CHASP faculty fellow and LBJ School associate professor Dr. Abigail Aiken has accepted a joint appointment to the nine-member Central Health Board of Managers. This all-volunteer board is composed of four appointees from the Austin City Council, four appointees from the Travis County Commissioners Court and one joint appointee. Aiken was approved by the Travis County Commissioners Court on December 6 and by the Austin City Council on December 15.
In an interview for the position late last month, Aiken said, “I feel really strongly that as a professor of public affairs, if you have those skills and you can share them with people in the community, you should do that, and that’s why I would really welcome the opportunity.” Aiken’s background is extensive and interdisciplinary with experience in clinical medicine, public health, demography, and public affairs.
Originally from Ireland, Aiken earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, her medical doctorate from the University of Cambridge, her master’s in public health from Harvard University and her doctorate in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin. She also worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Office of Population Research and a lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Aiken’s research interests are focused on reproductive health and span several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical science, demography, public health, and public policy. Her work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others.
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