Hassenfeld Institute Child Health Seminar Series

The Hassenfeld Institute Child Health Seminar Series is a bimonthly series that aims to focus on important and timely topics in maternal and child health. All seminars will be held on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted. Registration is required.

Upcoming Seminars


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Past Seminars

Thursday, May 20, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Method Tuuli, MD, MPH, MBA

Dr. Tuuli is the incoming chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Tuuli is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with a sub-specialty in maternal-fetal medicine. He comes to Brown from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was professor, vice chair for obstetrics and director of perinatal research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Thursday, May 6, 4 p.m. -  5 p.m.

Why the First 1,000 Days Matter for Healthy Growth

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH

Dr. Taveras is chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and executive director of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Conrad Taff Professor of Pediatrics in the Field of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School and professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Thursday, April 22, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

James McPartland, PhD

Dr. McPartland is associate professor of child psychiatry and psychology, director of undergraduate studies, director of the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic and associate director of the Developmental Electrophysiology Lab at the Yale Child Study Center, and he is co-director of Team Science at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. McPartland’s lab investigates autism spectrum disorder from a clinical neuroscience perspective.

Thursday, April 15, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The Social Determinants of the Racial Disparity in Adverse Birth Outcomes: Zip Code Eclipses Genetic Code

James Collins, MD

Dr. Collins is medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit and associate director of the pediatric residency program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and professor of pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Collins is a member of the Hassenfeld Institute’s advisory council.

Thursday, March 25, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Gestational Diabetes Testing: An Opportunity to Improve Population Health

Erika Werner, MD, MS

Dr. Werner is director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she is associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. As of 2020, Dr. Werner is the acting director of the antenatal care unit at Women & Infants Hospital. She is a nationally recognized expert on gestational diabetes. She is a member of the Hassenfeld Institute's executive committee, and she co-leads the institute's Healthy Weight, Nutrition and Physical Fitness Initiative.

Thursday, February 25, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Kinder-ready clinics: Emerging models of how clinics can support parents in early-childhood development through low-cost, scalable interventions

Susanna Loeb, PhD, and Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH

Dr. Loeb is director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and professor of education and of international and public affairs at Brown University. Dr. Loeb is a member of the Executive Council of The Policy Lab at Brown.

Dr. Chamberlain is associate professor of pediatrics, associate chair of policy and community and the Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar at Stanford Children’s Hospital. She founded and co-directs the Stanford Pediatric Advocacy Program to train leaders in community pediatrics and advocacy.

Thursday, February 11, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Barriers to Medication Adherence in Asthma: The Importance of Culture and Context

Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD, ABPP

Dr. McQuaid is co-lead of the Hassenfeld Institute's Asthma Initiative, director of the Division of Clinical Psychology, director of the Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program and professor of psychiatry and human behavior and pediatrics in The Warren Alpert Medical School. Dr. McQuaid is also director of Child Psychology at Hasbro/RI Hospital.