CPHSJ Celebrates Outstanding Researchers

05/26/2017Media Inquiries

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Faculty members at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice were awarded 31 grants and contracts valued at nearly $2 million in 2016, Mario Schootman, associate dean for research, highlighted at the annual Celebrating Scholarship reception last month.

The College also recognized four professors for their outstanding research accomplishments in 2016:

  • Monica Matthieu, assistant professor of social work, published 10 articles in peer-reviewed journals and brought in external grants from the Centers for Disease Control, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.

  • Terri Rebmann, professor of environmental and occupational health, published 10 articles in peer-reviewed journals, nine of which were first-author credits and nine included student co-authors. She also received funding from the National Library of Medicine.

  • Enbal Shacham, associate professor of behavioral science and health education, published seven articles in peer-reviewed journals and received funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and AIDS United.

  • Michael Vaughn, professor of social work, published 43 articles in peer-reviewed journals, five of which had student co-authors, and brought in funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Development.

Marla Berg-Weger, professor of social work, was selected for special recognition for her mentorship of junior faculty as part of a program initiated by the College’s Research Office in 2016.

Marla Berg-Weger, left, shakes, Mario Schootman's hand at the College's annual research award reception.

Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., received special recognition for her mentorship of junior faculty at the College's annual Celebrating Scholarship reception.

“She goes above and beyond mentoring duties to stay in touch with me and to provide regular mentorship interactions. She has reviewed grant proposals, provided opportunities and connections for research projects, presentations and publications, and has maintained regular check-in meetings with me where we discuss my overall goals, questions or concerns,” one nominator wrote.

The College’s three largest grant winners were:

  • Nancy Weaver, associate professor of behavioral science and health education, from the Missouri Foundation for Health for “Addressing child maltreatment with social marketing and bystander intervention models.”

  • Michael Mancini, associate professor of social work, from the Health Resources and Services Administration for “Enhancing the behavioral health workforce serving children and adolescents with complex behavioral health needs in the St. Louis area.”

  • Kimberly Enard, assistant professor of health management and policy, was one of only 17 RWFJ New Connections Program Scholars to study an initiative designed to improve access to health care for “safety-net” patients.

About the College for Public Health and Social Justice

The Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice is the only academic unit of its kind, studying social, environmental and physical influences that together determine the health and wellbeing of people and communities. 

It also is the only accredited school or college of public health among nearly 250 Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. Guided by a mission of social justice and focus on finding innovative and collaborative solutions for complex health problems, the College offers nationally recognized programs in public health, social work, health administration, applied behavior analysis, and criminology and criminal justice.