Mentoring roundtables will be virtual discussions facilitated by distinguished mentors for members at any career stage.
This year we are offering two virtual sessions, September 30, 2021 at 3:00 pm and October 7, 2021 at 1pm, Eastern.
Current IAPHS members will be eligible to register for the roundtables free of charge.
September 30, 2021, 3:00pm Eastern
Roundtable Topic: Navigating the challenges of entering the academic job market
Elizabeth Lightfoot is the director of the Arizona State University School of Social Work. Her main research interests are in the area of disability policy and services, and the intersections of disability with child welfare, aging, abuse, and health. She currently has several research projects underway exploring family careging during COVID-19, fraud and older adults/people with disabilities, parental supports for parents with disabilities, doctoral education in social work, and social work, disability and aging in Romania and Namibia. Read more
Roundtable Topic: Building and maintaining supportive relationships as a mentee and as a mentor
Stephanie Robert’s research focuses on how social and economic aspects of people’s lives affect their health and well-being over the life course. Many of her publications focus on how neighborhood context affects health and contributes to socioeconomic and racial health disparities. Her focus is on seeing social policy as health policy – determining how to best improve social policy rather than only health care policy to maintain people’s health and reduce health disparities. Read more
Professor Robert is particularly interested in the health and well-being of vulnerable older adults. One of her current projects is examining socioeconomic and racial determinants of older adults’ transitions from community residence into a range of other living environments (e.g., nursing homes and assisted living). She aims to inform policies that help older adults have choice in the type of living situation they have when their health or cognitive function is challenged, and to make sure that low income older adults and older adults of color have fewer barriers to high quality options.
Professor Robert is also committed to increasing the mentoring competencies of faculty members, and she runs trainings throughout the country helping social science and interdisciplinary faculty improve their mentoring skills. She also runs trainings to help doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows “mentor up” in their roles as mentees, and prepare them for their roles as mentors moving forward.
Roundtable Topic: Developing your own center or lab around a research agenda
Lindsay Fernandez-Rhodes is an epidemiologist with experience in the areas of Genetic, Epigenetic, and Social Epidemiology. She is an Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more
Her interdisciplinary research program, Epidemiology and Genetics across Populations and Societies, seeks to 1) elucidate the complex etiology of chronic diseases, and 2) identify key drivers of health disparities in the United States, both across the life course and across generations. To this aim, she conducts bio-psychosocially integrated studies of reproductive and cardiovascular traits in under-studied and marginalized populations, such as United States Hispanic/Latino immigrants and their families. She has used a variety of traditional and family-based methods to describe the intergenerational patterning of genetic, epigenetic, and psychosocial risk factors and their joint impact on health across the life course.
Roundtable Topic: Racism's impact on individual and population health
Tyson Brown is an associate professor of Sociology at Duke University, where he also directs the Center on Health & Society. As a race population health scientist and race scholar, he investigates the who, when, and why questions regarding ethnoracial inequalities in health. Professor Brown is currently working on several projects on measuring and mapping structural racism and quantifying its impact on population health. He has authored numerous articles in leading sociology and population health journals, and his research contributions have been recognized with awards from the American Sociological Association.
Roundtable Topic: Grant Writing for foundations and other private sources
Steven H. Woolf, M.D., M.P.H, is Director Emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health. He holds the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Distinguished Chair in Population Health and Health Equity. Dr. Woolf has edited three books and published more than 200 articles in a career that has focused on raising public awareness about the social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and produce inequities. Beyond research, he works to address these issues through outreach to policymakers and the public, including testimony before Congress, consulting, editorials in major newspapers and social media, and speaking engagements. Read more
Dr. Woolf chaired the National Research Council/Institute of Medicine panel that produced Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, which compared the health of Americans with peers in 16 other high-income countries. In recent years his team has examined the rise in midlife mortality rates in the United States, including studies conducted at the national, state, and county levels.
Dr. Woolf received his M.D. in 1984 from Emory University and underwent residency training in family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Woolf is also a clinical epidemiologist and underwent training in preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his M.P.H. in 1987. He is board certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine and public health. He began his career as a health services researcher, with a focus on evidence-based guidelines. He served on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2001.
