September 21, 2018
Lisa Chasan-Taber, Professor of Epidemiology, has assumed the position of Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, assuming the role previously held by Professor Susan Hankinson.
“Lisa has been at the university since 1997 and is a highly respected researcher. She previously served as associate dean, and has a great deal of experience,” says Marjorie Aelion, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. “I also want to thank Sue Hankinson for her service as chair for the last three years and her willingness to assist in the transition.”
Chasan-Taber’s research focuses on physical activity and its relationship to gestational diabetes, particularly among Hispanic women, who are two to four times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to be diagnosed with this disorder. Her research attempts to elucidate the role of lifestyle factors during pregnancy on adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, and their potential influence on subsequent onset of type 2 diabetes.
For the past 21 years, Chasan-Taber has served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also earned her MPH degree. In 2013, she received the university’s Distinguished Faculty Lecturer and Chancellor’s Medal, considered the university’s highest honor. Among her numerous career honors and recognitions, Chasan-Taber is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar and Public Engagement Fellow, and has received the American Diabetes Association Career Award and the SPHHS College Outstanding Teacher Award.