Seminar Series

The Division of Epidemiology hosts a biweekly seminar series that is open to students, faculty, and staff throughout VCU. Lectures address various aspects of epidemiologic research and practice and include presentations by leaders in the field of population health.

Seminars are generally held from 12:00 to 1:00 pm on TUESDAYS.  All Fall 2020 seminars will be held via Zoom; please see the listings for how to acquire the Zoom link.

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Seminars 2020-2021

(please note that the details are being finalized and will be updated regularly)

Date Presenter Seminar Title
Fall 2020     
7/31/20 (FRIDAY) James Burch, PhD 
Associate Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina; 
Health Research Scientist, WJB Dorn Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Seminar Type: Special Invited Speaker

The Role of Circadian Rhythm Disruption in Cancer

 
     

8/25/20

Matthew Merritt | Senior Peace Corps Recruiter, Commonwealth of Virginia
Seminar Type: PhD/MPH
Global Public Health Roles in the Peace Corps 
     
9/8/20 Yeatoe Gloria McIntosh, MPH '08 | Co-Founder, The Tosh Foundation; Public Health Practice Manager, American Public Health Association's Center for Public Health Practice and Professional Development
Seminar Type: MPH

An Immigrant Journey of Resilience: Violence, Racism & Public Health 

     

9/15/20

Andrew Barnes, PhD | Associate Professor, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar
Treatment Experiences of Medicaid Members with Opioid Use Disorder in Virginia: Early Results of a Member Survey 
     

9/22/20

no seminar this week -
     

10/6/20

Andrea Chapman, MPH, CHOP, CIC | Infection Preventionist, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
Seminar Type: MPH
A Day in the Life of an Infection Preventionist During a Pandemic
     

10/13/20

Dina M. Jones, PhD, MPH | Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for the Study of Tobacco
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

Cessation, Harm Reduction, and Tobacco-related Disparities in the Age of E-cigarettes

     

10/20/20

Alexis Donaldson, BASW | MPH Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology; Wendemi Sawadogo, MPH | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: MPH
APHA Practice TalksNational health and nutrition examination survey 2011-2014: Association between self-reported traumatic brain injury history and employment status (Donaldson); Association Between History of Stroke and Sleep Disturbances: The National Health Interview Survey (Sawadogo)
     
11/3/20 no seminar
Election Day
TBD
     
11/17/20 DaShaunda Taylor, MPH | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
TBD
     
Spring 2021     
1/19/21 Courtney Blondino, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: MPH
TBD
     

2/2/21

James Clifford, MS | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
TBD
     
2/16/21 TBD
Seminar Type: MPH
TBD
     
3/2/21 Whitney Graves, MPH | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
TBD
     
3/16/21 TBD
Seminar Type: MPH
TBD
     
3/30/21 John Lee, MS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
TBD
     
4/6/21 National Public Health Week
Seminar Type: MPH
TBD
     
4/13/21 Wendemi Sawadogo, MPH and Medhin Tsegaye, MPH | PhD Students, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: MPH
TBD
     
4/27/21 Yufan Guan | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
TBD
     
     
Completed Seminars 2019-2020
Date Presenter Seminar Title
     
9/10/19 Natalie Pennywell, MPH, CHES | Site Director, VCU Health Hub at 25th
Seminar Type: MPH
MPH to Health Hub: A Winding Professional Road
     
9/24/19 Megan Hollis, MS | Associate Director, Health Sciences Career Advising, VCU Career Services
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD
Developing a Targeted Job Search
     
10/8/19 group discussion
Seminar Type: MPH
The Role of Medicaid in Addressing the Overdose Crisis
     
10/22/19 Mirinda Gormley, MSPH, NRP | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Is layperson naloxone administration associated with refusal of emergency medical services transport to the hospital after a nonfatal opioid overdose?
     
11/1/19  Arielle Deutsch, PhD | Assistant Scientist, Sanford Research; Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences Department of Pediatrics
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD
Systems, Syndemics, and Solutions: Embracing complexity in health disparities of alcohol exposed pregnancy
     
11/12/19 Hua Zhao, PhD | Professor, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Obesity and obesity related cancers among Mexican Americans
     
11/19/19 MPH Students | attended American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo My APHA Experience
     
12/6/19  Tiara Willie, PhD, MA | Post-Doctoral Fellow, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Miriam Hospital The Sociopolitical Context of Intimate Partner Violence and U.S. Women's Health: Advancing Health Equity through Collaborative Response Efforts
     

1/16/20 (THURSDAY)

Jacqueline Britz, MD, MSPH | Chief Resident, University of Virginia Family Medicine Residency
Seminar Type: Special Invited Speaker
Transforming transgender health in the primary care setting
     
1/21/20 Aderonke A. Akinkugbe, DDS, MPH, PhD | Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health and Policy, VCU School of Dentistry; Member, Oral Health Transdisciplinary core, VCU iCubed
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD

Prenatal smoking and risk of early childhood caries

     

1/31/20 (FRIDAY)

Sebastian Tong, MD, MPH | Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine Specialist
Seminar Type: Special Invited Speaker
Addressing the Intersection of Addiction, Loneliness and Social Needs
     
2/18/20 Courtney Blondino, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type:PhD
Using Latent Class Analysis to Characterize Comorbidity of Substance Use and Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in U.S. Adults
     
3/3/20 James Clifford, MS | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type:PhD
Modeling Electronic Cigarette Use: Potential Misclassification and Recommendations for the Future
     
3/17/20 John Lee, MS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Risk Estimation of County-level Opioid Mortality Rate with Bayesian Spatiotemporal Modeling
     
3/24/20 Fidelma Rigby, MD | Associate Professor, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, VCU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD
The Crucial Role of Public Health in Addressing the Human Trafficking Crisis (presented in partnership with PhD in Epidemiology Student Body and Medical Students Fighting Human Trafficking)
     
4/14/20 Whitney Graves, MPH and DaShaunda Taylor, MPH | PhD Students, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Intimate Partner Violence, Perceived Racial Discrimination, and Postpartum Visit Attendance among Women in the U.S. (Graves); Hearing Impairment and Injury in U.S. Children (Taylor)
     
4/14/20 Wendemi Sawadogo, MPH and Medhin Tsegaye, MPH | PhD Students, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Self-reported history of Stroke and recent Sleep Disturbances in U.S. adults (Sawadogo); Factors associated with Prediabetes among US adults: findings from BRFSS 2017 (Tsegaye)