Population Health Resource Directory
The goal of this directory is to present the breadth of expertise and resources across disciplines and campuses currently working on population health challenges. We hope this directory will create new opportunities for partnership and collaboration as we move towards fulfilling the 25-year vision of this groundbreaking Population Health Initiative.
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I was trained as a child health psychologist and conduct research and provide care and service to the community with a focus on obesity treatment and prevention. My population health interests revolve around policy, systems, and environment changes guided by community engagement to improve health equity by providing opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity across the lifespan. I have the privilege to work with community partners and other investigators and practitioners to address health disparities.
Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Services; Co-Director of the UW Cardiovascular Health Research Unit; an Investigator at Group Health Research Institute; and a practicing general internist at Harborview. His research interests include cardiovascular epidemiology, epidemiological methods, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, drug safety, pharmacoepidemiology, genetics, genomics, and pharmacogenetics.
Dr Psaty is the principal investigator on several large epidemiologic studies and has had major roles at the coordinating centers of NIH-funded multi-center studies, including the Cardiovascular Health Study and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. In these settings and others, he has used case-control, cohort, clinical-trial and meta-analytic methods to evaluate the risks and benefits of a variety of medications, including drug-gene interactions that may influence their risk-benefit profile. Recently, Dr Psaty collaborated with investigators from other national and international cohort studies to establish the CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology) consortium, which has published more than 250 meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies. I
n 2005, he received the UW Outstanding Public Service Award for his work on drug safety. Elected memberships include American Epidemiological Society, Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine, and fellow of the American Heart Association. In 2013, the AHA designated Dr Psaty a Distinguished Scientist. Currently, Dr Psaty serves as chair of the US Food and Drug Administration Science Board and a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council. With more than 800 publications, he was named one of the Reuters’ highly cited author in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
I trace the presence, pathways and sources of anthropogenic toxic metals distributed throughout the environment.
My work uses the stable metal isotope composition (as well as concentration) of metals such as Pb, Cu, Zn and potentially others to fingerprint the source and distribution of the anthropogenic component. An example is identifying the source and distribution of Pb emitted from the Teck-Cominco smelter in Canada and distributed by wind and water onto the Colville Indian Reservation.
Dr. Buddy D. Ratner is the Director of University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials (UWEB21) Engineering Research Center, co-director of the Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI) and the Darland Endowed Chair in Technology Commercialization. He is Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, University of Washington.
Ratner received his Ph.D. (1972) in polymer chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. His research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and biocompatibility. Ratner’s research focuses on improving the performance of implanted and ex vivo medical devices. Medical devices such as replacement heart valves, artificial hips, pacemakers, intraocular lenses and hemodialysis systems save the lives of millions and/or improve the quality of life for millions more.
My expertise is in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences and Public Health Nursing. My research focuses on occupational health disparities among immigrant and minority worker populations, with an emphasis on how employment and working conditions contribute to chronic stress. I also investigate how work organization factors influence occupational injury and illness risk among healthcare workers. My methodologic approaches include the use of multi-country longitudinal study designs, stress biomarkers, and large survey datasets. Additionally, my teaching incorporates problem-based learning, community advocacy service projects, and the use of digital media.
The Canadian Studies Center and Arctic and International Relations initiative in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies focuses on the growing effectiveness of Arctic Indigenous internationalism and its impact on local and global governance, and on social and economic equity including educational capacity.
Dr. Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH, is a professor at the University of Washington in the Departments of Global Health, Medicine, and Epidemiology. Dr. Farquhar is also the Associate Chair for Academic Programs in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She received her MD at Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Washington, where she also earned a Masters in Public Health. She mentors US and Kenyan trainees and conducts research on HIV-discordant couples, HIV partner services, correlates of immunity against HIV-1, and mother-to-child HIV-1 transmission.
She has published more than 145 peer-reviewed papers and is the Director of the UW Kenya Research and Training Center and two international training programs, the International AIDS Research and Training Program and the Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in African Global Health Leadership, as well as the UW Internal Medicine Global Health Pathway. Dr. Farquhar teaches 3 courses in the School of Public Health — AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach, the Responsible Conduct of Research, and the Integrated Residency Global Health Leadership course. In addition, she sees HIV-infected patients one half-day per week at Madison Clinic and attends on the wards at Harborview Medical Center.
