New Faculty

The excellence of our new faculty is the key to our School being an internationally known leader in public health education, research, and policy development.

Barrington photoWendy E. Barrington, associate professor, Health Systems and Population Health and Epidemiology.

Dr. Barrington’s work as a health disparities researcher and epidemiologist focuses on promoting healthy communities and addressing racial disparities in health service delivery and clinical outcomes.


Alissa Bilfield photoAlissa Bilfield, assistant teaching professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program

Alissa Bilfield has an interdisciplinary background that involves the government, nonprofit and academic sectors. Her interests include sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship, and food certification systems.


Erica Fuhrmeister photoErica Reel Fuhrmeister, assistant professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. 

Dr. Fuhrmeister investigates the environmental transmission pathways of pathogens, particularly enteric pathogens in low- and middle-income countries. Her postdoctoral work examined the transmission of antibiotic resistant genes between humans, animals and the environment in Nairobi, Kenya, using metagenomics.


Emily Hovis photoEmily Susan Hovis, assistant teaching professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. 

Emily Hovis has experience in public education, food safety and environmental compliance. Hovis is coordinator for the Washington state food waste prevention plan that aims to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030.


Derek Jennings photoDerek Jennings, assistant professor, Health Systems and Population Health. 

Dr. Derek Jennings (Quapaw Nation, Dehiga Sioux and Sac & Fox, Anishinaabe) is a Bezruchka Family Endowed Professor within the UW School of Public Health. As a tribal nations member, he works primarily with Indigenous communities as a health educator, addressing the social determinants of health related to food, diet and improving diet. 


Michelle Johnson-Jennings photoMichelle Johnson-Jennings, professor, Health Systems and Population Health, and School of Social Work. 

Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings (Choctaw Nation) is the first environmental and land-based healing director at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. She serves as an Indigenous clinical health psychologist specializing in culturally-appropriate land-based health interventions.


Judit Marsillach photoJudit Marsillach, assistant professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. 

Dr. Judit Marsillach was appointed as the Sheldon D. Murphy Endowed Chair in Toxicology and Environmental Health. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of environmental exposures and oxidative stress leading to the development of adverse birth outcomes and chronic human disease. 


Arianna Rubin Means photoArianna Rubin Means, assistant professor, Global Health. 

Dr. Means focuses on generating operational evidence needed to improve the delivery of routine primary healthcare programs in low and middle-income countries, both within health facilities and in communities. She is currently the implementation science lead for the DeWorm3 Project, a series of large hybrid cluster randomized trials in Benin, India, and Malawi.


Ferdinand Mukumbang photoFerdinand Mukumbang, acting assistant professor, Global Health.

Dr. Mukumbang is a Public Health Scientist specializing in health policy and systems research with a focus on implementation sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in Public Health in 2018 from the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. The recent grants he has worked on include household-focused HIV interventions that can address various aspects of household HIV competency.


Ariee Restar photoArjee Restar, assistant professor, Epidemiology. 

Arjee Restar applies epidemiologic methods to behavioral, social, structural and health services research and policy to address inequities in health outcomes and access, particularly as experienced by communities of transgender and nonbinary people in the U.S. and Asia.


Mienah Sharif photoMienah Sharif, assistant professor, Epidemiology. 

Mienah Z. Sharif takes an intersectional approach towards examining determinants of health inequities among racial and ethnic minority groups across the life course. She explores the influence of structural factors and differential exposure to adverse social conditions on indicators of health and well-being across various life stages.


Monisha Sharma photoMonisha Sharma, assistant professor, Global Health. 

Dr. Sharma applies mathematical modeling and cost-effectiveness analyses of HIV testing and linkage to care interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. She is the principal investigator of a K01 award to design an intervention into increase men’s uptake of HIV self-testing and clinic linkage in Uganda.


Kirk Tickell photoKirk Tickell, acting assistant professor, Global Health

After graduating from with his MPH from the University of Washington (UW), Kirk became a senior research fellow in the UW Center of Global Women, Adolescent and Child Health.  He is currently the network coordinator for the Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition (CHAIN) Network, which aims to understand why malnourished children with acute illnesses are at such high risk of death, and then to design inventions to reduce this risk.


Anjuli Wagner photoAnjuli Wagner, assistant professor, Global Health. 

Dr. Anjuli Wagner is faculty in the Global WACh Center in the Department of Global Health who has been working in Kenya for 11 years. Her interests within global health include pediatric HIV, implementation science, and operations research and she specializes in systems analysis and quality improvement.

Ting Ye photoTing Ye, assistant professor, Biostatistics. 

