Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA
Chair and Professor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC INDEPENDENT HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Dr. Clark is chair and professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at USC Independent Health Professions, which has been rated #1 by U.S. News and World Report for six consecutive years. Her research interests include the development and dysfunction of sensory integration in children; maternal role behavior; the acquisition of independent living skills among adolescents with disabilities; health promotion in the elderly and spinal cord injury and occupational science. Her most recent work includes the USC Well Elderly Study; and Daily Living Context and Pressure Sores in Consumers with Spinal Injuries.
Dr. Clark is a widely published and noted scholar whose landmark research on the elderly has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. She earned her B.A. in at State University of New York, Albany; her M.S. in occupational therapy from the State University of New York, Buffalo and her Ph.D. in education from USC. She also has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Clark has served on many university boards and committees, including the executive board of the Academic Senate and as chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Community and Academic Life at USC. Appointed as a charter member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Association, she has served as a special consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General, been on the board of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research and been the recipient of an Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship--the highest academic honor of the American Occupational Therapy Association. In 1999, the American Occupational Therapy Association honored her with its Award of Merit and in 2001 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California. In 2004, she received the Presidential Medallion, USC’s highest honor.
Peter Clarke, Ph.D.
Professor, Communication and Preventive Medicine
ANNENBERG SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION/KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Dr. Clarke holds two appointments at USC: Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine and of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication. He has directed many projects that apply advanced telecommunications to healthcare, including: the design and evaluation of multimedia kiosks to aid cancer patients and their families, as they cope with illness and treatment side effects; and experiments with videoconferencing support groups among illness survivors. He has published more than 40 articles in professional journals and has edited works such as The Computer Culture, New Models for Communication Research, and seven volumes of the Annual Reviews of Communication Research. Clarke and his colleague Susan H. Evans also published Covering Campaigns: Journalism in Congressional Elections, reporting a nationwide survey of newspapers, journalists, and voters and how the public becomes informed about contenders for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. His most recent book (with Evans), Surviving Modern Medicine, enables readers discover how to establish better communication with their doctors, make more thoughtful choices among options for care, and get support from friends and family that promotes healing and wellness.
Dr. Clarke’s current interests center on improving human nutrition. He and Evans co-direct From the Wholesaler to the Hungry, which has received awards for public service from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and the UPS Foundation. The project has helped launch 134 new programs that recover vast quantities of surplus fresh produce and direct these nutritious foods to low-income Americans. Clarke and Evans' project also administers two grant programs that build the capacity of food rescue efforts at the local level. From the Wholesaler to the Hungry also has developed and field-tested web-based tools. In addition to his research and work in social action, Clarke has chaired or served as dean of four academic programs in communication at three universities: the School of Communications at the University of Washington; the Department of Journalism and, later, the Department of Communication at the University of Michigan; and the Annenberg School for Communication. He currently chairs USC's Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure. Dr. Clarke also serves on boards or advisory bodies for several public interest groups--including the Council on Technology and the Individual, and the Corporate Design Foundation--and on programmatic and scientific review panels, such as the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs undertaken within the Department of Defense. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Gerald Davison, Ph.D.
COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS AND SCIENCES
Dr. Davison is professor and chairperson of the department of Psychology at USC. He previously served as director of clinical training and chair of the department of Psychology, and as interim dean of the Annenberg School for Communication. Prior to his move to USC, Dr. Davison was on the psychology faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, visiting associate professor at Stanford University, and a National Institute of Mental Health Special Fellow at Harvard. His publications emphasize experimental and philosophical analyses of psychopathology, assessment, and therapeutic change. Current research focuses on the relationships between cognition and a variety of behavioral and emotional problems via his articulated thoughts in simulated situations paradigm.
