Faculty Development Committee

Susan S. Fish, PharmD, MPH is Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health, as well as Director of the MA in Clinical Investigation in the Boston University School of Medicine.  Dr. Fish has more recently focused on research ethics in general, and application of the federal regulations for waiver of informed consent in certain emergency research circumstances.

Deborah M. Fournier, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor in Community Health Sciences and Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Evaluation at Boston University Medical Campus. She has more than 20 years of field experience in collaborating with administrators and faculty on program planning and evaluation of faculty development and enrichment initiatives. She serves on the SPH Faculty Development committee to proactively support its capacity-building efforts with building and sustaining a robust SPH faculty development processes that addresses needs and emerging changes across all faculty career stages.

Emily F. Rothman, ScD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences.  She also has secondary appointments in the BUSM in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Rothman’s area of research expertise is violence prevention, with a particular emphasis on adolescents.  She enjoys being on the faculty development committee because it is rewarding to help SPH find new ways to support its faculty and further our career development.

Lora Sabin, MA, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at BUSPH. She teaches courses on social and behavior sciences, health economics, and management of antiretroviral therapy in low-resource settings and conducts research on infectious diseases, child survival, and applied economics in Asia and Africa. Lora holds a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Yorghos Tripodis, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and who joined the Faculty Development Committee in 2012 in response to a request to all junior faculty to consider service on the committee.  He has been actively adding the perspective of more junior faculty to the programs developed in conjunction with the FDC.

William Dejong, PhD , is a Professor of Community Health Sciences and a graduate of Dartmouth College who received his doctorate in social psychology from Stanford University.  His scholarly work includes research, teaching and advocacy in the fields of alcohol and tobacco control, criminal justice, health communications, health promotion, and social psychology.  He has a long-standing interest in mentoring and received the Harvard School of Public Health’s Faculty Mentoring Award in 1999.

Lisa Fredman, PhD, is a Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the  Epidemiology Department and a graduate of Swarthmore with a doctorate from University of North Carolina.  She is conducting studies on the effects of chronic stress on psychological, cognitive and physical health outcomes in elderly caregivers and non-caregivers, and on the health effects of positive affect.  She has had a long-standing interest in increasing opportunities for faculty development for SPH faculty at all stages of their careers.  This interest grew when she served on the Gender Equity Committee and realized that women faculty not only held very few leadership positions in the School but lacked opportunities to gain experience that would qualify them for those positions.

Nafisa Halim, MA, PhD , is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health who received her postdoctoral training in Social Demography at Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A.s in Sociology and Economics from the University of New Mexico.  Her research interests include the determinants and consequences of human capital formation (early childhood development, education, health, nutrition) among women, children and adolescents and program evaluation.  She provides a voice to early career faculty who receive modified appointments.

Kathleen MacVarish, MS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Environmental Health. She received a B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from UMass Lowell.  Her experience includes 15 years as a local Board of Health Agent in Massachusetts and also as a Sanitarian/Inspector in California and New York.  She teaches graduate courses with topic areas that include local public health and emergency preparedness and also directs the community and workforce development programs in the Office of Public Health Practice (PHP).   She followed a “non-traditional” path to faculty status and is interested in more systematic ways for faculty to improve teaching, provide service, learn about promotion, etc.