2018 – 2019 Lecture Series

LOCATION: Lectures typically take place in the J. Ray Ryan Building, 2006 Hillside Road, University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus. For directions and maps, click here.

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Inquiries: lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu

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

The entire 2018-2019 InCHIP Lecture Series was co-sponsored by very generous contributions from the following:

Thursday, 9/13/2018

Judson Brewer MD, PhD, Brown University

“The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones, Why We Get Hooked and How Mindfulness Can Help Break the Habit Cycle”

12:30-1:30pm Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, 405 Babbidge Rd, Storrs, CT**

Judson Brewer MD PhD is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University. He also is a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for behavior change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety (www.goeatrightnow.com, www.unwindinganxiety.com). He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI, and source-estimated EEG, and is currently translating these findings into clinical use. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, presented to the US President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Parliament of Canada, trained US Olympic coaches, been featured on 60 minutes, at TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016 with over 10 Million views), in Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, Businessweek, NPR, National Geographic, and the BBC among others. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

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Thursday, 9/27/2018

Dwayne C. Proctor, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

“Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Journey to Achieve Health Equity”

12:30-1:30pm in J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

Dwayne Proctor, Ph.D. is senior adviser to the president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Proctor came to RWJF in 2002 as a senior communications and program officer. His early work at RWJF focused on preventing adolescent and child health risks stemming from drinking, drugging, injuries and pregnancy. In 2006, Proctor was promoted to lead the Foundation’s highest priority–reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. In that capacity he leveraged resources by forging strong relationships with funders, government agencies, corporations and other key stakeholders. As senior adviser, Proctor builds new strategic relationships for RWJF and tracks the nation and the Foundation’s progress in achieving health equity. Prior to joining the Foundation, Proctor was assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine teaching health communications and health marketing. As a Fulbright Fellow in Senegal, West Africa, Proctor employed marketing, social science and epidemiological approaches to assess the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS public service announcements in raising awareness of AIDS as a national health problem. Dr. Proctor is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the NAACP Foundation and an Ad Council advisor. He received his doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in marketing and communication science from the University of Connecticut.

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In Recognition of World Mental Health Day

Thursday, 10/11/2018

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, Brigham Young University, Utah

“Social Disconnection as a Public Health Concern”

12:30-1:30pm Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, 405 Babbidge Rd, Storrs, CT**

Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, where she is also the director of the social neuroscience lab. Dr. Holt-Lunstad’s research is focused on the long-term health effects of social connection. Her work has been seminal in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for early mortality. Dr. Holt-Lunstad has worked with government organizations aimed at addressing this issue. She has provided expert testimony in a US Congressional Hearing, provided expert recommendations for the US Surgeon General Emotional Well-Being in America Initiative, and is currently a member of the technical working group for the UK Cross Departmental Loneliness Team. She also serves as a scientific advisor for the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness, the Foundation for Art Healing, and research advisory panel for AARP Services, Inc. and United Healthcare. She has been awarded the Citation Award for Excellence in Research by the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the George A. Miller Award from the American Psychological Association, the Mary Lou Fulton Young Scholar Award, the Marjorie Pay Hinkley Endowed Chair Research Award, and is a Fellow for the Association of Psychological Science. Her work has been highlighted in the BBC 100 Breakthrough Health Discoveries in 2015, and has been covered in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Scientific American, This American Life, The Today Show, and other major media outlets.

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Thursday, 11/8/2018

Shira Dunsiger, PhD, Brown University


“Patterns of Change in Behavioral Medicine: A Case Study”

12:30-1:30pm, UConn, J. Ray Ryan Bldg., 2006 Hillside Road, Storrs, Room 204

Dr. Dunsiger is currently a Research Scientist at The Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School and an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. She received her PhD in Biostatistics from Brown University and completed a T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine before transitioning to a faculty position. Her research focus is on developing sophisticated statistical methodology for analyzing data from behavioral medicine, including smoking cessation, physical activity, mood, depression and adherence outcomes. Her broad research interests include pattern detection, “big data,” and statistical mediation.

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“Patterns of Change in Behavioral Medicine: The 5 W’s”

2:00-3:00pm in J. Ray Ryan Building, Colloquium Room (1st floor, off main lobby)

Studies in behavioral medicine often collect longitudinal data on the primary outcome (e.g., repeated measures of min/week of physical activity or cigarettes smoked/day). Intervention studies often focus on estimating effects of treatment on changes in outcome variables at a finite number of timepoints. Although this type of analysis allows for understanding treatment effects at end of treatment (for example), it does not necessarily allow for identifying the ways in which participants change behavior over the course of an intervention and beyond. We propose a methodology for identifying patterns of change in behavioral outcomes that allows for a more fine-tuned investigation of intervention effects. We will present both the justification for such methodology, as well as a more in-depth look in to the analysis itself.

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In Recognition of World AIDS Day!