Dr. Cari McCarty is a Clinical Psychologist, Research Professor in Pediatrics and Adjunct Research Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, and the Evaluation Lead for the University of Washington Leadership in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program. She has been on faculty at the University of Washington for the past 14 years, and has developed a research program to understand the interrelationships between mental health, physical health and alcohol and substance use disorders throughout adolescence.
She currently is leading four grants focused on screening and intervening to reduce adolescent health risk behaviors. Because health risk screenings for teens are not performed as often as is recommended, and are rarely followed by targeted risk reduction interventions, we are studying personalized feedback as a way to impact teen risk and improve clinical care. Specifically, we have developed an electronic health tool, and are studying whether it helps increase conversations between teens and healthcare providers during appointments, and helps to reduce high-risk behaviors for youth.
Carina is the Benjamin Rabinowitz Assistant Professor in Medical Ethics at the Philosophy Department. She is also a member of the Program on Values in Society, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Bioethics and Humanities. She is particularly focused on research and teaching at the intersection of social justice and medical ethics, for example in public health ethics and policy, social-relational equality and its application to health, sufficientarianism, gender and racial inequalities, the social determinants of health, and health care policy and reform.
Dr. Carol Levin, a clinical associate professor in the department of Global Health, is both an agricultural and health economist, with progressive experience in generating evidence and knowledge for decision makers to reduce disparities in health and nutrition among vulnerable populations, such as women and children.
She has conducted and advised on the economic evaluations of new and modified health technologies and clinical and programmatic interventions to strengthen public health programs in low and middle-income countries.
She has worked with global partners and national counterparts in Asia, Africa and Latin America, advising non-governmental organizations, donors, governments, providing policy support and strengthening research and implementation capacity to scale up evidence based and cost-effective initiatives. She is a recognized global expert in costing health technologies and interventions in public health delivery systems, including interventions that work across sectors to maximize health and nutrition.
As an expert in food security and nutrition, she recently designed and implemented an intervention to advance child and maternal health and nutrition, through integrating agriculture and health service delivery to maximize nutritional benefits of orange-fleshed sweet potato among pregnant women, their infants and children.
Previously, Dr, Levin worked at PATH, in the Technology Solutions Strategic Program, where supported economic analysis throughout the product development cycle and also led a team to develop, validate and introduce new diagnostic tools for assessing micronutrient malnutrition. She holds a MSc in international agricultural development from the University of California, Davis, and a PhD in agricultural economics from Cornell University.
As senior Research and Evaluation advisor for the International Training and Education Center for Health’s (I-TECH’s) voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program implemented in 21 rural districts in Zimbabwe. Dr. Feldacker leads operations research and contributes to strategic decision making for high-quality service provision. She provides technical assistance to quality assurance interventions for prevention, identification, and correct classification of adverse events including designing job aids to simplify clinical information and developing tools for active surveillance.
Previously, as I-TECH seconded staff, Feldacker provided technical assistance to expand the capacity of the Lighthouse Trust (Malawi’s largest public ART clinic) to build robust and sustainable systems for the collection of strategic information. She guided the design, development, and pilot of a point-of-care, electronic data system to integrate ART and TB patient management in partnership with the Malawi MoH and National TB program. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate for MEASURE Evaluation to monitor and evaluate integrated population, health, and environment programs and HIV prevention programs in several countries including Angola and Mozambique. Her PhD dissertation examined the influence of community- and individual-level risk factors on HIV transmission in rural Malawi using both quantitative and spatial regression methodologies.
My work focuses on the impact of environmental factors and contaminants on child health and development. I have an active research program and run a service program that provides consultation, education and outreach on these topics. My research is focused on community engaged research and impacts of air quality on child health, including asthma. My research and service work is at the nexus of public health and medical sciences, often incorporating both public health and clinical service collaborators.
A main goal of my research is to investigate mechanisms of ectopic calcification leading to the development of molecular and cellular therapies for chronic kidney disease, diabetes, valve disease, and trauma-related heterotopic ossification. Projects have included mechanistic studies for novel therapeutic targets and treatment for ectopic calcification in disease, traumatic injury, and medical devices, as well as identifying biomimetic strategies to improve biocompatibility and promote tissue regeneration. Populations suffering from renal disease, diabetes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, and old age are particularly prone to soft tissue calcifications, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Our research will help to elucidate new ways to prevent and/or treat this debilitating problem in different populations.
