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Swee May Cripe

Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Systems and Population Health

206-221-3953 | smtang@uw.edu

University of Washington
Office F-161C
Department of Epidemiology , Seattle, WA 98195

Research Interests

Maternal and child health; immigrant health; global health; intimate partner violence; mood and anxiety disorder; environmental health


Swee May Cripe is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. She is passionate about leveraging her skills and strengths to advance social and health equity, and engage with, advocate for and elevate voices in minority and low-resourced communities. She has extensive experience as a researcher, educator and public health professional in academic, clinical and nonprofit settings in the United States, Malaysia, Peru and Vietnam. Her research interests include maternal and child health, disparities in immigrant and refugee communities, global health, intimate partner violence, developmental screening and disabilities, and program implementation and evaluation. Her current work focuses on developing and implementing programs with an interdisciplinary team to train and support community health providers who serve children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and behavioral needs in Washington state. Cripe grew up in Malaysia, where she studied plant biology. She earned an MPH in epidemiology and a doctorate in ecosystem science from the UW.


PhD Ecosystem Analysis and Landscape Ecology, University of Washington, 1995
MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2004
MS Botany, Ecology, Michigan State University, 1991
BS Biology, National University of Malaysia, 1988

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