Graduate School Leadership
David L. Eaton
Vice Provost and Dean
David L. Eaton, the Graduate School dean and vice provost at the University of Washington, joined the UW faculty in 1979 and has served in a range of leadership and research roles since then. He is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and the Institute for Public Health Genetics in the School of Public Health, and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy. Dean Eaton earned his bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine from Montana State University and his doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Dean Eaton was director of the UW’s toxicology program in environmental health from 1986 to 1991, after which time he was associate chair of the environmental health department from 1991 to 1993. Following that, Dean Eaton was associate dean for research of the School of Public Health from 1999 to 2005. From 2005-2013, he served as UW associate vice provost for research. He was the founding director of the National Institutes of Health-supported Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health from 1995 to 2013.
Dean Eaton’s research has focused on understanding the adverse effects of chemicals in the environment on human health, with an emphasis on chemicals linked to cancer. During his 36 years of teaching and research at the UW, Dean Eaton has directed research programs with total cumulative federal funding in excess of $60 million, with the majority of it from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dean Eaton has published 180 peer reviewed, original research papers, book chapters and full-length proceedings, as well as edited two books. He has trained more than 36 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, most of whom hold positions as toxicologists in academia, government and industry.
Dean Eaton is a fellow of both the American Association of the Advancement of Science and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. Locally, he was elected as a fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences (WSAS) and serves on the board of directors. He has served on numerous national scientific advisory boards and panels, and currently serves on the advisory council for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He is an active member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and serves on several CGS committees.
Dean Eaton continues to maintain a small research program and teach graduate courses, as well as serve on dissertation and reading committees for doctoral students in environmental health, epidemiology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology.
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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Planning
Rebecca (Becky) Aanerud came to the Graduate School after serving as the associate director of the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education, a research center focusing on graduate education and career paths of Ph.D. students. She then served as acting assistant dean from 2006 to 2007. Dr. Aanerud began working in the Graduate School with a focus on student affairs, where she worked to advance the professional development activities for graduate students and postdocs. Today as part of the leadership team, she oversees academic affairs and planning for the Graduate School. In this capacity she chairs the Graduate School Council and works closely with an excellent staff and faculty colleagues on all three campuses to conduct academic program reviews, and work with academic units to develop new graduate degrees and certificates.
A current faculty member and the associate dean for curriculum and innovation in the School for Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the UW’s Bothell campus, she teaches a range of classes to both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Aanerud has been recognized for excellence in teaching and depth of commitment to students. In 2008 she won the prestigious UW Distinguished Teaching Award – adding to other teaching awards and high acclaim she has received since joining the UW faculty.
Her publications span the humanities and social sciences research approaches and include works on racism and whiteness, as well as studies on Ph.D. education and career path trajectories. Her most recent research interest focuses on the role of wisdom and humility in feminist philosophy and higher education.
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Associate Dean for Diversity and Student Affairs
Gino Aisenberg provides leadership for the Graduate School’s efforts to advance diversity and inclusion throughout graduate education at the UW. In collaboration, he also helps develops additional diversity-related initiatives. This academic year he is the lead instructor of the Graduate School’s diversity course series on oppression, transgression and microaggression.
Dr. Aisenberg is an associate professor at the School of Social Work and a bilingual/bicultural Latino mental health researcher. His interests focus on three interrelated areas: 1. traumatic exposure of children and families to community violence, including effects at the individual, family and neighborhood levels, 2. depression care for adults and 3. evidence-based practice.
Dr. Aisenberg is the founding co-director of the Latino Center for Health, a community engaged, interdisciplinary research center that promotes the health and well-being of Latinos in Washington State across the life span in culturally responsive ways.
Born and raised in South-Central Los Angeles, Dr. Aisenberg has extensive clinical experience as a practitioner in the areas of child abuse and community violence experienced by African-American and Latino children and families. Also, he possesses a wealth of experience addressing grief and loss and has specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy for low-income individuals suffering depression. Dr. Aisenberg has worked in schools, hospitals and community-based organizations.
Dr. Aisenberg was the principal investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) study to pilot test a socioculturally-adapted, manualized telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy depression intervention among rural Latinos in partnership with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.
Since coming to the UW in 2002, Dr. Aisenberg’s teaching, research and scholarship have been deeply informed by culture and context. They emanate from his commitment to marginalized and diverse populations — to promote inclusion of their voices and to address disparities in the access and utilization of behavioral health services. Dr. Aisenberg remains actively engaged in partnerships with community-based agencies serving marginalized and rural communities.
In 2012, Dr. Aisenberg was named the Graduate School’s Inaugural Leadership Professor. In 2009, Dr. Aisenberg received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award for his excellence in teaching, as well as his exemplary commitment to mentoring students, particularly ethnic minority students. In 2006, he received the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Award for Community Building.
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Associate Dean for Postdoctoral and Student Affairs
Kelly Edwards directs Core Programs, which are programs and services aimed at promoting success across a training trajectory from entering graduate student through to postdoctoral fellow. She oversees student affairs, and is particularly interested in mentoring issues, inclusive learning environments and promoting purposeful career choices for trainees.
An associate professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Bioethics and Humanities, Dr. Edwards also is a core faculty member for the UW Institute for Public Health Genetics. She received both her master of arts degree in Medical Ethics and her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from the UW.
Dr. Edwards’ work incorporates communication and public engagement as an ethical obligation for clinicians and researchers. She is the director of the Ethics and Outreach Core for the UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health, which is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She also is a co-director of the Regulatory Support and Bioethics Core for the Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), a partnership of the UW, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s and other regional institutions and community and tribal groups. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the ITHS assists researchers with translating their scientific discoveries into practice.
In addition, Dr. Edwards is a lead investigator with UW Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, funded by the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. Since 2004, she has been the faculty advisor for the Forum on Science, Ethics and Policy, groups of graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows at the UW and University of Colorado that promote dialogue on issues concerning science and society.
To further engage people in conversations about ethical dimensions of science and medicine, Dr. Edwards has facilitated Community Conversations and the Public Health Café, a series of events hosted in Seattle by the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. Nationally, she contributes to issues of ethical research practices with the Genetic Alliance, a health advocacy organization; Sage Bionetworks, a local non-profit; and the Institute of Medicine.
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