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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Faculty Fellow

Joan Hendricks

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The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean

About

Joan C. Hendricks is the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine. She believes that veterinarians play an integral part in ensuring public health and food safety, guarding against bio- and agro-terrorism and working to protect the environment. She has played a lead role in lobbying to state legislators on behalf of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to assuming her responsibilities as Dean in 2006, Hendricks served on the faculty of the School for more than twenty years. In 2001, she became the first woman named to an endowed professorship at the School when she was named the Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professor of Small Animal Medicine. In addition to serving as chief of critical care in the Department of Clinical Studies at Philadelphia, Hendricks is founding Director of the Veterinary Clinical Investigation Center (VCIC) and holds a secondary appointment as Professor in the Department of Medicine at Penn Medicine. Hendricks became the third woman Dean of a veterinary school in the nation and the first at Penn Vet. Her research interests include the molecular basis of sleep regulation and function.

Selected Publications

Williams, J.A., S. Sathyanarayanan, J.C. Hendricks, A. Sehgal. 2007. “Interaction Between Sleep and the Immune Response in Drosophila: A Role for the NFkappaB Relish.” Sleep 30: 389-400.

Koh, K., J.M. Evans, J.C. Hendricks, A. Sehgal. 2006. “A Drosophila Model for Age-associated Changes in Sleep: Wake Cycles.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103: 13843-7.

Hendricks, J.C. 2006. “Broadening the Public Perception of Veterinarians: Can We Keep What We've Got While Transforming Ourselves?” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 33: 593-4.

Hendricks, J.C. 2005. “Shaking Up Sleep Research.” Nature Neuroscience 8: 703-5.

Hendricks J.C. 2005. “Mining the Mouse Mutant Goldmine for Sleep Phenotypes.” Sleep 28: 389-91.

Faculty Fellow

Alan Kelly

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The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean Emeritus

About

Alan Kelly is The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean Emeritus of the School of Veterinary Medicine. He served as Chair of the Department of Pathobiology from 1990 until his appointment as Acting Dean in January 1994, and as Dean from 1994-2005. A renowned researcher on muscle disease and muscular dystrophy, he has authored more than 100 book chapters and scientific papers and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute. He received the University’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1974. 

Selected Publications

Kelly, Alan, and James D. Ferguson, David T. Galligan, Mo Salman, Bennie I. Osburn. 2013. “One Health, Food Security, and Veterinary Medicine.” Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association 242(6): 739-743.

Kelly, Alan M. and R. Marshak. 2007. “Veterinary Medicine: Global Health.” Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association 231: 1806-1808.

Smith, G. and A. Kelly, eds. 2006. Veterinary Public Health in a Global Economy. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Kelly, Alan, Lawrence E. Heider, and Keith W. Prasse. 2003. “Renewed Directions in Veterinary Medical Education.” Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 222: 1511-1512.

Walsh, Donald A., Frederick A. Murphy, Lonnie J. King, Bennie I. Osburn, and Alan M. Kelly. 2003. “An Agenda for Action: Veterinary Medicine’s Crucial Role in Public Health and Biodefense and the Obligation of Academic Veterinary Medicine to Respond; Executive Summary.” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 30(2): 92-96.

Affiliated PhD Student

Maryam Khojasteh

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PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennslyvania

About

Maryam is a PhD student in the City and Regional Planning program at PennDesign. She is interested in community-based research that explores the intersection of public health, community food system and community economic development. She received her master degree in Urban Planning from SUNY at Buffalo. Prior to coming to Penn, she worked as a research associate at the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab in Buffalo NY. She worked toward building the capacity of non-profit organizations and local governments to strengthen community food systems as well as coordinating on the ground health interventions to promote active living among school-aged children. Her current project explores the ways that immigrant food entrepreneurs impact the health and well-being of immigrants and receiving communities. 

