Science Board

All 16 Science Board members represent one of five core areas of public health: behavioral and social sciences, biomedical sciences and clinical practice, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and statistics, and health management and social policy. The board participates in the Association policy development process by ensuring that all APHA policy statements are evidence-based. Nominations are being solicited for members with scientific expertise in any one of these five core areas. The Science Board meets during the spring and during the Annual Meeting. The term for members of the Science Board is three years.

2014 Roster

Sonja S. Hutchins, MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM (Chair)
Captain, USPHS, Senior Medical Advisor
Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Office of the Associate Director for Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Section: Epidemiology
Term Expires: 2014


Rebecca A. Head, PhD, DABT (Vice Chair)

Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University

CEO, RHead & Associates, LLC

Section: Environment

Term Expires: 2016


Hani K. Atrash, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration 
Section: Maternal and Child Health

Term Expires: 2014


Elizabeth Bancroft, MD, ScM
Medical Epidemiologist (On Sabbatical)
Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health
Section: Epidemiology

Term Expires: 2015


Jo Anne Bennett, RN, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, DIIT/Policy

New York City Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene

Section: Public Health Nursing

Term Expires 2014


Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health

Term Expires: 2016

Section: Epidemiology


Greg Geba, MD, MPH

Section: Epidemiology

Term Expires: 2016


Janie Gittleman, PhD, MRP

Chief, Occupational Safety, Health & Environmental Compliance (DAL-3A)

Office of Engineering and Logistics Services

Defense Intelligence Agency

Section: Occupational Health and Safety

Term Expires: 2015


Julie Graves, MD, MPH, PhD, FAAFP

Associate Professor of Behavioral and Clinical Medicine, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor

University of Texas School of Public Health

Section: Medical Care

Term Expires: 2015


Omar A. Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP

Chair, Global Health Working Group, Delaware Health Sciences Alliance Medical Director, Eugene duPont Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute, Christiana Care Health System Clinical Asst. Professor, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine, Jefferson Medical College

Section: International Health

Term Expires: 2014



Kawika M K I Liu, MD, PhD, JD

Staff Physician

Consolidated Indian Tribal Health Project

Section: Medical Care

Term Expires: 2014


Sharina Person, PhD

Section: Applied Public Health Statistics

Term Expires: 2016


Sonia Singh, PhD MHS

Section: Epidemiology

Term Expires: 2015


Ann Umemoto

March of Dimes

Section: Community Health Planning and Policy Development

Term Expires: 2016


Stuart Usdan, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean

College of Human Environmental Sciences

University of Alabama

Section: Public Health Education and Health Promotion

Term Expires: 2015

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Tia Taylor, MPH
Program Manager
Phone: 202-777-2436

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