DEPARTMENT FACULTY

  Jim Anthony
 
David Barondess
 
Ahnalee Brincks
  Simone Charles
 
Honglei Chen
  Gustavo de los Campos
 
Debra Furr-Holden
 
Joseph Gardiner
 
Kelly Hirko
 
Claudia Holzman
 
Carol Janney
  Allan Kozlowski
 
Jean Kerver
 
Chenxi Li
 
Qing Lu
 
Zhehui Luo
 
Claire Margerison-Zilko
 
Janet Osuch
 
Nigel Paneth
 
Dorothy Pathak
 
James Pivarnik
 
Mat Reeves
 
A.Mahdi. Saeed
 
Nicole Talge
 
David Todem
 
Ana Vázquez
 
Elizabeth (Betsy) Wasilevich
 
Lixin Zhang
  Adjunct Faculty
  Emeritus Faculty

GRADUATE DIRECTOR

  David Barondess 

SPECIALISTS - RESEARCH

  Madeleine Lenski

 

Simone Charles, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
909 Fee Road Room B601
East Lansing, MI  48824
517.353.8623

Dr. Charles is an environmental health professional who believes that to create sustainable change in communities around health issues a multi-factorial, multi-level innovative focus that would impact population, community and individual health is required. She has over a decade of public health practice during which she engaged in multi-level, multi-cultural, evidence-based intervention initiatives and research through collaborative university-community partnerships to address health inequities. Her expertise includes environmental sampling and hazard analysis; utilizing evidence-based, innovative behavioral intervention models (development, implementation and evaluation); using community-based participatory research principles to address chronic disease capacity building and disease prevention across the life course; community network development and evaluation including faith-based and school-based health initiatives to reduce health disparities; and healthy housing initiatives. She has guided the formation of a highly diverse community-academic partnership – the Center for Children and Family Health and Wellness, Inc. – a 501(c)3 non-profit organization the vision for which is “to promote health equity and social justice around chronic disease in children towards the elimination of health disparities through collaborative partnerships”. Her professional service extends to several national, international, and/or state level boards, working groups and organizations such as the ATSDR/CDC Brownfields and Reuse Opportunity Working Network, previous Environmental Justice Co-Chair for Environmental Section in the American Public Health Association, Georgia Health Housing Advisory Board, and peer-review journal article and grant reviewer. Her collaborations extend to her native region – the Caribbean – where she serves as a Senior Visiting Lecturer with the Tropical Medicine Research Institute at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. She has served as a mentor for several students (undergraduate and graduate; national and international) and junior faculty. As a public health administrator she envisions building a public health minded workforce who would promote health equity and social justice towards the elimination of health disparities. Outside of work, she invests her time into her family (even though they reside in the Caribbean) particularly her nephew who is her heart.