Paul Halverson, professor and founding dean of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, has named Sherri Bucher, PhD, MA, as the chair of the Department of Community and Global Health.
“Dr. Bucher is a passionate researcher and brings a wealth of experience in maternal and infant mortality,” said Halverson. “We are excited for her to lead our newly reconfigured department of community and global health.”
Bucher is a dedicated leader, collaborator and mentor who has lived and worked across three continents (North America, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe), and brings to the position a deep and broad collaborative network of local partners, as well as international collaborative relationships.
For almost two decades, Bucher has served Indiana University at the School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Her research, educational and service efforts have been focused on the amelioration of maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality, particularly within low/middle-income countries.
"I am delighted to be selected to serve as the inaugural chair of the Department of Community and Global Health at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health," Bucher said. "My enthusiasm is driven by the extraordinary catalytic potential to collaborate with faculty, students, staff, partners and stakeholders to collectively kindle groundbreaking advancements in public health science, education, and practice across the local, national and international communities served by IU Indianapolis."
Bucher received her PhD and MA from the University of Connecticut in child/developmental psychology with a specialization in neuroscience. She holds additional appointments in the IU School of Medicine and the IU Center for Global Health Equity.