"...pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service."

Name and Expertise

Asao, Keiko, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Assistant Professor--diabetes mellitus; obesity; taste; gustatory; nutrition; epidemiology; clinical studies; health services research.

Burns, Robert, M.D., Professor--geriatric medicine, internal medicine, hospice and palliative care, dementia, health care systems, osteoarthritis.

Bush, Andrew J., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Resident Fellow of The Urban Child Institute--biostatistical and epidemiological clinical and observational research design and analysis with emphasis on predictive, mixed effect and structural equation modeling of early brain development; interests in computer intensive methods such as permutation, bootstrap and Monte Carlo inference; broad experience and skill in developing statistical computing applications.

Coday, Mathilda C. [Mace], Ph.D., Associate Professor--clinical and health psychology; cognitive-behavioral interventions for physical activity & nutrition to manage weight in adults and children, smoking cessation and weight control; relation of health behaviors and psychosocial factors on health.

Connor, Pamela D., Ph.D., Professor--community health; primary care affective disorders; academic training grants; medical school admission criteria predictors, learning theory, palliative medicine, smoking andĀ children.

Cushman, William C., M.D., Professor, Preventive Medicine, Medicine, Physiology--clinical trials, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lifestyle interventions and drug therapy, hypertension practice guidelines, Department of Veterans Affairs.

DeBon, Margaret, Ph.D., Professor--psychology; mental health; women's health; smoking cessation; behavior change intervention.

Graetz, Ilana, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – information technology and organizational culture and their effects on clinical care, quality, and costs; and patient knowledge and behavior with respect to insurance access and benefit design

Graney, Marshall J., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus--epidemiology of aging; multiple regression analysis; gerontological caregiving.

Hare, Marion, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor--pediatric epidemiology.

Johnson, Karen C., M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Interim Chair--preventive medicine; clinical trials; internal medicine; women's health, cardiovascular disease, smoking cessation, osteoporosis.

Kaplan, Cameron M. , Ph.D., Assistant Professor--how economic incentives can affect healthy behaviors and health status; geographic and ethic disparities in health outcomes, optimal insurance benefit design, the impact of health on education.

Klesges, Robert C., Ph.D., Professor--cancer prevention and control.

Kocak, Mehmet, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor--applied statistics, survival analysis, mixed effects models, clinical trials.

Krukowski, Rebecca A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor--Behavioral weight control interventions; technology-based interventions; built food environment; gestational weight gain; self-monitoring; public health.

Linde, Brittany, PhD, Instructor – military populations, well-being, physical activity, extracurricular activity, social support, aging

Martindale-Adams, Jennifer L., Ed.D., Assistant Professor--caregiving; Alzheimer’s and dementia; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury; military families; deployment and post deployment challenges; translation and implementation.

Matthews-Juarez, Patricia (Pat) , Ph.D., Professor--health disparities, community engagement, primary care education, transdisciplinary training, faculty development, cultural competency, medical education, and health promotion across the life span.

Mozhui, Khyobeni, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor--Systems genetics, quantitative genetics, microarrays, RNA sequencing, neuropsychiatric genetics, stress response, HPA-axis, addiction, alcohol abuse, amygdala.

Nichols, Linda O., Ph.D., Professor--caregiving; Alzheimer’s and dementia; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury; military families; deployment and post deployment challenges; translation and implementation.

Nouer, Simonne, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor--epidemiology; tropical medicine; spatial analysis of health-related data.

Richey, Phyllis A., Ph.D., Associate Professor--exercise physiology (specialization in pediatric and cardiovascular physiology); exercise physiology and community health intervention: pediatric obesity; hypertension-induced target organ damage.

Runyan, John W., Jr., M.D., MACP, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus--internal medicine; community health; primary care.

Satterfield, Suzanne, M.D., Dr.P.H., Associate Professor--clinical trials, epidemiology; chronic disease epidemiology, aging, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease.

Thomas, Fridtjof, Ph.D., Assistant Professor--biostatistics; statistical methods in epidemiology and genetic-epidemiology; mixed-effects models; survival analysis, statistical design of clinical trials, change-point problems; reliability (accelerated testing and degradation); statistical quality control, bringing Bayesian thinking and methods into applications; aspects of causality in observational studies and non-randomized experiments.

Tolley, Elizabeth A., Ph.D., Professor--biostatistics; causal modeling of physiological and pathophysiological processes; Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS); sepsis and septic shock; quality of life.

Tran, Nhu Quynh, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Professor-–biostatistics, bioinformatics, analysis of microarray data.

Tylavsky, Frances A., Dr.P.H., Associate Professor--nutrition and public health; effects of diet and body composition on bone mass across levels of the life cycle; assessment of body composition.

Wan, Jim Y., Ph.D., Associate Professor--biostatistics; statistical methods for epidemiologic data; health services research.

Waters, Teresa M., Ph.D., Professor--health economics, health care financing, health policy analysis, cost analysis; financing health care for the poor and underserved, safety net providers, medical malpractice, outcomes research.


Karen C. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., Interim Chair

Department of
Preventive Medicine
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