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Student Spotlight: Callie Walsh-Bailey, MPH, doctoral candidate

Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager for the Institute for Public Health

Callie Walsh-Bailey collaborates with the Center for Dissemination and Implementation on a regular basis.

According to her bio, doctoral student, Callie Walsh-Bailey’s research interests include dissemination and implementation science, chronic disease prevention, and health equity. She is particularly interested in how patient social needs are addressed in clinical settings, and how links between clinical practice and community settings can improve patient care.  This doctoral student not only concentrates on research. What her bio doesn’t say is that Walsh-Bailey is passionate about all things Implementation Science. She can often be found lending a hand to IS events, training and other activities or winning awards for her knowledge and expertise. Here are just a few examples:

She is an ongoing and integral collaborator with the Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health. There, she is a member of the Washington University Network for Dissemination and Implementation Research (WUNDIR) group and part of its “WOW” (working group of WUNDIR) leadership team. She often digs in, co-hosting WUNDIR meetings or delivering presentations about implementation science, moderating panels, or hosting small group discussions.

Walsh-Bailey recently collaborated with colleagues, Ross Brownson and Peg Allen at WashU’s Prevention Research Center on a study, which found that implementation science can contribute to a more complete assessment of school health policy implementation processes and can improve health benefits. Read about it in PubMed.

As a doctoral student, in addition to her work with WashU’s Prevention Research Center, Walsh-Bailey is a MapCA Pilot Team member at the Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control.  

At the American Public Health Association annual conference, Walsh-Bailey received a student award for her professionalism and dedication to the field of public health.

She is also a winner of the 2022 DINDY 500 Award at the Center for Dissemination and Implementation Proposal Development Bootcamp. An informal award, Bootcamp expert consultants vote for the most compelling elevator speech among researcher teams and the winner is announced during the event. Congratulations on both of these awards, Callie! Overall, through her doctoral research, leading events, or hands-on activities, Callie Walsh-Bailey is a bright light in implementation science and public health. Her colleagues and instructors agree: watch for this star in the future!