SPH Celebrates 2023 Excellence Award Winners


The University of Washington School of Public Health (SPH) recognized dozens of students, staff, and faculty at its annual Excellence Awards celebration on May 23, 2023 in the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health. The Excellence Awards celebrates members of the SPH community for their dedication, service, and many contributions to public health. Congratulations to all our awardees!

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2023 SPH Student, Faculty, and Staff Awards



PhD: Lesley E Steinman
Health Systems and Population Health

Lesley Steinman, PhD, MSW, MPH (she/her) is a Research Scientist at UW SPH’s Health Promotion Research Center. She partners with community-based social service organizations to disseminate and implement a home/community-based collaborative care model for depression (PEARLS) and other proven programs for healthy aging. Guided by implementation science and health equity frameworks, they conduct community-engaged research, evaluation, training and technical assistance to understand, adapt, and improve program delivery to address inequities in access to care and health outcomes among underserved older adults in low-resource settings. Lesley’s other passion is spending time outdoors with family and friends in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Master's: Carole Green
Global Health

Carole Green is a stellar MPH student, focusing on how climate change is affecting human health and well-being. Carole is making significant academic contributions to the field through the Lancet Countdown, which was formed as a global monitoring system to engage policymakers to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate-resilient health systems. She ensures the production of scientifically robust indicators and synthesizes indicators into new insights. Carole’s thesis topic will break new ground in monitoring adaptive capacity, to better understand the extent to which health systems are increasing their abilities to manage the health risks of climate change.

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Matthew Hawkins

Matthew Hawkins serves as a Grants & Finance Specialist in the Department of Epidemiology.  The breadth of his positive impact spans numerous finance areas across the Department.  Over the last year, Matthew has been a particular asset for his oversight of training grant activity and his broad support as a leader in preparation for UWFT.  Matthew’s proactive, detailed, and thorough handling of these areas has been critical for the Department.  In particular, Matthew's ownership and leadership demonstrated in prepping for UWFT serves as an exemplar of what is characteristic of an SPH Outstanding Staff recipient.

Outstanding Staff 

Biostatistics – Maggie Tarnawa 

DEOHS – Deirdre Lockwood 

Epidemiology – Matthew Hawkins 

Global Health – Nami Hirai 

HS Pop – Kathryn Calderwood 

Office of the Dean – Olivia van Brunt

DACS Awards

Distinguished Faculty Member for Teaching
Amanda Phipps, Epidemiology

Outstanding Faculty Mentor
Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Epidemiology

Outstanding Community Service Student
Patience Jaman

Outstanding Teaching Assistant
Jessie Seiler

Outstanding Community Partner
The Custodian Project

Outstanding Undergraduate Students

PH-GH – Tyree Long

Food Systems Nutrition and Health – Kayla Guzman 

Environmental Health – Bridget Ury

HIHIM – Vivian Ma

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award 

Environmental Health – Bridget Ury

Outstanding Master’s Students

Biostatistics – Fang Nan 

DEOHS – Ashton Gilberson 

Epidemiology – Muna Hassan 

HS Pop – Taylor Erickson 

Global Health – Emilia Cardenas 

HIHIM – Madhuri Deepati 

Nutritional Sciences – Andrea Litzow

Outstanding PhD Students

Biostatistics – Avi Kenny 

DEOHS – Claire Schollaert 

Epidemiology – Unmesha Roy Paladhi 

HS Pop – Raymond Ruiz 

Global Health – Wisal Ahmed



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