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1/29/2015
“Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health”
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Joanna Kempner
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Institute for Health
Rutgers University

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Joanna Kempner, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology and a member of the Institute for Health at Rutgers. Her research investigates the intersection of science, medicine, health and health policy, politics and gender. Her recently released book, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health (Chicago 2014), examines the gendered social values embedded in the way we talk about, understand, and make policies for people in pain. The book focuses on how cultural beliefs about gender, pain and the distinction between mind and body influence not only whose suffering is legitimated, but which remedies are marketed, how medicine is practiced and how knowledge about disease is produced. Joanna has also examined "forbidden knowledge" among scientists and how they come to understand which science is too controversial, sensitive or taboo to study. Prior to Rutgers, Joanna was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the University of Michigan. She was also a Research Associate at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University.
2/12/2015
Building a Culture of Health": RWJF's New Strategy to Improve Population Health
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Alonzo Plough
Vice President for Research-Evaluation-Learning and Chief Science Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH is Vice President for Research-Evaluation-Learning and Chief Science Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Dr. Plough will discuss the RWJF’s new grand vision and strategies to create a culture of health for the nation’s diverse population groups. Dr. Plough’s career has spanned academia, government and philanthropy. He was director of public health in Boston with faculty appointments at Boston University, Tufts, and Harvard before becoming director and health officer for the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health and professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He was vice president of strategy, planning and evaluation for the California Endowment. Prior to coming to the RWJF, Dr. Plough was director of emergency preparedness and response at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health responsible for leadership and management of public health preparedness activities protecting 10 million residents of Los Angeles County from natural disasters and threats from disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. Dr. Plough has been at the RWJF since January, 2014.
2/19/2015
Genetic Determinism, Technology Optimism, Race, and Partisanship: Unexpected (and Unexplained) Linkages in Public Attitudes
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Jennifer Hochschild
Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, Department of Government
Harvard University

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Jennifer L. Hochschild, PhD studies and teaches about the intersection of American politics and political philosophy particularly in the areas of race, ethnicity, and immigration and educational and social welfare policies. She also works on issues in public opinion, political culture, and American political thought. Currently Dr. Hochschild is conducting research on the politics and ideology of genomic science, immigrant political incorporation and citizens’ use of factual information in political decision-making. A forthcoming co-authored book is Do Facts Matter? Information, Misinformation, and Democratic Politics. Recent co-authored books include Outsiders No More? Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation (2013) and Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America (2012). Before coming to Harvard in 2001, Professor Hochschild taught at Duke and Columbia Universities and was William Steward Tod Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University for almost two decades.
2/26/2015
Politics and Evidence in Screening for Depression: a 2015 Update
Brown Bag Seminar Series

James Coyne
Professor of Health Psychology and Visiting Professor
University Medical Center, Groningen, the Netherlands and Rutgers University

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
James Coyne, PhD, is Professor of Health Psychology, University Medical Center, Groningen, the Netherlands and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Health. Dr. Coyne is Emeritus Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania where he was Director of Behavioral Oncology, Abramson Cancer Center and Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He served as External Scientific Advisor to a decade of European Commission funded community based programs to improve care for depression in the community. He has written over 350 articles and chapters, including systematic reviews of screening for distress and depression in medical settings and classic articles about stress and coping, couples research, and interpersonal aspects of depression. He has been designated by ISI Web of Science as one of the most impactful psychologists and psychiatrists in the world. He blogs and is a regular contributor to the blog Science Based Medicine and to the PLOS One Blog, Mind the Brain. He is known for giving lively, controversial lectures using scientific evidence to challenge assumptions about the optimal way of providing psychosocial care and care for depression to medical patients.
3/24/2015
Numeracy and Health: A Tyranny of Numbers
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Ellen Peters
Professor of Psychology and Director of the Decision Sciences Collaborative
Ohio State University

