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Re-accreditation update

We are in the homestretch for the RSPH re-accreditation process. With the collaboration of faculty, students, staff, alumni and community partners, the final self-study document is nearly complete and will be submitted to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) at the end of September. We look forward to hosting the CEPH reviewer team for the site visit at RSPH on October 28-30, 2019.

PTSD grant

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Ying Guo, Amita Manatunga, and Limin Peng

The Mental Health Research group in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics has been awarded a $3 million R01 grant funding for a five-year period from the National Institute of Mental Health. Amita Manatunga, Limin Peng, and Ying Guo are the multiple principal investigators and Tanja Jovanovic, Kerry Ressler, and Jennifer Stevens from the Department of Psychiatry, Emory University, are co-investigators. Using several major posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) studies collected from Atlanta Grady hospital as well as the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, the project aims to further the understanding of the mechanism and progression of PTSD through integrating information from brain, behavior, and symptoms to improve disease management strategies.

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Qiang Zhang (left) & Lauren E. McCullough

Qiang Zhang (environmental health) was recognized with the Best Published Paper Demonstrating an Application of Risk Assessment award by the Risk Assessment Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology earlier this year for his article “Bridging the Data Gap from in vitro Toxicity Testing to Chemical Safety Assessment through Computational Modeling” published in Frontiers in Public Health in 2018.

Lauren E. McCullough (epidemiology) has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research. The award, named for world-renowned epidemiologist Brian MacMahon, is presented annually to an early career epidemiologist who has made significant contributions to the field and is poised to become a future leader in epidemiology.


October 28 - 30: Visit by the Council on Education for Public Health reviewer team for re-accreditation.

November 14: Stanley O. Foster Lecture: Pathways in Global Health will be given by Abhay Bang, a social activist and researcher in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, India. 6:00 pm, Rollins Auditorium, Claudia Nance Rollins Building

November 19: Michael M.E. Johns, MD Lecture in Health Policy will be given by Diane Rowland, former executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

*View all Rollins events on the online calendar.

FALL 2019

A strong start

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Dean Curran

We’re beginning this year with many superlatives. In August, we welcomed our largest ever incoming class of MPH and MSPH students, totaling 652 from 27 countries and 39 states. We currently have more PhD students than we ever have—187. At 205 members, our faculty is the largest in our history. With $133 million in outside funding, we are enjoying our largest year in grants. And our endowments are at their highest level ever, with more than 85 funds totaling more than $100 million. Great job all around.

The groundbreaking for the R. Randall Rollins building is being planned for early 2020. The new facility, funded by a $65 million gift by the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation and support from the university, will add 185,000 square feet to our school, bringing the total to 510,000 square feet.



Rollins researchers have submitted two proposals for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Grant, which provides $100 million to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. A team led by Venkat Narayan submitted a proposal for their project, “Destination Zero,” which aims at lowering rates of hypertension and diabetes in India and could ultimately impact 100 million people (or more). Watch a brief video and review the project’s web page to get a sense for the scope and scale of the proposed project.


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Kim Maune

Kim Maune is now the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance and Chief Business Officer.The RAS teams, HR, business and finance report to Kim. Dean Surbey, executive associate dean, administration and finance, will be devoting the majority of his time to the new R. Randall Rollins building.

We also have a two retirements to announce.

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Nancy Thompson

Nancy Thompson 71C 77MPH, professor of behavioral sciences and health eduation, is retiring after TK years. A member of the first class of the master of community health (now master of public health) program, Nancy worked as an epidemiologist at the CDC and taught part time in our masters program. In 1985, she joined the Emory faculty full time, and she was instrumental in the early years of our school, helping to establish the department of behavioral sciences and health education and developing the school’s original curriculum. A beloved teacher and mentor, Nancy oversaw the completion of over 230 masterss theses.

Considered one of the most influential behavioral scientists in the field of epilepsy, Nancy spearheaded Project UPLIFT, designed to reduce or eliminate depression in epilepsy patients based on mindfulness and cognitive therapy. In 2016, she won the Scholar/Teacher Award, supported by the United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

In her honor, the school has established the Nancy J. Thompson Legacy Award, which will provide support for outstanding BSHE MPH students. Give here.

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Carol Rowland Hogue

Carol Rowland Hogue retired earlier this year. She received the school’s first endowed professorship, the Jules and Uldeen Terry Professor of Maternal and Child Health. Carol established and led the Women’s and Children’s Center for the past 25 years. Holding joint appointments in the School of Medicine, Emory College and Rollins, Carol has served on Emory’s Faculty Council, the provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee and the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Laney Graduate School.

Among many honors, she served as president of both the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the American College of Epidemiology, and in 2016 she received the MCH Epidemiology Coalition’s Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge—Advancing Public Health through Epidemiology and Applied Research. In 2017, she won Emory’s Jefferson Award.

Carol and her husband, Lynn, have established the Carol J. R. Hogue Endowment to support outstanding students with a demonstrated interest in maternal and child health to enable the pursuit of internships in maternal and child health.

In memoriam

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Sidney McKenzie

Sidney McKenzie, client service tech lead, passed away on July 13, 2019 after a short illness. Sidney worked at Emory for 20 years, including 18 years at Rollins. During his time here, Sidney provided impeccable service with a smile to all of his clients. He was known for solving some of the hardest technical issues. His work didn’t end when he left at the end of the day. He was often called upon late in the evenings, early mornings, and even on weekends by the past and present faculty and staff. Sidney would even respond while on vacation.