Thursday, 11/29/2018

Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Innovations in Mobile Technology for Engaging Youth in Treatment and Prevention”

12:30-1:30pm in J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Infectious Diseases and Health Behavior, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman completed her medical school training at the University of Virginia and became board certified in Internal Medicine in 2001 after completing residency training at Stanford University. She completed fellowship training in Infectious Diseases and earned a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Hightow-Weidman is an expert on mhealth, social media and utilization and evaluation of technology-based interventions to address the HIV Care Continuum for youth and young adults, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). She has published >90 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. She has developed technology-based interventions to address uptake and adherence to biomedical HIV prevention technologies, as well as intervening to increase HIV diagnosis, linkage and retention in care for YMSM. She is the PI of iTech, The UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology Across the Prevention and Care Continuum. This grant, part of the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV Interventions (ATN), seeks to develop a technology center to address the domestic epidemic of HIV among at risk and HIV-infected youth.

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Thursday, 1/31/19

Catherine Panter-Brick, MA, MSc, DPhil, Yale University

“A Biocultural Approach to Evaluating Psychosocial Interventions: Refugee Mental Health, Stress, and Resilience”

12:30-1:30pm in J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

Catherine Panter-Brick is Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs at Yale University, where she directs the Program on Conflict, Resilience, and Health and the Program on Stress and Family Resilience. Her research addresses issues of risk and resilience, in contexts of war, forced displacement, famine, and poverty. She works to develop effective partnerships between scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers. For her work in humanitarian areas, she received the Lucy Mair Medal, awarded by the Royal Anthropology Institute to honor excellence in the application of anthropology to the active recognition of human dignity. She has directed more than forty interdisciplinary research projects in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Jordan, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, and the UK. She publishes extensively in biomedical and social sciences journals, and has coedited seven books, most recently Medical Humanitarianism (Penn Press 2015) and Pathways to Peace (MIT Press, 2014).

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In Recognition of Heart Health Month!

Thursday, 2/14/2019

Nanette K. Wenger, PhD, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA, Emory University School of Medicine

“Understanding the Journey: The Past, Present, and Future of CVD in Women”

12:30-1:30pm in J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

Dr. Wenger is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Consultant to the Emory Heart and Vascular Center and Founding Consultant, Emory Women’s Heart Center. Heart disease in women is one of Dr. Wenger’s major clinical and research interests. Dr. Wenger has had a longstanding interest in geriatric cardiology and was Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology for more than 15 years. Dr. Wenger has participated as an author of several American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Clinical Practice Guidelines. She serves on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals and is a sought after lecturer for issues related to heart disease in women, heart disease in the elderly, cardiac rehabilitation, coronary prevention, and contemporary cardiac care. She is listed in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Wenger has authored or coauthored over 1600 scientific and review articles and book chapters.

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Thursday, 2/28/2019

Brian Hitsman, PhD, Northwestern University

“Population Health Management for Smoking Cessation in Low Income Smokers”

12:30-1:30pm in J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

Dr. Brian Hitsman is Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine & Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, and a member of the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received his BS in psychology from Alma College (Michigan) and MS and PhD in clinical health psychology from the Chicago Medical School, finishing his psychology internship in health/psychology behavioral medicine at Brown University’s Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. He completed a two-year fellowship in tobacco dependence and treatment in 2004 in the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center at Brown, and was on the faculty until leaving for Northwestern in 2008. Dr. Hitsman’s work focuses on the causes and treatment of tobacco use and dependence among disadvantaged and underserved adult populations.

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An InCHIP and Rainbow Center Collaboration!

Thursday, 3/14/2019

Stephen T. Russell, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

“LGBTQ Youth Today: (Why) Aren’t Things Better?”


Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, 405 Babbidge Rd, Storrs, CT

Stephen Russell is Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an expert in adolescent and young adult health, with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity. He is on the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a fellow and former Board member of the National Council on Family Relations, an elected member of the International Academy of Sexuality Research, and was President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

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Thursday, 4/4/2019

David Hemenway, PhD, Harvard University

“Guns and Public Health: Recent research findings from the Harvard Injury Center”

Lunch and Keynote Address
The Hartford Club, 46 Prospect St, Hartford, CT

David Hemenway, PhD, is a Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. In 2012 he was recognized by the CDC as one of the twenty “most influential injury and violence professionals over the past 20 years.” Dr. Hemenway has written over 220 journal articles and five books including Private Guns Public Health (U Michigan Press 2017). Dr. Hemenway has received ten Harvard teaching awards.

CEU credits will be offered to Psychologists who attend this lecture.

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Thursday, 4/18/2019

Wendy M. Troxel, PhD, RAND Corporation/University of Pittsburgh

“The Social Nature of Sleep: From Couples to Communities to Policy”

12:30-1:30pm in J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

Sleep is a critical health behavior and one that is typically shared between husbands and wives or romantic partners. Until recently, however, sleep research has largely neglected to consider the social context of adult sleep. By the same token, researchers who have studied the impact of social relationships on health behaviors and outcomes, have largely neglected to consider the night, including how social factors influence nocturnal physiology and sleep. This presentation will highlight Dr. Troxel’s work that examines how social environments, from our most intimate social connections, to the neighborhoods in which we live, and even to public policy, influences how we sleep. This collection of work will demonstrate how sleep may play a critical role in explaining how social environments get under the skin to impact health and functioning.

CEU credits will be offered to Psychologists who attend this lecture.

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