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The InCHIP Lecture Series brings leaders in social and behavioral health research from diverse academic fields to the University of Connecticut. The series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about late-breaking findings, to identify emerging trends in health research, and to spark collaborations.

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Completed Lectures 2023-2024

InCHIP's Completed Lectures for the 2023-2024 Academic Year will be posted here. Watch recorded lectures on InCHIP's YouTube page.

Sarah D. Lynne, Ph.D., University of Florida
"'It’s not the Destination, it’s the Journey': Ecologically Informed Pathways to Health and Well-being"
September 21, 2023

Sarah D. Lynne is an associate professor in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. She is a former SRCD policy fellow who worked at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Her experience at NIDA provided her with a unique perspective regarding the interplay between science and policy. A primary goal of her research is to promote positive health and well-being and reduce disparities for marginalized populations using the tools of developmental psychology and prevention science. Applying advanced quantitative statistical methods, Dr. Lynne conducts developmental research on pathways to substance use and related mental, physical, and behavioral health problems complimenting original data collection with evaluations of large archival longitudinal datasets. She takes an ecological perspective, focusing on the interplay between individual characteristics, interpersonal relationships, and context across childhood and adolescence, with primary expertise in the biopsychosocial changes of adolescence.

In Recognition of World Mental Health Day

Theresa S. Betancourt, ScD, MA, Boston College
"The Mental Health of Children Affected by Armed Conflict: A Call to Action"
October 12, 2023

Theresa S. Betancourt is the inaugural Salem Professor in Global Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work and Director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA). Her primary research interest is to understand the protective processes that contribute to risk and resilience in the mental health and development of children and adolescents facing adversity in a variety of cultures and settings. Dr. Betancourt has led initiatives to adapt and test evidence-based behavioral and parenting interventions for children and families facing adversity; she additionally focuses on strategies for scaling out these interventions using implementation science approaches. She is Principal Investigator of an intergenerational study of war/prospective longitudinal study of war-affected youth in Sierra Leone, a scale-up Family-Strengthening Intervention for children and families in Rwanda, and community-based participatory research on prevention of emotional and behavioral problems in refugee children and adolescents resettled in the U.S.

M3EWB Talk @ InCHIP Lecture Series

Sara Lazar, Ph.D. Harvard University, Lazar Lab for Meditation Research, Massachusetts General Hospital
"Examining the Neural Mechanisms Underlying the Beneficial Effects of Yoga and Meditation"
November 16, 2023 

I am an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The focus of my research is to elucidate neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. We are particularly interested in how meditative practices change the flow of information within and between the major brain networks during emotionally challenging situations. My research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD.

In Recognition of World AIDS Day

Leigh E. Szucs, Ph.D., CHES, Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health and the Prevention of HIV/STI and Unintended Pregnancy: Implications for School Research and Practice"
November 30, 2023

Leigh Szucs, Ph.D., CHES is a Senior Health Scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research focuses on evaluating school-based health and sexual health education programs aimed preventing STIs, including HIV, and unintended pregnancy among adolescents. Through this research, Leigh also provides technical and capability building assistance to school districts across the United States using evidence-informed strategies shown to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health outcomes, in addition to promoting key protective factors that support health and well-being. Leigh earned a Master of Education in Health Education at Texas State University and PhD in Health Education at Texas A&M University.

Co-sponsored by: M3EWB & Collaboratory on School and Child Health

Inbal Billie Nahum-Shani, Ph.D.
Director, Data Science for Dynamic Decision-making Center (d3c)
Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
"Optimizing the Integration Between Digital and Human-delivered Intervention Components: The Hybrid Experimental Design"
January 19, 2024

Dr. Nahum-Shani’s primary research interest is harnessing adaptive interventions to transform health care. Adaptive interventions address the changing needs of individuals by modifying their treatment based on dynamic information about their state and progress. An important focus of her work is the Just-In-Time Adaptive Intervention (JITAI), a special type of adaptive intervention that leverages powerful mobile and sensing technologies to adapt the delivery of support in real-world settings—in near real-time. Her work is highly multidisciplinary, spanning behavioral health and applied psychology, while also being tightly integrated with advanced research methodology. She developed the Hybrid Experimental Design (HED) to help health scientists optimize the integration of human-delivered (e.g., coaching session) components with digital (e.g., mobile-based) components, which necessitates adaptation on multiple timescales.

