Texas A&M School of Public Health Alumni Board member Dr. Amy Lavery, has been selected as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Lavery is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and will begin the two-year training program in applied epidemiology July 2017.
[Photo: Dr. Amy Lavery]
Annually, 70 to 80 EIS officers are selected from among hundreds of physicians, doctoral-level scientists, veterinarians and other health professionals for this highly competitive fellowship program. Known as the CDC’s disease detectives, EIS officers identify causes of disease outbreaks, recommend prevention and control measures, and implement strategies to protect people from injury, disability, illness and death both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Dr. Lavery graduated from the Texas A&M School of Public Health in 2010 with a master’s degree in epidemiology during which time she conducted research on the relationship between dietary nitrates and risk for birth defects with Faculty Emeritus, Dr. Jean Brender. She received a PhD in public health from Temple University earlier this year while working as a research manager at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, focusing on risk factors and outcomes in pediatric demyelinating diseases. Her dissertation research focused on the impact of secondhand smoke exposure and the risk for pediatric multiple sclerosis.