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Ellen Peters, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Decision Sciences Collaborative at The Ohio State University. She conducts basic and applied research in judgment and decision making. She has worked extensively with the U.S. National Cancer Institute and Food and Drug Administration to advance the science of human decision making as it applies to health and health policy. Dr. Peters focuses on understanding the basic building blocks of human judgment and decision making especially how affective, intuitive and deliberative processes help people to make decisions in an increasingly complex world. She studies decision making as an interaction of characteristics of the decision situation and characteristics of the individual. In applied research, she focuses on risk perception and risk communication in health, financial and environmental contexts including how to present information to facilitate its comprehension and use. Recently, she has been interested in the psychological mechanisms underlying tobacco use and prevention and how to "nudge" people towards healthier behaviors.
3/26/2015
** GLOBAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM ** Latino Immigrant Health over the Life Course: Social, Cultural, and Economic Influences
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Jacqueline Angel
Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology
University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs and Department of Sociology

Deborah Carr
Professor
Department of Sociology, Rutgers University

Karen D'Alonzo
Associate Professor
School of Nursing, Rutgers University

Peter Guarnaccia
Professor
IHHCPAR and Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University

Nancy Reichman
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
A multidisciplinary team of scholars will discuss health disparities, health behaviors, and access to health care among Latino immigrants in the United States. The four speakers are internationally recognized scholars of global health, with a particular emphasis on the ways that Latino immigrants’ cultural practices, social relations, neighborhood characteristics, and legal and/or economic obstacles affect their health and access to care. Drs. Angel, D’Alonzo, and Reichman will each focus on a distinct stage of the life span: old age, adulthood, and childhood/adolescence, respectively. Dr. Guarnaccia will highlight the ways that medical training in cultural competence may contribute to the overall health and well-being of Latino immigrant children, adults, and elders in the United States. Dr. Carr will serve as moderator and will provide a brief overview of the demography of Latino immigration to the United States in the 21st century.
4/16/2015
Is 50 the New 80? Health, Pain, Suicide, and Age
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Anne Case
Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Economics Department Princeton University

Angus Deaton
Dwight D Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Princeton University

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Anne Case, PhD is Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Economics, Princeton University. Dr. Case is Director of the Research Program in Development Studies and a Faculty Fellow in two research centers, the Center for Health and Wellbeing and the Office of Population Research at the Woodrow Wilson School. Dr. Case’s long-standing research examines the interrelationships among economics, health issues and societal factors both domestically and in South Africa.

Angus S. Deaton, PhD is Dwight D Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Economics, Princeton University. One of the world's leading development economists, his research on health, wellbeing and economic development focuses on social determinants of health, how people's incomes, their education and the characteristics of the societies in which they live, affect their health status and life chances. His recent book, THE GREAT ESCAPE: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality is “the story of mankind’s escaping from deprivation and early death”, but not for all.
4/23/2015
Poster Session
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
The poster session will highlight research of Institute for Health faculty, research staff, postdoctoral fellows and students. In addition to enhancing awareness of many fine and innovative research projects underway, the session will provide opportunities for discussion among Institute members, affiliates and interested others. A light lunch will be served.
4/30/2015
Ecological Momentary Tobacco Control
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Thomas Kirchner
Research Investigator
Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, American Legacy Foundation

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Thomas R Kirchner, PhD is Research Investigator at the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies and adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and in the Department of Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Kirchner’s work focuses on understanding health-related behavior and decision-making notably the momentary influences on the maintenance of addictive and health-related behavior utilizing both field-based (ecological momentary assessment) and laboratory-based methodologies. A primary focus is the use of mobile devices to capture the multilevel interface between individuals and their momentary circumstances in time and place. Current projects are beginning to uncover the social and environmental determinants of tobacco use initiation, maintenance and cessation.
9/17/2015
Impact of the Green House Model on Nursing Home Quality and Medicare Expenditures
Brown Bag Seminar Series

