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Directory of Iowa Global Health Network professionals

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Katherine Herz

Credentials
MPH, MA
Position/Title
Adjunct Instructor
Primary College
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department
Global Health Studies
Primary Research Focus Areas
Environmental Health and/or Sustainability, Health Policy, Infectious Diseases
Languages
French, Russian
Regions of Focus
Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe
Biography

I have worked abroad in the former Soviet Union as a Peace Corps volunteer and working for an NGO. Additionally, I worked for five years at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and seven years at the Harvard School of Public Health managing the office and his research portfolio for a Danish researcher in Environmental Health focused on Women and Children.

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Kanwal Matharu

Kanwal Matharu

Credentials
MD
Position/Title
Assistant Professor
Primary College
College of Medicine
Department
Ophthalmology
Primary Research Focus Areas
Rural and Farm Health, Health Equity and Disparities, Vulnerable Populations
Languages
English, Spanish, Hindi
Regions of Focus
Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Biography

I have studied molecular biology, neuroscience, medical humanities, and global ophthalmology at Princeton, Baylor College of Medicine, and Stanford. Through my global fellowship, I established connections with the Himalayan Cataract Project, Aravind, and Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital. I would like to work on health care disparities at home (immigrant, refugee, and incarcerated populations) as well as those abroad, with a focus on South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Carly Nichols

Carly Nichols

Credentials
PhD
Position/Title
Assistant Professor
Primary College
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department
Geography and Global Health Studies
Primary Research Focus Areas
Environmental Health and/or Sustainability, Social, Cultural, and Historical Health Factors
Languages
English, Hindi
Regions of Focus
Asia, North America
Biography

I am a broadly trained human-environment geographer with specializations in feminist, health, and agro-food geographies. I have over 7 years of research experience across northern, eastern, and central India investigating agriculture, health, gender, and food and nutrition security. ​My most recent project, entitled, Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture, Global Nutrition Policy, and the Gendered and Affective Politics of Health in India, examines the changing political context of global health and nutrition policy in the context of agrarian India.

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Corinne Peek-Asa

Corinne Peek-Asa

Credentials
MPH, PhD
Position/Title
Associate Dean for Research
Primary College
College of Public Health
Department
Occupational and Environmental Health
Primary Research Focus Areas
Epidemiology, Health Policy, Injury and Violence Prevention
Regions of Focus
Asia, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa
Biography

Corinne Peek-Asa is the Director of the CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center and Directs the NIH-funded International Trauma and Violence Research Training program that builds research capacity in Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova. Trained at UCLA as an Epidemiologist, her work focuses on traumatic injuries and violence, including surveillance, causal analysis, policy evaluation, intervention implementation, and translation science. She is an appointed member of the Transportation Research Board and the Global Violence Prevention Forum of the National Academies of Science.

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Christy Petersen in Bihar with village calf

Christy Petersen

Credentials
DVM, PhD
Position/Title
Director of Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Professor
Primary College
College of Public Health
Department
Epidemiology
Primary Research Focus Areas
Biomedical Sciences, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology
Languages
English, Portuguese, French
Regions of Focus
Asia, Europe, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa
Biography

My groups work focuses on better understanding the transmission of vector borne diseases between insects, people and domestic animals. We have multiple NIH funded projects working on tick-borne and parasitic diseases working in India, Brazil and Ethiopia. I am also a member of a European group called Leishvet that helps provide the guidelines for prevention and treatment of the zoonotic parasite Leishmania in animals, particulalry pets, that kills 20,000 people annually.

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Rebecca Reynolds

Rebecca Reynolds

Credentials
MD
Position/Title
Assistant Professor
Primary College
College of Medicine
Department
Neurosurgery
Primary Research Focus Areas
Maternal and Child Health, Chronic and Non-communicable Diseases
Languages
English
Regions of Focus
Sub-Saharan Africa
Biography

I am a pediatric neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. I completed my residency training in neurological surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and my fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. In my research in Zambia, I study a broad range of pediatric neurosurgical conditions, with a special emphasis on pediatric hydrocephalus and spina bifida.

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Diane Rohlman

Diane Rohlman

Credentials
PhD
Position/Title
Professor
Primary College
College of Public Health
Department
Occupational and Environmental Health
Primary Research Focus Areas
Occupational Health, Rural and Farm Health, Vulnerable Populations
Languages
English
Regions of Focus
Pacific Islands and Australia, Middle East and North Africa
Biography

Dr. Rohlman received her doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from Bowling Green State University in cognitive psychology. She is co-founder of Northwest Education Training and Assessment. She is Director of the graduate program in Agricultural Safety and Health and the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest at the University of Iowa. Her primary research focus is in how occupational and environmental exposures impact all people, particularly populations that are at greater risk, including children, young workers, and those working in hazardous industries, which often include immigrant workers who may have additional risk factors. Her research activities include both basic and applied research to identify, characterize, and prevent occupational and environmental illness and injury in high-risk populations.

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Will Story

Will Story

Credentials
PhD, MPH
Position/Title
Assistant Professor
Primary College
College of Public Health
Department
Community and Behavioral Health
Primary Research Focus Areas
Maternal and Child Health
Languages
English
Regions of Focus
Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Biography

Dr. Story’s research focuses on better understanding household- and community-level factors that are critical to the improvement of maternal and child health in resource-poor countries and translating that research into effective interventions and policies. His research currently focuses on three specific areas: families, communities, and evaluation. He has several ongoing partnerships with colleagues in India, Kenya, and Uganda, among others.

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Sophie Switzer

Sophie Switzer

Credentials
MSc
Primary College
College of Public Health
Department
Public Health Administration
Primary Research Focus Areas
Public Health Student Programs
Languages
English, French
Biography

Sophie Switzer is the Senior Administrator for Global Health Programs in the College of Public Health. She works to support faculty and students in public health to engage in meaningful experiential learning opportunities overseas, including research, internships, service-learning, and study abroad. Her focus areas include student services and program development.