The Drexel University School of Public Health has announced that Dr. Ann Klassen is joining the school as its new associate dean for research. Dr. Klassen brings an accomplished career in public health research and practice that spans more than 30 years. She has a wealth of experience in securing federal research grants, and a reputation as being a strong collaborator and mentor.
Klassen’s public health research has focused on the social determinants of chronic disease disparities, and the implementation and evaluation of individual and contextual interventions to reduce patterns of excess burden. Her methodologic expertise includes GIS-based and spatial analysis, as well as qualitative and mixed methods for social science research.
Klassen leaves her position as associate professor of health, behavior and society at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and joint appointment in oncology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In addition to her role as the associate dean for research, Klassen will also serve as professor of community health and prevention at Drexel’s School of Public Health.
“We are proud to add someone of Ann’s elite research caliber to our top tier faculty at the School of Public Health,” said Dr. Marla J. Gold, the dean of Drexel’s School of Public Health. “Ann will help us reach new heights in not only securing new research grants, but also helping to ensure that the research is translated into impactful programs that improve the health of our most vulnerable communities.
“I want to thank our search committee for its hard efforts to recruit and decide on someone as top-notch as Ann,” Gold said. “I know she will be a great fit and role model for our school.”
Klassen has held funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense’s Congressionally Mandated Medical Research Program, American Cancer Society, and many other sources. She also directed graduate training programs funded by the National Cancer Institute and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Klassen is the author of more than 70 scientific articles and chapters, and currently is co-leading an expert group on mixed methods research for the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research at the NIH. Other scientific service activities include NIH study section memberships, advising Breakthrough Britain on cancer research funding, and serving on the international steering committee for the 2007 Global Breast Cancer Conference in Seoul, South Korea.
Klassen was also appointed to Maryland’s HPV Vaccine Policy Taskforce and Prostate Cancer Medical Advisory Committee, and chairs the Cervical Cancer Chapter of Maryland’s CDC-funded Comprehensive Cancer Plan.
“I am proud to join such a dynamic and innovative research force as Drexel University and the School of Public Health,” Klassen said. “I look forward to building upon the significant research grants already secured by the School of Public Health’s faculty to bring an even greater level of cross-collaboration and new funding sources to Drexel University.”
Klassen received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in history and German, and her Ph.D in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from The Johns Hopkins University.
Founded in 1891, Drexel is the nation’s 14th-largest private university and is ranked as one of the nation’s most innovative universities by U.S. News & World Report. Drexel is widely recognized for its focus on experiential learning through its co-operative education program, technology and translational research.
The School of Public Health received the university’s largest federally funded grant last year to lead one of the nation’s largest studies on autism. Its faculty routinely receives federally funded and private grants to lead cutting-edge research projects. It is the only fully-accredited school of public health in Philadelphia and a full member of the Association of Schools of Public Health.
For more information, visit www.publichealth.drexel.edu.
Photo caption: Dr. Ann Klassen, Drexel's new associate dean for research in the School of Public Health.
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