Dr. Davison is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served on the executive committee of its Division of Clinical Psychology, Board of Scientific Affairs, Committee on Scientific Awards, Council of Representatives, and Continuing Professional Education Committee. He also is a charter fellow of the American Psychological Society, on the Advisory Board of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, and a past president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. He served two terms on the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance, and is a member of the executive board of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. Dr. Davison has received numerous awards, including an outstanding achievement award from APA's Board of Social and Ethical Responsibility; the Albert S. Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award from USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; the Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, a university-wide prize; the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Los Angeles County Psychological Association; the Outstanding Educator Award of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT); and, most recently, the Lifetime Achievement Award from AABT. Among his more than 130 publications, his co-authored books Clinical Behavior Therapy and Abnormal Psychology are widely used and recognized texts. Other recent books are Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology, 6th ed., and Exploring Abnormal Psychology. Dr. Davison is on the editorial board of several professional journals. He is licensed in California and listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He received his B.A. from Harvard, was Fulbright Scholar at the University of Freiburg, West Germany and obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Kathleen R. Ell, Ph.D.
Ernest P. Larson Professor of Poverty, Ethnicity, and Health
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
Dr. Ell is the Ernest P. Larson Professor of Health, Ethnicity and Poverty in the School of Social Work. She joined the USC faculty in 1980 after serving as associate director of the Social Work Department at UCLA Medical Center and achieving extensive experience through practice, supervisory, and administrative roles in heath care settings. With interests focused in healthcare, her research has studied coping, social support and adaptation to life-threatening and chronic illness among adults.
She has completed a psychosocial needs assessment of chronically ill children in Los Angeles County, and a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study of health care seeking behavior for acute cardiac symptoms. She is the Principal Investigator of four research projects: Multifaceted Homecare Depression Program; Effective Breast and Cancer Health Education Intervention for High Risk Women; Oncology Depression Program: Latinas with Cancer; and the Improving Access and Adherence to Cancer Treatment (IMPAACT) for Low-income Minority Women with Breast of Gynecologic Cancer. Additionally, she has published two books: Families and Health: Psychosocial Care and Advances in Mental Health Research. Dr. Ell recently served as the executive director at the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research in Washington, D.C. At USC, she teaches the doctoral course in Social and Behavioral Science Theory and Research. Dr. Ell earned her B.A. from Valparaiso University, Indiana and her M.S.W. and D.S.W. from UCLA. Dr. Ell earned her B.A. from Valparaiso University, Indiana and her M.S.W. and D.S.W. from University of California, Los Angeles.
Jeffry L. Huffman, M.D., M.H.A.
President & CEO, USC Care Medical Group, Inc.
Associate Senior Vice President of Medical Care and Professor
USC CARE MEDICAL GROUP/KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Dr. Huffman became president & CEO of USC Care Medical Group in 1996. Since 2000, he also has served as associate senior vice president of Medical Care for the USC Keck School of Medicine, where he has responsibility for issues pertaining to USC Care, the Keck School and the university, including practice plan activities, partner hospital relationships, Internet strategies, and marketing efforts. At USC Care, Dr. Huffman spearheads clinical and administrative services for the medical group, which represents and serves more than 400 full-time USC faculty physicians in private practice.
In addition to these administrative roles, Dr. Huffman, a urologist, sees patients, supervises residents, and continues his research on stone disease and urologic cancer. He earned his medical degree from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine and completed his training at the University of Chicago and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, before coming to USC in 1987 to develop and direct USC's urologic endoscopy and stone disease program. In 1992, he became vice president and medical director of USC Physicians, which subsequently was incorporated into USC Care. He earned his MHA degree from USC in 1996.
C. Anderson Johnson, Ph.D.
Sidney Garfield Professor of Preventive Medicine & Psychology
Director, Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, Transdisciplinary
Tobacco Use Research Center & Division of Health Behavior Research
KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Dr. Johnson is the Sidney Garfield Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. He is the director of USC's Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, also known as the Institute for Preventive Research, and the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC). In addition, he is the principal investigator for TTURC Project 1, Preventing Tobacco Use Across Cultures, which assesses culturally tuned approaches to preventing tobacco smoking and exposure to smoke among the youth of different cultures in a variety of cultural settings. His current research is dedicated to understanding the determinants of health-related lifestyles and approaches to prevention of behavioral risks for disease. Dr. Johnson’s research includes tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; nutritional practices and physical exercise; and communication strategies for health promotion.
