Effects of Trauma on Women’s Health – Gretchen Clum, PhD – Tulane University


Women who have experienced abuse and violence and have mental health problems are more likely to engage in health-risk behaviors.

Dr. Gretchen Clum is an associate professor in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. Her research focuses on exposure to stressful events, mental health, and health outcomes (e.g. sexual risk behavior, substance use) in women and adolescents. Learn more about Dr. Gretchen Clum here.

Vehicular Injury Epidemiology – Patricia Dischinger, PhD – University of Maryland


Declines in fatal and non-fatal motor-vehicle-related injuries are likely due to combined efforts, including improved roadways, vehicle crashworthiness, and trauma care.

Dr. Dischinger is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in the School of Medicine at University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the causes and outcomes of vehicular trauma; motorcycle-related injuries, seatbelt use, occupant injury mechanisms, pedestrian injuries, lower-extremity injuries to vehicle occupants, substance abuse and injury, injury surveillance, occupational injuries, and traumatic brain injury. Her research has been awarded funding from NHTSA, the CDC, NIH, NIOSH, NIAAA, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Patrischa Dischinger here.

Intimate Partner Violence Against Men – Denise Hines, PhD – Clark University



Male victims of intimate partner violence have similar experiences as female victims and suffer the same mental health consequences.

Denise Hines is a research associate professor at the Department of Psychology in the Hiatt School of Psychology at Clark University. She is also the co-director of the Clark Anti-Violence Education program and the director of Family Impact Seminars, a series of annual seminars that translates social science research to state policymakers on issues related to families, broadly defined. Her research focuses on issues of family violence and how to connect such research with policymakers and practitioners. Learn more about Dr. Hines here.

Pet Owners and Mental Health – Kristen Jacobson, PhD – University of Chicago


Greater attachment to pets is associated with higher empathy and pro-social behavior and lower levels of depression and aggression in children aged 10-18.

Dr. Kristen Jacobson is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Chicago. She is also associate director of the Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology Research Unit and associate director of Twin Projects at University of Chicago. Her research focuses on how environmental, social, genetic, and biological factors interact in the development of antisocial behavior. Learn more about Dr. Kristen Jacobson here.

eHealth – Machiko Tomita, PhD – State University of New York at Buffalo


Being knowledgeable about one’s own illness is the first step in self-management.

Dr. Machiko Tomita is a clinical professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the School of Public Health and Health Professions at SUNY at Buffalo. She is also the Director of Aging and Technology Projects at SUNY at Buffalo. Her research focuses on aging. Her projects have been awarded several research grants from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (USDE) and the National Institute of Aging (NIH), from the Japan Society of Promoting Science, and from local organizations. Learn more about Dr. Machiko Tomita here.

Intervention for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury – Peggy Andover, PhD – Tulane University


Nearly 8% of 3rd graders report non-suicidal self injury (NSSI), with nearly 23% of teens reporting the behavior in their lifetime.

Dr. Peggy Andover is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University. Her research focuses on the development of interventions for NSSI and suicide, factors contributing to the expression of one form of self-injury versus another, functions of different types of self-injury, physiological processes, such as pain perception, in self-injury, and the effects of self-injury on psychopathology and behavior severity. Her clinical focus is using empirically-supported techniques to treat clients ranging in age from childhood to adulthood with a variety of presenting problems, including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, aggressive behaviors, suicidal ideation and behaviors, NSSI, and borderline personality disorder. Learn more about Dr. Peggy Andover here.

Culture, Parenting, and Adolescent Health – Kathleen Roche, MSW, PhD – George Washington University


Latino youth whose family’s are more recent immigrants to the US engage in fewer health risk behaviors.

Dr. Kathleen M. Roche is an associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University. Her research focuses on socially modifiable factors which shape the health and well-being of adolescents, particularly those living in low-income urban areas. Learn more about Dr. Kathleen Roche here.

Montagnard Refugee Health – Sharon Morrison, MSPH, MHSE, PhD – University of North Carolina Greensboro


The Montagnard refugee population has disparities in food security and nutrition, chronic disease, women’s literacy, and healthcare access.

Dr. Sharon Morrison if an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Education at University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research focuses on how cultural adaptation and integration models influence health and nutrition outcomes among ethnically diverse transnational populations. Learn more about Dr. Sharon Morrison here.

Helmet Use Among Bike Sharers – Danna Ethan, EdD, MSW – Lehman College CUNY


Almost 90% of public bike share users in New York City do not wear a helmet.

Dr. Danna Ethan is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences in the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing at Lehman College at the City University of New York. She is also the director of the Undergraduate Health Education and Promotion Program in the Department of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on urban health disparities and the influence media and marketing on health. Learn more about Dr. Danna Ethan here.

Resilience and Trauma – Brenda Williams-Gray, MSW – Lehman College CUNY


We can promote healthy coping by identifying what protective factors a child may have.

Brenda Williams-Gray is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing at Lehman College at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on trauma & resiliency, cultural diversity & critical race theory, and organizational capacity.