April 9 2014Johan Mackenbach, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center , Rotterdam, NetherlandsSuccesses and failures of health policy in different European countries
April 9 2014John Frank, PhD, Director, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy; Chair, Public Health Research & Policy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.How the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy approached the challenge of bringing research to bear on policy and practice

Special Events
4:00 – 5:30 PM | M1020 School of Public Health II | 1415 Washington Heights

April 9 2014George Davey Smith, MA, MD, MSc, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Bristol, England, U.K.Epidemiology, epigenetics and the 'Gloomy Prospect' Embracing randomness in population health research and practice

2013 - 2014 SEMINARS:

Nov 13 2013Jason Fletcher, PhD Associate Professor, Public Affairs La Follette School of Public Affairs University of Wisconsin, MadisonExtending Gene-Environment Interactions into Policy Domains: The Case of Tobacco Taxation
 Youtube Video
Feb 12 2014Patrick Sharkey, PhD Associate Professor, Sociology Department of Sociology New York UniversityThe Effects of Violence on Urban Life
 Youtube Video
Mar 26 2014Emilio Zagheni, PhD Assistant Professor, Sociology Queens College City University of New YorkUsing Digital Records to Model Geographic Mobility and its Epidemiological Consequences
 Youtube Video
Apr 7 2014Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Economics, Harvard School of Public Health; Assistant Professor, Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolMedicaid and Health Reform in the Aftermath of the Supreme Court

2012 - 2013 SEMINARS:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1690 Lane Auditorium SPH Crossroads
Jason Beckfield, Professor, Sociology, Harvard University
 YouTube Video
Comparing Social Inequalities in Health Across Societies.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1690 Lane Auditorium SPH Crossroads
Phillip Levy, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Assistant Director Clinical Research, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Wayne State Univ School of Medicine
 YouTube Video
Subclinical Target-Organ Damage in African-Americans with Hypertension: Lessons Learned from the Inner City

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1690 Lane Auditorium SPH Crossroads
John Komlos, Professor, Economics, Univ. of Munich: Visiting Professor, Economics, Duke Univ.
Economics and Human Biology: the Findings of 25 Years of Research

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1690 Lane Auditorium SPH Crossroads
Jeffrey Shaman, Assistant Professor, Dept. Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman SPH, Columbia Univ.
 YouTube Video
Forecasting Seasonal Outbreaks of Influenza

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1690 Lane Auditorium SPH Crossroads
Richard Steckel, Professor, Economics & Anthropology, Ohio State University
 YouTube Video
A Dreadful Childhood: The Long Shadow of American Slavery

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1690 Lane Auditorium SPH Crossroads
Becca Levy, Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Psychology, Yale University
Research interest: how psychological factors, particularly older individuals' perceptions of aging, affect cognition and health in old age.

2011 - 2012 SEMINARS:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1655 SPH Crossroads

Tony Blakely, MPH, PhD

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Social and Neighbourhood Determinants of Health in New Zealand: Ethnic & Socioeconomic Trends in Mortality, Casual Explanations, & the Possible Role of Neighbourhoods

Dr. Blakely is Director of the Health Inequalities Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, as well as research professor, epidemiologist, and public health medicine specialist. Dr. Blakely will talk about ethnic and scio-economic disparities and trends in mortality and health.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1655 SPH Crossroads

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH

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Accelerating the Adoption of Childhood Obesity Comparative Effectiveness Research Evidence

Dr. Taveras is Assistant Professor of Ambulatory Care and Prevention and Pediatrics in the Dept. of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Medical School, and is a pediatrician and health services researcher. Dr. Taveras was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholar. She also co-directs DACP's Obesity Prevention Program. Dr. Taveras will talk about the epidemiologic and health services research aspects of nutrition and physical activity as they affect child health.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1655 SPH Crossroads

David Barnes, PhD

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Quarantine and the Rigorously Anecdotal Science of Epidemiology in the Nineteenth Century

