CHDS Faculty Director Sue J. Goldie received an honorary degree at Albany Medical College’s 2019 commencement ceremonies for her contributions to improving the health of vulnerable populations across the globe. Goldie is a 1988 alumna of Albany Medical College. Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), also received an honorary degree for his advocacy in addressing health disparities and other pressing public health issues.
Goldie, the Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health, is a decision analyst, public health scientist, and physician. Renowned for her scholarship in decision science, commitment to policy translation, and innovative approach to interdisciplinary education, Goldie serves as the Director of both the Center for Health Decision Science (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (Harvard University).
Internationally recognized for mathematical disease modeling and analyses to guide public health decision making, Goldie’s research has focused on viruses of global health importance, cancer prevention, reproductive health, and maternal mortality. She was granted the prestigious MacArthur award “for genius and creativity” in applying the tools of decision science to public health and in 2009 was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.