Hearing Loss Prevention – Sandra Levey, PhD – Lehman College CUNY



Many users of personal music devices, such as iPods, listen to long and too loud to their music, placing them at risk for noise induced hearing loss.

Dr.Levey is a professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing at the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing at Lehman College at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on sound production and perception, with a focus on multilingualism and ethnicity.

Lung Cancer – Martha Whetsell, RN, ARNP, PhD – Lehman College, CUNY


20% of women who develop lung cancer are lifelong non-smokers.

Dr. Martha Whetsell is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing at the School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing at Lehman College at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on nursing, psychology, pediatrics, and quantitative research. Learn more about Dr. Martha Whetsell here.

Fall Prevention – Jessica Johnson, PhD – University of Florida


Clutter, tripping hazards, poor balance, and distractions can cause falls that lead to injury and accidental death in adults over 65.

Dr. Jessica Johnson is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the College of Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on rehabilitation science. Her clinical focus is home and skilled care.

Elder Mistreatment – Sheryl Strasser, PhD, MPH – Georgia State University


It’s important to ask questions and stay involved with older adults in order to prevent elder mistreatment.

Dr. Sheryl Strasser is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary health promotion planning and evaluation research focusing on health aging. Learn more about Dr. Sheryl Strasser here.

Exercise and Health – Carol Ewing Garber, PhD – Columbia University


Regular exercise prevents and improves chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, mood disorders, some cancers, osteoporosis, and arthritis.

Dr. Carol Ewing Garber is a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at the Teachers College at Columbia University. She is also the director of the graduate program in Applied Physiology at the Teachers College at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, community and clinical interventions to promote physical activity, promotion of physical activity in young, low income children and their families, novel delivery systems for providing clinical exercise physiology interventions, and physical activity in older adults. Learn more about Dr. Carol Ewing Garber here.

Hepatitis C – Stephen Lankenau, PhD – Drexel University



Rising rates of hepatitis C among young injection drug users appears to be related to an increase in the misuse of pain medication.

Dr. Stephen Lankenau is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention in the School of Public Health at Drexel University. His research focuses on high-risk youth, out- of-treatment drug users, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. Learn more about Dr. Stephen Lankenau here.

The Urban Brain – Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH – Columbia University



Living in neighborhoods with poor quality housing is associated with depression and noise in urban areas is linked to poor concentration and poor mental health.

At the time of recording, Sandro Galea was a professor at and chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He is now a Dean of the School of Public Health at Boston University. His research focuses on the social production of health of urban populations, with a focus on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. Learn more about Dr. Sandro Galea here.

Roadway Pollution – Stuart Batterman, PhD – University of Michigan


Exposure to traffic-related air pollutants is associated with respiratory problems like asthma, high blood pressure and cardiovascular mortality, low birth weight babies, and cognitive impairments.

Stuart Batterman is a professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the School of Public Health and in the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering. He is also a professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. His research focuses on improving exposure measures that can be used in risk assessments and epidemiological studies; measuring toxic compounds including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found as pollutants in drinking water, ambient and indoor air, and statistical and modeling methods that can be used to interpret and extend available measurements. Learn more about Dr. Stuart Batterman here.

Infectious Disease in Jails and Prisons – Anne Spaulding, MD, MPH – Emory University



Each year, 1 out of every 7 people with HIV in the US enters a jail.

Dr. Anne Spaulding is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is also an investigator at the Center for AIDS Research at Emory University. Her research focuses on HIV among incarcerated persons, including prevention/treatment, comorbid illnesses, opportunistic infections and coinfections, healthcare delivery, and behavioral prevention. Learn more about Dr. Anne Spaulding here.

Preventable Hearing Loss – Scott Griffiths, PhD – University of Florida


Loud sounds associated with hearing loss may be encountered not just at work but also through an array of recreational activities.

Dr. Scott Griffiths is an associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. He is also the associate chair of Academic Affairs at the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the areas of auditory and balance physiology, the effects of noise and the contribution of attention to auditory and balance function. Learn more about Dr. Scott Griffiths here.