Dr. Barnes teaches the history of medicine and public health in the Dept. of History & Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the history of infectious disease, epidemiology, and public health; the Bacteriological Revolution and its effect on public health; 19th century European (esp. French) social and cultural history; cultural history of bodily knowledge and practices; history of disgust. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1655 SPH Crossroads

Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MPP

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Measuring the Cost and Effectiveness of Interpreter Services in the Health Care Setting

Assoc. Professor & Assoc. Vice Chair for Health Services Research, Dept. of Medicine at the Univ. of WI School of Medicine and Public Health. Language barriers in health care are a large and growing problem in the US, which contribute to disparities in health care quality and outcomes in populations with limited English proficiency. While provision of adequate interpreter services has been shown to reduce these disparities, many health care organizations do not provide them, citing their cost. However, little is known about the true costs of providing these services or the costs of not providing them. In this presentation, Dr. Jacobs will describe what is known about the costs and the benefits of providing interpreter services, including data from a study in which her research team calculated the cost of providing interpreter services in a network of public hospitals and put them in the context of estimated costs for other modes of interpretation.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1655 SPH Crossroads

Jason Barabas, PhD

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Informed Consent: How the Public Learns about Congressional Votes on Health Care and Supports Incumbents Who Represent Constituent Preferences

Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Florida State University

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4 - 5:30 pm, 1655 SPH Crossroads

Bruce McEwen, PhD

The Central Role of the Brain in Stress and Adaptation: Impact of the Social Environment

Alfred E. Mirsky Professor of Neuroscience, Rockefeller University; Director of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 4:00 - 5:30pm, 1655 SPH Crossroads

High Seas, High Altitude, and High Cholesterol: Ancel Keys and the Evolution of the Diet-Heart Hypothesis, 1935-1955   
Sarah Tracy, PhD
Associate Professor, Honors College
University of Oklahoma

Epidemiologists who study cardiovascular disease are well aware of the Diet-Heart Hypothesis and the controversy that surrounds it. Few, however, may be aware of the important work of Ancel Keys, a physiologist-turned-epidemiologist, who played a leading role in the development of the diet-heart hypothesis and championed the Mediterranean Diet as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Keys’ trajectory from biological oceanography through respiratory and nutritional physiology to CVD epidemiology is a remarkable story that highlights the fluid nature of the biomedical sciences at mid-century, the changing nature of human subject research, and the ambitious and multi-talented nature of one of the twentieth-century’s great polymaths. This talk focuses on two decades that were transformative for both Ancel Keys and for the development of CVD epidemiology and discusses the important relationship between the man and the emerging discipline.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 4:00 - 5:30PM, 1655 SPH Crossroads

David Takeuchi, PhD
Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Work
University of Washington

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, 1655 SPH Crossroads

Irma Elo, PhD
Professor of Sociology Director, Population Studies Center
University of Pennsylvania



Food Insecurity, Health and Wellbeing and the Global Food Crisis
Craig Hadley, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Emory University

Food insecurity occurs when individuals face unpredictable access to safe and nutritious foods. Although a common public health problem, food insecurity has rarely been a research priority among those studying population health. This has been changing in the face of the global recession.  In this talk I will discuss the current global food insecurity situation and highlight studies we have carried out in East Africa examining the impact of food insecurity on social, physical and mental health. I then use data from our ongoing longitudinal study to examine the impact the 2008 global food crisis had on Ethiopian adolescents and specifically test several hypotheses promulgated in the popular media about who was most affected by the food crisis. Our results suggest that youth are not buffered from the negative impacts of the global food crisis. Our results also suggest that the patterns of vulnerability among Ethiopian youth differ considerably from those reported in popular media outlets. These data offer a cautionary tale to broad generalizations about who is being affected by the food crisis and suggest novel hypotheses and new research directions. 