Dr. Johnson came to USC in 1980 as associate professor of pharmacy and director of the Health Behavior Research Institute. Before that, he had been with the University of Minnesota for five years, the last two as the co-director of the Program in Cardiovascular Behavior at the College of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology and his doctorate in social psychology, both from Duke University.
Francine R. Kaufman, M.D.
Director, Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center, CHLA
Head, Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, CHLA
Professor, Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, LA/KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
One of America’s foremost pediatric endocrinologists, Francine R. Kaufman, M.D., is director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center, and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kaufman also is a professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine and an attending physician at CHLA. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and is board certified in pediatric endocrinology and metabolism. Her research interests include type 1 diabetes mellitus, type 2 diabetes, galactosemia, bone mineralization, ambiguous genitalia, patterns of growth hormone secretion and growth failure, androgen metabolism in human skin, endocrine manifestations of childhood AIDS, optic nerve hypoplasia/septo optic dysplacia and hypopituitarism and homocysteine metabolism. Dr. Kaufman, who has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1980, has received more than 40 grants and contracts from the federal government, as well as from corporations and foundations.
She has been active with the American Diabetes Association at the local, state and national levels and served as president of the American Diabetes Association in 2002-03. She is co-principal investigator of the Keck Diabetes Prevention Initiative, a joint initiative of the Keck School of Medicine and CHLA. A consultant to numerous corporations, Dr. Kaufman holds patents on numerous intellectual properties and is the inventor of Extend Bar™ (Clinical Products, Ltd.). She received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and her medical degree from Chicago Medical School. She served an internship and residency, as well as a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at CHLA.
Gerald E. Loeb, M.D.
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Director, Medical Device Development Faculty
VITERBI SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Dr. Loeb is a professor of biomedical engineering and director, Medical Device Development Faculty at the Viterbi School of Engineering. He works on neural prosthetics—interfaces between electronic devices and the nervous system that are used to replace sensory and motor functions and correct dysfunctions in people with neurological problems. Dr. Loeb was one of the developers of the cochlear implant now used to restore functional hearing to the deaf and continues to pursue improvements in this mature technology. His research group is now working on BIONs—BIOnic Neuorons that are small enough to be injected into paralyzed muscles, where they receive power and send and receive data by radio links with an external controller. In addition to developing and testing technology, Dr. Loeb has been active in basic neurophysiological studies of the sensorimotor nervous system in order to understand normal biological control. Computer models based on experimental data from muscles, motoneurons and proprioceptors are being developed to test new theories of control that may permit the reanimation of paralyzed limbs via functional electrical stimulation (FES).
Dr. Loeb was born in New Brunswick, NJ, received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and trained in surgery at the University of Arizona. He spent 15 years in the Laboratory of Neural Control at the National Institutes of Health and 12 years at Queen's University, where he was professor of Physiology and director of the Bio-Medical Engineering Unit. He served as chief scientist (consulting) for Advanced Bionics Corp. of Sylmar, CA, from 1994 until joining USC in 1999. He has published over 190 journal articles and chapters, a book on electromyography, and holds 23 patents.
Doe Mayer, M.A.
Mary Pickford Professor of Film and Television Production
SCHOOL OF CINEMA-TELEVISION/ANNENBERG SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION
Professor Mayer is the Mary Pickford Professor of Film and Television Production at USC’s School of Cinema Television where she teaches documentary and fiction filmmaking. She holds a joint appointment with the Annenberg School for Communication where her work is centered on the practical application of communication campaign strategies and designs for social issues and health-defined organizations.
Working in film and television for 25 years, she has produced, directed and provided technical support for hundreds of productions in the United States and numerous developing countries. Much of this programming has been in the areas of family planning, basic education, health and nutrition promotion, HIV/AIDS prevention, population, and women’s issues. Her work has taken her to Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Eritrea, Maldives, Pakistan, China, Mexico, Suriname and many other countries. In 1995 Professor Mayer was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach media studies and development communication in Fiji and other South Pacific island nations. She has just completed a project called Women Connect!, an initiative of the Pacific Institute for Women's Health which is funded through the Annenberg Center for Communication and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project seeks to strengthen African women NGOs to use communication strategies in media and technology to improve women's health and well-being.
