Latest School of Public Health Faculty Awards & Recognition

Lorin Crawford, Ph.D.
Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering

This 5-year, $875,000 award from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation recognizes the nation’s most promising early-career scientists with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks, explore new frontiers in their fields of study, and follow uncharted paths that lead to groundbreaking discoveries.

Peter Monti, Ph.D.
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Distinguished Research Achievement Award

Monti, director the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, received a Distinguished Research Achievement Award from Brown University for his long-time leadership in understanding the bio-behavioral mechanisms that underlie addictive behavior, as well as its prevention and treatment.

Jennifer Nazareno, Ph.D.
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Hazeltine Mentoring in Entrepreneurship Award

Nazareno was honored by the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship for her generous mentoring, dedication to inclusivity, and her steadfast commitment to Brown’s entrepreneurial mission.

Kali Thomas, Ph.D.
Health Services, Policy and Practice
Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award

Thomas is the inaugural recipient of the Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award in Health Services and Aging Research from the American Federation for Aging Research for her work applying health services research to inform policies and practices that improve health and quality of life for older adults.


The School of Public Health’s Dean’s Excellence Awards recognize faculty leaders who demonstrate a commitment to excellence that goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Excellence in Research Collaboration
Roee Gutman
Ph.D., Biostatistics

Excellence in Classroom Teaching
Jennifer Nazareno
Ph.D., Behavioral and Social Sciences

Excellence in Mentoring
Patricia Risica
DrPH, MPH, Behavioral and Social Sciences and Epidemiology


This fund was established to fast track research proposals that directly address the urgent needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards support research with the potential for significant and rapid impact on human health and research that could create products of immediate need for the health care system.

Rosa Baier, Elizabeth White, and Fox Wetle
Administration of an electronic survey to front-line staff working in nursing homes and other longterm care settings across the country to capture and rapidly disseminate best practices.

Ira Wilson, Omar Galarraga, and Amal Trivedi
Review of health care claims in Rhode Island to examine the impact of COVID-19 social distancing measures on health care utilization and outcomes, particularly for the most needy people, such as chronically-ill

Philip Chan and Eleftherios Mylonakis
Creation of a statewide Rhode Island model to understand the epidemiology and clinical outcomes of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Joseph Hogan, Philip Chan, Elizabeth Chen, A. Rani Elwy, Fizza Gillani, Sorin Istrail, and Neil Sarkar
Establishment of an inter-institutional informatics infrastructure to support COVID-19 research in Rhode Island through electronic health data, digital health technology, and data science techniques.

Seed Award project updates are In the News.