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Faculty and Staff

Connect with faculty and staff in the Community Health and Prevention department. 

Learn more about faculty research interests and their expert topics. You can also filter all faculty by research interest in the Research section.

Faculty

  • Joe Amon

    Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH

    Clinical Professor and Director of the Office of Global Health
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6227
    jja88@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Global health or International health
    • Health Disparities
    • Health Policy
    • Infectious Disease
    • Mixed Methods
    • Public Health Ethics

  • Jennifer Breaux

    Jennifer Breaux, DrPH, MPH, CHES

    Associate Teaching Professor, Director of Undergraduate Education
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6086
    jrb43@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Maternal and child health
    • Child and maternal health
    • Community health
    • Human rights

  • Amy Carroll-Scott

    Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH

    Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6061
    amy.carroll-scott@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Urban health
    • Health and Place or Built Environment
    • Community Based Participatory Research
    • Health inequities
    • Spatial analysis or GIS
    • Data integration
    • Data visualization
    • Mixed methods study designs
    • Place-based, cross-sector interventions and evaluation

  • Rabbi Nancy Epstein

    Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL

    Clinical Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6056
    nee22@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Arts and Public Health
    • Community Organizing and Community-Engaged Research
    • Religion, Spirituality and Health
    • Behavioral Health
    • Program Planning and Evaluation

  • Alex Ezeh

    Alex Ezeh, PhD

    Dornsife Professor of Global Health
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6137
    ace86@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Global/International Health
    • Urban Health
    • Longitudinal Research Designs and Methods
    • Reproductive and Sexual Health
    • Population Change and Its Drivers
    • Health Systems Research
    • Research Capacity Strengthening

  • Janet Fleetwood

    Janet Fleetwood, PhD, MPH

    Professor, Community Health and Prevention
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6291
    janet.fleetwood@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Public Health Ethics
    • Urban Health
    • Health Disparities
    • Food Safety

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    Ashley B. Gripper, PhD, MPH

    Assistant Professor
    Assistant Professor, Community Health & Prevention and The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity
    abg66@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Community-Engaged Research
    • Environmental Health
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Climate justice
    • Food Justice
    • Spirituality
    • Land Access
    • Collective Agency & Community Power

  • Ali Groves

    Ali Groves, PhD, MHS

    Assistant Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6274
    aligroves@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Reproductive or Sexual Health
    • Maternal and Child Health
    • Global Health
    • Data Analysis Methods

  • Irene Headen

    Irene Headen, PhD, MS

    Assistant Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6082
    ieh27@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Community Engaged Research
    • Health Disparities
    • Health and Place
    • Maternal and Child Health
    • Mixed Methods Research
    • Social Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Maternal Health
    • Spatial Analysis or GIS
    • Urban Health

  • Ann Klassen

    Ann Klassen, PhD

    Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6011
    ack57@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Cancer
    • Community Based Participatory Research
    • Data Analysis Methods
    • GIS-based and spatial analysis
    • Environmental Exposures
    • Global Health
    • Immigrant Health
    • Health Communication
    • Health Disparities
    • Health Policy
    • Maternal and Child Health
    • Substance Abuse
    • Nutrition
    • Sexual Health
    • Urban Health
    • Mixed Methods
    • Qualitative Methods
    • Excess Burden Intervention

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    Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MS, MPH

    Research Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6050
    Kumanyika@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Solutions to obesity and diet-related diseases in Black children and adults
    • Improving equity-focused obesity policies and programs
    • Targeted marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages
    • Food and nutrition policy
    • Evidence-based public health
    • Implementation research in community settings
    • Systems science applications in public health

  • Stephen Lankenau

    Stephen Lankenau, PhD

    Professor and Director of the Medical Cannabis Research Center
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6057
    sel59@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Mental Health and Behavioral health
    • Substance Use
    • Urban Health

  • Mariana Lazo headshot

    Mariana Lazo, MD, PhD, ScM

    Associate Research Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6283
    ml3629@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities
    • Hispanic/Latino Health
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Community-Based Participatory Research
    • Urban Health
    • Epidemiology of Obesity and Diabetes
    • Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Diseases
    • Epidemiology of Alcohol Consumption
    • Epidemiology of Chronic Liver Diseases

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    Javier Lopez-Rios, PhD, MPH

    Assistant Teaching Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    jl4465@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Racial, Ethnic and Sexual Minority Populations
    • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Community Health

  • Martinez-Donate

    Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD

    Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6124
    martinez-donate@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Community Engaged Research
    • Immigrant Health
    • Health Disparities
    • HIV Prevention
    • Health Care Access
    • Latino Health
    • Syndemics

