Advisory Committee

The Office of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Advisory Committee members:

  • Provide strategic guidance to the office
  • Provide feedback and direction on existing and new IPECP programs at Emory
  • Review IPECP Project Award Proposals
  • Foster collaborations between the Office of IPECP and internal and external partners

Advisory Committee Members

Please find information below about the office’s current Advisory Committee members.

Stephanie Bennett, PhD, MBA, RN

Dr. Stephanie Bennett is Director, Patient-and Family-Centered Care and Patient Education, Emory Healthcare (EHC) and Adjunct Instructor at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Dr. Bennett leads EHC's Patient and Family Advisory programs and is the Co-Professional Practice Leader of the Interprofessional Practice Council and Co-Chair of the Epic Patient and Consumer Experience Workgroup. She is also a member of the Nurse Executive Council. She collaborates across functional groups within the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, serving on the Office of IPECP's Advisory Committee and the Woodruff Health Educators Academy (WHEA) Steering Committee. Dr. Bennett helped establish the inaugural Intersections: Education Journal of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar and has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the Future of Nursing Scholars Program. She previously served as a Senior Clinical Editor for Elsevier and became certified as a product manager. In her role, she collaborated with leading nursing associations and interdisciplinary teams to conceptualize, create, and market professional development eLearning courses as well as reference and clinical decision support tools for clinicians and patients.

Dr. Bennett believes in understanding the lived experiences of people in local communities to co-produce improved health and wellness outcomes. Thus, she is working to build community-driven patient and family advisor programs to address the needs of Emory's population served. She believes in amplifying the voices of people in the community through their appointment on boards, committees, and councils. These voices are needed to inform policymaking and to co-create healthy, equitable, and thriving communities in Georgia. She recently sponsored the launch of Emory Decatur Hospital's Women and Infants Patient and Family Advisor Program to improve the health outcomes of birthing families. She is architecting collaborative, health literacy-based patient engagement and education infrastructure to improve people's capacity to engage in self-management and transitions of care. She led the launch of EHC's interprofessional care planning to improve the practice of communication and collaboration among care team members, including patients and care partners.

Dr. Bennett's research centers on strengthening the science of patient and care partner engagement with interprofessional teams and researchers to co-produce patient-centered outcomes. Dr. Bennett is particularly interested in improving outcomes for historically underrepresented groups of people. She recently served as a co-investigator on a grant to design a course for African-American caregivers of persons living with dementia.

Stephanie Bennett

Marilane Bond, EdD, MEd, MBA

Dr. Bond is Associate Dean for Medical Education at Emory University School of Medicine. In this capacity, Dr. Bond oversees all operational activities of education in the medical school which includes the Undergraduate Medical Education (medical students), Graduate Medical Education (residents and fellows), Continuing Medical Education (faculty), and Health Profession Programs (Physical Therapy, Physician Assistants, Anesthesiology Assistants, Genetic Counseling and Medical Imaging). She has been a member of the ACCME Board of Directors since January 2018, has served as its 2020 Treasurer and its 2021 Vice Chair, and now as its 2022 Chair. Dr. Bond is a past President of the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME). Dr. Bond is a past President of the AHME. She served as a past member and chair of the Steering Committee for the Group on Residents Affairs (GRA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She also served as chair of the advisory committee and faculty for the GME Leadership Development Course. She has made presentations at several organizations including the AAMC, GRA, AHME, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Bond earned two bachelor’s degrees (BA and BS), an EdD degree in higher education administration, and a Master’s degree in education from Pennsylvania State University. She also received an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Daniele Fallin, PhD

Dr. M. Daniele Fallin is the James W. Curran Dean of Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. With more than 250 scientific publications that have been cited more than 22,000 times, Dr. Fallin’s globally recognized research focuses on applying genetic epidemiology methods to studies of neuropsychiatric disorders including autism, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder and to developing applications and methods for genetic and epigenetic epidemiology, as applied to mental health and development.   

Dr. Fallin has led multiple CDC- and NIH-funded projects regarding how environments, behaviors, genetic variation, and epigenetic variation contribute to risk for psychiatric disease, particularly autism. She currently leads the B’more Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) study, one of 25 sites of the NIH’s newly initiated HBCD study, where she also serves as an Associate Director of the Administrative Core to guide epidemiologic design.

Prior to joining Rollins, Dr. Fallin worked at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for 22 years, where she served as Chair of the Department of Mental Health, Sylvia and Harold Halpert Professor, Bloomberg Centennial Professor, and held joint appointments in the Bloomberg School’s Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry. While at the Bloomberg School, Dr. Fallin directed the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and previously served as Director of the genetic epidemiology area within epidemiology prior to becoming Chair of the Department of Mental Health in 2013.  

Fallin completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida–Gainesville and earned a PhD in genetic epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University. Find more information about Dean Fallin.

Daniele Fallin

Lalita Kaligotla, MA, MBA

Lalita Kaligotla is Professor of Practice and Senior Director for Leadership and Engagement at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. In this role, she is responsible for advancing leadership development and community engagement opportunities for faculty, staff, and students through the school's professional development, mentorship, curricular and co-curricular programs.

