Three 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 10 years. Ms. Perlman completed her MPH at Columbia University, and BA at Cornell University.
Carolyn Greene is the deputy commissioner of the Division of Epidemiology at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She oversees the design, implementation and analysis of population-based surveys, including the annual community health survey of 9,000 NYC adults and the youth risk behavioral survey conducted in NYC's public high schools every other year. She also provides direction to the Office of Vital Statistics, which collects and analyzes NYC birth, death and termination-of-pregnancy data, and the World Trade Center Health Registry, which maintains a registry of 71,000 individuals exposed to the WTC attacks and conducts periodic surveys to capture physical and mental-health updates from enrollees.
Dr. Greene joined the NYC Health Department in January 2008 as assistant commissioner for the Bureau of Public Health Training. Before joining the department, Dr. Greene was country director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Global AIDS Program in Ethiopia. Previously, Dr. Greene worked as a medical epidemiologist for CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases in the Respiratory Diseases Branch, having completed two years of training as an epidemic intelligence service officer in the same branch. Dr. Greene is an internal-medicine physician who completed undergraduate studies in English at Yale University, medical school at Brown University and an internal-medicine residency at the University of California at San Francisco.
RTI International will conduct the 2013 HANES survey under contract to the CUNY School of Public Health. RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. RTI will attempt to contact the sampled New Yorkers as a part of NYC HANES data collection. Each interviewer will have an identification badge <pdf>.