Deborah E. Powell

Center for Women's Health

A National Center of Excellence


BIRCWH Program Leaders

The BIRCWH Program Leaders include the Executive Leadership Team, the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee (IAC), and mentors.

The Executive Leadership Team consists of the Principal Investigator, Program Director, and Research Director. The team is responsible for responsible for the vision, direction, and implementation of the UMN BIRCWH program. They provide direct oversight of the scholars, meeting with them every six months to evaluate their progress.

The Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee (IAC) is made up of the Executive Leadership Team and a multidisciplinary team of the University’s leading women’s health researchers and two external members. There is at least one representative from each of the six health sciences schools and from the College of Liberal Arts. The IAC provides guidance to the Executive Leadership Team on 1) scholar selection, 2) oversight of scholar progress and mentor team effectiveness, and (3) a formal annual review of the program.

A critical component of the BIRCWH Program is a strong, structured mentoring program involving successful scientists from a wide range of disciplines. The goals of our mentoring program are to: 1) enhance Scholars’ research career development and academic socialization; 2) facilitate research productivity and scientific dissemination; and 3) meet the psychosocial and career needs of the BIRCWH Scholars as they transition into independent scientists. In addition to the list of mentors below, members of the Executive Leadership Team and the IAC are all NIH-approved mentors.

    Executive Leadership Team
  • AHCWMHLTH2 - Image - 70x80 - NCRbio

    (612) 626-1125

    Nancy C. Raymond, MD
    BIRCWH Principal Investigator
    Research Interests:
    eating disorders, particularly bulimia nervosa and binge eating, community engaged research

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    (612) 624-2132

    Jean F. Wyman, PhD, APRN, BC FAAN
    BIRCWH Program Director & Co-Research Director
    Research Interests:
    behavioral and exercise interventions to prevent falls, treat urinary incontinence, and manage the effects of chronic disease in older women

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    (612) 624-1818

    Bernard L. Harlow, PhD, MPH
    BIRCWH Research Director
    Research Interests
    : malignant and borderline ovarian tumors, uterine sarcomas, adverse obstetrical outcomes, premature menopause, and gynecological complications arising in women suffering from a variety of mood disorders

  • Interdisciplinary Advisory Board
  • AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Jas Ahluwalia

    (612) 626-3378

    Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH
    Professor, Dept of Medicine; Associate Director, Research Education, Training, and Career Development (CTSI Ed)
    Research Interests:
    cancer prevention, control, and population sciences specifically related to underrepresented minorities and other underserved populations

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-David Bereiter

    (612) 625-4541

    David A. Bereiter, PhD
    Professor, Dept of Diagnositic Biological Sciences, School of Dentistry
    Research Interests:
    peripheral and central mechanisms of craniofacial pain, specifically addressing ocular and referred pain to the tempromandibular joint region, and roles of sex hormones and psychophysical stress of craniofacial pain

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Levi Downs

    (612) 626-3111

    Levi S. Downs Jr., MD, MS, FACOG
    Associate Professor, Dept of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health; Director, Division of Gynecology Oncology
    Research Interests:
    HPV induced carcinogenisis, molecular therapeutics for cervical cancer, and gynecology oncology clinical trials

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Esam El-Fakahany

    (612) 625-5696

    Esam El-Fakahany, PhD
    Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
    Research Interests:
    neuronal receptor modulation, mechanisms of receptor coupling to second messenger signal transduction pathways, and Alzheimer's diesease

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Patricia Frazier

    (612) 625-6863

    Patricia A. Frazier, PhD
    Professor, Dept of Psychology
    Research Interests:
    counseling and social psychology, coping with traumatic life events, PTSD and posttraumatic growth, perceptions of control over traumatic events

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Ann Garwick

    (612) 624-1141

    Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, LP, LMFT, FAAN
    Professor, School of Nursing; Senior Executive Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing
    Research Interests:
    specialty areas including stress and coping, children with special needs health care needs, cross-cultural health and culturally competent care, family health and care-giving

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Richard King2

    (612) 624-6657

    Richard King, MD, PhD
    Professor, Dept of Medicine
    Research Interests: genetics and albinism and methods for mapping and identifying genes responsible for complex diseases

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Alice Larson

    (612) 624-3650

    Alice A. Larson, PhD
    Professor, Depts of Veterinary Pathobiology, Neuroscience and Pharmacology
    Research Interests: central pain and neuroimmunological mechanisms, focusing on fibromyalgia