Roundtable Topic: Tips for manuscript planning and journal selection
Gina Lovasi, MPH, PhD, is Urban Health Collaborative Co-Director and Dornsife Associate Professor of Urban Health at Drexel University, in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Dornsife School of Public Health. She oversees an NIMHD training grant (T37MD01425, MPIs: Lovasi & Ezeh) to bridge health equity research infrastructure and training opportunities in the US and globally. Her research focuses on how geographic determinants of chronic disease and aging in place. Read more
Roundtable Topic: Influencing policy from academia
Keshia M. Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Vice Dean for Faculty. Her work uses injury epidemiology, health impact assessment (HIA), and mixed methods to advance policies that create safe, healthy, and equitable environments where people live, work, play, and travel. She focuses on identifying policy solutions that address social determinants of health, reduce disparities, and advance health equity. She regularly engages with policymakers to promote evidence-informed policy decisions and advance Health in All Policies (HiAP) at the local, state, and federal levels.
Roundtable Topic: Fostering academic/government collaborations
Dr. William Story’s research focuses on better understanding household- and community-level factors that are critical to the improvement of maternal and child health in resource-poor countries and translating that research into effective interventions and policies. His research currently focuses on three specific areas: Read more
- Families: Studying male involvement during childbirth and decisions to seek maternal and child health care using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
- Communities: Examining the effect of social relationships on care-seeking behaviors using multilevel methods, particularly the role of social capital as a resource that influences access to health care.
- Evaluation: Exploring the mechanisms through which maternal and child health outcomes are sustained in community-based health programs around the world using mixed-method approaches.
October 7, 2021, 1:00pm Eastern
Roundtable Topic: Wait until tenure? Strategizing research agendas for junior faculty
Jimi Adams, My research examines patterns in social and behavioral networks that promote or constrain the diffusion of information, behaviors, and/or diseases through populations. Much of this work has focused on HIV/AIDS in “high risk” populations in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, this work has increasingly focused on examining the integrative patterns and processes in problem-focused areas of science that draw from many academic disciplines (e.g., HIV/AIDS, demography, the environment).
Roundtable Topic: Using social media to advance your agenda
Richard Carpiano is Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. His substantive interests center on examining the ways in which social factors, such as education, income, and local community environments, contribute to physical and mental health and health disparities.
Roundtable Topic: Gender status in academia: Challenges and navigation
Kathleen Mullan Harris is the James 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. Dr. Harris is the Principal Investigator and Director of Add Health (The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health), a national longitudinal study of 20,000+ adolescents followed into adulthood with comprehensive and in-depth data on the social environment, behavioral trajectories, biological processes, and health. She developed the integrative design in Add Health that links social, behavioral, and biological sciences in the conceptual model, data collection, and analysis for studying developmental and health trajectories across the early life course. Read more
Harris’s research focuses on social inequality and health with particular interests in health disparities, biodemography, social science genomics, and life course processes. Much of her research examines health among young people who are often ignored in most health research because they are presumed to be healthy. Yet it is in these early life stages that socioeconomic disadvantage, health shocks, and environmental exposures that lead to future disease can be identified to inform policy and improve population health. Her recent scientific contributions have identified physical health detriments associated with social mobility among American minorities during the transition to adulthood, and a silent epidemic of hypertension among young adults. Other work has traced the important causal role of social relationships in protecting physical health across the life course from early adolescence through old age.
Dr. Harris was awarded the Golden Goose Award from the US Congress for federally funded research that leads to major breakthroughs in medicine, social behavior, and technological research and the Irene Taeuber Award from the Population Association of America in recognition of original and important contributions to the scientific study of population. She is Chair of the Committee on Population at the National Academies of Sciences, Chair of the Social Science and Population Study Section, and a former member of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations of the U.S. Census Bureau. Dr. Harris is past president of the Population Association of America and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania.
Roundtable Topic: Minority status in academia: Challenges and navigation
Irene Headen is an Assistant Professor of Black Health in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Her research interests investigate the social and structural determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in adverse pregnancy outcomes. In particular, her work focuses on identifying neighborhood and community factors underlying these disparities and understanding how systems thinking can help translate these factors into multilevel interventions to improve Black maternal health outcomes. Central to Dr. Headen’s work is placing pregnancy within the context of women’s reproductive life course and developing ways to understand how structural racism operates over the life course to create racial/ethnic disparities during this critical window. She uses both epidemiologic and mixed methods approaches to conduct her research. Read more
Dr. Headen received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and completed a postdoctoral training fellowship through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Centers of Excellence in Maternal Health Postdoctoral Training Program. She also was a postdoctoral fellow at the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative before joining the faculty in 2019.
