Leadership and Administration

Our leadership and administration support and set the tone for our school's research, teaching and learning agendas, as well as our commitment to public service and diversity.

Dean

Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, was appointed dean of the school in March of 2015. She also serves as professor in the department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health.

Associate Dean for Research

R. Lorraine Collins, PhD, leads the school’s effort to promote, facilitate and sustain research productivity and excellence. She also serves as professor of community health and health behavior.

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Gaspar A. Farkas oversees the school’s academic standards and student support services.  He also serves as associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences.

Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Heather Orom, PhD, leads efforts for the school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. She also serves as associate professor and director of graduate studies in the department of community health and health behavior.

Associate Dean and Chief Operating and Financial Officer

As COO/CFO, Michael C. Redfern, MBA, MEd, serves as the chief of staff for the Dean's office, overseeing the operating and financial functions of the school, with a strong focus on sustainability and growth.

Department Chairs

Chairperson, Biostatistics

Gregory Wilding, PhD is interim chairperson and professor in the department of biostatistics.

Chairperson, Community Health and Health Behavior

Gary A. Giovino, PhD, MS is chairperson and professor in the department of community health and health behavior.

Chairperson, Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD is chairperson, UB distinguished professor and professor in the department of epidemiology and environmental health.

Chairperson, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Dave Hostler, PhD is chairperson and professor in the department of exercise and nutrition sciences.

Chairperson, Rehabilitation Science

Susan E. Bennett, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, MSCS is interim chairperson and clinical professor in the department of rehabilitation science.