San Diego State University

Emeritus

The Graduate School of Public Health recognizes the achievements of its emeritus faculty for their many contributions in building its programs and educating its outstanding graduates.

Kenneth Bart

Kenneth Bart

Dr. Kenneth J. Bart (1998-2004) served as the Director of the Graduate School of Public Health from 1998-2004. During his years at the GSPH, Dr. Bart helped to move the GSPH forward into its third decade of excellence and continued to promote immunization and other programs directed toward the health of mothers and children.

Stephen Bender

Stephen Bender

Dr. Stephen Bender (1970-2004) served as Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the GSPH and was a member of the SDSU faculty for 30 years. Dr. Bender published numerous articles in scholarly journals, authored five books, and was the recipient of over six million dollars in grant/contract awards. He was the founding Head of the Division of Health Promotion in the GSPH, and also served as both the Associate Director and Acting Director of the GSPH.

Aram Benenson

Aram Benenson

Dr. Aram S. (Bud) Benenson* was world renowned in epidemiology and the editor-in-chief for 25 years of the bible of communicable disease, Control of Communicable Disease in Man. He was one of the early faculty members of the GSPH, joining the school after a long and distinguished career in the military medical corps and in academia.

John Conway

John Conway

Dr. John B. Conway (1981-1992) was associate director of the GSPH and a professor of OEH. His 40-year career in environmental health included many experiences. Among these were being chair of the State of Washington Board of Health, serving as a registered sanitarian, and recognition as an expert in water quality, disaster preparedness and emergency response, and food supply quality.

Ann de Peyster

Ann de Peyster

Dr. Ann de Peyster (1983-2011) was a Professor of Toxicology and Director of the Toxicology program in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health. Initially on a joint appointment with the Department of Biology, she collaborated with aquatic biologists and ecologists to expand her laboratory and field-based studies of chemicals on reproductive processes. She served as Interim Director of the GSPH from 2004-2007.

 Hershel Griffin

Hershel Griffin

Dr. Hershel E. Griffin* (1980-1987) was Associate Director of the Graduate School of Public Health in 1980. He also served as a Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health during the early years of the GSPH.

Alma Koch

Alma Koch

Alma Koch

Lois Kessler

Lois Kessler

Lois Kessler* (1969-1990) earned her master’s degree from what was then San Diego State College in 1966. She became a lecturer, then tenured professor, with her professional career at San Diego State spanning nearly 25 years. Among her many accomplishments, Lois Kessler helped develop the first women’s studies program in the country at San Diego State University.

Caroline Macera

Caroline Macera

Dr. Caroline A. Macera (2001-2015) served as a professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Associate Director of the GSPH from 2007-2014. In addition to teaching and serving as chair for Master’s students, she was a key faculty member in the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health for students in the Epidemiology emphasis. She was a former team leader for epidemiology and surveillance with the Physical Activity group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research interests included the study of physical activity and aging as well as chronic diseases in general. In addition to over 200 peer-reviewed publications, she co-authored a book entitled, “Physical Activity and Public Health Practice” and an undergraduate text book entitled “Basics of Epidemiology: The Distribution and Determinants of Disease in Humans.”

Joni Mayer

Joni Mayer

Dr. Joni Mayer (1986-2010) was Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences in the GSPH. As principal investigator, her research interests have focused on adherence to the prevention and early detection of cancer. Research topics included promoting healthier food purchases, encouraging physical activity, promoting breast cancer screening, and preventing skin cancer.

James Noto

James Noto

Dr. James Noto (1969-2001) helped develop the Community Health Education program in the Graduate School of Public Health and its predecessor programs. He contributed to the development of undergraduate and graduate education at the University with a tremendous commitment to students. His research interests have included HIV/AIDS in relation to high risk behavior, tobacco prevention/cessation programs, and alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment.

