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College Welcomes Nine New Faculty

The College for Public Health & Social Justice will welcome nine new faculty members in the fall of 2013.

These new faculty members include:

Alexander Garza, MD, MPH (Public Health Practice and Epidemiology); Jeremy Green, PhD (Health Management & Policy); Matthew Larson, PhD, MS (Criminology and Criminal Justice); Travis Loux, PhD (Biostatistics); Brandy R. Maynard, PhD, MSW (Social Work); Stephen E. McMillin, PhD, MA (Social Work); Mario Schootman, PhD (Epidemiology, Medicine and Health Services Research), Katherine Stamatakis, PhD, MPH (Epidemiology and Behavioral Science & Health Education), and Shawn Steadman (Environmental & Occupational Health and Emergency Management). 



Alexander Garza, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Garza is a nationally known leader in public health, disaster preparedness, emergency medicine, and emergency management. President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Garza Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Homeland Security, a position he held from 2009 until May of 2013.

As Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Garza was the health lead for our nation's homeland security efforts, a role in which he worked with public health, medical and emergency management agencies and organizations throughout the world. While at DHS Dr. Garza managed the Department's medical and health security issues; oversaw the national health aspects of contingency planning for all chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards; led coordinated response planning to disasters including pandemics.

Dr. Garza has served in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps as a battalion surgeon and Civil Affairs public health chief in Africa and Iraq. Prior to joining DHS, Dr. Garza held positions as the associate medical director of the New Mexico EMS system. He has been on the faculty of medical schools at Georgetown University, University of New Mexico, and the University of Missouri. Dr. Garza received his MD from the University of Missouri and his MPH at Saint Louis University.

He completed his residency in emergency medicine at University of Missouri, Kansas City. Dr. Garza's publications have had significant impact on the practice of emergency medical response, and he has received more than a dozen awards including the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.


Jeremy Green, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy

Dr. Green moves to SLU from Yale School of Public Health, where he received his PhD in Health Policy and Economics. Dr. Green received his A.B. degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.

He has special interest and expertise in the health policies that impact children, especially those children with developmental disabilities or mental illness. Dr. Green has also published in areas related to cancer, HIV, asthma, and wait times in emergency rooms. He has experience teaching health policy at Yale.


Matthew LarsonMatthew Larson, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dr. Larson earned his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and his MS in Criminal Justice from WayneState University. His research interests include antisocial behavior during the transition to adulthood; consequences of incarceration for relationships, families, and health; offender reentry and reintegration; and errors of justice.




LouxTravis Loux, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Dr. Loux comes to SLU from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is an Assistant Professor of Statistics and Applied Probability. He has experience teaching several different subjects in biostatistics, and has special interest and expertise in causal inference, experimental design, meta-analysis, and missing data.

His focus has been the application of these statistical techniques to problems in a variety of areas of health, health policy, and education. Dr. Loux received his MS and his PhD from University of California, Davis, where he did work on causal reference and estimation of the odds ratio. He received his B.S. in mathematics (minor in statistics) at the University of Washington. Dr. Loux has served on the faculty at both UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.


MaynardBrandy R. Maynard, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Dr. Maynard earned her PhD in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and her MSW from the University of Michigan. She just completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin's Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, located in the College of Education.

She also worked as a social worker for over 15 years in areas of children and family services in both clinical and administrative positions. She is an accomplished scholar, including authoring Campbell Systematic Reviews. Her current research interests include social work practice with at-risk youth and families, and etiology and developmental course of academic risk and externalizing behavior problems.


McMillianStephen E. McMillin, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of the Master of Social Work Program

Dr. McMillin earned his PhD in Social Service Administration and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, and an MA in Public Policy and Administration with a focus on Health Care Services from Northwestern University.

He has over 10 years of social service experience including direct practice in a mental health setting and as a CEO and a marketing executive in health organizations serving older adults. His current research interests include evidence-based practice, management and policy in social work and health care organizations, and maternal and child health/family support.


Mario SchootmanMario Schootman, PhD
James R. Kimmey Endowed Chair in Public Health; Professor of Epidemiology and of Health Services Research and of Medicine


Dr. Schootman will begin his new role at SLU this Fall, when he will be awarded the James R. Kimmey Endowed Chair in Public Health. Dr. Schootman is currently at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where he is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Health Behavior Research.

Dr. Schootman is a world-renowned epidemiologist and public health professional, with special expertise in cancer epidemiology and prevention, disparities including income and geographic disparities in health outcomes, and neighborhood characteristics in the development of disabilities and disease. He has been one of the pioneers in the development of risk estimates for disability and disease at the neighborhood level. Throughout his work, he uses a geographic information system (GIS) as well as advanced statistical and epidemiologic tools to examine how community and neighborhood characteristics influence these outcomes.

Dr. Schootman received his MS in health science from Vrije University Faculty of Human Movement Sciences in The Netherlands, and his PhD (Epidemiology) from the University of Iowa. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Schootman has worked as a chronic disease and injury epidemiologist for the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dr. Schootman has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific publications, serves on numerous editorial boards, and lectures nationally and internationally. His research has also been funded by NIH. 


Katherine Stamatakis, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Behavioral Science & Health Education

Dr. Stamatakis joins us from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where she excelled in teaching and in research, with a focus on prevention of obesity and chronic disease. Dr. Stamatakis received her B.A. in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Missouri, her M.P.H. (Epidemiology) from Saint Louis University, and her Ph.D. (Epidemiology) from the University of Michigan. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has authored numerous publications and her research has been funded by NIH and by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Shawn Steadman
Instruction Specialist, Emergency Management


Mr. Steadman has served on the adjunct faculty for the past year, and has been an outstanding teacher and mentor for the undergraduate majors in Emergency Management. Mr. Steadman is a subject matter expert in disaster preparedness and emergency management and has coordinated and led disaster responses nationally and internationally.

Mr. Steadman has expertise and experience in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC's) during all levels of catastrophic disasters and deployments. He has served as an Emergency Management/Homeland Security Exercise Design Instructor. He has also worked as an instructor for FEMA in emergency management and Continuity of Operations.

Mr. Steadman received his B.S. in Marketing from Rockhurst University and his MArch from Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Steadman completed training in Emergency Management in the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Institute program. 

July 31, 2013

Jonathan Ernst 


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