It was a pleasure to meet so many of our new students at Orientation this week. We are excited about the start of a new school year, and getting to know all of you in the classroom and at our various departmental events (check out the line-up at the end of this newsletter.)
We have a total of 59 new students across our programs. 30 students join the 45-credit MPH program while 20 join the 65-credit MPH. Eight students are matriculating into our Ph.D program, and one is in our masters of science in public health program. Our students reflect a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds and wide ranging interests in public health. 80% are female, and 80% are U.S. citizens. In terms of racial/ethnic diversity: among our MPH students 14% are Latinx, 12% are Black, 24% are Asian, one is multiracial and one is Native American.
The SBS department has historically been a leader at the Chan School in terms of supporting and ensuring diversity. In 2019, we cannot rest on our laurels but need to redouble our efforts to build the needed pipeline and recruit, train and mentor the diverse workforce that is needed, domestically and globally, to effectively address the critical public health challenges of our times. Success will require renewed vision and commitment and, our entire community, including our distinguished alumni, working effectively together.
Speaking of alumni, we hope our students, new and returning alike enjoy our new Alumni Corner feature!
David R. Williams
joined the SBS Department in July 2019 as an Assistant Professor. Dr, Ramanadhan is an implementation science scholar whose areas of expertise include, capacity-building interventions for staff of community-based organizations, the role of staff social networks to promote the use of research evidence in community settings, and participatory approaches to implementation science to increase the impact of community-based organizations and increase the flow of practice-based evidence into the academic literature.
Urvashi Pandya, MPH '20
, recently interviewed Dr. Ramandhan about her thoughts on the field of
dissemination and implementation science.
What piece of advice would you offer students in the SBS Department?
“Persistence. From my perspective, persistence is key for a successful career in academic public health. I've had many failures in my career but because I have been resilient and persistent I have also been successful. Stay persistent and focused!” – Dustin Vogt-Duncan, SD ‘11
Dustin is an associate professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. He was awarded the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Emerging Public Health Professional Award in 2019.
His next book,
The Social Epidemiology of Sleep,
co-edited by Ichiro Kawachi and Susan Redline
is to be published by Oxford University Press in October 2019.
, Research Associate, will be joining the faculty at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy in the School of Public Health in September 2019.
The Center for Work, Health, & Well-being
is pleased to welcome Dr.
, MD, MPH, ScD
is a visiting scientist and an associate professor of epidemiology at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. His current research focuses on social determinants of workers' health, investigating the health impact of adverse social experiences, such as discrimination, harassment, job insecurity, work-family conflict, and precarious employment. In addition, the Center is pleased to welcome two Fulbright Fellows:
, a visiting scholar from the University of Trento in Trento, Italy; and
, a visiting scholar from Mohammed V University in Marrakesh, Morocco.
The Cancer Prevention Fellowship
welcomes three new fellows for the 2019-20 academic year:
, a first year PHS student in SBS whose interests
include substance use in adolescents and prevention education,
, a postdoc whose interests center on the implementation of research findings into clinical and public health practice, and
a postdoc whose research is primarily focused on the prevention of HPV-related cancers.
The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health & Happiness
recently welcomed two postdoctoral fellows.
will contribute to a growing body of work exploring the interplay between social environments, children’s emotional functioning, and cardiometabolic risk, and the ways in which positive assets may buffer children against poor health over the life course.
research focuses on the interplay between biological and social determinants of health. He joined the Center in July 2019, where he works on a funded grant examining the relationship between optimism and exceptional longevity.
received the Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award at the Commencement Award Ceremony on May 28, 2019.
was selected as the Health Equity Champion for
Health Equity Matters
(Spring 2019), which is published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE).
received the 2019 Teaching Assistant Award at the Commencement Award Ceremony on May 28, 2019.
, Research Scientist, received one of the four RSA Travel Awards from HSPH to present her research on psychological well-being and health at the
American Psychosomatic Society
conference in March, for which she is also a Program Committee member.
was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He joins former dean, Barry Bloom, as the other Chan School faculty who has received this recognition.
