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Those continuing on the Board during 2020 and their 2020 positions include Fred Zimmerman (President), Ana Diez-Roux (Past President), Cindy Colen (Treasurer), Sue Bevan (Executive Director), and Board members Allison Aiello, James Broesch, Richard Carpiano, Dustin Duncan, Sanne Magnan, and Julie Maslowsky. Retiring members include Bruce Link, Hedy Lee, Lindsey Leininger, Lourdes Rodriquez, and Sarah Stoddard.
Thanks to Past President Bruce Link, who chaired the Nominations Committee, and committee members Gilbert Gee, Hedy Lee, Stacy Lindau, Jose Pagan, and a special thanks to our candidates for their willingness to serve IAPHS.
This person will serve as President in 2021 and Past-President in 2022. In 2020, they will appoint individual(s) to chair the 2021 Program Committee as well as other new members of IAPHS committees in 2021.
Deborah Carr is Professor and Chair in the Sociology department at Boston University. Dr. Carr previously held faculty positions at University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and most recently at Rutgers University, where she was acting director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research. Her research interests include aging and the life course, psychosocial factors influences on health over the life course, and end-of-life issues. Her work has appeared in journals including International Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Science and Medicine. Her latest book, Golden Years: Social Inequalities in Later Life (2019, Russell Sage) examines how persistent race, class, and gender inequalities shape experiences of old age in the United States. She is editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences for the 2015-2020 term. Read more
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kathleen Mullan Harris is the James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on social inequality and health with particular interests in health disparities, biodemography, social genomics, and life course processes. Dr. Harris is Director and Principal Investigator of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) in which she is leading multidisciplinary research on the social, environmental, behavioral, biological and genetic linkages in developmental and health trajectories from adolescence into adulthood. Her publications appear in a wide range of disciplinary journals including demography, genetics, family, sociology, epidemiology, biology, public policy, survey methodology, and medicine. Read more
Dr. Harris is past president of the Population Association of America and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded the Golden Goose Award from the US Congress in 2016 for federally funded research that leads to major breakthroughs in medicine, social behavior, and technological research. Harris has extensive experience collaborating with scholars from multiple disciplines as well as mentoring and promoting the research of junior scholars. She received her Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Secretary is a member of the Executive Committee who keeps minutes of IAPHS meetings and provides summaries of meetings for communications to the membership. The Secretary elected this year will serve 3 year terms beginning in January 2020.
I am a sociologist and demographer with broad interests in the causes and consequences of population health disparitites in the United States, with large focuses on racial and ethnic disparities, immigration, social and geographic context, and the impact of policies on health. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Acting Associate Director of the Maryland Population Research Center. In the Fall of 2019, I will begin as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at Penn State University. My work is interdisciplinary, and makes contributions to sociology, demography, public health, and public policy. I am interested in bringing unique data sources and innovative methods to bear on questions of interest to scholars of population, health, and inequality. Read more
I am a social demographer with interests in inequalities and trends in US morbidity, chronic diseases, and mortality. My research spans three substantive areas related to these topics. First, I am interested in cohort-based changes in life course mechanisms of health outcomes. Early-life environments (e.g., nutrition), resources in adulthood (e.g., education), and health risk behaviors (e.g., smoking) have all substantively changed across US birth cohorts. These social and historical changes from decades past continue to shape present-day US health and longevity. Much of my research looks at how these cohort-based forces affect adult health beyond present-day policies, behaviors, and medical/pharmacological technologies. Read more
The Board provides oversight and strategic guidance to IAPHS. It meets by conference calls throughout the year and in-person just before the annual IAPHS Conference. The three Board Members elected this year will serve 3 year terms beginning in January 2020. The Student Board Member serves a two year term beginning January 2020.
Board Member – Position A
University of Michigan
Social Demography, Social Epidemiology
Through my entire research program, I am committed to clarifying the social causes and biological mechanisms linking racial group membership to population health inequalities. The major hallmark of my research is the integration of scientific knowledge from diverse disciplines, as this transdisciplinary approach to research allows for creative and innovative insights into the root causes and mechanisms of the seemingly intractable racial health inequalities. A significant portion of my research program falls at the intersection of sociology, geography, and environmental toxicology, examining the interrelated roles of racial residential segregation, neighborhood characteristics, environmental hazards, and racial health inequalities. For example, I have two projects funded by the National Institutes of Health in which my team and I examine the social genomics of racial health inequalities by integrating the sociology and geography of place and time with various genomic mechanisms such as DNA methylation. Read more
While I do have training in both biomedical and social sciences, through all of my projects, I bring together experts from multiple fields to collaborate. For example, in a current project under development, I have brought together sociologists with expertise in historical formal and informal social control, environmental scholars with expertise in toxicant exposures, and a neuropsychologist with expertise in the neurobiology of cognition. We are examining both historical and contemporary forms of structural racism on racial inequalities in cognition.
Finally, I am dedicated to mentoring junior scholars, from high school through post-doctoral stage from multiple disciplines. Each year, I mentor high school students through the University of Michigan Wolverine Pathways Program in interdisciplinary research on structural racism and health. I have mentored or am mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in STEM (environmental engineering), medicine (pathology), public health (epidemiology, health behavior), and social science (sociology, psychology, women’s studies), all through an interdisciplinary lens linking cultural and structural racism to population health inequalities.
