GILLINGS WELCOMES FACULTY

Jess Edwards, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Research interests: epidemiologic methods, infectious diseases, causal inference

Tanya Garcia, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics

Research interests: longitudinal data analysis, neurogenerative diseases, prediction models, survival analysis

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Lisa Gralinski, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Research interests: the host and viral genetic factors that drive coronavirus disease severity that can be harnessed to develop new avenues of therapeutic intervention for emerging coronavirus like COVID-19

Abigail Hatcher, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Behavior

Research interests: social interventions for health, HIV care and treatment in the context of intimate partner violence, mental health and poverty

Lauren Hill, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor of Health Behavior

Research interests: behavioral interventions to address determinants of HIV/AIDS risk and treatment outcomes

Chantel Martin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Research interests: social epidemiology and life course theory; reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology; biological markers of health

Amanda Northcross, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Research interests: using chemistry and engineering to identify exposures to air pollution and to develop interventions to reduce pollution

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Arrianna Planey, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management

Research interests: interactions between health policies, health care access and utilization, and underlying population-level health inequities

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Timothy Sheahan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Research interests: developing broad-spectrum therapeutics to treat coronavirus infections like COVID-19 and those that may emerge in the future

Bonnie Shook-Sa, DRPH

Clinical Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Research interests: causal inference, survey sampling, infectious diseases, epidemiology

Lisa Spees, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management

Research interests: improving access to care, social epidemiology, application of implementation science to cancer, large population-based datasets

Emma Tzioumis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Nutrition

Research interests: maternal and child nutrition, both globally and locally — specifically malnutrition, complementary feeding and maternal experiences in the perinatal period

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Karen Volmar, JD, MPH

Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management

Research interests: utilizing program evaluation and legal research to inform health policy development

Ciara Zachary, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management

Research interests: state and federal policy analysis; increasing access to affordable and quality care, especially to underserved populations; Medicaid

GILLINGS SPOTLIGHT

Tanya Garcia, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics

Research interests:

longitudinal data analysis, neurogenerative diseases, prediction models, survival analysis

How do you unwind?

Salsa dancing and making up games with my daughter *Professor Garcia gave birth to her son soon after responding for this article.

COVID aside, what do you see as the biggest issue in public health today?

Reporting stat results in an understandable way that can help public policy

Amanda Northcross, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Research interests:

using chemistry and engineering to identify exposures to air pollution and to develop interventions to reduce pollution.

How do you unwind?

I like to take my dog for a walk, have a nice glass of wine and watch a movie with my husband.

COVID aside, what do you see as the biggest issue in public health today?

The effects of racial injustice permeate every corner of our society and make it impossible for us to achieve health equity. We must end systemic racism.

Arrianna Planey, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Research interests:

interactions between health policies, healthcare access and utilization, and underlying population-level health inequities

How do you unwind?

I like to cook and bake! I rarely cook the same thing more than once every six months, so there is a lot of variety on the menu. On the shelf, my husband and I have Japanese, Lebanese, Indian, Italian and Soul Food cookbooks. We use them fairly frequently.

COVID aside, what do you see as the biggest issue in public health today?

Structural racism. No matter what other public health issue or outcome you name, racism contours outcomes in terms of who is most exposed to hazards, who has access to resources to maintain and improve their health and well-being, and the distribution of morbidity and preventable deaths.

Emma Tzioumis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Nutrition

Research interests:

maternal and child nutrition, both globally and locally — specifically malnutrition, complementary feeding and maternal experiences in the perinatal period.

How do you unwind?

Spending time with the family outside hiking, biking, camping, engaging in whatever activity the kids are currently enjoying. On any given day there is a high probability you’ll find me watching my kids tear around the pump track at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Carrboro. One of my favorite ways to unwind solo is to go to the grocery store by myself on a Saturday night after bedtime.

COVID aside, what do you see as the biggest issue in public health today?

Racism. It is pervasive and at the root of every system, institution and discipline

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