Jim Downs, Ph.D., Gettysburg College
"The Laboring Dead: How Colonialism & Slavery Led to the Emergence of Epidemiology"
January 25, 2024 

Jim Downs is the Gilder Lehrman-National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Civil War Era Studies and History. He is the author of Sick From Freedom: African American Sickness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction (Oxford UP, 2012), Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation (Basic Books, 2016) and Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine (Harvard UP, 2021) which has been translated into Chinese, French, Korean, Japanese, and Russian.

Idia Binitie Thurston, Ph.D., Northeastern University
"Multilevel Factors Contributing to Health Inequity in Pediatric Populations"
February 8, 2024

My research explores causes of health inequity among adolescents, young adults, and parents by examining how and why BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other minoritized individuals experience a greater health and disease burden. Framed by an academic womanist lens, my research explores multilevel individual, relational, and contextual risk and protective factors that contribute to varying health outcomes among minoritized and underserved populations. I am deeply invested in the development of a diverse workforce of health scientists via the CHANGE* lab, where I support grad, postbacc, and undergrad scholars to engage in health equity science, social justice advocacy, and cultural humility practices. Our lab strives to combat health inequity by engaging with communities to develop strength-based, culturally-responsive tools, programs, and interventions to enhance well-being, reduce stigma, and promote self-empowerment. We prioritize research that explores intersectional identities of race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, and sexuality.

In Recognition of Heart Health Month

Andrea Spaeth, Ph.D., Rutgers University
"Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease"
February 29, 2024 

Trained as an experimental psychologist, Dr. Spaeth has dedicated herself to a career in sleep research aimed at advancing our understanding of how changes in sleep behaviors affect health outcomes, with a focus on weight management and metabolic health. Dr. Spaeth developed her own independent line of research in this area as a graduate student by assessing the impact of sleep on weight, caloric intake and energy expenditure in healthy adults participating in an ongoing in-laboratory sleep restriction protocol. As a postdoctoral researcher, she gained experience in the implementation of sleep and meal timing interventions outside of the laboratory and examined the impact of these interventions on cardiometabolic outcomes. The ultimate goal of Dr Spaeth's research will be to develop and implement effective lifestyle modification interventions related to sleep in diverse at-risk populations to promote health and wellness.

Morissa Henn, DrPH, Deputy Commissioner, NH Department of Health and Human Services
"Collaboration with Gun Owners as a Core Strategy to Address the U.S. Public Health Challenge of Suicide: Lessons from NH and UT"
April 4, 2024

Morissa Henn serves as Deputy Commissioner at the NH Department of Health and Human Services, the State’s largest executive agency, which is guided by a mission “to join communities and families in providing opportunities for residents to achieve health and independence.” In this role, she leads cross-cutting strategic efforts to integrate policy and practice, with a focus on supporting NH’s most vulnerable individuals. She also oversees Hampstead Hospital and Residential Treatment Facility, the state-run psychiatric treatment facility for youth. Morissa was recently promoted from the role of Associate Commissioner, where her portfolio included the Division for Children, Youth, and Families the Division for Behavioral Health. With roles in New York and Utah in addition to New Hampshire, Morissa has spent the past 15 years working to try and put community needs and voices at the center of health and human service system policy and design.

Chelsea R. Singleton, PhD, MPH
Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
"Exploring the Nutritional & Health Consequences of Violence in Black Communities"
April 18, 2024

Dr. Chelsea Singleton is a nutritional epidemiologist whose research examines the impact healthy food access has on food purchasing behavior, dietary intake, and chronic disease risk. The overarching goal of her research is to document and dismantle nutritional inequities affecting low-income populations and people of color in the U.S. Her recent work has primarily focused on describing the mechanisms by which structural racism and structural violence impede healthy eating in underserved communities. She has extensive experience working with nutrition assistance program participants (e.g., SNAP, WIC), and she primarily uses epidemiological, geo-spatial, and community-based participatory research methods to accomplish her research goals.

In Recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Chiara Sabina, Ph.D. Rutgers University 
"Sexual Violence among Latinas: Connections to Other Forms of Violence and the Role of Cultural Factors"
April 25, 2024 

Dr. Chiara Sabina is an associate professor at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University and Associate Director of the Center for Research on Ending Violence. Her research centers on interpersonal victimization, especially intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and dating violence among Latines. Dr. Sabina employs a contextual, strengths-based perspective with respect to interpersonal violence focusing on understudied groups, the influence of cultural variables, help-seeking responses, and examination of the service-delivery system. Dr. Sabina has received grants from the Fulbright Scholar Program, National Institute of Justice, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Vision of Hope, and National Sexual Violence Resource Center to conduct her work on Latine victimization, victim needs, violence prevention, domestic violence services, and culturally-informed services. Dr. Sabina is Senior Consulting Editor for Psychology of Violence, co-Chair of the Research Advisory Board of Esperanza United, and an American Psychological Association Fellow.

