2020 Dean's Awards for Faculty Excellence

 Each year, in conjunction with National Public Health Week, the School of Public Health honors exceptional faculty members with Dean's Awards for their service to the School and to the field of public health.

Roee Gutman, PhD - Excellence in Research Collaboration​​large_gutman.jpg

Roee Gutman is Associate Professor of Biostatistics. His areas of research interest are Bayesian data analysis, missing data, matching, file linkage, causal inference, and bioinformatics. Dr. Gutman's current research projects focus on developing techniques to make more accurate causal inferences from epidemiological studies. 

One colleague shared this about his collaborative approach: “Dr. Gutman actually makes my problems his problems by reframing them in a way that can both contribute to new insights in the realm of applied statistics and solve my applied research problems. In the process, he teaches me and my colleagues about the nuances of his solutions, helping us to become better methodologists." 

Jennifer Nazareno, PhD - Excellence in Classroom Teaching​

large_nazareno.jpgJen Nazareno is Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her specialty areas include the structural and social determinants of health/health inequalities; political economy and the organization of long-term care; and women’s migration, labor, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Nazareno teaches several courses at Brown including Intersectionality and Health Inequities and Global Dynamics and Critical Perspectives on Immigrant Entrepreneurship in the US. She is the first faculty member to win any Dean’s Award in consecutive years (she received the Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2019).

According to one student, "Professor Nazareno is an exceptional and engaging lecturer and discussion facilitator… she continues to be a strong advocate for incorporating interdisciplinary studies into public health coursework, with a particular focus on structural and health inequity. Professor Nazareno is a champion for bringing in community voices, offering varied narratives and views, and using her course to provide students with a foundation of learning and critical thought applicable to all public health work.”

Patricia M. Risica, DrPH, MPH - Excellence in Mentoring​large_risica1.jpg

Patti Risica is Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Epidemiology. Her research interests include obesity, nutritional epidemiology and eating behaviors; the influence of location of fat on the body with disease risk; breastfeeding; and diabetes, smoking cessation and avoidance of environmental tobacco smoke, heart disease and obesity, early detection of melanoma, and opioid use and disposal after surgery.

Among the many who wrote with stories of how Dr. Risica helped them to achieve their goals, one doctoral student said, "She reminds me of my goals when I am beginning to lose sight of them and understands the nuances of when to push back or lean in. Many view doctoral programs as a taxing program, conducting research for an advisor. Dr. Risica strives to have her students work with her, not for her.”