January 26, 2012

Energetic New Public Health Faculty Embrace SLU’s Mission


ST. LOUIS -- More than a dozen new School of Public Health faculty members share one characteristic, says the school's dean, Edwin Trevathan, M.D., MPH.

Edwin Trevathan, M.D., MPH

"We hired them for the mission. This is a group that buys into the Jesuit mission of public health," Trevathan said.

"Saint Louis University is a school of public health where it's not sufficient for us to do research and to teach people how to make the world a better place," Trevathan said. "We have to actually get out there and do something about it. This is a very energetic crowd."

Trevathan has been hiring new faculty since arriving in 2010, and continues his recruitment efforts.

SLU's School of Public Health has about 50 full-time faculty and 120 full-time secondary or adjunct faculty members.

Here's some information about the new faculty.

Lauren Arnold, Ph.D.

Lauren Arnold, Ph.D., MPH, is assistant professor of epidemiology. Prior to joining the faculty at SLU School of Public Health, Arnold was assistant professor in the department of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis and deputy director for medical students in the master of population health sciences program. She received the Junior Investigator Award in 2010.

Her research interests include cancer epidemiology and health disparities; public health education; HPV vaccination; health communication and cervical cancer prevention; cervical cancer in Guatemala; and genetic medicine and genetic research.

Arnold received her B.A (biomathematics) from Rutgers University-Douglass College and her MPH (epidemiology) and Ph.D. from University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) School of Public Health and Rutgers University, where she was a Woodrow Wilson-Johnson & Johnson Fellow.

Ellen Barnidge, Ph.D.

Ellen K. Barnidge, Ph.D., MPH, is assistant professor of behavioral science and health education. Previously on the administrative management team of the Prevention Research Center, Barnidge expands her responsibilities to include education and service to the community and University.

Barnidge has extensive experience managing research activities of community-based participatory research projects in urban and rural communities in Missouri. Her work contributes to better understanding the contributions of social determinants of health to health disparities, and she works to identify strategies to address these social determinants on the local level.

Kevin Broom, Ph.D.

Kevin Broom, Ph.D., MBA, is assistant professor of health management and policy. Prior to joining the faculty at SLU School of Public Health, Broom was assistant professor of finance and deputy program director of the Army-Baylor University graduate program in health and business administration, where he was elected Educator of the Year in 2009.

Broom also has extensive experience in health administration, having served as the chief financial officer of Bayne-Jones Community Hospital and as a healthcare administrator at Blanchfield Community Hospital.

Broom received his B.S. at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, his MBA from Syracuse University and his Ph.D. (finance) from the University of Mississippi.

Keith Elder, Ph.D.

Keith Elder, Ph.D., MPH, MPA, is associate professor of health management and policy and director of the health policy program. Prior to joining the faculty of the SLU School of Public Health, Elder was associate professor of health services administration at University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Elder is an expert in health policy with special interest in health disparities, minority men's health, chronic disease management, health information technology, aging and disability research. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Elder has excelled as a teacher and a mentor, publishing extensively in areas of health outcome disparities. He has taught a wide array of courses at the master's and doctoral level including health policy, organizational behavior, research methods, health care ethics, health care issues and managerial epidemiology.

Elder received his B.S. (psychology), his MPH (health policy and healthcare organization), and his MPA from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in health services research and health policy.

Brett Emo, Ph.D.

Brett Emo, Ph.D., is assistant professor of environmental & occupational health. Emo's research has included the development of a novel laboratory method for analysis of environmental lead and evaluation of the impact of dust mites on health. He has excelled as a teacher in the classroom, the laboratory and the community.

Emo received his B.S. (biochemistry) from the University of Missouri and his MPH and Ph.D. (environmental & occupational health) from Saint Louis University School of Public Health.

Steven W. Howard is instructor in health management and policy, and a Ph.D. candidate in health management and policy at Oregon State University, where he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.

Howard brings considerable health management and finance experience to his new role in the School of Public Health. He has previously served as vice president of marketing, research, planning and physician relations at Medicare Advantage Health Plan; vice president of research and economic strategy at H2F Consulting Associates; and as a financial analyst at Hewlett-Packard. Howard has extensive teaching experience in health services organizations, health data analysis and health policy.

He received his MBA from the University of Oregon, and his BBA (management and marketing) from the University of Wisconsin.

Cynthia LeRouge, Ph.D.

Cynthia LeRouge, Ph.D., M.S., CPA, is associate professor of health management and policy. LeRouge comes to the School of Public Health from the Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, where she retains a secondary appointment.

LeRouge has expertise in public health informatics, consumer informatics and telemedicine. The author or co-author of more than 60 scientific publications, LeRouge has served as a guest editor for numerous special journal issues of health care informatics and currently serves on the editorial board of three health care information systems journals. LeRouge has been recognized for teaching excellence and outstanding service. Recent service activities include executive roles in the Association of Information Systems' Special Interest Group for Healthcare Research.

LeRouge received her B.S. (accounting and management majors, finance minor) from St. Mary's Dominican College/ Loyola University, her M.S. (accounting) from University of New Orleans and her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida (management information systems).

