Faculty

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Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Jim Marton
Department
: Economics
Research Interests: Health insurance financing, Medicaid, SCHIP, & child health

Rusty Tchernis
Department: Economics
Research Interests: Economics of childhood obesity.

Charles Courtemanche
Department
: Economics

Ann-Margaret Esnard
Department:
Public Management & Policy
Barbara Warner, PhD
Department: Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Crime/violence prevention through community informal social control

Brenda Sims Blackwell
Department: Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Women and Crime, criminal justice responses to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation.

Dean Dabney
Department: Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Criminal offending & crime control in an organizational context, drug markets, & qualitative methods

Brent Teasdale
Department: Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Mental health, crime, & criminal justice, Substance abuse prevention & community contexts of crime

Volkan Topalli
Department: Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Urban violence, drug markets, offender decision-making, and the psychology of crime

Lionel D. Scott, PhD, MSW
Department:
Social Work
Research Interests: Racial disparities in mental health service use; sociocultural determinants of health disparities; ethnic minority youth and older foster youth

Amy Glass
Department: School of Social Work
Research Interests: Children’s mental health systems of care, Child Welfare

Robin Hartinger-Saunders
Department
: Social Work
Research Interests: Youth violence, child maltreatment

Jan Ivery
Department:
Social Work
Research Interests: Collaborative partnerships, capacity building, community organization and development, HIV/AIDS, and gerontology.

Terri Lewinson
Department:
Social Work
Research Interests: Housing, home environments, and oncology social work practice.

Jan Ligon
Department
: Social Work
Research Interests: Research and evaluation on mental health and substance abuse

School of Nursing

Dawn Aycock
Department:
Nursing
Research Interests:
Stroke prevention in African Americans, specifically among young adults and those with a family historyof stroke

Susan Kelley
Department: Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions

Shih-Yu Sylvia Lee
Department
: Nursing

Dan Benardot
Department:
Nutrition
Research Interests: Obesity Reversal

Anita Nucci
Department
: Nutrition
Research Interests: Type I diabetes & pediatric intestinal failure

Lawrence Bryant
Department:
Respiratory Therapy
Research Interests: HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction among MSM

Robert Pettignano
Department
: Respiratory Therapy

College of Arts and Sciences

Sarita Davis
Department: African American Studies
Research Interests: HIV prevention education & sexual health in the African American community
Cassandra White
Department: Anthropology
Research Interests: Cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, Hansen’s disease (leprosy), stigma, Brazilian culture, Latin America, immigration, racial identity, gender, & social stratification
Sara Weigle
Department
: Applied Linguistics & ESL

Eric Friginal
Department: Applied Linguistics & ESL
Research Interests: Corpus-based discourse analysis, the language of healthcare interactions, and ethnographic research

Sidney Crow
Department
: Biology
Research Interests: Indoor/Outdoor Disease and Pollution
Holley Wilkin, PhD
Department:
Communication
Research Interest: Health literacy, health disparities, community health, health communication campaigns, & entertainment-education

Jaye Atkinson
Department:
Communication
Research Interests: Communication and Older Adults

Yuki Fujioka
Department:
Communication
Research Interests: Audience responses to health & race-related information (HIV/AIDS & mental illness), eHealth, underserved populations, and health literacy

Cynthia Hoffner
Department: Communication
Research Interests: Psychology of media (uses & effects) and emotional responses to media, Media & health (specifically mental health)

Anthony Lemieux
Department
: Communication

Leonard Teel
Department
: Communication
Research Interests: International Media Education; Chinese factory workers non-smoking

Natalie T.J. Tindall
Department:Communication

Xiaolin Hu
Department:
Computer Science

WenZhan Song
Department: Computer Science

Dajun Dai, Ph.D.
Department: Geosciences
Research Interests: Geographic Information Sciences (GIS), computational methods (genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks, agent-based model), environmental health and exposure, spatial epidemiology, urban health and wellness, and homeland security.

Daniel Deocampo
Department
: Geosciences
Research Interests: Environmental mineralogy , geochemistry, water and soil resources, geology & human health, Sedimentology, mineralogy, & archaeological geology.

Katherine Hankins
Department:
Geosciences
Research interests: Urban geography with emphases on the changing role of the state; neighborhood and community identities and institutions; and changing retail geographies.

Timothy Hawthorne
Department
: Geosciences

Chivon Mingo, PhD
Department:
Gerontology
Research Interests: Psychology, health disparities and aging
Yichuan Zhao
Department: Mathematics & Statistics/A&S
Research Interests: Transmission dynamics of HIV and STDs, general epidemiology, cancer prevention and control etc.

