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Past Award Winners – Early Career


2022 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award Winner

Usama Bilal

Usama Bilal is an assistant professor in the Urban Health Collaborative and the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health. His primary research interest is the macrosocial determinants of health, with an interest in describing health inequities in urban environments. He earned a PhD in Cardiovascular Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MPH from the Universidad de Alcala in Spain, and MD from the Universidad de Oviedo in Spain.


2022 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award Winner
Maya Mathur
Stanford University

Maya Mathur is an Assistant Professor at the Stanford University Quantitative Sciences Unit. Her statistical research develops methods for sensitivity analysis and for evidence synthesis, particularly meta-analysis. Her substantive research focuses on behavior and health and the experimental cognitive sciences.

2021 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award Winner
Kara Rudolph
Columbia University

I am an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University. My research interests are in developing and applying causal inference methods to understand social and contextual influences on mental health, substance use, and violence in disadvantaged, urban areas of the United States.

My current work focuses on developing methods for transportability and mediation, and subsequently applying those methods to better understand mechanisms underlying the prevention and treatment of drug use disorders. Read more

2020 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award Winner
Elizabeth Rose Mayeda
University of California, Los Angeles

Elizabeth Rose Mayeda is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include racial, ethnic, and other social inequalities in Alzheimer’s disease and methods to strengthen causal inference, especially tools to quantify and remediate selection bias.

2019 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award Winner
Lauren McCullough
Emory University

Dr. Lauren McCullough received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2013 and is currently faculty in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. McCullough’s primary research interests are in uncovering the molecular mechanisms that underlie associations between energetics, cancer incidence and prognosis. Her research program integrates molecular epidemiology, epigenetics and other biomarkers for disease risk and progression; environmental and reproductive epidemiology; disparities research; as well as causal inference methods.

2018 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award Winner
Sonja Swanson
Erasmus MC

Dr. Swanson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Erasmus MC, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Her methodological research focuses on improving the use and transparency of methods for estimating causal effects in epidemiology. Such work spans applications in observational studies and pragmatic randomized trials. Her substantive research primarily focuses on neuropsychiatric disorders and related health outcomes.

2017 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award Winner
Laura Rosella, Ph.D.
University of Toronto

Dr. Laura Rosella holds a primary role is a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rosella currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics and appointments at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario. She has authored 100 peer-reviewed publications in the area of public health, public health policy, and health services research. Read more


2016 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award Winner
Brandon Marshall, Ph.D.
Brown University

Brandon Marshall is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Department Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. He received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of British Columbia in 2011, and completed postdoctoral training at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. His research interests focus on substance use epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, and the social, environmental, and structural determinants of health among vulnerable populations.


2015 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award Winner
Sunni Mumford, Ph.D.

Sunni Mumford, Ph.D., is an Earl Stadtman Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch, Division of Intramural Population Health Research, of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Mumford’s research focuses on the interplay between diet and male and female reproductive health and fertility.


2014 Early Career Award Winner
Daniel Westreich, PhD
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dr. Daniel Westreich, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Westreich’s work focuses on infectious diseases particularly HIV, and how HIV intersects with women’s health and chronic diseases epidemiology. In addition, Dr. Westreich has an active research program on statistical methods for causal inference in observational data, with specific application to epidemiologic methods for translating science into policy.