Faculty and Staff

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Chair

Robert Weiler

Robert M. Weiler, PhD, MPH
Chair, Department of Global and Community Health
Professor
rweiler@gmu.edu
703-993-1920
Robinson B423A

Research Interests:
  • Adolescent health risk behaviors
  • Substance abuse prevention with emphasis on nonmedical use of prescription drugs
  • School health policies and programs
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Survey research 

 Office Manager

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L. Allan Weiss
Office Manager, Department of Global and Community Health
aweiss2@gmu.edu
703-993-3126
Robinson B423



MPH Program Coordinator

Kelly Beckwith

Kelly Beckwith, MPH, CHES
MPH Program Coordinator
kbeckwi2@gmu.edu
703-993-4555
Robinson B415



Undergraduate Advisor

Brian Gillette

Brian Gillette
Director, Advising and Student Affairs, Department of Global and Community Health
bgillett@gmu.edu
703-993-4636
Robinson B418



Faculty

Lila Fleming

Lila Fleming, PhD
Term Assistant Professor
lflemin1@gmu.edu
703-993-1463
Robinson B475C

Research Interests:
  • School bullying
  • Adolescent risk behaviors
  • Access to healthcare services
  • Spatial epidemiology

Cara Frankenfeld

Cara Frankenfeld, PhD
Associate Professor
cfranken@gmu.edu
703-993-1911
Robinson B419

Research Interests:
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiological Methods
  • Microbiome  

Jhumka Gupta

Jhumka Gupta, ScD
Assistant Professor
jgupta4@gmu.edu
703-993-1985
Robinson B415E

Research Interests:
  • Gender-based violence against women
  • Human trafficking
  • Reproductive health
  • Mental health
  • Immigrant health
  • Humanitarian crisis and health

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Barbara Helmick
GCH Instructional Designer
bhelmic3@gmu.edu
703-993-4793
Robinson B472



Keith Howell

Keith Howell, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Program Evaluation
Professor
khowell@gmu.edu
703-993-9633
Robinson A489C



Kathryn Jacobsen

Kathryn H. Jacobsen, PhD, MPH
Professor
kjacobse@gmu.edu
703-993-9168
Robinson B415C

Research Interests:
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Global burden of disease
  • Global health epidemiology  

Diana Karczmarczyk

Diana Karczmarczyk
Term Assistant Professor, Community Health Promotion
dkarczma@gmu.edu
703-993-1923
Robinson B426



Jenna Krall

Jenna Krall
Assistant Professor
jkrall@gmu.edu
703-993-1474
Robinson B475E

Research Interests:
  • Biostatistics
  • Time series studies of air pollution and health
  • Source apportionment and latent variable models
  • Missing data
  • Environmental epidemiology

Lisa Lindley

Lisa Lindley, DrPH, MPH, CHES
Associate Professor
llindley@gmu.edu
703-993-1936
Robinson B421

Research Interests:
  • LGBTQ health
  • HIV/STI and unintended pregnancy prevention
  • Sexual health promotion

Germaine M. Buck Louis

Germaine M. Buck Louis, PhD, MS
Dean, College of Health and Human Services
chhsdean@gmu.edu
703-993-1918
Robinson B413E

Research Interests:
  • Human reproduction and development
  • Environmental influences on human fecundity and fertility
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Exposome
  • Research methods

James Metcalf

James A. Metcalf, PhD
Professor
jmetcalf@gmu.edu
703-993-2070
Robinson B417

Research Interests:
  • Adolescent health behaviors
  • Health-related critique of literary classics 

Corrie Paeglow

Corrie Paeglow, MPH, DrPH
Term Assistant Professor
cpaeglow@gmu.edu
703-993-3342
Robinson B428

Research Interests:
  • Global health
  • Program planning
  • Reproductive health/family planning
  • Grant writing  

Julia Painter

Julia Painter, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
jpainte6@gmu.edu
703-993-3578
Robinson B432