Selected Publications

Khojasteh, Maryam, and Samina Raja. 2016. "Agents of Change: Role of Immigrants in Creating Healthier Food Environments." Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 1-29

Baek, So-Ra, Samina Raja, Nathan Attard, and Maryam Khojasteh. 2016. "Acculturating into (In)active Commuting to School: Differences among Children of Foreign-born and US-born parents." Children, Youth, and Environment 26 (1):37-55

Faculty Fellow

Shiriki Kumanyika

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Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

About

Shiriki Kumanyika is Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. She holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. During her tenure on the Penn Medicine faculty, Kumanyika served as the Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, held a secondary appointment as Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Gastroenterology, Nutrition Section), and was affiliated with numerous Penn institutes and centers. She was the founding Director of Penn's interdisciplinary, multi-school Master of Public Health program. Her research focuses on identifying effective strategies to reduce nutrition-related chronic disease risks, with a particular focus on achieving health equity for black Americans. For more than three decades, she has led or collaborated on single- or multi-center randomized clinical trials or observational studies related to obesity, salt intake, and other aspects of diet. She founded (in 2002) and continues to chair the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) (http://www.aacorn.org), a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. Kumanyika is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a past President of the American Public Health Association.

Selected Publications

Huang, Terry T-K, John H Cawley, Marice Ashe, Sergio A Costa, Leah M Frerichs, Lindsey Zwicker, Juan A Rivera, David Levy, Ross A Hammond, Estelle V Lambert, and Shiriki Kumanyika. 2015. “Mobilisation of public support for policy actions to prevent obesity.” Lancet 385(9985): 2422-2431.

Powell, Lisa M, Roy Wada, Shiriki Kumanyika. 2014. “Racial/ethnic and income disparities in child and adolescent exposure to food and beverage television ads across the U.S. media markets.” Health and Place 29C: 124-131.

Kumanyika, S. K., M.C. Whitt-Glover C, D. Haire-Joshu. 2014. “What works for obesity prevention and treatment in black Americans? Research directions.” Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity 15(Suppl 4): 204-212.

Morales, Knashawn H, Shiriki K Kumanyika, Jennifer E Fassbender, Jerene Good, A Russell Localio, and Thomas A Wadden. 2014. “Patterns of weight change in black Americans: pooled analysis from three behavioral weight loss trials.” Obesity 22(12): 2632-2640.

Chatterji, Madhabi, Lawrence W Green, and Shiriki Kumanyika. 2014. “L.E.A.D.: a framework for evidence gathering and use for the prevention of obesity and other complex public health problems.” Health Education and Behavior: The Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education 41(1): 85-99.

Faculty Fellow

Matthew McHugh

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The Independence Chair for Nursing Education; Professor of Nursing

Associate Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research

Faculty Director, Nursing and Health Care Management Coordinated Dual Degree Program

School/Department

Areas of Interest

    About

    Matthew McHugh is The Independence Chair for Nursing Education and Professor of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences in the School of Nursing; Associate Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research; and Faculty Director of the Nursing and Health Care Management Coordinated Dual Degree Program. McHugh is a nursing outcomes and policy researcher as well as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric–mental health clinical nurse specialist. The fundamental question underlying his research is “How does the organization of nursing influence the achievement of our most important national health policy goals?” He draws on his expertise in nursing, law, public health, and health services research to conduct studies demonstrating nursing’s position as a force for quality, equity, and innovation in health services. 

    Selected Publications

    McHugh, MD, LH Aiken, ME Eckenhoff, LR Burns. 2016. “Achieving Kaiser Permanente quality.” Health Care Management Review 41(3): 178-88.

    Stimpfel, A.W., D.M. Sloane, M.D. McHugh, , and L.H. Aiken. 2016. “Hospitals known for nursing excellence associated with better hospital experiences for patients.” Health Services Research 51: 1120-1134.

    Chau, Janita P. C., Suzanne H. S. Lo, K. C. Choi, Eric L. S. Chan, Matthew D. McHugh, Danny W. K. Tong, Angela M. L. Kwok, W. Y. Ip, Iris F. K. Lee, and Diana T. F. Lee. 2015. “A longitudinal examination of the association between nurse staffing levels, the practice environment and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in hospitals.” BMC Health Services Research 15: 538.

