Faculty and Academic Staff
MARILYN WINKLEBY, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Emerita at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in social science and clinical psychology from California State University, Sacramento, and earned her master’s degree in public health and PhD in epidemiology from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. She joined SPRC in 1988 and since then her research and teaching have combined epidemiologic study with intervention research to further the understanding of the social determinants of health. The author of more than 180 peer-reviewed articles in public health, epidemiology, and medical journals, Dr. Winkleby focuses on many issues currently making headlines, including cardiovascular disease risk factors, women’s health, the health of low-socioeconomic groups, and the influence of neighborhoods on health. Public health research, she suggests, provides the opportunity to connect to real people in real communities, while advocating for changes that improve health. Her scientific efforts have had an international impact on improving the health of medically underserved populations. In her public service work, she has mentored hundreds of students through a biomedical high school pipeline program she co-founded 33 years ago, the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program. With over 700 alumni, this program received the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for mentoring in these fields.