Editorial board and Contributors by 7rjj57hM


									PHRG Editorial board and Contributors
The work of the PHRG will be carried out by a dedicated group of volunteer editors and
paid support staff. As well as providing feedback on reviews, the editorial team will
develop policies and guidelines for the Group to ensure reviews are of high quality and
reflect the needs of end users. The planned editorial process is outlined in our draft
module, however, this will be subject to change should the editorial group identify more
appropriate processes for progressing and updating reviews.
Co-ordinating Editor
Professor Elizabeth Waters
Professor Waters is currently Professorial Fellow: Public Health and Health Equity at the
McCaughey Centre The McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of
Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, School of Population Health, University of
Professor Waters has co-authored six published Cochrane reviews to date:
 Family and carer smoking control programmes for reducing children's exposure to
environmental tobacco smoke
 Interventions for educating children who have attended the emergency room for
 Interventions for preventing obesity in children
 Interventions for treating obesity in children
 Interventions implemented through sporting organisations for increasing participation
in sport
 Policy interventions implemented through sporting organisations for promoting
healthy behaviour change

Professor Waters is also currently involved with several public health reviews at title
stage and has peer reviewed and provided editorial advice on relevant reviews for other

The editors of the PHRG each come to the group with content and research methods
expertise in public health topics. There may be a need for more editors than in other
Cochrane Review Groups as the breadth of topics covered by this group is potentially
very large and content expertise will be an important factor of a strong editorial group.
We have recruited several people willing to act as editors within the new PHRG.

Professor Margaret Whitehead (UK)
Professor Margaret Whitehead is WH Duncan Professor of Public Health, Faculty of
Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK, and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for
Policy Research on Social Determinants of Health. Professor Whitehead’s key research
interests for over two decades have been on policies and strategies to reduce social
inequalities in health and in health care and this has been the focus of her work with
WHO and various EU research networks. With Mark Petticrew, Sally Macintyre and
Hilary Graham, she has been PI on the ESRC Centre for Evidence Based Public Health
Policy. This centre has carried out numerous systematic reviews on non-healthcare
policies and interventions and their impact on public health, with special reference to
inequalities in health. Professor Whitehead has been a co-author on seven systematic
reviews of:
    Employment policies, including the effectiveness of welfare-to-work programmes,
     the psychosocial and health effects of workplace reorganisation, the health and
     welfare effects of changing the organisation of shiftwork;
 Equity of health systems, including how far universal health care systems have
     achieved equity of access;
 Population level tobacco control policies and their impact on inequalities in health
She is also carrying out methodological research on appraising implementation of
complex social interventions and knowledge translation on assembling the evidence base
for tackling inequalities in health.

Dr Mark Petticrew (UK)
Dr Mark Petticrew is Honorary Professor, Medicine - Community Based Sciences,
University of Glasgow, and Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Health Equity Field.
Dr Petticrew has co-authored 2 published Cochrane protocols/reviews to date:
 Financial benefits for child health and well-being in low income or socially
   disadvantaged families in developed world countries
 School feeding for improving the physical and psychosocial health of disadvantaged
   elementary school children
Dr Petticrew has also been an author on many other systematic reviews, including
Campbell reviews, of public health interventions.

Dr Laurie Anderson (USA)
Dr Laurie Anderson is Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health and
Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, and Scientific Coordinator for
the US Guide to Community Preventive Services, USA.
Dr Anderson’s work at the CDC, over the past decade, has focused on the conduct of
systematic reviews in public health for the US Task Force on Community Preventive
Services. She has lead systematic review teams for evidence synthesis in the areas of
public health nutrition, obesity prevention and control, and upstream sociocultural
determinants of health inequalities (e.g. family housing, early childhood development,
culturally competent healthcare systems).

Dr Anderson is currently a co-author on a Cochrane review at draft protocol stage:
 Social marketing strategies for promoting healthy eating in children and young

Associate Professor Maureen Dobbins (Canada)
Maureen Dobins is an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing, McMaster
University, and Health Associate with the City of Hamilton, Social and Public Health
Services, Ontario, Canada.

Maureen’s research focus includes: knowledge transfer and uptake and evidence-based
decision making among public health decision maker, including identifying barriers to
research utilization among public health decision makers; identifying factors facilitating
the use of the results of systematic reviews for program decision making; understanding
the information needs of public health decision makers; evaluating the use of systematic
reviews in the development of guidelines for public health practice; understanding the
program planning decision-making process of public health organizations to determine
where research evidence fits into the process; evaluating knowledge transfer strategies
through the use of a randomized controlled trial, and exploring the knowledge broker role
in practice.
Maureen was integral to the development of the web site www.health-evidence.ca, a
registry houses all reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health and health
promotion interventions published since 1985.

Maureen has led or been a co-author on five reviews by the Centre for Reviews and
Dissemination on The Cochrane Library:
 The effectiveness of community-based heart health projects: a systematic overview
   (lead author)
 The effectiveness of school-based interventions in promoting physical activity and
   fitness among children and youth: a systematic review (lead author)
 The effectiveness of home visiting as a delivery strategy for public health nursing
   interventions: a systematic overview
 A systematic overview of the effectiveness of public health nursing interventions: an
   overview of adolescent suicide prevention programs
 Effectiveness of physical activity enhancement and obesity prevention programs in
   children and youth

Professor Helen Roberts (UK)
Profesor Helen Roberts is currently Professor of Child Health, at the Social Science
Research Unit of the Institute of Education, University of London. Helen has been
involved with many systematic reviews of complex social interventions including:

   Child poverty and health: scoping for a systematic review of existing evidence
   A systematic review of the effectiveness of financial benefits to families in reducing
    inequalities in child health
   A systematic review of lay perspectives on infant size and growth
   Exploring methodological and practical issues in the systematic review of factors
    affecting the implementation of child injury prevention initiatives
With Mark Petticrew she also wrote “Systematic reviews in the social sciences: a
practical guide” (published by Blackwells in 2006). She also has a methodological
interest in narrative syntheses of qualitative and quantitative evidence.

