Alcohol Stimulation and Sedation in Binge Drinkers – Andrea King, PhD – University of Chicago


Binge drinkers show a remarkably different response to alcohol than light drinkers.

Dr. King is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at University of Chicago. Her research focuses on identifying risk factors, biological vulnerability, and co-morbidities in substance use disorders, examining efficacy of behavioral and pharmacological treatments for nicotine, alcohol, and other addictive disorders, and targeting treatments for minority and underserved smokers. Her clinical focus is on assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, tobacco and alcohol addictions in medical and psychiatric patients, and cancer prevention and control. Learn more with Dr. Andrea King here.

Patient-Centered Primary Care – Carolyn Berry, PhD – New York University


Small primary care practices serving large numbers of low income patients could be a great boon as the population ages and Medicaid expands, but they are in need of more resources.

Dr. Berry is an associate professor in the Department of Population Health in the School of Medicine at New York University. Her research focuses on the study and evaluation of the patient centered medical care (PCMH) model currently promoted as an ideal model for primary care delivery. Learn more about Dr. Carolyn Berry here.

Athletes Promoting Obesity – Marie Bragg, PhD – New York University


90% of the beverages features in athletes’ endorsement ads are sugary drinks and athletes often endorse fast food brands.

Dr. Bragg is an assistant professor in the Department of Population Health in the School of Medicine and in the College of Global Public Health at New York University. She is also the Director of the Socioeconomic Evaluation of Dietary Decision Program at New York University. Her research focuses on environmental and social factors associated with obesity, food marketing, food policy, and health disparities. Learn more about Dr. Marie Bragg here.

Family Links to Depression – Myrna Weissman, PhD – Columbia University


If a mother with depression goes into remission, her children with depression also get better.

Dr. Weissman is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Mailman School of Public Health and a professor of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, both at Columbia University. She is also Chief of the Division of Epidemiology at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her research focuses on understanding the rates and risks of mood and anxiety disorders using methods of epidemiology, genetics, neuroimaging, and the application of these findings to develop and test empirically based treatments and prevention intervention. Learn more about Dr. Myrna Weissman here.

Infant Sleep Safety – Martine Hackett, PhD, MPH – Hofstra University


Sudden, unexpected, sleep-related deaths in health infants are likely due to suffocation.

Dr. Hackett is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Professions in the School of Health Sciences and Human Services at Hofstra University. Her research focuses on maternal-child health, SIDS, infant injury, breastfeeding promotion, health communication, and health disparities. Learn more about Dr. Martine Hackett here.

Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission – Elaine Abrams, MD – Columbia University


Providing antiretroviral drugs to mothers with HIV and optimizing their health is the most effective way to prevent transmission to their infants.

Dr. Abrams is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is also a professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at the Columbia University Medical Center. She is also the senior director for research at the International Center for AIDS Treatment and Care Programs (ICAP). Her research focuses on maternal-infant HIV transmission and the natural history of HIV disease in infants, children and youth children and the development of international, national, and local guidelines and policies for care and treatment in the area of maternal and child HIV. Learn more about Dr. Elaine Abrams here.

Oral Health in Africa – Peter Loomer, DDS, PhD – New York University


Since there will never be enough healthcare workers in Sub-Saharan Africa to adequately treat oral diseases, prevention is the most effective approach.

Dr. Loomer is a clinical professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at New York University. He is also affiliated faculty in the New York University Global Institute of Public Health and Director of Global Health for Oral Health Sciences. His research is focused on inter-professional education, student international education and global research experience, faculty development and curriculum reform in developing nations with an emphasis on Tanzania, Kenya and India. He has received funding from the NIH, Fogarty and the Gates Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Peter Loomer here.

Parental Roles in Education – Helena Duch, PsyD – Columbia University


Quality preschool programs have the potential to ameliorate the achievement gap to some extent, however parents are also crucial in supporting the development of school readiness skills.

Dr. Duch is an assistant professor of in the Department of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center and in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her research focus is early childhood determinants of health and the evaluation of parent, and classroom-based interventions that address developmental and health disparities, primarily in Latino children. Learn more about Dr. Helena Duch here.

Accepting Anxiety – Robert Guenther, PhD – University of Florida


Facing anxiety with the help of trained professionals and accepting it dramatically weakens its hold on us.

Dr. Guenther is a Clinical Professor and Director of Continuing Education, primary psychologist to the Adult Inpatient Neurotrauma Service, and Director of Inpatient Adult Consultation and Liaison Services. Dr. Guenther’s research focuses on areas of rehabilitation psychology, transplant psychology, and bioethics. His clinical focus is adults with new traumatic injuries to the brain and/or spine (Neurotrauma Service), including treatments for depression, phobias, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-operative delirium, refusal of treatment, and contingency management of untoward behavioral presentations such as difficult behavior associated with Axis II disorders. Learn more about Dr. Robert Guenther here.

Disability and Health – Allyson Hall PhD, MBA, MHS – University of Florida


Individuals living with disability face barriers to care and higher rates of chronic conditions.

At the time of recording, Dr. Hall was an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at University of Florida. She is now the Michael and Barbara Bice Professor and the MHA Program Director in the Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at University of Florida. She is also the Research Director for the University of Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured. Her research focuses on access to care for vulnerable populations including Medicaid, the health care safety net, and primary care delivery systems. Learn more about Dr. Allyson Hall here.