Dedicated Alumni Honored by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Eric Hulsey, Dr.P.H., M.A.

In the case of this year’s awardees, it’s remarkable that most are recent graduates, and yet they are already highly influential in their fields.

Seven University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health alumni will be recognized for their outstanding service to the field of public health during a special ceremony today at the University Club.

“Recognizing the dedicated work of some of our distinguished alumni is always a pleasure,” said Donald S. Burke, M.D., Pitt Public Health dean and UPMC-Jonas Salk chair of global health. “In the case of this year’s awardees, it’s remarkable that most are recent graduates, and yet they are already highly influential in their fields.”


  • Eric Hulsey, Dr.P.H., M.A., Class of 2008, and Michael Walsh Jr., M.H.A., Class of 2004, will each receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice in recognition of their extensive contributions to improving the application of research to public health practice. Hulsey is manager of behavioral health analytics at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, where he is responsible for evaluating behavioral health services administered by the department and finding practical applications for research, among other responsibilities. Walsh is founder and principal of 25 Strategies, a consulting firm focused on creating impact strategy for foundations, health systems, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and social impact ventures that address public health challenges. He also is interim chief of strategy and programs for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Platform.
  • Mary Ganguli, M.D., M.P.H., Class of 1981, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for Research in recognition of her work focusing on the epidemiology of late-life mental disorders, particularly the neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. She is a professor of psychiatry and neurology at Pitt’s School of Medicine, and professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. She is the principal investigator of several National Institute on Aging-funded population-based investigations of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in western Pennsylvania and India.
  • Tammy Haley, Ph.D., M.S.N., M.P.H., R.N., Class of 2013, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination in recognition of her work using research as a means to engage students, enhance her teaching, add to the body of knowledge in her field and provide service to the global community. She is director of nursing and radiological sciences, associate professor of nursing, and coordinator of the R.N.-B.S.N. Program in the Division of Biological and Health…

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