Dr Omar Abdulwadud (Australia)
Dr Omar Abdulwadud is a Research Fellow within the Department of Health Science at
Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. His major competencies lie in
systematic/literature review/evidence evaluation; public health epidemiology/disease
surveillance; international health; clinical and health services research; program
monitoring and evaluation, and research design and methodology.
Born in Ethiopia and with a past history of working on public health projects in
Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Saudia Arabia, Dr Abdulwadud brings a rich knowledge and
understanding of issues for developing countries to the editorial team.

Dr Abdulwadud has been involved in 4 Cochrane reviews
 Home based HIV voluntary counselling & testing in developing countries (review
 Structural and community-level interventions for increasing condom use to prevent
   HIV & other sexually transmitted infections (ongoing).
 Genotypic antiretroviral resistance testing for HIV infection (Protocol submitted)
 Interventions in the workplace to support breastfeeding for women in employment
   (review published)

Dr Gil Ramirez (USA)
Dr Ramirez is Director and Professor, Master of Public Health Program at Charles Drew
University of Medicine and Science in California. His research portfolio includes
numerous systematic reviews and meta-analyses, several of which have been conducted
as part of the AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center (San Antonio) and the Cochrane
Collaboration. He currently serves as the president-elect of the Southern California
Public Health Association and is a member of The Task Force on Community Preventive
Services, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Economics Editor
Dr Alan Shiell (Canada)
Professor (Health Economics) in the Population Health Intervention Research Centre in
the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. Alan holds a
Health Scientist award from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and a
CIHR Chair in the Economics of Public Health. He has been involved in three systematic
reviews, and one Cochrane review (co-registered with Campbell):
   Financial benefits for child health and well-being in low income or socially
    disadvantaged families in developed world countries (published protocol).
Dr Shiell’s research interests include the development and application of methods of
economic evaluation of complex public health interventions; priority setting in public
health, and; social capital, social networks and the promotion of health and well-being.

Feedback editor
Dr Philip Baker (Australia)
Dr Philip Baker is Senior Epidemiologist – Advanced Clinician with Queensland Health,
in Brisbane Australia. Dr Baker is second author on one published Cochrane review,
Family-based programmes for preventing smoking by children and adolescents. Philip is
currently contact editor for the public health title, Collaboration between local health and
local government agencies for health improvement (registered with the EPOC Group).
He has also supported the production of other Cochrane reviews which were refereed to
the CPHP Field. Philip has workplace support to undertake Cochrane Editorial
responsibilities. Dr Baker works within the state public health sector as a practitioner and
also as a contributor to policy development. He has experience in the conduct of
controlled trials, community-based evaluations, health technology assessments,
epidemiological investigations of both chronic and communicable diseases, the
application of reviews to decision making, and the day to day operations of public health
units. Dr Baker’s interests include Aboriginal health, knowledge translation through
summary tables, remote communities and training the population health workforce in
Evidence-Based Practice.
Developing Countries Consultant Editor
Dr Ruhi Saith (India)
Dr Saith heads the research programme at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
which has been set up recently to build capacity in public health in India. This is to be
done through eight institutes around different parts of the country which will provide
academic degrees, undertake research and advocacy in public health. Her research
interests and expertise span medical, public health and development studies and include
analysis of quantitative as well as qualitative data. Dr Saith has undertaken research in
various aspects of poverty analysis and policy, social exclusion and participatory
approaches to reducing poverty. Her work history includes positions with the United
Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the United Nations Development
Programme, among others. More recent work includes participation in a World Bank
project investigating the Health Needs of Poor Women in South Asia, and a position with
the Planning Commission of the Government of India.

Statistical Editors
Dr Robin Christensen (Denmark)
Dr Robin Christensen is senior biostatistician at The Parker Institute: Musculoskeletal
Statistics Unit, Frederiksberg Hospital, Denmark. Dr Christensen’s interests are in the
design and analysis of clinical trials, statistical methodology related to disease processes
and health care delivery, systematic reviews and meta-analyses and the development and
assessment of decision support technologies for patients and clinicians. His application
areas cover multiple biostatistical areas within the context of evidence-based
rheumatology and obesity. He has a keen interest in public health and is looking forward
to the challenge of providing statistical advice to public health review authors. Robin is
also a statistical editor with the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group.

Professor Sreekumaran Nair (India)
Professor Sreekumaran (Sree) Nair is Professor of Biostatistics & Head, Department of
Statistics, Manipal University, India. Dr Nair is a resource person of many institutions in
their regular workshops on Research methodology and Biostatstics. His past research
includes design and analysis of clinical trials, Epidemiological survey and Epidemiology
of maternal and child health. His current research includes systematic review and meta-
analysis, data mining, missing data analysis and cancer epidemiology. Dr. Nair is also the
coordinator of The South Asian Cochrane Network, Manipal site, and a statistical editor
of the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Review Group. He has 4 protocols and one
review published in The Cochrane Library.

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