Research Interests:
  • The intersection of behavioral science and infectious disease prevention
  • The intersection of behavioral science and epidemiology
  • Behavioral science theory
  • Behavioral vaccinology
  • HIV/STD prevention
  • Waterborne disease prevention
  • Child, adolescent, and school health

Anna Pollack

Anna Pollack, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
apollac2@gmu.edu
703-993-6161
Robinson B415B

Research Interests:
  • Biomarkers
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Environmental chemicals
  • Exposure mixtures
  • Occupational epidemiology
  • Women’s reproductive and perinatal health

Laura Poms

Laura Poms, PhD
Term Assistant Professor
Adjunct Faculty Coordinator, Department of Global and Community Health
Coordinator, Public Health Minor
lpoms@gmu.edu
703-993-9853
Robinson B424

Research Interests:
  • Occupational health and stress
  • Employee motivation
  • Work-family balance

Tom Prohaska

Thomas Prohaska, PhD
Professor
tprohask@gmu.edu
703-993-1926
Robinson A393A



Matthew Rossheim

Matthew E. Rossheim, PhD, MPH, CPH
Assistant Professor
mrosshei@gmu.edu
703-993-5904
Robinson B420

Research Interests:

Alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use among adolescents and young adults

  • Contextual risk factors for substance use and driving while intoxicated
  • Characteristics of supersized alcopops that pose consumers harm
  • Density of retail alcohol outlets and sexually transmitted diseases

Michael von Fricken

Michael von Fricken
Assistant Professor
mvonfric@gmu.edu
703-993-4677
Robinson B430



Ali Weinstein

Ali A. Weinstein, PhD
Director, Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability
Associate Professor
aweinst2@gmu.edu
703-993-9632
Robinson A401B

Research Interests:
  • Exercise and mood
  • Cardiovascular reactivity to stress
  • Co-morbidity of physical and mental health problems among various populations  

Frank Whittington

Frank Whittington, PhD
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Professor of Gerontology
fwhittin@gmu.edu
703-993-1913
Robinson B413D

Research Interests:
  • Social dimensions of health and health care of older persons, especially African Americans
  • Quality of long-term care of older people  

Patrice Winter

Patrice Winter, PT, DPT, MHA, FAAOMPT
Term Assistant Professor
pwinter@gmu.edu
703-993-5036
Robinson A401D



Research Faculty

Katie Schenk
Research Interests:
  • Quantitative and qualitative research in global public health
  • Children and families affected by HIV
  • Orphaned and vulnerable children
  • Ethical and methodological aspects of research among young people
  • HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support, treatment
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Operations research

Adjunct Faculty



Sarah Hoffman
Research Interests:
  • Evaluating performance management measures within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as mandated under the Government Performance and Results Act  

Shawn Kiernan

Shawn Kiernan
GCH Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty



Maction Komwa
Research Interests:
  • International health policy
  • Infectious disease epidemiology in HIV/AIDS
  • Food nutritional security policy
  • Geographic information science
  • Environmental & natural resources conservation  

Julie Miner
Research Interests:
  • Social marketing
  • Social media and health communications
  • Maternal child health  

Avinash Patwardhan
Research Interests:
  • Health outcomes
  • Program evaluation

 



Shannyn Snyder
Research Interests:
  • Socioeconomic status and basic needs
  • Domestic and international environmental and social justice issues 

Shaneka Thurman
Research Interests:
  • Child survival, including comprehensive care for orphans and vulnerable children
  • Complementary, alternative, and integrated medicines 

Kristen Vlaun

Kristen Vlaun
Adjunct Faculty
kvlaun@gmu.edu



Affiliate Faculty

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Kenneth Christopher
GCH Affiliate Faculty



Shawn Kiernan

Shawn Kiernan
GCH Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty



Richard Skolnik

Richard Skolnik, MPA
GCH Affiliate Faculty