Completed Lectures 2022-2023

InCHIP's Completed Lectures for the 2022-2023 Academic Year will be posted here. Watch recorded lectures on InCHIP's YouTube page.

Alyasah A. Sewell, PhD, Emory University

"All It Takes is One Block: The Legacy of Redlining in Lethally Surveilled Neighborhoods"

September 8, 2022 

Alyasah “Ali” Sewell (they/them/their) is Associate Professor of Sociology at Emory University and Founder and Director of The Race and Policing Project. Advancing quantitative approaches to racism studies, they assess empirical links between the political economy of race and racial health(care) disparities using policing and housing policy data. Published in a wide array of sociological and interdisciplinary outlets, their research garnered support and recognition from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Baden-Württemberg Foundation, and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Planned Parenthood named them, “The Future: Innovator and Visionary Who Will Transform Black Communities.” They received their Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Indiana University with a minor in Social Science Research Methods and their B.A. summa cum laude in Sociology from the University of Florida with a minor in Women’s Studies.

Lisa Fucito, PhD, Yale University

"Applying Sleep Health/Wellness Technology for Alcohol Prevention in Young Adults"

September 22, 2022 

Lisa Fucito, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Tobacco Treatment Service Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Her program of research focuses on understanding and treating tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use in young adult and adult populations. She is particularly interested in co-use of these substances and their co-occurrence with other risky health behaviors (e.g., deficient sleep and physical inactivity), multiple health behavior change, and technology for characterizing risk profiles and delivering interventions. Dr. Fucito utilizes various research designs and methods including clinical trials, qualitative studies, laboratory-analogue models, daily experience sampling/biosensors, and implementation science. For the past 10 years, she has investigated sleep health /wellness technology as a novel alcohol prevention strategy for young adults.

M3EWB Talk @ InCHIP Lecture Series: Dacher Keltner, PhD, UC Berkeley

"Emotional Well-Being: A New Frontier?"

September 29, 2022 

Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center

Historically, researchers have concentrated on the intrapersonal characteristics and functions of emotion. My own studies have focused on the social functions of emotion, arguing that emotions enable individuals to respond adaptively to the problems and opportunities that define human social living. Based on this approach to emotion, I have documented the appeasement functions of embarrassment, the commitment enhancing properties of love and desire, and how awe motivates attachment to leaders and principles that transcend the self.

*This event was not recorded*

In Recognition of World Mental Health Day (10/10)

Sasha Zhou, PhD, Wayne State University

"Mental Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities"

October 13, 2022 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Dr. Zhou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Wayne State's CLAS. Her research uses mixed methods to understand and address the mental health needs of emerging adults and college student populations with particular focus on underserved populations, including students of color, international students, and sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Zhou’s broader research portfolio combines varied methodological approaches to identify the mechanisms that perpetuate mental health disparities, including in-depth qualitative work and large-scale epidemiological surveys. Dr. Zhou is also a co-investigator of the Healthy Minds Network, a research-to-practice network dedicated to improving the mental and emotional wellbeing of young people through innovative, multidisciplinary scholarship. She received her Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she was a Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) Scholar.

Amruta Nori-Sarma, PhD, Boston University School of Public Health

"Climate Change Impacts on Physical and Mental Health in the U.S."

October 27, 2022 

Amruta Nori-Sarma is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Health Department at Boston University School of Public Health, where she studies the relationship between environmental exposures associated with climate change and health outcomes in vulnerable communities. Her previous work has examined the impact of heat waves and air pollution on health in vulnerable communities in India, South Korea, and across the US. Her current research aims to understand the impacts of interrelated extreme weather events on mental health across the US utilizing large claims datasets. She also has an interest in evaluating the success of policies put in place to reduce the health impacts of climate change.

Daniel AlmirallDaniel Almirall, PhD, University of Michigan

"Multi-level Adaptive Implementation Strategies (MAISYs):
Design Principles, Optimization Questions and Choosing the Right Experimental Design"

November 3, 2022

Daniel Almirall is a statistician who develops methods to form evidence-based adaptive interventions. Adaptive interventions are used to guide individualized intervention decisions for the on-going management of chronic illnesses or disorders such as drug abuse, depression, anxiety, autism, obesity, or HIV/AIDS. More recently, Almirall has been developing methods to inform the construction of optimized multilevel adaptive implementation interventions (MAISYs) using Multilevel Implementation SMARTs (MI-SMARTs). He is particularly interested in applications in mental health and substance use.

