CDC names Dr. Janice Zgibor an associate editor of journal

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently named Dr. Janice Zgibor an associate editor of the journal Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD). Zgibor is a USF College of Public Health (COPH) epidemiology professor and director of its DrPH program. Her term began in September and will end in 2023.

PCD is a peer-reviewed, CDC-sponsored public health journal.

According to PCD’s website, its mission is “to promote dialogue among researchers, practitioners and policy makers worldwide on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to improve population health.”

Associate editors are volunteers and public health experts who are charged with selecting manuscripts that advance the field of chronic disease prevention.

The COPH’s Janice Zgibor, PhD, has been named an associate editor of the CDC’s public health journal Preventing Chronic Disease. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

“Associate editors work with the editor and editorial staff to determine if submissions meet the mission of the journal and would be of interest to the readership,” said Zgibor, who is also associate dean for academic affairs at the COPH. “As an associate editor, I perform an initial review of a manuscript and then send it out to others for peer review.”

This is Zgibor’s first position with the journal, and she’s excited for the opportunity the peer-review process gives her to advance public health research.

“Peer review is essential in the scientific community,” she noted. “It supports the field in getting high-quality, timely science disseminated. Being part of this process facilitates the mission of the journal and also contributes to my career as a scientist and lifelong learner whose goal is to keep current on topics and methods most relevant to preventing chronic disease.”

And there’s also the added benefit of the exposure and esteem her position brings to the college.

“Since the journal is published by the CDC, my position helps represent the COPH in that particular environment. The readership will also see the members of the editorial group and note that the COPH is playing a valuable role.”

Story by Donna Campisano, USF College of Public Health