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 at One Capitol Square (830 E. Main Street), 6th floor room 644.

One Capitol Square
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 (FRIDAY) 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
     
11/5/19 No seminar this week (American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo) -
     
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 (FRIDAY) 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

Completed Seminars 2018-2019
Date Presenter Seminar Title
     
9/11/18 John Lee, MS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Bayesian Spatial Analysis of Stress-related Mortality in Virginia
     
9/18/18 Azadeh Stark, MEd, PhD | Professor-in-Practice/Senior Lecturer, University of Texas at Dallas School of Interdisciplinary Studies; Senior Scientist, Henry Ford Health System Department of Pathology, Detroit, MI
Seminar Type: MPH
Racial Disparity in Breast Cancer Treatment Outcome: The Potential Influence of Biological Differences between African-American and White-American Women 
     
9/25/18 Xinguang "Jim" Chen, MD, PhD, FACE | Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions & College of Medicine Department of Epidemiology 
Seminar Type: PhD
New development in epidemiologic methods and future research
     
10/2/18 Shawn Latendresse, PhD | Assistant Professor, Baylor University Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Seminar Type: MPH and PhD
Using Mechanisms, Models, and Measurement to Inform the Epidemiology of Alcohol Use Disorder
     
10/9/18 Chelsea Canan, PhD, MPH | Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia School of Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases
Seminar Type: PhD and MPH
Opioid Use and Misuse among People Living with HIV
     
10/16/18 No seminar this week No seminar this week
     
10/23/18 Tamala Gondwe, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Methodological challenges in ascertaining the causes of racial disparities in US maternal mortality rates
     
10/26/18
(FRIDAY)
Honghong (Helen) Zhu, MD, PhD, MHS/MPH, MSc | Director, Service for Disease Prevention and Treatment, Preventive Medicine Institute Seminar Type: MPH and PhD Perspectives of cancer etiology: interactions between environments, genes, and/or genes-enivronments
     
10/30/18 Tierah West | MPH Student, VCU School of Medicine
Seminar Type: MPH
How to Optimize Volunteer Work to Help Disadvantaged Communities: Community Conversations in Richmond, Virginia's East End Neighborhood
     
11/2/18
(FRIDAY)
Shaunna Clark, PhD | Assistant Professor, Michigan State University Department of Psychology; Director, Michigan State University Addiction Epigenetics Lab
Seminar Type: MPH and PhD
Exploring the role of DNA methylation in alcohol use and addiction
     
11/6/18 Mirinda Gormley, NRP, MSPH | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Long-Term Employment Outcomes for Patients with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review
     
11/13/18 No seminar this week (American Public Health Association Annual Meeting) No seminar this week
     
11/20/18 Sylvia Rozario, MPH, MBBS | PhD Student, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
The Association between Intimate Partner Violence before Pregnancy and Short Interbirth Interval in the US: The Role of Insurance Status
     
11/27/18 No seminar this week No seminar this week
     
12/7/18
(FRIDAY)
Hua Zhao, PhD | Associate Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Epidemiology, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
Seminar Type: MPH and PhD
Molecular Epidemiology in Cancer Control Continuum
     
12/13/18
(THURSDAY)
Jessica Petrick, PhD, MPH | CRTA Post-Doctoral Fellow, NIH National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Metabolic Epidemiology Branch
Seminar Type: MPH and PhD
Obesity and Cancer: Etiology, Mechanisms, and Future Directions
     
1/22/19 River Pugsley, PhD, MPH | Epidemiologist, CDC Division of STD Prevention, Virginia Department of Health
Seminar Type: MPH
Public Health Careers in State and Federal Government: A Personal Perspective
     
1/29/19 Michael Herring | Commonwealth's Attorney, City of Richmond
Seminar Type: MPH
Supporting Coordinated Health Care in the Criminal Justice Setting: Challenges and Opportunities
     
