Ehrenthal named director of Social Science Investigation Institute

Dr. Deborah Ehrenthal has been named the new director of the Social Science Investigation Institute (SSRI), effective Sept. 1. Dr. Ehrenthal succeeds Susan McHale, who is returning to her total-time school posture immediately after 14 a long time as director.

“We would like to thank Dr. McHale for her steerage about the several years,” mentioned Senior Vice President for Exploration Lora Weiss. “Susan’s perseverance to convey collectively and assistance scientists across the College has positioned SSRI to boldly deal with interdisciplinary social sciences analysis issues.”

Dr. Ehrenthal will be liable for acquiring and nurturing collaborative research chances in the social sciences throughout the College. “We are enthusiastic to have Deb signing up for us,” stated Weiss. “Her exploration and management knowledge are an great match to guidance Penn State’s devotion to advancing social and behavioral sciences innovation and analysis influence.” 

“I am thrilled to have the chance to lead the Social Science Analysis Institute.” Dr. Ehrenthal explained. “The University’s aim on interdisciplinary research makes a wealthy investigation and coaching setting that supports Penn State’s determination to impact. SSRI has been instrumental in increasing interdisciplinary investigation throughout the University and top signature initiatives. I seem ahead to working with Penn State’s unbelievable school and personnel to carry on to create on that momentum.” 

Dr. Ehrenthal is a professor in the University of Medication and General public Wellbeing at the College of Wisconsin-Madison. Her investigation is centered on the social and overall health treatment things that form the health and fitness of gals and small children in the course of the study course of existence. Her do the job has been funded by the National Institutes of Wellness, the Facilities for Disorder Control and Prevention, and other point out and federal businesses.

Tom Gould, head of biobehavioral health claimed, “The section is thrilled to have Dr. Ehrenthal join as its most recent college member and Penn State as the new director of the Social Science Study Institute.  Dr. Ehrenthal’s leadership in inhabitants community overall health study and experience in wellbeing disparities and the developmental origins of adult condition drastically aligns with the research and educational mission of the Section and brings more energy to the division and Penn Point out in these domains.  We seem forward to functioning with her both as a colleague in Biobehavioral Health and as the director of the Social Science Investigation Institute.”

She at present holds appointments in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Population Wellbeing Sciences at the College of Wisconsin-Madison. She is principal investigator of the Well being Disparities Investigation Students Postdoctoral Coaching System, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Baby Health and Human Advancement, and founding director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Prevention Research Heart, funded by the CDC. The purpose of this new centre is to enhance the well being of minimal-income gals, infants, and family members by conducting well being marketing and sickness avoidance research centered on maternal, toddler and kid health and fitness.

Dr. Ehrenthal received a bachelor’s diploma in chemistry from Wesleyan College and health care diploma from the College of Massachusetts Medical College. She completed her internship and residency teaching in interior drugs at Yale-New Haven Hospital and obtained a grasp of public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg University of General public Health and fitness.