Two principal investigators lead 2013 NYC HANES:
Lorna Thorpe, lead investigator for NYC HANES, is professor of epidemiology and director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program at The City University of New York's School of Public Health, where she plays an integral role in shaping its research and training agenda. Her research areas include chronic disease epidemiology and modern forms of public health surveillance as well as a specific interest in the health of public housing residents.
Before her arrival at CUNY SPH in late 2009, Dr. Thorpe spent eight years at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and served as deputy commissioner of the Epidemiology Division. In her time at the NYC Health Department, Dr. Thorpe led a portfolio of innovative scientific studies aimed at understanding the health of NYC residents, including the design and oversight of the first New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2004. She also oversaw birth and death registration, injury surveillance, epidemiologic consultancies throughout the agency, public health training and workforce development. She also supervised the scientific and operational aspects of the World Trade Center Health Registry, a federally funded longitudinal registry of 71,000 participants directly exposed to the attacks of 9/11.
Dr. Thorpe previously was a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention field chronic disease epidemiologist, and she began her CDC career as an epidemic intelligence service officer in international tuberculosis control. Dr. Thorpe completed her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, MPH at the University of Michigan, and BA at Johns Hopkins University. She has lived and worked internationally and has published widely on chronic and infectious disease topics.
Sharon Perlman is the director of special projects for the Division of Epidemiology at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In this capacity, she leads large-scale intra-agency projects; manages the development and execution of surveys; analyzes the potential impact of proposed public health interventions; and oversees and leads research studies, data analysis, and the development of peer-reviewed publications on diverse health topics, including influenza, school health, diabetes, and the health effects of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Ms. Perlman joined the Health Department in March 2007 as a research assistant to Dr. Thomas Frieden, a former commissioner. Prior to joining the department, Ms. Perlman founded and ran an editing business for nearly ten years. Ms. Perlman completed her MPH at Columbia University and BA at Cornell University.
RTI International conducted the 2013 NYC HANES survey under contract with the CUNY School of Public Health.