Department celebrates renewal of NIH postdoctoral training grant


The UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Health Disparities Research Scholars program has been supported by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development. The department is proud to announce that this $1,774,784 grant was renewed for another 5 years and will run through April 30, 2022. Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH is the PI on this grant and Pamela Asquith, Ph.D., is the administrative director.



The grant will continue to fund five postdoctoral fellow positions. In this competitive funding climate, the department celebrates the positive grant review and the opportunity to continue the outstanding training program begun by Dr. Gloria Sarto 10 years ago. The program’s success is a testament to the robust training environment at SMPH and across campus, the generous support for training provided by the Department of Ob-Gyn and the university, and the outstanding faculty from SMPH and across campus who create the exemplary intellectual environment here at UW.


Thanks to continued support from NICHD, three new postdoctoral fellows will join UW Ob-Gyn this summer. We look forward to welcoming:

  • Linnea Evans, MPH, PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor [Dissertation: Racialized realignment of time: How time-use may be shaped by early life disadvantage, predict stress, and contribute to racial disparities in early onset hypertension].
  • Madelyne Greene, PhD, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, [Dissertation: Obstetric History and Sexual Health Screening Among Sexual Minority Women: A Mixed Methods Study].
  • Catherine Emily Hendrick, MPH, PhD, Department of Kinesiology & Health Education, University of Texas at Austin, [Dissertation: Facilitators and Long-term Outcomes of Teen Mothers' Educational Experiences].

Current scholars Megan Zuesldorff, PhD and Chenoa Allen, PhD have had a productive first year in the program and are beginning their second year.


Congratulations to three HDRS scholars who have or will complete the program by the end of August 2017 and are beginning the next phase of their careers:


Alyn McCarty, PhD began a position in February 2017 as a Research Associate at Research for Action, a nonprofit education research organization based in Philadelphia, PA.  In this role, Dr. McCarty is the project director on a large, multi-year evaluation of an early literacy program in Philadelphia pre-k centers, and conducts quantitative research and analyses on several other projects.


Sheryl Coley, DrPH began her position in March 2017 as an ssistant Scientist working at UW-Madison in the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) in the School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Coley is providing evaluation support to health equity, clinical, and public health service missions for the WAI Milwaukee program.


Edward Vargas, PhD completed the MPH degree in May 2017. He begins a new position as an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University in August 2017.