2020 – 2021 Lecture Series

The InCHIP Lecture Series will be held in a virtual format until further notice.

Lectures are typically held on Thursdays at 12:30 PM, exceptions will be noted with an asterisk. 

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The InCHIP Lecture Series is made possible with support from the Office of the Vice President of Research.

Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 Past Events

Kristen Jozkowski, PhD, School of Public Health at Indiana University

“The Need for Affirmative Sexuality in the Era of Affirmative Consent”

Thursday, April 8, 2021

12:30 – 1:30pm

Dr. Kristen Jozkowski is the William L. Yarber Endowed Professor of Sexual Health in the Department of Applied Health Science and the Director of the Center for Reproductive and Social Health in the School of Public Health at Indiana University. She is also a Senior Research Scientist with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. Dr. Jozkowski’s research has been largely dedicated to sexual violence prevention, with a specific focus in the ways college students communicate and interpret sexual consent and refusals. Her work also focuses on alcohol-facilitated sexual assault risk factors and socio-cultural factors that influence sexual violence and consent communication including gender norms and sexual double standards among college students. Dr. Jozkowski earned her Ph.D. in Health Behavior with minors in Mixed Research Methodology and Human Sexuality at Indiana University in 2011.

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Lisa Bowleg, M.A., Ph.D., The George Washington University

“‘As A Black Man, I Got 99 Problems and I Sure Ain’t Thinking About HIV at the End of the Day’: Conceptualizing Stress and Resilience Intersectionally and Critically”

March 25, 2021
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D. is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at The George Washington University (GW), Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC-Center for AIDS Research, and the Founding Director of the Intersectionality Training Institute at GW. She is a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science research, as well as research focused on HIV prevention and sexuality in Black communities. Her mixed methods research focuses on: (1) the effects of social-structural context, masculinity, and resilience on Black men’s sexual HIV risk and protective behaviors; and (2) intersectionality, stress, and resilience among Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. She has served as a principal investigator of four NIH-funded R01 studies. Her current projects include: (1) Strengths and Stressors, a NIDA-funded R01 to examine intersectional stress, substance use, co-occurring negative health outcomes, and protective factors among Black men at different intersections of sexual identity and socioeconomic position; (2) a NIDA-funded administrative supplement to Strengths and Stressors, designed to recruit and specifically focus on the experiences of Black bisexual men; and (3) PRISM, a NIMH-funded R21 to develop measures of multilevel intersectional stigma for Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Washington, DC and Jackson, MS; and (4) the WK Kellogg Foundation-funded Intersectionality Toolkit Project to develop an Intersectionality Checklist, case studies and implementation manual to inform U.S. maternal and child health policy. She is an associate editor of AJPH and the editor of the Perspectives from the Social Sciences section of AJPH. In 2014, the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychology and AIDS awarded her its Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award.

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Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH, National Institute of Health

“Biobehavioral Approaches to Address Cardiovascular Health Disparities”

Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Tiffany Powell-Wiley MD, MPH is an Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator at the National Institutes of Health with a joint appointment in the Cardiovascular Branch of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Powell-Wiley was an Assistant Clinical Investigator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. From 2011-2014, she had a joint appointment in the Office of the Associate Director of the Applied Research Program of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Powell-Wiley is chief of the Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Laboratory, which is currently focused on three main research goals as they work to improve cardiometabolic health in high-risk communities in Washington, D.C. Their first goal is to delineate mechanisms by which neighborhood environment influences the development of obesity, diabetes, and other markers of cardiometabolic risk. Their second goal is to identify methods for incorporating mobile health technology to address behaviors associated with poor cardiometabolic health in resource-limited environments. The research group’s final goal is to identify and characterize physiologic pathways influenced by the chronic stress that comes from living in adverse neighborhood conditions, ultimately elucidating pathways linked to cardiometabolic risk phenotypes and most responsive to targeted health behavior interventions. This research program is designed to leverage community-based participatory research principles, epidemiologic methods, and translational approaches to harness emerging technologies in improving the cardiometabolic health of at-risk, underserved communities most impacted by health disparities.
Dr. Powell-Wiley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During medical school, she spent a year at the NIH as a research fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program. Dr. Powell-Wiley graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Powell-Wiley completed internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Powell-Wiley served two years as a clinical research fellow in the Reynolds Cardiovascular Research Center at UTSW. Dr. Powell-Wiley also served for one year as the Cardiology division’s first chief fellow. The Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Laboratory website.

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Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP, Brown University

“Addressing Firearm Injury as a Public Health Problem”

Thursday, February 11, 2021
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Dr. Ranney is an emergency physician, researcher, and national advocate for innovative approaches to public health. Her federally funded research focuses on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence and mental illness. She also serves as Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research and as President of the Board of GetUsPPE.org. She is editor of Annals of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the fifth class of Aspen’s Fellowship Program, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health and research. She is a frequent media commentator on outlets ranging from CNN to the New York Times.