Professor Mayer serves on the advisory board of Hollywood, Health and Society, a project of the Lear Center at the Annenberg School funded by the CDC. She has also served on the Committee for Training in Developing Countries, of CILECT, the organization of the world's film schools. Her interests in exploring the links between creativity and social responsibility have been a substantive part of her teaching career, culminating in a book she recently co-authored with two colleagues, Creative Filmmaking From the Inside Out: Five Keys to the Art of Making Inspired Movies and Television. In 2001 the National Organization for Women gave her its award for advancement of women's media education in California, and in 2004 she was honored as one of USC’s Remarkable Women Faculty Members. The award is a collaboration between the Office of Campus Activities, the Women's Student Assembly, and the Center for Women and Men, and Gender Studies.
Glenn A. Melnick, Ph.D.--Secretariat
Blue Cross of California Professor of Health Care Finance
Director, Center for Health Policy and Management
Director, International Public Policy and Management Program
SCHOOL OF POLICY, PLANNING, AND DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Melnick is a professor and Blue Cross of California chair in health care finance at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. He is also director of the USC Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management. An expert in health economics and finance, Dr. Melnick came to USC in 1996 from the UCLA School of Public Health. He is a senior economist and resident consultant at RAND, and has served as an expert witness for the Federal Trade Commission.
Dr. Melnick's research has contributed to the understanding of healthcare markets, particularly the effects of market-based pro-competition and managed care. His recent work includes an evaluation of the economics of emergency departments in California hospitals, and the impact of systems formation on managed care. He also has worked in number of countries to provide technical assistance on issues of health financing and health system organization, and in 1998, initiated the International Public Policy and Management master’s degree program for Pacific Rim mid-career professionals, which he continues to direct. Dr. Melnick is the author of numerous publications, including articles in the Journal of Health Economics; JAMA; Health Affairs; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; American Journal of Public Health; Medical Care and Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. Frequently tapped by the media, he has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, among others. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in urban and regional planning and health economics.
Michael B. Nichol, Ph.D.--Chair
QSAD Centurion Associate Professor and Chair
Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY/LEONARD DAVIS SCHOOL OF GERONTOLOGY/SCHOOL OF POLICY, PLANNING, AND DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Nichol is associate professor and QSAD Centurion chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy at the School of Pharmacy. He also holds joint appointments in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Dr. Nichols’ research interests include state health policy, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacy counseling and patient behavior, occupational licensure, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses.
Dr. Nichol has served as a consultant to numerous organizations, including National Medical Enterprises, SysteMetrics, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Astra-Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, Pfizer Inc., and Upjohn-Pharmacia. He also has served on the board of directors of several southern California research and health service organizations. His previous positions include executive director of the Western Oregon Health Systems Agency, and planner with the Oregon State Health Planning Agency. Dr. Nichol graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B. A. in political science, the University of Oregon with an M.A. in public affairs, and the University of Southern California with a doctorate in public administration. He has received a University Teaching Award for classroom innovations and other awards conferred by the American Society of Health- System Pharmacists Foundation and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research for excellence in research. He has authored or co-authored research articles in journals including Pharmacoeconomics, Medical Care, American Politics Quarterly, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, among others.
Director, School of Journalism
ANNENBERG SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
Michael Parks is the director of the Annenberg School of Journalism. He is a journalist and educator whose assignments have taken him around the globe, and whose "balanced and comprehensive" coverage of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa earned him the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. From 1997-2000, Parks served as editor of the Los Angeles Times, a period during with the Times garnered four additional Pulitzer Prizes. As editor of the Los Angeles Times, Parks also was responsible for news coverage and editorial page positions of the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, managing an editorial staff of 1,350 and a budget of more than $120 million. With a sense of the educational and social responsibilities held by the newspaper, he helped launch "Reading by 9," a community program to ensure all 9-year-old children in S. California would read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade, as well as editorial advocacy for adoption of a new city charter for Los Angles and education reform, including the election of a new school board.
