September 2012 (Fall 1) – Vol 4, Issue 1


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Letter from the Chair

Dear SHDH Community,

I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to our incoming students. I hope our returning students had a productive summer, but also time to recharge the batteries. For me, the best part of returning to the new academic year is seeing the fresh and expectant rows of faces in my class, “Society & Health”. We have a bumper enrollment this year, so please come early to get a seat. We also have an exciting seminar line-up this fall – including world-renowned researcher on income inequality, Richard Wilkinson on September 25 – please check the Seminar announcement section of the newsletter. Enjoy the crisp New England Fall weather.

Best wishes,


Upcoming Events

SHDH Seminars
Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012, 12:30-1:30 p.m. FXB G-13
“Translational epidemiology: are we ready for a population perspective in our research?”
Geneviève Chêne, MD, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics and Public Health, ISPED, France

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Kresge G-2
“Inequality and Dysfunctional Societies”
Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology,
University of Nottingham, The Equality Trust, C0-Director (more…)

Upcoming Course Highlights

SHDH 288, Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health

WGH 220, Sexuality and Public Health

SHDH 504, Substance Abuse and Public Health (more…)

Upcoming Conferences

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference
Oct 27-31, 2012 – San Francisco, CA

The Spirit of 1848 Caucus of the American Public Health Association (chaired by SHDH Professor Nancy Krieger, with 2 additional SHDH members on its Steering Committee — Pamela Waterman and Rebekka Lee) is happy to share a preview of our final program for the 140th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, with the theme of “Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan” . For full details see:  (more…)


Elizabeth Janiak gave birth to a son, Chester, on Jul 22.

Kathryn Falb successfully defended her dissertation on June 4, 2012.

Heather McCauley successfully defended her dissertation on June 22, 2012. Her dissertation is entitled “The Impacts of Interpersonal Violence on Health in the United States and Latin America: A Social-Ecological Perspective”.

Also in this issue


Mariana Arcaya was interviewed on PBS 4/23/12:–Service-Cuts-Mean-for-Your-Health-38053 regarding health impact assessment she wrote with fellow doctoral student. The entire report was released on March 14th, 2012 at the State House:



Summer Practicum Photo Display
Be sure to check out some of the exciting practicum experiences that our SM2’s took part in this summer through photographs and captions. The display board is located on the 6th floor next to the student study room. (more…)



Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED). Doctoral students at the Harvard School of Public Health may apply for one of two $5,000 STRIPED dissertation research awards. Doctoral students who have passed their oral exam and whose dissertation research is focused on a topic related to prevention of eating disorders or disordered weight- and shape-control behaviors are eligible to apply. The STRIPED Dissertation Award in Eating Disorders Prevention Research is made possible by the generous support of the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Fund for Eating Disorders Research. Applications for the 2012-13 awards are due by September 30, 2012. For more information, go to or contact Dr. Bryn Austin (  (more…)

JOB OPPORTUNITIES [HSPH, Internships & Fellowships]

The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (Pop Ctr) announces calls for applications for three postdoctoral fellowships all to begin in 2013:
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars. Harvard is one of four sites nationally to host this 2 year interdisciplinary program. For program information and to apply, visit For information specific to the Harvard site, visit Deadline to apply is Friday, September 21, 2012 (more…)



Borrell LN, Kiefe CI, Diez-Roux AV, Williams DR and Gordon-Larsen P. Racial discrimination, racial/ethnic segregation and health behaviors in the CARDIA Study. Ethnicity and Health (in press)

Cradock AL, Wilking C, Olliges S, Gortmaker SL. Getting Back on Tap: The Policy Context and Cost of Ensuring Access to Low-Cost Drinking Water in Massachusetts Schools. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43 (3 Suppl 2):S95-101 (more…)



Browne FA, Wechsberg WM, Bowling JM, Luseno WK. (2012). Correlates of Male Condom Use Skills among High-Risk Women in South Africa. Journal of Sex Research. 2012; 49(2-3):255-63

Davison KK, Nishi A, Kranz S, Wyckoff L, May J, Earle-Richardson G, Strogatz D, Jenkins P. Associations among social capital, parenting for active lifestyles, and youth physical activity in rural families living in upstate New York. Social Science & Medicine (in press) (more…)