Public Health Seminars and Events

Seminar Series

The Division of Epidemiology hosts a biweekly seminar series that is open to students, faculty, and staff throughout VCU. Lectures address various aspects of epidemiologic research and practice and include presentations by leaders in the field of population health.

Seminars are generally held from 12:00 to 1:00 pm on TUESDAYS.  All Spring 2021 seminars will be held via Zoom; please see the listings for how to acquire the Zoom link.contact us

 

Seminars 2020-2021

(please note that the details are being finalized and will be updated regularly)

DatePresenterSeminar Title
Spring 2021   
1/19/21Courtney Blondino, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: MPH
A Network Approach to Substance Use, Internalizing, and Externalizing Comorbidity in U.S. Adults 
   

1/26/21

Erin L. Britton, MPH | Doctoral Student, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy and April R. Williams, M.S., CNS®, LDN | Doctoral Candidate, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Overdose Risk Varies by Outpatient Treatment Initiation Setting Among Adult Medicaid Members in Virginia (Britton); Associations Between Nutrition Care Documentation and Blood Pressure Control Using Structured Data from Electronic Health Records of Patients with Hypertension (Williams)

   

2/2/21

James Clifford, MS | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
The Association of Peer Group Cigarette Use and Tobacco Use: An Exemplar of Propensity Score Analysis 
   

2/5/21 (FRIDAY)

James F. Thrasher, PhD | Deputy Director, Global Health Initiatives; Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
Seminar Type: Massey Cancer Center Director's Seminar Series
Key challenges for public health communication about diverse tobacco products: Emerging research and future directions 
   

2/8/21 (MONDAY)

Ali Jalali, PhD | Postdoctoral Associate, Weill Cornell Medicine, Population Health Sciences
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Cost-effectiveness of Extended-Release Naltrexone Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Prior to Release from Incarceration: Preliminary Results

   

2/9/21

Kellie E. Carlyle, PhD, MPH | Associate Professor, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Making the Case for Trauma-Informed Mentoring in Graduate Education 

   

2/11/21 (THURSDAY)

Janet R. Cummings, PhD | Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management; Deputy Director, Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Emory University
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care quality among children and adolescents 

   
2/16/21Félice Lê-Scherban, PhD, MPH | Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Training Core Lead, Drexel Urban Health Collaborative, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
Seminar Type: MPH
Electronic Health Records for Children’s Health Disparities Research: Promise and Challenge
   

2/23/21

Omar El Shahawy, MD, MPH, PhD | Assistant Professor of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine; Assistant Professor of Global Health, NYU School of Global Public Health
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Evaluation of Factors Associated with E-cigarette Use Perceptions and Patterns

   
3/2/21Whitney Graves, MPH | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Life Course Adversity and Mental Health Services Utilization among Women
   
3/16/21Arnethea L. Sutton, PhD, MLS(ASCP) | Postdoctoral Fellow - Cancer Prevention and Control, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Seminar Type: MPH
Attacking Cancer Disparities from Multiple Angles: Getting to the Heart of the Problem
   

3/19/21 (FRIDAY) 3:00p

James F. Thrasher, PhD | Deputy Director, Global Health Initiatives; Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
Seminar Type: Special Invited Speaker
Non-Communicable Disease Prevention: Research on Innovative Policy and Communication Interventions
   

3/23/21

Alex Lucas, PhD | Instructor, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy; Division of Cardiology, VCU Pauley Heart Center
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Evolving Perspectives on Behavioral Exercise Interventions Among Clinical Populations 

   
3/30/21John Lee, MS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Improving the Measurement of Community-Level Determinants of Population Health Across Spatial Contexts
   

4/5/21 (MONDAY)

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH | Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, VCU; CEO, VCU Health System 
presented as part of VCU's celebration of National Public Health Week

*please find all NPHW seminar recording links here*

American Public Health: Past, Present, and Future 

 

   

4/6/21

M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA | Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health
presented as part of VCU's celebration of National Public Health Week

Virginia and COVID-19: The State of the Public’s Health

 

   
4/7/21 (WEDNESDAY) Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, FACP, FSHEA, FIDSA | Richard Wenzel Professor of Medicine and Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases, VCU Department of Internal Medicine; Hospital Epidemiologist, VCU Health
presented as part of VCU's celebration of National Public Health Week

COVID-19 and Public Health: Lessons Learned

 

   
4/9/21 (FRIDAY)April Williams, MS, CNS®, LDN | Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Assistant, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy
presented as part of VCU's celebration of National Public Health Week

Primary Care Providers’ Attitudes about Team-Based Care and Nutrition Care in Their Practice

 

   
4/13/21Wendemi Sawadogo, MPH and Medhin Tsegaye, MPH | PhD Students, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: MPH
Obesity as a Risk Factor for Covid-19 Severity: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 
   
4/27/21Yufan Guan, MS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Epigenetic Clock, Hepatitis Virus, and Overall Survival in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Tumor
   

5/4/21

Robert Winn, MD | Director, VCU Massey Cancer Center; Senior Associate Dean for Cancer Innovation, VCU School of Medicine
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar and presented in partnership with AcademyHealth Student Chapter at VCU

Health Disparities in Cancer (register herecontact Mary Johnson for additional information)

   
Completed Seminars Fall 2020  
7/31/20 (FRIDAY)James Burch, PhD 
Associate Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina; 
Health Research Scientist, WJB Dorn Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Seminar Type: Special Invited Speaker

The Role of Circadian Rhythm Disruption in Cancer

 
   

8/25/20

Matthew Merritt | Senior Peace Corps Recruiter, Commonwealth of Virginia
Seminar Type: PhD/MPH
Global Public Health Roles in the Peace Corps 
   
