David Williams was recently interviewed for The Big 3: Three questions, three answers. In the interview, Williams argues that implicit bias, low socioeconomic status and stress all contribute to health disparities in the U.S. Eliminating these disparities isn’t solely up to health care providers but is the job of society as a whole.
Congratulations to David Williams for being awarded the 2015 CSES (Committee on Socioeconomic Status) Award for Distinguished Leadership in Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA).
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The CHOICES research team identifies four strategies found to be more cost-effective than existing clinical interventions to treat obesity.
Cost Effectiveness of Childhood Obesity Interventions (American Journal of Preventive Medicine abstract)
On June 8, 2015, Alfredo Perez-Hidalgo, Director of Administration, was honored at the 2015 Harvard Heroes ceremony at Sanders Theatre. President Drew Faust described Alfredo’s achievements by saying, “praise for you comes studded with words such as “transformative,” “visionary,” and “innovative.” As director of administration for Social and Behavioral Sciences, you restructured and revived grants management while improving morale among faculty, staff, fellows, and students. One colleague noted a veritable “sea change” in the department in the wake of your efforts. Amidst many challenges, you’ve turned the tide for your team’s spirit.”
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SBS doctoral student, Shaniece Criss, ’15 was selected to deliver this year’s student speaker address. Shaniece reflected on her Grandmama Sarah as the person who inspired her to pursue a career in public health.
After her grandmother passed away from cancer, Shaniece realized “there were many mechanisms at work that had shortened her life, especially a social environment that systematically harms health.”
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Anvita Kulkarni, a two-year masters student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences was awarded a Schweitzer Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. Anvita will be coordinating a series of health workshops for women at the Cambridge YWCA. The workshops will cover topics including nutrition, physical activity, mental well-being and healthy relationships. Congratulations, Anvita!