  • Alexis Roth

    Alexis Roth, PhD, MPH

    Associate Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6123
    amr395@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Substance Use
    • Reproductive or Sexual Health
    • Community Engaged Research
    • Infectious Diseases
    • eHealth or mHealth
    • Health Disparities
    • Urban health
    • Mixed Methods
    • Women's Health
    • Social Determinants of health

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    Elizabeth (Libby) Salerno Valdez, PhD, MPH

    Assistant Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    esv35@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Community-led Health Equity Structural Interventions
    • Adolescent Health
    • Latinx Immigrant Health
    • U.S.-Mexico Border Health
    • Substance Use
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health
    • Participatory Action Research

  • Randall Sell

    Randall Sell, ScD

    Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6095
    Randy@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Evaluation Methods
    • Research Methods
    • LGBT Health

  • Suruchi Sood

    Suruchi Sood, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6096
    ss3724@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Global health or International Health
    • Health Communication
    • Maternal and Child Health
    • Community Based Participatory Research
    • Community Engaged Research
    • Data Analysis Methods
    • Nutrition
    • Public Health Practice
    • Reproductive or Sexual Health
    • Violence and Trauma
    • Adolescent Health
    • Process Evaluation (Monitoring)
    • Program Evaluation

  • Turchi

    Renee Turchi, MD, MPH

    Clinical Professor
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6051
    rmt28@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Health care for children and youth with special health care needs
    • Child and maternal health

  • Luis Valdez headshot

    Luis Arturo Valdez, PhD, MPH

    Assistant Professor
    Community Health and Prevention, Drexel FIRST Program
    lav53@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Gender-Transformative Interventions
    • Patriarchy and Health
    • Men’s Health
    • Participatory Action Research
    • Latinx Health Disparities
    • Substance Use
    • Nutrition and Physical Activity
    • Stress

  • Kofoworola D.A. Williams headshot

    Kofoworola D.A. Williams, PhD, MPH

    Assistant Professor
    Community Health and Prevention, Drexel FIRST Program
    kofoworola.williams@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Black Men & Boys' Mental Health
    • Mental Health Promotion & Prevention
    • Social and Behavioral Determinants
    • Access
    • Masculinities
    • Help-Seeking
    • Social Media & Digital Technologies
    • User-Centered Design
    • Qualitative & Mixed Methods
    • Community-Engaged Research
    • Health Disparities
    • Digital Mental Health Equity

Emeritus Faculty

Augusta Villanueva, PhD, Associate Professor Emerita

Affiliate Faculty

Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH, Associate Research Professor
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Fox Chase Cancer Center
PhD in Health Studies/Health Communications from Temple University

Hannah Lawman, PhD
Chief of Operations, Division of COVID Containment
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina-Columbia

Erica Roberts, PhD, MHS
Senior Research Associate, James Bell Associates
PhD in Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Maryland College Park

Sheldon Sloan, MD, M Bioethics
Vice President & Etrasimod GI Program Leader
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
MD from the Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Nina Sun, JD
Human Rights Consultant and Former Deputy Director of Dornsife's Office of Global Health

Secondary Faculty

Annette Gadegbeku, MD, Assistant Dean, Associate Professor
Department of Family, Community & Preventative Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine
MD, Temple University School of Medicine

Elizabeth Hassrick, PhD, Assistant Professor
A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago

Bertranna Muruthi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Counseling & Family Therapy
Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Drexel FIRST program
PhD in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia

Sharrona Pearl, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor
Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions
PhD in the History of Science from Harvard

Diana Robins, PhD, Professor and Director
A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology from the University of Connecticut

Giacomo Vivanti, Associate Professor
A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Siena (Italy)

Adjunct Faculty

Janna Ataiants, DrPH, Post-Doctoral Fellow
DrPH in Public Health, Community Health & Prevention from Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University

Jason Chernesky, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
PhD in History and Sociology of Science from University of Pennsylvania

Celeste Marin, PhD
Global Health Consultant
PhD in Demography and Population Studies from Princeton University

Joshua Rosenberger, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Penn State, College of Health & Human Development
PhD in Health Behavior from Indiana University

Gregory Troutman, PhD
Sydney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Internal Medicine Resident at Penn Medicine

Yanick Vibert, DO
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jeffrey Womack, PhD
PhD, History, University of Houston

Department Staff

Liz Bruss
Administrative Coordinator II
lb3354@drexel.edu

Storey Clayton
Grants Administrator
swc54@drexel.edu

Sabrina DeVose
Program Manager
sjd59@drexel.edu

John Pink
Administrative Coordinator I
jjp352@drexel.edu

Wendy Thurman
Business Manager
wmt29@drexel.edu