We are starting the new year with some wonderful additions to our staff at the Mary Amelia Women’s Center. Liz Langlois will be joining us as our new Assistant Director. She has an MSPH from Tulane and an MSUS (Masters of Science in Urban Studies) from the University of New Orleans. Most recently, she managed the communications and outreach for the National Children’s Study. Her primary responsibilities included the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications plan for study recruitment and retention that included mass media, social media, and professional and community outreach. Liz has over 17 years of experience in public health research, including environmental and occupational health, data management and analysis, GIS, curriculum development, outreach, and evaluation. Her research areas have included survey development and administration; investigating the relationship between risk perception, behavior and health status; and statistical methods for analyzing environmental, exposure and health outcome data.
We’ve also been lucky to have Marni Jacobs join us as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She works on a number of projects at Tulane, including the Gulf Resilience on Women’s Health (GROWH) study, the Bogalusa Heart Study, and the Maternal Transmission of Stress Study (MATSS) here at the Mary Amelia Women’s Center. Marni received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego, in association with San Diego State University in 2013. During her doctoral program, Marni worked for the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) conducting research on behavioral risk factors for HIV infection among foreign military troops. Prior to completing her PhD, she received her MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University. While working towards her MPH, Marni completed a practicum at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Bureau of Maternal, Infant, and Reproductive Health. Her research interests include fertility and reproductive health, as well as pregnancy related health outcomes.
Lastly, Julia Fleckman has joined us as a Research Assistant. She is currently studying Social Epidemiology at Tulane University in the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Department. She is working on several projects at MAC, including the development of adolescent health initiatives, and the monitoring and evaluation of breastfeeding studies . She previously received her MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health and her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Political Science from Colgate University. Before joining us at MAC, Julia worked in Monitoring and Evaluation for Amigos de las Americas, an organization which hosts programs for young adults to volunteer abroad. Their volunteer opportunities focus on youth leadership training and community development in Latin America. She also worked at the University of Texas Prevention Research Center conducting multicultural community-based participatory research including programs focused on social determinants of health and adolescent development. Her research interests include social determinants of health, health disparities, adolescent health and development, and reproductive health.
We are so thankful to have these three women on board at the Mary Amelia Women’s Center!