School of Public Health welcomes new faculty
The School of Public Health welcomes eight new members to its faculty this year. Four new members are joining the Department of Kinesiology and two more are joining the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of Health Services Administration each hired one new faculty member.
Sushant M. Ranadive, Department of Kinesiology
PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Expertise: Human physiology with a focus on aging, sex differences, cardiovascular and autonomic function.
Dr. Ranadive completed his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. His educational background in exercise physiology and occupational therapy makes him well suited to study these variables in humans. He has worked extensively on research projects involving vascular function in relation to aging, inflammation and environmental stressors.
At Mayo, Dr. Ranadive worked on the NIH funded SCOR projects at and developed research projects focused on vascular function in postmenopausal women. While working on these projects, it became evident that there is a significant gap in knowledge about the mechanisms relating to higher prevalence of hypertension in postmenopausal women.
Dr. Ranadive is currently studying the mechanisms related to the higher prevalence of hypertension in postmenopausal women as compared with age-matched men. He plans to examine either unstudied or understudied neurovascular control mechanisms in both pre and postmenopausal women.
Steven J. Prior, Department of Kinesiology
Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park
Expertise: Exercise, angiogenesis and vascular biology in aging-associated cardiometabolic diseases.
Dr. Prior joins the University of Maryland School of Public Health from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Baltimore VA Medical Center Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).
He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and Department of Veterans Affairs for his research examining mechanisms underlying abnormal angiogenesis and vascular dysfunction in aging and age-associated cardiometabolic diseases such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, as well as how exercise training may restore normal angiogenesis, metabolism and physical function in these individuals.
Andy Grainger, Department of Kinesiology
PhD, Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park
Expertise: The critical, socio-historical analysis of sport, leisure, health and physical culture.
Dr. Andy Grainger joins the Department of Kinesiology as a Lecturer, having previously taught courses in sport sociology, sport history, sport geography, and sport management at universities in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
He has most recently been teaching at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Dr. Grainger completed a PhD in Kinesiology at Maryland and is excited about returning to his alma mater. He is looking forward, in particular, to contributing to the vibrant research and teaching efforts of the department’s Physical Cultural Studies Research Group.
Sarah Kuzmiak-Glancy, Department of Kinesiology
Ph.D., Biology, Arizona State University
Expertise: Exercise metabolism
Dr. Sarah Kuzmiak-Glancy joins the UMD SPH from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the George Washington University. Dr. Kuzmiak-Glancy’s research focus is energy metabolism in the heart and skeletal muscle. Her laboratory investigates how cardiac mitochondrial energy production is matched to energy demand and how this coordination is altered during exercise and disease.
Elizabeth Aparicio, Department of Behavioral and Community Health
PhD, Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Expertise: Prevention and intervention research with at-risk individuals, families, and communities.
Dr. Aparicio is joining the faculty after three years at the University of Hawaii conducting community-based research related to teen pregnancy disparities, heading the child and family social work specialization of UH's Master in Social Work program, and leading the state of Hawaii's child welfare training pipeline program.
Dr. Aparicio's research focuses on improving health equity through mixed-method intervention research and lifting community voices in qualitative research. Her research agenda is centered on three interrelated areas: teenage pregnancy and parenting; early childhood intervention; and child maltreatment prevention.
Dr. Aparicio is currently leading an OAH-funded mixed-method feasibility evaluation of a newly developed teen pregnancy prevention and sexual health well-being program for homeless youth (Wahine Talk), in partnership with Waikiki Health (a federally qualified health center in Honolulu, HI). She is also part of a national network of scholars (the Teen Pregnancy and Parenting in Foster Care workgroup) focused on sexual health, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting among foster youth. The TPPFC is working on several basic and applied research projects, such as evaluating delivery of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs with child welfare- and juvenile justice-involved youth, examining LGBTQ foster youths' experiences and needs, and exploring experiences of pregnancy and birth among parenting foster youth.
This year at UMD, Dr. Aparicio is looking forward to developing a graduate course on qualitative research methods and to supporting a student-led sexual health intervention project with foster youth through the Prevention Research Center.
Kirsten Stoebenau, Department of Behavioral and Community Health
Assistant Research Professor
Ph.D., Public Health, Johns Hopkins
Expertise: Global women’s sexual and reproductive health, and mixed-methods.
Dr. Stoebenau comes to the University of Maryland from American University in Washington, D.C. where she was a Research Assistant Professor in the Center on Health, Risk and Society. Her research focuses on the social and structural determinants of women’s sexual and reproductive health with a geographical focus in sub-Saharan Africa.
In particular, her interests include women’s HIV risk within the context of sexual exchange relationships; and the determinants and consequences of adolescent fertility. Examples of her work include a conceptual analysis of the meaning of transactional sex in sub-Saharan Africa; and a mixed-method study of the linkages between school dropout and pregnancy among adolescent girls in Uganda.
Quynh Nguyen, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of North Carolina
Expertise: Social epidemiology focusing on contextual and economic factors as they relate to health.
Dr. Quynh Nguyen joins the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as Assistant Professor. Her expertise is in social epidemiology. She leads a project called HashtagHealth utilizing social media data to produce national neighborhood indicators and examine neighborhood effects. Dr. Nguyen is currently developing a course on health survey design and analysis to be offered Spring 2018.
Eva DuGoff, Department of Health Services Administration
PhD, Health Services Research and Policy, Johns Hopkins University
Expertise: Health policy, Medicare, quality of care, health services research methods.
Dr. Eva DuGoff joins UMD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences. Dr. DuGoff completed her PhD in health services research and policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. DuGoff’s research focuses on two main areas: 1) the quality and organization of medical care; and 2) the dynamics of multimorbidity and the impact on patient health, clinical care, and Medicare policy. Her research aims to identify opportunities for policymakers to improve health outcomes in the United States, especially for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and racial and ethnic minorities. She currently serves as the principal investigator on a Commonwealth Fund grant to identify the types of high-cost high-need patients in Medicare Advantage.
Dr. DuGoff received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Health Services Research and Policy. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and MPP from George Washington University.