At USC Annenberg, Parks guided the creation and adoption of an innovative core curriculum that trains students to report stories for print, broadcast and new media. The School has also deepened its commitment to mid-career training for journalists through the work of the Online Journalism Program, the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, the Institute for Justice and Journalism and the newly established USC Annenberg California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship program and Strategic Public Relations Center. He has served the profession as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize, Gerald Loeb Awards, ASNE Writing Awards, and the Selden Ring Award. He has also served on the Western Selection Committee for the German Marshall Fund Fellowships and the South African Selection Committee for the Fulbright Fellowship. His memberships include the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Council on Foreign Relations, Pacific Council on International Policy, International Press Institute, Asia Society, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Victor A. Regnier, FAIA
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE/LEONARD DAVIS SCHOOL OF GERONTOLOGY
Victor Regnier is a professor in the School of Architecture and in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. He previously served as dean (interim appointment) of the USC School of Architecture, associate professor in the School of Architecture and the Program of Housing Research and Development for the University of Illinois, and as laboratory chief and research associate in the Environmental Studies Laboratory at USC’s Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center. His work includes programming, design review, post occupancy evaluation and feasibility studies for architectural firms, housing sponsors, municipalities and consulting organizations on over 100 buildings in the last 18 years.
Professor Regnier’s publications include Assisted Living for the Frail and Aged: Innovations in Design, Management, and Financing, Assisted Living Housing for the Elderly: Design Innovations from Europe and the United States, and Housing the Aged: Design Directives and Policy Considerations, as well as many articles and book chapters. Regnier is also associate editor of the Journal of Housing for the Elderly. He serves as an editorial board member for Assisted Living Today and International Journal of Technology and Aging; and as advisory board member for Integrated Senior Care, International Leadership Center on Longevity and Society, the Korean American Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Sunrise Retirement Homes and Communities, Oakton, VA. He is on the board of directors of Foundation to Assist California Teachers (FACT). Professor Regnier has been a lecturer and design critic for 20 universities. a Principal Architect in FAIA since 1977, Regnier received his B. Arch. and B.Engr. from Kansas State University and his M. Arch. from USC.
William Rideout, Jr., Ph.D.
ROSSIER SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Dr. Rideout is a professor in the Rossier School of Education. His research focuses primarily on international and intercultural education, specifically in Southeast Asia and Africa. Dr. Rideout recently co-authored a manuscript analyzing the impact on national educational systems of centralized and decentralized models of governance, which South African leaders involved in planning their post-apartheid government structure are reviewing. Dr. Rideout teaches courses on education in the Far East, Middle East, and Africa in the areas of educational planning; qualitative research; cultural pluralism in the United States; and education's role in development and reform in several African states.
He is the executive director for the Center for Global Education, which serves as a national resource/research center for the student mobility field. Dr. Rideout earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
John Rolph, Ph.D.
USC MARSHAL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS/THE LAW CENTER
Dr. Rolph is professor of statistics in the department of Information & Operations Management at the Marshall School of Business. He also holds faculty appointments in the USC Mathematics Department and The Law Center. Prior to coming to USC, Dr. Rolph was on the research staff of the RAND Corporation, where he was the founding head of RAND's Statistics Group. He has held faculty positions at the University of London, Columbia University, the RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies and the RAND/UCLA Health Policy Center.
Dr. Rolph’s research interests include empirical Bayes methods and the application of statistics to public policy, particularly health policy. He has published articles on various aspects of medical malpractice claims in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Law and Contemporary Problems, and Medical Care Research and Review. Other publications in major statistical journals include Statistical Sciences, Annuals of Statistics, Statistics and Medicine, and the Journal of the American Statistical Association, as well as journals from the fields of law, health policy, operations research and economics. A former editor of CHANCE, he is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Statistical Institute. He is past chair of the Statistics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and chair of the National Research Council's Committee on National Statistics. Dr. Rolph earned his Ph.D. from UC, Berkeley.
