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Rachel Katzenellenbogen, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Adolescent Medicine, and an associate professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She is a member of the Center for Childhood Infections and Prematurity Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, where her laboratory is physically located. She is also a member of the Pediatric Infectious Disease training program, the Adolescent Medicine training program, and the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh). Dr. Katzenellenbogen is an affiliate of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Center for AIDS and STD Research. She is an emerging expert on human papillomavirus and studies the host-pathogen interactions that lead to cancer development and progression.

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My program of research focuses on early prevention of mental illness. My initial research involved clinical trials of providing psychosocial interventions for vulnerable populations such as patients with schizophrenia. My dissertation research was developing a theoretical framework to describe the prodromal schizophrenia process for patients with schizophrenia in Taiwan.

For the next projects, I am examining this theoretical framework with different race and ethnicity groups, developing questionnaires for early identification of people who are at risk of developing mental health conditions, and designing self-management interventions to halt the progression of mental illness.

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Research interests: maternal and child health, including reducing maternal mortality and improving breastfeeding and child nutrition, infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases of childhood, and parasitic infections.

Projects: vaccination coverage in Lubumbashi, DRC; perinatal outcomes in Lubumbashi and surrounding areas

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Sharon S. Laing is an assistant professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Programs and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Services Department, UW Seattle, School of Public Health.

Her research targets patient healthcare decision-making and self-care management; her current scholarship evaluates the effectiveness of health promotive mobile devices to advance patient-centered care and improve clinical outcomes for low-resource communities.


Dr. Christine Stevens is an associate professor in the UW Tacoma Nursing and Healthcare Leadership programs. Her research focuses on social justice and how structural disadvantages affect health especially in low-income residents and people experiencing homelessness. Her current work focuses on food insecurity and homelessness among university student populations in the South Sound region. Christine uses participatory research to develop long-term relationships with communities and partners with residents to develop interventions that are relevant at the local level.


Linda’s research focus is on examining the causes of urban neighborhood decline and the ineffectiveness of national and local revitalization policies. Linda is exploring alternative models and theoretical frameworks for neighborhood change and the creation of physically and mentally healthy African American, urban communities. Resident mobilization, economic stimulation, and strategic partnerships with universities are among the specific strategies Linda is exploring. Other interests include examining the relationship between researchers and the communities under study, as well as the academy’s responsibility to ensure mutually beneficial relationships with “subject” communities.


My teaching, scholarship and service reflects a focus on improving population health outcomes by addressing upstream determinants of health and other root causes of social inequity and health disparities. At the core of my practice is using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to engage community residents and stakeholders in identifying and prioritizing relevant community-level issues or opportunities for improvement and community capacity building. My current research is working with South Tacoma community members to address food access and security issues through CBPR. Prior to my academic appointment, I worked in local governmental public applying population health principles and evidenced-based practices in the development, implementation and evaluation of population-level intervention programs and services for diverse underserved and underrepresented populations. This included collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders and health system partners.

On a professional service level, my commitments are, and have been, focused on population health. Currently I am a board member of the Washington State Public Health Association as well as affiliate representative to the American Public Health Association (APHA). I have been a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee, and the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Family Planning.

I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice (2013), with a focus on public health systems improvement, and Master of Nursing and Master of Public Health degrees (2002) from the University of Washington. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seattle University (1983), and am board certified in Advanced Public Health Nursing.


Dr. Hill has worked at the Social Development Research Group since 1994. He is a social developmental psychologist by training. His work seeks to understand the factors that influence the development of prosocial as well as maladaptive behaviors such as substance use disorder and crime.

He has focused on understanding the mechanisms of continuity and discontinuity in these behaviors across generations, including an examination of genetic and environmental contributions. Once identified, these specific factors can then be targeted through preventive intervention to improve health and well-being and to break intergenerational cycles of problem behavior.


My scholarship focuses on strengthening the lives of vulnerable women and families, particularly by identifying modifiable policies and behaviors within medical and legal systems. I situate my scholarship at the theoretical juncture between patterns of risk (particularly for women and children), and the ways in which human service institutions contribute to or ameliorate that risk. I have co-authored two books, 45 peer-reviewed articles, six book chapters and numerous reports addressing these concerns.


Dr. Paula Nurius studies processes and effects of stress and trauma focusing on vulnerable and socially disadvantaged populations, early/preventive intervention and fostering resilience. Her research on life course stress integrates structural, psychosocial and biobehavioral mechanisms, distinguishing direct, cumulative and interactive effects of early and later life stress exposures alongside protective factors. One strand of this work assesses relationships of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) to later stress proliferation and erosion of health protective resources.

A mental health specialist, she is increasingly focusing on comorbid physical, mental, and behavioral health outcomes as well as incorporating effects of the physical environment—such as air pollution and neighborhood characteristics—in multi-level models to explain stress responding and disparities in population health and functioning outcomes. She maintains multiple affiliations on campus including the Center for Studies of Demography and Ecology wherein her research relates to the population health themes of: 1) Children, Adolescents and the Transition to Adulthood and 2) Social and Biological Contexts of Population Health.


We use Communities that Care–a prevention operating system for community level impacts.


Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, is Professor and Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. Specializing in innovations in health equity and aging research across marginalized communities, she is Principal Investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study, the first ever longitudinal study to address the emerging needs of LGBT midlife and older adults, funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen and colleagues developed the Health Equity Promotion Model have worked with several population-based studies including National Health Interview Survey, American Community Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and Health and Retirement Study. She is the author of more than 85 peer reviewed publications in leading journals and three books, including Families and Work: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press). Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen has presented her research findings at the Institute of Medicine, United Nations and U.S. White House conferences, and Congressional Briefings. She has received numerous awards for her pioneering scholarship, teaching and community engagement including Top 50 Influencer in Aging from PBS


Dr. Gavin’s research investigates the pathways linking maternal early life risk exposures to offspring birth outcomes. Her work also explores how cultural, social and structural contexts factor into differing health outcomes, particularly among racial and ethnic groups.


