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Joy McCAnn Professorship Awardees

Current Recipient  

Heather Forkey 

2017-2020: Dr. Heather Forkey, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, director of the Foster Children Evaluation Service (FaCES), and chief of the division of child protection for UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center.

Goalto create a small group intervention that promotes resilience and mitigate burnout and secondary traumatic stress for midlevel women faculty already engaged through the EMPOWER summit, harnessed to become an institutional-directed intervention through a video blog of the small group process.

Read the official UMMS announcement.

 Past Recipients 

2014-2017: Dr. Tiffany Moore Simas, Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics.

Goal: to create a project focused on mid-career women and leadership, Empowering Mid-career Professional Women for Executive Roles (EMPOWER).

Scholarly Activities:


 2011-2014: Dr. Julia Andrieni, Associate Professor, Medicine.

Goal: to create an easily accessible continuum of academic mentors: REACT NOW (Researchers, Educators, Administrators, Clinicians, & Trainees Network of Women)

Scholarly Activities:


2008-2011: Dr. Patricia Franklin, Professor, Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation.

Goal: To support the advancement of women at UMMS through data and research.

Scholarly Activities:

  • In collaboration with leadership in the Office of Faculty Affairs, I advanced research on women in academic medicine at UMMS

  • Analysis of UMMS promotion and compensation data, including analyses of women in leadership roles across academic departments and the clinical system

  • Submission of an NIH RO1 proposal to study reasons for female attrition at transitional periods and a NSF ADVANCE grant with emphasis on the role of micro inequities on STEM women at the University of Massachusetts

  • Co-Chair of the AAMC Faculty Forward initiative at UMMS. Analyzed survey data and led process to identify opportunities to improve satisfaction among all faculty. Final report identified that UMMS is a national leader in overall faculty satisfaction, but focused initiatives could enhance satisfaction of women, clinicians, and minority faculty. Recommendations from the task force have been implemented following broad discussions across the Institution.


2005-2008: Dr. Linda Weinreb, Professor, Vice Chair, Family Medicine and Community Health.

Goal: To catalyze a process that would result in institutional steps to increase advancement and mentoring opportunities for women scientist/physicians.

Scholarly Activities:

  • Conducted interviews with women faculty leaders to learn their perspectives about women’s issues and engage the group of women faculty leaders in discussion and action.

  • Facilitated creation of the Women’s Leadership Work Group (WLWG) comprised of senior women leaders at UMMS.

  • Facilitated connection between the WLWG and the Women’s Faculty Committee Met periodically with Chancellor/Dean, setting the stage for engaging leadership in collaborative efforts on behalf of women faculty at UMMS.

  • Through the WLWG, developed specific recommendations for the institution to increase opportunities that support advancement of women physicians and scientists.