Health Communication
Zachary F. Meisel, MD MPH MSHP is director of the Center for Emergency Care Policy Research and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Meisel is associate editor at Academic Emergency Medicine, the official journal for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He serves as the Patient Safety Officer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the primary hospital of Penn Medicine. Dr. Meisel’s research interests cover prescription drug overdose, guideline adherence, opioid use disorder, patient safety, emergency medical services, and patient centered comparative effectiveness research. He has a specific focus on using and testing persuasive narratives to promote evidence translation. Dr. Meisel studies ways to improve the translation of research evidence, particularly around prescription opioids. As part of this work, he directs the Policy and Dissemination core (based at LDI) for the NIDA-funded Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV. He is also the principal investigator and co-PI on multiyear grants from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the WT Grant Foundation, focused on the translation of evidence to providers and patients. He is also member of the executive committee for the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC). Dr. Meisel is also a medical journalist with expertise in dissemination translation of health services research results for audiences such as patients and policy makers.
Direct of Center for Digital Health and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Raina Merchant's research is at the intersection of digital media and health. She has specifically conducted projects evaluating health behaviors and communication on digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, and Google. One of her projects in this area involves “banking language” through the development of a unique longitudinal database of social media data merged with health record data. Much of her work also bridges new technologies in the field of cardiovascular health and resuscitation science. In this context, she is the Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge, a social media and crowdsourcing project aimed at improving (automated external defibrillator) AED access and awareness by engaging the public to serve as citizen scientist.
Clinical Research Coordinator at CHOP, Center for Injury Research and Prevention
Health Equity, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health
Fairuz currently works with the CIRP concussion team at CHOP in supporting the portfolio of concussion projects within the department. Prior to joining CHOP, Fairuz worked on research in support of children's equity in education, health promotion through global relief work and through community initiatives in Washington, D.C., and research on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) clinical care.
Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Department of Family and Community Health
Adolescents, Infectious Disease, Qualitative Methods, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health
Salini Mohanty is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing. Her research focuses on vaccine acceptance—specifically around childhood and adolescent immunizations. Her previous research experience includes evaluating community-based interventions to improve vaccine uptake, and examining the impact of vaccine hesitancy in pediatric healthcare settings. Dr. Mohanty received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry (BS) from the University of Pittsburgh, her master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from Thomas Jefferson University and earned her doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.
Chief, Division of Emergency Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Adolescents, Qualitative Methods, Health Behavior
Dr. Mollen serves as the Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital Philadelphia (CHOP), Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, and an investigator at PolicyLab, a Research Institute at CHOP. Her research has focused on adolescent improving the care for adolescents around reproductive and sexual health issues in settings such as the emergency department, and she frequently utilizes and consults on qualitative research methodology in health-related research. Dr. Mollen's current research agenda focuses on specific efforts to increase contraceptive and sexually transmitted infection treatment services in the emergency department setting, as well as on the policy level. She is also collaborating on multiple projects utilizing qualitative methods covering a variety of pediatric health topics.
AUNI Director at Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Environmental Health, Community Engagement, Health Equity, Education, Community/Population Health
Katera is the Director of the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center for Community Partnerships. She is an urban geographer who thinks critically about the political and economic structures that create inequality, and considers food justice and health disparities to be an outcome of residential segregation. Subsequently she uses her program development expertise to foster policy, systems, and environmental changes in the communities AUNI serves. Katera received both her BA in Urban Studies and her Masters of Environmental Studies from The University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for environmental justice issues led her to pursue a PhD in Earth & Environmental Science and certificate in Africana Studies at The Graduate Center in New York. Her dissertation focused on environmental justice in post-industrial Philadelphia. She also has a certificate in Institutional Research & Assessment for Higher Education Decision Making.
CEO of United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia
Dr. Christaan Morssink's interests are many and flow from the understanding of public health as an action oriented domain of the world’s political economy; they include the effects of the built environment on health, elimination of health disparities, hunger and urban farming, and the campaign to ban and clear landmines and cluster bombs in communities around the world.
Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Social Determinants of Health, Health Services Research, Maternal and Child Health, Violence/Injury Prevention
Ashlee Lynn Murray, MD, MPH is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She co-directs the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Taskforce at CHOP in collaboration with community partner’s, Lutheran Settlement House, to educate the CHOP community about IPV and its effects, to implement universal screening and documentation practices for patients and caregivers, and to provide a safe place for families and employees to discuss their IPV concerns. She is also doing research looking at the association between caregiver ACEs and pediatric ED utilization, as well as temporal trends in pediatric assault victimization.
Research Scientist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Epidemiology, Adolescents, Pediatrics, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community/Population Health
Rachel K. Myers, PhD, MS is a Research Scientist at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and the Violence Prevention Initiative at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research designs and has conducted research on a variety of pediatric and adolescent violence and injury prevention topics, including child passenger safety, teen driving, intimate partner violence, and community-based violence. Dr. Myers’ current primary area of research focuses on community-based violence prevention and the post-injury recovery needs of violently injured youth and their families. She is currently a collaborator on several federally funded research studies related to pediatric intentional and unintentional injury and works closely with multiple clinical programs at CHOP to bridge the divide between clinical care and research efforts. Additionally, she is collaborating on several qualitative studies to address the needs of autistic adolescents in the learning to drive process. Dr. Myers has developed novel practices to enhance prospective collection of data from patients seen the CHOP Emergency Department for violence related injury and collaborated to establish confidential methods of routine screening and referral to services for caregivers experiencing intimate partner violence.
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health
Health Services Research
I spend the majority of my time making family physicians for West Philadelphia. This includes serving as Chief of the Division of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, where I work with colleagues to run our busy clinical services, residency program, and education and research work that occurs in our clinical settings. I also collaborate with university and community colleagues outside my department in furtherance of mutual goals. I continue to work with the ACGME in residency accreditation activities and have worked closely with the FDA's non-prescription drugs division.
Co-Director, MPH Program; Director of Education, CPHI; Assoc. Prof. Biochemistry & Biophysics
Policy, Community/Population Health
Hillary CM Nelson, PhD MPH is a public health practitioner and the Interim Director of Education for the University of Pennsylvania's Center of Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and the Co-Director of MPH program in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson came to public health as a second career. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ran an NIH-funded research lab, and is also an Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics in the Perelman School of Medicine. In 2011, she earned her MPH from Penn, with fieldwork on the Affordable Care Act and capstone policy work on Antibiotic Use in Food-producing Animals. In 2014, as an MPH faculty member, she helped to run an EPBH-initiative to teach MPH students about the opioid epidemic. Dr. Nelson is very interested in the intersection between biomedical science and public health. She co-directs the Public Health Certificate Program (PHCP) for biomedical research PhD students with a strong interest in public health. Dr. Nelson is the Chair of the Health Advisory Council for Lower Merion Township. In that capacity, she has worked on local, county, and state issues including: residential water wells, swimming pool safety, tattoo establishments, and medical marijuana dispensaries.
Design Strategist at Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Media and Health, Health Equity, Racism
Andrea Ngan currently leads design and strategy at Penn Medicine’s Center for Digital Health (CDH). Guided by collaborative and design justice frameworks, she works in partnership with care teams, patients and caregivers across Penn to produce strategies for better care coordination and delivery. She also oversees research and strategy on digital data donation and literacy campaigns for the center. Prior to joining CDH, Andrea initiated community-based organization the Creative Resilience Collective, facilitating collective design workshops, conducting cross-temporal research projects addressing the war on drugs, and producing multidisciplinary public engagements addressing mental health stigma and care access. Across all her efforts, Andrea has a strong interest in developing initiatives centering the health needs of youth, immigrants and refugees, as well as communities affected by drug use and poverty.
