School of Public Health

Affiliate Faculty

Our affiliate MCH faculty have primary appointments in the School of Public Health and in other schools throughout the University of Washington. They are available to help students with thesis projects in their specific areas of expertise. Faculty are organized by primary research interests but you can also do a page search by pressing Ctrl + F and typing in a more specific search term.

Child & Adolescent Health | Health Systems/Policies | Infectious Disease |Injury Prevention | Intimate Partner Violence | Mental Health | Oral Health |Pregnancy | Women's Reproductive Health | Substance Abuse

Child & Adolescent Health

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Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability.
Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children's Hospital

Effects of media on child health and development, child health, pediatrics.

Greg Redding, MD
Professor, Pediatrics
Head, Pulmonary Division, Pediatric Pulmonary Center

Pediatric pulmonary and respiratory disease and treatment, respiratory syncytial virus, community and inpatient management of asthma.

Brian Saelens, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Child and adolescent health and obesity, environmental influences on physical activity and eating behaviors, psychosocial factors that influence individual choice for weight-related behaviors.

Beth Ellen Davis, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

Adolescent transition, systems of care for children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities,needs of military children, pediatric palliative care, children with special health care needs.

Carolyn Gleason, MS, RD
Project Officer and Regional Consultant, US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau
(Available for practicum opportunities only, not for thesis work.)
Medical home, children with special healthcare needs, health systems transformation.

Healthcare/Health Systems/Health Policy

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Crystal Tetrick, MPH
Chief Operations officer, Seattle Indian Health Board
maternal and child health issues affecting American Indians/Alaska Natives, social determinants of health, nurse home visiting, and health systems transformation.

James Gaudino, MD, MPH, FACPM
Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Maternal, infant, child, adolescent and family health; health care transformation, health care reform outcome and quality improvement research.

Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, MSN
Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Psychosocial and Community Health (primary appt.)

Effective public health system performance, local public health service variation and population health impact, disparities in public health workforce development and leadership, maternal and child health

Tao Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH
Senior Lecturer, Health Services
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Public health practice, communicable disease epidemiology, health informatics, children's health, vaccines.

Riley Peters, PhD
Director, Surveillance & Evaluation, Office of Healthy Communities, Washington State Department of Health
Clinical Associate Professor, Health Services

Link between maternal and child health and chronic disease, use of data and science in policy and decision making.


Infectious Disease (including STIs and HIV/AIDS)


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Jennifer Balkus, PhD, MPH
Affiliate Instructor, Global Health
Affiliate Instructor, Epidemiology

HIV/AIDS, STDs, Maternal Child Health, Reproductive Health, vaginal microbiome.

Lisa Manhart, PhD, MPH
Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Global Health

HIV, STIs, and related social stigma and mental health.

Janet Baseman PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services

Infectious disease epidemiology, public health practice, informatics, surveillance, member Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

Injury Prevention

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Fred Rivara, MD, MPH
Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics; Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association Endowed Chair in Pediatric Health Outcomes Research; Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology; Core Faculty, HIPRC; Fellowship Director Editor-in-Chief, JAMA Pediatrics
Childhood injury and injury prevention, long term disability after traumatic brain injury in children,PTSD after traumatic injury in adolescents.

Intimate Partner Violence

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Mary Kernic, PhD, MPH
Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Intimate partner violence, injury epidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology, effects of intimate partner violence on children.

Mental Health

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Amelia Gavin, PhD, MSW, MPP
Associate Professor, Social Work
African-American women and depression, racial disparities in birth outcomes, pregnancy and postpartum depression.

Ann Vander Stoep, PhD, MS
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Co-Director, Developmental Pathways Research Program, Child Health Institute

Developmental epidemiology of adolescent depression, transition to adulthood for adolescents with psychiatric disorders, co-morbidity in child psychiatric disorders, children's mental health intervention.

Oral Health

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Donald Chi, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor, Oral Health Sciences
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Services
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

Determinants of dental care transitions for adolescents with chronic conditions, neighborhood-level health effects, preventive health care decision making, oral health.

Peter Milgrom, DDS
Professor of Dental Public Health Sciences
Director of the Northwest/Alaska Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
Director of the Dental Fears Research Clinic
Adjunct Professor, Health Services

Effects of xylitol on dental caries, behavioral and pharmacological management of fearful and phobic dental patients, access to dental care for children from low-income families.


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Doris Boutain, PhD, RN, PHN-BC
Adjunct Associate Professor, UW Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
Associate Professor, Psychosocial & Community Health Nursing

Stress and preterm labor risk, health disparities, marginalized populations and communities.

Beth A. Mueller, DrPH, MPH
Professor, Epidemiology
Scientific Coordinator, Epidemiology Data Resource
Member, Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Prenatal exposures and pregnancy outcomes; reproductive exposures and cancer outcomes in women and children; pregnancy outcomes in cancer survivors; adminstrative, surveillance, and environmental database linkage studies.

Vivienne Souter, MBChB, MD
Director of Research, Obstetric Care Outcomes Assessment Program (OB COAP), Foundation for Healthcare Quality
Quality improvement in healthcare, racial disparities in obstetric outcomes, obstetric care, maternal and newborn outcomes, clinical practice guidelines, predictive modeling for health pregnancy outcomes.

Women's Reproductive Health

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Lisa Callegari, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Contraception, preconception care, adolescent contraception and pregnancy prevention, reproductive health services, patient-centered care and shared decision making, patient-provider communication, and integration of reproductive health services into primary care.

Sarah Prager, MD, MAS
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Division Director, Family Planning

Post-abortion contraception, IUDs, Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), Miscarriage management, Global Reproductive Health.

Victoria Holt, PhD, MPH
Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Health Services; Member (Joint), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Women's reproductive health, effects of justice system on intimate partner violence, endometriosis.

Elizabeth Micks, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Women's reproductive health, permanent contraception, novel hormonal contraceptives, pain control for uterine procedures, including intrauterine device placement.

Carolyn Gardella, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gynecology Service Chief, VA Puget Sound

Women's reproductive health, pregnancy, herpes virus infections in pregnancy, bacterial vaginosis, postpartum endometriosis.

Substance Abuse

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Susan Astley, PhD
Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics

Primary and secondary prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders through screening, diagnosis, intervention, surveillance, training, and research.

Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW
Affiliate Associate Professor, Health Services
Drug abuse epidemiology, health services research, youth substance abuse prevention, drug overdose prevention, drug treatment services research.