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Tulane professor Katherine Theall named Cecile Usdin Endowed Professor in Women’s Health

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Associate professor Katherine Theall with dean Pierre Buekens.


Katherine Theall, associate professor in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, was recently appointed to the Cecile Usdin Professor in Women’s Health.

Theall will direct the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center , a local, Tulane-sponsored, community-based center enhancing women’s health and well-being. Established in 2003, the Mary Amelia Center was the community outreach core of the Tulane Xavier National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (TUXCOE).  As the active TUXCOE contract came to an end, the center expanded its reach to address the important goals and meet the commitments initiated by TUXCOE. The Mary Amelia Center continues an innovative, multifaceted approach to the health of women and their families across the lifespan through community capacity building, health education and prevention, advocacy, leadership development, and research.


Theall received her master’s in public health in epidemiology from Emory University School of Public Health and her PhD in epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Before coming to Tulane she worked as an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health.


Her research and teaching interests span both practical and theoretical social epidemiology, with a focus on mediators of socioeconomic and racial disparities in women’s health across the life course. Her recent research has focused on race and gender inequities; cumulative environmental stress and health; and social epidemiologic theory and methods. Theall has published over 40 peer reviewed papers and presented over 50 scientific talks in her area of research. She has served as grant reviewer for the CDC and a referee for journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, AIDS and Behavior, Journal of Urban Health, Health Promotion, and the Journal of Women’s Health. 

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