Internationally known epidemiologist to join MSU faculty

Contact: Glenn Davis, College of Human Medicine, (517) 353-1730; or Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281,

Jun 09, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - James C. Anthony, an internationally known researcher recognized for his work in the epidemiology of psychoactive medicines, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, will join Michigan State University as chairperson of the Department of Epidemiology.

Anthony's appointment, approved by the MSU Board of Trustees at its June 5 meeting, includes a tenured professorship in the Department of Epidemiology. The appointment is effective Oct. 1.

Anthony comes to MSU from Johns Hopkins University, where he was a professor in the departments of mental health and epidemiology within the university's Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also had appointments in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

"We are exceptionally fortunate to recruit a scholar of Dr. Anthony's stature," said Glenn C. Davis, dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine. "With his combination of remarkable breadth of interests, research skills and administrative abilities, he is the perfect choice to lead our Department of Epidemiology."

Anthony has been at Johns Hopkins since 1977 when he accepted a post-doctoral fellowship. He joined the faculty a year later. Prior to that, he was an instructor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. He earned his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1977.

Anthony is internationally recognized for his clinical and community epidemiologic research on disturbances of intellectual functioning brought on by the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; depressive illnesses; and emotional distress.

Among his many honors: former chairman of the section on epidemiology and public health for the World Psychiatric Association, and president of the Alpha Chapter of the Delta Omega Society, the national honorary society for graduate studies in public health.

Anthony was recently honored as one of the most highly cited researchers in the social sciences by Thompson ISI, an organization that tracks research progress and the impact of individual scientists and research institutions.

Anthony succeeds Nigel S. Paneth, who currently serves as associate dean for research in the College of Human Medicine.