Leadership

Terrie Wetle, PhD

Inaugural Dean, School of Public Health 

Terrie Fox Wetle is the administrative and academic leader of Brown's School of Public Health.

Dr. Wetle has studied health status and service systems for older adults, with a focus on functional status and quality of life and strategies to lengthen active life expectancy. She has a particular interest in long-term and end-of-life care from the perspectives of older persons, their families, and the service professionals who provide care. Her research includes ethical issues in elder care and in public health in general. She has a special interest in qualitative and mixed-methods research.

Dr. Wetle teaches graduate courses in Qualitative Methods in Health Research and Ethical Issues in Public Health.

Stephen Buka, Sc.D

Professor
Chair of the Department of Epidemiology

Stephen Buka, Sc.D. is an epidemiologist and developmental psychologist whose work focuses on the causes, development and prevention of major psychiatric and cognitive disorders. Current studies include investigations of prenatal risks for schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder and addictive disorders, including neuroimaging and molecular genetics techniques; and community-level influences on youth substance use and delinquency. He directs the New England Family Study, a 50-year, three-generation longitudinal study of 17,000 infants born in New England in the 1960s, and Brown's Center for Population Health & Clinical Epidemiology.

Constantine Gatsonis, PhD

Professor
Chair of the Department of Biostatistics

Constantine Gatsonis, PhD, is Henry Ledyard Goddard University Professor of Biostatistics and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Brown. He joined the faculty 1995 and became the founding Director of the Center for Statistical Sciences. Dr. Gatsonis is a leading authority on the design and analysis of clinical trials of diagnostic and screening modalities and has extensive involvement in methodologic research in medical technology assessment and in health services and outcomes research. He is Group Statistician of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), a NCI funded collaborative group conducting multi-center studies of diagnostic imaging and image-guided therapy for cancer. In his ACRIN work, Dr Gatsonis is the chief statistician of the Digital Mammography Imaging Screening Trial (a national study comparing digital to film mammography) and is also the chief statistician for ACRIN's arm of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). Dr Gatsonis was the lead statistician of the International Breast MRI Consortium and of the Radiologic Diagnostic Oncology Group (RDOG). 

Christopher W. Kahler, PhD                                                        

Professor
Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
                                                                          
Dr. Kahler is Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.He received his Ph.D. in 1998 from Rutgers University and joined the Brown Medical School faculty that year. He is currently the Director of Biostatistics at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Dr. Kahler's work focuses on (a) the role of personality and emotion in heavy alcohol use and smoking, (b) the etiology and treatment of combined heavy drinking and smoking, and (c) the role of alcohol in the treatment of HIV infection. He is currently the Principal Investigator on an NIAAA-funded laboratory study on alcohol administration and smoking relapse risk, an NIAAA-funded randomized clinical trial of naltrexone for at-risk and problem drinkers seeking smoking cessation treatment, and an NCI-funded treatment development project to adapt Positive Psychotherapy for use in smoking cessation treatment with low positive affect smokers. He is also the Scientific Director of the NIAAA-funded Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH) and is PI of a major research component evaluating a brief alcohol intervention in a primary care setting for HIV-infected men who have sex with men. His most recent publications focus on (a) alcohol use and smoking cessation, (b) hostility, depressive symptoms, sensation seeking and smoking cessation outcome, (c) the application of item response theory to measures of alcohol problems, and (d) personality, psychopathology and smoking. 

Linda Laliberte, JD

Associate Dean for Administration and Finance

Ms. Laliberte is an attorney, health policy analyst and health services researcher with broad experience in Medicare policy and healthcare issues affecting the elderly. She has conducted research on hospice care, nursing home care, residential care facilities, breast cancer treatment for older women, and health insurance access in RI. She is currently the Assistant Dean of Public Health for Finance and Administration and teaches Ethical and Legal Issues in Public Health.

William Rakowski, PhD

Professor of Medical Science (Behavioral Science)
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Rakowski does research related to utilization of cancer screening tests. He led conceptual and empirical applications of the Transtheoretical Model to mammography from its origins in family therapy and smoking/addictions. This work has included evaluation of theory-based, individually tailored interventions and several projects with underserved populations. Dr. Rakowski's research also uses population- level data sets to identify groups in the population at-risk of low screening utilization. Dr. Rakowski teaches a course on "Principles of Health Behavior and Health Promotion Intervention" and another on "Translation, Diffusion, and Cultural Relevance of Health Promotion Interventions."

Patrick Vivier, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Health Services Policy & Practice
Associate Professor of Pediatrics 
Director of the Master of Public Health Program               Director of Interdisciplinary Educational Programs

Dr. Vivier's work focuses on the health status and health services utilization of low-income families. Important health issues investigated in Dr. Vivier's work include lead poisoning and childhood obesity. Health system issues addressed by Dr. Vivier and colleagues include emergency department utilization and improving information systems to enhance the delivery of health care.

Dr. Vivier teaches the Public Health/Community Service Internship to MPH students as well as Topics in Clinical and Translational Research.


Ira Wilson, MD, MSc

Professor
Chair of the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice

Dr. Wilson graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Social Studies. He worked as Director of the Adolescent Center of Rincon, Puerto Rico for several years before returning to Boston to attending medical school. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1987, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine (Primary Care Pathway) at Beth Israel in Boston, MA. Dr. Wilson was Chief Medical Resident at Beth Israel and a fellow in the Harvard General Medicine Program. In 1993 he joined the faculty at Tufts Medical Center where he rose to the rank of Professor in 2006. In 2010 he moved to Brown to become Chair of the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice.

Karen Scanlan

Director of Communications
Brown University School of Public Health 

As the Director of Communications for Public Health at Brown she is responsible for developing and implementing communication initiatives to strengthen and advance the School as well as coordinating internal and external relationships.

Ms. Scanlan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She spent the early part of her career with Hyatt and Westin Hotels in Texas and Hawaii as a Catering and Convention Services manager. Upon relocating to Massachusetts she joined the Robert Allen Group, a national leader in textiles and high-end furnishings to the design trade; working in marketing, communications and meeting planning. Ms. Scanlan joined Brown in 2007 in the Office of the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences under Dean Eli Adashi, and then with the appointment of Dean Edward Wing overseeing communications and administration throughout his tenure. She moved to the School of Public Health in the fall of 2013. She has over thirty years of management experience overseeing large-scale projects in training, events and communication initiatives.