COPH alum—and now faculty member—nominated to MCH editorial board

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Many graduates of the USF College of Public Health (COPH) move on to distinguished and successful careers in all parts of the country and world, providing a fantastic opportunity for the college to expand its reach and influence. Others find meaningful and important work close to home. And still others decide to put down roots at USF’s COPH, giving back to the school that prepared them to have such a positive impact on so many. The college’s Dr. Jennifer Marshall falls into that last category. She joined the COPH faculty in 2014 following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Miami.

Dr. Marshall, who received her MPH and PhD from the COPH, is now an Associate Professor at the college and was recently appointed to serve on the Maternal and Child Health Journal editorial board. The journal serves as a forum for advancing scientific and professional knowledge of the maternal and child health field. Serving on the editorial board gives Marshall an opportunity to continue to explore some of her favorite topics in maternal and child health.

“I’m passionate about health equity and family and community health and well-being,” said Marshall. “I originally chose public health because it fit the intersection between medicine, social work and education that I was looking for.”

Jennifer Marshall, PhD, an Associate Professor and graduate of the COPH, was recently nominated to serve on the editorial board for the Maternal and Child Health Journal. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

Marshall’s appointment to the Maternal and Child Health Journal editorial board isn’t a surprise, as she has continuously pursued research and leadership opportunities in the field throughout her time as a student and faculty member.

“I’ve been able to initiate and maintain partnerships with maternal and child health and public health agencies, and I’ve been lucky to train dozens of excellent students in community-based research,” said Marshall.

Because of her interest in, and connection to, maternal and child health, Marshall was extremely excited to be nominated for a board position, where she will work to solicit, review and disseminate high-quality research to a wide range of audiences.

“I was absolutely thrilled to find out I had been nominated to the editorial board,” said Marshall. “This journal is near and dear to my heart, and a publication ‘home’ to those of us in the field of maternal and child health.”

Dr. Marshall (second row, center) with her research team in the maternal and child health concentration. (Photo courtesy of Marshall)

Marshall looks at the appointment as not only a great opportunity to serve, but to also learn more about maternal and child health and the publishing process.

“I’m looking forward to learning more about how the publishing process works, specifically how journals can inform readers about pressing and impactful public health issues and how they engage a broad constituency of researchers, practitioners and policymakers,” said Marshall. “I also am excited to connect with others on the board, many of whom I respect and admire.”

Alumni Fast Five:

What did you dream of becoming when you were young?

A teacher.

Where might we find you on the weekends?

 At a track/cross-country meet with my son, reading a book or traveling.

What was the last book you read?

“The Dutch House.” Before that it was “The Residue Years.” I love classic literature, poetry and historical fiction.

What superpower would you like to have?

Endless energy would be helpful. Flying would be fun.

What is your all-time favorite movie?

The Wizard of Oz. I’m a dreamer and idealist.

Story by Cody Brown, USF College of Public Health