Chatham University

Karen Brich Fund

Endowed Fund for Public Health Research

Karen Brich

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Karen Brich Endowed Fund for Public Health Research. This fund has been created to honor Karen’s commitment and significant contributions to the field of public health and to Chatham University. In consultation with Karen’s faculty colleagues in the Physicians’ Assistant program, including the former program director, Dr. Linda Allison, Karen’s husband, John Brich and her daughter, Sarah, initiated the fund, which, when fully endowed at $25,000, will provide up to three research awards per year. Prior to reaching that level, the fund will make available one research award per year.

The goal of the fund is to assist research efforts in public health - utilizing the broadest definition of public health - undertaken by the different constituencies on campus. Therefore, undergraduate and graduate students as well as Chatham faculty representing a wide variety of disciplines will be eligible.

Contributions to the fund can be made through the Office of Institutional Advancement, Beatty House. Please make checks payable to Chatham University/Karen Brich Endowed Fund. If you have any questions about the fund, please contact Karen Lautanen, Director for Stewardship and Donor Relations at or 412-365-2732.

Past Winners


David Surovchak

Graduate of the Physician Assistant Studies Program
Community Health Center based project, "Core Exercise and Weight Loss Strategies".


Brittanie Eggan
Hope George
Lauren Bradley
Elizabeth Chiota

Graduates of the Physician Assistant Studies Program
"The Impact of Perceived Patient Expectations on Antibiotic Prescribing Behavior"


Jessica Buck
Erin McDermott

Graduates of the Physician Assistant Studies Program
"The Effects of Self Management Training in Underserved Type II Diabetes Mellitus Patients"


Deanna Bridge
Christopher Hart
Jacynda Levanture
Casey Roberts

Graduates of the Physician Assistant Studies Program
"Physician Assistants-Progress in Practice"


Lauren Albanese
Jamie Hodgson
Heather Reynolds

Graduates of the Physician Assistant Studies Program
"Prevalence of TB Screening on the Street Homeless Population in the Pittsburgh Area"