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Core Faculty Members

Core program faculty members have mentored approximately 60+ undergraduate and 70+ graduate student theses at Brown on topics related to global health over the past 6 years. They actively collaborate with global health researchers and professionals in countries including South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Samoa, American Samoa, China, and The Philippines.

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  • Angela Bengston

    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

    Dr. Bengtson's research focuses on improving the health of HIV-infected women and their children during the perinatal period. Her work explores the impact of HIV drugs on pregnancy outcomes, investigates novel strategies to measure and support ongoing engagement in HIV care, and addresses common comorbid conditions with HIV during pregnancy, including obesity and perinatal depression. Dr....

  • Omar Galarraga

    Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice

    Dr. Galárraga's research interests are in the areas of health economics and applied behavioral economics, with a special focus on the economic aspects of HIV treatment and prevention, and health systems in low- and middle-income countries. A large portion of his research in health economics has concerned the impact of health reform and insurance expansion decisions. His research on health...

  • Abigail Harrison

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

    Abigail Harrison is Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown School of Public Health and Graduate Program Director for the MSc in Global Public Health. She conducts research on global HIV prevention, reproductive health and health disparities among adolescents and young women, with a primary focus on South Africa.  At Brown, Harrison's research is...

  • Caroline Kuo

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research), Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

    Caroline Kuo is Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Public Health. She is a global public health scientist and advocate with faculty appointments in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University School of Public Health. She also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental...

  • Mark Lurie

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology

    Dr. Lurie, a native South African, earned his BA in Political Science and Film Studies from Boston University in 1986, his Masters Degree in African History from the University of Florida in 1991 and his PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 2001. He did his post-doc at Miriam Hospital's Division of Infectious Diseases and joined the Brown...

  • McGarvey

    Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the International Health Institute

    Stephen McGarvey is the Director of the International Health Institute and Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Anthropology. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Human Biology. McGarvey earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Pennsylvania State University in 1980, and an M.P.H. in...

  • Don Operario

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Don Operario is Professor of Public Health in the Department of Behavior and Social Sciences and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Public Health.

    He was trained as a Social and Health Psychologist (BA, UCLA; MS, PhD, UMass Amherst; Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco). He was previously on the faculty of the University of Oxford (Department of Social Policy and...

  • Jennifer Pellowski

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Jennifer Pellowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the International Health Institute at Brown University School of Public Health. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2015 and then completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship in Child/Adolescent Biobehavioral HIV research at the Warren Alpert Medical...