Jeff Qin
Department: Mathematics & Statistics/A&S
Research Interests: Developing statistical methods for health services research and diagnostic medicine


Robert Clewley
Department
: Neuroscience/Math
Research Interests: Modeling methodology

Julia L. Perilla, PhD
Department:
Psychology
Research Interests: Domestic violence, Latino populations, trauma, and mental health

Page Anderson
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Anxiety disorders, virtual reality, culturally informed treatment

Wing Yi Chan
Department
: Psychology
Research Interests: Positive development for marginalized youth

Gabriel Kuperminc
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: Adolescent/youth development & immigrant families, Prevention of school violence, teen pregnancy, & substance abuse

Ciara Smalls
Department: Psychology

Kevin Swartout
Department
: Psychology
Research Interests: Violence and Substance abuse

Erin Ruel, PhD
Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Social class, institutional discrimination, & health disparities

Dawn Baunach
Department:
Sociology
Research Interests: Gender and Sexuality

Dan Carlson
Department
: Sociology

Mathew Gayman
Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Health Disparities, Stress Process, Life Course

Meredith Greif
Department:
Sociology
Research Interests: Race, urban sociology, and health in developing countries.

Jung Ha Kim
Department
: Sociology
Research Interests: Access for Asians Communities

Deirdre Oakley
Department:
Sociology
Research Interests: Housing inequality & urban disadvantage, GIS & spatial analysis

Lesley Reid
Department
: Sociology/A&S
Research Interests: Urban inequality with an emphasis on violence and substance abuse.

Heying Jenny Zhan
Department
: Sociology
Research Interests: Older adults residing in urban China

Robinson College of Business

Elisabet Rutstrom
Department
: Robinson College of Business, Dean's Behavioral Economics Lab

College of Education

Janice Fournillier
Department:
Educational Policy Studies

David Houchins
Department:
Educational Psychology and Special Education

Joyce King
Department:
Educational Policy Studies
Research Interests: Education research / curriculum interventions for cultural well-being, heritage preservation and pan-ethnic identity development to support urban community health and renewal

Mona Matthews
Department: Early Childhood Education

Shannon Barrett-Williams
Department
: Kinesiology and Health

Rebecca Ellis
Department:
Kinesiology and Health

Mike Metzler
Department: Kinesiology & Health

Jeffrey Otis
Department
: Kinesiology and Health

Walter Thompson
Department
: Kinesiology and Health/COE
Research Interests: The improvement of our citizens who live in the inner city of Atlanta.

College of Law

Jonathan Todres, JD
Department
: College of Law
Research Interest: Children's rights, human rights, international law, and health law issues

Leslie E. Wolf, JD
Department
: College of Law
Research Interest: Health and public health law and ethics, and research ethics

Courtney Anderson
Department
: College of Law

Lisa Bliss
Department
: College of Law

Sylvia Caley
Department: College of Law
Research Interests: Devastating effect that serious illness has on families, and how solving legal problems can help to improve the health and social well-being of low-income children.

Charity Scott
Department: College of Law

School of Public Health

Richard Rothenberg, MD, MPH, FACP
Department:
Public Health
Research Interests: Transmission dynamics of HIV & STDs
General Epidemiology
Preventive Medicine

Kymberle L. Sterling , DrPH
Department:
Institute of Public Health
Research Interests: Child and adolescent health behaviors, Cancer prevention and control

Sheryl Strasser, PhD
Department:
Public Health
Research Interests: Elder mistreatment & older adult health

Monica Swahn, PhD
Department
: Public Health
Research Interest: Adolescent health, substance use, violence (broadly defined), & international comparisons

Scott Weaver, PhD
Department:
Center of Excellence on Health Disparities Research
Research Interest: Quantitative and statistical methods
Health disparities in immigrant & ethnic minority populations

Lisa Casanova
Department
: School of Public Health
Research Interests: Urban disparities in Environmental Exposure

Natalie Crawford
Department
: School of Public Health

Michael Eriksen
Department:
Dean of the School of Public Health

Christina Fuller
Department:
School of Public Health

Dora Il’yasova
Department:
School of Public Health

Marshall Kreuter
Department:
School of Public Health

Betty Lai
Department
: School of Public Health

John Lutzker
Department: School of Public Health

Kim Ramsey-White
Department
: School of Public Health

Laura Salazar
Department
: School of Public Health
Research Interests: HIV risk behaviors in MSM

John Steward
Department: School of Public Health

Daniel Whitaker
Department
: Center for Healthy Development /Public Health
Research Interests: Child maltreatment prevention & partner violence prevention