Corso named SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow

Dr. Phaedra Corso, professor of health policy and management, was one of four UGA faculty members named 2017-18 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows. Created by the Southeastern Conference in 2008, the fellowship program seeks to identify, develop, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond.

Throughout the year, the participants will engage with senior administrators at UGA based on their areas of interest and attend two SEC-wide workshops that will include training, mentoring and the opportunity to network with their counterparts from other SEC institutions. The fall SEC ALPD workshop will be held Oct. 23-25 at Louisiana State University, and the spring workshop will be held Feb. 21-23 at Auburn University.

“One of the biggest strengths of the SEC ALDP is that it gives the fellows an opportunity to compare how UGA and other SEC institutions approach the goals and challenges that they have in common,” said Sarah Covert, associate provost for faculty affairs and UGA’s SEC ALDP liaison. “The varied interests and experiences of this year’s fellows will expose them all to a range of campus issues and expertise, while also providing them with opportunities to learn from each other.”

Corso, a UGA Foundation Professor of Human Health in the College of Public Health, is the associate director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research as well as founder and director of the Economic Evaluation Research Group at UGA.

Corso spent the first 15 years of her career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she served as the senior health economist in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar for the 2015-2016 academic year, conducting research and teaching in Quito, Ecuador.

In 2014, she was the recipient of UGA’s Creative Research Medal and in 2016 received the College of Public Health’s Outstanding Teaching Award. Her research interests focus on the application of economic evaluation to the prevention of substance use, violence and childhood obesity.

Corso is the second faculty member at the College of Public Health to be selected for this program. Dr. Mark Wilson, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of health promotion and behavior, was selected to participate in the 2015-16 cohort.

More information on the SEC Academic Leadership Program is at

Posted October 17, 2017.

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