Director, Harvard University Health Services
Community Engagement, Adolescents, Health Services Research, Health Equity, LGBTQ
Dr. Nguyen is the Director of Harvard University Health Services. He previously led the Student Health Service at the University of Pennsylvania, which includes Campus Health (the public health arm of SHS). His team monitors the public health of the campus community, performs epidemiologic surveillance, implements health and wellness promotion programs, and conducts public health research with a focus on health equity and quality improvement in the college health setting.
CEO of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Kathleen Noonan is a co-founder of PolicyLab and the current CEO of Camden Coalition. Her work has focused on children's health, public health, social welfare, and community engagement.
Fellowship Project Manager, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
Community Engagement, Health Equity, Aging, Education, Community/Population Health, Biomedical Research
I currently serve as the Fellowship Project Manager in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. I assist the Program Director, Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators with the overall oversight and execution of program coordination for a $2 million federal grant. The Primary Care Training Enhancement grant is aimed to strengthen the primary care workforce by supporting enhanced fellowship training for primary care clinicians, to lead transformation and enhance community-based teaching in underserved areas. My current interest is to expand our educational program opportunities in the West Philadelphia community to more community-based providers and work on developing pipeline programs across the SOM.
Founder and Principal of All Access Health LLC
Global Health, Policy, Emergency Preparedness, Community/Population Health, Vaccines
Lydia Ogden is a proven public- and private-sector leader with three decades of experience in predicting and managing health system change and enabling successful health partnerships spanning the globe. After more than 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a variety of senior leadership roles, including domestic and international HIV and health system transformation, Lydia led global vaccines policy and partnerships, health security, and enterprise-wide access strategy for pharma giant Merck. In May 2019, she formed All Access Health, a global consulting company supporting successful, sustainable public-private-philanthropic health partnerships.
Harriet Okatch brings her chemistry expertise to public health and at this intersection studies the effect of traditional medicines on the HIV treatment outcomes. Her current work includes evaluating the factors associated with HIV/AIDS medication adherence in HIV-infected adolescents in Botswana.
School of Medicine, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala
Global Health, Community Engagement
Alejandra Paniagua-Avila became interested in community-health and preventive medicine as a medical student in Guatemala. After returning to Guatemala (2017), she became the Director of the Community Health Program run by Universidad Francisco Marroquin in San Juan Sacatepequez, a rural area of Guatemala where her responsibilities will include designing and implementing a community-oriented primary care, building academic partnerships with Guatemalan and international universities, as well as mentoring medical and other healthcare students, from Guatemala and other countries.
Director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
Global Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health
Trevor Penning is the Thelma Brown and Henry Charles Molinoff Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and OB/GYN, and Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Perelman School of Medicine. CEET is a P30 Environmental Health Sciences Core Center (EHSCC) funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The CEET mission is to elucidate the mechanistic links between environmental exposures and human disease and translate its findings into action to improve the health of vulnerable individuals, and local, national and global communities.
Project Manager, Penn Medicine Nudge Unit
Social Determinants of Health, Homelessness, Health Equity, Behavioral Health, Mixed Methods Research, Community/Population Health, Behavioral Economics, Quality Improvement
Rebecca Pepe is a Project Manager at the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit. She supports several projects employing behavioral economics to promote high-value care. This includes initiatives at Penn Medicine and peer institutes nationwide to promote opioid stewardship, increase appropriate statin prescribing, and develop innovative payment models. Prior to her current position, Rebecca worked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health on programs aimed at eliminating disparities in cancer morbidity and mortality by providing equitable access to screening and treatment. Rebecca holds a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and biological anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Executive Director, Center for Public Health Initiatives; Viola MacInnes/ Independence Professor, School of Nursing; Professor of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Master of Public Health Program; Director, Pennsylvania Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology
Epidemiology, Pediatrics, Community/Population Health
Jennifer Pinto-Martin PhD, MPH, is the Executive Director for CPHI and oversees all education, research and action initiatives. She is also the Director of the recently-funded Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE). The University of Pennsylvania Center is one of five such Centers funded by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work collaboratively to understand the causes of autism and the reasons for its recent increase in prevalence nationwide. The CADDRE is also engaged in research on early screening and identification of ASD, nursing care for families with children newly diagnosed with ASD, sleep disorders in children with ASD, and the psychological health of siblings of children with ASD. Dr. Pinto-Martin served as the President of the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research and is currently on the Editorial Board for the journal Pediatric and Perinatal Research. She served as a special consultant to the National Institutes of Health on their research initiative on autism during 2001. Dr. Pinto-Martin teaches undergraduate "Statistics" with a focus on the real world application of statistical knowledge. In addition, she teaches an "Introduction to the Principles" and " Methods of Epidemiology," a course that is very popular with researchers who want to learn about the techniques of epidemiologic research.
Substance Use Epidemiologist at PDPH
Epidemiology, Substance Abuse
Lia Pizzicato is the Substance Use Epidemiologist for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). Currently, her work is focused on opioid use in Philadelphia where she leverages data to directly inform the city's public health policy and response.
Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, College of Nursing
Epidemiology, Infectious Disease
Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz is an Assistant Professor in the Jefferson College of Nursing where her research focuses on improving patient safety and quality of care, specifically focusing on prevention of healthcare-associated infections across different healthcare settings, and infection prevention and nurse engagement in antibiotic stewardship activities in acute care hospitals.
Senior Research Manager at CHOP, Center for Parent and teen Communication, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Adolescents, Health Behavior, Health Communication, Chronic Medical Conditions, Obesity
Andrew Pool, PhD, MSc is the Senior Research Manager of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication (CPTC) based in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In this role, Dr. Pool focuses on the translation and dissemination of research on parenting and adolescent health and development. In addition, he studies how parent-teen relationships are associated with long-term health outcomes. He has also conducted research on chronic diseases, including obesity and asthma, and youth violence.
Associate Dean of One Health, Professor of Immunology, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine/Pathobiology
Global Health, Infectious Disease, Education, Agriculture, Vaccines, Biomedical Research
A graduate of Penn Vet's VMD/PhD program, Dr. Punt have been integrating research in immunology and teaching - from the high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical levels - throughout her career. An interest in interdisciplinary training and problem solving led to her return to Penn Vet ultimately as the Associate Dean for One Health. Dr. Punt works with faculty to develop cross disciplinary programs that highlight the relationships between animal, human and planetary health - with an eye to developing leaders who can work across the health professions to solve the many health challenges we face. Dr. Punt also works with students to advance their understanding of immunology - a field that has advanced our ability to both treat and prevent diseases of public health/One Health importance.
Special Projects Manager with Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health, PDPH
Maternal and Child Health
Julia Reeves is the special projects manager at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health. In this role, she leads two campaigns (Philly Loves Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep Philly) advises the coordination of the Philadelphia Fetal and Infant Mortality Review team, and supervises a fatherhood resources awareness initiative.