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH, University of Washington

"Extreme Risk Protection Orders to Prevent Firearm-Related Harm"

November 10, 2022 

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Professor of Epidemiology, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington. He evaluates social programs and public policies for their impact on multiple forms of violence with a particular emphasis on preventing firearm-related harm. His research on violence prevention has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Department of Justice, Arnold Ventures, National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, Fund for a Safer Future, State of Washington, and City of Seattle. Rowhani-Rahbar serves as a member of the editorial board of Injury Prevention and as the editor of the Injury Epidemiology Section of Current Epidemiology Reports. His more than 200 peer-reviewed publications have informed public health programs and policies locally and nationally. He received his MD from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran, MPH from Yale University, and PhD from the University of Washington. He completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University and research fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

M3EWB Talk @ InCHIP Series: Shannon Suldo, PhD, University of South Florida

November 17, 2022 

"Monitoring and Increasing Middle School Students’ Subjective Well-Being"

Students with the best academic, social, and physical health outcomes have both low levels of psychopathology and elevated subjective of well-being. Comprehensive school mental health services should thus assess and foster all students' complete mental health, with extra supports for students with diminished well-being or elevated psychopathology. In comparison to the number of evidence-based methods advanced to measure and treat pathology at school, there are fewer examples of how to systematically monitor and intervene to promote subjective well-being for students whose levels are diminished. This talk will focus on practical methods of (a) screening student subjective well-being in a manner similar to how schools systematically monitor other health and academic outcomes deemed important, and (b) providing a promising targeted intervention for students identified as appropriate candidates for an extra support that evokes positive emotions about the past, present, and future; increases engagement through using signature strengths; and strengthens relationships.

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In Recognition of World AIDS Day

David Holtgrave, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of National Drug Control Policy

"Translational Research in HIV and Substance Use Prevention and Care"

December 1, 2022 

Dr. David R. Holtgrave serves as the Assistant Director for Translational Research in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Dr. Holtgrave previously served as the Dean of the University at Albany School of Public Health, where he also held the titles of State University of New York Distinguished Professor, SUNY Empire Innovations Professor, and tenured Professor of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior (he is currently on leave from the SUNY faculty while performing federal service). In addition, Dr. Holtgrave is an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior & Society (a Department for which he previously served as the Founding Chair). Dr. Holtgrave’s three-decade career in public health has also included senior leadership positions at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and Johns Hopkins University, as well as serving as Vice-Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during President Obama's administration. Dr. Holtgrave has conducted highly cited, rigorous research designed to inform important and timely public health policy and program questions. Dr. Holtgrave has taught research methodology to graduate students and delivered an award-winning course on “Translating Science into Public Health Programs” at both Emory and Johns Hopkins. Dr. Holtgrave’s work on substance use has included the publication of economic evaluations of sterile syringe service programs; cost analysis of HIV-related services for persons who inject drugs; examinations of the linkages between substance use and HIV treatment adherence among homeless persons living with HIV; use of national substance use related data sets to estimate HIV risk levels in the US; study of the prevalence of tobacco use and HIV status among persons who inject drugs; and cost-utility analyses of smoking cessation and prevention programs. A common theme throughout his work is fostering a multi-directional dialogue between program managers, policy makers, and applied researchers to support the translation of science into population-level impact and maximization of health equity.

Rita Charon, MD, PhD, Columbia University

Topic: The Clinical Arts and Literary Sciences of Narrative Medicine

January 26, 2023

Rita Charon is a general internist and literary scholar who originated the field of narrative medicine. She is the Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine, the founding chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, and Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. She serves as the Executive Director of Columbia Narrative Medicine. She completed the MD at Harvard and the Ph.D. in English at Columbia, concentrating on the works of Henry James. Her research investigates narrative medicine training, reflective practice, health care justice, and health care team effectiveness and has been supported by the NIH, the NEH, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, and many other private foundations. She was selected by the NEH to deliver the Jefferson Lecture in 2018, the highest academic distinction awarded by the Endowment. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited four books on narrative medicine. She lectures and teaches internationally on narrative medicine and is widely published in leading medical and literary journals.

