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New Director of UW SPH Student Services Is a Familiar Face

Deb Hinchey, a graduate of the University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH) and a former Research Assistant at NWCPHP, is the new UW SPH Director of Student Services.
New Director of UW SPH Student Services Is a Familiar Face

Deb Hinchey, MPH

January 24, 2012

Deb Hinchey, a graduate of the University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH) and a former Research Assistant at NWCPHP, is the new UW SPH Director of Student Services. In her new role, Hinchey will work directly with UW SPH graduate and undergraduate students to enhance their educational experience.

Speaking of her new position, Hinchey says, “As an alumna, I am both familiar with and truly believe in the UW SPH and the outstanding education provided to future leaders in the field of public health. This position allows me to blend my passion for public health with my passion for working with students. I look forward to connecting students to meaningful practicum experiences and career paths, supporting student organizations, creating networking and social events, or advocating for student needs. The possibilities are limitless!”

Hinchey’s most recent position was at Seattle University, where she spent five years in the Student Development Division. During this time she created and founded its Office of Student Wellness. Hinchey has extensive experience in higher education, including advising students and student groups, developing campus-wide policies, overseeing graduate internship and practicum projects, implementing conferences and educational events, leading workshops, and recruiting and training student leaders. At Seattle University, she developed an award-winning peer education program and received national recognition for her work. She has presented to diverse audiences on topics that include stress management, sexual health, and program assessment.

In the two years Hinchey worked at NWCPHP, she was on a team that developed a Regional Academic Environmental Public Health Center that was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hinchey was also part of the team that planned and implemented the first annual University of Washington/University of British Columbia/Simon Fraser University Public Health Symposium: US/Canada Academic Collaboration in the Pacific Northwest.

Reflecting on her time at NWCPHP, Hinchey says, “My time at NWCPHP allowed me to work closely with diverse faculty and staff whom I may not have otherwise collaborated with. I was also able to deepen my knowledge in specific areas of public health, most notably through my work around program assessment and evaluation as well as with the Regional Academic Environmental Public Health Center.”

In 2006, Hinchey received her Master’s degree in Public Health in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program at the University of Washington. She also has a BA in Communications from the University of Calgary.

In her free time, Hinchey can be found outdoors, trail running, cycling, climbing, and skiing.

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