Faculty

Jan K Carney MDJan Carney, MD, MPH

Associate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine
Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences,
UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Education: AB, Middlebury College, 1976; MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1981; residency and chief residency in internal medicine, University of Vermont/Medical Center; MPH Harvard School of Public Health, 1987; board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Carney served as Vermont’s commissioner of health from 1989 to 2003, for three gubernatorial administrations. During this time, she created and led the “Healthy Vermonters” initiative, credited by the Burlington Free Press with helping “make Vermonters among the healthiest of Americans and certainly among the best educated about the condition of public health in their state.” Dr. Carney is an experienced teacher, practitioner, and leader in public health. She was Vermont’s first recipient of a Local Legend Award, a collaboration between the American Medical Women’s Association and the National Library of Medicine to highlight the contribution of women physicians around the country. Recipients are nominated by members of Congress.

Lynn_Blevins_webLynn Zanardi Blevins, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BA, Drew University, 1991; MD, Medical College of Virginia 1995; MPH, Boston University, 1998

Dr. Blevins is a medical epidemiologist interested in human health within the context of broad environmental factors, including infectious agents. After completing a residency in preventive medicine, she trained at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. Dr. Blevins has worked in the areas of infectious diseases, immunizations, environmental health, and emergency preparedness. Her areas of interest include how food systems affect public health and the relationship between the health of humans, animals, and the environment (One Health).

Thomas Delaney, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BA, Rutgers University-New Brunswick/Piscataway, 1995; MA, University of Denver, 1999; PhD, University of Denver, 2004

Since 2002, Dr. Delaney has been an applied researcher with the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, where he has worked on a wide range of topics, including evaluating quality improvement efforts in the healthcare system. Currently, Dr. Delaney is funded by grants from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to evaluate the effectiveness of Vermont’s mental health system in serving young adults who are experiencing mental health and related challenges and to study the efficacy of a treatment approach for children and families who have experienced trauma.

Heidi Gortakowski, MPH

Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine

Education: After completing her degree in public health, Heidi Gortakowski accepted an applied epidemiology fellowship with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to her work in HIV surveillance, Heidi focused on using GIS to map the prevalence and burden of HIV in New York. She is currently an epidemiologist at the Vermont Department of Health working in performance management. As the performance improvement manager, she oversees performance accountability and leads the department in its efforts to build infrastructure that supports the effective use of data to drive governmental decision making. Heidi sits on the advisory board for the CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship and has contributed to peer-reviewed literature in the fields of HIV, asthma, physical activity, tobacco, and workforce development.

Valerie Harder, PhD, MHS

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BS, Northwestern University, 1999; MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005; PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2008

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Linda L. Roberts, MHS

Education Instructor, Department of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BS in Nursing, Wayne State University, 1984; MHS in Genetic Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Heath, 2002

Linda Roberts is an epidemiologist with experience in health care delivery, the pharmaceutical and genetic testing industries, community non-profit organizations, and academics. She has research experience in applied genetic epidemiology, clinical trials, biomarkers of inflammation, and the epidemiology of sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease. Linda has also been involved in national and international genetics educational initiatives through the American Society of Human Genetics and as co-chair of the Education Working Group’s Human Variome Project, an international consortium of genetics professionals that aims to apply genetic variation data for clinical benefit. Since 2009, she has worked with local community youth coalitions on projects studying and designing interventions for youth alcohol and substance abuse prevention. Since 2007, she has taught research methods to undergraduate students in allied health sciences and epidemiologic methods to nursing and medical students at the University of Vermont.

William Wargo, Esq.

Education: William Wargo served as the Vermont Health Department’s legal counsel for more than 15 years. Before that, he worked as a social worker in New York City, assisting foster children, counseling disabled veterans and initiating a creative writing group for them, providing individual and family counseling to recovering drug addicts, working with Bowery alcoholics and beginning a softball league for them, and providing emergency therapeutic services for people in crisis. As a lawyer, he has managed two legal services offices (one providing services to low-income people on New York City’s Lower East Side and the other providing services to prisoners) and served as the Winooski city attorney for 10 years. He has taught law for about 20 years at St. Michael’s College and has also taught courses on many subjects, including constitutional law, Shakespeare, sociology, and Vermont history at Community College of Vermont.

Vicki Hart, PhD

Clinical instructor, UVM College of Medicine                                                                         Owner and Principal, Hart DataWorks LLC

Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1999; MS in Biostatistics, University of Vermont, 2010; PhD in Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

Dr. Hart is an epidemiologist and biostatistician interested in using data and statistical analysis to support healthcare and other organizations in improving public health in our communities. Dr. Hart’s academic research focused on risk factors associated with breast cancer development and quality of life after treatment for non-invasive breast cancer. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Hart worked in aerospace manufacturing engineering and operations management. This applied background informs her focus on the application of epidemiologic and biostatistics methods in practice.

Susan E. Schoenfeld, MSPH

Instructor, Department of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BS Education, University of Vermont, 1975; AD Nursing, University of Vermont, 1982; Master of Science, Public Health, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1989

Susan Schoenfeld worked at the Vermont Department of Health for 25 years, serving as the Epidemiology Field Unit Chief and Deputy State Epidemiologist. Her job responsibilities included managing Vermont’s TB Program (2005-2014) and working as the State’s Refugee Health Coordinator (2008-2014), bioterrorism-preparedness planning, and coordinating Vermont’s participation in the US-Canada Eastern Border Health Initiative. Susan retired from the Health Department in 2014. Since then, she has worked in West Africa as a CDC contractor (Guinea and Liberia, spring 2015; Guinea, spring 2016), with work responsibilities including Ebola surveillance and response to measles and polio outbreaks. She teaches Investigating Disease Outbreaks.

Abigail Crocker, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Education: BA, McGill University, 1998; MS Biostatistics, University of Vermont, 2004; PhD Clinical and Translational Sciences, University of Vermont, 2013

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