Dr. Rema Afifi has accepted the appointment to serve as interim head of the college’s Department of Community and Behavioral Health, effective June 1.
Afifi is an outstanding teacher and researcher who provides proven leadership in academic and practice arenas. She is currently leading the department’s development of new strategic priorities, which makes her an ideal candidate to serve in this interim capacity.
A nationwide search to identify a new permanent head of community and behavioral health will commence this summer.
Afifi engages in public health research and practice with intent to promote social, community, and policy environments conducive to well-being. Whenever possible, she uses methods of Community Based Participatory Research; applies an ecological lens to the understanding of the issues; engages multiple disciplines to widen the perspectives on any topic; and emphasizes knowledge transfer of research to practice and policy. She is specifically interested in intervention and implementation science.