|Executive Director of CPHI: Jennifer Pinto-Martin
January 29, 2013,
Volume 59, No. 19
Provost Vincent Price and Senior Vice Provost for Research Steven Fluharty are pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Pinto-Martin as executive director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI), effective January 1, 2013.
Dr. Pinto-Martin, who has served as interim executive director of the CPHI since October 2012, is the Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing and chair of the department of biobehavioral health sciences in the School of Nursing, with a secondary appointment in the department of biostatistics and epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. She is also a senior scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, and director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE), one of six such Centers funded by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to understand the causes of autism and the reasons for its recent increase in prevalence nationwide. She has received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (Almanac April 12, 2011), Penn’s highest University-wide teaching award, and the Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Research Award from the School of Nursing (Almanac March 31, 2009).
“Jennifer Pinto-Martin is a renowned scholar of public health, as well as a distinguished teacher, researcher, mentor, and colleague here at Penn,” said Provost Price. “She is particularly valued for her work in integrating knowledge across the disciplines to address the most important public health challenges around the world. I am grateful to the consultative committee, chaired by Senior Vice Provost Fluharty, that enthusiastically recommended her for this position.”
The CPHI is a University-wide center that promotes interdisciplinary research, education and practice in public health. It also acts as the organizational home and academic base for Penn’s multi-disciplinary, inter-School Master in Public Health (MPH) degree program. Dr. Pinto-Martin, who has been integrally involved with the CPHI since its founding, has served as the director of the MPH Program since 2007, during which time it has grown from 20 to 100 MPH degree and certificate students. In this role, she has worked to develop the program’s interdisciplinary signature, drawing faculty and students from across Penn’s campus and developing dual degrees with the Schools of Dental Medicine, Design, Law, Nursing, Medicine, and Social Policy & Practice. As executive director, she succeeds Dr. Marjorie Bowman, founding director of the CPHI, who became dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University on October 1, 2012.
“Jennifer Pinto-Martin is without question the right choice to lead the CPHI,” said Dr. Fluharty. “The committee was unanimous in its admiration for her outstanding leadership, research, and scholarship. I am confident that she will build on the Center’s great achievements to lead it to even more global prominence in the years ahead.”
Dr. Pinto-Martin earned a PhD in epidemiology (1984) and an MPH (1982) from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in biology (1978) from Stanford University.