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Perceived Social Isolation and Health*
John Cacioppo, PhD
Tiffany & Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology
University of Chicago

Global Inequalities in Tobacco Consumption (video) (slides)
Sam Harper , PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health
McGill University

Innovative Interventions to Tackle Poverty: Child development outcomes from the 10-year follow-up of Mexico’s conditional cash transfer program*
Lia Fernald, PhD
Assistant Professor Public Health & Nutrition
University of California - Berkeley

Thinking about the Brain: Neighborhoods and Neurons*
Huda Akil, PhD
Co-Director and Research Professor, MBNI Distinguished University Professor and Quarton Professor of Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Social Regulation of Gene Expression (video) (slides)
Steve Cole, PhD
Associate Professor of Hematology and Oncology
University of California - Los Angeles

The Vicious Cycle: Segregated Housing, Schools and Intergenerational Inequality (video) (slides)
Gary Orfield, PhD
Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning and Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles
University of California – Los Angeles

The Nature and Impact of Early Achievement Skills, Attention and Behavior Problems (video) (slides)
Greg Duncan, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Education
University of California - Irvine


* denotes video unavailable

Major Depression and its Social Origins: Are We Poised for a New Social Psychiatry
Dan G. Blazer, MD, PhD
JP Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry, Community and Family Medicine
Duke University

On Complex Systems Theory and Population Health
Michael Wolfson, PhD
Assistant Chief Statistician
Statistics Canada

The Health and Mental Health of Welfare Recipients-Implications for Public Policy
Sheldon Danziger, PhD
HJ Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy
Director, National Poverty Center
University of Michigan

Sleep and Disparities in Cardiovascular Risk
Karen Matthews, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Psychology
Director, Pittsburgh Mind-Body Ctr & Cardiovascular Behavioral Med Res Prg
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Wealthier and taller: How can we explain socioeconomic inequalities in height in today's children in the UK?
Bruna Galobardes, PhD
Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Social Medicine
University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Stress and Depression Can be Deadly: New Perspectives on Aging Morbidity, and Mortality from Psychoneuroimmunology
Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD
S. Robert Davis Chair of Medicine
Professor and Director, Division of Health Psychology
Ohio State University

The Inclusion of Women in Clinical Trials: Complexities, Patterns, and Paradoxes
Abby Lippman, PhD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
McGill University

Alone in America
Eric Klinenberg, PhD
Professor of Sociology
New York University

Trends in Socioeconomic Inequalities in U.S. Infant Mortality and Life Expectancy, 1970-2005
Gopal K. Singh, PhD
Senior Epidemiologist/Health Care Administrator
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Assets and Stress: Using the Housing Market to Explore Health Effects of Wealth
Amar Hamoudi, PhD
RWJ Health & Society Scholar, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
University of Michigan

Social Network Influences on Adolescent Obesity
Joyce Lee, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit (CHEAR)
University of Michigan

Speaking Truth to Power? The Influence of Policy Debate on High School Educational Outcomes in an Urban Public School Setting
Briana Mezuk, PhD
RWJ Health & Society Scholar, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
University of Michigan

Epigenetics and the Intergenerational Transmission of Disease Susceptibility
Rick Pilsner, PhD
RWJ Health & Society Scholar, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
University of Michigan


Race and Racial Identity as Developmental Contexts for African-American Adolescents
Jacque Eccles, PhD
Professor, Psychology
Director, Gender and Achievement Research Program
University of Michigan

Low Intensity Warfare and Life on the Run: What can Nomadic Herders from Northern Kenya Teach Us About Linking Context to Global Health
Ivy Pike, PhD
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
University of Arizona

Neighborhood Effects on Adult Health: Results from the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey
Narayan Sastry, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Population Studies Center
University of Michigan

Education and Housing Segregation in the Twin Cities: Public Health Implications
Myron Orfield, JD
Associate Professor of Law
Executive Director, Institute on Race & Poverty
University of Minnesota