Over the years, Sidney obtained numerous accolades, including an Information Technology (IT) certification and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. IT was Sidney's passion, and he showed it every day by the level of service and integrity he provided. He will be remembered for his kindness, warmth, and friendship.

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Dollie Durrett Daniels

Dollie Durrett Daniels, a longtime friend and colleague of the Rollins School of Public Health, passed away on September 17, 2019. Dollie was one of three people running the epidemiology department in its very earliest days. She worked as an academic advisor (in a role that is now referred to as an “ADAP”) and made students a priority. Dollie’s office was a constant thoroughfare for master’s students seeking academic—and sometimes personal—council.

She wrote and published a history of the public health program at Emory in a book titled, A Shared Dream. She dedicated the book to Rollins students, writing "The health of the world rests with the skill of these students, their dedication and their choices. Their commitment is a major contribution to the world's health and to the future of academic public health at Emory University." Read more about Dollie’s life here.

New grants

Thomas Clasen, Household Air Pollution and Health: a Multi-country LPG Intervention Trial, NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, $4 million, continuation

Kevin Ward, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, NIH National Cancer Institute, $2.8 million, continuation

Aaron Siegler, Making it last: A randomized, controlled trial of a home care system to promote persistence in PrEP care, NIH National Institute of Mental Health, $1 million, continuation

Melissa Alperin, Region IV Public Health Training Center,  Health Resources and Services Administration, $1 million, continuation

Patrick Sullivan, Theoretically Based Mobile App to Increase PrEP Uptake Among MSM, NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse, $1 million, continuation

Patrick Sullivan, Engaging African American and Latino MSM for HIV Testing and Prevention Services, CDC, $850,000, continuation

Viola Vaccarino, Mental Stress and Myocardial Ischemia after MI: Sex Differences, Mechanisms and Prognosis, NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, $780,000, August 15, 2019 – July 31, 2024

Benjamin Druss, Region IV Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, $750,000, continuation

Samuel Jenness, EpiModel 2.0: Integrated Network Model for HIV/STI Prevention Science, NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, $745,000, continuation

Shakira Suglia,Social Stress Epigenetics and Cardio-Metabolic Health Among Latinos, NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health Dispartities, $720,000, May 3, 2019 - December 31, 2023

Rollins faculty have received many other grants for research and training between May 15 - Sept. 1 View the complete list.

Appointments and Promotions

Faculty promotions
  • Todd Everson, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health

  • Mary Elizabeth Kelley, Professor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Delia Lang, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Helath Education

  • Benjamin Lopman, Professor, Epidemiology

New faculty

  • Siu Yin Lau,Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Bethany Caruso, Assistant Professor Global Health

  • Matthew Magee, Associate Professor, Global Health

  • Cynthia Whitney, Professor, Global Health

Post Doctoral Fellows

  • Wei Zhao, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Maryann Delea,Environmental Health

  • Kelsey Jesser, Environmental Health

  • Julia Baker, Epidemiology

  • Telisa Spikes, Epidemiology

  • Daesung Choi, Global Health

Staff Promotions

  • Salim Allana, Program Director, Epidemiology

  • Jennifer Anderson, Program Assistant Director, Global Health

  • Jennifer Tenley Black, Program Associate Director, Student Services

  • Angela Campbell, Program Director, Epidemiology

  • Chinwe Egesi, Senior Web Developer, Information Services

  • Mischka Garel, Programs Director, Global Health Institute

  • April Hermstad, Lead Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Scineces and Health Education

  • Deborah Holt, Program Coordinator, Global Health Institute

  • Ahoua Kone, Research Projects Manager, Global Health

  • Kimberly Maune, Associate Dean of Administration and Finance &CBO-RSPH, Business Services

  • Shannon Moss, Research Projects Manager, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Shelby Noe, Senior Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Elizabeth Pembleton, Programs Associate Director, Epidemiology

  • Michelle Webb Polk, Finance Associate Director, Finance and Compliance

  • Suraja Raj, Research Projects Associate Director, Global Health

  • Santiago Tovar Diaz, Public Health Program Associate, Epidemiology

  • Mariah Valentine-Graves, Data Analyst, Epidemiology

  • Heather Zesiger, Programs Associate Director, Student Services

New Staff

    • Clarisa Hernandez, Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

    • Palmer Hipp, Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

    • Kayleigh Jones, Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

    • Mackenzie Leonard, Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

    • Kristen Liberty, Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

    • Rachel Marquez, Lead Public Health Program Associate, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

    • Zavier Mason, Senior Research Interviewer, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

    • Yi Guo, Biostatistician, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

    • Joy Hearn, Academic Department Administrator, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

    • Derek Jobe, Research Projects Associate Director, Environmental Health

    • Kathryn Micek, Public Health Program Associate, Environmental Health

    • Emily Phillips, Research Specialist, Environmental Health

    • Zoe Sakas, Public Health Program Associate, Environmental Health

    • Courtney Victor, Public Health Program Associate, Environmental Health

    • Pauline Harrington, Public Health Program Associate, Epidemiology

    • Marian Lucus, Public Health Program Associate, Epidemiology

    • Candace Meadows, Research Projects Associate Director, Epidemiology

    • Zeyuan Wang, Bioinformatics Analyst, Epidemiology

    • Carrie Ripkey, Program Assistant Coordinator, Global Health

    • Xinchun Yu, Biostatistician, Global Health

    • Amber Lauff, Communications Specialist, Global Health Institute

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