Lawrence Yang, PhD, New York University

"Stigma of Health Conditions in the Global Context: Applying the 'What Matters Most' Approach to Mental Illness, HIV and Cancer Stigma"

February 9, 2023

Dr. Yang will present on his program of research in stigma and global mental health to reduce health inequities. Dr. Yang will speak about the concept of “what matters most”, or “personhood” as defined in local groups, to elucidate new ways to understand, measure, and intervene against stigma in marginalized communities both locally and globally. He will highlight key projects that have used this novel conceptual formulation on the interrelationship of culture and stigma: i) his investigation of how stigma impacts undocumented Chinese immigrants with psychosis in New York City, funded by an NIMH K-award, and ii) his current application of this concept via efforts to reduce HIV-related stigma among pregnant mothers living with HIV in Botswana. In this latter project, Dr. Yang will illustrate use of this theoretical framework to identify how beneficial healthcare policies, when implemented in the context of Botswana, yielded unintended structural consequences that ostracize women with HIV from “what matters most” in their daily lives. This work informed NIMH-funded R21 and R01 interventions to counter culturally-salient aspects of stigma that impede anti-retroviral treatment adherence in Botswana among women living with HIV. Dr. Yang will also conclude with applications of the “what matters most” to cancer stigma. To conclude, Dr. Yang will present new advances in the utilization of the “what matters most” concept to address intersectional forms of stigma, promote equity, and improve global health for marginalized communities worldwide.

Cassondra Marshall, DrPH, MPH, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

"Improving Family Planning Care for Patients with
Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension"

March 9, 2023 

Dr. Marshall is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health program at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Dr. Marshall was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research and received training in delivery science research. Dr. Marshall also previously worked as a research fellow in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has expertise in patient-centered contraceptive care and has conducted studies on women’s contraceptive attribute preferences and method choice, contraceptive decision support tools, and cost sharing and contraceptive adherence. The goal of her research program is to promote reproductive and maternal health equity by developing and implementing patient-centered interventions and care delivery models that meet the needs of and improve the health of underserved women. Dr. Marshall’s current research focuses on health care delivery strategies to improve contraceptive and preconception care to women of reproductive age with diabetes and other chronic medical conditions.

Jeffrey Proulx, PhD, Brown University

"Using Culture as the Vehicle to Emotional Well-being: Results from the IndigenousMIND Project"

March 23, 2023

Dr. Proulx’s work focuses on the development of mindfulness programs in underserved communities and how these programs may be protective for health in those communities. His efforts bridge Native American and African-American traditional contemplative and healing practices and mainstream mindfulness practices and how mindfulness affects resilience and well-being across a person's developmental trajectory. Dr. Proulx’s work includes studying changes in physiological markers, such as cortisol or blood sugar levels, their relationship to stress and how responses to stress earlier in life may affect health later in life. Stress in minority communities is also influenced by historical and cultural traumas and his work is designed to address the loss of culture and traditions by relying on community input to assimilate community strengths and traditions that are already “mindful” into the mindfulness intervention. The goals of these interventions reflect the distinct cultures of the people he works with and affect health disparities in conditions such as diabetes and dementia. Dr. Proulx is recognized as a developmental health psychologist and his work integrates other disciplines including public health, medicine, molecular biology, and lifecourse sociology.

Stephanie Fitzpatrick, PhD, Northwell Health

"Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions for Obesity and Diabetes in Clinical Care Settings"

April 6, 2023

Dr. Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health System Science and Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell Health. Her background is in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine. Dr. Fitzpatrick has over a decade of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating behavioral interventions for obesity and chronic disease prevention and management in clinical and community-based settings. Her work particularly focuses on strategies to combine behavioral and social health interventions to address social needs and promote health equity. She has served as the Pl or Co-I on several NIH and PCORl-funded grants. Her most recent work, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), included a natural experiment with a mixed methods approach to evaluate the implementation of the Diabetes Prevention Program in a large, integrated health system as well as Bridge to Health/ Puente a la Salud, a randomized trial to test the effectiveness of a combined behavioral and social health intervention led by community health workers to improve diabetes management and related outcomes among a racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic marginalized patient population. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the Director of Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Implementation for the ADA-recognized DECIDE diabetes self-management support program. She also currently serves on the Oregon Health Authority's Metrics and Scoring Committee, determining statewide population health quality measures, and serves on the boards for Society of Behavioral Medicine and Society for Health Psychology.

