Faculty & Staff

Director and PI
Arden S. Handler, DrPH
Professor and Interim Director, Community Health Sciences
Director, Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health
Director, MCH Epidemiology Training Program

Core Faculty
Brenikki Floyd, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences

Joan Kennelly, PhD, MPH
Research Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences

Nadine R. Peacock, PhD
Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences

Kristin Rankin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Alisa Velonis, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences

Emeritus and Retired Faculty

Noel Chávez, PhD, RD, LDN
Associate Professor Emerita, Community Health Sciences

Michele A. Kelley, ScD, MSW, MA
Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences

Deborah Rosenberg, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Amanda Bennett, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Professor
CDC Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program Sponsored Assignee/Senior MCH Epidemiologist, Illinois Department of Public Health

Rachel Caskey, MD, MaPP
Department Affiliate
Program Director, MedPeds Residency Program
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
UIC College of Medicine

Janine Hill, MPH
Adjunct Lecturer
President, Soar Strategies

Ellen Mason, MD
Adjunct Professor
Internal Medical Physician,
Cook County Health and Hospital Systems

Karen VanLandeghem, MPH
Adjunct Professor
Senior Program Director, National Academy for State Health Policy

Program Staff
Stephanie Ruizesparza
Administrative Assistant

CoE-MCH Research Assistants – Fall 2020
Sara Jessica Doi
Elizabeth Lamere
Mickie Anderson