Gaydos named EMPH associate chair

Laurie Gaydos has accepted a new position as the associate chair for academic affairs with the Executive MPH (formerly CMPH) program. In her new role, Laurie will help advance curricular design and implement new strategic directions for the program. She will continue as a faculty member in health policy and management.

10th anniversary of Donna J. Brogan Lecture

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Donna J. Brogan Lecture in Biostatistics. To mark the occasion, Professor Emerita Donna Brogan herself will be the speaker. Her talk, "Survey Methodology: Current Status and Modern Challenges," will be held on Monday, April 13, at 4 p.m. in the Lawrence P. & Ann Estes Klamon Room. A reception will follow the lecture.

Del Rio and Evans teach Coursera class on Ebola

Carlos del Rio, Hubert Professor and chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health, and Dabney P. Evans 98MPH, assistant professor of global health and director of the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, will be teaching a Coursera class titled "Ebola: An Evolving Epidemic." The six-week course, which runs from March 31 through May 11, will discuss the state of global health before the epidemic, the care of patients in both developed and developing settings, and treatment for people who may be infected. It will conclude with conversations about the ways in which Ebola is changing public health. Link to the course here.


Solveig Cunningham, assistant professor of global health, was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)/Pfizer Young Investigator’s Award for Distinguished Research in Public Health. This award goes to the single best young investigator, based on a publication, among all schools and programs in public health.

Dean James W. Curran was elected to the ASPPH Board of Directors as chair of the ASPPH Global Health Committee.

Jacqueline M. Cutts 14MPH received the American Public Health Association’s 2014 Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award. This award is given to a worker or student under age 30 who has demonstrated potential in the health field by challenging traditional public health policy or practice in a creative manner.

Dabney P. Evans 98MPH, assistant professor of global health and director of the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, was awarded the Crystal Apple for Excellence in Professional School Education. The Crystal Apple awards are Emory's only student-nominated teaching awards.

Paula Frew 01MPH from the School of Medicine (joint appointment at Rollins) recently received the APHA 2014 Early Career Award in the Public Health Education & Health Promotion Section. This award is given for outstanding and promising contributions to the practice and profession of health education, health promotion, and/or health communication.

Colleen McBride, professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award. This award is based on total career achievement.

K.M. Venkat Narayan, the Ruth and O.C. Hubert Professor of Global Health, is the recipient of the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) 2015 Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology. Named in memory of Kelly M. West, who is widely regarded as the "father of diabetes epidemiology," this recognition is one of the highest scientific awards given by the ADA to honor an individual for significant contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology.

Kara Robinson, associate dean of admissions and student affairs, was awarded the 2015 ASPPH Award for Excellence in Student Services. This award honors someone who has been innovative and forward-thinking in student services and/or who has gone above and beyond in working with applicants and students.

 Adrienne DeMarais Zertuche 07C 12MD/MPH received the Warren H. Pearse Women's Health Policy Research Award for 2015. The award is given to support research that explores an aspect of health care policy that assists, defines, or restricts the ability of a physician to deliver health care to women in the general population or in a specific area.


March 10: Public Mental Health Grand Rounds, Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of Mental Health America, will present "How Our Mental Health Systems Can and Should Be Revised to Prevent Adverse Outcomes," noon, Rita Anne Rollins Room.

March 18: Talk and book signing by Dan Fagin, author of Toms River, 5 p.m., Lawrence P. and Ann Estes Klamon Room.

View all Rollins events on the online calendar.

Winter 2015

New chair in global health ethics

Dean James W. Curran

A $2 million gift from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will fund a new endowed chair, the Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Global Health Ethics. We are currently recruiting to fill the position, which will be a joint faculty appointment in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins and the Emory Center for Ethics.

The new chair links Rollins closely with the Emory Center for Ethics, whose faculty come from disciplines across the university. Among them are Ruth Berkelman, professor and director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research, and Dabney P. Evans 98MPH, assistant professor of global health and director of the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies.

Lash named editor of Epidemiology


Tim Lash, professor in the Department of Epidemiology, has been named editor-in-chief of Epidemiology. The official journal of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, Epidemiology is a highly respected publisher of original research from all fields of the discipline. Tim is also the current president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Having Tim in these two leadership positions is a testament to the esteem in which he is held in the field.

Public Health in action

Two adjunct faculty were honored at the recent Public Health Community Practice & Partnership Celebration. Lisa M. Carlson, director of academic affairs for Surgery, Transplant and Brain Health at Emory University, was lauded for being a career mentor to a number of students and a superb teacher. Andrew Vernon, chief clinical researcher at the TB branch of the CDC, was honored for bringing many CDC experts in to lecture and for getting students involved in TB activities at the CDC. I can’t overstate how important adjunct faculty are to our school and how much we value their contribution.

Fourteen students were also honored for having best demonstrated public health in action through their practicum experiences. These students presented their posters at the celebration and the top three, selected by a faculty committee, were announced. In first place was Ian Hennessee in global health. Alexander Plum in behavioral sciences and health education won second, and Jamie Schenk in environmental health took third. Congratulations to these students for their fine work.

New grants

The Hubert Department of Global Health has received a $7.43 million, five-year cooperative agreement from the CDC to implement a global health security program. Led by Scott McNabb, Carlos del Rio, and Saad Omer, the program will be implemented in collaboration with partners who are based in West Africa or have an established track record of work in the region. The goal is to improve preparedness and response to health threats in low-income countries, with a focus on West Africa, by strengthening workforce development in the region.

Kyle Steenland (environmental health) was recently awarded a $1.5M R01 research grant by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, to begin in April.  The goal is to assess cause-specific mortality and end-stage renal disease incidence in lead-exposed workers, following up on his previous findings of excess lung cancer and renal disease in this population. This work will be key to evaluating whether the current occupational lead standard is sufficient to protect worker health.

Rollins faculty received many other grants for research and training from November through January. View the complete list.

Appointments and promotions

Faculty promotions
  • Carla Berg, Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Zhengjia Chen, Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Jason Hockenberry, Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management

  • Colleen McBride has been appointed Professor with tenure, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Shivani A. Patel, Assistant Professor, Global Health

  • Ganna Rubtsova, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Anne C. Spalding, Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, Epidemiology

  • Lisa R. Staimez, Assistant Professor, Global Health

Staff additions

  • Constance Bate, Research Interviewer, Health Policy and Management

  • Lindsay M. Jaacks, Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Health

  • Cynde K. Lowe, Pre-Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Karla Ruggiero, Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship, Development and External Relations

  • Julie Smith, Director of Development, Development and External Relations

  • Natelege Swainson, Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Carla Thomas, Senior Quality Control Editor, Epidemiology

  • Diane White, Research Interviewer, Health Policy and Management

Staff promotions

  • Amy Hartley, Pre-Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Rachel Kearns, Data Analyst, Epidemiology

  • Lozarie Riley, Student Academic Services Administrator, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Eric Alexander Strait, Post Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Monica Trigg, Programs Associate Director, Epidemiology

  • Victoria Rosalie Trinies, Senior Public Health Program Associate, Environmental Health

  • Yuke Wang, Information Analyst III, Global Health

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