David Grabowski
Professor of Health Care Policy
Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
David C. Grabowski, PhD is a professor of health care policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the economics of aging with a particular interest in the area of long-term care. His research has considered issues related to long-term care financing, organization and delivery of services. With one of the directives of the Affordable Care Act to transform both institutional and community-based long-term services and supports into a more person-centered system, the Green House Model that is the focus of his talk involves the creation of small home-like facilities. This culture change is intended to transform the physical environment, organizational practices and workforce features to maintain the dignity and options for residents while providing a comparable cost effective level of quality of care.
9/24/2015
Priority Setting in Public Health and the Badness of Death at Different Ages
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Jeff McMahan
White's Professor of Moral Philosophy
University of Oxford

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Jeff McMahan, PhD currently holds the prestigious White’s Chair of Moral Philosophy first endowed in 1621 at Oxford University. Previously Jeff was a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University from 2003-2014. He has written extensively about theoretical and applied ethics, two of his most notable contributions being The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life and Killing in War. Jeff is also known for his work in animal ethics, being one the first major philosophers to seriously address the situation of animals in nature.
10/1/2015
Building a Culture of Health in NJ: Moving Communities to a Better State of Health
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Robert Atkins
Director and Associate Professor
New Jersey Health Initiatives, IHHCPAR, Rutgers University

Diane Hagerman
Deputy Director of Programs
New Jersey Health Initiatives, IHHCPAR, Rutgers University

Thursday, October 01, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Robert Atkins, PhD, RN, FAAN is Director and Diane Hagerman, MA is Deputy Director of Programs at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) National Program Office. NJHI is a statewide grantmaking program located on the Rutgers’ Camden campus and is funded through a grant to the Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. NJHI's mission mirrors the RWJF’s initiative to build a Culture of Health across the nation by improving healthy behaviors and health outcomes. NJHI is striving to build a Culture of Health in New Jersey by supporting innovations and encouraging conversations across multiple sectors to build healthier communities across diverse populations.
10/8/2015
Getting to the Affordable Care Act: The Historical Evolution of National Health Insurance
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Edward Berkowitz
Professor of History and Public Policy and Public Administration
Department of History, George Washington University

Thursday, October 08, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Edward Berkowitz, PhD is Professor of History and Public Policy and Public Administration in the Department of History at George Washington University. His research focuses on American social welfare policy, disability, health care, recent American history and American cultural history. An author of fifteen books and over seventy articles, he has been acclaimed as the leading historian of Social Security and of America's welfare state. His most recent monograph, The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy, appeared with Cornell University Press in 2013. He has given invited testimony before Congressional committees and has served on the senior staff of the President’s Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties. He teaches courses in twentieth century American history, the movies and mass media in modern America and the application of history to public policy. He is the son of former Rutgers University professor Monroe Berkowitz.
10/15/2015
Scientific Innovation, Health Inequity, and the Sociological Imagination
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Ruha Benjamin
Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies
Princeton University

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Ruha Benjamin, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, is an interdisciplinary scholar who examines the relationship between science, technology, medicine and society. She is the author of People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier which examines struggles over public participation in the implementation of California’s stem cell initiative. Ruha received a PhD in sociology at the University of California Berkeley and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA's Institute for Society and Genetics. She was an American Council of Learned Societies fellow at the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at Harvard’ John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ruha will discuss her ongoing research on the way genomic science in different countries reflects, reinforces, and sometimes challenges racial and caste hierarchies.
10/22/2015
Health Care Reform in the U.S.: Current Status and Future Developments
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Elizabeth Fowler
Vice President, Global Health Policy, Government Affairs & Policy
Johnson & Johnson