    Silber, Jeffrey H., Paul R. Rosenbaum, Matthew D. McHugh, Justin M. Ludwig, Herbert L. Smith, Bijan A. Niknam, Orit Even-Shoshan, Lee A. Fleisher, Rachel R. Kelz, and Linda H. Aiken. 2016. “Comparing the value of better nursing work environments across different levels of patient risk.” JAMA Surgery 151(6), 527-536.

    McHugh, M.D., Rochman, M.F., Sloane, D.M., Berg, R.A., Mancini, M.E., Nadkarni, V.M., Merchant, R. M., and Aiken, L.H. for the American Heart Associations Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation Investigators. 2016. “Better nurse staffing and nurse work environments associated with increased survival of in-hospital cardiac arrest patients.” Medical Care 54: 74-80.

    Faculty Fellow

    Afaf Meleis

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    Dean Emerita and Professor of Nursing and Sociology

    About

    Afaf Meleis is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Nursing and Sociology in the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing. Her scholarship is focused on global health, immigrant and international health, women’s health, and on the theoretical development of the nursing discipline. She is the author of more than 175 articles about women’s health in developing countries, transitions theory, doctoral education in nursing, and interprofessional education in social sciences, nursing, and medical journals; over forty chapters; seven books; and numerous monographs and proceedings.

    Meleis is a sought-after keynote speaker for national and international conferences on women’s health and development, disparities in healthcare, and international health. She has been invited for visiting professorships, and to conduct symposia, present keynote addresses, serve on boards, plan conferences, and consult on women’s health research and doctoral education nationally and internationally (in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, South America and North America). Prior to coming to Penn, Meleis was on the nursing faculty of at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Francisco for thirty-four years.

    She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK, the American Academy of Nursing, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; a member of the Institute of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar National Advisory Committee, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholars program, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council; and the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health; a Board Member of CARE, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health; co-chair of the IOM Global Forum on Innovation for Health Professional Education and the Harvard School of Public Health-Penn Nursing-Lancet Commission on Women and Health. Meleis is also President Emerita and Counsel General Emerita of the International Council on Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI) and the former Global Ambassador for the Girl Child Initiative of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).  

    Selected Publications

    Meleis, A.I., and C.G. Glickman. 2014. “A passion in nursing for justice and equity: Thoughts for the future using our past.” In Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatroy Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis, edited by P.N. Kagan, M.C. Smith, and P. Chinn. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

    Meleis, A.I., and M. Meleis. 2012. “People of Egyptian heritage.” In Transcultural health care: A culturally competent approach, 4th Edition, edited by L.D. Purnell and B.J. Paulanka. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

    Meleis, A.I., and K.L. Schumacher. 2011. “Transitions and health.” In Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, 3rd Edition, edited by J.J. Fitzpatrick and M. Wallace Kazer. New York, NY: Springer.

    Meleis, A.I., E. Birch, and S. Wachter, eds. 2011. Women's Health and the World's Cities. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Faculty Fellow

    Marilyn (Lynn) Sawyer Sommers

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    Professor Emerita of Nursing

    About

    Marilyn (Lynn) Sawyer Sommers is Professor Emerita of Nursing at the School of Nursing. She is known for her expertise in the physiologic basis of critical illness and injury. She studies injury related to sexual assault and risk-taking behaviors in vulnerable populations at risk for health outcomes disparities. Her populations of interest (women, older adolescents, young adults) who live in poverty have poorer health than those who do not, and bear a larger burden of injury. She has been a frequent participant on federal panels related to research on injury and violence. Prior to her academic career, Sommers had fifteen years of experience as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse administrator in the areas of critical care and trauma. 

    Selected Publications

    Abboud, Sarah, Emily De Penning, Bridgette M. Brawner, Usha Menon, Karen Glanz, and Marilyn S. Sommers. 2017. “Cervical cancer screening among Arab women in the Unites States; An integrative review.” Oncology Nursing Forum 44(1).

