Advisory Board

advisory board fall 2018
From left to right: Mark Larson, Tanya Jones, Prabhjot Singh, Paul Farmer, Carla Meyer, Allison Scobie-Carroll, Jorge Delva











Our Advisory Board provides guidance on CISWH’s transdisciplinary agenda. Its members share our commitment to promoting the intersection of social work and public health.

Heidi L. Allen, PhD, MSW
Dr. Allen is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Columbia School of Social Work, a nationally recognized researcher, writer, and advisor in the field of health policy, and a member of the NIH Health Disparities Equity Promotion Study Section.

Douglas Brooks (SSW ’99), MSW, Senior Director for Community Engagement, Gilead Sciences
Mr. Brooks is a graduate of SSW. Between 2014 and 2016, he served as Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy; he also served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

Paul Farmer, PhD, MD, Chief Strategist and Co-Founder, Partners in Health
Dr. Farmer is a medical anthropologist and physician and is Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Dean, SPH
Dr. Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist. He is the Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at BU School of Public Health.

Tanya Jones, PhD, MPA, MA, Fellow, FXB Center, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Jones is a sociologist and policy analyst who studies institutional change and health sector reform in Ghana.

Mark Larson, Vice President, Policy, Center for Health Care Strategies
Mr. Larson, former Medicaid director for the state of Vermont, is Vice President of Policy at the Center for Health Care Strategies.

Carla Meyer (SSW ’78 ), MSW, Chair
Carla Meyer, who chairs the Advisory Board, is a social worker and former lecturer at the School and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University.

Allyala Nandakumar, PhD
Dr. Nandakumar is Professor of the Practice, Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development, and Director of the MS Program in Global Health Policy and Management at the Heller School at Brandeis University. He is also the Chief Economist at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator.

Prabhjot Singh, PhD, MD, Director, Arnhold Global Health Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai
Dr. Singh is Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, as well as Special Advisor for Strategy and Design at the Peterson Center for Healthcare.

Allison Scobie-Carroll, MSW, MBA, Senior Director of Social Work and Family Services, Boston Children’s Hospital; President, NASW-MA
Ms. Scobie-Carroll provides senior leadership in the areas of social work, interpreter services, and child protection at the Hale Family Center for Families and the Patient Family Housing Program. 

Marylou Sudders (SSW ’78, CAS ’76) MSW, Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Ms. Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, overseeing twelve agencies. She has been a public official, non-profit executive, and college professor, and served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003.

Edwina S. Uehara, PhD, MSW, Dean, University of Washington School of Social Work
Dr. Uehara is Professor and the inaugural holder of the Ballmer Endowed Deanship in Social Work.