Assessment Specialist, Counseling & Psychological Services
Marian Reiff specializes in public health and medical anthropology and is a licensed clinical social worker. Her research experience includes projects involving traditional healing, stigma, trauma, migration, stress, provider-patient communication, and genetic testing. She approaches health and prevention in an integrated way, and understands illness and healing in a cultural context. In her current position, she monitors and evaluates outreach and prevention programs designed to promote mental wellness on campus.
Innovation Manager, Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Health Communication, Aging, Education, Behavioral Economics
David Resnick serves as an Innovation Manager for the Acceleration Lab at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. In this role, David facilitates the development, testing, and implementation of new strategies to improve health care. This includes programs to support continuity of care for older adult patients and new models of care at home. Prior to joining the center, David spent six years as a public elementary school educator where he helped design and teach curricula. He also developed a nationally recognized school wellness program during his tenure. He co-founded a startup for healthy kids cooking called Planet Murple, where he worked with GSV Labs and Google Launchpad to pilot products and raised 20k in funding. He also simultaneously worked as a consultant at Kaiser Permanente where he designed patient resources for the region’s 4 million patients, including a 7 million dollar colorectal cancer screening campaign.
Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing; Associate Dean for Research & Innovation; Professor of Nursing in Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine
Dr. Richmond is passionate about using nursing science to prevent injury and violence and improve outcomes, particularly in patients from vulnerable urban populations worldwide – those who live on the margins of society, have limited resources, or live in pervasively violent communities. An early clinical position in a Washington, DC, trauma ICU and resuscitation unit sparked Dr. Richmond’s interest in preventing injuries, and her curiosity about survivors’ quality of life. This experience led to specialization in nursing care for victims of injury and violence, including co-founding the Firearm & Injury Center at Penn two decades ago and which now is a vibrant interdisciplinary research center: the Penn Injury Science Center.
Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Policy, Nutrition, Chronic Medical Conditions
Christina A. Roberto, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a psychologist and epidemiologist whose research aims to identify and understand factors that promote unhealthy eating behaviors and design interventions to improve eating habits. Christina is principal investigator of the Psychology of Eating And Consumer Health (PEACH
La Salle University
Women's Health, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community/Population Health, Racism
Dr. Robertson-James has led and evaluated community participatory research initiatives involving multiple sectors (health, community, school, faith, etc.) promoting health in diverse and underserved communities for over 10 years. She has participated in research exploring the role of discrimination in health risk as well as the role of faith institutions in sexual and relationship violence risk reduction and prevention interventions. Candace has also served as the program evaluator for programs assessing the role of gender in health, programs integrating HIV risk reduction into domestic violence services, health education initiatives targeting women with a history of incarceration as well as other groups of women and heart health initiatives.
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania PSOM
Marisa Rogers is an Associate Professor of Medicine in PSOM.
Public Policy Attorney, Penn MPH Adjunct; Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health
Law, Policy, Chronic Medical Conditions
I work for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where I provide policy and legal advice and develop ordinances and regulations related to chronic disease prevention, environmental health, surveillance, and other topics. I also serve as the Department's Confidentiality Officer. Before joining the Health Department, I worked as a litigator and regulatory attorney in Philadelphia and Washington.
William Penn Fellow at the Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources
Policy, Environmental Health, Community/Population Health, Agriculture
My work in land use and public health has focused in two areas: local policy and education. I am particularly interested in how local governments, urban, rural or otherwise, can use policy to improve health outcomes for community members and how community members can advocate for specific policy outcomes. I currently have a hand in work related to urban agriculture (youth advocacy and community food access), as well as hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania with the Environmental Health Project and how public health is factored into local policy decisions for UNGD.
Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Psychology
Paul Rozin, PhD, is affiliated with the Center for Behavioral Economics and is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of the CHOP PolicyLab
As director of PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Rubin is responsible for a center of emphasis that includes 35 faculty and instructors and more than 60 staff conducting population health and community-partnered research. With a content focus on developing health system and public program innovation to meet the needs of high-risk children, he also serves as director of Population Health Innovation at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, supervising a team that develops and implements integrated solutions using clinical care and technology to more proactively identify and provide needed services to at-risk patients across primary and subspecialty care settings. His team is also developing novel solutions to better assess psychosocial risk in order to refer patients and their families more effectively to community organizations that can address their needs. To date, he has authored more than 80 manuscripts spanning peer-reviewed research, policy analyses, and edited chapters in prominent pediatric texts, including seminal manuscripts in JAMA, Health Affairs and Pediatrics on the diagnosis of abuse-related injuries, trends in psychotropic medication use for Medicaid enrolled children, program design and outcomes for children in foster care, the effectiveness following replication of infant-home visitation services to high risk families, and emerging issues of access and healthcare coverage for low-income families. He is particularly drawn to the challenges of meeting the needs of some of our nation’s highest risk children in the national Medicaid and CHIP programs.
Core Faculty in the MPH Program, Founder & CEO of BonVie Health and Nutrition Consulting
Health Behavior, Health Communication, Pediatrics
As a public health professional who specializes in health communication, Dr. Ruggieri designs messages for improved health engagement and decision making, tailoring them for diverse cultural and low-literacy populations. She believes that tailored health messages are an important first step toward improved understanding and decision making about health behaviors. Her research and consulting work have been applied to numerous health areas, such as type 2 diabetes, smoking cessation, colorectal cancer, risk communication, and pediatric obesity. While she enjoys working in all areas of health, her greatest passion is in designing messages to educate individuals about obesity, nutrition, and exercise. Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Ruggieri taught various public health courses for Temple University and Saint Joseph's University. Her university teaching has primarily focused on stress management; counseling techniques; pediatric health; and obesity, nutrition, and exercise. Dr. Ruggieri is well known for her “consumer and user friendly” approach to assist people in understanding sometimes complex dietary issues. Her greatest passion in research and practice centers on parental perceptions of BMI report cards and lifestyle factors affecting healthy eating and weight management for children and adults.
Associated Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Pamela Sankar, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sankar has a BA from the University of Michigan in History of Ideas. She began her graduate training in Anthropology and Communications at Boston University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She pursued post-doctoral training in health services research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with a fellowship awarded by the Veteran's Administration. Dr. Sankar's research interests have included medical privacy and confidentiality, ethical and cultural implications of genetic research, research ethics, and genetics and race.
Postdoctoral Fellow at LDI & Wharton, Adjunct Faculty at Colorado School of Public Health
Mental Health, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse, Health Equity, Behavioral Health, Mixed Methods Research, Community/Population Health
Tatiane Santos is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Wharton School and adjunct faculty at the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Santos’s research has focused on evaluating the impact of provisions from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on population health outcomes, health care utilization, and costs. She is primarily interested in public health services and systems research related to delivery and reimbursement innovations that encourage institutions in the health care and governmental public health sectors to align efforts to improve population health. She is the principal investigator of a study of alternative payment models for primary care transformation and behavioral health integration. She is also the PI of a study of nonprofit hospital and local health department collaboration in local health planning to address the drug epidemic and other population health priorities. On the practice side, she is a core member of the Colorado School of Public Health COVID-19 Modeling Team led by Dean Jonathan Samet, focusing her efforts on developing the Colorado Population Data Dashboard to help decision-makers make data-driven decisions.
