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BIRCWH Program Leadership


  Carol S. Weisman, PhD, Principal Investigator

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology,
and Health Policy and Administration
Penn State College of Medicine


Dr. Weisman is a sociologist and health services researcher whose research focuses on women’s health and on health care delivery system responses to women’s health care needs. Before coming to Penn State, she was Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Professor of Healthy Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has over 35 years of research experience, including projects funded by NIH, AHRQ, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and various foundations. Currently, she is director of the Central Pennsylvania Women’s Health Study and is consulting with AHRQ, NCQA, and the AMA on women’s health projects. She is the author of over 140 journal articles and parts of books, and is the author of Women’s Health Care: Activist Traditions and Institutional Change, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Dr. Weisman received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Wellesley College and her PhD in Social Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

Cynthia Chuang   Cynthia Chuang, MD MSc, Research Director

Cynthia H. Chuang is Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She is a general internist, primary care provider, and health services researcher with a principal research interest in unintended pregnancy and contraceptive decision–making in adult women. Dr. Chuang serves as the Associate Director for Research for the Division of General Internal Medicine, the Research Director of the Penn State K12 BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) Program, and is co–leader of the Penn State CTSI Community Engagement and Research Core.

Dr. Chuang completed her medical degree at NYU School of Medicine, Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at Temple University Hospital, and General Internal Medicine fellowship and Preventive Medicine residency at Boston University School of Medicine. She received a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health, and has been on faculty at the Penn State College of Medicine since 2004. She is Principal Investigator of a PCORI contract to study reproductive life planning and contraceptive action planning interventions in adult women (CD–1304–6117) and the Penn State site PI for the PCORNet PaTH Clinical Data Research Network.

Dr. Chuang is the author of over 50 publications and received the Dean’s Award for Innovation in Team Science in 2014, the Department of Medicine Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2014 and Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research in 2008. She has also received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010 and 2014, and the Special Recognition for Education Leadership and Service Award on 2005.

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