The Education Council is currently Chaired by Dr. Julie Schmittdiel, Research Scientist, at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Tom Burroughs, Dean and Professor, at Saint Louis University, serves as Vice Chair. The Education Council is comprised of 23 members and meets three times per year, in the summer at the Annual Research Meeting, and in the fall and spring via a web-based meeting.

The Education Council has five primary responsibilities:

1. Advise AcademyHealth leadership in identifying trends, opportunities, challenges and needs related to existing and emerging educational and training needs of our members and the field of HSR.
2. Inform the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of existing and new member benefits, programs, and services that are responsive to the educational and training needs of our members and the needs of those providing training and education to our members.  
Assist AcademyHealth in developing strategies, programs and services, thought leadership, guidance and community and professional development in HSR education; 
3. Guide planning committees on emerging and relevant career development offerings at the ARM and other relevant AcademyHealth sponsored conferences; 
4. Provide input to the AcademyHealth Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy to inform the development of AcademyHealth’s official public comments; 
5. Facilitate collaboration among the Education Council and the Methods and Data Council, AcademyHealth members, and AcademyHealth leadership on AcademyHealth’s activities related to education and training.


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Committee Member

Thomas Burroughs, Ph.D.

Professor - Saint Louis University, College for Public Health & Social Justice

Dr. Burroughs is the Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University (CPHSJ). Read Bio

Vice Chair

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Committee Member

Katherine Sanchez, Ph.D., LCSW

Research Investigator and Director, Diversity and Inclusiveness in Research - Baylor Scott and White Research Institute (BSWRI)

Katherine Sanchez, Ph.D., LCSW, is a Research Investigator and Director of Diversity and Inclusiveness in Rese... Read Bio

Meet the 2023 Members

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Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Economics Fellow - Centers of Disease Control and Prevention AcademyHealth Board Student Member

Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Ph.D, M.P.H., a 2015 Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship recipient, and the outgoing fir... Read Bio

William H. Dow
Committee Member

William H. Dow, Ph.D.

Professor of Health Policy and Management - University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health

William H. Dow is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the University of California-Berkeley School of... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Susan Dorr Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A.

Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy - University of Michigan

Susan Dorr Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A., Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy, studi... Read Bio

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Christine Gunn, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor - Boston University School of Medicine and School of Public Health

Dr. Gunn is a research assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, Section of General Int... Read Bio

Learn more about the 2023 Education Council members here.