PHP Doctoral Student Michelle Livings named AJPH student editor

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Alfredo Morabia, M.D., Ph.D., editor-in-chief, of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) of the American Public Health Association, has announced that Michelle Livings will serve as the student editor of the AJPH from May 2021 to April 2022.

Livings is a student in the USC Population, Health and Place Ph.D. Program, an interdisciplinary doctoral program by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI), the USC Department of Sociology, and the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

As the AJPH student editor, Livings will work with the journal associate editors to review submitted manuscripts to determine relevance and appropriateness for peer review. She also will suggest suitable referees and monitor the review process, and provide timely feedback on manuscript contents and readability. In collaboration with the associate editors, Livings will generate recommendations for the editor-in-chief and will help prepare special sections of the journal.

Robert O. Vos, Ph.D., associate professor (teaching) of spatial sciences and SSI director of graduate studies, said, “We warmly congratulate Michelle on being selected for this prestigious role. Not only is this a great learning opportunity for Michelle, it is also an important way for her to contribute to the scholarly community at this early stage of her career. We are proud to have Michelle represent the USC Population, Health and Place doctoral program with the American Public Health Association.”

“I’m thrilled to have this chance to gain valuable editorial experience,” said Livings. “I know this year as student editor will be an important step in my development as a researcher and as I prepare for a career in the academy,” she added.

In her role with the AJPH, Livings will attend the APHA annual meetings in the fall and spring.

For more information about the USC Population, Health and Place Ph.D. program, visit  Register for the upcoming admissions information session on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.


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