Michael H. Shapiro, J.D.
Dorothy W. Nelson Professor of Law
THE LAW SCHOOL
Dr. Shapiro is the Dorothy W. Nelson Professor of Law in the USC Law School, where he specializes in bioethics and constitutional law. His work in bioethics deals with the convergence of legal, ethical, and medical concerns in the context of new medical technologies. Dr. Shapiro has served on the faculty or lectured at the UCLA Law School, Yale Law School, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His prior posts include the Western Center on Law and Poverty, California Legal Assistance, and Glikbarg & Shimer.
Dr. Shapiro has published widely. His books include Cases, Materials, and Problems on Bioethics and Law; Law, Culpability and the Neural Sciences, Biological and Behavioral Technologies and the Law; and Who Merits Merit? Some Problems in Distributive Justice Posed by the New Biology. A contributor to several additional books, Dr. Shapiro has published in Capital University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Hastings Law Journal, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and many other journals. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, the LAC+USC Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board, and the Pacific Council for Health Policy and Ethics. He has served as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy regarding proposals to study the Human Genome Project and on the advisory panel to the Joint Committee on Surrogate Parenting of the California Legislature. He received his bachelor and M.A. degrees from the UCLA (Phi Beta Kappa) and his J.D. from the University of Chicago.
Malcolm L. Snead, B.S., D.D.S, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Innovation & Discovery
SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
Dr. Snead is a professor and associate dean for Innovation and Discovery in the School of Dentistry, where he teaches in the doctoral program. He is among the cadre of creators for the Problem Based Learning (PBL) pilot program housed in the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology. He serves as facilitator in the PBL program, as well as on the Curriculum Committee, the Admissions Committee, and as the first year coordinator for the PBL program. Dr. Snead also contributes to numerous courses in the graduate school in several graduate education programs.
Dr. Snead is interested in several aspects of developmental biology and the continuation between altered developmental pathways and the development of several disease states. Also of interest is cell renewal and regeneration based on principles gleaned from developmental pathways. His other major research work lies in the area of biomineralization. He has been funded by four RO1 investigator initiated grants through the NIH and as the principal investigator for an institutional T32 training grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a multi-school training program involving the School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy and the College of Letters Arts and Sciences. The T32 training grant attempts to capitalize on the research excellence available throughout the biomedical enterprise of the university and to use that excellence as a tool for recruitment and the creation of the next generation of biomedical researchers. Dr. Snead has served for several years as an ad hoc member of several NIH study section panels. He also was a charter member of the Oral Biology and Medicine study panel and continues to serve on the reviewer reserve for NIH study section panels. He is a reviewer for several biomedical journals and on the editorial panels of several journals. Dr. Snead serves on the scientific panels of several USC and several other research enterprises. He received his B.S. from St. Mary's College of California, his D.D.S. from Loyola University of Chicago, the Chicago College of Dental Surgery. Dr. Snead was trained in Oral Pathology at the University of Chicago, the Zoller Dental Clinic and earned his Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago.
Catherine A. Sugar, Ph.D.
MARSHALL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS/SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
Dr. Sugar is assistant professor in the department of Information & Operations Management at the Marshall School of Business and holds a joint appointment in the School of Pharmacy. She arrived at USC in 1998 after receiving her Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University. Dr. Sugar’s current areas of research interest include clustering, classification, and patterns of covariation in data, with a focus on computer-intensive and non-parametric statistics. She has extensive applications interests, and much of her work is multi-disciplinary and collaborative. To date her applications projects have been primarily in medical areas; including health services research, nephrology, and HIV genetics. She has done consulting or collaborative work for a number of companies; including the RAND Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceutica, and Roche Biosciences.
Dr. Sugar’s research work has been published in Health Services Research. A dedicated teacher, she founded and ran the first Stanford department of statistics seminar course on how to teach, and was involvement in the development and teaching of Stanford's Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Core, a new program designed to introduce non-scientists to scientific principles in an exciting and meaningful manner. In 1997, she won Stanford's Centennial Teaching Assistant Award.