9/8/20Yeatoe Gloria McIntosh, MPH '08 | Co-Founder, The Tosh Foundation; Public Health Practice Manager, American Public Health Association's Center for Public Health Practice and Professional Development
Seminar Type: MPH

An Immigrant Journey of Resilience: Violence, Racism & Public Health 

   

9/15/20

Andrew Barnes, PhD | Associate Professor, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar
Treatment Experiences of Medicaid Members with Opioid Use Disorder in Virginia: Early Results of a Member Survey 
   

9/22/20

no seminar this week-
   

10/6/20

Andrea Chapman, MPH, CHOP, CIC | Infection Preventionist, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
Seminar Type: MPH
A Day in the Life of an Infection Preventionist During a Pandemic
   

10/13/20

Dina M. Jones, PhD, MPH | Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for the Study of Tobacco
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Cessation, Harm Reduction, and Tobacco-related Disparities in the Age of E-cigarettes

   

10/20/20

Alexis Donaldson, BASW | MPH Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology; Wendemi Sawadogo, MPH | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: MPH
APHA Practice Talks: National health and nutrition examination survey 2011-2014: Association between self-reported traumatic brain injury history and employment status (Donaldson); Association Between History of Stroke and Sleep Disturbances: The National Health Interview Survey (Sawadogo)
   

10/27/20

Yamilé Molina, MS, MPH, PhD | Assistant Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health Faculty Affiliate, Center for Research on Women and Gender Academic Partner and Member, Cancer Center University of Illinois Chicago
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Considering Network Effects of Cancer Equity Interventions: From Recipient to Resource

   
11/3/20no seminar
Election Day
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11/17/20DaShaunda Taylor, MPH | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
An Overview of the Impact of Racism and Neighborhood Context on Perinatal Outcomes
   

12/1/20

Ericka Boone, PhD | Director, Division of Loan Repayment, National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research 
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Imposter Syndrome: Confronting the Career Development Monster Hiding Under the Bed 

   
12/2/20 (WEDNESDAY)Doug Kurnel and Janae Shatswell | December 2020 MPH Graduates, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: MPH

Food Insecurity's Association with Overweight and Obese BMIs (Kurnel); Communication Preferences of Patients Diagnosed with Chlamydia and/or Gonorrhea Based on Age (Shatswell)

   

12/8/20

Kathy Tossas, PhD, MS | Assistant Professor, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Methods, Madness and Ministry Trinity: My own bench to community journey 

   
Completed Seminars 2019-2020
DatePresenterSeminar Title
   
9/10/19Natalie Pennywell, MPH, CHES | Site Director, VCU Health Hub at 25th
Seminar Type: MPH
MPH to Health Hub: A Winding Professional Road
   
9/24/19Megan Hollis, MS | Associate Director, Health Sciences Career Advising, VCU Career Services
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD
Developing a Targeted Job Search
   
10/8/19group discussion
Seminar Type: MPH
The Role of Medicaid in Addressing the Overdose Crisis
   
10/22/19Mirinda Gormley, MSPH, NRP | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Is layperson naloxone administration associated with refusal of emergency medical services transport to the hospital after a nonfatal opioid overdose?
   
11/1/19 Arielle Deutsch, PhD | Assistant Scientist, Sanford Research; Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences Department of Pediatrics
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD
Systems, Syndemics, and Solutions: Embracing complexity in health disparities of alcohol exposed pregnancy
   
11/12/19Hua Zhao, PhD | Professor, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Obesity and obesity related cancers among Mexican Americans
   
11/19/19MPH Students | attended American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & ExpoMy APHA Experience
   
12/6/19 Tiara Willie, PhD, MA | Post-Doctoral Fellow, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Miriam HospitalThe Sociopolitical Context of Intimate Partner Violence and U.S. Women's Health: Advancing Health Equity through Collaborative Response Efforts
   

1/16/20 (THURSDAY)

Jacqueline Britz, MD, MSPH | Chief Resident, University of Virginia Family Medicine Residency
Seminar Type: Special Invited Speaker
Transforming transgender health in the primary care setting
   
1/21/20Aderonke A. Akinkugbe, DDS, MPH, PhD | Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health and Policy, VCU School of Dentistry; Member, Oral Health Transdisciplinary core, VCU iCubed
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD

Prenatal smoking and risk of early childhood caries

   

1/31/20 (FRIDAY)

Sebastian Tong, MD, MPH | Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine Specialist
Seminar Type: Special Invited Speaker
Addressing the Intersection of Addiction, Loneliness and Social Needs
   
2/18/20Courtney Blondino, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type:PhD
Using Latent Class Analysis to Characterize Comorbidity of Substance Use and Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in U.S. Adults
   
3/3/20James Clifford, MS | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type:PhD
Modeling Electronic Cigarette Use: Potential Misclassification and Recommendations for the Future
   
3/17/20John Lee, MS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Risk Estimation of County-level Opioid Mortality Rate with Bayesian Spatiotemporal Modeling
   
3/24/20Fidelma Rigby, MD | Associate Professor, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, VCU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD
The Crucial Role of Public Health in Addressing the Human Trafficking Crisis (presented in partnership with PhD in Epidemiology Student Body and Medical Students Fighting Human Trafficking)
   
4/14/20Whitney Graves, MPH and DaShaunda Taylor, MPH | PhD Students, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Intimate Partner Violence, Perceived Racial Discrimination, and Postpartum Visit Attendance among Women in the U.S. (Graves); Hearing Impairment and Injury in U.S. Children (Taylor)
   
4/14/20Wendemi Sawadogo, MPH and Medhin Tsegaye, MPH | PhD Students, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Self-reported history of Stroke and recent Sleep Disturbances in U.S. adults (Sawadogo); Factors associated with Prediabetes among US adults: findings from BRFSS 2017 (Tsegaye)

 

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