Economic Determinants of Birth Outcomes – Dr. Claire Margerison-Zilko – Michigan State University


Preterm delivery is the leading cause of perinatal mortality in the U.S. and occurs more frequently among women who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, yet we know little about the causal pathways leading to preterm birth.

Dr. Claire Margerison-Zilko, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University, focuses her research on the social and economic determinants of women’s health across the life-course, with an emphasis on understanding racial and socioeconomic disparities in women’s health. To learn more about Dr. Margerison-Zilko and her work, look here: http://www.epi.msu.edu/faculty/margerison-zilko/.

HIV and Intimate Partner Violence – Dr. Ali Groves – Drexel University


Intimate partner violence, or IPV, is a serious social and public health problem that often goes unnoticed and unaddressed.

Dr. Ali Groves, Assistant Professor of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, studies IPV among women in South Africa. Dr. Groves is committed to promoting social justice and decreasing gender inequalities in health through multilevel interventions. Learn more about Dr. Groves and her work here: http://drexel.edu/dornsife/academics/faculty/Ali%20Groves/.

Veteran Mental Health – Dr. Angela Giles – Arizona State University


Studies suggest that 20% of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, yet only half of returning veterans receive needed treatment.

Dr. Angela Giles is a Faculty Associate in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Her teaching focuses on the military/veteran culture and the integrated healthcare needs and management concerns related to the population. Her research interests include, PTSD, TBI, Chronic Pain, Suicide Prevention, Integrated Behavioral Health and Telehealth. Her clinical focus is on care for the veteran population, assessment and treatment of behavioral health concerns in the primary care mental health integrated setting. Learn more about Dr. Giles here: https://chs.asu.edu/angela-giles.

Parent Child Interaction – Dr. Keith Crnic – Arizona State University


There is a broad base of research documenting how parenting practices influences child behavior.

Dr. Crnic is a Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. His research interests center around the nature of stress in parent-child relationships and its influence on child and family functioning. Learn more about Dr. Crnic here: https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/763663.

Syrian Conflict – Dr. Paul Spiegel – Center for Humanitarian Health, JHU


During the Syrian Civil War, over 400,000 people have been killed and 11 million people displaced from their homes.

Dr. Paul Spiegel, Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, is helping to organize the public health response to this global crisis. Learn more about Dr. Spiegel and his work here: https://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2016/johns-hopkins-center-for-refugee-and-disaster-response-names-new-director.html

Women’s Role in International Water Supply – Dr. Thomas Clasen – Emory University


In much of the world where clean water is not readily available, efforts to secure safe water for domestic use and sanitation are critical.

Dr. Thomas Clasen, Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Policy at Emory University, talks about water and sanitation in low income settings. Learn more about Dr. Clasen and his work here: https://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/#!TCLASEN

Student Attitudes Towards Physical Education – Dr. Sharon Phillips – Hofstra University


The obesity epidemic in the U.S. has led many higher education institutions to organize efforts to promote a physically active lifestyle among students.

Dr. Sharon Phillips is an Assistant Professor of Health Professions at Hofstra University, where she studies student experiences in physical education. Learn more about Dr. Phillips and her work here: https://www.hofstra.edu/faculty/fac_profiles.cfm?id=3616

Characterizing Human Exposure to Urban Air Pollution – Dr. Jeremy Sarnat – Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University


The World Health Organization recently estimated that globally, 7 million people die prematurely each year from exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution.

Dr. Jeremy Sarnat is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Health department of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. His research focuses on characterizing human exposure to urban air pollution. Learn more about Dr. Sarnat here: https://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/#!JSARNAT

Hyperkyphosis in Older Persons – Dr. Deborah Kado – UC San Diego School of Medicine


Hyperkyphosis is excessive curvature of the thoracic spine, commonly known as the dowager’s hump, that effects older persons.

Dr. Deborah Kado is a board-certified internist with clinical expertise in in osteoporosis and geriatric medicine. Dr. Kado is based out of the University of California at San Diego’s School of Medicine, where she serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Family and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Kado’s ongoing research is examining the underlying biological correlates of age-related kyphosis and investigating potential preventive and treatment options for affected persons. Learn more about Dr. Kado here: https://healthsciences.ucsd.edu/som/medicine/divisions/endocrinology/faculty/Pages/deborah-kado.aspx.

PTSD and TBI in War Veterans – Dr. Sara Dolan – Baylor University


Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD and traumatic brain injury or TBI are two of the most common consequences of war.

Dr. Sara Dolan, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Graduate Program Director of the Psy.D. Program at Baylor University, studies PTSD and TBI in veterans. Dr. Dolan’s research interests center around neuropsychological function in persons with substance abuse and other impulse-control disorders. Learn more about Dr. Dolan here: https://www.baylor.edu/psychologyneuroscience/index.php?id=946792.