“The ACE supports the discipline of epidemiology through advocacy, professional development, activities that enhance the translation of epidemiologic research into policy and promoting excellence in the field of epidemiology,” said Dr. Russell Kirby, Distinguished University Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair.
Zgibor, an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, was recognized by the ACE for her significant and sustained contributions to the profession through research and leadership in the practice of epidemiology.
“Russell Kirby, who has been a member of this organization for some time, was instrumental in me applying. Receiving this fellowship is significant as it provides recognition from peers and other accomplished epidemiologists for the work my team and I have done,” Zgibor said.
Membership requires review of qualifications at the associate member, member, and fellow levels. Fellows have seven or more year’s professional experience as an epidemiologist, and have made significant contributions to the field or played leadership roles.
Zgibor completed her education at the University of Pittsburgh, earning her BS in pharmacy and her MPH and PhD in epidemiology.
She has worked in diabetes research for 20 years. She has extensive experience in leading community and provider based research on behavior change, self-management, self-efficacy, treatment, and empowerment. She also has experience in data collection and analysis of medications in longitudinal studies and extensive experience in methods for pragmatic trials.
During her numerous research projects, Zgibor has successfully recruited physicians, community leaders, a variety of community-based sites, and implemented and evaluated interventions at the community, primary care practice and individual level.
“When I started my PhD program it was with the goal of improving the health of populations at risk for disease. Receiving this fellow’s distinction recognizes progress toward that goal,” Zgibor said. “There are many milestones in a career in public health and epidemiology. There are also several paths to achieving ones’ goals. The ACE supports these efforts and I am pleased to be part of that.”
Story by Caitlin Keough, USF College of Public Health