i-BSHS Seminar Series

Semenir series1.pngThe Innovations in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (i-BSHS) lecture series is sponsored by the C.V. Starr Lectureship. i-BSHS presentations are designed to promote collaboration and to showcase innovative research falling under four broad themes: Health Disparities, Community Engagement, Technology, Intervention Development.

i-BSHS lectures focus of the following core research areas: Alcohol and other drug use; Smoking and tobacco use; Obesity, Nutrition, Physical Activity; HIV and sexually transmitted infections; Behavioral medicine; and Health Disparities and Culture.


Angela Haeny, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine 
Lecture Title: Addressing racial trauma in substance use treatment for Black adults
Co-Sponsored by the ​Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA)


Peter Hovmand, Ph.D., MSW
Professor, Center for Community Health Integration, School of Medicine
Charles Elton Blanchard, M.D. Professorship in Health Management
Case Western Reserve University
Lecture Title: Social Determinants of Health from a Feedback Perspective: Insights and Opportunities for Advancing Health Equity through Collective Impact Initiatives
View the Video


Theresa S. Betancourt, ScD, MA
Salem Professor in Global Practice
Director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity
Boston College
Co-presenter: Brown Univeristy, School of Public Health, MPH Candidate Lila Chamlagai
Lecture Title: Family-Based Mental Health Promotion for Refugees Resettled in the US: Community Partnerships and the Role of Implementation Science


Lisa Bowleg, MA, Ph.D.
Professor of Applied Social Psychology, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Founding Director, Intersectionality Training Institute
The George Washington University 
Lecture Title: The Problem with the Phrase “Women and Minorities”: Intersectionality, An  Indispensable Critical Theoretical Framework for Behavioral and Social Health Science Research
View the Video


Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health
Lecture Title: Old Disparities, New Disparities: Time for Real Change
Co-Sponsored by the ​Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA)


Gary Bennett, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health and Medicine
Duke University
Lecture Title: Digital Obesity Treatment Among the Medically Vulnerable
View the Video


Belinda Borrelli, PhD
Director, Center for Behavioral Science Research
Professor, Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research
Boston University, Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Lecture Title: Stealth Interventions to Motivate and Sustain Health Behavior Change: High Tech and High Touch Approaches
View the Video


Jay Irwin
Associate Professor of Sociology
Graduate Program Chair
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Lecture Title: Transgender Health: Lessons from the Field and Future Directions
View the Video


Kathleen Carroll
Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Psychosocial Research Division of Addictions
Principal Investigator, Psychotherapy Development Center for Drug Abuse
Yale School of Medicine
Lecture Title: Computer Based Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: From Design to Dissemination
View the Video


John Jemmott III, PhD
Kenneth B. Clark Professor of Communication and Psychiatry
Director, Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania
Lecture Title: Using Social Psychological Theory Integrated with Culture to Improve Physical Activity and Diet in South Africa
View the Video


Community Engagement Panel
“Real Talk: Community Perspectives on Research Partnerships & How to Improve Them”
Akosua Dankwah, MPH - WTL HealthClinic, INC
Richard Holcomb - Project Weber/RENEW
Carlon Howard - BreakthroughProvidence
Malaysia King - Sojourner House
Clement Shabani - Women’s Refugee Care    
View the Video



Valerie Jernigan, DrPH, MPH
Lecture Title:
"Policy and Environmental Interventions to Address Cardiovascular Disease with Native American Nations"
View the video



Sara Becker, PhD
Lecture Title:
"Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of Behavioral Treatment: A Complementary Approach to Traditional"
View the video



Patrick Sullivan, PhD, DVM
Lecture Title:
"PrEP Three Ways: Tailoring HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Programs to Local HIV Epidemics"
View the video



Wizdom Powell, PhD
Lecture Title:
“Policy Disrupting single stories about Black male health equity”
View the video



Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD
Lecture Title:
“The emerging injection drug use crisis: Consequences and prevention options”
View the video



Steven Gortmaker, PhD
Lecture Title:
“The Childhood and Adolescent Obesity Epidemic: The Most Cost- Effective Prevention Strategies”


Audrey Pettifor, PhD 
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
UNC, Gillings School of Global Public Health 
Lecture Title: Cash transfers: Addressing structural determinants to reduce HIV risk in young South African women
View the video


Stephen Intille, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Sciences,
Northeastern University  
Lecture Title: Measuring Behavior Using Mobile Technology and Micro Ecological Momentary Assessment
View the video           


Gary W. Harper, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Lecture Title: For You or For Youth? Collaborative Community Engagement in HIV Prevention Intervention Development for Youth 
View the video           


Alka Kanaya, MD
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of California  
Lecture Title: Sociocultural Determinants of Cardiometabolic Disease among South Asians: The MASALA Study 
View the video           


Frederick Muench, PhD
Director, Digital Health Interventions, CASPIR at Northwell Health 
Lecture Title: Building and sustaining multi-modal digital behavioral health interventions 
View the video           


Lorna Haughton McNeill, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor & Deputy Dept Chair, Department of Health Disparities Research
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 
Lecture Title: Eight years of building research partnerships with African American churches in Houston--Project CHURCH 
View the video           



Sherry Pagoto, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lecture Title: "Using Social Media to Deliver Lifestyle Interventions" 
View the video  



Andrea Acevedo, PhD
Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Lecture Title: "Understanding Disparities in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders"
View the video



Abigail Harrison, PhD
Brown School of Public Health -BSS
2015 Innovations Award Winner
Lecture Title: "
Engaging Adolescent Girls in Community-based HIV Prevention in South Africa" 
View the video



David Wetter, PhD
Department of Psychology
Rice University
Lecture Title: "Social Determinants and Smoking Cessation”
View the video 


4-22-2016 (POSTPONED) 

Audrey Pettifor, PhD
Department of Epidemiology
UNC, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Lecture Title: "Cash transfers: Addressing structural determinants to reduce HIV risk in young South African women"


Stephen B. Thomas
University of Maryland  School of Public Health
Lecture Title: "Toward a 4th Generation of Disparities Research to Achieve Health Equity"
View the video           



Rochelle Rosen
Brown School of Public Health
The 2014 RINS Innovations Award Winner
Lecture Title:
"Text-Messaging for Alcohol Prevention: A Novel Qualitative Method for Intervention Development



Carl Latkin
Johns Hopkins
Lecture Title: "Social Network Approaches to HIV Prevention and Care"
View the video



Lisa Marsch
Lecture Title: “"Transforming Behavioral Healthcare via Science-Based Technology"”
View the video   



Herman A. Taylor
Morehouse School of Medicine
Lecture Title: “Race, Risk and Resilience: Launching and Learning from the Jackson Heart Study”
View the video


Cui Yang
Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Lecture Title: "Alcohol Use among Populations at Greater Risk for HIV:  Findings from China and Baltimore, MD"
View the video           



Community Engaged Panel
Brown University: Professors Kim Gans, Steve Buka, Bart Laws, Jacob Vandenberg
Amelia Rose, Director of Environmental Justice League of RI
Channavy Chhay, Executive Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies



Andrea Parker 
Northeastern University
Lecture Title: "Health Promotion through Digital Innovation"
View PowerPoint



Dr. Christine Economos 
Tufts University
Lecture Title: “Catalyzing Communities to Prevent Obesity: A Systems Approach”
View the video   



Judith Arroyo
Lecture Title: "Addressing Health Disparities and Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded Workforce
View Powerpoint



Jukka-Pekka Onnela
Harvard School of Public Health
Lecture Title: "Future Directions for Data-Driven Study of Individual and Collective Health"