Alumni Achievements

Read the latest news on the School of Public Health and Health Professions' accomplished alumni.

  • Dan Stapleton, MBA '90

    Dan Stapleton, public health director of the Niagara (N.Y.) County Health Department has been named Leader of the Year by Leadership Niagara. He is an adjunct faculty member in SPHHP's Undergraduate Public Health program. The award goes to professionals who demonstrate exceptional leadership, and have consistent, profound and positive effects on the quality of life in the county. Leadership Niagara noted that Stapleton exemplifies the organization's mission and core values of excellence, visionary leadership, regional partnerships, diversity and inclusion, societal responsibility, and lifelong learning.

  • Jessica O'Neill, MPH '14, PhD '21 (community health and health behavior)

    Alumna Jessica O'Neill has received a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to USAID's Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance. The bureau provides life-saving humanitarian assistance—including food, water, shelter, emergency health care, sanitation and hygiene, and nutrition services—to the world’s most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people.

  • Elisha Dunn-Georgiou, MS '98 (epidemiology), JD '06

    The new president and CEO of the Global Health Council is alumna Elisha Dunn-Georgiou. The council is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide.

  • Jacqueline Mix, MPH '08, PhD '15 (epidemiology)

    A paper authored by alumna Jacqueline Mix was included recently in the American Association of Cancer Research's "Editors' Picks," a monthly collection of ten "must read" articles by the editors of AACR's journals. The paper--Assessing Impact of HPV Vaccination on Cervical Cancer Incidence among Women Aged 15–29 Years in the United States, 1999–2017: An Ecologic Study--appeared in the journal "Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention."

  • Jane Moore, BS '93 (occupational therapy)

    Jane Moore has created a comprehensive feeding program in collaboration with GI, nutritionists, behavior therapists and occupational therapists that specialize in feeding. 

    Moore also created and implemented a training program for OTs who want to specialize in feeding, which assists them in obtaining their advanced license in California. The feeding program offers one-on-one intervention and feeding groups, working with infants and children with various feeding delays, including g-tube, trach, reflux, oral motor, and sensory issues. Moore has been a clinical director and feeding program supervisor for over five years, assessing, evaluating and providing OT therapy intervention for children with various diagnoses. 

  • Dana Grady (Luther), MS '11 (occupational therapy)

    Dana, an occupational therapist at St. Peter's Hospital, recently implemented a new post-cardiac surgery program called "Keep Your Move in the Tube, developed by Baylor University. 

    After completing research to compare the old strict sternal precautions to this new program to determine efficacy and safety, cardiac surgeons decided to move forward with this new, less restrictive post sternotomy program for all heart surgery patients. She also published an article, "The Impact of a Less Restrictive Poststernotomy Activity Protocol Compared With Standard Sternal Precautions in Patients Following Cardiac Surgery," which furthered the study of the program of the program.

  • Marcelo Araujo, PhD '03 (epidemiology)

    Marcelo Araujo recently published a report in The Journal of the American Dental Association titled "Estimating COVID-19 prevalence and infection control practices among US dentists." 

    The report finds the COVID-19 rate among dentists is less than one percent, although they were assumed to be at high risk. Ninety-nine percent of dentists are using enhanced infection control procedures. The research shows that dentists’ strategies of using heightened infection control and increased attention to patient and dental-team safety, works. Araujo was appointed chief executive officer for the American Dental Association Science and Research Institute in 2019. He leads a team helping advance dental research and impact dentists and patients' lives.

  • Tyler Farnell, MS '20 (athletic training)

    Tyler Farnell is an injury prevention specialist (contracted through ProActive Works) at four quarries owned by Tilcon. 

    His duties include promoting wellness, performing ergonomic observations, and completing documentation with the goal of providing early intervention that can prevent minor injuries from getting worse, become work-related, or result in a loss of time from work. During Farnell’s time at UB, he furthered his experience by shadowing an athletic trainer for the UB Men's Hockey team, maintaining a number of licenses and certifications that fit his career path

  • Summer Davis, MS '20 (occupational therapy)

    Summer Davis was selected by the Alpha Eta Society (the national honor society for allied health professionals) to receive the Exceptional Professional Service Award. 

    She was recognized at Alpha Eta’s annual meeting in October 2020. The award is given to students who have an exceptional record of professional service and demonstrate this within and beyond their study program. Awarded students demonstrate this capability beyond their institution's confines while maintaining a leadership position in professional societies. Davis was president of UB’s Phi Theta Epsilon-Tau chapter of the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society. She held the position while managing different job experiences in her field, along with volunteer hours and licensing/certification classes. 

  • Catherine Callahan, PhD '16 (epidemiology)

    Catherine Callahan recently published a co-first author article in the Journal of National Cancer Institute titled “Serum concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and risk of renal cell carcinoma.”

    Co-authored with Joseph J. Shearer, the article covers highly exposed individuals that have an association with PFOA and kidney cancer. She is a molecular epidemiologist who focuses on environmental and occupational exposures. Catherine is currently doing research based on etiologic studies of kidney cancer and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She worked at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a postdoctoral fellow for a little over two years after her graduation.

  • Danise C. Wilson, MPH '14

    Danise Wilson has been elected chair of SUNY Erie Community College's Board of Trustees through 2022.

    She is executive director of the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center. In a statement released by SUNY Erie, Wilson said she was honored to accept the board chairperson's role at the community college. "I am incredibly grateful to outgoing Chairman Lenihan for his stewardship on behalf of our students and I look forward to working with the entire Board and the College’s Administration as we continue to expand our services to provide a positive impact on current and future students," Wilson said.