2/5/19 Howard Chilcoat, ScD | Head of Epidemiology, Indivior
Seminar Type: PhD
What's a nice epidemiologist like you doing in a place like this: Addiction research in government, academia, and industry
     
2/12/19 Virginia Department of Health Panel: Tisha Mitsunaga, DrPH, ScM | CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow, Division of Surveillance and Investigation; Kelsey Holloman, MPH | Assistant Foodborne Epidemiologist, Division of Surveillance and Investigation; Kelly Shaw, PhD | Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, Office of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: MPH
Epidemiology in Action: Opportunities for Recent Graduates
     
2/19/19 Bukola Usidame, MPA, MPP, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Tobacco, Substance Use and Mental Health: Engaging our Communities in Public Health Research
     
2/26/19 Lauren Snellings, MPH, CHES | Senior Research Epidemiologist, VCU Center on Society and Health
Seminar Type: MPH
How to use life expectancy as a catalyst for public health action
     
3/5/19 No seminar this week (Spring Break) No seminar this week (Spring Break)
     
3/12/19 No seminar this week No seminar this week
     
3/19/19 Courtney Blondino, MPH, and James Clifford, MS | PhD Students, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Using Social Network Analysis to Evaluate Collaboration of Community-Serving Organizations in the East End of Richmond, Virginia (Blondino); The spatial relationship of tobacco retail outlets and negative perceptions of personal, familial, and neighborhood tobacco use (Clifford)
     
3/26/19 Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, MPH, PhD | Assistant Professor, VCU Division of Epidemiology Meeting in th eMiddle: Balancing Genetic Epidemiology Research in Tobacco and Alcohol Use with Community Needs and Priorities
     
3/28/19 (THURSDAY) Chelsea Canan, PhD, MPH | Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia School of Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases
Seminar Type: PhD and MPH
HIV and the Opioid Epidemic: Epidemiology and Interventions
     
4/1/19
(MONDAY)
Lauren Powell, PhD, MPA | Director, Virginia Department of Health Office of Health Equity
Presented as part of National Public Health Week 
Creating Healthy Communities: Whose Job Is It?
     
4/2/19 Anne Zehner, MPH | Research Analyst, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Presented as part of National Public Health Week
Health Disparities in Two Contexts: Injuries and Violence and Access to Organ Transplantation in the United States
     
4/3/19
(WEDNESDAY)
M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA | State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health
Presented as part of National Public Health Week
The Changing Role of Public Health
     
4/4/19
(THURSDAY)
Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH | Associate Professor, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
Presented as part of National Public Health Week and in Partnership with the VCU Center on Society and Health and the VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research
Advancing Health Equity in St. Louis and Beyond
     
4/9/19 Kathrin ‘Rosie’ Hobron, MPH | Statewide Forensic Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)
Seminar Type: MPH
Forensic Epidemiology: Death's Role in Public Health and Prevention
     
4/16/19 Rebecca Etz, PhD | Associate Professor, VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health; Co-Director, The Larry A. Green Center
Seminar Type: PhD 
Meaningful Measures in and of Primary Care 
     
4/22/19 (MONDAY) Cecilie Røe, MD, PhD | Head of Research, Oslo University Hospital's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Nada Andelic, MD, PhD | Head of Research and Development, Oslo University Hospital's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Seminar Type: MPH and PhD 
How can we evaluate and improve services to TBI patients? (Røe); Transition of care following TBI (Andelic)
     
4/23/19 Laurie Forlano, DO | Deputy Commissioner of Population Health, Virginia Department of Health
Seminar Type: MPH
Data to Action - How data transforms into policy: Comprehensive Harm Reduction as a Case Study
     
4/30/19 Whitney Graves, MPH, and DaShaunda Taylor, MPH | PhD Students, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: PhD
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Mortality Trends in the U.S. (Graves); Pre-eclampsia prevalence in Virginia from 2008-2015: An analysis of individual- and neighborhood-level factors (Taylor)