Advisors

Your CH Advisor can offer you guidance on academic or professional matters such as course selection, academic questions and concerns, programs abroad, graduate school, or career options/goals. Additionally, you will need to meet with your advisor from time to time to obtain signatures for certain university documents. It is important to keep your advisor informed of your interests and activities.

You will be assigned to an advisor by contacting the Administrative Assistant, Laura Pinkham laura.pinkham@tufts.edu. Learn more about declaring the CH major.

Current List of Advisors

Jennifer Allen
Professor
Department of Community Health
574 Boston Avenue, Suite 211-D1
Email: jennifer.allen@tufts.edu
Phone: 617-627-0366

Dr. Allen's research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based interventions to prevent and control chronic disease (particularly cancer) in underserved populations, with an ultimate goal of reducing health disparities. Her work emphasizes community-based participatory approaches to identify community needs and build capacity to implement community-driven solutions. Her work also includes the design of innovative strategies for ensuring wide-scale and equitable dissemination of evidence-based interventions to address health disparities. She is currently working on a number of studies that involve the development and testing of web-applications and social media to disseminate health information.

Andrea Acevedo
Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health
574 Boston Avenue, Suite 208
Email: andrea.acevedo@tufts.edu
Phone: 617-627-2151

Dr. Acevedo's research focuses on racial/ethnic inequalities in the access to and quality of health services, particularly those related to alcohol and drug use disorders.

Dr. Acevedo is currently working on studies examining how community characteristics may impact inequities in substance abuse treatment quality and outcomes, and on providers' perspectives on adolescent treatment inequities. She is also a co-investigator on a study examining the impact of provider-level interventions to improve treatment quality. She has worked on quality issues in other areas, as well, including collaborating on a study to understand ways of improving nursing home quality reports to meet the needs of minority community members.

Dr. Acevedo received her PhD in Social Policy with a concentration in behavioral health services and policy from Brandeis University, and her Masters of Science in Public Health, in Health and Social Behavior, from the Harvard School of Public Health.

John Fu

Professor
Department of Community Health

574 Boston Avenue, Suite 211
Email: john.fu@tufts.edu

Dr. Fu is a biostatistician who has been teaching and studying biostatistics for two decades. He has innovatively applied advanced statistical methods to the studies of pressing issues in public health. His areas of interest in biostatistics include categorical data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, survival data analysis, and latent variable analysis. He views the population’s health through a socioecological lens and has studied health determinants at different levels in society. His substantive areas of interest are in major depression and substance use disorders. His research addresses how genetic, behavioral, environmental, and societal factors contribute to major depression and substance dependence. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Alzheimer’s Association.

Karen C. Kosinski
Senior Lecturer
Department of Community Health
574 Boston Avenue, Suite 208
Email: karen.kosinski@tufts.edu
Phone 617-627-4812

Dr. Kosinski focuses her research on tropical parasitic diseases and on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure. She is interested in the primary prevention of infectious diseases through community-directed interventions. Dr. Kosinski has conducted research in 75 communities in the Eastern Region of Ghana and has generally focused on the prevention of urogenital schistosomiasis. Dr. Kosinski holds an MSPH from Tulane University and a PhD in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Tufts University.

Keren Ladin
Assistant Professor
Departments of Community Health and Occupational Therapy

574 Boston Avenue, Suite 2016
Email: keren.ladin@tufts.edu
Phone: 617-627-5931

Dr. Ladin's research examines how social networks affect health and health care decision-making. Specifically, her research examines socioeconomic and disparities in transplantation, immigrant health, mental health treatment, and aging. She completed her PhD in Health Policy and Ethics at Harvard University, and holds a Master's degree in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Prof. Ladin is also the Director of the Lab for Research on Ethics, Aging, and Community Health (REACH Lab) at Tufts University. She is available to advise students with particular interests in occupational therapy or other health professions, ethics, or health disparities.

Amy Lischko

Professor of the Practice

574 Boston Avenue, Suite 208
Email: amy.lischko@tufts.edu
Phone: 617-627-4276

Amy Lischko is a consultant and frequent speaker on the subject of health care reform. In the past several years, she has spoken at many national policy conferences and has provided consulting services to Academy Health, Mathematica Policy Research, the National Governor’s Association, and individual states. Amy was formerly the Commissioner of Health Care Finance and Policy and the Director of Health Care Policy under governor Mitt Romney. She served in senior positions in the Commonwealth for over 14 years. In her roles with the Commonwealth, Amy provided leadership during the rapid restructuring of the Massachusetts health care system. Some of the activities she was involved in include: Spearheading the Commonwealth’s efforts to provide greater transparency to provider cost and quality information; Key member of the governor’s team who crafted the administration’s innovative health care reform bill in Massachusetts; Principal investigator on numerous federal and private grants to improve access to health insurance, and improve the delivery of health care services; Facilitated collaborative efforts with public and private organizations to implement quality improvement initiatives across the health care system. Amy’s research activities include developing and evaluating strategies to increase access to health insurance and to make health care more affordable. She is also interested in making academic research more accessible to policymakers.

Shalini Tendulkar
Senior Lecturer
Department of Community Health
574 Boston Avenue, Suite 208
Email: shalini.tendulkar@tufts.edu
Phone: 617-627-5445

Dr. Tendulkar's interests include community-based participatory research, program evaluation, community interventions research and health disparities research and interventions work with immigrant and minority communities. She has a particular interest in research and evaluation projects done in partnership with communities and community-based organizations and encourages students to critically assess and be mindful of the translation of research and evaluation into practice.