Ron Levy

Ron Levy, M.A., is executive in residence, bringing extensive health care leadership and government experience to the position. He most recently had been director of the Missouri Department of Social Services. Levy also served as president and chief executive officer of SSM Health Care St. Louis.

Levy also served as the health policy advisor for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and as the health information technology coordinator for Missouri, leading the initial development of a statewide health information exchange network.

Before joining state government, Levy worked in the health care field for 35 years. Since starting out as a rural hospital administrator in Wisconsin, Levy has served in a variety of executive roles, most recently as president and chief executive officer for SSM St. Louis, a member of the 10th largest Catholic health system in the country and the first health care recipient of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. SSM St. Louis has 11,000 employees and a revenue base of $1 billion.

Levy received a B.A. (history) and M.A. (health services administration) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sarah Patrick, Ph.D.

Sarah L. Patrick, Ph.D., MPH, is associate professor of epidemiology. A leader in epidemiology and public health practice, Patrick brings extensive experience to the position including serving as state epidemiologist for both Missouri and South Dakota. Patrick also was as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she had gained extensive experience in community-based infectious diseases epidemiology and outbreak investigations.

Patrick had led a field epidemiology training program in the Middle East for the CDC; worked as professor and director of the Center for Rural Health Improvement at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine; directed a large women's health program in South Dakota; served as an area epidemiologist for the Indian Health Service and directed the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University.

Patrick received her B.S. (exercise physiology) from the University of Illinois and her MPH and Ph.D. (epidemiology) from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Enbal Shacham, Ph.D.

Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., is assistant professor of behavioral science and health education. Prior to joining the faculty at SLU School of Public Health, she was research assistant professor at the Brown School of Social Work's Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.

Shacham has conducted research projects in Atlanta, St. Louis and Kenya, focusing on HIV and mental health. After completing a National Institute on Drug Abuse post-doctoral fellowship and training in psychiatric epidemiology and drug abuse co-morbidity, Shacham secured an institutional Career Development KL2 award. Shacham has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at University of Georgia, Indiana University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Shacham received her B.A. (psychology) from Rutgers University, her M.Ed. (health promotion and behavior) from University of Georgia College of Public Health, her Ph.D. (health behavior) from Indiana University, and her master of psychiatric epidemiology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Kevin Syberg, DrPH

Kevin M. Syberg, DrPH, is the director of undergraduate education and assistant professor of health management and policy. Prior to joining SLU's full-time faculty, Syberg spent two years on the adjunct faculty and as executive in residence at the SLU School of Public Health.

Syberg has more than 20 years of experience in high level management positions in hospitals and health systems and expertise in community engagement associated with health care access. He also has extensive experience in state-level health policy and in medical group management.

Syberg received his B.A. (physiology) from Blackburn University, his MPH (health planning & administration) from University of Tennessee and his DrPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Jing Wang, Ph.D.

Jing Wang, Ph.D., is associate professor of biostatistics. Prior to joining the faculty at the SLU School of Public Health, Wang was associate professor of experimental statistics at Louisiana State University. Her research interests are primarily in statistical applications in health. The winner of several teaching awards, Wang has taught statistical methods at various levels.

Wang received her B.S. (mathematics) and her M.S. (statistics) from Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, and her Ph.D. (statistics) from North Carolina State University.

Pamela Xaverius, Ph.D.

Pamela K. Xaverius, Ph.D., is assistant professor of epidemiology. Prior to joining the School of Public Health full-time faculty, Xaverius was an assistant professor of family and community medicine in SLU's School of Medicine and an adjunct School of Public Health faculty member, where she taught social epidemiology and maternal and child health.

Xaverius brings considerable teaching, research, and public health practice to her new position. Her epidemiologic research has been funded by the CDC, NIH, the March of Dimes and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her current research interests focus on preconception care and on maternal and child health epidemiology.

Xaverius has previously served as a maternal and child health epidemiologist at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Xaverius received her B.A. at DePaul University, and her M.A. and her Ph.D. from University of Kansas.

Alan Zelicoff, M.D.

Alan P. Zelicoff, M.D., is professor of environmental and occupational health and epidemiology. He will direct the Institute for Biosecurity after Greg Evans, Ph.D., departs later this semester to become dean of a newly accredited School of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. An internationally known expert in biosecurity, emergency response and public health surveillance, Zelicoff had been an adjunct professor in SLU's graduate biosecurity program before joining the full-time faculty.

Zelicoff's interests include risk and hazard analysis in hospital systems and office-based practices, in technologies for improving the responsiveness of public health offices and in countering biological weapons terrorism.

From 1989 to 2003 Zelicoff was senior scientist in the Center for National Security and Arms Control at Sandia National Laboratories. Zelicoff has led joint research projects in epidemiology of infectious disease, while establishing Internet access at Russian and Kazak biological laboratories. An expert in disease surveillance systems, Zelicoff is the developer of the Syndrome Reporting Information System (SYRIS), a commercial software package used by public health officials and clinicians.

Zelicoff received his A.B. (physics) from Princeton University, and his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed both his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in rheumatology at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of two books and numerous book chapters and articles in biosecurity and in infectious diseases epidemiology, and had been a frequent contributor to Op-Ed pages in the Washington Post and other newspapers.

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