Participating Faculty


Medical Sciences:

Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, and Director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine T32 Research Fellowship and studies complementary and integrative medical treatments using experimental designs with a focus on patient centered outcomes.

Molly Carnes, MD, MS, Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Medicine, and Director, UW Center for Women’s Health Research Director and the TEAM Science R25, and Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation. Her research examines how unconscious (implicit) assumptions based on cultural stereotypes infiltrate decision-making processes and conspire against STEMM (sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) workforce diversity.

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and conducts pediatric patient-centered outcomes research.

Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Population Health Sciences and conducts epidemiologic and health services research focused on women’s health and maternal and child health.

Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MAPP, Professor, Departments of Medicine and Population Health Sciences and Associate Vice Chair for Health Services Research, Department of Medicine and conducts health services research focused on racial and ethnic health disparities.

Ozioma C. Okonkwo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and an investigator in the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. His research focuses on understanding the links between brain changes and cognitive decline.

Gloria E Sarto, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a champion of women’s health through genetics research, teaching, and mentoring.

Dinesh Shah, MD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and conducts clinical obstetrics research focused on the pathogenesis of preeclampsia.

Maureen Smith, MD, PhD, Professor, Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine and Community Health and Director, Health Innovation Program and Community-Academic Partnerships, for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Her research focuses on quality of care and access to care.



Population Health Sciences:

Maureen Durkin, PhD, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences, and Director of the Population Health Graduate Program. She is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on children with special health care needs.

Jenny Higgins, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Chair-elect to the Board of Directors of the Guttmacher Institute. Dr. Higgin’s expertise is in reproductive epidemiology.

Kristen Malecki, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, an environmental epidemiologist she is Co-Director, Survey of the Health of Wisconsin.

John Mullahy, PhD, Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences. A health care economist, he is Co-Director, T32 Training Program in Health and Mental Health Economics.

David Vanness, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences. A health services researcher, he co-Directs the Training Program in Health and Mental Health Economics T32.



Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Lawrence Berger, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, and Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Poverty Fellows Program. His expertise is in family and child well-being.

Eric Grodsky, PhD, Professor, Departments of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies and studies the sociology of education and social stratification.

Jenna Nobles, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Associate Director of Training, Center for Demography & Ecology. She is a sociologist and demographer who studies demographic and health issues faced by low-income populations in the US, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

Beth Olson, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences and an expert in nutritional sciences. With a focus on interventions to support breastfeeding for low-income and working women, she considers herself a social scientist.

Stephanie Robert, PhD, Professor and Director, School of Social Work. Her research is focused on neighborhood context and health over the life course.

Carol Ryff, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Associate Director, UW Institute on Aging. She is PI of the Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS) national study; her expertise is in the biopsychosocial pathways to health.

James Raymo, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, and Director, Center for Demography & Ecology. He is a sociologist and demographer focused on families and health over the life course.

Carmen Valdez, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology and Faculty Director, Advancing Health Equity and Diversity program. She is an expert in child health and development, focused on Latino children.

Earlise Ward, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing. Her research is focused on mental health interventions for African Americans.

Barbara Wolfe, PhD, Professor, Departments of Economics, Public Affairs and Population Health Sciences. A health economist, her work focuses on poverty and health.



Basic Sciences:

Ian Bird, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Integrated Graduate Training, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. An expert in the molecular endocrinology of reproduction, he is Director, Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology, and PI of the associated Predoctoral T32.

Christopher Coe, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Director of the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology. His research focuses on the relationship between psychosocial processes and health disparities.

Thaddeus Golos, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Biosciences is a reproductive immunologist.

Linda Schuler, PhD, VMD, Professor and Associate Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Comparative Biosciences, and studies biological effects of chronic stress.