Postdoctoral Fellow, CHOP
Mental Health, Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Adolescents, Qualitative Methods, Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health, Mixed Methods Research, Violence/Injury Prevention
Dr. Emma Sartin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at CHOP. At CIRP, she collaborates with Dr. Allison Curry on several research projects that aim to elucidate the nuances of and similarities between typically developing teenagers and teenagers with developmental disabilities during the learning-to-drive process. She works to develop a research program that utilizes data from the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) Data Warehouse to establish pathways of disparities in child passenger safety, with a goal of informing future intervention efforts. Lastly, Dr. Sartin works with industry partners to develop and evaluate health technology-based interventions and tools to mitigate poor safety and health outcomes for child and adolescent populations across the U.S.
Associate Professor, Medicine/Psychiatry
Social Determinants of Health, Tobacco
Dr. Schnoll is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, co-leader of the Tobacco and Environmental Carcinogenesis Program at the Abramson Cancer Center, Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and Program Leader for the Center for Interdiscplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schnoll directs an independent and collaborative research program designed to evaluate methods for improving treatments for tobacco dependence. After receiving his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1998, Dr. Schnoll completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control at Fox Chase Cancer Center and remained there as a faculty member in the Division of Population Science until September, 2005, when he moved to his current position at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schnoll’s research focuses on the study of new methods for treating tobacco dependence, the examination of novel ways to use existing treatments for tobacco dependence to improve their efficacy, and the study methods to improve the use of approved treatments for nicotine dependence. Dr. Schnoll has conducted behavioral, physician-based, and pharmacological clinical trials for smoking cessation and tobacco control research in developing countries. Dr. Schnoll has published over 95 peer-reviewed papers, received 13 NIH grants as PI, and has served on numerous NIH grant review and advisory committees.
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at HUP
Courtney A. Schreiber MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Family Planning at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Chief of Family Planning and Director of PEACE, the Pregnancy Early Acess CEnter at Penn. At PEACE, we integrate clinical care, clinical research, and teaching to advance patient-centered care for women needing family planning services and management of early pregnancy complications including miscarriage. Dr. Schreiber’s NIH and foundation-funded research is focused on patient-oriented clinical and translational discovery the areas of abnormal and unintended pregnancy prevention and treatment.
Assistant Professor, Temple University College of Public Health
Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Chronic Medical Conditions
Dr. Krista Schroeder received her PhD from Columbia University in 2016 and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Research on Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families at University of Pennsylvania in 2018. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the Temple University College of Public Health.
Assistant Professor Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Health Communication, Aging, Digital Health, Mixed Methods Research, Health Literacy, Behavioral Economics, Quality Improvement, Biomedical Research
I am Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. My additional University appointments as Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and Associate Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, facilitate my active collaborations with investigators with special skills in statistics, health services research and epidemiology. I currently lead or have completed a portfolio of prospective investigations linking self-management skills with medication adherence and clinical outcomes in cirrhosis and liver transplantation. I have a Master’s Degree in Health Services and Outcomes research and am currently funded by a K23 from the National Institutes of Digestive and Kidney Diseases that investigates technology-based approaches to improve access to high quality care in cirrhosis.
MPH Teaching Faculty, University of Pennsylvania
Social Determinants of Health, Maternal and Child Health
Monique Shaw is a Doctoral Candidate in Health Policy at the University of the Sciences.
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania
Community Engagement, Health Services Research
Fellowship in Accreditation of the Local Health Department-Wichita Falls Local Health Department, Wichita Falls, TX Accreditation Fellowship-Assist through the Accreditation Process (Policy Revision and Review Documents). Cultural and Linguistic Competency Policy Amendment. Cultural and Linguistic Competency Training to all the health department staff. Research Analysis with Family Planning Resident Texas Public Health Association, active member from 5 years Red Cross Member
Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital
Global Health, Urban Planning
I have been leading a team for the past 5 years in building an orthopaedic center of excellence in Moshi, Tanzania in conjunction with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center and the Tanzanian Health Ministry.
Lecturer at the Penn Graduate School of Education; Neuropsychologist at MossRehab Hospital; Co-Founder and Clinical Advisor at MossRehab Concussion Center
Health Services Research
Dr. Shmidheiser is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist under the auspices of the American Board of Professional Psychology, as well as a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist. As a clinical neuropsychologist, he supervises graduate students in neuropsychology, and works with inpatient and outpatient populations with acquired brain injuries at MossRehab Hospital, Drucker Brain Injury Center. He also provides neuropsychological consultation and assessments for the MossRehab Concussion Center, which he co-founded over seven years ago. As a seminar leader and lecturer in the Masters in Counseling program at the University of Pennsylvania, he teaches courses on ethics and assessment. He serves as chair for MossRehab for the Brain Safety Fair Committee for the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, where he facilitates the planning and organization of public events promoting brain injury prevention and awareness. He is currently completing a certificate in Clinical Ethics Mediation at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His current interests relate to advocacy and ethical considerations for the intersection between mental health and technology, especially regarding applications for tele-behavioral health.
Adjunct Professor and Director of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Fran Shofer is an Adjunct Professor at University of Pennsylvania and teaches Biostats for the MPH Program.
Assistant Professor, La Salle University/Dept. of Urban Health and Nutrition
Global Health, Women's Health, Violence/Injury Prevention
Sara Shuman is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at La Salle University, where she specializes in teaching and research related to gender-based violence, immigration, and environmental health in marginalized communities. Sara has expertise in mixed-methods research and evaluation and has performed program evaluations for several organizations, including Depaul USA (Philadelphia), Innovations for Poverty Action (Yale University), the Population Council (Mexico City), and the International Rescue Committee (New York City) and worked on projects across the United States and Latin America and in Sub-Sahara Africa and India. She is the Director of Promotoras at Puentes de Salud, an organization that provides direct medical, educational, and other social services to unauthorized Spanish-speaking immigrants in Philadelphia and an Advisory Board member of the Parent-Child Home Project in Philadelphia.
Owner at Physicians Research Center, LLC
Global Health, Epidemiology, Qualitative Methods, Mixed Methods Research
In her career, Teresa Simon has focused on public health epidemiology, health education and mixed methods including qualitative research. Teresa owns a research company that focuses on interventional studies as well as consulting with global registries on improving the data collection, methods and building out real world evidence including qualitative content. She is also formalizing a school based healthy habit program which she implemented in a local school.
Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics & Health Policy
Policy, Health Behavior, Ethics
Dominic Sisti, PhD is director of the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and assistant professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, where he directs the ethics curriculum in the residency program, and in the Department of Philosophy. Dr. Sisti's research examines the ethics of mental health care services and policies, including long-term psychiatric care for individuals with serious mental illness and ethical challenges in correctional mental health care. He also studies how mental disorders are defined and categorized with a focus on personality disorders. Dr. Sisti's writings have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as JAMA, Psychiatric Services, and the Journal of Medical Ethics, and in popular media outlets such as the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Slate. He is editor of three books: Health, Disease, and Illness: Concepts in Medicine (with Arthur Caplan & James McCartney, Georgetown University Press, 2004), The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life (with Arthur Caplan & James McCartney, Prometheus Books, 2006), and Applied Ethics in Mental Healthcare (with Arthur Caplan & Hila Rimon-Greenspan, The MIT Press, 2013). Dominic received his bachelor's degree in biology from Villanova University, a master of bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and his doctorate in philosophy from Michigan State University. Dr. Sisti was an Edmund Pellegrino Fellow at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. His research has been funded by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Leonard Davis Institute, and the Dana Foundation. Dr. Sisti teaches a graduate seminar on ethics in behavioral health care and, for the past six years, he has organized the ethics track for the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting.