Timothy Schmutte, PsyD, Yale School of Medicine

"Suicide Prevention Among Older Adults"

April 20, 2023 

I am a clinical psychologist and mental health services researcher with a longstanding interest in older adults and suicide prevention. My current research seeks to improve the quality of care for persons with serious mental illness and the aging population with a focus on suicide prevention. I am conducting a NIMH-funded study using Medicare data to examine the service use patterns, predictors, and outcomes of older adults treated for acute suicide risk in hospitals. I am also co-leading a NIA-funded analysis of Medicare claims to conduct the first US cohort study on the risk and protective factors for all-cause mortality, suicide, and self-harm during the early course of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. I am also a Co-Investigator on a project that is developing and pilot testing a peer-based intervention for Veterans with high suicide risk.

Some of my prior mental health services use research has focused on frequent psychiatric inpatient use and perceived barriers to healthcare among adults with serious mental illness. I have also published in the area of the interface between recovery, evidence-based practice, and wellness with a focus on sleep quality and active self-management programs for chronic illnesses.

Completed Lectures 2021-2022

InCHIP's Completed Lectures for the 2021-2022 Academic Year will be posted here. Watch recorded lectures on InCHIP's YouTube page.

Completed Lectures

Katrina M. Walsemann, Ph.D., MPH, University of Maryland

"Education in the Jim Crow South and Racial Inequities in Cognitive Functioning among Older Adults"

September 16, 2021 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Dr. Walsemann is the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Health Policy and associate professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a faculty associate at the Maryland Population Research Center. She received her Ph.D. and MPH from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and completed a National Institute of Aging (NIA) post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center. Dr. Walsemann is a population health scientist with a particular focus on how the U.S. education system shapes individuals’ physical and mental health, independent from and in relation to other structural factors such as race/ethnicity, gender, and social class. She has published extensively on how early school environments affect health and health behavior across the life course as well as how student debt influences the psychosocial health of young adults and their aging parents. Fundamental to her research is an understanding of the historical and contemporary social policies that can create, reduce, or eliminate social inequities in population health. Her current projects examine the role of state and local educational contexts on cognitive impairment and dementia in older adulthood. The first project, funded by an Alzheimer’s Association (AARG-NTF-20-684252), aims to determine if variation in the timing of state-level school desegregation efforts explain Black-White disparities in cognitive impairment among older adults who grew up in the U.S. South. The second project, funded by the NIA (1R01AG067536-01), examines if educational attainment has differential effects on the risk for cognitive impairment and dementia when education is attained under more (or less) advantaged educational contexts.

Co-sponsored by: Collaboratory on School and Child Health

In Recognition of World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10)

Jessica Fish, Ph.D., University of Maryland

"Future Direction in Understanding and
Addressing Mental Health among LGBTQ Youth"

October 7, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Today’s LGBTQ youth come of age at a time of dynamic social and political change concerning LGBTQ rights and visibility yet remain vulnerable to compromised mental health. Despite advances, there remain critical gaps in large-scale evidence-based prevention and intervention programs designed to support the positive development and mental health of LGBTQ youth. To spur advances in research and translation, I propose six distinct but interrelated considerations to developing future research and (ultimately) programs to address LGBTQ youth mental health: (1) framing LGBTQ health disparities in a life course perspective; (2) expanding notions of mental health; (3) attending to the complexity of youth’s context; (4) acknowledging heterogeneity; (5) leveraging community resources; and (6) fostering team science approaches for inquiry and application. By addressing these issues, we will ultimately provide new and innovative strategies for supporting the positive development and wellbeing of LGBTQ young people.

Co-Sponsored by UConn's Rainbow Center

Matthew Miller, MD, ScD, MPH, Northeastern University; Harvard University

"Firearms & Suicide: Is Intent All That Matters?"

October 21, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Dr. Miller is Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology at Northeastern University, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Dr. Miller is an expert in injury and violence prevention. His research encompasses intentional and unintentional injury, with an emphasis of firearm related violence and suicide prevention that focuses on nature of the agent of injury and the contextual aspects of the physical and social environment that can be modified to prevent death and reduce injury severity without necessarily affecting underlying behavior. In addition to empirical work in injury prevention, Dr. Miller’s scholarship includes pharmacoepidemiology and work on the fundamental and often unrecognized tension between research and therapy in clinical trials. Dr. Miller is Assistant Editor of the journal Injury Epidemiology and a recipient of the Excellence in Science Award from the American Public Health Association. Dr. Miller teaches research methods at Northeastern.

