The Population Science Program includes investigators with focus on population and health services research, nicotine addiction, cancer prevention, biomarkers and disease epidemiology, comparative effectiveness research and outcomes research. Program meetings are held every two weeks throughout the year. A number of investigators have expertise in computational biology, biostatistics methods, and behavioral medicine interventions. Investigators at the School of Public Health interact with colleagues at the Warren Alpert Medical School and the Brown University-affiliated hospitals. The Program has a major focus on cancers and problems that affect the population of Rhode Island.

The Program has expertise in bladder cancer whose rates in 2019 are highest in the nation, lung cancer and tobacco addiction and cessation, opioid addiction, breast cancer, skin cancer, geriatric oncology, and issues with access to care. Efforts to translate novel concepts are supported by the Translational Research Disease Groups (TRDGs), which are additional cancer disease-based group meetings that occur in parallel to the Population Science Program meetings. Each of the 11 disease-based TRDGs meets every 2-3 months, with emerging projects being presented at the Population Science Program meetings.

  • Jasjit Ahluwalia
    Jasjit Ahluwalia, MD

    Group Leader (Population Science); Nicotine addiction, Smoking cessation

  • Neil Sarkar
    Neil Sarkar, PhD

    Group Leader (Population Science); Biomedical Informatics, Health Services and Policy

Group Members

Ana M Abrantes, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Nancy P Barnett, PhD

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Director of Research and Innovation, Mindfulness Center

Kate B Carey, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Rachel Cassidy, PhD

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

Patricia A Cioe, PhD

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Timothy P Flanigan, MD

Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Omar Galarraga, PhD

Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Kristina M Jackson, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

Jennifer E Merrill, PhD

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Cara M Murphy, PhD

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Orestis Panagiotou, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice (Research)

Sohini Ramachandran, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology, Director of Graduate Studies for the Center for Computational Molecular Biology, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Patricia M Risica, PhD

Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Damaris Jane Rohsenow, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

Jennifer Tidey, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Tyler B Wray, PhD

Edens Family Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

David M Williams, PhD

Director for the Center for Health Equity Research, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Christopher W Kahler, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Jacqueline Avila, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow, Brown University School of Public Health

Akwi Asombang
Akwi Asombang, MD, MPH

GI cancer, Outcomes

Beth Bock, PhD

Behavioral Interventions, Smoking Cessation

Michael Carey
Michael Carey, PhD

Disease prevention, Behavior change, Tobacco use, Coping in chronic illness

Kimberly Goodyear Chavanne, PhD

Alcohol-smoking comorbidity, opioid misuse

Eunyong Cho, ScD

Dermatology, Epidemiology

Stavroula Chrysanthopoulou
Stavroula Chrysanthopoulou, PhD

Microsimulation models, Survival Analysis

Suzanne M. Colby, PhD

alcohol, tobacco and other substance use

Lorin Crawford
Lorin Crawford, PhD

Statistical Genetics, Cancer Pharmacology, Cell death

Susan Cu-Uvin
Susan Cu-Uvin, MD

HPV vaccination, HIV

Fenghai Duan
Fenghai Duan, PhD​

Bioinformatics, Medical Imaging, Radio(geno)mics

Shira Dunsiger
Shira Dunsiger, PhD

Behavioral Medicine, Smoking Cessation, Adherence Outcomes

Pamela Egan
Pamela Egan, MD

Barriers to Care in Palliative Setting

Mary Flynn, PhD

The effect of food, with an emphasis on extra virgin olive oil,on impnoving risk factors for chronic diseases including cancer

Ilana Gareen
Ilana Gareen, PhD, MPH

Diagnostic Imaging, Quality of Life, Medical Care Utilization

Constantine Gatsonis
Constantine Gatsonis, PhD

Comparative effectiveness research, Outcomes research, ECOG-ACRIN statistician

Dragan Golijanin
Dragan Golijanin, MD

TRDG Leader (GU Cancer); Urology, Bladder Cancer

Randall Ingham
Randall Ingham II, MD

Expertise in vaccine devel at GSK

Ernestine Jennings
Ernestine Jennings, PhD

Smoking Cessation, Lung Cancer Screening, Behavior Change, Diversity

Karl Kelsey
Karl Kelsey, MD

Epidemiology, disease biomarkers, Exposure related cancers, Epigenetic, genetic changes

Bess Marcus
Bess Marcus, PhD

Dean, Public Health, Clinical health psychology, Physical health behavior

Rosemarie Martin, PhD

Opiate use disorders, tobacco use

Lauren G Micalizzi, PhD

Prenatal tobacco exposure

Mollie A Monnig, PhD

MRI, alcohol and tobacco use

Peter Monti
Peter Monti, PhD

Addiction, Substance abuse prevention, Mechanisms and treatment

Vincent Mor
Vincent Mor, PhD

Health services outcomes, Health care disparities

Eleftherios E. Mylonakis, MD, PhD

Infectious Diseases

Thomas Ollila, MD

Opioid dependence, Survivorship

Adam Olszewski
Adam Olszewski, MD

Treatment effects from secondary data, Hematological Malignancies

Hayley Treloar Padovano, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Behavioral and Social Sciences. Alcohol, smoking, and other drug use, and liver disease

Katina Robison
Katina Robison, MD

Gynecological Oncology

Rochelle Rosen
Rochelle Rosen, PhD

Behavioral Interventions, Mobile Health

Christopher Schmid
Christopher Schmid, PhD

Chair, Biostatistics, Network meta analysis, Predictive models, N-of-1 Bayesian methods

Lori Scott-Shelton
Lori Scott-Sheldon, PhD

Novel Tobacco Products, Regulatory Science

Jon Steingrimsson
Jon Steingrimsson, PhD

Biostatistics, Machine learning algorithms, Heterogeneity of treatment effects

Rochelle Strenger
Rochelle Strenger, MD

Breast cancer, Hormonal therapy, Prevention

Laura Stroud
Laura Stroud, PhD

Tobacco Products, Mood and Addictive Disorders, Tobacco Regulatory Science

Martin Weinstock
Martin Weinstock, MD

Dermatoepidemiology, Cutaneous cancer

Rena Wing
Rena Wing, PhD

Behavioral Interventions, Diabetes and weight control

Sabrina Witherby, MD

Geriatric oncology, Supportive care, Medical education

Zhijin Wu
Zhijin (Jean) Wu, PhD

Computational Biology, Genomics