Dr. Ye’s research focuses on developing pragmatic and robust statistical methods for modern data problems, and advancing causal inference in biomedical and social sciences. Most of her research aims to address complications in clinical trials and hidden biases in observational studies.


Elena Austin photoElena Austin, assistant professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences, focuses on multi-pollutant exposure metrics, geographic information systems, remote sensing, risk communication in farm-worker communities and the development and evaluation of data visualization tools.

Sarah Collier photoSarah Collier, assistant professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, and core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program, examines the resilience of agricultural systems due to climate change and other stresses, with an emphasis on environmental outcomes and implications for farmers.

Chris Kemp photoChristopher Kemp, acting assistant professor, Global Health, works to narrow the global treatment gaps for mental health, HIV, and nutrition, with a specific focus on implementation science and economic evaluation.

Karen Levy photoKaren Levy, associate professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of food and waterborne diseases. Her research group applies microbiological and epidemiological methods to study water quality, food safety, and the impact of climate change on the transmission of diarrheal diseases.

Darcy Rao photoDarcy Rao, acting assistant professor, Epidemiology, blends empirical epidemiological research and mathematical modeling to inform the design and implementation of interventions to prevent transmission and morbidity from sexually transmitted infections.

Anne Riederer photoAnne Riederer, clinical associate professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, assesses exposures of young children and pregnant women to heavy metals, pesticides, and other environmental neurotoxicants.

Marie Spiker photoMarie Spiker, associate professor WOT, Epidemiology, and core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and public health nutrition researcher. Drawing from mixed-methods research and systems science, her work focuses on connections between food systems and human nutrition.

Jenna van Draanen photoJenna van Draanen, assistant professor, Health Services and Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing, studies the social determinants of mental health and substance use disorders with expertise in the impact of early poverty and childhood adversity.


 photoMarissa Baker (PhD '17), assistant professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, teaches in the Public Health Major and eMPH program. Her research centers on the occupational environment, and she is interested in biomarkers of exposure, quantifying the global burden of occupational exposures and outcomes, and novel methods of exposure assessment and analysis.


Barbara Baquero photoBarbara Baquero, associate professor, Health Services, designs and implements community-based interventions to reduce health disparities and advance health equity; she conducts community-based participatory research, behavior change intervention research and implementation science.

Kristin Beima-Sofie photoKristin Beima-Sofie, acting assistant professor, Global Health, works to understand factors that influence the health of women, children and adolescents impacted by HIV globally, with a specific focus on social and behavioral research methods.



Jerome A. Dugan photoJerome A. Dugan, assistant professor, Health Services, examines how health insurance status and the organization of the healthcare system impacts healthcare cost and quality.



Caryl Feldacker photoCaryl Feldacker, acting assistant professor, Global Health, works on increasing the quality of global public health programs, predominantly voluntary medical male circumcision in Zimbabwe, through rigorous evaluation, integration of technology, and capacity building for sustainable improvement in patient care.


Kristen Gray photoKristen Gray, research assistant professor, Health Services, has research interests in health behaviors and chronic disease self-management, particularly among women and Veterans, as well as the reproductive health of aging women.


Cristen Harris photoCristen Harris, senior lecturer, full-time, Epidemiology, is a registered nutritionist, a clinical exercise physiologist, and certified as a sports dietitian. She is passionate about whole-person health and wellness.



Jodie Katon photoJodie Katon, research assistant professor, Health Services, focuses on reproductive health and health equity; she is a Core Investigator at the VA Puget Sound Center of Innovation for Veteran- Centered and Value-Driven Care, where she works to improve health services for women Veterans.


Christine Kava photoChristine Kava, acting assistant professor, Health Services, investigates the processes and factors associated with implementation of evidence-based interventions for tobacco control in work site settings.


Eardi Lila photoEardi Lila, assistant professor, Biostatistics, focuses on developing statistical methodology for analyzing medical imaging data and has a special interest in functional and structural neuroimaging.


 photoVanessa Oddo, acting assistant professor, Health Services, investigates the role of employment status and working conditions on obesity risk, both in adults and children.



 photoKristjana Asbjornsdottir, acting assistant professor, Epidemiology, works on global infectious disease research on soil-transmitted helminths and HIV, with interests in the health and survival of HIV-exposed and -infected infants.



 photoJoana Cunha-Cruz, research associate professor, joint in Health Services, works in the generation, dissemination and implementation of evidencebased practices and systems changes to decrease inequities in health, particularly oral health.


 photoAnjulie Ganti, senior lecturer, Health Services, focuses on reproductive justice, equity and inclusion in the classroom, experiential learning, evidenced-based teaching and social determinants of health.



 photoStephen Mooney, acting assistant professor, Epidemiology, has research interests in big data, the built environment, causal inference, physical activity and transport-related injury.




 photoMagaly Ramirez, assistant professor, Health Services, focuses on the role of information technology in efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care.




