Program Faculty

Health Disparities Research Scholars T32 Program

Participating Faculty

Medical Sciences:

Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, and Director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine T32 Research Fellowship and studies complementary and integrative medical treatments using experimental designs with a focus on patient centered outcomes.

Molly Carnes, MD, MS, Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Medicine, and Director, UW Center for Women’s Health Research Director and the TEAM Science R25, and Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation. Her research examines how unconscious (implicit) assumptions based on cultural stereotypes infiltrate decision-making processes and conspire against STEMM (sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) workforce diversity.

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, ProfessorDepartment of Pediatrics, and conducts pediatric patient-centered outcomes research.

Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH, Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Population Health Sciences and conducts epidemiologic and health services research focused on women’s health and maternal and child health.

Gloria E Sarto, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a champion of women’s health through genetics research, teaching, and mentoring.

Dinesh Shah, MD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and conducts clinical obstetrics research focused on the pathogenesis of preeclampsia.

Jane Mahoney, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine and Director of Dissemination and Implementation Resources at the Institute for Clinical & Translational Research. Her work centers on effective ways to get evidence based programs into practice.

Population Health Sciences:

Maureen Durkin, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences, and Director of the Population Health Graduate Program. She is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on children with special health care needs.

Tiffany Green, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Green is a health economist with a focus on topics related to health equity, racial disparities, prenatal care, and infant and child health outcomes.

Jenny Higgins, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Chair-elect to the Board of Directors of the Guttmacher Institute. Dr. Higgin’s expertise is in reproductive epidemiology.

Kristen Malecki, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, an environmental epidemiologist she is Co-Director, Survey of the Health of Wisconsin.

John Mullahy, PhD, Professor of Health Economics, Department of Population Health Sciences. His research interests include the applications of econometric methods to health economics and health policy analysis.

Maureen Smith, MD, PhD, Professor, Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine and Community Health and Director, Health Innovation Program and Community-Academic Partnerships, for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Her research focuses on quality of care and access to care.

Barbara Wolfe, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Economics, Public Affairs and Population Health Sciences. A health economist, her work focuses on poverty and health.

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Lawrence Berger, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, and Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Poverty Fellows Program. His expertise is in family and child well-being.

Marcy Carlson, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, Director, Center for Demography and Ecology. Her areas of expertise are social stratification, family, demography and ecology.

Marah Curtis PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the health, housing stability and living arrangements of economically vulnerable families and individuals.

Larissa Duncan, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty Director, Center for Child and Family Well-Being, School of Human Ecology. She studies the biological and psychological pathways through which contemplative practices may support healthy child and family development.

Christine Durrance, PhD, Associate Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs. Her work includes a focus on maternal, infant, and reproductive health; risky behavior (e.g., substance use and violence); and the legal and policy environment.

Michal Engleman, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on the dynamics of population aging and health across the life course, with particular emphasis on early and mid-life factors that influence health disparities at older ages.

Eric Grodsky, PhD, Professor, Departments of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies and studies the sociology of education and social stratification.

Sarah Halpern-Meekin, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, School of Human Ecology. A sociologist, her research interests include tax-based government assistance for low-income families.

Mosi Ifatunji, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Afro-American Studies. Dr. Ifatunji’s primary research and teaching interests are in racial and ethnic theory and the methods used to study inequality and stratification.

Michael Light, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies. Dr. Light’s work focuses on the legal and criminological consequences of international migration, the relationship between racial/ethnic stratification and crime, and the health consequences of major social and demographic shifts.

Jenna Nobles, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology and Associate Director of Training, Center for Demography & Ecology. She is a sociologist and demographer who studies demographic and health issues faced by low-income populations in the US, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

Beth Olson, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences and an expert in nutritional sciences. With a focus on interventions to support breastfeeding for low-income and working women, she considers herself a social scientist.

Stephanie Robert, PhD, Professor and Director, School of Social Work. Her research is focused on neighborhood context and health over the life course.

Carol Ryff, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Associate Director, UW Institute on Aging. She is PI of the Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS) national study; her expertise is in the biopsychosocial pathways to health.

Earlise Ward, PhD, Director of Morgridge Center of Public Service, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, School of Nursing. Her research is focused on mental health interventions for African Americans.

Claire Wendland, MD, PhD, Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Ob-Gyn, A medical anthropologist, her work focuses on the globalization of biomedicine. Related work includes the anthropology of reproduction, sexuality and the body.

Basic Sciences:

Ian Bird, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Integrated Graduate Training, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. An expert in the molecular endocrinology of reproduction, he is Director, Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology, and PI of the associated Predoctoral T32.

Christopher Coe, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Director of the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology. His research focuses on the relationship between psychosocial processes and health disparities.

Thaddeus Golos, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Biosciences is a reproductive immunologist.

Linda Schuler, PhD, VMD, Professor and Associate Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Comparative Biosciences, and studies biological effects of chronic stress.

Principal Investigator

Deborah Ehrenthal MD, MPH
Director, Division of Reproductive and Population Health

WARF Building, Room 658
610 Walnut St
Madison, WI 53726

Tel: (608) 265-0559

HDRS Program Administrator

Lisa Scott, PhD