Co-Sponsored by: Gun Violence Prevention Research Interest Group 

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, ANP-BC,
PMHNP-BC, AAHIVS, FAAN, Duke University

"Developing Efficacious Parent-Based Interventions to Reduce Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health Disparities and Promote Sexual Health"

November 4, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, AAHIVS, FAAN, is Dean and Professor, Duke University School of Nursing and Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs, Duke University. He is the founding director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) at Duke University. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is a nurse practitioner dually licensed in primary care (ANP-BC) and psychiatric-mental health nursing (PMHNP-BC) and he is credentialed as an HIV Specialist (AAHIVS) by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Widely regarded as an expert in adolescent and young adult sexual and reproductive health promotion, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos’ research has been funded externally for two decades by the NIH, CDC, HRSA, and various federal agencies. His research focuses on the role of families in promoting adolescent and young adult health among Latinos and in other underserved communities, with a special focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and improving care outcomes for youth receiving HIV prevention and care services. He has published extensively in leading scientific journals and his research and scholarship has led to widespread coverage in well-known media sources. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos currently serves as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment. He also serves on the Latino Commission on AIDS Board of Directors, the Power to Decide Board of Directors, and the Ending the HIV Epidemic Working Group of the HIV Medicine Association.

Timothy Caulfield, BSc, LL.B., LL.M., University of Alberta

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Topic: Science Miscommunication

November 18, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and health policy issues has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is The Vaccination Picture (Penguin, 2017). Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the award winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries and is currently streaming on Netflix.

In Recognition of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1)

Marya Gwadz, Ph.D., New York University

"'There's Not That Many Places That You Can Feel Human': Addressing the Challenges of Long-term HIV Survivorship Using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy to Create Cost-Effective Interventions"

December 2, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Marya Gwadz is Associate Dean for Research, Professor, and Director of the Intervention Innovations Team Lab (IIT-Lab) at NYU Silver. She also serves as an Associate Director in the Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core in the NIDA-funded Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) at NYU School of Global Public Health. The main focus of Dr. Gwadz's research is the development and evaluation of potent, innovative, and culturally salient social/behavioral interventions to address racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender inequity in health. Her work with vulnerable adolescent and adult populations spans three decades and focuses on populations such as persons with substance use problems, sexual and gender minorities, heterosexuals in high-risk contexts, populations with high rates of criminal justice involvement, runaway/homeless youth, and people of color living with HIV from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Dr. Gwadz's program of research has been continually funded by the NIH since 2000.

Crystal Park, Ph.D., University of Connecticut

"Emotional Well-Being in the Context of Mind-Body Practices"

December 9, 2021 | 12:30 - 1:30pm

Crystal L. Park, Ph.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on multiple aspects of coping, including the roles of religious/spiritual resources, the phenomenon of stress-related growth, and the making of meaning in the context of traumatic events and life-threatening illnesses. Her yoga-related research focuses on the mechanisms through which yoga may affect health and wellbeing and reduce stress, particularly through its fostering of healthier emotion regulation. She is currently co-principal investigator of NIH-funded studies of mechanisms of action through which yoga helps low back pain and alcohol misuse, and is also co-principal investigator of an NIH-funded research network, Mind-Body Measures and Mechanisms of Emotional Wellbeing. At UConn, she maintains an active research lab of graduate and undergraduate students, and teaches health psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Sierra Carter, Ph.D., Georgia State University

"Racial Trauma and Racial Health Disparities among Black American Populations: Examining Pathways to Healing, Collective Action, & Liberation"

February 3, 2022 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

My primary area of research focuses on racial health disparities and investigating how psychosocial and contextual stressors can affect both mental and physical health outcomes for underrepresented populations, with an emphasis on African American populations. I have a long-standing interest in the ways that health disparities in African American populations arise and are maintained by psychological, physiological, and contextual/social processes. A common theme throughout much of my work has been examining how racial discrimination, as an acute and chronic stressor, effects development and exacerbation of chronic illnesses and stress-related disorders across the life course. I integrate clinical, physiological, and biobehavioral measurement in my research to aid in improved identification of mechanisms that can be targeted in prevention and treatment efforts to reduce racial health disparities.