Robert E. Tranquada, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Medicine
Professor Emeritus, Public Policy
KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE & SCHOOL OF POLICY, PLANNING, AND DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Tranquada was the Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Professor of Medicine and Public Policy in the School of Public Administration (now the merged School of Policy, Planning, and Development) from 1992 until his retirement in June 1997. Among other positions held during his distinguished career at USC, Dr. Tranquada also served as dean and associate dean of the USC School of Medicine, medical director of the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, and chairman of the USC Department of Community Medicine and Public Health. He also has served as chancellor and dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, associate dean of the UCLA School of Medicine, and regional director of LA County Department of Health Services
Diabetes and metabolic diseases, academic medical administration, health care policy, and access to health care are among Dr. Tranquada's areas of research. His work has been published in many journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Diabetes, the American Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health. An internist, Dr. Tranquada is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on several boards, including Pomona College, the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Science, National Medical Fellowships, Inc. and the L.A. Care Health Plan, which he chairs. He was a member of the Christopher Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department, and chaired the Los Angeles County Task Force on Health Care Access.
Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D.
Mary Pickford Foundation Professor of Gerontology
Associate Professor of Gerontology and of Health Administration
LEONARD DAVIS SCHOOL OF GERONTOLOGY/SCHOOL OF POLICY, PLANNING, AND DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Wilber is the Mary Pickford Foundation Professor of Gerontology and is an associate professor in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. She has conducted numerous research studies on the organization, delivery, and effectiveness of long-term care services. Currently, Dr. Wilber is the Director of the Center for Long Term Care Integration, funded by the California Department of Health Services to inform the development of integrated chronic care delivery systems. She has also conducted research comparing outcomes of managed care providers with traditional fee-for-service approaches, as well as evaluating efforts to link older adults in Medicare managed care with home and community-based services. In addition to health care, Dr. Wilber's research has focused on protective services including guardianship and conservatorship, as well as financial management services for older persons. As a subset of this research she has explored the problem of elder abuse, specifically focusing on financial elder abuse. Dr. Wilber has published over 50 articles, books, and book chapters including A Secure Old Age: Approaches to Long-Term Care Financing, with Edward L. Schneider and Donna Polisar. She regularly teaches courses in public policy, administration, systems management, managed care, and long-term care.
As a trainer and consultant, Dr. Wilber has worked with a variety of organizations including the Administration on Aging, the California Office of the Attorney General and the California Department on Aging, Los Angeles County's Departments of Mental Health and Community and Senior Services, The Los Angeles city Area Agency on Aging, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, City of Santa Monica, Adult Services, and William M. Mercer, Inc. She is the recipient of a faculty fellowship from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award from her department in 1992 and in 2000. She is on the editorial board of Aging & Mental Health, the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer's Association, the Gerontological Society of America's Publication Committee, and the board of directors of St. Barnabas Senior Services. Dr. Wilber earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Public Administration from USC. She also has an M.S.W. from USC and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Lois Green, M.H.S.A.—Staff Consultant
Clinical Associate Professor, Health Administration
SCHOOL OF POLICY, PLANNING, AND DEVELOPMENT
Lois Green is a clinical associate professor of Health Administration in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and a partner in The Performance Alliance, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm. She has more than twenty-five years of experience at the corporate and institutional levels of healthcare organizations, and specializes in strategic and business planning, marketing, and program and professional development. Her client base includes hospitals, health systems, senior service organizations, professional associations, news media, and academic and research institutions. Prior to launching her consulting firm, Ms. Green was an executive with the Motion Picture & Television Fund. She has served in progressive management positions at the former UniHealth integrated health system, where she was vice president, corporate development and led the company’s applied research and development enterprise. She also held a senior role at the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, among other former positions.
Ms. Green earned a master’s degree in health administration from The University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and history from the University of Pittsburgh, from which she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Among her publications is Renaissance for Healthcare, an industry environmental assessment developed for the American Hospital Association. She is a past president of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Planning & Marketing, from which she received the organization’s Recognition Award, and has lectured or served on the adjunct faculty at UCLA, UCI, and UCSF, as well as at USC.