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Russell Leupker

    (612) 624-6362

    Russell V. Luepker, MD, MS
    Professor, Dept of Medicine
    Research Interests:
    observational studies in large free-living and hospitalized populations to classical clinical and community trials

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Elizabeth Seaquist

    (612) 626-4833

    Elizabeth R. Seaquist, MD
    Professor, Dept of Medicine
    Research Interests:
    the effect of diabetes on brain metabolism, structure, and function

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-LaDora Thompson

    (612) 626-5271

    LaDora V. Thompson, PhD, BS PT
    Professor, Program in Physical Therapy
    Research Interests:
    skeletal muscle protein expression, post-translational chemical modifications of key muscle proteins, and the role of antioxidants

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Douglas Yee

    (612) 626-8487

    Douglas Yee, MD
    Director, Masonic Cancer Center; Professor, Dept of Medicine
    Research Interests:
    regulation of breast cancer cells by peptide growth factors

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Eugene Orringer

    (919) 843-6507

    Eugene P. Orringer, MD
    Program Director, MD-PhD Program; Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina
    Research Interests:
    clinical and translational research, previously focused on membrane transport properties

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Claire Pomeroy

    Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA
    Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Health System; Dean, School of Medicine, UC Davis
    Research Interests:
    host respones to viral infections and advocates for HIV/AIDS patients as a clinician

  • Mentors
  • AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Sharon Allen

    (612) 624-2446

    Sharon Allen, MD, PhD
    Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
    Research Interests:
    women's health and tobacco cessation

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Gerald August

    (612) 273-9727

    Gerald August, PhD
    Professor, Dept of Psychiatry
    Research Interests:
    prevention of antisocial behavior and drug abuse, ADHD

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Melissa Avery2

    (612) 624-5933

    Melissa Avery, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
    Professor & Chair, Child & Family Health Cooperative
    Research Interests:
    vaginal birth after Cesarean section, exercise in pregnancy, exercise and gestational diabetes, breastfeeding, outcomes of nurse-midwifery care, technology enhanced learning

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Linda Bearinger2

    (612) 624-5157

    Linda H. Bearinger, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN, FSAHM
    Professor, School of Nursing; Director, Center for Adolescent Nursing
    Research Interests:
    health promotion and youth development with vulnerable adolescents, substance abuse and violence involvement, youth development for American Indian children

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Donna Bliss2

    (612) 624-1425

    Donna Z. Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
    Professor, School of Nursing Foundation Research
    Research Interests:
    fecal incontinence and tube feeding, perineal skin problems, risk identification, prevention, and management

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Marilyn Carroll

    (612) 626-6289

    Marilyn E. Carroll, PhD
    Professor, Dept of Psychiatry
    Research Interests:
    behavioral pharmacology, drug dependence, and behavioral economics in animal models

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Timothy Church

    (612) 625-9091

    Timothy R. Church, PhD
    Professor, Div of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    design, management, and analysis of clinical trials and environmental and occupational epidemiological studies

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    (612) 273-9807

    Scott Crow, MD
    Professor, Dept of Psychiatry
    Research Interests:
    eating disorders

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-William Doherty

    (612) 625-4752

    William Doherty, PhD
    Professor, Family Social Science
    Research Interests:
    families dealing with chronic illnesses, marriage, fatherhood, ethics, citizen health care, community engaged parent education, democratic community building with families

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Kristine Ensrud

    (612) 467-5841

    Kristine Ensrud, MD, MPH
    Professor, Dept of Medicine
    Research Interests:
    epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases focusing on osteoporosis

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Jean Forster

    (612) 626-8864

    Jean L. Forster, PhD, MPH
    Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    chronic disease risk education strategies, particularly community-level policy intervention studies in alcohol, tobacco control, and UV exposure

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Jerry Froelich2

    (612) 626-2371

    Jerry W. Froelich, MD
    Professor, Dept of Diagnostic Radiology and Medical Physics
    Research Interests:
    radionuclide therapies for the treatment of various cancers, development and use of new tools for qualitative SPEC/CT imaging, and clinical trials exploring new biomarkers of and response to disease

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Jayne Fulkerson2

    (612) 624-4823

    Jayne A. Fulkerson, PhD
    Associate Professor, School of Nursing
    Research Interests:
    family-based health promotion in community settings, child/adolescent obesity prevention, research methodology, program evaluation, measurement, and instrument development

