Dr. Craig J. Newschaffer, an alumnus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and currently associate dean for research in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, has been named the new Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, following a national search. Dr. Newschaffer’s appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Dr. Newschaffer received a doctorate in chronic disease epidemiology from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in 1996. In 2018, he was inducted into Johns Hopkins’ Society of Scholars in recognition of his scholarly achievements.
Dr. Newschaffer is the founding director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, an interdisciplinary, first-of-its-kind research institute established in 2012 that takes a public health approach to addressing the challenges presented by autism spectrum disorders, as well as a professor of public health and former chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel.
His research interests include environmental determinants of autism spectrum disorders, gene-environment interactions, neurological disorders, and chronic disease comorbidity.