Paying for Performance: The Power of Incentivies Over Habits
Jody Sindelar, PhD
Professor and Head, Division of Health Policy & Administration
Yale University

Psychobiological Processes Linking Psychosocial Factors with Disease Risk
Andrew Steptoe, PhD
Professor of Psychology
University of College of London

Human Development Indices For Income Groupings
Timothy Smeeding, PhD
Professor of Economics and Public Administration
Director for the Center for Policy Research
Syracuse University

Does the Body Forget? Maybe - Maybe Not
Mark Hayward, PhD
Professor of Sociology
Director, Population Research Center
University of Texas - Austin

A Post-Genomic Surprise: The Molecular Reinscription of Race in Clinical Medicine and Forensitcs - with Some Significant Social and Political Implications
Troy Duster, PhD
Professor of Sociology
New York University

The Impact of Family Planning Programs on the Health and Well-Being of US Women and Children, 1960-1980
Martha Bailey, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
University of Michigan

The Influence of Media Frames of the Determints of Diabetes on Public Health Policy Opinions
Sarah Gollust, Doctoral Candidate, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
University of Michigan

Spatial Dynamics of the Local Food and Recreation Environment: An Examination of Measurement and Effects of the Neighborhood Built Environment
Jennifer Ailshire & Michael Bader, Doctoral Candidates, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan

Novel Approaches to Understanding Environmental Determinants of Health Behaviors: Using Agent-Based Models to Study the Relation Between Spatial Access to Health Food Stores and Diet
Amy Auchincloss, PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Drexel University

Under the Skin: Understanding the Links Between Socieconimic Status, Stress, Immune Function and Health
Jennifer Beam Dowd, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Hunter College, CUNY

Neighborhood Context and Youth Health Behavior Outcomes from Adolescents to Emerging Adulthood
Magdalena Cerda, DrPH, Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
University of Michigan

Health Risk Behaviors of Multiracial and Monoracial Young Adults
Margaret Shih, PhD, Associate Professor, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, Anderson School of Management
University of California, Los Angeles

The Influence of Black Ethnic Identity on Telephone-Administered Health Surveys
Rachel Davis, Doctoral Candidate, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
University of Michigan

Assessing the Impact of Expanded Newborn Screening in Michigan
Beth Tarini, MD, Lecturer, Division of General Pediatrics
University of Michigan

Cross-Cultural Competency, Patient-Provider Partnership, and Improving Health Outcomes for African Americans with Diabetes
Cameron Shultz, MSW, Doctoral Candidate, Health Policy Research Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
University of Michigan

Viral Forecasting
Nathan Wolfe, MA, ScD
Professor of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health
John Hopkins University


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What is the Relevant Risk? Reconciling 25 Years of Epidemiological Evidence on the Causes of Population Levels and Social Inequalities in CHD
John W. Lynch, PhD
Professor, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
McGill University

Dynamic Models of Ethnic and Economic Segregation
Elizabeth Bruch, PhD
RWJ Scholar in Health Policy Research
University of Michigan

Social Constraints on Developmental Resilience
Arnold J. Sameroff, PhD
Professor, Psychology
Director of the Development and Mental Health Research Program
University of Michigan

Account for Selection/Response Bias Using a Two-Phase Analysis
Katherine Hoggatt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
University of Michigan

Neighborhood Effects and Aging-Related Health Among Older African-Americans and Whites
Carlos F. Mendes de Leon, PhD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine
Associate Director, Section of Community Epidemiologic Research
Rush University Medical Center

Multiple Dimensions of Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Africa
Ezekiel Kalipeni, PhD
Associate Professor, Geography and African Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Neuroimaging as Biomarker in Population-Based Studies
William Jagust, MD
Professor, School of Public Health and Helen Willis Neuroscience Institute
University of California-Berkeley

Relationship of Frailty to Multimorbidity and Disability
Christine Cigolle, MD, MPH
Family Medicine, Medical School
University of Michigan

