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CPHSJ Announces New Associate Deans, M.P.H. Program Director

On Jan. 1, 2018, Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice welcomed two new associate deans and a new Master of Public Health program director to its leadership team.

Brian Boutwell on left, Nancy Weaver on right

Brian Boutwell, Ph.D., serves in a newly developed role, associate dean for research and corporate partnerships, and Nancy Weaver, Ph.D., has taken on the role of associate dean for academic and faculty affairs.


Nancy Weaver, Ph.D., associate professor of behavioral science and health education, has taken the reins as associate dean for academic and faculty affairs.

Weaver has a long history at Saint Louis University, beginning in 1999. She has crafted a vibrant portfolio of funded research projects at the intersection of health communication and positive parenting. Last year, she led efforts to launch the REACH Center (Research and Equity in Action for Child Health), which brought together faculty and regional partners to address maternal and child health priorities. Most recently with funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health she is developing she developed bystander approaches to child maltreatment in public settings. All of her work is transdisciplinary and fully engages students and community partners. She received the Terry Leet teaching award from the College in 2013 and served as the College faculty assembly president from 2013-2015.

Brian Boutwell, Ph.D., associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, has transitioned into a newly developed leadership role, associate dean for research and corporate partnerships. In this role, he will lead the expansion of traditional research funding as well as the development of corporate partnerships that will provide new more flexible funding streams for research and training. He will be working closely with faculty across the entire college to create team-based research initiatives that are competitive for extramural funding.

Boutwell joined SLU in the summer of 2014. His research and experience is at a unique intersection of public health, criminology and medicine. He has helped coordinate a number of interdisciplinary teams studying antisocial behavior, epidemiological and environmental research on lead exposure in St. Louis City, as well as ongoing work devoted to child wellbeing research in disadvantaged and underserved populations. During his time at SLU, Boutwell has been recognized as both an effective teacher and researcher, including the excellence in teaching award for 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as the excellence in research award at the associate professor level in 2015.

Anne Sebert KuhlmannAnne Sebert Kuhlmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral science and health education, will be stepping into the role of Master of Public Health program director. Sebert Kuhlmann’s work focuses on maternal and reproductive health, both domestically and internationally. She currently has funding from CARE, Medicines for Humanity, and Incarnate Word Foundation for projects in Malawi, Haiti, and St. Louis, respectively. Sebert Kuhlmann has been instrumental in the development of the global health concentration and is looking forward to working with the M.P.H. program.

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 well-being 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.