SPH Welcomes New Faculty

The School of Public Health is pleased to present and announce six new faculty members who each bring something new and exciting to UAlbany SPH.

Dr. Lena Andersson joins the department of Health Policy and Behavior as a visiting lecturer from her former position at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She received her Ph.D. degree in Social Medicine from the University of Gothenburg. She has studied geographical differences in disability pensions and work absence due to psychiatric disorders. Her current research concerns mental health, suicide, help-seeking behavior, barriers to care, the right to health, global health and social inequalities in health.



Dr. Christine Bozlak
joins the faculty of the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior as an assistant professor from her former position in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and teaching interests focus on policy initiatives on childhood obesity, youth participation in community health efforts, public health and family, and social representations of wellness.



Dr. Margaret Gates
joins the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as an assistant professor from her former position as Research Scientist at the New England Research Institutes. She received her doctorate of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research and teaching interests are in epidemiology, with a specific focus on genetic and behavioral/substance risks for epithelial ovarian cancer.




Dr. Tao Lu
will join the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in January from his current position at the University of Rochester. He received his doctorate in Statistics from the University at Rochester. His research interests include infectious diseases and immunology modeling; HIV dynamical modeling; gene regulatory network modeling; Bayesian methodology; longitudinal data analysis, parametric and non-parametric mixed effects models; and high dimensional dynamic model selection.



Dr. Feng Qian
joins the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior as an assistant professor from his current position at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. He received his doctorate from the University of Rochester. His research interests include clinical outcomes research, quality and disparities, medical technology assessment, and medical decision making.



Dr. George Potworowski joins the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior as an assistant professor from his former position at the University of Michigan’s Department of Family Medicine. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan. Dr. Potworowski’s research interests center around how individuals, teams, and organizations improve their sub-optimal decision-making and professional practices.