Stress Management – Nanette Tummers, Ed.D – Eastern Connecticut State University

What do those who bounce back from adverse stress do to be healthy? Instead of studying what unhealthy people do in reaction to stress, such as overeating and procrastination, I want to see what’s the skill set of resilient people.

Dr. Nanette Tummers is a Professor of Health and Physical Education at the Eastern Connecticut State University. Her research interests include health education and promotion, as well as stress management and wellness.  Dr. Tummers holds certifications as a  Holistic Stress Management Instructor as well as a Next Generation Yoga Instructor. Her most recent publication was in 2013 on stress management. Learn more about Dr. Nanette Tummers here.

Disruptive Behavior Disorders – Anil Chacko, PhD – New York University

My research focuses on understanding how increase the capacity to deliver and provide accessible and evidence based psychosocial treatments for ADHD and how to develop new psychosocial treatment.

Dr. Anil Chacko is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at New York University. His current research interest are on the development of engaging, effective, and sustainable prevention, intervention and service delivery models for youth at-risk for or affected with disruptive behavior disorders (e.g., attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; oppositional defiant disorder; conduct disorder). Recently, through funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he has focused much of his work on integrating findings from neuroscience and intervention theories on improving the efficacy of evidence-based psychosocial interventions and also on improving engagement to family-based psychosocial interventions. His work has been largely influenced by his own ongoing clinical work with families and active collaboration with service providers in the community. Learn more about Dr. Anil Chacko here.

Sustainable Development – Dennis Canterbury, PhD – Eastern Connecticut State University

Policy makers in the EU have usurped the term “environmental protection,” repackaging it as sustainable development, to establish compatibility between limitless production and environmental protection.

Dr. Dennis Canterbury is a Professor of Sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University. His research interests are in sustainable development, neo-liberal globalization and international economic partnerships. Dr. Canterbury shares his interests with undergraduate students through trips to Ghana, where they gain first-hand exposure to development issues in a developing country. Learn more about Dr. Dennis Canterbury here.

Health Policy and Preparedness – Lara Lamprecht, DrPH, MPH – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

We’re studying implementation models to improve strategic alignment of the current strategy through policy and program levers and evaluating progress toward health security.

Dr. Lara Lamprecht is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office. She was integral in crafting the first National Health Security Strategy and Implementation Plan for the United States which guides strategic decisions at federal, state, and local levels to improve community resilience. She also built and continues to manage a sustainable program to support a national, collaborative strategic planning, execution and evaluation process based on best practices and evidence-based decision-making.She has been recognized by numerous awards, including a Secretarial Letter of Commendation for her efforts in crafting the nation’s first National Health Security Strategy and the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for her role in responding to the 9/11 and anthrax attacks. Learn more about Dr. Lara Lamprecht here. 

Breast Cancer Screening & Health Disparities – Beth A. Jones, PhD, MPH – Yale University

We found only 9% of over a thousand Hispanic/Latino women reported that they’ve been told about their breast density and less than 15% of eligible women received a supplemental ultrasound – suggesting that we need to do a better job reaching out to this community.

Dr. Beth A. Jones is the Assistant Director for Diversity and Health Equity for the Yale Cancer Center and the Director of the Smilow Cancer Screening and Prevention Program. Her research is focused on racial/ethnic differences in cancer screening and cancer outcomes, particularly breast cancer. Using a multidisciplinary approach, she has evaluated the role(s) of tumor characteristics, selected genetic alterations and genetic polymorphisms, as well as social class, medical care, and psychosocial factors, in explaining differences in cancer stage at diagnosis and survival between African Americans and Whites. Learn more about Dr. Beth Jones here.

Student Veterans – Janet Bagby, PhD – Baylor University

When transitioning from that highly structured environment the major challenge many face is learning how to navigate and achieve within the unstructured environment of higher education.

Dr. Janet Bagby is a senior lecturer in Educational Psychology at Baylor University. Her primary research interests focus on quality learning strategies/environments, specifically executive function, Montessori education, and military veterans transitioning to higher education. In 2012, Dr. Bagby founded Baylor’s Veteran Educational and Transition services (VETS) Program, which promotes the academic success of student veterans at Baylor, and she served as the part time coordinator for four years. Her areas of teaching include human growth and development, learning theory, and educational research at the undergraduate through doctoral levels. Dr. Bagby has been recognized for her teaching by being nominated for several awards, most recently in 2015 when she was nominated by the School of Education for a Baylor Outstanding Professor Award.  Learn more about Dr. Janet Bagby here.

Zoonotic Enteropathogens – Jay Graham, M.P.H., M.B.A., PhD – Public Health Institute

We found that 3 enteric pathogens (Campylobacter jejuni, Giardia and atypical enteropathogenic E. coli) were common in children and domestic animals in our study in Ecuador.

Dr. Jay Graham is a Researcher at the Public Health Institute and directs the India Antimicrobial Resistance Control Program for the Public Health Institute. His applied research focuses on developing more efficient and cost-effective approaches to scale-up environmental health initiatives and improving evaluation methods for large-scale interventions. Dr. Graham is also a sanitation and hygiene and household air pollution within the Bureau for Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Graham has over fifteen years of global environmental health research and practice experience. He worked in a variety of countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. He also conducted research on the primary prevention of diarrhea diseases and pneumonia within informal settlements of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Learn more about Dr. Jay Graham here.

E- Cigarettes Among Youth – Amy Ferketich, PhD – Ohio State

We found that e-cigarettes are used more frequently by adolescent males. We also looked at susceptibility to use tobacco products, and nearly one-third of the boys in our study were susceptible to e-cigarette use.

Dr. Amy Ferketich is a Professor of Epidemiology at Ohio State University College of Public Health. Her research interests are within the field of tobacco control: smoking cessation, tobacco use surveillance, tobacco policy, and tobacco regulatory science. With respect to smoking cessation, her independent research is largely focused on smokers who can be reached through healthcare providers and the healthcare system. She has led projects that target Medicaid-enrolled smokers in Southeast Ohio and has conducted, and continues to conduct, surveillance-type research in the US and Italy, and, with former doctoral students, in Lebanon and China. Her research in the area of tobacco control policy, has involved work with clean indoor air ordinances and tobacco advertising. Learn more about Dr. Amy Ferketich here.


Social Connections – Cheryl Carmichael, PhD – Brooklyn College/CUNY Graduate Center

Having frequent social activity in your twenties, and high quality social experience in your thirties, is associated with better psychological adjustment at age fifty. People with these types of early adult social experiences are less lonely, less depressed, and have better friendships in midlife.

Dr. Cheryl Carmichael is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College. Her research aims to better understand the ways in which social interactions between close relationship partners impact health and well-being. She examines how particular relationship processes (such as sharing positive news, and providing social support), and the effective experiences occurring as a result of those processes, impact short- and long-term physical health and emotional adjustment. These processes are examined in the lab, and in the natural ebb and flow of daily life. Learn more about Dr. Cheryl Carmichael here.

Energy Insecurity – Diana Hernandez, PhD – Columbia University

Energy insecurity leads to adverse environmental health and social consequences. It’s linked to asthma, chronic stress, and affects residential stability and comfort.

Dr. Diana Hernandez is an Assistant Professor in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. Her research focus is on the social and environmental determinants of health by querying the impacts of policy and place-based interventions on the health and socioeconomic well-being of vulnerable populations. Her community-oriented research examines the intersections between the built environment (housing and neighborhoods), poverty/equity and health with a particular emphasis on energy insecurity. Much of her research is conducted in her native South Bronx neighborhood, where she also lives and invests in social impact real estate. Learn more about Dr. Diana Hernandez here.