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Public Health Seminars:

2017-2018 Academic Year Seminar Series

The 2017-2018 Academic Year Seminar Series has come to an end; the Series will resume in Fall 2018.

Check back for the Seminar Series schedule for the 2018-2019 Academic Year!


Public Health Seminars and Events

events and seminars photoThe Division of Epidemiology hosts a bi-weekly 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 alternating TUESDAYS at One Capitol Square (830 E. Main Street), 6th floor room 644.

Seminars and Events
Seminar Series will resume in Fall 2018 for the 2018-2019 Academic Year
Previous Seminars (from Academic Year 2017-2018)
Date Presenter Seminar Title
9/5/17 Panel
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD
Finding the Mentors and Mentoring You Need
9/12/17 Heidi Pfeiffer, CDC
Seminar Type: MPH
  Public Health Associates Program
9/19/17 Dr. Elizabeth Do, Instructor, Health Behavior and Policy
Seminar Type: PhD
Sociodemographic Predictors of Tobacco Exposure among Pregnant Women in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study
9/26/17 Dr. Candace Johnson, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Seminar Type: MPH
The Strong Black Woman and metabolic syndrome: Preliminary results from pilot work to explore social determinants of health in high risk communities
10/3/17 Panel
Seminar Type: PhD/MPH
Opioid Use
10/10/17  Kevin Sickinger, LTC (R), CENC Military Coordinator/Program Special
Seminar Type: MPH 
Understanding Your Study Population: Recruiting and Retaining Large-Scale Longitudinal Cohorts 
10/17/17 Dr. Nathan Gillespie, Associate Professor, Psychiatry,
Seminar Type: PhD
The genetic and environmental etiology of cannabis use and misuse, and the relationship between cannabis, education and annual income
10/24/17 Mathew Pannizon, PhD Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UCSD
Seminar Type: MPH/PhD
Testosterone and Male Aging:  Challenges, Developments, and Future Directions
10/31/17 Trisha Sando, Fourth-Year PhD Student
Seminar Type: PhD
Do diabetes mellitus self-care behaviors influence the receipt of the recommended annual diabetes foot screening examination?
11/7/17 no seminar this week -
11/14/17 Jordyn Wallenborn, Fourth-Year PhD Student
Seminar Type: PhD
Interracial Couples and Breastfeeding Noninitiation In the United States
11/21/17 no seminar this week
11/28/17 Samuel Brinton
Seminar Type: MPH
You Can't Change What I Never Chose: A Survivor Takes on Conversion Therapy
12/5/17 no seminar this week
(last week of class)
1/23/18 TBD
Seminar Type: MPH
1/30/18 Mirinda Gormley, Second-Year PhD Student
Seminar Type: PhD
A National Description of Transport Refusals Among Patients Administered Prehospital Naloxone
2/6/18 Karen Chartier, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Seminar Type: MPH
Understanding Racial/Ethnic Differences in Alcohol Consumption and Potential Mechanisms
2/13/18 no seminar this week
(speaker postponed)
2/20/18 M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA, Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Virginia Department of Health
Seminar Type: MPH
Unconscious racial bias -Its impact on clinical decision-making
2/27/18 Sylvia Rozario, Third-Year PhD Student
Seminar Type: PhD
Assessing the Associations between Mental Health Status, Hypertension, and Hospital Inpatient Visits in Women in the U.S.
3/6/18 no seminar this week
(Spring Break)
3/13/18 Dr. Kristen Brown, Postdoctoral Follow, Emory University
Seminar Type: MPH
Digging into social epidemiology's "how":    what can genomics tell us?
3/20/18 no seminar this week -
3/27/18 Dr. Dayna Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MS, Instructor of Medicine, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders; Program in Sleep Epidemiology, Program in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine; Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital
Seminar Type: MPH
The social determinants of sleep health: Implications for cardiometabolic health disparities
4/2/18 Dr. Marissa Levine, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health
presented as part of National Public Health Week
Virginia as the Healthiest State in the Nation: The Role of Public Health
4/3/18 William Thornton, Association Director of Community Health and Wellness, YMCA of Greater Richmond
presented as part of National Public Health Week
How to Build Bridges: Community Integrated Health
4/4/18 (Wednesday) Dr. Gail Christopher, Award-winning Change Agent; Former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the WW Kellogg Foundation
presented as part of National Public Health Week

Racial Healing: An Unrecognized Social Determinant of Health and Well-being

**If you would like the link for Dr. Christopher's presentation recording as well as her slides, please email Shana Ryman ( or Dana Rajczewski (

4/5/18 (Thursday) Ashley Harrell, Senior Program Advisor, Division of Developmental Disability, Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) Program
presented as part of National Public Health Week

Delta Eta Honor Society Induction Ceremony Keynote Speech - Medicaid Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services: Impact on the Addiction Crisis in Virginia

 *please note that this presentation begins at 5:30p


E. Marshall Brooks, PhD
Instructor, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health
Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology
Virginia Commonwealth University

Community Health on the Margins of Medicine:
Promoting Context, Complexity and Compassion in Research and Practice

4/10/18 Dr. Hong Xue, Assistant Professor, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Seminar Type: PhD
Innovative systems science approaches to obesity: complex systems modeling for novel prevention strategies
4/17/18 Elizabeth Lowery, Second-Year PhD Student
Seminar Type: PhD
The Assocation Between Female Genital Mutilation and Contraception: Findings from the Egyptian 2014 Demographic Health Survey
4/24/18 no seminar this week -
5/1/18 Courtney Blondino and Jim Clifford, First-Year PhD Students
Seminar Type: PhD

The Association between Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms with Current Dual Use of Tobacco and Alcohol (Courtney Blondino)

Confirmatory Factor Analysis of nicotine dependence: Separate factors for conventional versus electronic cigarettes? (Jim Clifford)


2017-2018 Academic Year Seminar Series

The 2017-2018 Academic Year Seminar Series has come to an end; the Series will resume in Fall 2018.


One Capitol Square, room 644 

12:00 - 1:00 P.M.