    Clark-Cutaia, Maya N., Marilyn S. Sommers, Emily Anderson, Raymond R.Townsend. 2016. “Design of a randomized controlled clinical trial assessing dietary sodium restriction and hemodialysis-related symptom profiles.” Contemporary Clinical Trials Communication 3(15): 70-73.

    Lanier, Yzette, Marilyn S. Sommers, Jason Fletcher, Madeline Y. Sutton, Debra D. Roberts. “Examining Racial Discrimination Frequency, Racial Discrimination Stress, and Psychological Well-Being Among Black Early Adolescents.” Journal of Black Psychology 43(3): 219 – 229.

    George, Maureen, Sarah Abboud, Michael V. Pantalon, Marilyn S. Sommers, Jun Mao, and Cynthia Rand. 2016. “Changes in Clinical Conversations When Providers Are Informed of Asthma Patients’ Beliefs about Medication Use and Integrative Medical Therapies.” Heart and Lung: The Journal of Critical Care 45(1): 70–78. 

    McCulloh Nair, J., L. Nemeth, M.S. Sommers, and S. Newman. 2015. “Substance abuse policy among nursing students: A scoping review.” Journal of Addictions Nursing 26(4): 166-74.

    Emerging Scholar

    Eugenia (Gina) South

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    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    About

    Gina South is a physician-scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on neighborhood effects on health and safety in urban environments. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence cardiovascular and mental health, substance use, and violent crime. She completed a randomized trial of vacant lot greening, including a study of ambulatory heart rate to investigate the impact of an urban blight intervention on toxic stress. Dr. South completed her Medical Degree at Washington University School of Medicine in 2008 and her Masters of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar between 2010-2012. She is currently in her final year of residency training. During residency, she served as a founding executive board member for the Alliance of Minority Physicians, a collaborative effort between University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

    Selected Publications

    Branas CC, Kondo MC, Murphy SM, South EC, Polsky D, MacDonald JM. "Urban blight remediation as a cost-beneficial solution to firearm violence." American Journal of Public Health. Accepted for publication August 4, 2016.

    Kondo MC, South EC, Branas CC, Richmond TS, Wiebe DJ. "The association between urban tree cover and gun assault: a case-control and case-crossover study." American Journal of Epidemiology. Accepted for Publication on Sept 12, 2016

    Garvin EC. Op-ed. “Cleaner, greener and healthier.” Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011. November 18.

    Garvin E, Branas C, Keddems S, Sellman J, Cannuscio C. "More than just an eyesore: local insights and solutions on vacant land and urban health." J Urban Health 90(3):412-26, 2013. PMID: 23188553

    Garvin EC, Cannuscio CC, Branas CC. "Greening vacant lots to reduce violent crime: a randomized controlled trial."  Inj Prev 19(3):198-203, 2013. PMID: 22871378

    South EC, Kondo MC, Cheney RA, Branas CC. "Neighborhood blight, stress, and health: A walking trial of urban greening and ambulatory heart rate." Am J Public Health. 2015 May;105(5):909-13. PMID: 25790382

    Kondo MD, South EC, Branas CC. "Nature-based strategies for improving urban health and safety. J Urban Health." Accepted for publication July 16, 2015. 

    Faculty Fellow

    Anne Teitelman

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    Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women’s Health

    Associate Professor of Nursing

    Associate Professor of OB/GYN, Perelman School of Medicine

    School/Department

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Anne Teitelman is Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women's Health and Associate Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, and Associate Professor of OB/GYN in the Perelman School of Medicine. Her early work as a nurse practitioner and her dissertation on adolescent girls set her on a course of research, teaching, and clinical practice focused on improving the life trajectories of marginalized adolescent girls and young women. Much of her research focuses on understanding the context within which they make health decisions, especially about their sexual health. Her current research, funded by NIH, capitalizes on advances in brain science that enable understanding of how adolescents make decisions. Using MRIs and portable Functional Near Infrared Spectrometers housed in a lab at Penn Nursing, Teitelman and a Penn clinical neuroscientist are analyzing brain patterns of young women making decisions about their sexual health. She is also working with colleagues on mobile web apps, including the Everhealthier Women app, to help women track cancer screenings and prevention behaviors.

