Faculty Honors and Awards Fall 2020

The latest School of Public Health faculty awards and recognition, Fall 2020.

Lorin Crawford Ph.D.


crawfordPackard 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

montiDistinguished 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

nazarenoHazeltine 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

kali-thomasTerrie 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.

2020 Dean’s Excellence Awards

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

COVID-19 Research Seed Fund Awardees

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 patients.

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.