The latest School of Public Health faculty awards and recognition.

Linda Resnik, PhD, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice
2017 Paul B. Magnuson Award
The Magnuson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rehabilitation Research and Development is the highest honor for Department of Veterans Affairs rehabilitation investigators. It recognizes Resnik’s work with advanced upper limb prostheses, on veterans’ rehabilitation and community integration, and her leadership of the VA/Department of Defense Collaboration Guidebook for Healthcare Research.

Akilah Dulin Keita, PhD, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
The Marie O. Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award
This award recognizes outstanding scholarship published in the Journal of Community Practice. Articles are reviewed and selected by a committee comprised of ACOSA scholars based on contribution to the field, scholarly approach, and promotion of macro practice values.


Jennifer Nazareno, PhD
Brown University Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow
Nazareno was named Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Public Health and the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. Her research centers on the impacts of economic globalization on the organizational structure of the U.S. long-term care and mental health care systems. Nazareno will teach the course Intersectionality and Health Inequities in Spring 2018.

Chris Schmid, PhD,
Department of Biostatistics
President of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology
Professor Schmid was elected President of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology, a cross disciplinary society that supports and promotes the development and use of innovative and robust methods of research synthesis.

Nicole Alexander-Scott
, MD, MPH, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice; Department of Pediatrics; Department of Medicine; Director, Rhode Island Department of Health
President-elect of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
ASTHO members are the chief health officials in each US state. The organization develops and guides public health policy in state-based public health practice with the ultimate goal of improving the nation’s health. Alexander-Scott will spend a year working with the current president to help steer the organization before assuming that role in September 2018.

Joseph Braun, PhD, Department of Epidemiology
Collaborative on Health and the Environment: 20 Pioneers under 40 in Environmental Public Health
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment, a non-profit dedicated to educating people on how the environment impacts human health and well-being, recognized individuals whose work promises to drive environmental health science and advocacy in new directions. Braun researches whether environmental chemical exposures adversely affect infant and child health.

Medeva Ghee, PhD, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
INSIGHT into Diversity’s 2017 Leaders in STEM
Ghee, executive director of the Leadership Alliance, a Brown-based consortium that supports scholars from historically underrepresented groups pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math, was recognized for motivating and encouraging the next generation of young people to pursue STEM education and careers.

Josiah Rich, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology
2017 Charles “Bud” Kahn, M.D. Lifetime Leadership Award
An infectious disease specialist, Rich is also the director and cofounder of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights and a leader in efforts to combat opioid abuse. Joseph Garland, who nominated Rich for the Miriam Hospital award, noted his work providing care to prisoners saying he “has become a national leader in inmate health.”

Constantine Gatsonis, PhD, Department of Biostatistics
2018 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Zelen Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has greatly impacted the theory and practice of statistical science, contributing to the creation of an environment in which statistical science and its applications have flourished.


Six Brown faculty members were honored with inaugural Brown Research Achievement Awards, presented by the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Two of the awards went to School of Public Health faculty for their work on early life, and the end of life:

Vincent Mor, PhD, Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice
Brown University Distinguished Research Achievement Award
The Distinguished Research Achievement Award honors faculty members with exceptional records of nationally acclaimed research throughout their careers at Brown. Mor was cited for his sustained success over decades in advancing research on how the delivery of health care affects the well-being of frail and chronically ill people, particularly the elderly. He was also cited for his leadership in building an outstanding public health research program at Brown.

Joseph Braun, PhD, Department of Epidemiology
Brown University Early Career Research Achievement Award
Braun was highlighted for building a strong research program that has documented many important associations between prenatal and early life exposures to industrial toxicants, such as PFOA, and specific effects on human health including childhood adiposity and early termination of breastfeeding. He was also cited for providing excellent research mentorship.