SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2022 MENTORS!
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: Racism's impact on individual and population health
Darrell Hudson’s research focuses on racial/ethnic health disparities and the role of social determinants of health, particularly how socioeconomic position and social context affect health and health disparities. He is currently investigating why data show that African Americans — despite bearing a disproportionate burden of physical health disparities and greater exposure to stress — have lower rates of depression compared to white Americans. Read more
He has examined perceptions of depression and mental health care among African Americans and investigated comorbid depression and Type 2 diabetes in various settings. He also co-directs the Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America within the Brown School’s Center for Social Development. Hudson holds a joint appointment with the Washington University Department of Psychiatry and is a faculty scholar with the Institute for Public Health.
He teaches the courses “Social Epidemiology,” “Health Behavior and Health Promotion,” as well as “Transdisciplinary Problem Solving: Popular Culture and Public Health.” Prior to his faculty appointment, Hudson completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the University of California at San Francisco/Berkeley.
Roundtable Topic: Fostering academic/government collaborations
Bradley Kramer is a senior manager at his local Department of Public Health – Seattle & King County. He is both a practitioner and researcher with research at the University of Washington and Veterans Affairs Health System — local, state, and federal governments. Brad has 15+ years of experience engaging partners through Community Based Participatory principles, across government, academia, community organizations, individuals with lived experience, medical directors, practitioners, payers, and policy decision makers. He has conducted research with the health department as the primary agency, including randomized trials, funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, and others. His focus is prevention approaches to decrease health disparities and accelerate health equity. Read more
Brad’s current work at the health department is to build a climate change + health equity initiative. Climate change work requires a multi-sector, cross-disciplinary approach where partnership is essential. Brad’s academic work focuses on implementation science, as a PhD candidate in the department of Health Systems and Population Health at the University of Washington. He is a trainee at the UW Center for the Study of Demography and Ecology, currently conducting research with the Anti-Racist and Community Health Center at UW, and obtained is Master’s in Public Administration in 2004 at UW focused on environmental and public health policy.
Roundtable Topic: Sharing your research with media and the public
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: 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.
Roundtable Topic: How to develop your research program; differentiate yourself from your advisor (student focused)
Dr. Lauren Gaydosh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Research Associate at the Population Research Center, and Research Affiliate at the Center on Aging and Population Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research focuses on better understanding the role of early life environments in shaping health across the life course. This work integrates social, contextual, and biological data from population-based longitudinal studies to examine how inequalities in the social environment get under the skin to create health disparities. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the US Fulbright Program. Read more
Dr. Gaydosh was a Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Postdoctoral Fellow supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a PhD in Sociology, Social Policy, and Demography from Princeton University. Her work has been published in Demography, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, American Journal of Public Health, and Social Forces.
Roundtable Topic: What I wish I would have known in my first year of a tenure-track position
Dr. Eyal Oren is the Director of the School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU). He is a Professor of Epidemiology and a core-investigator at the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health at SDSU. He is trained as an infectious disease, respiratory and social epidemiologist with particular expertise in respiratory health, and numerous projects in COVID-19, TB, flu, tobacco exposure and asthma. He has also worked at the interface of infectious etiologies and chronic disease outcomes, particularly cancers. He has extensive experience in epidemiological and clinical research, working on the effective adoption of interventions in the community as well as in developing evidence-based strategies and practices from secondary data analyses and novel data sources. He is a UW Epi PhD Alum (2010).