Roundtable Topic: Tips for a successful K award
Carol Oladele is Assistant Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine, core faculty at the Equity Research and Innovation Center, and Center for Neuroepidemiology and Clinical Neurological Research at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Oladele’s research focuses on social determinants of cardiovascular health disparities, with specific focus on the role of nutrition, healthcare quality, food, and built environments. She has expertise in the development of dietary assessment methodologies for African descent populations. Her research aims to generate evidence to support health policies and interventions to improve cardiovascular outcomes among racial/ethnic and immigrant populations domestically and globally. Dr. Oladele’s current work examines the role of food insecurity and ultra-processed food on disparities in hypertension incidence and control.
Roundtable Topic: Sharing your research with media and the public
Jennifer Karas Montez is a Professor of Sociology, the Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies, and Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab at Syracuse University. The main focus of her research is explaining the troubling trends and growing inequalities in how healthy and long Americans live. Much of her work over the past decade has examined why those outcomes are particularly worrisome for women, for people without a college degree, and for people living in states in the South and Midwest. In her current work, she is investigating how the polarizing policy environment at the US state level has contributed to the trends and inequalities.Read more Dr. Montez’s research portfolio is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation. She is currently the principal investigator of a 5-year NIA grant (with collaborators Anna Zajacova, Mark Hayward, Steven Woolf, and Jason Beckfield) to examine how US state policies influence people’s risk of death, and why those policies are particularly consequential for people without a college degree. Montez is also a co-PI (with Jennifer Ailshire, Sarah Burgard, and Robert Hummer) on the NIA-supported Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America, which promotes and supports innovative and interdisciplinary research into health disparities across the life course and in geographic context. She is also collaborating with Douglas Wolf and Shannon Monnat on an RWJF-funded project to examine how the recent proliferation of US state preemption laws has affected population health and health disparities. Montez is also a recipient of a Carnegie Fellowship, for which she is tracing how decades of deregulation and devolution of political authority has shaped US life expectancy. Montez earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and did her postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University.
Dr. Montez’s research portfolio is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation. She is currently the principal investigator of a 5-year NIA grant (with collaborators Anna Zajacova, Mark Hayward, Steven Woolf, and Jason Beckfield) to examine how US state policies influence people’s risk of death, and why those policies are particularly consequential for people without a college degree. Montez is also a co-PI (with Jennifer Ailshire, Sarah Burgard, and Robert Hummer) on the NIA-supported Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America, which promotes and supports innovative and interdisciplinary research into health disparities across the life course and in geographic context. She is also collaborating with Douglas Wolf and Shannon Monnat on an RWJF-funded project to examine how the recent proliferation of US state preemption laws has affected population health and health disparities. Montez is also a recipient of a Carnegie Fellowship, for which she is tracing how decades of deregulation and devolution of political authority has shaped US life expectancy. Montez earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and did her postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University.
Roundtable Topic: Considering non-academic careers
Philip Alberti, Senior Director of Health Equity Research and Policy at the Association of American Medical Colleges. A national health care equity leader, Alberti supports the efforts of academic medical centers to build an evidence-base for effective programs, protocols, policies, and partnerships aimed at eliminating inequities in health. He joined the AAMC in 2012 to facilitate the conduct of community-partnered, health equity science and scholarship at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals, and to make the case for policies and practices that explicitly have health and health care equity as a goal. Read more
Dr. Alberti is Co-Chair of the National Quality Forum’s Disparities Standing Committee and has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop a systems approach to community health and health equity for academic medical centers. He regularly speaks at national forums on issues related to community and patient engaged science, consideration of social risk in quality measurement, hospital community benefit and needs assessment requirements, and the social determinants of health, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and commentaries on these topics. He has served on committees, workgroups, and task forces convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health.
Previously, Dr. Alberti led research, evaluation, and planning efforts for a Bureau within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that works to promote health equity between disadvantaged and advantaged neighborhoods. Dr. Alberti holds a B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University and was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program.