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Executive Committee

Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson, ScD
Director, CREWH
Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health
Research Interests: Epidemiology of premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder; nutritional epidemiology; vitamin D and women’s health
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-577-1672
Campus Address: 409 Arnold House
Email: ebertone@schoolph.umass.edu
Website: umass.edu/crewh/bertone-johnson

Lisa Chasan-Taber, ScD
Assistant Director, CREWH
Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health
Research Interests: Reproductive epidemiology; women's health; applied research in physical activity and pregnancy.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-1664
Campus Address: 405 Arnold House
Email: lct@schoolph.umass.edu
Website: http://people.umass.edu/lisact/

Lynnette Leidy Sievert, PhD
Steering Committee, CREWH
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Research Interests: Age at menopause, symptom experience at midlife, older women's health.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-1379
Campus Address: 105 Machmer Hall
Email: leidy@anthro.umass.edu
Website: http://people.umass.edu/leidy/

Sara Sabelawski, MEd, RD, LDN
Associate Director, CREWH
Telephone: 413-545-8633
Campus Address: 318 Arnold House
Email: sara@schoolph.umass.edu

 

Members

Sofiya Alhassan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
Research Interests: Community family-based physical activity interventions in the prevention of pediatric obesity and related co-morbidities (pre-diabetes and diabetes).
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-3475
Campus Address: 150 Totman
Email: alhassan@kin.umass.edu
Website: http://www.umass.edu/physicalactivity/

Carol Bigelow, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Department of Biostatistics
Research Interests: These currently include a randomized trial of needle exchange for drug abusers, application of the expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm to analyses of neurophysiological data, the use of complex survey methodology to adjust for missingness in analyses of surveillance data, and analysis of unrecognized vertebral fractures in the National Hospital Discharge Survey data base. General interests are in the area of clinical trials methodology, particularly the issues of adjustment for missing data, meta-analysis, and interim power considerations.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-1319
Campus Address: 402 Arnold House
Email: cbigelow@schoolph.umass.edu
Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/bioepi/bio/people/

Elena Carbone, RD, LDN, DrPH
Associate Professor/Graduate Program Director
Department of Nutrition
Research Interests: I examine how people attend to and process information and make behavioral decisions as a result of the information they receive. In order to do so, I study the health literacy skills, learning styles and patterns of comprehension of a target audience alone, and in relation to teaching strategies used to deliver information.  I am interested in the interplay of different intrapersonal characteristics on the processing of and response to diet-related health information and outcomes within communities related to obesity, diabetes, cancer, and food safety education. I use a community-based, theory-informed, primarily qualitative approach to conduct studies among low-income multi-ethnic adults and children with low literacy skills.
Contact info:
Telephone: 413-545-1071
Campus Address: 208 Chenoweth
Email: ecarbone@nutrition.umass.edu
Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/nutrition/faculty/carbone.html

Lorraine Cordeiro, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
Research interest: Food security, nutrition, policy, international health and development, adolescence.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-9701
Campus Address: 210-B Chenoweth
Email: lcordeiro@nutrition.umass.edu
Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/nutrition/faculty/Cordeiro2.htm

Gloria DiFulvio, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health
Research Interests: substance abuse, mental health promotion among young adults, brief screening and intervention for young adults at-risk for substance abuse, and risk and resilience among sexual minority youth.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-4535
Campus Address: 309 Arnold House
Email: gloria@schoolph.umass.edu

Karen Ertel, ScD
Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health
Research Interests:  Maternal and child health; mental health; overweight; child development
Contact Info:
Telephone:
Campus Address:  423 Arnold House
Email:  kertel@schoolph.umass.edu

Tameka L. Gillum, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Research interest: intimate partner violence among racial/ethnic minority and sexual minority populations; health clinic based IPV interventions; community-based prevention and intervention efforts; culturally specific interventions
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-2216
Campus Address: 301 Arnold House 
Email: tgillum@schoolph.umass.edu

Aline Gubrium, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Research Interests: Adolescent Health, Applied Anthropology, Community-Based Participatory Action Research, Medical Anthropology, Narrative Study of Lives, Participatory Visual Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Reproductive Health & Technologies, School Health, Sexual Health, Social Justice Approaches to Public Health.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-2244
Campus Address: 304 Arnold House 
Email: agubrium@schoolph.umass.edu
Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/chs/che/faculty/gubrium.html

