Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy Minority Women – Veronica Accornero, PhD – University of Miami –


African american and Hispanic women have been underrepresented in smoking cessation research.

Dr. Accornero is an associate clinical professor in the Psychology Division in the Department of Pediatrics in the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. Her research focuses on maternal drug use and addiction and pediatric development in children with mothers with addictions. Learn more about Dr. Veronica Accornero here.
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Adolescent Drug Abuse – Ken Winters, PhD – University of Minnesota


Adolescents marijuana use in the US has increased in recent years, possibly due to shifting attitudes.

Dr. Winters is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He is also the director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research and a senior scientist at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, PA. His research focuses on the assessment and treatment of addictions, including adolescent drug abuse and problem gambling. His research has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations. He has received the Research to Evidence-Based Practice Award from JMATE (2008) for his work. Learn more about Dr. Ken Winters here.

Youth Exposed to Violence – Phillip Leaf, PhD – Johns Hopkins University


The Federal government estimated that 46 million children and youth would be directly affected by violence, crime, abuse, or psychological trauma in the next year.

Dr. Leaf is a professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on effectiveness, dissemination, and practice research and the factors that facilitate or inhibit the adoption of effective preventive or clinical practices for children and adolescents and identifying opportunities outside of psychiatric settings for reducing the incidence, prevalence, and disability associated with common mental disorders. Learn more about Dr. Phillip Leaf here.

Vehicle Safety for Older Drivers – Jean Shope, PhD, MSPH – University of Michigan


As we age, there are changes in our vision, bodies, and reactions, that affect our ability to drive enough to keep people safe.

Dr. Shope is a research professor in the Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group and in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on school health education, adolescent substance use, adolescent driving, at-risk drinking, drink/driving, older drivers, and graduated driver licensing. Her research has been awarded funding from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Safety Council, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, General Motors, and Toyota, as well as various state agencies and departments. She has received the University of Michigan Research Faculty Achievement Award (2005), the Cornell University-New York Hospital Distinguished Alumni Award (2013), and the ICADTS Widmark Award (2013). Learn more about Dr. Jean Shope here.

Teen Smoking – Dee Burton, PhD – SUNY Downstate


A key factor in adolescents that have the most difficulty quitting smoking: they lead high stress lives.

At the time of recording, Dr. Burton was an associate professor and chair in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate. She is now Associate Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Health, Media, and Policy at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on human rights and public health policy, as well as on health communication; she also has conducted extensive research on tobacco control. Her research has been awarded grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Way Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Dee Burton Suicide Tracking – Michael Armey, PhD – Suicide Tracking



It may be possible to track suicide risk by testing eye movement and implicit or unconscious beliefs and attitudes about suicide.

Dr. Armey is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. His research focuses on the use of complementary multi-method procedures to characterize the phenomenology and presumed mechanisms of suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury behavior, with the goal of applying these findings to novel treatment development. Learn more about Dr. Michael Armey here.

Role of Pharmacists in Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse – Nick Hagemeier, PharmD, PhD – East Tennessee State University



Pharmacists’ ability to interfere with prescription drug abuse is hindered back a lack of confidence, training, and time.

Dr. Hagemeier is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the Gatton School of Pharmacy at East Tennessee University. His research focuses on the role of community pharmacists in prescription drug abuse prevention, health communication, and achievement motivation. Dr. Hagemeier has received the outstanding teacher of the year award and research award from East Tennessee University. Learn more about Dr. Nick Hagemeier :

Online Intervention for College Drinkers – Abby Braitman, PhD – Old Dominion University


Simply receiving an email with tailored information reinforces the effects of interventions.

Dr. Braitman is an adjunct research professor in the Psychology Department at Old Dominion University. Her research focuses on risky health behaviors among emerging adults, particularly heavy episodic alcohol use by college students. Learn more about Dr. Abby Braitman here.

Pain Related Behavioral Medicine – Burel Goodin, PhD – University of Alabama, Birmingham


The pain and disability associated with knee osteoarthritis may be more severe for older black adults compared to older white adults.

Dr. Goodin is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama Birmingham. His research focuses on the interactions of psychosocial and biobehavioral characteristics in relation to the experience of pain through the key pathways of stress-related hormones (neuroendocrine function) and immune function. Learn more about Dr. Burel Goodin here.

Psychoeducation of Borderline Patients – Mary Zanarini, EdD – Harvard University


Borderline Personality Disorder has a very good symptomatic outcome, but many clinicians still think of BPD as a chronic condition.

Dr. Zanarini is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry in Harvard Medical School at Harvard University. She is also Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on Borderline Personality Disorder – its phenomenology, etiology, long-term course, and early treatment. Learn more about Dr. Mary Zanarini here.