Schools, Neighborhoods, Peers, and Adolescent Cigarette Smoking
Philippa Clarke, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan

Social Context and the Consequences of Disasters: A Mixed Methods Approach to Identifying Underlying Vulnerabilities and Capacities
Craig Hadley, PhD
RWJ HSSP Scholar
University of Michigan
Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
University of Michigan

The Mother-Baby Study: Consequences of Maternal PTSD for Parenting and Infant Stress Regulation Among African-American Women
Maria Muzik, MD
Lecturer, School of Social Work
University of Michigan

The Geography of Opportunity: Metropolitan Racial Inequality, Institutionalized Racism, and Individual Birth Weight*
Theresa Osypuk, SM SD
RWJ HSSP Scholar
University of Michigan

Socio-economic Position, Air Pollution and Infant Mortality in the United States
Nalini Ranjit, PhD
Research Investigator, Epidemiology
University of Michigan
Marie O'Neill, PhD
RWJ HSSP Scholar
University of Michigan

Mutlilevel Determinants of Pneumococcal Carriage: Implications for Population Vaccination
Carla Talarico, MPH
Advanced Doctoral Candidate, Epidemiology
University of Michigan

County-level Structural and Environmental Factors that Contribute to Population Health and Health Disparities
Sacoby Wilson, PhD
RWJ HSSP Scholar
University of Michigan

Neighborhood Context and Youth Health Behavior Outcomes from Adolescent to Emerging Adulthood
Yange Xue, PhD
Research Investigator, Health Behavior & Health Education
University of Michigan


Social Determinants, Latent Infection, and Cognitive Decline
Allison Aiello, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Center for Social Epidemiology & Population Health
University of Michigan

Nonstandard Work and Health Among American Women
Sarah A. Burgard, PhD
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Epidemiology
Research Assistant Professor, Population Studies Center
University of Michigan

Putting Knowledge to Work: Shortcomings of a Deterministic Account of the Role of Science in Medicine
Kenneth Camargo Jr., MD, DrPH
Associate Professor
Social Medicine Institute
Rio de Janeiro State University

The Health Effects of Civil Rights Legislation
Kenneth Chay, PhD
Peevey-Vial Associate Professor of Economics
University of California - Berkeley

Cardiovascular Disease in the Hispanic Migration: Modeling Race and Class Effects Across Borders
Richard Cooper, MD
Professor and Chair
Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Loyola University Medical Center

Marginal Structural Models for Causal Inference from Longitudinal Studies: Workshop
Miguel Hernan, MD, DrPH
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health

Developing Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Models for Analyzing Cortisol Circadian Rhythm Using Bayesian Framework: Application to a Depression Study
Niko Kaciroti, PhD, MS
Associate Research Scientist
Center for Human Growth & Development
University of Michigan

The Health Effects of Civil Rights Legislation
George Kaplan, PhD
Director, Center of Social Epidemiology and Population Health
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Thomas Francis Collegiate Professor of Public Health
Research Professor, Survey Research Center
University of Michigan

Genomics, Racial/Ethnic Identity, and Population health: Creating New Bridges and Sharing Resources
Sharon Kardia, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
University of Michigan

The Politics of Sex Research: Political Controversy and the Supression of Scientific Agendas
Joanna Kempner, PhD, MA
Research Fellow, Health Management & Policy
University of Michigan

Gender, Socioeconomic Status (SES) and Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Mortality
Catherine Kim, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine & OB/Gyn
University of Michigan

A Possible Decline in Life Expectancy in the US in the 21st Century
S. Jay Olshansky, PhD
Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of Illinois - Chicago

Understanding the SES Gradient in Health: The Causal Impact of Education on Mortality
Heather Royer, PhD
Research Fellow, Health Management & Policy
University of Michigan

Stigma and Smoking: Misguided Strategy of Public Health Achievement?
Jennifer Stuber, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program
Columbia University


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