Coralynn Sack photoCoralynn Sack, acting assistant professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, is interested in the intersection between human health and environmental health, including the effects of air pollution.



Yona Sipos photoYona Sipos, lecturer, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences, works at the intersection of food systems, community-engaged scholarship, sustainability and equity.



Olusegun Soge photoOlusegun Soge, assistant professor, joint in SPH Global Health, brings expertise in molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology, surveillance of antimicrobial resistance, and genetic characterization of antimicrobial resistance of sexually transmitted pathogens.


 photoArianna Rubin Means (PhD '17, MPH '11), acting assistant professor, Global Health, integrates implementation outcomes into clinically oriented research to ensure that new evidence informs policy and guidelines in low and middle-income countries.



 photoJennifer Balkus (PhD '12, MPH '05), assistant professor, Epidemiology, focuses on the interface between the vaginal microbiome and HIV and STI prevention. She is also involved in the development and evaluation of antiretroviral-based microbicides for HIV prevention.



 photoJames Cowan, assistant professor, Global Health, , works to improve the delivery of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis care as well as comprehensive primary care to patients in resource-poor settings. His research combines implementation science, qualitative methods, systems analysis, infectious disease epidemiology, modeling and health economics. He is particularly interested in leadership development and the application of improvement strategies to the science of global health delivery.


 photoNelly Mugo (MPH '00), research associate professor, Global Health, has spent the last 16 years in clinical research with a focus on HIV and cervical cancer prevention. She collaborates with the UW's International Clinical Research Center to lead HIV-1 prevention clinical research in Thika, Kenya, and other work on STI prevention, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and contraception.


Alison photoAlison Fohner (PhD, Public Health Genetics '15), affiliate assistant professor, Epidemiology, combines electronic medical record informatics with genetic data to predict treatment outcomes and drug response, with the goal of improving the equitable and effective use of personalized medicine in healthcare delivery.


Amy Willis photoAmy Willis, assistant professor, Biostatistics, develops statistical methods for analyzing biodiversity. She is especially interested in high-diversity microbiomes and uncertainty in phylogenetic trees.


Carolin Spice photoCarolin Spice, senior lecturer, Health Services, specializes in health informatics and analysis; comparative clinical effectiveness; and design of pragmatic trials.


Carrie Cordero photoCarrie Cordero (MHA '13), lecturer, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, teaches about healthcare delivery systems, ethics in healthcare, process and quality improvement, and policy impacting access, cost and quality of healthcare in the U.S.




Christine McGrath photoChristine McGrath (PhD, Epidemiology '11), assistant professor, Global Health, focuses on HIV-related epidemiology and pediatric growth and nutrition. She is involved in studies to identify interventions to reduce childhood mortality, growth faltering and malnutrition, and perinatal HIV transmission in Kenya.


Mauricio Sadinle photoMauricio Sadinle, assistant professor, Biostatistics, researches a variety of data-driven problems, including the combination of information from multiple data sources using record linkage techniques, and the handling of nonignorable missing data in statistical analyses.



Vanessa photoVanessa Galaviz (PhD '13 DEOHS), lecturer, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, is interested in minimizing environmental, public health and education disparities. She specializes in exposure assessment and environmental health concerns along the U.S./Mexico border.


Chris Vogliano photoChris Vogliano, lecturer, Epidemiology, is interested in nutrigenomics and creating a sustainable and waste-free food system that is healthy for both people and the planet.


Sarah Knerr photoSarah Knerr (MPH '11 Public Health Genetics, PhD '15 Health Services), acting assistant professor, Health Services, focuses on stakeholder engagement, health and health care disparities, and guideline implementation in cancer genomic medicine.


Cormwell photoElizabeth Cromwell, assistant professor, Global Health, is known for her research regarding early infant diagnosis of HIV infection. She is interested in international health and development and HIV prevention.



Join Our Faculty 

The UW School of Public Health is one of the nation’s premier schools of public health. Located in Seattle, a high-tech, global health hub, the School was established in 1970, enrolls 1,900 students and employs about 250 primary and joint faculty members. The School is recognized worldwide for its strength in public health research. In fiscal year 2020, the SPH faculty was awarded more than $200 million in external funding for research and training from federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as private foundations.  

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