She has nearly two decades of experience in higher education administration, leadership development, and launching and fostering experiential and community engagement programs. Prior to moving to Emory University, she was on the faculty at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and Associate Director of the Hart Leadership Program (HLP), amongst the oldest leadership development programs in the nation. In this role, she was responsible for multiple HLP programs including the Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL) Fellowship and Hart Fellows Program. She has developed and taught classes on civic engagement, democratic participation, and values-based leadership, including the gateway course in the SOL program, “Border Crossing: Leadership, Value Conflicts and Public Life.” Prior to that, Lalita was the founding director of the business track of the minor in leadership studies at Georgia Tech, a successful interdisciplinary program based in the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship at the Scheller College of Business. This highly successful program focused on leadership development for undergraduate students through curricular and co-curricular programming. She designed and taught the capstone course for the minor, “Leadership for Positive Change,” with an experiential and service-oriented pedagogical focus. As part of this course, students partnered with various organizations in the city of Atlanta to address a challenge and collaboratively devise a context specific solution. Through didactic training, ethical engagement with communities, and mindful reflection, students developed their personal leadership models to guide their professional and personal journeys.

Ms. Kaligotla also has extensive experience in project management and sponsored research development at several academic institutions including Georgia Tech and Georgia State University. Originally from Hyderabad, India, she completed graduate work in social work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India; and in social policy and business at the Mandel School of Social Sciences and the Weatherhead School of Management, both at Case Western Reserve University. Find more information about Ms. Kaligotla.

Joe Le Doux, PhD

Joe Le Doux, PhD, is the Executive Leader for Education Transformation and Innovation at the Emory University School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Le Doux develops and directs key programming and facilitates the development of the infrastructure needed to deliver on the medical education strategic framework. He is charged with incorporating concepts of intentional design and innovative problem solving into the creation of interprofessional learning opportunities, educational space consideration, and many other elements of the educational experience for the School of Medicine's learners. Dr. Le Doux partners with the School of Medicine's Faculty Affairs and Graduate Medical Education leadership to articulate the skills, competencies, and experience types that will enable School of Medicine faculty and residents to actively support and promote this updated approach to medical education.

Dr. Le Doux also serves as Professor and the Executive Director for Learning and Training in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He has extensive experience in developing academic initiatives that have been used at Georgia Tech and nationwide. Notably, he has developed and implemented an approach called "Problem-Solving Studio," a team-based and highly collaborative learning environment that is now being used in most BME core courses.

Dr. Le Doux earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University and completed his doctoral degree in chemical and biochemical engineering at Rutgers University. Prior to entering his doctoral program, Dr. Le Doux served as a submarine officer in the United States Navy. He also completed a research fellowship in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and has held numerous leadership positions related to education and training since joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1999.

Linda Lewin, MD

Dr. Lewin is Professor, Department of Pediatrics, at the Emory University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine and conducted her residency training in pediatrics at University Hospitals of Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She is a board-certified pediatrician with extensive experience in medical education and previously held leadership positions at both the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (1995-2004) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (2005-2016). While at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Lewin was Pediatric Clerkship Director, Associate Chair for Education in Pediatrics, and led and served on several medical school education committees. She joined the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine in 2017 where she co-founded the interprofessional Woodruff Health Educators Academy, providing faculty development to educators across the health sciences. Her scholarship has focused on education across the continuum from student to faculty, with a strong emphasis on professionalism and professional identity formation. Find more information about Dr. Lewin .

Linda Lewin

Kristy K. Martyn, PhD

Dr. Martyn is a tenured Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She received her PhD in Nursing Science at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida in 1998. She has been a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing since 2013, a member of the inaugural American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Health Policy Advisory Council, and a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Research Committee.

Dr. Martyn is an editorial board member for Qualitative Health Research, Global Qualitative Nursing Research, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, and Journal of School of Nursing. She was a board member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) from 2013-2015. Dr. Martyn is co-leading research focused on patient-centered outcomes (PCOR) with young adults with autism with Dr. Susan Brasher, and with individuals with sex chromosome aneuploidy with Dr. Sharron Close. Find more information about Dr. Martyn.

Kristy K. Martyn

Kara Robinson, EdD, MS

Dr. Robinson is Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. In this capacity, she oversees all enrollment management functions for 1,000 graduate professional students in addition to community-engaged learning programs, student conduct, the Rollins Earn and Learn Program, and English as a Second Language/International Student Affairs. She began her professional career in career counseling and distance education, later moving into the field of admissions. She has served as Chair of the School of Public Health Application Service Advisory Board and as Co-Chair for the Student Services Council for the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Dr. Robinson has presented at conferences including the National Association of Academic Advisors, the American Public Health Association, and the Association for Schools of Public Health Annual Meeting. She has served on numerous university committees related to the interest of students. Dr. Robinson holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Spelman College, a master of science in community counseling from Georgia State University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Georgia.

Kara Robinson

Laika Steiger, MBA, FACHE

Ms. Steiger is the Associate Dean for Clinical Practice Operations at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSON) and Executive Director of the Emory Nursing Learning Center (ENLC). She has over 17 years of healthcare operations experience and has proven expertise in managing large diverse teams and multi-million dollar projects. She has led healthcare system implementations, large-scale training initiatives, and multi-phase construction projects. In her current roles, Ms. Steiger leads several areas for the NHWSON including the Office of Clinical Affairs, Emory Nursing Experience, the Emory Nursing Professional Development Center, the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Center, and the Simulation Program at the ENLC. She manages the strategic planning process, sets performance metrics, and ensures financial stewardship; aligning all activities to meet the needs of the NHWSON's programs. She also works collaboratively within the school and university to foster an environment of academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

Prior to joining Emory, Ms. Steiger led the training team at WellStar Health System as its Assistant Vice President of Organizational Learning Operations. In that role, she led the system's programs in clinical learning, leadership development, technology training, continuing medical education, patient education, and library services for over 20,000 team members and 2,000 physicians. She has an MBA with a focus on leadership and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Find more information about Ms. Steiger.

Laika Steiger