Concussions – Mary Barron, PhD – George Washington University


Many injuries on the playing field, including concussions, are from unsafe play. Coaches can reduce the risk of injuries by making sure athletes wear protective equipment and teach proper safety techniques.

Mary Barron is an Associate Professor at George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Barron’s research has focused on tracking injury rates in youth sports and the relationship they have to biological maturation. After experiencing working with youth coaches, Dr. Barron has a line of research that inquires about the first aid and injury prevention knowledge of youth coaches. Learn more about Dr. Mary Barron here.

Origins of Chronic Diseases – Carmen Isasi, MD, PhD – Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Health disparities start early in life and we need effective early intervention. Obesity for example affects more people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dr. Carmen Isasi is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  Her research interests focus on life course factors associated with chronic conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. In particular, Dr. Isasi’s research examines psychosocial and biological factors that increase the risk of obesity in minority youth. She is Principal Investigator (PI) of the SOL Youth Study, a multi-center study of Latino children examining cultural, familial and psychosocial influences of obesity and cardio-metabolic risk. Learn more about Dr. Carmen Isasi here.

Health Care Systems – Erik Carlton, DrPH, MS – University of Memphis


We’re finding that nonprofit hospitals are increasingly involving health departments in their community health improvement plans. As many as two-thirds of local health departments may be working with nonprofit hospitals to improve community health.

Dr. Erik Carlton is an Assistant Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy and Director of the Master of Health Administration program at The University of Memphis School of Public Health.  His current research focuses on public health and health care leadership, the integration of public health and primary care systems, and integrating behavioral health into health care and public health systems. He teaches the healthcare management leadership, population health management, healthcare quality and outcomes, and health policy and the organization of health systems courses for the School of Public Health. Dr. Carlton holds a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Services Management and a Master of Science degree in Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, both from the University of Kentucky. Learn more about Dr. Erik Carlton here.

ABCD- Nelly Alia-Klein, PhD – Mount Sinai


The ABCD study plans to answer questions about the developing brain and childhood experiences that shape social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth.

Dr. Nelly Alia-Klein is an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her research interests include addiction and brain imaging. Dr. Alia-Klein works on gene-brain-behavior modeling to predict anger and reactive aggression in clinical diagnoses as Intermittent Explosive Disorder. One of her goals is to further develop understanding and treatment of anger attacks in psychiatric disorders. She published on the neurochemistry modulating these behaviors and the reactivity interplay of prefrontal and subcortical brain regions during provocation or other challenge. Learn more about Dr. Nelly Alia-Klein here.

Cancer and Nutrition – Emma Allot, PhD – University of North Carolina


Our work in the North Carolina Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project, showed that high  dietary saturated fat intake was associated with increased tumor aggressiveness.

Dr. Emma Allot is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research integrates epidemiologic methods and design, molecular tumor profiling and experimental model systems to study the role of obesity, diet, and lifestyle factors in breast and prostate cancer pathogenesis. Dr. Allott’s work in breast cancer uses gene expression profiling and immunohistochemistry-based biomarker analyses for molecular classification of tumor subtypes and to explore inter-tumor and intra-tumor biomarker heterogeneity in large epidemiologic studies. In prostate cancer, her work is focused on the role of high serum cholesterol levels and dysregulated tumor lipid metabolism in prostate cancer aggressiveness and progression. Learn more about Dr. Emma Allot here.

Psychosocial Interventions and Dementia – David Coon, PhD – Arizona State University


EPIC helps ensure that the voice of early stage individuals is clearly understood by their families to help with future care.

Dr. David Coon is an Associate Dean for Research Initiatives, Support and Engagement, and a Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. Dr. Coon’s research focuses on designs, implementations, and evaluations of a variety of intervention projects, such as CarePRO (Care Partners Reaching Out) and EPIC (Early-stage Partners in Care), that focus on culturally diverse groups of midlife and older adults facing chronic illnesses (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, cancer, and depression) and their family caregivers. In 2013, Dr. Coon and his community partners received the Rosalynn Carter Institute’s National Leadership Award in Caregiving for CarePRO.  Learn more about Dr, David Coon here.

ADHD in Adults – Stephen Faraone, PhD – SUNY Upstate Medical University


We need to look into improving diagnostic criteria by creating better items for adults and figure out how early the disorder is onset  to be defined as ADHD.

Dr. Stephen Faraone is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neuroscience and Physiology and is a Neuroscience Graduate Program Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Faraone studies the nature and causes of mental disorders in childhood and has made contributions to research in psychiatric genetics, psychopharmacology, diagnostic issues and methodology.  His research focus is discovering new medicines for ADHD and autism based on discoveries in genetics. Dr. Faraone is an author of over 700 journal articles, editorials, chapters and books, making him the eighth highest producer of High Impact Papers in Psychiatry from 1900 to 1999. Learn more about Dr. Stephen Faraone here.

Educational Inequalities and Health Behavior – Sean Clouston, PhD – Stony Brook Medicine


We found that intelligence did not predict people’s decisions to smoke, drink alcohol, or be physically active, yet education did.

Dr. Sean Clouston is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family, Population, and Preventative Medicine at Stony Brook Medicine.  His research focuses on social inequalities in health, social epidemiology, lifecourse epidemiology, demography, and family dynamics. Dr. Clouston is in a number of publications including an article in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior on “Educational Inequalities in Health at Midlife: Is There a Role for Early-Life Cognition?” Learn more about Dr. Sean Clouston here.

Health Disparities – Heather Orom, PhD – University at Buffalo


The gap in life expectancy between Blacks and Whites in the U.S. has been closing; however, as of 2013 this gap is still 3.6 years.

Dr. Heather Orom is an Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at University of Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professionals.  She is also the Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Community Health and Health behavior.  Dr. Heather Orom’s first line of research is on the causes o#life  health disparities. She is interested in how broad social determinants of health such as discrimination influence health outcomes. Currently, she is investigating the causes of racial disparities in cancer prevention and treatment.  Orom is a PI of a five-year study of racial ethnic disparities in prostate cancer treatment and survivorship (5R01CA152425; MPI with Willie Underwood). She is exploring several possible explanations for prostate cancer treatment disparities including physician-patient interaction, physician bias, institutional racism, and patient preference. Orom is also interested in disparities in cancer prevention. Learn more about Dr. Heather Orom here.

Public Health Take on Autism – Craig Newschaffer, PhD – Drexel University


We also want to assure that all children are screened for autism as early as possible, ideally before age two. Those who need it are moved quickly into early support and intervention.

Dr. Craig Newschaffer is the founding director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University School of Public Health. Dr. Newschaffer is also a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and currently is the current Vice President of the International Society for Autism Research, an Associate Editor of Autism Research, and Interim Associate Dean for Research at the Drexel University School of Public Health. His research focus is on the discovery of modifiable autism risk factors.  However, in addition to Dr. Newschaffer’s own research program, the AJ Drexel Autism Institute also houses robust research programs on early detection and intervention and ASD life course outcomes as well as policy analysis and clinical consulting groups. Learn more about Dr. Craig Newschaffer here.