Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems
Education & Experience:
I completed health policy-focused MPH (2003) and DrPH (2007) degrees with UNTHSC’s School of Public Health and have a BA (1990) degree from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. I am presently Associate Professor with tenure in the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems. Elsewhere on campus I am a faculty Fellow with the Institute for Patient Safety and have a faculty cross-appointment to our Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I have been involved with health systems, policy and epidemiologic research since 2003 and have taught in our School of Public Health since 2007. Currently my faculty duties include teaching graduate coursework and mentoring students for topics related to health care systems and policy.
Since 2009, I have managed and led numerous projects as PI of the CDC’s Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) UNTHSC site, physically located in the TB Elimination Department of Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH), Tarrant County, Texas. In 2011, I successfully won a bid for UNT Health Science Center to continue as one of 10 national TBESC sites with a 10-year funding commitment to the university.
Professional Activities & Awards:
Apart from my duties on campus, I have served public health and other agencies in many capacities. Current or past service includes serving as peer reviewer for the Journal of Infection and Public Health, the American Journal of Public Health, PharmacoEconomics, the Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, The Lancet Global Disease and others; as a member of the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Syndromic Surveillance Governance Council, MedStar’s Mobile Healthcare Community Advisory Board, CDC’s TBESC cost studies working group, TBESC’s committees for Presentations and Publications and Translating Research into Practice (TRiP), Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Erath County’s community health steering committee; and as Board Vice President for Mision de Candelilla (medical mission serving rural northern Mexico).
In 2012, I received UNTHSC’s “President’s Promising Researcher of Excellence Award” for “exemplary contributions in support of UNT Health Science Center” and the university’s “Rising Star Award” in 2011 for excellence in research.
The majority of my research has been focused on matters of resource allocation and burden of disease, beginning with a variety of comparative effectiveness and economic evaluation projects for the CDC-sponsored Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium. Through TBESC, I frequently collaborate with or lead local, national and international projects in support of TB control efforts, as well as other issues of public health concern. A good example of the nature of my work is a series of investigator-initiated efforts that identified, measured, described and valued the health and other burdens left as sequelae to even adequately treated tuberculosis. This provided very strong justification of prevention efforts as vastly more valuable than previously appreciated and provided evidence to drive more effective domestic TB control policy.
The TBESC has also provided opportunities for other faculty and students to conduct and present impactful research in settings ranging from our local public health department to CDC to high burden regions and developing economies overseas.
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