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Center director

Amy B. Curtis, Ph.D., MPH
Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program

Dr. Curtis earned her Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in Epidemiological Science. Prior to coming to Western Michigan University in 2005, Dr. Curtis served as both an epidemic intelligence officer and senior epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her recent funded projects focus on diabetes and nutrition education programming and health mapping of diabetes resources. She has published on a number of topics including mapping diabetes rates and resources, infectious disease epidemiology, social determinants of health, hypertension, public health surveillance and healthcare-associated infections.

Associate directors

Kathleen Baker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Dr. Baker’s research combines geographic techniques with field-based research in the social and physical sciences including community health, agriculture, geosciences and science education. Recent projects, funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, focus on practical applications of data intensive modeling, spatial and temporal pattern analysis and Web accessible spatial decision support systems.  

Rajib Paul, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics

Dr. Paul’s general research interest is in modeling complex spatial and spatio-temporal processes through Bayesian hierarchical models. He develops statistical methodologies for Bayesian computation, variable selection and spatial clustering. His applied research includes climate, environment, geoscience, health and spatial epidemiology. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation. 

Public health coordinators

Annie Wendt, M.P.H.
Epidemiologist, Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services

Alberta Griffin, M.A.
Epidemiologist, Calhoun County Public Health Department

Student researchers

Heidi Alexander, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program

Barbie Ann Bugna, Department of Statistics Ph.D. Program

Raju Chowdhary, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program

Catherine Kothari, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program

Libertie Mantilla, Department of Statistics

Johnathon Kennedy, Department of Geography

Alberta Stover, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program

Virginia Vanderveen, Department of Geography

Xiaojian Yang, Department of Statistics 


Angelique Day, Ph.D.


Michelle Hastings