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Elizabeth J. Fowler, PhD, JD is Vice President of Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson, a position she assumed from the White House where she served as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC). She joined the NEC after serving as Deputy Director for Policy of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency tasked with implementing the insurance market reforms included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During the health reform debate, Elizabeth served as Chief Health Counsel and Senior Counsel to the Chair to Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where she played a critical role in developing the Senate version of health reform. She assumed a key role in the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA). Elizabeth was also a health services researcher with HealthSystem Minnesota. She is now on the board of directors of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
10/29/2015
Tackling Temptation
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Katherine (Katy) Milkman
James G. Campbell, Jr. Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Katherine (Katy) Milkman, PhD is an associate professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment as an associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine. Her research relies heavily on "big data" to document various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices. Her work has paid particular attention to the question of what factors produce self-control failures (e.g., under saving for retirement, exercising too little, eating too much junk food) and how to reduce the incidence of such failures. She was the recipient of an early career award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, and when under 30, she was named one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants.
11/5/2015
Tobacco Addiction and Smoking Cessation in African Americans
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Jasjit Ahluwalia
Dean
School of Public Health, Rutgers University

Thursday, November 05, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS, a nationally recognized researcher in the fields of health disparities and nicotine addiction in minority populations, became dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health in April, 2015. Previously he was professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center where he was the founding executive director of the Office of Clinical Research. His primary research has focused on nicotine addiction and smoking cessation in African-American smokers by way of conducting clinical trials, secondary analysis, qualitative research and clinical epidemiology research. His research has extended to the role of menthol in quitting, pharmacokinetics of nicotine, pharmacogenetics and cancer biomarkers. He is also engaged in global health work with two active research projects in Mumbai and New Delhi, India. Dr. Ahluwalia recently completed his term as chair of the National Advisory Council for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the NIH.
11/12/2015
The Changing Social and Genetic Landscape of Health and Marriage in the U.S.
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Dalton Conley
University Professor of the Social Sciences
New York University and Visiting Professor, Princeton University

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Dalton Conley, PhD is University Professor at New York University and holds faculty appointments in NYU's Sociology Department, School of Medicine and the Wagner School of Public Service. He is a visiting Professor at Princeton University and he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Dalton’s research focuses on the determinants of economic opportunity within and across generations. He studies sibling differences in socioeconomic success; racial inequalities; the measurement of class; and how health and biology affect (and are affected by) social position. In 2005, he became the first sociologist to win the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award given annually to a young researcher in any field of science, mathematics or engineering. He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.
11/19/2015
Exploring Transdiagnostic Vulnerabilities Underlying Cigarette Smoking and Anxiety Pathology: Preliminary Findings and Future Directions
Brown Bag Seminar Series



Teresa Leyro
Assistant Professor
IHHCPAR and Department of Psychology, Rutgers University

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Teresa Leyro, PhD is an assistant professor in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University. Dr. Leyro is director of the Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety (ABUSA) lab. Her research takes a multi-method approach to identify underlying cognitive-affective and biological risk for cooccurring anxiety and substance use, with a focus on cigarette smoking/nicotine dependence. Methodologies to measure risk include self-report and behavioral indices (e.g., distress tolerance), as well as psychophysiological assessment of autonomic nervous system (e.g., cardiac impedance and heart rate variability) and HPA-axis function (e.g., cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone [DHEA]). Her translational research program employs stress provocation paradigms in laboratory settings as a means to explore these relations. Dr. Leyro has also engaged in research on alcohol, marijuana and illicit substance use disorders, severe mental illness, and HIV/AIDS.
12/3/2015
Regulation of Craving
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Hedy Kober
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Psychology
Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, Yale University School of Medicine

Thursday, December 03, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Hedy Kober, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Yale University’s School of Medicine. Her research takes a cognitive-neuroscience approach to clinical questions and uses state-of-the-art neuroimaging methods organized around interrelated themes: craving, regulation of craving, substance use disorders, smoking cessation, treatment for substance use disorders, neural mechanisms of change, emotion regulation in psychopathology, emotion-cognition interaction and mindfulness and meditation. She will discuss her work on the regulation of craving, using behavioral and functional neuroimaging studies, meta analyses, and clinical trials to understand the psychological and neural basis of this construct, and comparing between cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches.
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