Antwi Akom, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco (Medical School) & San Francisco State University (Department of Africana Studies/College of Ethnic Studies)

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"Transforming Racial Health Disparities and Structural Determinants Through Community Informatics and Digital Health Equity"

February 17, 2022 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Antwi Akom Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Social Innovation and Universal Opportunity lab. The SOUL lab is the first joint research lab between the University of California, San Francisco Medical School and San Francisco State University. Prof Akom is nationally recognized for innovating for heath equity by developing Neighborhood Informatics - which integrate Community-Drive Data and Patient Centered Data with Big Data and predictive analytics in ways that make communities smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable. Named as one of the world’s top innovators at President Obama 's Frontiers Conference (2016)-- and awarded the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Pioneer award (2019)--what makes Dr. Akom’s work unique is his ability to combine real-time data, location-based data, and health informatics with cutting-edge technology in order to transform racial health disparities and achieve new standards of accessibility, scalability, sustainability, health equity, and opportunity for all. Professor Akom's work enables hospitals, health care providers, community clinics, grassroots orgs, CBOs, Fortune 500 companies, policy-makers, designers, and everyday people to create more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive places and spaces with the world's most vulnerable populations.

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Tiffany L. Carson, PhD, MPH, Moffitt Cancer Center

"Weighing in on Stress: Exploring the Role of Psychological Factors in Chronic Diseases among Black Women"

March 3, 2022 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Black women experience a disproportionate burden of obesity and obesity-associated chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Black women also experience less weight loss than White women and men when attempting weight loss through a variety of modalities. Reasons for this are not fully understood and warrant additional investigation. Chronic psychological stress, which is reported to be higher among Black women compared to White women and men, is hypothesized as a contributor to weight gain and suboptimal weight loss among Black women. This presentation will review the triple threat of obesity, diabetes, and cancer among Black women; present what is known about chronic stress and weight management; and examine stress management as a tool to enhance weight loss outcomes among Black women with obesity and elevated stress levels who participate in behavioral weight loss interventions.

Genevieve Dunton, PhD, MPH, University of Southern California

"Using Intensive Longitudinal Data to Understand Physical Activity Maintenance in the Era of COVID-19"

March 24, 2022 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Genevieve Dunton, PhD, MPH is a Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences and Psychology, and Chief of the Division of Health Behavior Research at the University of Southern California. She earned a doctorate in Health Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Public Health from the University of Southern California. Dr. Dunton received post-doctoral training in physical activity, nutrition, and cancer prevention from the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Dunton´s research examines health behaviors related to chronic disease risk in children and adults, with a focus on physical activity and nutrition. Dr. Dunton is the Director of the USC REACH (Real-Time Eating Activity and Children’s Health) lab, whose goals are to develop, test, and apply real-time data capture methodologies and applications, using smartphones and wearable sensors, to better understand the effects of psychological, social, and environmental factors on eating and physical activity. She is the PI on numerous studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society, author of over 190 peer-reviewed publications, and past Chair of the American Public Health Association Physical Activity Section. Dr. Dunton is also past Chair of the National Physical Activity Plan Public Health Sector Committee and past member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Implementation of Physical Activity Surveillance Strategies. See

Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Director, National Institute of Nursing Research

"Nursing Research: Meeting Challenges with Innovation, Inclusion, & Impact"

April 7, 2022 | 12:30 – 1:30pm

Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN is Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). She joined NINR in September 2020, following a 14-year career as a faculty member at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing and Institute for Health Research and Policy. Her background is in nursing and public health. Dr. Zenk’s own research focuses on community environments as a social determinant of health and health inequities. She and her team conducted pioneering research on food deserts in the United States. Dr. Zenk was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2019.

M3EWB Talk @ InCHIP Lecture Series

John M. Salsman, PhD, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Topic: Emotional Well-Being

April 21, 2022 |12:30 – 1:30pm

I am the Director of Clinical Research in Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology and the Co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center. I am a health psychologist by training, and my work focuses on maximizing the health-related quality of life of AYAs with cancer both during and after treatment. I do this primarily through three ways: improving measurement of patient-centered outcomes in order to “give patients a voice,” identifying factors that promote resilience and thriving, and implementing behavioral interventions to foster psychological wellbeing. Among my NIH-funded research, I have received a K07 (CA158008) and two R01s (CA218398 & CA242849). The K07 provided focused training in state-of-the-art approaches to measurement science and led to the development of patient-reported outcome measures of psychological well-being for the NIH Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS). As part of R01 CA218398, I am continuing my measurement science work by developing and validating new measures of health-related quality of life among AYAs with cancer. Lastly, for R01 CA242849, I am conducting a randomized controlled trial of a web-based, positive emotions intervention among AYA cancer survivors to determine the optimal (i.e., efficacious) components to improve well-being.