Dr. Silvia S. Martins is the Director of the Substance Use Epidemiology Unit of the Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and of the Policy and Health Initiatives on Opioids and other Substances interdisciplinary group (PHIOS). She is also the co-director of the NIDA T32 Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program at Columbia University and the Course Director of Principles of Epidemiology (P6400). Read more
She has co-authored >200 peer-reviewed epidemiological and substance use articles (>100 first or senior-authored), 80 of them led by her current or former mentees. She has served as Principal Investigator of multiple NIH-0funded grants. Some of her notable research findings have focused on prescription drug monitoring programs and their impact on prescription opioid and heroin overdoses, machine learning techniques to better understand opioid policies associated with high-opioid prescribing, the effects of medical and recreational cannabis laws in cannabis use outcomes in the US population, and substance use and psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents in Brazil.
Dr. Martins has received several awards for her research and mentoring, including the 2011 Award for gambling research, the 2013 Columbia President’s Global Innovation Fund, and the 2017 Columbia University MSPH Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring. She has also been selected as one of Columbia MSPH’s 2021-2024 Tow Faculty Scholars and received in 2021 Columbia’s MSPH Calderone Health Equity Award. She has mentored and advised 5 undergraduate summer students, 52 Master’s students, 12 predoctoral students, 10 post-doctoral fellows and 6 junior faculty in different areas. Several of her current and former US and international mentees have received conference awards, including the CPDD NIDA Director’s travel award, the Society for Epidemiologic Research best poster award, and the Best New Paper Award, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Over the years, she has also mentored graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty from Brazil, Lebanon, France, and Chile via Columbia University Global Center internal funding, NIDA-Invest, and NIDA-INSERM funding. Her trainees have published widely in peer-reviewed journals and received several awards recognizing their scientific and service achievements. They have attained academic research positions in the U.S. and globally. Her mentees are now spread across the Americas, Middle East and Asia. She is particularly dedicated to mentoring women, under-represented minorities, and international researchers from low/middle-income countries, and she is committed to contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic scholarship.
Robert Hummer is the Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also Co-Director of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) and President-Elect of the Population Association of America. He came to UNC in summer of 2015 after spending 19 years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as Director of their NICHD-supported Population Research Center between 2001–05 and Chairperson of their Department of Sociology from 2006–10. In 2010, he was presented with the Clifford Clogg Award for Early Career Achievement by the Population Association of America. Read more
Dr. Hummer’s research focuses on the accurate description and more complete understanding of population health and mortality patterns and trends in the United States. He has been funded by NICHD, NIA, and/or NSF throughout most of his career to date and has published more than 150 journal articles, book chapters, and books in this area. His work has been cited over 12,000 times to date. He is particularly experienced with developing conceptual and analytic models for the understanding of racial/ethnic, immigrant-native, and socioeconomic differences in population health/mortality, as well as with the collection and effective use of very large data sets to study U.S. health/mortality patterns and trends. Dr. Hummer’s most recent book, co-authored with Erin R. Hamilton, is Population Health in America (2019, University of California Press).
2019 – Sarah Burgard
Sarah Burgard received a BA in International and Comparative Policy Studies from Reed College in Portland, OR and then earned an MA and PhD in Sociology and an MS in Epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Following her graduate studies, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Michigan, where she has since earned the title of Professor in three different U-M departments and with the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research (ISR).Burgard currently studies how systems of social, economic and political stratification affect work arrangements, families and economic sufficiency and shape the level of health equity by race, gender, socioeconomic status, and other key social identities.