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Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 Award Winners!


2023 J. Michael McGinnis Leadership Excellence Award Winner

Kathleen Mullan Harris

Kathleen Mullan Harrisis the James E. Haar distinguished professor of sociology, adjunct professor of public policy, and faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on social inequality and health with particular interests in health disparities, biodemography, sociogenomics, and life course and aging processes. Read more

2023 Stephanie Robert Mentoring Award Winner

Rourke O’Brien

Rourke O’Brien is an Associate Professor of Sociology & Faculty Fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of social and economic inequalities with substantive interests in public and household finance, economic mobility and population health. Read more

Teaching award Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

2023 Milbank Quarterly Early Career Award Winner

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. A sociologist and demographer, she studies racial inequality in mortality in the historical and contemporary United States, and specializes in finding comparisons and metrics that illuminate the human meaning of mortality disparities. She has extensively researched the Covid-19 pandemic in Minnesota, where she also co-founded an award-winning community vaccination organization (the Seward Vaccine Equity Project). She is also a demographic methodologist, developing models designed to clarify relationships between micro and macro perspectives on population processes.

2023 Humana Foundation Excellence in Health Equity Research Award Winner

David Rehkopf

David Rehkopf is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health, in Pediatrics and in Sociology at Stanford University. Read more

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2023 IAPHS Postdoctoral Award Winner

Kathryn Himmelstein

Kathryn (Kayty) Himmelstein is a fellow in Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, where she provides clinical infectious disease care and conducts research. She is also an affiliate of the hospital’s Center for Global Health. Read more

2023 Ida B. Wells Public Engagement Award Winner

Those Nerdy Girls

Those Nerdy Girls came together in a moment of crisis in March 2020. As the creators of Dear Pandemic, we filled the early information void and translated emerging COVID-19 science first for our family & friends, and then a much larger public audience via our social media platforms. Read more


2023 IAPHS Student Award Winner

Naomi Harada Thyden

Dr. Thyden is a social epidemiologist and interdisciplinary researcher who identifies novel ways to measure structural racism and its effects on health and health inequities. Dr. Thyden is a woman of color, fourth generation Japanese American, and dedicated to examining and dismantling systems of oppression through research, teaching, mentoring, and public health practice.

2023 IAPHS Travel Scholarship Winners

Alein Y. Haro-Ramos

Clay Davis

Elizabeth Anderson

Hannah Olson-Williams

Joanne Constantin

Jonathan Burke

Kaitlyn Berry

Katherine Maldonado

Monika Nayak

Rick Devoss

Sarah Sharmin

Shanise Owens

Stephanie Kjelstrom

Veronica Chacko

Yingyi Lin