Beck Chair & Visiting Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law
Global Health, Law, Policy, Women's Health
Patty Skuster is the Beck Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law and a Fellow at the Center for Public Health Law Research. Her research focuses on the effects of abortion law on public health. Patty spent 15 years with the global NGO Ipas where she conducted research and advocacy on abortion as it relates to law, policy, and human rights. She has authored dozens of publications including guidebooks, briefing papers, trainings, articles, and reports on topics such as partnering with law enforcement, regulation of abortion, US foreign policy, and self-managed abortion. Patty has a JD an MPP from the University of Michigan and taught at Drexel University Klein School of Law and the MPH Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology, University of Pennsylvania
Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Evaluation, Women's Health, Mixed Methods Research, Community/Population Health, Data Analysis, Biostatistics, Quality Improvement
Anna Jo Smith, MD, MPH grew up in a small town in the South where the nearest hospital was over 45 minutes away and nearly everyone smoked. This inspired a lifelong interest in access to care and cancer prevention. Now, as a gynecologic oncology fellow and health services researcher, she focuses on how insurance design—and public health programs—can impact women’s cancer outcomes. Her recent research on the Affordable Care Act’s benefits for women with ovarian and cervical cancer has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and at ASCO. Her current work focuses on interventions in insurance policy to reduce health disparities for women with gynecologic cancer, including rural women. She is passionate about research mentoring and has guided several medical students and residents through projects, while in clinical training herself.
Emeritus Professor of Population Biology and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine
Gary Smith, MA, MA, D.Phil., PGCE Emeritus Professor of Population Biology and Epidemiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Penn and a member of the Core Teaching Faculty for the MPH program. When he retired in 2016 he was the Chief of the Section of Epidemiology and Public Health. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Dr Smith’s research has focused on infectious disease dynamics and the use of mathematical models to inform disease control programs.
Clinician, Pennsylvania Hospital, CHOP
Mental Health, Adolescents, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community/Population Health, Wellness
Sean E Snyder, MSW, LCSW currently serves as a Clinician for Pennsylvania Hospital’s Juvenile Justice Services team and as Mental Health Therapist for the Center for Violence Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In these roles, Sean provides evidence-based assessment and interventions, in particular the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Sean has provided behavioral health services in a range of different settings, from emergency shelters, outpatient clinics, and juvenile detention centers and teaches Clinical Practice for Temple University's MSW Program. He has a commitment to public health approach of increasing access to quality care and using universal measurement-based care approaches to ensure equity in service delivery and responsiveness.
Environmental Communications Consultant, UCLA
Environmental Health, Built Environment
My work aims to advance the connection between climate change, drought, and their potential impacts on human health through Health Impact Assessment (HIA), a method to factor human health issues into the policy making process, and contributes to the notion that opportunities for advancing and improving the public’s health lie beyond the purview of traditional health care systems. Through this HIA work, I developed relationships and collaborated with key policymakers and stakeholders in water and public health communities. This interdisciplinary collaboration is essential for ensuring that recommendations resulting from HIA are appropriate and feasible, and to aid the potential for an understanding of health impacts to be integrated policymaking process.
Professor, Kenneth L. Pray Chair Professor in Social Policy & Practice and Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Policy & Practice
Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity
Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Work, Kenneth L. Pray Chair in Social Policy & Practice and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Policy & Practice, Professor of Social Work in Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been conducting research and evaluations of services and service intervention for persons with severe mental illness and their families as well as studying public mental health service delivery systems and their interactions with other public service systems, e.g., criminal justice and child welfare for over 40 years. Her work has also focused on peer provided services and written on this topic and the process of recovery extensively. She is the recipient of a number of awards from a variety of organizations, including NASW, Society of social Work & Research (SSWR), Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Association of Community Psychiatrists and the doctoral student mentoring award from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and a fellow of SSWR. In 2015 she delivered the Annual Sidney Ball memorial Lecture at Oxford University. She has been awarded a number of grants from such agencies as NIMH, SAMHSA, and foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson. She has published 6 co-authored books, 36 book chapters, and 182 peer reviewed journal articles and 7 invited articles.
Deputy Director at the Penn Injury Science Center
Sara is the Deputy Director at PISC. She was previously the Deputy Director with CPHI.
Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice; Executive Director of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships
Epidemiology, Policy, Violence/Injury Prevention
Professor Susan B. Sorenson is a Professor of Social Policy, Professor of Health & Societies, and Executive Director of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships. She has a unique interdisciplinary background in epidemiology, sociology, and psychology. She moved to Penn in 2006 after more than 20 years at the UCLA School of Public Health. Since 1986, she has taught a graduate course in family and sexual violence – the first violence prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. She teaches three public health courses that she developed. With nearly 150 publications to her credit, Professor Sorenson has published widely in the epidemiology and prevention of violence, including the areas of homicide, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, battering, and firearms. She helped establish violence against women as a public health issue and furthered the study of firearms as a consumer product. A primary focus of her work is the social context in which violence occurs, specifically, the norms that shape whether and how violence is tolerated. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Sorenson has served on the board of directors and advisory boards of local community-based organizations, state government agencies, and university injury prevention centers. In 1991, she co-founded the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, a broad coalition of agencies and individuals which continues to this day. She has provided invited testimony on violence prevention at the local, state, and federal levels. Professor Sorenson has served in multiple advisory roles. She was a member of the National Academy of Science’s Panel on Research on Violence Against Women, a consultant to President Clinton’s National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, a consultant to UNICEF’s May 2000 report on Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls, a member of the advisory panel for the 2001 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence, author of a 2008 WHO report on health indicators of violence against children in low- and middle-income countries, and a member of the 2013 Institute of Medicine committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence. She currently is serving a second term on the Committee on Law and Justice for the National Academy of Sciences. She also serves on the advisory board for the Biden Foundation in their efforts to end violence against women.
Research Project Manager, Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health
Social Determinants of Health, Health Communication, Behavioral Health
Lauren Southwick is a Research Project Manager at the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health. Lauren's research focuses on investigating how digital data and electronic communication can be used in psychiatric evaluation and treatment. She is interested in health communication, health and digital literacy, as well as policy, systems and environmental change approaches. Prior to joining the team, Lauren worked at New York University College of Global Public Health in the Division of Social Epidemiology. She graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a bachelor's degree in sociology and earned her master's degree in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences where she concentrated in health communication and social/behavioral change theories.
Resident Physician, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Epidemiology, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse, Qualitative Methods, Health Equity
Currently I am a resident physician in the Emergency Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I am working on a project is that seeking to understand and improve the warm-handoff process for patient's with opioid use disorder in Delaware Emergency Departments. I'm also working with a group from APHA's Medical Care section to develop a policy statement on universal healthcare. I have done previous research work using qualitative methods to understand resident physician education and wellness. I have prior experience on the national board of Student's for a National Health Program and have advocacy experience at the local, state, and national level.
Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Graduate Group in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Global Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, Health Communication, Pediatrics, Data Analysis, Vaccines
Tuhina Srivastava, MPH is a doctoral student in Epidemiology in the Graduate Group in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (GGEB) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on infectious diseases, global health, and vaccines, and she hopes to expand her research methodology foundation as well learn more about science communication and health policy research. She also has a background in laboratory science.
Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Department of Family and Community Health
HIV/AIDS, Adolescents, Health Communication, Health Equity, Community/Population Health
Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Director of the Health Equity & Media Lab. Dr. Stevens' research integrates nursing science, public health and communication science to influence the individual, social and structural determinants that drive health inequity. Her current studies examine the role of new and social media on adolescent sexual risk and substance use behavior. She received her AB from Harvard College, MPH from University of Michigan School of Public Health, and PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Research at the University of California San Francisco.
Director of Evaluation, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Policy, Health Equity, Nutrition, Community/Population Health
As Director of Evaluation, I embrace a mixed-method and collaborative approach to evaluation informed by anthropology and place-based participatory research. Our community and school partnerships at the Netter Center demand a systems-based approach to evaluation and research that improve multiple institutions, programs and policies simultaneously around human health, environmental health, education, economics, and civic engagement. In particular, ongoing evaluative research of our Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative will contribute to scholarly and practitioner discussions to develop more effective partnerships and interventions that can successfully reduce adverse health outcomes through rigorous and locally-defined evaluations with an integration of local and scientific knowledge.
Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Ultrasound Research Lab
Global Health, Epidemiology, Nutrition
I received Doctor of Medicine degree from Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. After graduation I worked as an intern physician for two years at Al-Kadhimya hospital in Baghdad in which I gained experience in the major medical fields through rotating in internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, Gyn. and Obstetric departments. I currently work as a research fellow and an investigator in University of Pennsylvania/ Ultrasound Research Lab ( Dr. Sandy Sehgal's lab). Also I am a part time/online MPH student at Johns Hopkins University-Bloomberg School of Public Health from which expect to graduate in 2017. I have developed a unique and insightful understanding of the need to integrate basic research with clinical application and to have a close grasp of the future research which could have a great impact on public health. Such understanding came as result of combining my clinical background as resident physician along my current work as a researcher in the University of Pennsylvania. However, my greatest achievements lied in the improvement of experiment skills and research potential. I worked on multiple research projects at the University of Pennsylvania, ultrasound research laboratory with Professor Chandra Sehgal Ph.D. There, my ability to perform independent research was significantly enhanced. My research achievements so far include the publication of multiple papers in clinical applications of ultrasound imaging in significant health issues including breast and thyroid cancer, cardiovascular diseases and fatty liver changes related to diet. My public health interests would be generally in epidemiology with special interests in cancer epidemiology, infectious diseases and pharmcoepidemiology. I also have a large passion for global health problem especially involving post conflict areas and refugee health problems.
Senior Policy Analyst, Family Medicine and Community Health
Mental Health, Policy, Social Determinants of Health
Courtney currently serves as a policy analyst in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, focusing on development and implementation of education, research and clinical programs focused on improving access to care, including UPHS' Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan. Prior to joining DFMCH, Courtney served as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Association of American Medical Colleges where she focused on Medicare, Medicaid, and post-ACA health reform policies.
Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing at Penn Medicine Chester Country Hospital
Policy, Environmental Health, Health Services Research, Women's Health, Community/Population Health, Behavioral Economics, Wellness
Public health activities include a case study of community benefit investment requirements and policy effectiveness for Penn Medicine hospitals and mentoring Master of Public Health (MPH) candidates during internships. Research activities include participation on Chester County Hospital’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Research and Evidence Based Practices (EBP) Council, and post doctoral research involving chronic disease management and physical activity. Judy was a recipient of the Chester County Hospital Research and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) award in 2020 and selected for a research poster presentation during Penn Health Equity Week in 2020. Community activities include participation on West Chester University’s MPH Community Advisory Board (CAB), East Bradford Township (Pennsylvania)’s Parks & Recreation Committee, the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls’ Grants Allocation Committee (GAC), and Pennsylvania State University’s Master Gardener program.
Clinical Research Manager, CHOP
Global Health, Substance Abuse, Adolescents, Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health, Evaluation, Digital Health, Education, Violence/Injury Prevention, Data Analysis
My primary area of research interest is injury prevention, clinical research and health disparities research. I work in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery to conduct public health relevant research in congruence with my prior background. In my present position, I continue to use innovative research methodology grounded in clinical/surgical reality. I have been fortunate to be part of a big hospital system that currently subscribes to a powerful data source called Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), an administrative database that contains inpatient, emergency department, ambulatory surgery and observation encounter-level data from over 52 not-forprofit, tertiary care pediatric hospitals in the United States. Additionally, with my current employer - Division of orthopaedic surgery, I work as an integral research team member with various international study groups for various pediatric musculoskeletal specialties such as spine, sports medicine, hip conditions, upper and lower extremities and neuromuscular disorders.
Director/Senior GIS Analyst at the Cartographic Modeling Lab, University of Pennsylvania
Vicky Tam, MA is a senior GIS analyst with the Healthcare Analytics Unit (HAU) at PolicyLab and The Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is passionate about working at the intersection of GIS, public health, and education. She has over fifteen years of progressive professional experience leveraging Esri enterprise mapping and software platforms as part of geospatial research support. In addition to her position at the HAU, Vicky is also the senior GIS analyst with the Cartographic Modeling Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Vicky received her masters degree in Environmental Policy and Analysis, focusing on sustainable development from Boston University.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Policy, Health Equity
Jonathan M. Tan, MD MPH is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist and Certified in Medical Quality by the American College of Medical Quality. Dr. Tan received his MPH from the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health, where he focused on health policy and administration. In addition, he recently completed a research fellowship in Pediatric Surgical Innovation at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at the Children’s National Medical Center. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s in Biomedical Informatics program at the Oregon Health and Science University. He also currently serves on the Board of Clinical Advisors for SurMD, a secure technology platform for sharing medical documents, and is a Clinical Fellow with Doximity, the largest social network for physicians. Dr. Tan’s research interest is at the intersection of health economics, decision-making models and informatics. He has focused on leveraging the electronic health records to evaluate the economics of new health care technologies in the perioperative setting through decision-making models and cost-effectiveness analysis. His previous work was supported by a grant from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. Dr. Tan has an academic focus on improving the access and efficiency of pediatric perioperative care through the use of traditional decision making science and leveraging informatics and real time decision support. He wants to change the way we care for at risk pediatric surgical populations by improving their experience, access and thereby reducing the costs to the health care system.
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Health Behavior, Women's Health
My research focuses on developing and evaluating theory-based, contextually-tailored interventions that address health disparities among a variety of populations. I also seek to understand the context of risk and resilience to inform intervention development. My recent NIH- and foundation-funded intervention research has been aimed at promoting low-income women’s adherence to cervical cancer prevention behaviors using technology-enhanced approaches; and using counselor/navigators and text messaging to support HIV prevention medication uptake and adherence among high risk adults with co-morbidities such as substance use, trauma histories and mental health issues as well as food insecurity and unstable housing.
Associate Professor; Associate Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Behavioral Health, Behavioral Economics
Dr. Thirumurthy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He was recruited to Penn from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he held a position in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. Dr. Thirumurthy’s research seeks to design and rigorously evaluate interventions that can achieve changes in health behaviors in low-income settings, typically using insights from psychology and economics as well as novel technologies. His work has focused on medication adherence, HIV testing, male circumcision for HIV prevention, and behaviors related to maternal and child health. He has led several randomized trials of incentive-based approaches to health promotion as well as mobile health (mHealth) interventions. He has also evaluated large-scale health initiatives such as the scale-up of HIV treatment and assessed trends in population health.