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COVID-19 in Focus: A Series of InCHIP Panel Discussions

How the Pandemic Response can be Informed by Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

October 8, 12:30-2pm

Becoming an Adult during a Public Health Crisis: COVID-19’s Impact on Emerging Adults

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October 22, 12:30-1:45pm

Fear, Threat, and Information Sources: Messaging and Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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October 29, 12:30-1:45pm

Differential Burdens: The Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations

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November 12, 12:30-1:30pm

Pandemic Parenting: Understanding the Effects of COVID-19 on Child Caregivers


AIDS Panel Discussion in Recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1)

“HIV Prevention in a Global Context”

Thursday, December 3, 2020

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Leo Wilton, Ph.D., MPH, Binghamton University

Leo Wilton has research expertise in the areas of health disparities and inequities (HIV and AIDS prevention); Black psychological development and mental health; integrative community-based research; and mixed- and multi-methods research. His scholarly research on the HIV epidemic focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality, as situated in macro- and micro-level inequities in Black communities, both nationally and internationally.

Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

I am a physician researcher focused on open innovation and related crowdsourcing methods to spur creative new ideas. Crowdsourcing allows diverse groups of individuals to collectively solve a problem and then implement solutions. I have organized 62 crowdsourcing challenges to improve health, including 11 global challenge contests. Finalist ideas from these challenge contests have been included in World Health Organization guidelines, changed provincial and national health policies, and formed basis of new public health interventions. Data from six randomized controlled trials suggest that crowdsourcing challenges are effective. My team’s ongoing research uses crowdsourcing to enhance HIV service delivery among men who have sex with men in China (PI, NIAID 1R01AI114310), to use pay-it-forward to spur gonorrhea and chlamydia testing in China (PI, NIAID K24AI143471) and to create youth-friendly HIV self-testing services in Nigeria (Co-PI, NICHD UG3HD096929). My team works in partnership with the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) Social Innovation in Health Initiative as a China hub for social innovation.

Moderated by Lisa Eaton, Ph.D. and Seth Kalichman, Ph.D

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Deborah Carr, PhD, Boston University

Thursday, October 1, 2020

12:30 – 1:30 PM

“Interpersonal and Institutional Discrimination among U.S. Adults with Disability”

More than one in four U.S. adults reports at least some difficulty with vision, cognition, mobility, self-care, or independent living. Rates of impairment among working-age adults have increased in recent years, raising concerns about the short- and long-term consequences for their social integration, psychological well-being, and economic security. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted 30 years ago, has been instrumental in expanding opportunities for and fighting institutional discrimination against persons with impairment. However, less is known about the more subtle yet pernicious forms of stigmatization and microaggressions experienced by persons with impairment. Using data from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS), a national sample of U.S. adults, I examine whether persons with impairment are at a heightened risk of multiple forms of interpersonal and institutional discrimination, and the extent to which these experiences are a mechanism linking disability status with mental health symptoms. Drawing on stigma, life course, and double jeopardy perspectives, I also show how the psychosocial consequences associated with disability status differ on the basis of age/life course stage, gender, and occupational status. The results demonstrate that impairment does not operate as a “master status” and its interpersonal consequences vary by one’s social location. I discuss the implications for theory, research, and practice.

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C. Debra Furr-Holden, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Tuesday*, September 15, 2020

12:30 – 1:30 PM

“Community-Engaged Research Examining Behavioral Health Equity”

Dr. Furr-Holden is the Associate Dean for Public Health Integration and Director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD; #U54MD011227) and also serves as the MSU Co-Director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center. She is an epidemiologist and classically-trained public health professional with expertise in drug and alcohol dependence epidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology, and prevention science. She attended Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (BA Natural Sciences and Public Health, 1996) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (PhD, 1999).

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InCHIP Talk: Rhea Boyd MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211, Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust

Monday, October 26, 2020
3:00pm – 4:00pm

“On Racism: Raising the Bar to Publish on Racial Health Inequities”

Rhea Boyd MD, MPH is a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar who writes and teaches on the relationship between structural racism, inequity and health. She has a particular focus on the child and public health impacts of harmful policing practices and policies. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211, working with navigators to address social needs of San Diegans impacted by chronic illness and poverty. And she is the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust, an initiative to advance mental health access to children and youth across California.

Dr. Boyd graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Health from the University of Notre Dame. She earned a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco. In 2017, Dr. Boyd graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, earning an M.P.H.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Collaboration, Health, Intervention and Policy and the Health Disparities Institute.

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Dustin T. Duncan, ScD, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Thursday, November 19, 2020

“Black Gay and Bisexual Men and HIV Disparities: The N2 Cohort Study”

Dr. Duncan is an internationally recognized social and spatial epidemiologist studying how specific neighborhood characteristics influence population health and health disparities, among sexual and gender minorities, especially gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women from an intersectional perspective. His research has a strong domestic focus – including in New York City – but recent work spans the globe, including studies in Paris, London, and Abu Dhabi. Forthcoming collaborative projects are in east Africa. Methodologically, his research utilizes a geospatial lens to apply, for example, computer-based geographic information systems (GIS), web-based and real-time geospatial technologies, and geospatial modeling techniques. For instance, he applies Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and smartphones to examine spatial mobility and social networks in and across neighborhoods. His work appears in leading public health, medical, geography, criminology, demography and psychology journals. He has over 150 high-impact publications and book chapters, and his research has appeared in major media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, the New York Times and CNN.

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