Infant Mortality – Arden Handler, DrPH – University of Illinois

High quality prenatal care for all women will reduce risks for infant mortality.

Dr. Hander is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at University of Illinois Chicago. She is also the director of the Maternal and Child Health Program in the School of Public Health are the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research focuses on the exploring factors that increase the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes and examining ways in which the healthcare delivery system, particularly prenatal care, can ameliorate these risks. Learn more about Dr. Arden Handler here:

Long-Term Care in Mexican American Families – Jacqueline Angel, PhD – University of Texas

As age and disabling health conditions force families to make decisions about long term care, many have limited options.

Dr. Angel is a professor in the Department of Public Affairs and Sociology in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at University of Texas Austin. Her research focuses on assessing the longitudinal health and long-term care needs of older Hispanics, with special emphasis on Mexican Americans. Learn more about Dr. Jacqueline Angel here.

Premature Babies – Derek Chapman, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University

Even after adjusting for known risk factors in the current pregnancy, the odds of having a low birthweight in the first born infant was 1.6 times higher for black women and 2 times higher for white women if the mother was low birth weight.

Dr. Chapman is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also the Associate Director for Research at the Center for Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research focuses on maternal and child health epidemiology, the intersection of biologic (e.g., preterm/low birthweight) and social (e.g., mother-infant interactions) factors on children’s school readiness, social determinants of children’s health and development, and data linkage methodology. Learn more about Dr. Derek Chapman here.

Unintended Consequences of Clean Indoor Air Policies – Liz Klein, PhD, MPH – Ohio State University

Consistently, studies have found no negative outcomes in employment or revenue for restaurants and bars that adopted smoking bans.

Dr. Klein is an assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion and in the Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science in the College of Public Health at Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the use of a multi-level, social-ecological approach in the prevention or reduction of tobacco use, with a particular interest in understanding the role of policy, systems and environmental change (PSEC) strategies and their influence on population health behavior, particularly tobacco use. Learn more about Dr. Liz Klein here.

Physician Screening of Older Drivers – Marian (Emmy) Betz, MD, MPH – University of Colorado

Most older adults outlive their safe driving by about 7 to 10 years.

Dr. Betz is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Her research is focused on injury prevention, with specific interests in the role of healthcare providers in older driver safety and suicide prevention. Learn more about Dr. Marian (Emmy) Betz

Age-Related Hearing Loss – Elizabeth Helzner, PhD – SUNY Downstate

80% of people over 85 are affected by hearing loss and it’s largely due to lifetime noise exposure.

Dr. Helzner is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health in the Medical Center at State of New York University Downstate. Her research focuses on age-related hearing loss and Alzheimer’s Disease. Learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Helzner here.

Adolescent Prescription Drug Abuse – Carol Boyd, PhD, RN – University of Michigan

37% of youth reported having a prescription for a controlled medication and about 20% of these youth will either use too much of it or use it to get high.

Dr. Boyd is the Deborah J Oakley Collegiate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on prescription medication misuse, abuse of controlled substances, gender, sexual orientation, and substance abuse, and medication diversion. Learn more about Dr. Carol Boyd here.

Adolescent Depression – Crystal Lim, PhD – University of Mississippi

There are effective psychological treatments that affect the behavioral and cognitive aspects of depression in adolescents.

Dr. Lim is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at University of Mississippi. She is also the Director of Child Obesity and Family Health Research in the School of Medicine at University of Mississippi. Her research focuses on the areas of pediatric obesity and weight management, psychological correlates and adherence in pediatric chronic illnesses, and chronic pain management. Learn more about Dr. Crystal Lim here.

Adolescent Anxiety – Laura Richardson, MD, MPH – University of Washington

Anxiety symptoms are often felt physically, such as stomachaches and headaches and anxiety can also worsen symptoms of chronic illness such as asthma or diabetes.

Dr. Richardson is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at University of Washington. She is also Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship in the School of Medicine at University of Washington. Her research focuses on better understanding interactions between mental and physical health in adolescents, and on improving detection and management of child and adolescent depression in primary care settings. Learn more about Dr. Laura Richardson here

Children’s Formation of Social Categories – Dr. Marjorie Rhodes, PhD – New York University

Adults can guide whether children categorize based on race or ethnicity through subtle changes in the way they use language.

Dr. Rhodes is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on conceptual development and the development of social cognition. Learn more about Dr. Marjorie Rhodes here.