MPH, Harvard University
MD, University of Rochester
My research focuses on improving the health of children, their mothers, and their families -- in this country and in the developing world -- using the tools of public health. The specific areas of my research include, immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases, childhood injury and injury prevention, the causes and strategies to reduce infant mortality, and interventions to strengthen human development during the early portion of the lifespan. Increasingly, I have become interested in the early determinants of adult disease.
My research examines the span of these children's health conditions, including etiological factors, prevention strategies, the systems of health care that address these problems, and the social and political/policy contexts for health and well-being. In doing this work, I combine the tools of epidemiology, health services research, policy analysis, and management.
Honors and Awards
Member (1995), Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
Martha May Eliot Award, American Public Health Association, 2003
2009 Zena Stein and Mervyn Susser Award for Lifetime Achievement. National MCH Epidemiology Awards, The Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology, 2009
David Rall Medal, for distinguished leadership as a chair of a study committee. Institute of Medicine, 2009.
"Golden Apple" Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins School of Public health, 2003
Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard School of Public Health, 1988.
Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine
Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Maternal and Child Health in Massachusetts. 1986.
Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene. 1990.
Wellcome Trust Traveling Fellowship to the United Kingdom, 1992.