University of Washington School of Public Health

Alumni Profile: Sophie Godley, MPH Health Services '99

Sophie Godley, MPH Health Services '99

Sophie Godley,  MPH Health Services '99

Sophie Godley won the 2011 ASPH/Pfizer Early Career in Public Health Teaching Award, which recognizes a faculty member who is early in his or her career and notable for teaching excellence

Sophie spent more than 10 years in the non-profit world—at AIDS Action, overseeing prevention programs, and at the Mass. Dept. of Public Health—before joining the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) as clinical assistant professor and director of undergraduate education.

In 2010, as Deputy Director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, BUSPH faculty, administration, and students gave her the Gail H. Douglas Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice in recognition of her years of service and teaching in the fields of public health and HIV/AIDS.

She writes that she uses tools learned from UW SPH's Fred Connell and Clarence Spigner every day, both in the classroom and in her practice. "I feel lucky to have received such a good education at UW. I try to model my teaching after that of my many UW SPH mentors who continue to inspire me. I am also incredibly lucky to have found a career that I am deeply passionate about and find so rewarding."

Sophie is also working on her DrPh at BU, studying issues of poverty and sexual health; she hopes to finish in 2015. In her "spare" time, Sophie reports, she's raising her 8-year old son and taking care of four chickens, two cats, a dog, and a horse!