Effective February 1, 2017, Dr. Lorraine M. Conroy will serve as Interim Dean of the UIC School of Public Health. Dr. Conroy’s appointment follows the departure of Dean Paul Brandt-Rauf, who left UIC after eight successful years to become the Dean of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University.
“I’m thrilled to be serving UIC SPH in this new capacity and look forward to working with our students, faculty and alumni to continue the great work of the School during this transition period,” Dr. Conroy said.
Dr. Conroy is a Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and has served as the School’s Senior Associate Dean of the School since August of 2012. She is an internationally recognized expert in occupational safety and health and has served as a member of a number of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) review and advisory panels. Dr. Conroy has served as Principal Investigator or Co-investigator for extramurally funded research, training and service projects totaling more than $35 million and has supervised 31 research students (Master’s degree and PhD).
From 1999 to 2015, Dr. Conroy successfully led the Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center (ERC). Under her leadership, the ERC increased the number of academic programs, annual funding, graduate trainees, and professional continuing education offerings; initiated an innovative, interdisciplinary research training program that facilitates a problem-based team science approach to research; and expanded the outreach program to focus on underserved worker populations in partnership with local unions, workers’ centers, and employers.
As Senior Associate Dean, together with the School’s Associate Deans and Directors, Dr. Conroy managed numerous programs and activities within the School, including the introduction of an integrated core curriculum, professional development in teaching, encouragement of research and scholarly public health practice, diversity and inclusion, faculty mentorship and faculty development, administrative and information technology services, and the reaccreditation effort for the School.
Dr. Robert A. Barish, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, was responsible for appointing Dr. Conroy as Interim Dean and is leading the search for the School’s next permanent Dean. “I am confident that Dr. Conroy will steadily and successfully lead the School forward until the search for the permanent Dean is completed,” he said.