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 Spring 2022 seminars will be held via Zoom; please see the listings for how to acquire the access information.

contact us


Seminars 2021-2022

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

Date Presenter Seminar Title
Spring 2022    


David Chelmow, MD, FACOG | Leo J. Dunn Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, VCU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Interim Dean, VCU School of Medicine; Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health; Immediate Past Chair, WPSI Multidisciplinary Steering Committee and Past Advisory Panel Member; Member, United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Cee Ann Davis, MD, MPH, FACOG, FACPM
 | Adjunct Instructor, VCU Division of Epidemiology; National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Representative, WPSI Dissemination and Implementation Steering Committee; Director, Blue Ridge Community Health  

presented in partnership with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI)

The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) Overview and Update 

WPSI Resource One-Pager (PDF)

WPSI presentation slides (PDF)

recording link (view on Kaltura)



Whitney Graves, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology

Intimate Partner Violence, Discrimination, and Mental Health Services Use among Women



Vimbai Dihwa, MBA | PhD Student, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar

OUD treatment experiences among Medicaid Members receiving Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) in Virginia



DaShaunda Taylor, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology Assessment of the joint effects of racial discrimination and a lack of neighborhood safety on hypertensive disorders of pregnancy


Wendemi Sawadogo, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology Contribution of Sleep Disorders to Stroke Epidemiology 


seminar cancelled this week due to unforeseen circumstances




Jayne Fulkerson, PhD | Professor, Cora Meidl Siehl Endowed Chair in Nursing Research, and Director, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research, University of Minnesota School of Nursing; Affiliate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

presented as part of VCU's celebration of National Public Health Week (see full listing here)

Making it easy to make healthy choices at home: Challenges and opportunities to prevent childhood obesity

recording link (view on Kaltura)



Noel Weiss, MD, DrPH | Professor Emeritus, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health

presented as part of VCU's celebration of National Public Health Week

Personalized prevention - when does it make sense?

recording link (view on Kaltura)



Fernando De Maio, PhD | Director, Research and Data Use at the American Medical Association’s Center for Health Equity; Professor, Department of Sociology, DePaul University

presented as part of VCU's celebration of National Public Health Week

Confronting Racism with "Radical Statistics" in Public Health

recording link (view on Kaltura)



Lori Landes, MD, PhD, FAAFP | Associate Program Director, VCU-CMH Family Medicine Residency; Assistant Professor, VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health

prsented as part of VCU's celebration of National Public Health Week

Elevating Communities: Using equity to achieve equality

recording link (view on Kaltura)



Colin Greene, MD, MPH | Acting State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health

presented as part of VCU's celebration of National Public Health Week

The Impact of the Pandemic on the Public Health Workforce

recording link (view on Kaltura)

4/19/22 Yufan Guan, MS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology

Identification of Long Non-coding RNAs to Predict Overall Survival of Lung Adenocarcinoma



Anushree Vichare, PhD | Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar
5/3/22 Jonathan Wells, MHS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology Correlations Between Childhood and Adolescent Factors with Adult Substance Use
5/10/22 Medhin Tsegaye, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology

Impact of Maternal and Grand-Maternal Physical Activity and Nutrition Status on Offspring Adiposity: An Intergenerational Cohort Study

Completed Seminars Fall 2021
Date Presenter Seminar Title
8/31/21 Ashley Felix, PhD | Interim Chair, Health Behavior and Health Promotion; Associate Professor, Epidemiology, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
Seminar Type: Research Seminar presented in partnership with the Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Racial disparities in receipt of guideline-concordant endometrial cancer treatment



Winston Tseng, PhD | Associate Professor of Research, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health; Lecturer, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley Community Defined-Evidence Practices to address Mental Health among the Hmong Refugee Older Adults in Rural California 


Aurora Higgs, M.Ed. | Program Director, Diversity Richmond The Epidemic of Intersectional transphobia 


Derek Chapman, PhD | Associate Professor, VCU Division of Epidemiology; Interim Director, VCU Center on Society and Health

Hua Zhao, PhD | Professor, VCU Division of Epidemiology

A Faculty Panel Discussion on COVID-19 Research Projects in the VCU Division of Epidemiology 

10/20/21 (Wednesday)

Esther Johnston, MD, MPH | Residency Faculty, Wright Center National Family Medicine Residency at HealthPoint - Auburn, WA; Clinical and Academic Advisor, Seed Global Health
Seminar Type: 11th Annual Clancy A. Holland Lecture
Reimagining Global Health: Connecting Past & Present Toward a More Equitable Future


no seminar (APHA conference) -

10/28/21 (Thursday)

Yeunkyung (Yoon) Kim, PhD | Senior Researcher, Anthem, Inc. Health Services Research Team
Seminar Type: Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar
Improve Healthcare Delivery, Reduce Disparities & Enhance Health 


Amanda Gentry, PhD | Post Doctoral Scholar, VCU VIPBG (Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics) The End of Significance


Dana Lapato, PhD | Instructor, VCU Department of Human and Molecular Genetics; Faculty, VCU Data Science Lab  Open science methods for project management & reproducibility