Dr. William W. Latimer ’85 has been appointed founding dean of the School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing at Lehman College, Bronx, N.Y. The new school comprises several academic departments: Health Sciences; Nursing; Social Work; and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Latimer most recently served as the Elizabeth Faulk Professor and chair of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida.
A noted epidemiologist, Latimer’s research has been extensively published. Over the course of the past 20 years, he has secured more than $25 million in National Institutes of Health funding to study the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of infectious disease and drug dependence, with a focus on neurobehavioral risk factors of disease, treatment engagement and outcome. Latimer also directs two large clinical trials to prevent infectious disease and treat addiction in Baltimore, Md., and Pretoria, South Africa.
Prior to joining the University of Florida, he spent 11 years on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he directed two large training programs for U.S. and international fellows in public health and allied health professions funded by the NIH and the U.S. State Department, respectively.
Latimer earned his B.A. in English and psychology from Hobart College. As a student, he was a member of the swimming team and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island; an M.P.H in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota; and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.