Larissa Odessky, Ph.D
Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health
Dr. Odessky earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy. She was awarded the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Affairs Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2014. She has spent the past two years designing and implementing innovative technology to be used as part of interprofessional healthcare education. She has collaborated with the Virginia Serious Games Institute as part of her fellowship to initiate a nation-wide research project examining the role of serious games in interprofessional education. Dr. Odessky has a passion for developing creative ways to teach students to communicate and become valuable and productive members of diverse healthcare teams.
Laurence Magder, Ph.D
Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health
Dr. Magder is interested in developing relatively simple, easy-to-use, statistical methods that can be useful in biomedical research and promoting a shift in the view of the role of statistics in biomedical research. Statistical methods are often described in courses and in practice as methods for using data to decide whether to accept or reject hypotheses. In contrast, Dr. Magder views statistical methods as ways to quantify the evidence in a set of data with respect to hypotheses. Given this information, scientists can then weigh all relevant considerations in making a scientific judgment about hypotheses. This shift in thinking about the role of statistics renders many traditional statistical topics (such the use of one-sided versus two-sided tests, or the adjustment for multiple comparisons) irrelevant.
Wendy Lane MD, MPH
Associate Professor Epidemiology and Public Health
Wendy is a pediatrician and clinical researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is board certified in General Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Lane received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and then completed her Pediatric residency and Masters in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina. She completed a Preventive Medicine residency at the University of Maryland, followed by a fellowship in Child Abuse and Neglect at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Lane then returned to the University of Maryland to complete a National Research Service Award primary care research fellowship. Upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Lane joined the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is currently an Associate Professor, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Lane’s research focuses on child maltreatment. She is particularly interested in outcomes of maltreatment for children, and development and evaluation of prevention programs. She examines professional issues such as the medical evaluation, identification and reporting of maltreatment. She recently completed an NIH K-23 training grant through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and currently is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop and evaluate a care coordination program for children with suspected physical abuse. Dr. Lane serves on the Child Protection Team at the University of Maryland Medical Center and performs medical evaluations for suspected maltreatment at the Howard County Child Advocacy Center.
Jessica Brown Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health
Jessica P. Brown, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Her research interests include sleep as a positive health behavior, especially in women during the perimenopausal transition. She teaches in the MPH Program, Gerontology Doctoral Program and the Epidemiology Doctoral Program.
Mary Jo Bondy DHEd,MHS,PA-C
Administrative Program Director MSHS
Mary Jo is the director of graduate studies for the graduate school. She is a certified PA with over 23 years of clinical experience. Her research interests include educating PA's to increase presence in primary care and PA workforce issues. She is an award winning teacher and leader. She serves as the liaison and adjunct professor to the AACC PA Program.