I am an Epidemiologist and Global Health researcher focused on HIV prevention, primarily working with strategies that intersect with reproductive health. I have multiple projects of HIV prevention strategies for HIV discordant couples intending to become pregnant and the intersection of contraception and pregnancy with HIV risk. The majority of my work focuses on the delivery of biomedical HIV prevention (pre-exposure prophylaxis and antiretroviral therapy) and identifying delivery models to maximize PrEP/ART uptake and sustained use.


Many years of training field epidemiologists, and performing food borne disease outbreak investigations, and evaluating the impact of food borne diseases on populations.


The general area of research in Dr. Costa’s laboratory is neurotoxicology. Neurotoxic substances may play a role in a number of neurodevelopmental disorders, and in neurological neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Costa’s laboratory is interested in the study of the cellular, biochemical and molecular mechanisms involved in neurotoxicity, utilizing in vivo and in vitro cell culture systems, as well as biochemical, molecular and imaging techniques and transgenic animal models.


After obtaining a medical degree in Iran in 2002, I began training in population health in 2003 at Yale University. Since then, I have devoted all of my scholarly work to enhance our understanding of factors that influence population health.

In my research, I study violence, and specifically firearm injuries. Gun violence is a leading cause of injury and death in our country and a number of other settings around the world. Washington State has one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation; about 50-60% of all those deaths involve firearms. We are currently conducting a randomized study at Harborview to study the effect of an intervention designed to promote health and well-being of gunshot wound victims. This is one of the first studies of its kind in the nation. I also teach health sciences research methodology (Epidemiologic Methods I and II) to train the next generation of population health scientists and practitioners.


My work focuses on workplace determinants of health among working populations. Traditionally, this has involved safety hazards, chemicals, dusts and physical agents used in the course of work. More recently, I have turned my attention to the psychosocial work environment, and making the connections between working conditions, worker health and community health sequelae.

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Population health research projects in which I am involved follow. All of these are under the auspices of the UW Health Promotion Research Center (http://depts.washington.edu/hprc/), a 30-year, competitively funded member of the CDC Prevention Research Centers Program.

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Annette Ghee has been focused on population health for over 15 years. She has connections to two UW departments. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health (UW DGH) and holds a PhD from the Department of Epidemiology.

Dr. Ghee is the Director for Evidence supporting Global Health at World Vision. She leads a team of M&E professionals who support a broad range of community health programs in more than 70 developing countries. While at World Vision, she has co-led a global mobile health (mHealth) initiative which now includes 22 deployments in 16 countries.

Until now, her affiliation with UW DGH has focused on service as a mentor and committee member for MPH and MD, MPH candidates.


Dr. Nicole Errett is a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. She holds a PhD in Health and Public Policy, an MSPH in Health Policy, and a BA in Public Health Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests and expertise are in the use of public policy to enhance health outcomes during and after disaster.

Dr. Errett brings nearly a decade of practical experience in public health and healthcare emergency preparedness and management. She served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Policy and Legislative Director at the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, and the Evaluation and Assessment Manager at the Northwest Healthcare Response Network.

Dr. Errett is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning, where she is working as a member of an interdisciplinary team to understand the impact of maritime transportation disruption on post-disaster healthcare delivery in maritime transportation dependent communities.


For more than a decade, my research has focused on the area of genetic and epidemiologic risk factors of common complex diseases. Since 2009 I have led the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium (GECCO). Within this consortium, we have conducted genome-wide association scans. We are also undertaking one of the first large-scale whole genome sequencing (low coverage) studies for colorectal cancer, in which we sequence the whole genome of 2,000 CRC cases and 1,000 controls within GECCO and impute into roughly 90,000 subjects with GWAS data from within GECCO and other collaborative consortia.

Most recently we have received funding to integrate the tumor and host genome to investigate associations of germline genetic and environmental risk factors in relation to colorectal cancer subtypes defined by existing tumor characteristics as well as novel somatic mutations in colorectal cancer.

Additionally, I am leading or co-leading several other highly collaborative studies, including the Population Architecture Using Genetics and Epidemiology (PAGE) Study, and the Colorectal Transdisciplinary Study (CORECT). This work has provided me with a wealth of experience in designing and coordinating large scale genetic epidemiologic studies, evaluating available technologies and platforms, quality control and assurance, analysis of data and interpretation of results.


I specialize in occupational health services research, and in program and policy evaluation. My research interests include access to and quality of health care and other services provided through the workers’ compensation system and the vocational rehabilitation system for injured workers, under-reporting and cost-shifting for work-related injuries and illnesses, the health care workforce, and improving and expanding data resources for occupational injury surveillance and outcomes research. I am also interested in the health and cost-related outcomes of interventions related to risky prescribing practices and substance use.


Dr. Beresford received BA and MA degrees in Mathematics from Cambridge University, U.K., MSc in Mathematical Statistics at the University of Sussex, and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of London. She served on the faculty of the University of London, Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and since 1987, of the University of Washington, now as Professor of Epidemiology.

Dr. Beresford has more than forty years of experience in socio-medical and epidemiological research, designed to improve population health and to reduce health disparities. For more than 25 years she worked actively in the area of health effects of folic acid having significant impact in the mandatory fortification of enriched flour and grain products with synthetic folic acid. She played a leadership role in the Women

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