Join us for a discussion on women in academics, hosted by Global Women’s Studies. Panelists include:
Jerica Berge, Ph.D., MPH, LMFT, CFLE is a tenured Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Berge is a researcher, behavioral medicine clinician, and educator. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and supervisor who specializes in integrated care and community-based partnerships to address family health issues. She is the director of the Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan (HEAL) Center and the director for the Center for Women’s Health Research, which houses the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. In this role, she trains early-career women faculty to become researchers in women’s health including global women’s health. In addition, the program also focuses on career and professional development of women to close the disparity gap on women faculty in academia and as leaders. Her NIH research agenda focuses broadly on child and family health promotion across the lifespan, women’s health, and integrated care. Dr. Berge has expertise in conducting mixed-methods studies that include observational methods such as, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), mHealth, and video-recorded family tasks to more fully understand the complex family dynamics and processes related to health and well-being. Dr. Berge is one of the most cited authors on family dynamics and child and family health with over 200 publications and 25 book chapters on related topics. She has an impressive funding trajectory including NIH K12, R13, R21, R03, R56, R61/33, and R01 grants.
Kristin Matthews, Ph.D is a Professor of English and an Africana Studies, American Studies, and Global Women’s Studies affiliate. She has published numerous articles and her book Reading America: Citizenship, Democracy, and Cold War Literature, and she is currently working on a book about reading, Black feminism, and the contemporary freedom struggle. She teaches courses in American lit, African American lit, and Women’s lit, and has received teaching awards from the English Department, American Studies Program, College of Humanities, Honors Program, and Faculty Women’s Association. When she isn’t reading/writing, she likes to knit, sew fabulous clothes, hike, bake, and cheer on the Milwaukee Brewers.
Denise Stephens, Ph.D is associate professor in the Department of Physics Astronomy and until recently was the coordinator of the BYU Astronomical Society. Dr. Stephens’s research focuses primarily on the atmospheres of brown dwarfs—objects that form out of a cloud of dust and gas like stars but that lack the mass to ignite hydrogen fusion in their cores to complete the process of becoming a star. She is also interested in studying transiting extrasolar planets, and using space telescopes to identify close binary brown dwarf systems. She began by studying physics at Brigham Young University as an undergraduate student, going on to receive her master’s and doctorate degrees in astronomy from New Mexico State University. She then went to work at the Space Telescope Science Institute and did postgraduate work at Johns Hopkins University before joining the BYU faculty in 2007.
Dr. Stephens runs an annual event called Astrofest that is dedicated to introducing physics and astronomy to children in a fun, hands-on environment. She is also the captain of BYU’s on-campus women’s flag football team. She and her husband are the parents of seven children.
Eva Witesman, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Public Management
Stewart L. Grow Research Fellow
Eva Witesman reimagines the ways in which organizations and institutions can serve humanity. Through her Corporate Social Strategy Initiative at BYU, she has developed a framework for leveraging the core strengths of business in helping individuals and society to reach their highest potential. Her focus on social impact also extends to the public and nonprofit sectors, where she trains others in social impact measurement, program evaluation and monitoring, and strategic management. Her research innovates our understanding of the blurring boundaries between for-profit, nonprofit, and government institutions, and examines core values and practices that can help individuals, organizations, and society to thrive. She enjoys her appointment as associate professor of public management at Brigham Young University, and lives in Springville with her husband, children, animals, fruit trees and bees.