As we find ourselves immersed in the many activities of this busy semester, I hope that each of us is finding moments for rest and reflection, and for enjoying this pleasant fall weather. I have been reflecting on the countless ways that I am proud of our School, and I am excited to share some updates on recent accomplishments and initiatives currently underway.
Earlier this year, the School of Public Health completed a three-day site visit with a team of external reviewers as part of our reaccreditation process with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). I am pleased to report that the CEPH Council has granted our School accreditation for a full seven-year term—the maximum allowed. This outcome is a reflection of the excellent work that our faculty and staff do every day to ensure that we deliver the highest quality in executing our mission across instruction, research, and service.
Georgia State University held its 2021 Georgia State Day last month. Across 1 day, 9 hours, and 13 minutes—to honor Georgia State’s founding year—the University raised over $930,000 from thousands of donors. Due to the generosity of our supporters, the School of Public Health met a matching challenge of $11,500 by our Board of Advisors, raising a total of $24,230 for the School. These contributions are an investment in our students’ future. Thank you for your commitment to the education and training of the next generation of public health leaders.
I am delighted to announce several new leadership appointments within the School of Public Health. After serving as interim Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences this past year, Dr. Katherine Masyn is beginning a new role as Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. Population Health Sciences will now be led by Dr. Matt Hayat as Department Chair. To enhance faculty success as our departments continue to grow, we have introduced the position of Associate Chair for each department. Dr. Christine Stauber joins Population Health Sciences in this role, and Dr. Amanda Gilmore will serve as Associate Chair for the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences. Last year, I appointed Dr. Kim Ramsey-White as Special Advisor to the Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). To ensure inclusive excellence throughout all aspects of the School, I have expanded this position to Assistant Dean for DEI. After serving as the inaugural Director of Undergraduate Programs for the School of Public Health over the last five years, Dr. Ramsey-White will serve as Assistant Dean for DEI, chairing the School’s Diversity Council and leading the School in the implementation of our Diversity Action Plan. Taking over for Dr. Ramsey-White, Dr. Sarah McCool will serve as Director of Undergraduate Programs. I am confident these new appointments will further strengthen our School of Public Health leadership, positioning our School for continued success.
Finally, the School of Public Health has commenced a formal strategic planning process. Over this academic year, a task force of faculty, staff, and external partners will work with consultants to articulate a mission, vision, and strategic priorities for the School. Throughout this process, there will be several opportunities for our many stakeholder groups to provide input. I look forward to sharing more updates on this and to working together, as a school community, to further our reach and impact.
Wishing you all a wonderful October.
Rodney Lyn, Ph.D., MS
Dean and Professor
NEW FACULTY & STAFF
- Dr. Jalayne Arias, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences
- Jennifer Eichelberger, Grants and Contracts Officer III, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects
- Dr. Kimberley Freire, Clinical Associate Professor, Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences
- Anna Hutchins, Program Coordinator, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Tracy Johnson, Administrative Coordinator, Office of Academic Assistance & Career Services
- Kimberly Stewart, Program Coordinator, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
NEW TITLES & ROLES
- Juarndai Gagnon, Director, Grants & Financial Planning, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- William Roddey Jones, Senior Project Manager, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Lynette Reid, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Office of Academic Assistance & Career Services
- Akilah Thomas, Senior Project Manager, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Vanessa Thomas, Associate Director, Graduate & Scheduling Services, Office of Academic Assistance & Career Services
- Molly Tucker, Project Manager, Center for Leadership in Disability
The university’s highest priority is protecting the health of our students, faculty and staff. The best way we can achieve that is for everyone in our community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination is simply the most effective protection against COVID-19. Even with the Delta variant, vaccination helps prevent the onset of severe illness, hospitalization and death, and stop the spread of the virus. By getting vaccinated, you will not only be providing a crucial safeguard for yourself, but you will be contributing to the wellness of everyone else. Vaccines are free and available on the Atlanta Campus, plus, you can receive a $50 e-gift card with each shot.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
The School of Public Health has received a $624,000 federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to implement a mental health awareness training program for adults who regularly interact with youth. The program aims to increase community capacity to identify mental health concerns in children ages 12 to 18 and improve their access to needed supports and services. Click here to learn more about Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum led by Dr. Natasha De Veauuse Brown, the project’s principal investigator.
Prevention of Binge Drinking and Sexual Assault
Researchers at Georgia State’s School of Public Health have been awarded a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study a novel behavioral intervention targeting binge drinking and sexual assault among college students that is tailored by gender and sexual orientation. Click here to learn more about the first R01grant awarded to Dr. Amanda Gilmore, the project’s lead investigator.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Tobacco Research
Tobacco use and exposure is a major global threat that kills 8 million people annually, including 1 million non-smokers from second-hand smoke. Eighty percent of the world’s smokers over the age of 15 live in low- and middle-income countries. According to the World Health Organization, these countries bear the burden of the global tobacco epidemic in terms of health, economic and environmental impacts. To strengthen tobacco control research and build the capacity of future tobacco control leaders, the CDC Foundation and Georgia State University are creating a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Tobacco Research.
Facebook Reality Labs
Dr. Adrienne Lester King and Dr. Laura Salazar, professors in the School of Public Health, have been awarded Responsible Innovation research grants from Facebook Reality Labs to study the impact of augmented reality, virtual reality, and smart device technology. Click here to learn more about the virtual-reality research.
Health Policy Research Scholars
Congratulations to School of Public Health PhD student Khadijah Ameen for being selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars program. Housed in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, this prestigious national leadership development program supports second-year doctoral students from historically marginalized backgrounds and populations. The scholars are typically underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines and interested in applying their research to advance health and equity in our society. Click here to learn more about Khadijah and her fellow peers representing Georgia State University in the 2021 cohort.
Gun Safety and Teen Suicide
A new study conducted by Georgia State University researchers examining the risks of adolescent suicide by guns found that the teens did not display typical suicidal behaviors. These findings increase the need for strong gun safety measures in homes where teenagers live. Click here to learn more about the risks of adolescent suicide.
News coverage is an important method of sharing the work of the School of Public Health with a broad audience, building recognition of our research regionally, nationally and internationally. With over 800 media mentions since February 2020, faculty research and evidenced-based perspectives on an extensive range of public health subjects have been featured in national and international outlets such as Nature, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, NPR, The Washington Post, USA Today and more.
Media mentions are featured in alphabetical order by faculty/staff member’s last name.
Join the School of Public Health for the Meet & Talk (MeTa) Series 7 – a virtual social mixer for our faculty, staff, and students.
Featuring networking with public health leaders, virtual breakout sessions, fun activities, raffles and prizes.
Thursday, October 14
5 p.m. ET
The Student Taskforce on ACEs and Resilience (STAR) invites you to attend their virtual, two-day Trauma-Informed Care Conference. This year’s theme is Breaking Down Barriers: Caring for Diverse Communities.
Saturday, October 23
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, October 24
1 – 5 p.m. ET
Inequality and the COVID-19 Pandemic: How We Got Here and Where To Go Next
Featuring Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Wednesday, November 3
2 p.m. ET