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Georgia State Appoints New Associate Dean of Research

Epidemiology and biostatistics professor Dr. Richard Rothenberg has been selected to serve as the first associate dean for research and faculty development for the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

[Photo: Dr. Richard Rothenberg]

In this role, Dr. Rothenberg assists the school’s division directors with faculty development, oversees its retention and tenure process, and identifies opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research. He also serves as the liaison between the school and the university’s Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, the University Research Services Administration, the Office of Sponsored Proposals & Awards, and the Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Rothenberg’s career in public health began during the 1960s as a physician-in-training at Harvard Medical School, where he earned his MD. He also earned a master’s degree in public health from Harvard School of Public Health. He spent 25 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and also taught at Emory University’s medical school.

He joined the Georgia State faculty in 2007 and is a founding member of the School of Public Health. During his career, he has conducted research that examines the dynamics of transmission of infectious diseases, primarily HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and blood borne illnesses, with particular emphasis on the effects of social, sexual, and drug-using networks on transmission. He currently focuses on community-based HIV intervention and the use of urban metrics to identify health disparities.

Dr. Rothenberg has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles. In 2002, he received the Parran Award for lifetime contributions to the field of STDs. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Epidemiology.

During his time at Georgia State, Dr. Rothenberg has received awards for his commitment to public health leadership and education. In 2015, the CDC’s Watsonian Society named Dr. Rothenberg an Honorary Public Health Advisor, noting his lifetime of contributions to public health. Since 2010, he has held the University System of Georgia’s highest faculty designation of Regents’ Professor.

“The major task of the associate dean for research and faculty development is to help out,” Dr. Rothenberg said. “There are lots of tasks and pressures facing faculty and staff, and it seems to me that people in an administrative position need to facilitate, to help people get what they need and get to where they want to go.”