It is with great pleasure we welcome a new Editor-in-Chief to the Journal of New Content ItemPublic Health Policy. Professor Elena N. Naumova will surely lead JPHP forward with imagination and rigor in an increasingly hazardous world. Not only is she immensely accomplished, Elena Naumova never met a public health issue that failed to fascinate her. She is brilliant in her own work and, as this journal’s statistical editor since 2004, tireless in helping our authors to bring greater meaning to their work for JPHP’s global readership. She has been a most enthusiastic, encouraging, and effective mentor for authors around the world.

Originally from Novosibirsk (Siberia), Russia, Elena studied mathematics and statistics there before moving to Japan, then the United States where she began her work in public health on issues related to air and water quality. Building from her mathematical foundation, she has since expanded the range of her public health focus to climate change, extreme weather, disease surveillance, immune response, and malnutrition. She is an avid advocate of using novel information technologies and underutilized data sources for public health research and practice.

In 1997, Elena arrived at Tufts University’s Department of Community Medicine and Public Health in the School of Medicine before moving on to academic administrative responsibilities as Academic Dean for Faculty, Director of the Office of Faculty Affairs, and now as Chair of Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She has authored more than 180 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and worked with other public health journals in some editorial capacity. She is or has been Principal Investigator for millions of dollars of research grants from major science funders, including many grants pertaining to climate change—and drawn considerable media attention to these topics. The quality of attention she devotes to students has brought her large numbers of postdoctoral, doctoral, masters, and bachelor candidates with research projects for her to supervise - around the world.

We are honored that she has chosen to devote a substantial portion of her energy and intelligence to the Journal of Public Health Policy. Under Elena’s scientific leadership, we trust that JPHP will continue to paint an informative picture of all the things that can harm or enhance health.

Palgrave Macmillan would like to sincerely thank Phyllis Freeman and Anthony Robbins for their unyielding dedication to the journal over the last 16 years. Their passion for the field of public health and drive to ensure its positive impact on wider society has been integral to the future direction and development of the journal. We look forward to working with Elena to further develop their work and set the agenda for the journal going forward.

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