Co-Director: Ellen Daley, PhD, MPH
Dr. Ellen Daley, a Professor in Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health has teaching and research interests in women's health, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections (specifically Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection), adolescent health and health risk-taking behaviors. Dr. Daley is also Co-Director the Center for Transdisciplinary Research in Women's Health (CTR-WH). A long-time activist and advocate of women's reproductive health rights and equality in research, Dr. Daley has directed several large research projects related to improving women's health issues. Through her research she has addressed the impact of an HPV-related diagnosis in women and men, as well as the oral/systemic connection of women's health. She works in conjunction with USF Health faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy on a research and training program called The Women's Health Collaborative to address health care issues among marginalized and uninsured women. She was recently named to a national expert panel on women's health curricula in health science graduate programs (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health), and was also elected President of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH). Dr. Daley brings her extensive past research and expertise in women's health to the CTR-WH.
Co-Director: Rita DeBate, PhD, MPH, FAED
Dr. Rita DeBate is a Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health and the Co-Director the Center for Transdisciplinary Research in Women's Health (CTR-WH). Her research interests include adolescent and women's health including positive youth development and eating disorder prevention.
Dr. DeBate is the Principal Investigator on a number of NIH funded research studies pertaining to secondary prevention of eating disorders via connecting oral health providers, nutritionists, and mental health providers. She is also the national evaluator of Girls on the Run, a positive youth development through sport program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Dr. DeBate serves as a Co-Investigator on an evaluation of the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), a positive youth development program for 9th grade students to prevent unwanted pregnancies. She was recently elected President of the American Academy of Health Behavior and is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders. In the CTR-WH, Dr. Debate draws upon her theory and evidence-based research to contribute to the transdisciplinary and team science approach.
Associate Director: Cheryl A. Vamos, PhD, MPH
Dr. Cheryl Vamos is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director for the Center for Transdisciplinary Research in Women's Health (CTR-WH). Past research has involved behavioral and psychosocial health issues in the areas of reproductive cancers, HPV in women and men, chronic diseases in marginalized female populations, state- and county-level needs assessments of women's health, and family planning policy. Her current research interests involve exploring the following inter-related methods, themes and lines of inquiry: transdisciplinary approaches to improving women's health; research on oral-systemic women's health across the lifespan (i.e. oral health and pregnancy; oral health and chronic diseases); dissemination and implementation science (i.e. research focused on narrowing the divide between the translation of women's oral-systemic research to practice); and team science. Previously, Dr. Vamos was a Program Manager and a Director at the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) in Ontario, Canada, where she was responsible for overseeing epidemiological, research and evaluation activities. Dr. Vamos contributes her research, teaching and practical experiences in women's health and project management skills to the collaborative efforts of the CTR-WH.