"Sense of Purpose in Life and Society." National Academy of Sciences: Washington D.C.
"Psychological Well-Being as a Potential Target for Fostering Healthy Aging?" AARP: Washington, D.C.
(Invited Participant). "Putting Well-being Metrics into Policy Action." Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Paris, France.
Lee SJ, Sanders-Jackson A, Tan ASL. “Do vaping portrayals in e-cigarette ads normalize vaping and smoking behaviors among young adults? Findings from a randomized controlled experiment.” American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: Philadelphia, PA.
, Bigman CA, Mello S, Sanders-Jackson A. Exposure to Secondhand Smoke and E-cigarette Aerosol in Indoor and Outdoor Public Places among US Middle and High School Students, 2015 to 2018. SRNT Europe 19
Annual Conference: Oslo, Norway.
Tan ASL, Soneji SS, Choi K, Moran MB.
Prevalence of Use and Perceived Trends of Using Pod-Based Vaping Devices Among US Youth and Young Adults.
SRNT Europe 19
Annual Conference: Oslo, Norway.
, Frazier L. Addressing e-cigarette and cannabis use in primary
settings. 2019 Primary
Conference: Boston, MA.
Cradock AL, Poole MK, Agnew KE,
Flax CN, Plank K, Capdarest-Arest N, Patel A. A systematic review of strategies to increase drinking-water access and consumption among 0- to 5-year-olds. Obesity Reviews, Vol. 20, pp. 1262-1286, June, 2019.
Long MW, Polacsek M, Bruno P,
Giles CM, Ward ZJ,
Gortmaker SL. Cost-effectiveness analysis and stakeholder evaluation of 2 obesity prevention policies in Maine, US. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, [Epub ahead of print], pii: S1499-4046(19)30922-4, August, 2019.
Gortmaker SL, Wang YC, Long MW,
Kenney EL. WIC food packages changes: Trends in childhood obesity prevalence. Pediatrics, Vol. 143, e20182841, April, 2019.
, Fong, K., Lee, L., Spiro, A., Schwartz, J., Whitsel, E., Horvath, S., Wang, C., Hou, L., Baccarelli A.A., Li Y., Stewart J., Manson, J.E., Grodstein, F., DeMeo, D.,
Optimism is Not Associated with Two Indicators of DNA Methylation Aging
, James, P.,
, Zevon, E.,
, Grodstein, F. (2019). Optimism and healthy aging in women and men. American Journal of Epidemiology. 188, 1084-1091.
, Koh H.K., Frazier, L.A., VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Sense of mission and subsequent health and well-being among young adults: an outcome-wide analysis. American Journal of Epidemiology. 188, 664-673.
, Kasonkanji E, Zuze T, Kaimila B, Nyasosela R, Nyirenda R, Krysiak R, Gopal S. Microcosting analysis of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treatment in Malawi. Journal of Global Oncology 5:1-10. July 2019.
Kohler RE, Brown C, Chiyapo S, Kayembe M, Nsingo M, Grover S, Tapela N, Efstathiou J, Lockman S, Dryden-Peterson SL. Explaining disparities in oncology health systems delays and stage at diagnosis between men and women in Botswana: A cohort study. PLoS ONE 14(6): e0218094. June 2019
A critical research agenda for social and public health: an ecosocial proposal. In: Levy B (ed).
Social Injustice and Public Health.
3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019 (August); pp. 531-552.
Why epidemiologists must reckon with racism. In: Ford CL, Griffith D, Bruce M, Gilbert K (eds).
Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional
. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association Press, 2019 (August)
Lee LO, James P, Zevon ES, Kim ES, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Spiro A, Grodstein F,
Optimism is associated with exceptional longevity in 2 epidemiologic cohorts of men and women
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
, Epub, August, 2019.
Hahn J, Gold DR, Coull BA, McCormick MC, Finn PW, Perkins DL, Rich-Edwards JW, Rifas-Shiman SL, Oken E,
Prenatal Maternal Depression and Neonatal Immune Responses
. Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol. 81(4), pp. 320-327, May, 2019.
