Ashley Winning, ScD

Vice President of Research and Evaluation, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

Ashley Winning, ScD, is the new Vice President of Research and Evaluation at Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath). In this role, she is responsible for strategic planning, program development and evaluation, research design and implementation, conference planning, and staff supervision and mentoring. She brings with her a deep commitment to health equity and social justice, and years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research and project leadership.

Ashley recently completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), where she engaged in a large National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded project concerning causal links between posttraumatic stress disorder and cardiovascular disease among women. Prior to this work, Ashley completed a Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at HSPH, with a major in Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology, and minors in Quantitative Methods and Maternal and Child Health. She also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Queen’s University in Canada.

Ashley’s dissertation research on the childhood origins of adult disease provided new insight into how adversity and socioeconomic disadvantage early in life may get “under the skin” to influence health across the life course, and into the behavioral and biological health impacts of psychological distress. Related to this work, she was awarded the 2013-14 Julius B. Richmond Fellowship at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, an organization with a mission to leverage science to enhance child well-being through innovations in policy and practice.

Ashley’s leadership and evaluation experiences include managing four research labs as Senior Research Project Coordinator at the Emory University Child Study Centers, managing and conducting a community mental health needs assessment in the Atlanta refugee community, co-developing and evaluating a mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral-therapy depression intervention that is now being disseminated across the USA, and presiding over several student groups.

Ashley has co-authored several book chapters and numerous academic articles in peer-reviewed journals. She was awarded the 2016 William W. Parmley Young Author Achievement Award for her recent publication, “Psychological distress across the life course and cardiometabolic risk: Findings from the 1958 British Birth Cohort Study”, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.