We’re pleased to welcome in fall 2014 Germana Henry Leyna, MD, PhD, as our next Mortimer Spiegelman Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Leyna is a lecturer in Epidemiology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. As a fellow, she will investigate the influence of migration on risk factors to non-communicable diseases.
We’re pleased to announce the names of the two incoming Bell Postdoctoral Fellows here at the Harvard Pop Center. We look forward to their arrival this fall:
- Phillip Hessel (London School of Economics) – Demography
- Molly Rosenberg (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) – Epidemiology
We’re pleased to welcome the next cohort of RWJF Health & Society Scholars at Harvard.
- Angie Boyce (Cornell University) – Science & Technology Studies
- Rourke O’Brien (Princeton University) – Sociology / Social Policy
- Colleen Reid (University of California, Berkeley) – Environmental Health
Professor in the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Pop Center faculty member Mathew Gillman has recently published a paper titled Vitamin D Status and Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy
Mariana Arcaya’s article entitled Tailoring Community-Based Wellness Initiatives With Latent Class Analysis — Massachusetts Community Transformation Grant Projects has been published on the CDC website.
Pop Center Bell Fellow Fahad Razak has co-authored an article in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that explores the importance of integrating some behavioral science into medical training to allow physicians to better assist patients with medical decision making. This article focuses on the prospect theory, a framework to understand how choices are made, to help gain insight into how patients make choices in the face of uncertainty so that physicians can become even better guides to patients.
Until now, no public health study has examined South Africans’ experiences of human rights violations and smoking. The first paper to examine this relationship has just been published in Social Science & Medicine; Pop Center faculty members Ichiro Kawachi, Cassandra Okechukwu, and David Williams are co-authors. The results of their analysis suggest that smoking behaviors are more prevalent in South Africans who report that they have experienced violations of their human rights or who have a close relationship to others who experienced such violations.
Pop Center faculty member Orfeu Buxton and post-doctoral fellow Erika Sabbath contributed to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examining the relationship of BMI, physical activity, and age as they relate to workplace characteristics. Their paper presents intriguing insights into the relationship of workplace harassment and obesity, among other findings.