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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
    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

    Teaching 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 and Interim Chair, 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

  • 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 Associate Dean for Research
    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

  • Javier Lopez Rios headshot

    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

  • 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

  • Nina Sun headshot

    Nina Sun, JD

    Assistant Clinical Professor and Deputy Director of Global Health
    Community Health and Prevention
    267.359.6088
    nys28@drexel.edu

    Research Interests:
    • Global Health
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health
    • Health Disparities
    • Health Policy
    • Human Rights
    • Social and Political Determinants of Health

  • 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

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
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina-Columbia

Erica Roberts, PhD, MHS, Senior Research Associate
James Bell Associates
Ph.D. 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.
M.D. from the Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Secondary Faculty

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

Sharrona Pearl, PhD Associate Teaching Professor
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard

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

Giacomo Vivanti, Associate Professor
A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
Ph.D. 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
Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from University of Pennsylvania

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

Udara Perera, DrPH, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
DrPH in Public Health – Community Health & Prevention from Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University

Alex Radunsky, ScD, MPH, Director of Global Health & Policy
Institute of Technology and Global Health
Sc.D. in Global Health and Population from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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

Augusta Villanueva, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus
Dornsife School of Public Health
Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin

Nicole Welk-Joerger, PhD, Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow
North Carolina State University
Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania

Department Staff

Liz Bruss
Administrative Coordinator
lb3354@drexel.edu

Storey Clayton
Grants Administrator
swc54@drexel.edu

Sabrina DeVose
Program Manager
sjd59@drexel.edu

Sandy Le
Administrative Coordinator II
spl62@drexel.edu

Wendy Thurman
Business Manager
wmt29@drexel.edu