Communications Outreach Coordinator at Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Health Communication, Emergency Preparedness
Chad Thomas oversees emergency response planning partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, plans and facilitates city and regional preparedness exercises and trainings involving Federal, state and local public health, emergency management and service provider agencies, and develops PDPH Community Engagement Plan (CEP) for Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
Public Health Scientist and Director of the Data Lab, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Epidemiology, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Aging, Evaluation, Tobacco, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community/Population Health, Data Analysis, Chronic Medical Conditions
Megan Todd is the Public Health Scientist and Director of the Data Lab in the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention of the Philadelphia Department of Health.
Preparedness Field Assignee, Public Health Advisor at CDC
Policy, Infectious Disease, Health Equity
I’m a Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I have worked on efforts to strengthen our public health system, both domestically and internationally. I have supported CDC’s efforts against the Ebola and Zika virus, and managed public health programs at a state level. My journey in Public Health started by conducting a study on obesity of Latinos in the Bronx, and has taken me to the U.S. – Mexican border to research the deaths of undocumented border crossers. I hope to use my experience and passion for Public Health to support the mission of CPHI.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Pennsylvania Peleman School of Medicine
Policy, Health Equity, Tobacco
Doctor Walter Tsou is a nationally known consultant on public health and health care reform and has extensive experience in public health and has lectured widely on public health and health disparities. He was President of the American Public Health Association in 2005. He is a National Board Advisor for Physicians for a National Health Program and was a founding board member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He is Secretary of the Asian American and Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Locally he is on the boards of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, Health Care for All Pennsylvania, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Edna Kynett Foundation.
Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD, serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program that links the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. Dr. Tuton is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program promoting advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. In this capacity, she has developed professional skill building curricula, as well as curricula designed to offer women (and men) faculty and trainees opportunities to identify and work towards the fulfillment of personal and professional goals.
Research Director, Ethnologica
Policy, Community Engagement, Gender and Sexuality, Violence/Injury Prevention
Beth Uzwiak, PhD is a medical anthropologist and Research Director at Ethnologica, where she oversees a portfolio of public health research and evaluation projects, including a current collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health investing the impact of opioid overdose on Philadelphia families. She has held full-time faculty positions at American University and Bryn Mawr College.
Ursinus College, Health and Exercise Physiology
Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Community/Population Health
Dr van de Ruit’s research interests include public health in Southern Africa and clinical settings including surgical and emergency medicine the United States and South Africa. She is interested in understanding how frontline care-workers interpret and perform health guidelines.
PhD Candidate in Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
Global Health, Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, Mixed Methods Research, Emergency Preparedness, Community/Population Health, Vaccines
Amelia Van Pelt, MPH, is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a BA Degree in Spanish & Global Health, Culture, and Society, a certificate in Leadership, and a MPH Degree in Global Health from Emory University. She has experience in research and applied work in Latin America and Africa, as well as surveillance on a global scale. Her interests involve infectious diseases, vaccines, implementation science, and outbreak response. Her skills extend from laboratory sciences to statistical analyses, and she has collaborated with academic, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Her dissertation research focuses on preparing for the implementation of a computerized battery to identify neurocognitive impairment among HIV-affected youth in Botswana.
Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology Division
Environmental Health, Pediatrics, Tobacco
As a practicing pediatric cardiologist, I have treated thousands of individual children with heart disease. After considering ways to prevent the most severe manifestations of these conditions, it became clear that one-on-one interactions, though effective and rewarding, would not help to solve the larger problem for the population of children who had silent but potentially life threatening heart conditions or who will develop such as adults. My research began to focus on community-based interventions to increase awareness of the impact of obesity and hypertension in children and youth on adult heart disease, and to identify children at risk for cardiac conditions associated with sudden cardiac death in childhood. To this end, I completed a Master in Public Health degree and a Master of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. My research has focused on populations of children to understand the best practices for childhood interventions to prevent the development of cardiac disease and sudden cardiac death in children and adults.
Associate Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning, UPenn School of Design
Policy, Environmental Health
Domenic Vitiello is an urban historian and planner whose public health-related research focuses on urban agriculture's roles and impacts in community food systems. Since 2008, with support from CPHI, USDA, and other funders, he has documented food production and distribution from community gardens and urban farms in Philadelphia, Camden, Trenton, Chicago, and other U.S. cities with students and colleagues including CPHI fellow Jeane Ann (JA) Grisso. Domenic and JA led a national study of food banks' involvement in local agriculture, and have helped cities and civic organizations develop food and urban agriculture policy and support systems. With Penn Planning and Veterinary Medicine student Catherine Brinkley, Domenic has documented the long history of public health and urban planning practitioners' relationships with urban agriculture. Domenic's current research in this area compares urban agriculture in the global North and South and examines urban agriculture's influence on harm reduction and on the mental and physical health of immigrant, refugee, and aging communities. He teaches City Planning 621: Metropolitan Food Systems. Faculty page: https://www.design.upenn.edu/city-regional-planning/graduate/people/domenic-vitiello
Program Advisor of New Program Development at Jhpiego
Women's Health, Community/Population Health
Wendy Voet is a non-profit leader and public health professional with over 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors both domestically and overseas. Through her work, which has included building and administering several programs from the ground up, she has honed her skills in the areas of organizational management and growth, team building, strategic planning, evaluation, program innovation and partnership development.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow, CHOP
Mental Health, Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Community Engagement, Adolescents, Qualitative Methods, Homelessness, Media and Health, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Digital Health, Mixed Methods Research, Emergency Preparedness, Violence/Injury Prevention, Community/Population Health, Wellness
Dr. VonHoltz is a current pediatric emergency medicine fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a member of the Emergency Department's Advocacy Committee and engage in research that seeks to find innovative ways to identify at risk youth through digital and social media. She also aims to use technology to enhance communication between providers and their patients.
Physician, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Global Health, Health Services Research, Health Equity, Pediatrics
Kate Wallis is a board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatrician at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a clinical instructor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, and an instructor in CHOP's Policy Lab. Her research is focused on disparities in the identification of low-income and minority children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental and behavioral conditions, and in screening for these conditions as a form of secondary prevention to promote equity of diagnosis and care. She has also participated in global health work, including conducting a needs assessment of early child development in a rural community in the Dominican Republic.
Chief Epidemiologist, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health
Raynard Washington is the Chief Epidemiologist at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Director of School & Community Engagement and Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education
Mental Health, Pediatrics
Dr. Caroline Watts is the Director of School and Community Engagement at Penn GSE. As a psychologist, program administrator, practicing child therapist and university educator, she has devoted her career to developing healthy educational environments for children and youth. Dr. Watts’ work centers on building capacity in mental health and educational systems to serve the complex needs of urban children, youth, and families through creating innovative institutional partnerships. Dr. Watts is also Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology and Human Development and coordinates the internship program in the Professional Counseling Program at Penn GSE.Before coming to Penn GSE in 2008, Dr. Watts was the founding director of the Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program (CHNP) at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Watts was also a lecturer on education in the Risk and Prevention Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a licensed practitioner of psychology in the states of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Dr. Watts has served as clinical director of the Devereux-Deerhaven Residential Treatment Center for Girls in Chester, New Jersey and consultant to Devereux’s Center for Effective Schools.Dr. Watts’s research interests focus on the process of developing effective institutional partnerships to support the emotional and developmental growth of all children. She is a co-author of the School Mental Health Capacity Instrument (2010), a survey and planning tool to help schools assess and build their capacity to promote positive school climate and proactive responses to student needs. Her current projects involve mapping and assessing the effectiveness of university partnerships in improving academic and behavioral outcomes for students.
Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives - Project HOME
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Homelessness, Behavioral Health
As a member of Project HOME’s Executive Team, I help direct strategies for eliminating chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia. Current projects include a $250 million, multi-year strategy to address three specific areas: street homelessness among a targeted list of the most vulnerable individuals; homelessness among young adults age 18-25; and employment and housing to alleviate homelessness among individuals with substance use disorders. Through partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, we provide housing, integrated healthcare, education, and employment opportunities to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University
Substance Abuse, Homelessness, Health Equity, Behavioral Health, Chronic Medical Conditions
As a clinician and researcher, I have implemented programs of system innovation in integrated medical and behavioral health care, including Medication for Opioid Use Disorder for populations experiencing serious mental illness and severe substance use disorders. I currently lead the research efforts for ongoing evaluation of our MOUD programs, which function as an innovative community-based Opiate Use Disorder Center of Excellence funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and I am the Principle Investigator of an expansion and evaluation grant from the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts. My work is done in collaboration with two nationally recognized community organizations in Philadelphia, Pathways to Housing PA and Project HOME.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Social Determinants of Health, Nutrition, Built Environment, Community/Population Health, Chronic Medical Conditions
Eliza D. Whiteman is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Built Environment and Health Lab at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Her research focuses on food insecurity, urban health disparities and social policy. She uses a mixed-methods approach to explore spatiotemporal dynamics of food and health across the urban planning, public health and social welfare disciplines. Eliza also works as a researcher with the Healthy Library Initiative at CPHI.
Research Coordinator/Doctoral Student, PolicyLab, CHOP / Penn School of Design
Health Equity, Urban Planning, Community/Population Health, Rural Health
Jennifer Whittaker is a research coordinator at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Her research interests focus on decreasing health disparities in rural communities. Jennifer completed a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Jennifer was a research associate at the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab where she conducted research on the role of local government policy and planning in facilitating healthy communities. She is dedicated to working at the intersection of planning and public health to create communities that allow people to live full and healthy lives.
Professor, Perelman School of Medicine / Epidemiology
Epidemiology, Violence/Injury Prevention, Data Analysis
Dr. Wiebe is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He leads studies of how places, polices, and the locations where people spend time affect injury risks and health. His research has been funded by the NIAAA, NIEHS, AHRQ, and NIJ and an Independent Scientist Award from the NIH. Dr. Wiebe is the Director of the CDC-funded Penn Injury Science Center. He also directs a training program funded by the Fogarty International Center at the NIH to build capacity for injury and trauma epidemiology in Botswana. He has received numerous Departmental and School teaching and achievement awards and he recently received the 2017 Kenneth Rothman Prize from the journal Epidemiology.
Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, CHOP
Dr. Flaura Winston is a board-certified pediatrician, a doctorally-trained biomechanical engineer and a public health researcher, who conducts research at the interface of child and adolescent health, injury, engineering and behavioral science. Her focus is on addressing the leading cause of death and acquired disability in children and adolescents: traffic crashes. Her work spans prevention of teen driver crashes, child passenger safety and secondary prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder after injury.
Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, PSOM, Department of Psychiatry
Mental Health, Adolescents, Behavioral Health, Mixed Methods Research, Quality Improvement
Courtney Benjamin Wolk is an Assistant Professor at the Penn Center for Mental Health in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wolk is an implementation scientist and licensed clinical psychologist. The long-term goal of her research is to develop and evaluate strategies to promote the uptake of evidence-based care into routine practice, with the ultimate goal of improving the effectiveness of mental health services for children and adults in non-specialty mental health settings. Previous completed research has included a long-term follow-up of youth treated with CBT for anxiety in childhood (F31 MH 086954) and the development and evaluation of an implementation strategy to improve team functioning among mental health teams in schools (F32 MH 103955).
Mental Health, Global Health, Community Engagement, Behavioral Health, Mixed Methods Research
Professor Yin-Ling Irene Wong is Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice. She also holds a secondary appointment as Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania. She has more than thirty years of experience as a social work practitioner, educator and researcher, with an interdisciplinary focus that spans the fields of community development, housing and homelessness, and mental health services research. Since coming to Penn in 1995, Dr. Wong has been principal investigator and investigator of numerous research projects in the areas of mental health, homelessness, housing, and community integration. With more than 50 publications to her credit, she publishes widely in interdisciplinary and mental health journals including Social Science and Medicine, Social Service Review, Psychiatric Services, Schizophrenia Research, Health and Place, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, and Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Professor Wong’s recent research focuses on understanding the cultural manifestation of stigma of mental illness in Chinese society and developing innovative interventions to reduce stigma among persons with psychiatric disabilities and their family members. She is passionate about changing the general public’s perception of mental illness, a medical condition that affects 173 million people in China. She has developed this research agenda with an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural team of researchers from the United States and China.
Medical Director of Prevention Point and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Temple University
Substance Abuse, Community/Population Health
Dr. Work is a an Associate Professor at Temple.
Clinical Research Coordinator, CHOP Policy Lab
Mental Health, Health Equity, Community/Population Health, LGBTQ
Diana Worsley is a Clinical Research Coordinator at PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Ms. Worsley works with Dr. Joanne Wood and Dr. Stephanie Doupnik on research projects in child abuse and maltreatment and mental health of hospitalized children and their families. She received her bachelors degree from SUNY Cortland in Community Health and then went on to receive her Master of Public Health from Drexel University in Community Health and Prevention. While at Drexel University, Ms. Worsley worked at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute evaluating the effectiveness of parent support groups and developed policy briefs related to the Autism Spectrum Disorder population in Pennsylvania.
Consultant, Equal Measure
Social Determinants of Health, Maternal and Child Health, Women's Health, Community/Population Health
Carrie Zimmerman is a medical student at Penn and Co-Clinic Coordinator at Puentes de Salud, a nonprofit organization that promotes the health and wellness of South Philadelphia's Latinx population. She serves on the Perelman Program of Diversity and Inclusion Community Outreach Advisory Committee and as the Community Outreach Chair of Perelman's Latino Medical Student Association. Zimmerman is also currently involved in research related to patterns of abortion referrals in Pennsylvania.
Program Officer, Stoneleigh Foundation
Policy, Adolescents, Health Equity, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health
Sarah joined the Stoneleigh Foundation as a program officer in 2015. She has led policy and strategy projects in Philadelphia and nationally, with her most recent work focusing on cross-system efforts to improve education and mental health care for children in the child welfare system. During her time at PolicyLab, Sarah also served as the public health advisor to the Federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.
Director of Policy Research at Center for Mental Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Zubritsky's research, teaching and clinical efforts reflect her longstanding career interest in the design and implementation of systems to provide services to individuals with medical and psychiatric comorbidities, with an emphasis on behavioral health care in large scale settings. She has extensive experience in management and organizational issues in behavioral healthcare systems, including integrated systems design, outcome measurement, quality assurance measurement, evaluation, and policy design. Dr. Zubritsky’s current research includes studying the effectiveness of a state system redesign for aging and mental health services in multiple states in response to an Olmstead consent decree, the redesign of a state Human Services System to develop Person Centered Care across four disability groups, the design and implementation of a joint corrections and substance abuse effort to divert individuals from incarceration, and the design of a system to divert youth from residential treatment settings.
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