Five new faculty members join the School of Public Health

September 28, 2018

For the 2018-19 academic year, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health is fortunate to welcome five new members to the faculty. These junior and mid-level professors have expertise in key areas of public health, including health policy, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and biostatistics.

“Our new faculty members have already been adding cutting-edge material to our courses,” says Interim Dean Will Dow. “Their research agendas promise high impact contributions across our strategic research areas related to inequality, environmental change, and data science. I am thankful for the hard work by so many people in recruiting this outstanding group to the School this year.”

Amanda Brewster PhD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management

Amanda Brewster examines how management and inter-organizational relationships influence the performance of health care organizations. Her recent research focuses on coordination of health care and social services to address both medical and social determinants of health. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, Brewster spent several years as an associate research scientist and research associate at Yale University. She received her PhD in Health Services Research from Boston University and her MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics.

Joseph Lewnard PhD
Assistant Professor

Joseph Lewnard studies the transmission dynamics of infectious disease agents and the effectiveness of interventions such as vaccination. He uses mathematical and statistical modeling and collaborates closely with investigators leading field studies and disease surveillance. Much of his work centers around the impacts of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines on Streptococcus pneumoniae (an antigenically-diverse pathogen and leading cause of invasive disease, pneumonia, and upper respiratory infections), and lessons for future vaccines targeting limited subsets of pathogen strains. He received his PhD from Yale University, which he followed with a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

Cassondra Marshall MPH, DrPH
Assistant Professor
Community Health Sciences

Cassondra Marshall is interested in the health of women of reproductive age. She focuses on identifying gaps in family planning and preconception care delivery and improving the quality of these services for women. She is also interested in health and health care disparities, patient-centered care, patient engagement, and translational research. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research and received training in delivery science research. She received her MPH from UCLA and her DrPH from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Ziad Obermeyer MD
Acting Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management

Dr. Ziad Obermeyer is a physician and researcher who works at the intersection of machine learning and health. His research seeks to understand and improve decision making in public policy and clinical medicine, and drive innovations in health research. Previously, he worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical and global health clients at McKinsey & Co. in New Jersey, Geneva, and Tokyo. While a medical student, he worked as a full-time research scientist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. He completed his clinical residency in emergency medicine at the Brigham & Women’s, Massachusetts General, and Boston Children’s Hospitals. Dr. Obermeyer holds an MPhil from Cambridge University and an MD from Harvard University.

Corinne Riddell PhD, MSc
Assistant Professor

Corinne Riddell is a social and perinatal epidemiologist. She examines racial inequalities in health between black and white Americans, to understand why some states have fared better at reducing inequalities than other states. In particular, she is interested in infant mortality and injuries (homicides, suicides, and overdoses) as contributors to very early deaths. She uses data interactive visualization to explore these topics, as well as sophisticated surveillance and causal methodologies. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University and an MSc in Statistics from the University of British Columbia.