The Pennsylvania State University
Population Health, Health Policy, Health Services
Selena E. Ortiz, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at The Pennsylvania State University. Her scholarship focuses on addressing health disparities and ensuring health equity. Dr. Ortiz’ work does this in two ways: first, by examining health and social policy formation and, second, by examining access to health services and outcomes. One main area of her research uses mixed-methods approaches to examine how cognitive frames and values influence policy agenda setting, public deliberation, public opinion, health disparities, and health care decision-making. Topics of interest include the social determinants of health, particularly housing affordability, and chronic disease. Read more
Dr. Ortiz is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Health Care and Policy Research (CHCPR), the Population Research Institute (PRI), and the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State. She also holds a courtesy appointment with the School of Public Policy. Dr. Ortiz is a research fellow at the FrameWorks Institute in Washington, D.C., and is an active member of AcademyHealth, the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Science (IAPHS), and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Currently, Dr. Ortiz serves as the chair of APHA’s Ethics Section. Dr. Ortiz’s scholarship has been published in Public Health Reports, Preventive Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Medical Care, Social Science & Medicine, and JAMA, among others. Prior to her appointment at Penn State, Dr. Ortiz was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar (Cohort 11) at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and a non-resident fellow at the ASH Center for Democracy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Ortiz received her PhD in health policy and health services from the UCLA Jonathan & Karin Fielding School of Public Health in 2013. She is a member of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Delta Omega, the National Public Health Honor Society.
Board Member – Position B
Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
Social Epidemiology, Behavioral Science
Darrell Hudson is an associate professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hudson holds a joint appointment with the Department of Psychiatry and is a Faculty Scholar with the Institute for Public Health. Dr. Hudson is dedicated to the elimination of racial/ethnic inequities in health. His research agenda centers on how social determinants of health, particularly racism, affect multiple health outcomes. Dr. Hudson is also striving to develop public health researchers and professionals who are both well trained and passionate about achieving health equity. Read more
At the core of Dr. Hudson’s research agenda is the investigation of a challenging research question, using a social epidemiologic perspective: despite greater exposure to stress, lower levels of socioeconomic position, and bearing a disproportionate burden of physical health disparities, why do African Americans have lower rates of depression compared to whites? Dr. Hudson’s published research includes studies that have examined racial/ethnic differences in depression, including the effects of socioeconomic position, racial discrimination, and coping behaviors on depression. He has also examined perceptions of depression and mental health care among African Americans and has investigated comorbid depression and type 2 diabetes in various settings.
Dr. Hudson completed his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he also received his MPH. He earned a BS in Psychology from Morehouse College. Prior to his faculty appointment, Dr. Hudson completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the University of California at the San Francisco and Berkeley campuses, where he conducted research and gained additional training in social epidemiology.
Nadia Islam, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at the NYU School of Medicine. Her research focuses on developing culturally relevant community-clinical linkage models to promote health equity in disadvantaged communities. She is the Deputy Director of the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health, a NIH-funded Research Center of Excellence dedicated to reducing health disparities facing Asian American communities; Research Director of the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center; and co-directs the Community Engagement and Population Health Research core of NYU’s Clinical Translational Science Institute. She also serves as the principal investigator on several NIH- and CDC-funded initiatives evaluating the impact of community health worker interventions on chronic disease management and prevention in diverse populations. Read more
Dr. Islam is a medical sociologist with a doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. She serves on the American Diabetes Association Taskforce on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders. Previously, she was on the board of the Public Health Association of New York and chaired the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Islam is co-editor of Asian American Communities and Health (Jossey Bass Publisher, 2009). Her work has been featured in the American Journal of Public Health, Diabetes Care, and numerous other peer-reviewed journals.
Board Member – Position C
University of Kentucky
Health Services Research
My research interests center on strategies for aligning the delivery and financing systems for health care and public health services, with a focus on evaluating the impact of these strategies on population health, particularly for underserved populations. I direct the Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research at the University of Kentucky, and I lead the Systems for Action national research program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which studies mechanisms for aligning medical, social, and public health services. I also serve as associate director of the Center for Health Services Research at Kentucky, where I study strategies to help hospitalized patient successfully transition to home and community settings, with funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Read more
Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH is Director Emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. He directed the Center from its founding in 2007 through March 2018. As Director Emeritus, he continues to play a pivotal role at the Center, with a concentration on public policy issues, writing, and partnerships with colleagues and institutions devoted to population health and social justice. Dr. Woolf, a Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health, has focused his career on raising public awareness about the social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and produce inequities. Read more
Student Board Member
University of Southern California
I am a doctoral candidate in Gerontology at the University of Southern California with a Master of Science in Sociology from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California – Los Angeles. My research interests include aging and the life course, social determinants of health, neighborhoods, biodemography, and quantitative methods. With aging parents from Puerto Rico and Honduras, I have witnessed first-hand the unique challenges facing the aging Hispanic population. My life experiences have engendered a strong commitment to addressing inequalities in Hispanic health and aging, and I am particularly motivated to gain a better understanding of sociocultural variation in the Hispanic health and aging experience. Read more
Kasim is actively involved in UNM’s Institute for the Study of “Race” & Social Justice, the NIH-funded Engaged for Equity project, as well as the NIH-funded Transdisciplinary Research, Equity & Engagement Center for Advancing Behavioral Health. Kasim’s research interests include utilizing a social determinants of health perspective to understand how ethnoracial and socioeconomic stratification contributes to health inequities. Specifically, he is interested in the demography of sexual minorities in the United States; whereby examinations of health serve as a lens of stratification. In assessing contextual determinants of health, Kasim draws upon sociological concepts of neighborhood dynamics and mass incarceration as a lens for understanding ethnoracial and socioeconomic stratification. Read more