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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Inquiries: lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu

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

Fall 2020


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


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”


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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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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.



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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