SPH Faculty Appointments & Promotions Announced: January 2023

Congratulations to the following BU School of Public Health faculty on their recent appointment or promotion.


headshot of Elizabeth McCuskeyElizabeth McCuskey, JD, Health Law, Policy & Management, focuses on the roles of state and local governments in health reforms that promote health equity – particularly reforms related to private health insurance and access to care. Co-author of the leading health law textbook in the U.S., her body of work aims to translate legal concepts in ways that enable federal, state and local policymakers to design durable health reforms that respond to community needs and advance health justice. McCuskey’s research applies a health justice perspective to legal questions of federalism and preemption, interrogating the ways that law shapes relationships among federal, state and local authorities, and how those relationships may frustrate or catalyze health reforms designed to serve public health. She is PI on a Commonwealth Fund grant studying the influence of ERISA preemption on state-level health reforms.

Associate Professor

Headshot of Sara LodiSara Lodi, PhD, Biostatistics, specializes in methods for assessing the comparative effectiveness of clinical interventions using randomized controlled trials and observational studies, mainly in the areas of infectious diseases and substance use disorder. Methodologically, she is interested in the development and application of causal inference methods to complex longitudinal data, (i.e., big data) and in the design and analysis of clinical trials. Over the past 15 years, she has led research studies on behalf of international HIV collaborations such as the NIH-funded HIV-CAUSAL Collaboration and URBAN ARCH, and the European Union-funded CASCADE and COHERE collaborations.

Headshot of Samantha Parker KelleherSamantha Parker Kelleher, PhD, Epidemiology, is an epidemiologist who focuses on adverse pregnancy outcomes and maternal morbidity. The recipient of a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Career Development Award, she also studies cardiovascular health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She is a principal investigator on a NHLBI R01 to study postpartum blood pressure measurement and predictors of severe maternal morbidity in partnership with investigators at Boston Medical Center. In addition, she developed two new courses on applied methods in epidemiology and has earned two SPH teaching awards.

Headshot of Jennifer RossJennifer Ross, PhD, Healthy Law, Policy & Management, is a communication scientist with expertise in persuasion and health communication. Her work is centered on reducing tobacco disparities. Her research utilizes a combination of communication theories and methods applied to tobacco prevention and control to inform public health policy. She is PI of two National Cancer Institute R01s on cigar warnings. She serves as co-investigator on multiple NIH studies providing expertise on the tobacco regulatory landscape and message development and testing. She serves as associate editor for Health Communication and was elected to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Adolescent Network within the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, the leading research organization in tobacco and nicotine science.


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