2019 – 2020 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

If you are unable to attend in person, most lectures can be viewed via a live webstream. The webcast play button will become accessible for the selected talk shortly before the lecture begins.

Archive: When available, use the same button to access the archived video.

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

The entire 2019-2020 InCHIP Lecture Series was co-sponsored by very generous contributions from the following:


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Erin Winstanley, PhD, West Virginia University School of Medicine

“Country Roads & Misty Mountains: Navigating the Overdose Epidemic in Rural America”

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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Dr. Winstanley is an Associate Professor at West Virginia University, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Winstanley received her doctoral degree from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and she has over 20 years of experience as a behavioral health services researcher. Dr. Winstanley has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), as well as local foundations and state agencies. Her current research is focused on reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with the opioid epidemic, as well as the use of technology to improve access and quality of behavioral health services.

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

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In Recognition of World Mental Health Day

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD, EdM, Boston University School of Public Health

“Understanding and Addressing Mental Health Disparities in College Student Populations”

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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Mental health among college students is a topic that has garnered much media attention in recent years. There is an ongoing national dialogue about what many refer to as the “campus mental health crisis.” An aspect of this crisis, but one that is not as commonly discussed, is the enormous inequalities that exist with regard to mental health and treatment use. This presentation will focus on understanding mental health inequalities faced by students of color, gender and sexual minority students, first-generation college students, international students, and students from other traditionally underrepresented and marginalized identities. Professor Sarah Ketchen Lipson will draw on data from her national Healthy Minds Study, the largest and most comprehensive survey of mental health on college and university campuses. She will describe inequities that are evident in this large-scale data from hundreds of thousands of students on campuses across the country, and will discuss approaches to advance mental health equity.

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Thursday October 24, 2019

Courtney D. Cogburn, Ph.D., Columbia University

“Racism, Anti-Racism, Health + Virtual Reality”

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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Dr. Cogburn is interested in the ways we characterize and measure racism and the effects of racism on racial inequities in health. She has focused on cultural racism and effects of media-based racism on acute physiological, psychological, and behavioral stress responses as well as associations between chronic psychosocial stress exposure and Black/White disparities in cardiovascular health and disease. She is also developing a project using data science approaches to explore links between media-based racism and population health. In a recent project, she has started to explore the use of virtual reality as a tool for improving understanding and engagement of structural racism.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Michelle Kondo, PhD, USDA Forest Service

“Place-Based Strategies for Disease, Injury and Violence Prevention”

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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Dr. Kondo will discuss her quasi-experimental and experimental research of place-based and nature-based interventions in urban areas and their impacts on human health and safety outcomes. She will share findings from her studies of urban greening and blight remediation programs, such as vacant lot greening, abandoned building remediation, and green stormwater infrastructure.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Gary Foster, PhD, WW (Weight Watchers) International

Topic: What Works for Weight Loss

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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Gary Foster, Ph.D., is the Chief Scientific Officer at WW International, Inc. Foster, a psychologist, obesity investigator and behavior change expert, was previously the Founder and Director of the Center of Obesity Research and Education and Laura Carnell Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to Temple, he served as the Clinical Director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has authored more than 180 scientific publications and three books on the etiology and treatment of obesity. Foster has received numerous honors including President of The Obesity Society, Honorary Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association, and the George A. Bray Founders Award from The Obesity Society. Dr. Foster’s current focus is on scalable, evidence-based approaches to wellness for adults and children in community settings. Foster earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Duquesne University, an M.S. in Psychology from University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Janet M. Turan, PhD, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Topic: Intersectional Stigma and HIV Outcomes

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Sheela Shenoi, MD, MPH, Yale University School of Medicine

“Community-based Screening for TB and HIV in Rural Africa”

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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Sheela Shenoi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the AIDS Program of the Section of Infectious Diseases at Yale University School of Medicine. She conducts clinical research on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis with a focus on resource-limited settings. She evaluates strategies to improve diagnosis, linkage and retention in care, exploring the role of community-based services and community health workers to facilitate implementation. She prioritizes prevention strategies and integration of HIV and TB services. She serves as a member of Yale’s Global Health Program committee of the Department of Medicine.

 

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In Recognition of Heart Health Month!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

John M. Jakicic, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

“Contemporary Perspectives of Physical Activity: Maximizing the Benefits for Health and Well-Being”

12:30-1:30 pm

 J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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This talk will focus on the scientific evidence regarding the health benefits of physical activity, with a particular focus novel science that contributed to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Moreover, this session will include discussion of how to apply these novel approaches to physical activity to specific health conditions and novel findings from contemporary research.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

“Nutritional Factors during the Periconception Period and in Early Childhood that Impact Weight Status of the Mom and Child”

12:30-1:30 pm

 J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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Dr. Siega-Riz’s research focuses on the first 1000 days of life by understanding the influence of maternal weight status and dietary patterns/behaviors in the etiology of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including but not limited to, gestational diabetes, pregnancy induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia, preterm birth and inadequate or excessive gestational weight gain. She is also exploring food reward and sensitivity among pregnant women and early determinants of childhood obesity in the Pregnancy Eating Attributes (PEAS) study funded by NICHD with colleagues at the University of North Carolina (https://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/diphr/officebranch/sbsb/pregnancy_eating and the association of maternal preconceptional health with childhood eating and weight status among Hispanics in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL https://www2.cscc.unc.edu/hchs/) funded by NIDDK. Other research interests include examining the determinants and consequences of food insecurity and the implications of food policy on health outcomes.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dustin T. Duncan, ScD, NYU School of Medicine; NYU Langone Health

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

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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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 my 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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Thursday, March 26, 2020

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

Topic: Community-engaged Research Examining Behavioral Health Equity 

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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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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Thursday, April 9, 2020

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

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

12:30-1:30 pm

J. Ray Ryan Building, Room 204 (second floor).

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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 people 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. 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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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Timothy Caulfield, LLM, FRSC, FCAHS, University of Alberta

Topic: Science Miscommunication

12:30-1:30 pm

Alumni Center, Great Hall, 2384 Alumni Dr, Storrs, CT

Lunch will not be served

This lecture will not be webcast live or recorded

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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.

 

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