      Selected Publications

      Teitelman, Anne M. 2015. “News From the International Council on Women’s Health Issues.” Health Care for Women International 36(8).

      Teitelman, Anne M., Scarlett L. Bellamy, John B. Jemmott III, Larry Icard, Ann O’Leary, Samira Ali, Zolani Ngwane, and Monde Makiwane. 2017. “Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sociodemographic Factors Prospectively Associated with Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration Among South African Heterosexual Men.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine 51(2): 170–178.

      Teitelman, Anne M, JB Jemmott, SL Bellamy, LD Icard, A O'Leary, GA Heeren, Z Ngwane, and SJ Ratcliffe. 2016. “Partner Violence, Power, and Gender Differences in South African Adolescents' HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infections Risk Behaviors.” Health Psychology 35(7).

      Icard, L.D., J.B. Jemmott, A.M. Teitelman, A. O’Leary, and G.A. Heeren. 201443. “Mediation Effects of Problem Drinking and Marijuana Use on HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors among Childhood Sexually Abused South African Heterosexual Men.” Child Abuse and Neglect 38(2): 234–242.

      Affiliated PhD Student

      Jennifer Whittaker

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      PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

      About

      Jenny Whittaker is a doctoral student in urban and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania and a research coordinator at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She received her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York where she also worked as a Research Associate in the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab. Her interests focus on improving health equity and rural community economic development via community-based participatory action research. She is dedicated to working at the intersection of planning and public health to create communities that allow people to live full and healthy lives.

      Selected Publications

      Whittaker, Jennifer, Jill K. Clark, Samina Raja, and Sarah Sangiovanni. 2017. Planning for Food Systems: Community University Partnerships for Food Systems Transformation. Metropolitan Universities.

       

      Whittaker, Jennifer. 2016. "Slow and Steady: Emergence of Urban Agriculture Policy in Buffalo, NY." Urban Agriculture Magazine 31:19-24.

      Faculty Fellow

      Douglas Wiebe

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      Associate Professor of Epidemiology

      About

      Douglas Wiebe is Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. His research interests include environmental risk factors for injury, the methodologic challenges of activity pattern measurement and exposure measurement, and the impact of daily routines on health-related behavior. A number of his studies examine how keeping a firearm at home relates to homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings of household members. He also studies issues of the clinical management of trauma and mild traumatic brain injury. One study he leads, funded by the Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, aims to understand the timeline to recovery for children who have sustained a concussion.

      Selected Publications

      Flynn KE, TS Richmond, CC Branas, and DJ Wiebe. 2017. “Neighborhood social trust and youth perceptions of safety during daily activities.” Injury Prevention.

      Kondo, M, CC Branas, TS Richmond, G South, and DJ Wiebe. 2017. “The association between urban tree cover and gun assault: a case-control and case-crossover study.” American Journal of Epidemiology 186(3): 289-296. 

      Morrison, Christopher N, Sara F Jacoby, Beidi Dong, M. Kit Delgado, Douglas J Wiebe. 2017. “Ridesharing and Motor Vehicle Crashes in 4 US Cities: An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis.” American Journal of Epidemiology.

      Beidi Dong, Charles C. Branas, Therese S. Richmond, Christopher N. Morrison, and Douglas J. Wiebe. 2017. “Youth's daily activities and situational triggers of gunshot assault.” Journal of Adolescent Health.

      Affiliated PhD Student

      Alexandra Wimberly

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      PhD Candidate in Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

      About

      Alexandra Schepens is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Her research looks at the cross-section of criminal justice and substance use. This work aims to develop substance use interventions for people in the criminal justice system with the goal of decreasing the imprisoned population.

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