Associate Professor and Director, MPH Epidemiology Program
Education & Experience:
I am currently Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health. I also serve as the Director of the School’s MPH Epidemiology program. I am the founder and primary coordinator for a newly approved Global Health Graduate Certificate program and the co-founder and faculty mentor of the Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT) Certified Student Organization. Previously, I served as Chief Epidemiologist for the City of Fort Worth, Texas (1999-2009), while concurrently serving as Executive Director of the city’s Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness Program (2004-2009), during which time I was charged with maintaining oversight of the overall health of the Fort Worth community, generating research activities to drive municipal health and social services, and ensuring the city’s capability to effectively respond to an intentional or naturally occurring biological event. This included development of multi-disciplinary training initiatives, establishing integrated syndromic surveillance and reporting systems, and mobilizing point of dispensing (POD) centers to effectively dispense medication to the city’s 780,000 citizens within 48 hours.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I regularly teach the Principles of Epidemiology course for the UNTHSC School of Public Health, as well as the Epidemiology of Disasters and Epidemiology and Public Health Practice courses every other semester. I also teach Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine for the UNTHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences program.
Over the last 10 years, I have repeatedly served as a consultant for the United Nations and World Health Organization by participating on several international missions to establish vaccination programs, primarily in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (including an assignment to Madagascar to confer first-year UN polio eradication status). Although a large part of my work has focused on the elimination of polio, I have also participated in numerous other infectious disease initiatives, including cholera, typhoid and guinea worm outbreaks. In addition, I have worked as a Senior Epidemiologist for the CDC’s Center for Global Health and have been recruited by the U.S. Army to help develop public health and refugee contingencies for inclusion in multilateral international military exercises.
My previous experience also includes supporting welfare reform initiatives by writing and administering over $160 million in grants for subsidized child care and education in Tarrant County, Texas, serving as a therapist/counselor and assisting in domestic abuse investigations for the U.S. Army in Europe, and working as the Treatment and Direct Care Supervisor at a children’s inpatient psychiatric crisis stabilization hospital for Dallas County, Texas.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am currently Chair of the SPH Masters Admissions Committee and Chair of the local Alpha Sigma Chapter of the Johns Hopkins Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society. I serve as First Vice-President of the Texas Public Health Association, and I was recently recognized by the SPH Student Government Association as Outstanding Faculty Advisor. I am certified both domestically and internationally as a Business Continuity Planner and serve as an exam item writer for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
I have expertise in Epidemiology, Counter-Bioterrorism, Preventive Medicine, Public Health, Biostatistics, Emerging Diseases, Domestic Abuse, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Community Assessments/Survey Design, Domestic and International Humanitarian Relief, International Immunizations Program, Grief and Bereavement Counseling, Anger Management Therapy, Psychiatric Hospital Administration, Point of Dispensing Organization and Mobilization, Military Exercise Design (Humanitarian Contingencies), and Certified Business Continuity Planning.
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