Stephanie Eick, PhD, MPHassistant professor in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program, facilitated by Harvard University. Eick is one of 14 early career researchers to receive the nationwide scholarship. Its scholarship period runs from October 1, 2022 to February 28, 2026.
The fellowship promotes interdisciplinary collaborations and encourages fellows to work together and be open to multiple perspectives to find solutions to health issues. It is designed as a career development scholarship for early-career professors who wish to further their research in the field of public health. The program trains and mentors recognized scientific leaders in conducting social and environmental research. The program begins the first week of November at Harvard and runs every six months for in-person training.
Eick’s research focuses on the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage, environmental factors, and psychosocial stress on maternal and child health. Her passion for these fields comes from seeing the different health disparities among women and wanting to intervene early so she can prevent many downstream health issues for the next generation. “Most of my research is really about the impact of the environment on maternal and child health,” she says. “I’m really passionate about women’s health and children’s health in general. I feel like historically women have been so excluded from research and part of my research is looking at chemical exposures during pregnancy. pregnancy, especially the chemicals we don’t know much about.
Eick was nominated for this fellowship by Gangarosa Chairman and Professor Emeritus of the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, Yang Liu, Ph.D.and Rollins Research Professor Emeritus and Associate Executive Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research Strategy, Carmen Marsit, PhD.
“I am delighted to see Dr. Eick selected for the JPB Fellows program. Eick is very committed to health equity and her research focuses on the impact of mixtures of environmental chemicals, stresses and social factors on maternal and child health, and will bring much to the table for this prestigious fellowship,” Marsit said.
Eick shares his gratitude for his nomination and for his department’s support, especially given the time investment required for the program (participants meet in person one week per semester during the three-and-a-half-year program) . “I’m very excited about the training opportunities, but what excites me the most is connecting with people who are doing similar research,” she says.