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A multi-disciplinary leadership team is responsible for guiding, developing, and evaluating the effort and mentoring the Drexel First cohort of new faculty.

This group of academic leaders is composed of a team of principal investigators, core co-leads, co-investigators, and mentors who provide the Drexel FIRST cohort with essential expertise and guidance as they develop their research efforts and career pathways.

Principal Investigators

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Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH

Dean Emerita and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology
Director of the Urban Health Collaborative
Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health
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Laura Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN

Dean Emerita and Distinguished University Professor
Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions

Drexel FIRST Core Co-Leads

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Girija Kaimal, EdD

Co-Core Director, FIRST Evaluation Core
Assistant Dean for Special Research Initiatives, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Creative Arts Department
College of Nursing and Health Professions
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Jan Eberth, PhD, MSPH

Co-Core Director, FIRST Faculty Development Core
Professor and Chair
Department of Health Policy and Management
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Yvonne Michael, ScD, SM

Co-Core Director, FIRST Faculty Development Core
Professor and Interim Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dornsife School of Public Health

Drexel FIRST Co-Investigators

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Erin M. Horvat, PhD

Interim Dean
Senior Vice Provost, Faculty Advancement Professor
Drexel School of Education
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Brisa N. Sanche┼║, PhD

Endowed Professor of Biostatistics and Associate Dean for Research
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dornsife School of Public Health
Research Development Committee Chair

Drexel FIRST Committee Members

Mentoring Council

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Jessica Chou, PHD, LPC, LMFT

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy Department
College of Nursing and Health Professions
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Brian Daly, PhD

Department Head and Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Drexel College of Arts and Sciences
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Yvonne Michael, ScD, SM

Co-Core Director, FIRST Faculty Development Core
Professor and Interim Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dornsife School of Public Health

Research Development Committee

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Meera Nair Harhay, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Medicine
Drexel College of Medicine
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Brian K. Lee, PhD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Margaret Finley, PT, PhD

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Professional Development Committee

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Jennifer Quinlan, PhD

Co-Core Director, FIRST Faculty Development Core
Professor, Nutrition Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Sponsorship Committee Chair
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Erin M. Horvat, PhD

Interim Dean
Senior Vice Provost, Faculty Advancement Professor
Drexel School of Education
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Michele Kutzler, PhD

Associate Dean for Faculty, Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology
Drexel College of Medicine
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Glenn Williams, PT, PhD, ATC

Assistant Dean of Health Sciences, Chair of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Sponsorship Committee

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Erin M. Horvat, PhD

Interim Dean
Senior Vice Provost, Faculty Advancement Professor
Drexel School of Education
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Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Community Health and Prevention, Community Health and Prevention
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Jerry Fagliano, PhD, MPH

Clinical Professor and Chair
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Jan Eberth, PhD, MSPH

Co-Core Director, FIRST Faculty Development Core
Professor and Chair
Department of Health Policy and Management
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Patti Zuzelo, EDD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, CRNP, ANEF, FAAN

Chair and Clinical Professor, Department of Graduate Nursing
DNP Program Director
College of Nursing and Health Professions
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Christian Jordal, PhD, LMFT, CST-S

Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Counseling and Family Therapy
College of Nursing and Health Professions
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Kathleen Fisher, PhD, CRNP

Professor of Graduate Nursing, Nursing PhD, and Advanced Practice Nursing
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Drexel FIRST Mentors and Staff

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Amy Auchincloss, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Sharelle M. Barber, ScD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Director of The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Ellen J. Bass, PhD

Interim Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Computing & Informatics
Professor, Information Science
Affiliate Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Affiliate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Drexel University
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Usama Bilal, PhD, MPH, MD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Co-Director of the Urban Health Collaborative
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC

Professor, Creative Arts Therapies Department
College of Nursing and Health Professions
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Paul Brandt-Rauf, ScD, MD, DrPH

Distinguished University Professor and Dean
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
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Michael Bruneau, PhD, ACSM EP-C, NASM CPT

Associate Teaching Professor
Health Sciences Department
College of Nursing and Health Professions
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Meghan Butryn, PhD

Professor
Associate Department Head
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences WELL Center
College of Arts and Sciences
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Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA

Walter H. & Leonore Annenberg Dean; Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
Drexel College of Medicine
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Jane Clougherty, MSc, ScD

Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Evan Forman, PhD

Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences WELL Center
College of Arts and Sciences
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Meera Nair Harhay, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Medicine
Drexel College of Medicine
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Irene Headen, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN

Vice President, Health and Health Equity Professor
College of Nursing and Health Professions
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Adrienne S. Juarascio, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
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Girija Kaimal, EdD

Co-Core Director, FIRST Evaluation Core
Assistant Dean for Special Research Initiatives, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Creative Arts Department
College of Nursing and Health Professions
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Ann C. Klassen, PhD

Professor, Community Health and Prevention
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MS, MPH

Research Professor, Community Health and Prevention
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Mariana Elizondo-Lazo, MD, PhD, ScM

Associate Research Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention and the Urban Health Collaborative
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Brian K. Lee, PhD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Gina Lovasi, PhD, MPH

Interim Dean and Dornsife Associate Professor of Urban Health
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD

Professor, Community Health and Prevention
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Yvonne Michael, ScD, SM

Co-Core Director, FIRST Faculty Development Core
Professor and Interim Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dornsife School of Public Health
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D. Alexander Quistberg, PhD, MPH

Assistant Research Professor
Environmental & Occupational Health, Urban Health Collaborative
Dornsife School of Public Health
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Diana Robins, PhD

Director & Professor, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
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Lindsay Shea, DrPH, MS

Director of the Policy and Analytics Center at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
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Paulina Sockolow, DrPH, MS, MBA

Associate Professor, Health Systems and Sciences Research
College of Nursing and Health Professions
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Loni Tabb, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Dornsife School of Public Health

Katlyn Wright

FIRST Program Administrative Coordinator

Valeria Montero-Bowden

FIRST Project Manager
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