Health Equity & Inclusion About Us
Amy Barrios, PhD
Title: Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy
Dr. Amy Barrios received her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and held an National Institute of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellowship in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of California in San Francisco (UCSF). Her research is focused on developing chemical tools to study key biological signaling pathways, including tyrosine phosphorylation and dephosphorylation and hydrogen sulfide production. She has been involved in several groups aimed at increasing diversity and supporting the careers of female faculty on campus and has been Co-Director of WiHMS since 2015.
Leslie R. Halpern, DDS, MD, PhD, MPH
Title: Professor and Section Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry
Dr. Leslie Halpern currently serves as Professor and Section Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. Her career as both a basic scientist and clinician have helped to foster the mission and vision of this important office. Her research has dealt with identifying women who are victims of violence and abuse, as well as using saliva sampling to help decipher the increased risk of health consequences in this population of women. As an academic surgeon, she continues to support the need to recruit young up and coming women faculty in order to foster an arena of equality and inclusiveness among all health disciplines. This University setting can be a "Flagship Model" for not only recruiting young female faculty but also maintaining our mid-career academic females to achieve success/leadership in the academic arenas within our campus setting.
Steering Committee Members
Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH
Title: Professor of Radiology, School of Medicine
Dr. Yoshimi Anzai is Professor of Radiology at the University of Utah and has over 18 years of experience in working as a neuroradiologist in leading academic institutions with a background in health services research. She had initiated Women in Radiology initiative at her former institution, University of Washington, and serve as a co-chair of the University of Washington, Women in Medicine and Science and also a member of the Faculty Council for Women in Academia representing the UW SOM. She is a longstanding member of various radiology organizations, but most importantly the past President of AAWR (American Association for Women in Radiology).
Dr. Anzai also serves as the Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer of the University of Utah Health Care. She oversees value initiatives at the University of Utah health system to improve safety and quality of patient care and facilitate the process standardization and coordination of care by collaborating with the frontline provider teams.
Amanda V. Bakian, PhD
Title: Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Amanda V. Bakian, PhD is a research assistant professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Her research seeks to understand how environmental exposures, especially those in the pro-inflammatory response pathway, interact with underlying factors such as genetic characteristics to moderate the risk of psychiatric conditions. In addition, Dr. Bakian applies her expertise in biostatistics and epidemiology to design and analyze individual and population-level observational studies aimed at elucidating environmental, familial, sociodemographic, and birth factors contributing to the etiology and prevalence of psychiatric conditions.
Linda S. Edelman, PhD, MPhil, RN
Title: Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Dr. Linda Edelman has experience in both basic science and clinical/nursing research. She received a Masters of Philosophy in Experimental Pathology at the University of Utah in 1993 where she specialized in molecular immunology. She then earned a BSN from the University of Utah College of Nursing in 1995. For the next 17 years she utilized her basic science and nursing backgrounds as the Research Coordinator for the University of Utah Burn Center. During that time she was involved with the design, conduct, and analysis of multidisciplinary clinical research studies pertaining to burn injuries. She is an active member of the Western Institute of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Public Health Association.
Dr. Edelman joined the faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing in 2008 and looks forward to fostering a new generation of nurse researchers through teaching and mentorship. She has taught in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program (Advanced Pathophysiology I and II, Evidenced Based Practice I and II and Scholarly Project), the PhD program (Data Management and Quality) and the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program (Physiology and Psychology of Nursing). She actively advises DNP, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and PhD graduate students.
Lea Erickson, DDS, MSPH
Title: Section Head of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, School of Dentistry
Shannon O. Jones, MS
Title: Associate Instructor, Nutrition and Integrated Physiology, College of Health
Ms. Shannon Jones is a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Integrated Physiology and is one of the University’s Sustainability Scholars. She is the Project Lead for the University of Utah’s Center for Community Nutrition’s Food, Movement, and U program, which provides nutrition education classes and cooking demonstrations, while working to create healthy food environments in homeless and domestic violence shelters, as well as addiction treatment facilities. She is working on developing novel assessment tools to track transient populations’ health outcomes in order to measure the efficacy of nutrition intervention programs in shelters.
Jackie M. Winter, PhD
Title: Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy
Dr. Jackie Winter obtained her B.S. in Chemistry and Molecular Genetics from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and obtained her Ph.D. in Marine Natural Product Biosynthesis from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. After graduate school, Jackie carried out postdoctoral appointments at UCLA and at the Hans Knoll Institute and Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology in Jena, Germany. In 2015, Jackie joined the Medicinal Chemistry Department as an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy. Her current research is focused on exploring the biomolecular chemistry of natural products produced by filamentous fungi and actinomycete bacteria with the goal of using these use these organisms as resources for the discovery and development of new therapeutic agents.
Jennifer Workman, MD, MSCI
Title: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Dr. Jennifer Workman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care. She attended Dartmouth Medical School before moving out to Utah to begin her residency in Pediatrics and fell in the love with the Wasatch. Her clinical work is in the PICU at Primary Children’s Hospital. Her research interests are in improving healthcare value for hospitalized children. She joined the WiHMS steering committee in 2016 to help advocate for women faculty and their academic progress. Outside of work, she enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, camping, and simply being in the mountains with her husband and son.