Thomas Novotny

Thomas Novotny

Dr. Thomas E. Novotny (2009-2015) served as Co-Director of the Joint SDSU/UCSD PhD Program in Global Health, Associate Director for Border and Global Health, and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He developed new research programs on tobacco and the environment and on the syndemics of tobacco and infectious diseases; he was also internationally recognized for his work and publications in global health diplomacy. He was a former Assistant Surgeon General, serving in the US Public Health Service for 23 years, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health. He is an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego and in 2015 was awarded an honorary DSc from his alma mater, the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Alan Ogelsby

Alan Ogelsby

Dr. Allan Ogelsby* (1984-1990) obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He held a Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. His career was devoted to developing and administering public health programs, teaching, and publishing articles and textbooks. He worked for a time at the Golden Gate Regional Center in San Francisco developing programs for children with disabilities. In Honolulu he worked developing and managing public health programs in close concert with the Governor’s office. In 1984 he accepted a position at San Diego State University as Professor of Public Health.

Michael Peddecord

Michael Peddecord

Dr. Michael Peddecord (1981-2005) joined the health services administration faculty in 1981. His interests have included quality improvement, community and institutional based programs, adolescent health and preventive services, immunization, and clinical laboratory quality. He served as co-director of the UCSD/SDSU/San Diego County Immunization Partnership (SDIP), and has participated in many community activities over the years.

Dennis Pointer

Dennis Pointer

Dr. Dennis Pointer (1991-2002) served as the University’s first John J. Hanlon Professor for 12 years. Dr. Pointer is a founder of the American Governance and Leadership Group, LLC (sponsored by the American Hospital Association) and President of Dennis D. Pointer & Associates, a governance consulting firm.

Behzad Samimi

Behzad Samimi

Dr. Behzad S. Samimi* (1984-2006) developed and directed the Industrial Hygiene masters program and mentored dozens of students who are now employed around the nation protecting the health of workers. His research interests were in the areas of assessment of human exposure to chemical agents in the work place, respiratory protection and indoor air quality.

Douglas Scutchfield

Douglas Scutchfield

Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield (1980-1997) was the founding director of the GSPH. He received his medical degree from the UK College of Medicine in 1966, was a resident in preventive medicine at the UK College of Medicine and, served in the Public Health Service, Epidemic Intelligence Service, of the Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Karen Senn

Karen Senn

Dr. Karen L. Senn (1977-2002) is one of the SDSU faculty instrumental in the founding of the Graduate School of Public Health. Her areas of research have focused on the utilization of lay community health workers in the implementation of health education programs. She has been Principal Investigator for the Por La Vida Program, which is an umbrella organization for several health promotion programs in the Latino community.

Walter Sorochan

Walter Sorochan

Dr. Walter Sorochan (1969-1992) was a professor of health education until his retirement in 1992, concentrating in environmental health.

Donald Slymen

Donald Slymen

Dr. Donald Slymen (1988-2011) was a Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He was involved in a number of NIH and other collaborative research studies with faculty at San Diego State, including behavioral interventions to reduce or prevent smoking, alter nutritional habits, improve exercise, and other preventive studies. He had primary responsibility for shaping the biostatistics program since arriving at the GSPH in 1988.

Stephen Williams

Stephen J. Williams

Dr. Stephen J. Williams (1980-2014), an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon, MIT, and Harvard, co-founded the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health, founded its health care management program, and served as Assoc. Dean of the SDSU College of Health and Human Services.  He is the author of 28 trade books and ~100 academic articles and was principal investigator on over $2.5M of grants/contracts.  His work with the US Navy included providing an on-base master’s program.  He has been series editor for John Wiley and Delmar/Cengage.  Awards include a citation from the California State Assembly, the first College faculty Monty, and an Honorary Naval Aviator, complementing previous experience on a US Navy nuclear submarine. Stephen Williams’ CV (pdf)

Winnie Willis

Winnie Willis

Dr. Winnie O. Willis (1984-2004) was one of the founders of the specialization in maternal and child health. She was Director of the GSPH Institute for Public Health (IPH) from 1994-2000. Her research has focused on pregnant women and pesticide exposures, infant mortality in African-Americans, quality of clinical services for breast and cervical cancer, and public health professions personnel training.

 

Boskin, Warren D. (1965-1998)
Burgess, William C. (1961-1992)
Harper, Leroy A. *
Kitzinger, Angela, M. (1945-1969)
McTaggert, Aubrey C. (1962-1992)

* deceased