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 2023 seminars will be held via Zoom; please see the listings for how to acquire the access information.

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Seminars 2022-2023

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

All seminars are done via Zoom; please register here:

Date Presenter Seminar Title
Spring 2023    


Melissa Viray, MD | Deputy Director, Virginia Department of Health Richmond City and Henrico Health District

Life in Local Public Health, 2023



Chrisa Arcan, PhD, MHS, MBA, RD| Associate Professor, VCU Division of Epidemiology

Nutrition intervention to reduce body weight and systemic inflammation among World Trade Center responders with PTSD: Feasibility and outcomes of a pilot randomized controlled trial



Rebecca Bruhl, DrPH, MPH | Project Lead, Virginia Department of Health Richmond City and Henrico Health District

An 'In-Home' Asthma Intervention in Houston's Public Housing during COVID-19: Challenges, Adjustments, and Findings (And, a Journey from Environmental Health Research to Practice)

2/28/23 Jonathan Wells, MHS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology

Detailing the Genetic Overlap between Major Depressive Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder Comorbidity



no seminar this week (VCU Spring Break)  
3/14/23 Medhin Tsegaye, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology Exclusive Breastfeeding Practice in Remote Pastoralist Community: Afar, Ethiopia
3/21/23 Yufan Guan, MS | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology

A Comprehensive Analysis of Chronic Stress in the Etiology of Breast Cancer by Allostatic Load

4/4/23 National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2023) 
VCU's celebration of NPHW will feature seminars throughout the week, and this listing will be updated accordingly. Please visit our NPHW page here




First Year PhD Students | VCU Division of Epidemiology  TBD
  Completed Seminars  
Fall 2022    


VCU Division of Epidemiology Faculty Members:
Tilahun Adera, PhD, MPH, MA
| Charles W. and Evelyn F. Thomas Professor in Epidemiology and Division Chair; Chrisa Arcan, PhD, MHS, MBA, RD | Associate Professor; Derek Chapman, PhD | Associate Professor and Interim Director, VCU Center on Society and Health; Juan Lu, PhD, MPH, MD | Associate Professor and Director of Epidemiology Graduate Programs; Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, PhD, MPH | Assistant Professor; Hua Zhao, PhD | Professor

Epidemiology Faculty Panel




Kathryn Jacobsen, PhD, MPH | William E. Cooper Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Health Studies (Epidemiology and Global Health), University of Richmond Department of Health Studies

Health Transitions Epidemiology



Jordyn Wallenborn, PhD, MPH | Postdoctoral Researcher, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Botnar Research Centre for Child Health 

The Mother, Child, and Human Milk Triad: A Global Prospective



Adam Edward Lang, PharmD | Chief, Health Management and Deputy Chief of the Department of Pharmacy, McDonald Army Health Center; Assistant Clinical Professor, VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health Fighting Harmful Cultural Norms: A Focus on Military Tobacco and Nicotine Use


VCU Wright Regional Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Advisory Board - Health and Housing Committee members:
Timothy Harris, MBA; Zanda Miller, MS, QMHP C/A; Sherrell Thompson; Emily Zimmerman, PhD, MPH, MS; Robert Noriega, MS; Risha Berry, PhD

The Greater Richmond Community Advisory Board Housing and Health Team: An Introduction and Panel Discussion


no seminar this week (Election Day and American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo)




Wendemi Sawadogo, MPH | PhD Candidate, VCU Division of Epidemiology

Insomnia Symptoms and Increased Risk of Stroke: A Prospective Cohort Study



Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, PhD, MPH | Assistant Professor, VCU Division of Epidemiology

Finding the Mentors and Mentoring You Need