Past RWJF Health & Society Seminars

Spring 2016 Seminars

February 4 – Natural Environments and Health: The Relationship between Greenness, Mental Health, and Mortality presented by Francine Laden, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Fall 2015 Seminars

December 10 – The Effects of Early Psychosocial Deprivation on Brain-behavioral Development, Charles Nelson, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital and Director of Research, Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

November 19 – Fetal Origins of the Aging of Memory Circuitry, Emily Goard Jacobs, PhD, Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Research Associate Psychologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Former Health & Society Scholar, Cohort 8)

November 5 – Affect Contagion: Physiological Covariation Among Strangers and Close Others, Wendy Berry Mendes, PhD, Sarlo Ekman Endowed Chair in the Study of Human Emotion and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

October 22 – Gender Expression, Stigma, and Public Health: Research Insights Into the Burden on Child Health, S. Bryn Austin, ScD, Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

October 8 – 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: Kresge 606)

September 24 – Getting Respect: Dealing with Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel,  Michèle Lamont, PhD, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and African and African-American Studies, Harvard University; Director Designate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Spring 2015 Seminars

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

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

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)

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

Fall 2014 Seminars

December 4“Public Health and Social Justice: Should We Use Stigma as Public Health Policy Tool?” presented by Erika Blacksher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington. Click here for readings.

November 13 – “A Right to Health, Distributive Justice, and Priority Setting in Health Policy” presented by Norman Daniels, PhD, Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics and Professor of Ethics and Population Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

October 30 – “I’ve Got You Under my Skin: Historical Reflections on Stress Measurement Techniques in Social Epidemiology,” presented by Aaron Mauck, PhD, Lecturer on the History of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

October 16“Early Environments, Inflammation, and the Perpetuation of Health Disparities Within and Across Generations,” presented by Thom McDade, PhD, Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University

October 2 – “Lead Exposure, Socioeconomic Status, and the Propagation of Cognitive Disparities,” presented by Werner Troesken, Professor, Economics and History, University of Pittsburgh

September 11“Meet the Scholars” seminar presenting the 2014-2016 cohort of Harvard Pop Center RWJF Health & Society Scholars including Angie Boyce, Rourke O’Brien, and Colleen Reid.

Spring 2014 Seminars

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

Fall 2013 Seminars

September 12“Meet the RWJF Health & Society Scholars” presented by Courtney Cogburn, PhD, Psychologist and RWJF Health & Society Scholars (cohort 10); Adam Lippert, PhD, Sociologist and RWJF Health & Society Scholars (cohort 11); Selena Ortiz, PhD, Health Policy Researcher RWJF Health & Society Scholars (cohort 11); Christina Roberto, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Epidemiologist and RWJF Health & Society Scholars (cohort 10); and Jessica Williams, PhD, Health Policy Researcher RWJF Health & Society Scholars (cohort 11)

September 26“Intro to Population Health – Geoffrey Rose Revisited” presented by Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

October 10 – “Thinking ‘Below the Skin’: Emerging Biomarkers and Implications for Epidemiology” presented by Dani Fallin, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

November 7“Distress-Proneness and the Habit of Discontent: Childhood Origins of Cardiovascular Disease” presented by Laura Kubzansky, Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

November 21“Population Health Policy: Metrics, Incentives and Partnerships”David Kindig, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

December 12 – “Legal Approaches to Food Policy Reform: Perspectives from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic” – Emily Broad Leib, JD, Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law; Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic; and Associate Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School