Susan E. Hankinson, Sc.D.
Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health
Research Interests: Breast cancer etiology and prevention; incorporation of biomarker assessments into epidemiologic research; women’s health.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-577-4369
Campus Address: 426 Arnold House
Email: shankinson@schoolph.umass.edu

Glendene Lemard, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health
Research Interests: International relations and violence prevention initiatives.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-2379
Campus Address: 314 Arnold House
Email: glemard@schoolph.umass.edu
Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/chs/hpm/faculty/lemard.html

Rongheng Lin, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
Department of Public Health
Research interest: a) methodological keywords: High dimensional data analysis, nonlinear pattern fitting and model evaluation, hierarchical model, ranking and ensemble inference; b) substantive topics: gene expression, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, dose response evaluation, gene environmental interaction, toxicogenomics
Telephone: 413-545-1934
Campus Address: 411 Arnold House
Email: rlin@schoolph.umass.edu

Penelope S. Pekow, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics
Research Interests: Splitting my time between the University and the Division of Healthcare Quality at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, my primary focus is on the design, conduct and analysis of medical and health services research. Current and recent projects include: treatment for osteoporosis following fracture; a series of projects to improve recognition and management of osteoporosis; Error reporting in the Emergency Department; a clinical trial of early treatment of diabetes in cystic fibrosis patients; patterns of care of uterine leiomyoma: association of provider characteristics and the use of episiotomy in vaginal delivery.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-1872
Campus Address: 406 Arnold House
Email: ppekow@schoolph.umass.edu
Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/bioepi/bio/people/index.html

Jerusha Nelson Peterman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
Research Interests:  Causes and nutritional and health consequences of food insecurity in vulnerable immigrant populations; nutrition education programs to address the nutritional and health consequences.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-1078
Campus Address: 210C Chenoweth
Email: jpeterman@nutrition.umass.edu
Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/nutrition/faculty/PetermanFacultyPage.htm

J.Richard Pilsner, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Environmental epigenetics and fetal programming
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413 545-0036
Campus Address: 149F Goessman
Email: rpilsner@schoolph.umass.edu
Website: http://www.jrichardpilsner.com/

Katherine Reeves, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health
Research interest: Cancer epidemiology, women's health, biomarkers in epidemiologic research, epidemiologic methods.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-577-4298
Campus Address: 410 Arnold House
Email: kwreeves@schoolph.umass.edu

Nicholas G. Reich, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Telephone:  413.545.4534
Email: nick@schoolph.umass.edu
http://people.umass.edu/nick/
on twitter: @reichlab

Christine Rogers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Airborne biological exposures, respiratory health, allergies, asthma.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-3051
Campus Address: Morrill Science Center I, N239A
Email: carogers@schoolph.umass.edu
Website: http://umass.edu/sphhs/ehs/people/faculty

Alayne Ronnenberg, ScD
Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition
Research interest: Nutrition and Repro Health
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-545-1076
Campus Address: 211 Chenoweth
Email: alayne.ronnenberg@gmail.com
Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/nutrition/faculty/ronnenberg.html

Susan Sturgeon, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health
Research interest: Biomarkers in epidemiologic research; hormonalfactors and cancer risks; geographic variation in cancer risks.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-577-1364
Campus Address: 407 Arnold House
Email: ssturgeon@schoolph.umass.edu

Lisa Wexler, PhD
Assistant Professor, Community Health Education, Division of Community Health Studies, Department of Public Health
Research Interests: Dr Wexler's community-engaged research focuses on indigenous mental health, protective factors, resilience, and suicide and substance abuse prevention. Her current research projects consider suicide and resilience in cultural and social context, and are using results to build culturally-based programming and services for Alaska Native communities.
Contact Info: 715 N. Pleasant St, AMherst, MA 01003
Campus Address: 313 Arnold House
Email: lwexler@schoolph.umass.edu
Website: http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/chs/che/faculty/wexler.html

Brian Whitcomb, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health
Research Interests: Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, exposure assessment, epidemiologic. methods.
Contact Info:
Telephone: 413-577-7440
Campus Address: 408 Arnold House
Email: bwhitcomb@schoolph.umass.edu

Sofija Zagarins, PhD
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer
Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, Baystate Health Systems
Research Interests: Diabetes management and prevention; body composition, obesity and weight loss surgery; telehealth in chronic disease management
Contact Info:
Campus Address: Arnold House
Email: zagarins@schoolph.umass.edu