- Assistant Professor, Famility Medicine and Community Health
Dr. Cannuscio earned her AB, honors, magna cum laude from Brown University, where she studied in an interdisciplinary Health and Society program and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At Brown, she received several awards for her public health research and community service, including one of the University’s highest honors, granted annually to a graduating woman who demonstrates “academic excellence and strength of character.” In addition, Dr. Cannuscio was named a Brown University Resource Scholar in recognition of her undergraduate honors thesis on substance abuse prevention for adolescent girls, which was upheld as a model of community based research. During the same period, she was instrumental as a founding member of the Board of Directors for an adolescent health program in New York. These combined educational, research and advocacy efforts positioned Dr. Cannuscio well for a career in public health, and they continue to inform her research and her dedication to educating the next generation of population health researchers and practitioners.
Dr. Cannuscio pursued formal training in social epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she earned her Master and Doctor of Science degrees, and where her training and research emphasized the social determinants and preventable causes of illness. Her training was supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, and her research on women, work, and health was conducted with leaders in social epidemiology (l. Berkman and I. Kawachi) and with investigators from the Nurses’ Health and Health Professionals Follow-up Studies (E. Rimm and others). Those teams are widely regarded in the field of epidemiology as the standard-bearers for research methods in large-scale longitudinal epidemiological research. To bolster her academic research, Dr. Cannuscio also collaborated with a $100 million nationwide initiative to improve access to and quality of child and elder care. Dr. Cannuscio’s dissertation research was recognized by the American Public Health Association for excellence in research on older women’s health.