×

Founding Dean and Professor

Headshot of Dean Elaine Morrato

I am thrilled to be the Parkinson School's Founding Dean. Previously, I served as Interim Dean at the Colorado School of Public Health and was active in standing up that new school a decade ago. Trained in epidemiology and board-certified in public health, my personal work focuses on accelerating the translation of evidence into practice with a particular focus on drug safety. My global pharmaceutical industry experience at Procter and Gamble developing and commercializing new drugs and indications informs my implementation science research and practice. I am active in the NIH NCATS Clinical & Translational Sciences Award (CSTA) program where I direct Loyola’s collaboration with the University of Chicago-Rush University Institute for Translational Medicine. I am also a mentor, and founding contributor, to the national expansion of the Innovation-Corps (I-Corps)™ training program at NCATS for ensuring problem-solution fit and the scale-up and sustainability of academic health innovation. I regularly advise the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on issues of pharmaceutical risk management and completed a visiting professorship in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Research Areas

  • Dissemination and implementation science
  • Drug safety
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and health services research
  • Health policy

Education
  • BS in Biochemistry, Purdue University
  • MPH in Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. PH in Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University

What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

My favorite part about the Parkinson School is its people! Our commitment to cura personalis, care for the whole person, and our shared desire to foster an inclusive, esprit de corps culture uniting students, staff, and faculty. We are public health and healthcare delivery entrepreneurs building a new school focused on improving health equity and "Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives".

What called you to or attracted you to Loyola?

I was attracted to Loyola because of the opportunity to forge a health sciences and public health school grounded in enduring values of health equity, community-centered engagement and care for our world. Founding a new school is a gift. Loyola is committed to excellence in interdisciplinary education and experiential learning. We have the opportunity to catalyze clinical and translational research, practice and scholarship.