J Kathleen Tracy, a scientist with deep expertise in women’s health, has been named senior associate dean for research at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, effective February 2023. Tracy will also serve as professor of medicine at the college and as director of research at the UVM Health Network.
Tracy joins UVM from the Maryland School of Medicine, where she is a professor of epidemiology and public health; vice chair for research services, epidemiology and public health; and head of the Division of Preventive Medicine.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Tracy to our college and UVM,” said Larner Dean Richard L Page, MD. “She brings extensive experience in science and leadership that will complement our existing strengths and will provide for growth of our research impact.”
Tracy is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a doctorate in clinical and health psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her research focuses on cervical cancer prevention in underserved populations and informatics methods to support multidisciplinary team science. She has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles in a variety of fields and served as principal or co-principal investigator or sub-team lead on research studies totaling nearly $100 million in funding from such organizations as the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
At UVM, Tracy will succeed Dr Gordon L. Jensen, who retired in July. Dr Richard Galbraith is serving as interim senior associate dean for research since Jensen’s retirement.