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Cynthia Gross

    (612) 624-8676

    Cynthia Gross, PhD
    Professor, College of Pharmacy
    Research Interests:
    improving the quality of life and health outcomes of solid organ transplant candidates and recipients, and patients with diabetes or other medication-intensive chronic illnesses

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Ashley Haase

    (612) 624-4442

    Ashley Haase, MD
    Regents' Professor, Dept of Microbiology
    Research Interests:
    preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Dorothy Hatsukami

    (612) 626-2121

    Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD
    Professor, Dept of Psychiatry
    Research Interests:
    tobacco research, nicotine addiction, drug abuse

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Wendy Hellerstedt

    (612) 626-2077

    Wendy Hellerstedt, PhD, MPH
    Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    birth outcomes for underserved women and adolescents, adolescent sexual risk-taking and pregnancy prevention, pregnancy intention, and the relation of social indicators and reproductive health

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-David Jacobs

    (612) 624-4196

    David R. Jacobs, PhD
    Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    nutrition and cardiovascular disease and other diseases such as diabetes

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Robert Jeffery

    (612) 626-8580

    Robert W. Jeffery, PhD
    Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    behavioral epidemiology, with emphasis on obesity and diet

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Robert Kane

    (612) 624-1185

    Robert L. Kane, MD
    Professor and Minnesota Chair In Long-Term Care and Aging, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
      health and long-term care of older persons, relationships between acute and chonic care, and quality of care

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Shalini Kulasingam

    (612) 624-7554

    Shalini L. Kulasingam, PhD
    Associate Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    HPV, cervical cancer, cancer screening, vaccines, and decision and cost-effectiveness modeling

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Carol Lange


    Carol Lange, PhD
    Professor, Depts of Medicine and Pharmacology
    Research Interests:
    molecular biology of breast cancer

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-DeAnn Lazovich2

    (612) 626-9099

    DeAnn Lazovich, MPH, PhD
    Associate Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    cancer epidemiology, prevention, and control

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Chap Le

    (612) 624-9963

    Chap T. Le, PhD
    Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    epidemiological methods, cross-over designs, survival analysis, correlated binary data, ordered alternatives, ROC curves, and the design and analysis of In Vitro experiments

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Frank Lederle

    (612) 467-2683

    Frank Lederle, MD
    Professor, Department of Medicine
    Research Interests: internal medicine

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Adam Levine

    (612) 626-7173

    Allen Levine, PhD
    Dean, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences
    Research Interests:
    neural regulation of food intake related to opioid peptides and Neuropeptide Y

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    Karen Margolis, MD, MPH
    Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Heather Nelson

    (612) 626-9887

    Heather H. Nelson, PhD, MPH
    Associate Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    immunogenetics, the role of viruses in cancer, and environmental influences on epigenetics

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Dianne Neumark Sztainer

    (612) 624-0880

    Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD
    Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    nutrition, physical activity, and the prevention of weight-related problems including eating disorders, obesity, and body dissatisfaction

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-J Michael Oakes

    (612) 624-6855

    J. Michael Oakes, PhD
     Associate Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    quantitative methodology, social epidemiology, and research ethics

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-William Oetting

    (612) 624-1139

    William Oetting, PhD
    Professor, College of Pharmacy
    Research Interests:
    genetics of behavioral analysis, proteomic and metabolomic analysis of kidney disease, and genetic analysis of genes and gene polymorphisms associated with solid organ transplant outcome

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-James Pankow

    (612) 624-2883

    James S. Pankow, PhD, MPH
    Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Rory Remmel

    (612) 624-0472

    Rory Remmel, PhD
    Professor, College of Pharmacy
    Research Interests:
    drug metabolism, basic enzymology, hepatocytes, and clinical studies in AIDS patients

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Renee Sieving

    (612) 626-4527

    Renee Sieving, PhD, MSN, RN
    Associate Professor, School of Nursing
    Research Interests:
    youth health promotion, prevention of health risk behaviors among adolescents (sexual risks, violence involevement, school drop-out)

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Mary Story

    (612) 626-8801

    Mary Story, PhD, RD
    Professor, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    eating behaviors of children and adolescents and obesity prevention

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Robert Straka

    (612) 624-5663

    Robert Straka, PhD, FCCP
    Professor, College of Pharmacy
    Research Interests:
    cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, pharmacogenomics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, and drug metabolism

    AHCWMHLTH2-Image-70x80-Beth Virnig

    (612) 624-4426

    Beth A. Virnig, PhD
    Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Public Health
    Research Interests:
    use of healthcare by the elderly in the Medicare program, hospice use, cancer suveillance and care, and Medicare managed care

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