Our Center focuses on developing interventions for trauma-related psychopathology such as PTSD and depression. We are working with local and international refugee populations to develop a brief Islam focused interview and are partnering with the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium-PTSD to conduct worldwide genome association studies.
The Center for Cardiovascular Biology is dedicated to discovering the molecular basis of cardiovascular disease, harnessing this information to develop new therapies, and training the next generation of cardiovascular physicians and scientists.
The Center for Child and Family Well-being promotes the positive development and well-being of children, from infancy through adolescence, particularly those experiencing disadvantage and adversity. The center uses a bioecological approach to children’s well-being addressing the inter-dependence of children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, as they are shaped by individual, interpersonal, community and broader socioeconomic, social and cultural forces. The interactions among these factors influence whether children have vulnerable or resilient responses to economic disadvantage and adversity. CCFW supports children’s resilience by infusing mindfulness, compassion, and social-emotional skills into the lives of children, their parents, caregivers, teachers and the professionals serving them.
CCFW accomplishes our goals by engendering, translating, applying and sharing knowledge that stems from our interdisciplinary research conducted by over 20 faculty affiliates from across the University of Washington. Our research serves as the foundation on which we build education, professional training, prevention, intervention, outreach and advocacy activities of the center. We are committed to serving as a resource and partner in promoting the well-being of children and families locally and globally.
The Center works to understand the mechanisms that define children’s susceptibility to pesticides and air pollution. Identifying the implications of this susceptibility for developmental and learning trajectories, and partnering with communities to translate the Center’s findings into risk communication, risk management and public health prevention strategies.
The University of Washington Center for Clear Air Research (UW CCAR) is focused on the cardiovascular health effects of near-roadway pollution, a complex mixture of components that come from vehicle emissions and the road surface, and vary by physical aging, atmospheric conditions, and photochemical reactions. UW CCAR is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity is committed to research and innovation by, with, and for minoritized and marginalized people. It is dedicated to leadership development, and foundationally community-centered in the desire to build a more equitable world in which our words, imagery, and institutions are infused with understanding, respect, and justice.
The Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) is dedicated to contributing to science-based changes in regulatory policy and public health or medical practice that result in a reduction in the burden of environmentally induced diseases. Through discovery of new and important genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the causes of chronic diseases, new approaches to prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatments can be developed that will substantially reduce the social burden and health care costs associated with premature disease and death from environmentally related diseases.
Based at the University of Washington Bothell, the Center for Education Data and Research (CEDR) will focus on studying the complex relationships between K-12 education policies and practices, social services geared toward students, and student outcomes.
While it will not focus exclusively on Washington State, CEDR will concentrate its efforts on helping build the capacity across Washington State to ask the right questions, frame issues and policy options, and engage in research and data analyses that make good use of the state’s expanding databases.
The Center for Environmental Politics’ mission is to play a leadership role in producing and disseminating empirical social science research on new modes of environmental politics, policy and governance at local, regional, national, and global levels.
Within the UW, the Center facilitates faculty and graduate students to build connections, establish networks, and initiate multi‐disciplinary conversations about the political and institutional dimensions of environmental challenges.
Externally, the Center is at the forefront of creating and nurturing a community of social science scholars committed to theoretically informed and empirically rigorous research on environmental politics and governance.
The UW School of Nursing Center for Global Health Nursing works to promote nursing research and training to build capacity for appropriate and sustainable improvements in health and healthcare. It aims to do this through innovative nursing science, across differing cultural contexts, both locally and abroad.
The center harnesses the existing expertise, experience, and enthusiasm of the UW School of Nursing faculty and students in partnership with local, national and global nursing organizations and academic institutions.
CHANGE collaboratively develops and promotes innovative approaches to understanding and managing the risks of global environmental change.
CHANGE conducts research and policy analysis, education and training, and technical assistance and capacity building, integrating health, environmental, and social sciences.
CHANGE focuses on health outcomes associated with the consequences of global environmental changes, such as extreme weather and climate events, water and food security, and infectious diseases.
The University of Washington Center for Human Rights is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in the education of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of human rights; promoting human rights as a core area of faculty and graduate research; and engaging productively with local, regional, national, and international organizations and policymakers to advance respect for human rights.