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
1/14/20 Danielle Apugo, PhD | Visiting Scholar, VCU iCubed initiative
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD
A Hidden Culture of Coping: Insights on Black Women's Experiences in Predominantly White Institutions (Department of Health and Behavior Policy Research Seminar)

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

Kerri-Anne Mitchell, DrPH Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cancer Prevention and Control, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Elizabeth Adams, PhD | Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cancer Prevention and Control, VCU Department of Pediatrics
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD

Exploring Racial and Ethnic Differences in Patient-Centered Cancer Care (Mitchell); Sleepy baby! A step towards uncovering the links between sleep and feeding during infancy using actigraphy (Adams) (Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar)
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 (via Zoom)
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; via Zoom)
3/31/20 no seminar this week (National Public Health Week seminars next week) -
4/7/20 Cee Ann Davis, MD, MPH | Adjunct Instructor, VCU Division of Epidemiology
Seminar Type: MPH  (presented as part of National Public Health Week)

Women's Health Preventive Service Recommendations

seminar cancelled

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) (via Zoom)

5/12/20 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) (via Zoom)

Completed Seminars Fall 2019
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