RWJF Health & Society 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: Spring 2014 seminars occur at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

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 2014

January 30 – “Cross-National Comparisons of Social Inequalities in Health” presented by Jason Beckfield, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University.

February 27 – “Spreading the Health: Americans’ Estimated and Ideal Distributions of Health and Healthcare” presented by Michael Norton, PhD, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Marvin Bower Fellow, Harvard Business School

March 13 – “Emotion and Decision Making,” presented by Jennifer Lerner, PhD, Professor of Public Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

March 27 – “How Change Sticks: How Treatment Effects Can Persist After Treatment Has Been Discontinued,” presented by Todd Rogers, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

April 3 – “Bridging the Health Care System and Public Health: Policy Imperative or Mission Impossible?” presented by Susan Dentzer, Senior Health Policy Adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

April 10 – “Behavioral Economics and Health,” presented by Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management; Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania

For information on past seminars, click here.