Children with Anxiety at Risk for Reading Problems – Amie Grills-Taquechel, PhD – Boston University


⅓ of children initially identified as demonstrating reading problems continued to experience difficulties despite adequate intervention.

Dr. Grills-Taquechel is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology in the School of Education at Boston University. Her research focuses on anxiety, trauma, and depression (particularly in children), as well as the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral assessments and interventions, including those conducted using web-based designs. Learn more about Dr. Amie Grills-Taquechel here.

Children’s Mental Health in Schools – Olga Price, PhD – George Washington University



The education system is a critical partner in addressing the health needs of our children.

Dr. Price is an associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University. She is also Director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Her research focuses on prevention and early intervention programs that address the mental health needs of vulnerable children and their families, and has developing and evaluating programs promoting mental health and resilience conducted in school and community settings. Learn more about Dr. Olga Price here.

CBT for Chronic Pain – Lori Waxenburg, PhD – University of Florida


Studies suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy helps people people identify and develop skills to balance negative thought patterns and develop adaptive behaviors leading to a more healthy perspective on living with pain.

Dr. Waxenberg is a clinical professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at University of Florida. She is also the Director of Internship Program in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at University of Florida. Her research focuses on better understanding and service for patients with chronic pain and adding to the evidence base to better inform the treatments of those patients. Her clinical focus is on working with people who are experiencing chronic pain and chronic illness. Learn more about Dr. Lori Waxenberg here.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Dawn Upchurch, PhD, LAc – University of California


There is growing scientific evidence that many types of CAM, such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture can improve women’s health.

Dr. Upchurch is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Fielding School of Public Health at University of California Los Angeles. Her research focuses on women’s health and health disparities, social and behavioral determinants of women’s health, psychosocial stressors and health, biopsychosocial models of women’s health, biomarkers and allostatic load, complementary and alternative medicine, and acupuncture. Learn more about Dr. Dawn Upchurch here

Caffeine Use Among Adolescents – Jennifer Temple, PhD – SUNY Buffalo


There has been an influx of highly caffeinated energy drinks marketed directly to children and adolescents, but we have very little empirical research on the effects of caffeine on this population.

Dr. Temple is an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior in the School of Public Health and Health Professions at State University of New York Buffalo. Her research focuses on factors that influence ingestive behavior and the development of obesity in humans, caffeine use among adolescents, and exercise and nutrition interactions. Learn more about Dr. Jennifer Temple here.

Breastfeeding Promotion and Support – Ann Dozier, PhD – University of Rochester


Institutions such as hospitals, prenatal and pediatric care, and federal supplemental nutrition programs need to increase their adoption of evidence-based practices known to improve breastfeeding rates for low-income mothers.

Dr. Dozier is a professor in the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Nursing in the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her research focuses on maternal and child health, perinatal outcomes, breastfeeding program evaluation, survey design and development, global health, clinical research recruitment, and community based participatory research. Learn more about Dr. Ann Dozier here.

Brain Health and the Prevention of Cognitive Decline – Dawn Bowers, PhD and Michael Marsiske, PhD – University of Florida


Exercise and healthy eating while engaging in novel activities like learning a new instrument may help brains age well.

Dr. Bowers is a professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at University of Florida. Her research focuses on the neuropsychology of emotion, basal ganglia and limbic functions in emotion, TMS, psychophysiology, laterality, and forensic neuropsychology. Learn more about Dr. Dawn Bowers here

Dr. Marsiske is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at University of Florida. His research focuses on cognitive aging, with a particular emphasis on cognitive intervention strategies with older adults. Learn more about Dr. Michael Marsiske here.

Executive Function Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders – Laura Anthony, PhD – Children’s National Medical Center


A new intervention for children with ASD to improve executive functioning improves social skills just as well as a social skills intervention.

Dr. Anthony is a neuropsychologist at Children’s National Health System. Her research focuses on the assessment and treatment of children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Learn more about Dr. Laura Anthony here.

Auditory Perception and Processing – Daniel Fogerty, PhD – University of South Carolina


Listening to speech in noisy settings continues to be one of the primary complaints of older adults.

Dr. Fogerty is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina. He is also Director of the Speech Perception Laboratory. His research focuses on speech perception in complex/adverse listening environments, auditory cognitive science, acoustic phonetics, psychoacoustics, temporal processing, perceptual learning, and cognitive aging. Learn more about Dr. Daniel Fogerty here.

Aging and Nursing Homes – Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD – University of Rochester


A critical component in better end-of-life care in nursing homes is a dedicated palliative care team that will emphasize communication and decision making.

Dr. Temkin-Greener is a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her research focuses on outcomes research with a focus on the elderly, long-term care, and end-of-life. Learn more about Dr. Helena Temkin-Greener here.