October 16, 2021

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Ehrenthal named director of Social Science Exploration Institute

Dr. Deborah Ehrenthal has been named the new director of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), productive Sept. 1. Dr. Ehrenthal succeeds Susan McHale, who is returning to her total-time faculty placement soon after 14 decades as director.

“We would like to thank Dr. McHale for her steerage around the many years,” stated Senior Vice President for Investigation Lora Weiss. “Susan’s perseverance to bring collectively and help researchers across the University has positioned SSRI to boldly deal with interdisciplinary social sciences investigate difficulties.”

Dr. Ehrenthal will be accountable for creating and nurturing collaborative investigation chances in the social sciences throughout the University. “We are thrilled to have Deb signing up for us,” stated Weiss. “Her exploration and leadership abilities are an outstanding match to support Penn State’s perseverance to advancing social and behavioral sciences innovation and research effect.” 

“I am thrilled to have the prospect to direct the Social Science Investigation Institute.” Dr. Ehrenthal claimed. “The University’s concentrate on interdisciplinary investigate makes a wealthy research and training ecosystem that supports Penn State’s determination to impression. SSRI has been instrumental in expanding interdisciplinary study across the College and primary signature initiatives. I appear ahead to working with Penn State’s outstanding school and workers to keep on to construct on that momentum.” 

Dr. Ehrenthal is a professor in the School of Drugs and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her investigation is focused on the social and wellness care factors that form the health of girls and little ones in the course of the course of daily life. Her get the job done has been funded by the Countrywide Institutes of Health and fitness, the Centers for Disorder Control and Prevention, and other state and federal organizations.

Tom Gould, head of biobehavioral health explained, “The office is thrilled to have Dr. Ehrenthal sign up for as its newest school member and Penn Point out as the new director of the Social Science Investigation Institute.  Dr. Ehrenthal’s leadership in inhabitants community wellness exploration and knowledge in overall health disparities and the developmental origins of adult condition greatly aligns with the investigation and academic mission of the Office and delivers more energy to the section and Penn Point out in these domains.  We appear ahead to doing the job with her equally as a colleague in Biobehavioral Overall health and as the director of the Social Science Investigate Institute.”

She presently retains appointments in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Populace Health and fitness Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is principal investigator of the Overall health Disparities Exploration Students Postdoctoral Teaching Method, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Wellbeing and Human Growth, and founding director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Avoidance Investigate Heart, funded by the CDC. The target of this new centre is to make improvements to the health and fitness of minimal-income females, infants, and family members by conducting wellbeing advertising and condition prevention investigate centered on maternal, toddler and baby wellness.

Dr. Ehrenthal obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wesleyan University and health-related degree from the College of Massachusetts Health-related School. She completed her internship and residency training in inner medicine at Yale-New Haven Medical center and received a grasp of community health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Community Health and fitness.