RWJF Health & Society Scholars Seminars

The RWJF Health & Society Scholars postdoctoral program at Harvard is anchored by this bi-weekly Thursday seminar series and provides a forum for transdisciplinary analysis and discussion of major issues in population health. Faculty members from all four participating institutions (School of Public Health, Kennedy School of Government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Medical School) attend the sessions throughout the year. The seminars consist of presentations by faculty and postdoctoral researchers from both within and outside Harvard, and are known for yielding rich dialogue and debate.

Location: Fall 2014/Spring 2015 seminars occur at the Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave., Kresge 708, Boston (unless noted by an *)

Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Attendees: Open only to faculty, research scientists, and postdoctoral fellows. Graduate students may attend with permission of one of the co-directors or a core faculty member. RSVPs not required.

Advanced Readings: Advanced readings are emailed out to the HSS listserv prior to the session.


Spring 2015

Jan 29 – Race, Class, Genes, Exposure and Health: Parsing Out Susceptibility, Joel Schwartz, PhD, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

February 12 * – “Population Approaches to Addressing the Obesity Epidemic:  Menu Labeling, Taxes, and More,” Jason Block, MD, Assistant Professor, Obesity Prevention Program, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (*location: Harvard Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge)

February 26 * – Structural Stigma and the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations,  Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (*location: Harvard Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge)

March 12 – Conceptualizing Stress in Diverse Mothers and Infants: Can We Capture the Intergenerational Transmission of Risk Through the Perinatal Period?,  Cindy Liu, PhD, Director of Multicultural Research, Commonwealth Research Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

April 2 * – The End of an Epidemic: Public Health Practices and HIV/AIDS in 2015, Evelynn M. Hammonds, PhD, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University (*location: Harvard Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge)

For information on past seminars, click here.