Dr. Michelle A. Williams, a distinguished epidemiologist and award-winning educator known for her influential studies of maternal and child health around the world, has been named the next dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, starting in July 2016. Since 2011, Dr. Williams has been the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the school. She received a Master of Science degree in 1988 and a Doctor of Science degree in 1991 from the school, as well as an M.S. from Tufts University and an A.B. from Princeton University.
The principal investigator on several international research projects and training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, and co-author of more than 400 published research papers, Williams also is the faculty director of the Harvard Catalyst’s Population Health Research Program and the Health Disparities Research Program. Her scholarship is especially known for its creative integration of epidemiological, biological, and molecular approaches to a range of public health challenges, and her teaching and mentoring have been recognized with awards from Harvard, the University of Washington, the American Public Health Association, and the White House.
“Michelle Williams is an eminent epidemiologist, an outstanding teacher and mentor, and an energizing leader and institutional citizen, impassioned about the power of public health to change people’s lives for the better,” said Harvard President Drew Faust in announcing the appointment. “She is a skilled builder of bridges — between the theoretical and the practical, the domestic and the international, the different disciplines that drive the School’s academic endeavors, and the different communities that shape its identity and aspirations,” President Faust added. “I know she will approach her new role with the intelligence, dedication, integrity, and humane spirit that she brings to all she does.” Read more