, Sanders-Jackson A, Tan ASL. Effects of current and enhanced tobacco corrective messages on smokers’ intention to quit smoking and intention to purchase cigarettes.
Nicotine & Tobacco Research
. May 2019. doi:
Murchison GR, Agénor M, Reisner SL, Watson RJ. School Restroom and Locker Room Restrictions and Sexual Assault Risk Among Transgender Youth. Pediatrics, Vol. 143, p. e20182902, June, 2019.
, Hikichi H, Aida J, Kondo K, Kawachi I. Long-Term Associations Between Disaster Experiences and Cardiometabolic Risk: A Natural Experiment From the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. American Journal of Epidemiology, 188(6), 1109-1119, June 2019.
, Kondo N. The Global Financial Crisis and Overweight among Children of Single Parents: A Nationwide 10-Year Birth Cohort Study in Japan. International journal of environmental research and public health,16(6), 1001, March 2019.
, Peters S, Nielsen K, Nagler E, Karapanos M, Wallace L, Burke L, Dennerlein J, Wagner G. Improving Working Conditions to Promote Worker Safety, Health, and Wellbeing for Low-Wage Workers: The Workplace Organizational Health Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(8), 1449.
, Soneji SS, Choi K, Moran MB. Prevalence of using pod-based vaping devices by brand among youth and young adults.
. June 7, 2019. doi:
, Soneji S, Moran MB, Choi K. JUUL Labs’ sponsorship and the scientific integrity of vaping research.
. 2019;394(10196):366-368. Aug 1, 2019. doi:
James, P., Kim, E.S., Zevon, E.S., Grodstein, F., & Kubzansky, L.D. (2019).
Prospective associations of happiness and optimism with lifestyle over up to two decades.
Preventive Medicine. June, 2019 [ahead of print]
Poole, E.M., Sawyer, S., Kubzansky, L.D.,Hankinson, S.E., Okereke, I.O., & Tworoger, S.S. The Mind-Body Study: Study design and reproducibility, and interrelationships of psychosocial factors in the Nurses’ Health Study II,
Cancer Causes & Control, Vol.
(7), pp. 779-790, July, 2019
Cofie, L., Zaitsu, M. & Williams, D. R. (2019). Placing prostate cancer disparities within a psychosocial context: Challenges and opportunities for future research,
Cancer Causes & Control, Vol. 30
(5), pp. 443-456, May, 2019.
Williams, D.R., Lawrence. J.A., Davis, B.A.
Racism and Health: Evidence and Needed Research. Annual Review of Public Health, Vol. 40, pp. 105-125, April, 2019
Women, Gender and Health Concentration Orientation & Welcome Lunch
Wed, Sept 4, 1-2pm, Kresge 110
Women, Gender and Health Concentration Fall Social
Wed, Sept 4, 4:30 - 6:30pm, Puddingstone Tavern, 1592 Tremont St., Boston, MA
Tobacco Control in Indonesia: Current Challenges and Controversies
Thurs, Sept 5, 1:00-1:50pm, Kresge 708
Maternal and Child Health Concentration Info Session
Tues, Sept 10, 1-1:50pm, Kresge 200
Fall Social, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness
Wed, September 11, 4:30-6pm, Kresge Atrium
Inaugural Department Welcome Event
Fri, Sept 13, 1-4pm, Kresge G1, reception 4-6pm,
Modell 100 Atrium, 210 Longwood Ave
Maternal and Child Health Concentration Welcome Party
Tues, Sept 17, 6-8pm, Taberna de Haro Restaurant, 999 Beacon St, Brookline
Positive Health Interest Group Meeting 1, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness
Thurs, September 19, 1-2pm, Kresge 708
Center for Health and Happiness Seminar Series: Anita Chandra
Wed, Sept 25, 1-1:50pm, FXB G-12
Women, Gender and Health Working Group Meeting
Wed, Oct 2, 1-2pm, Kresge 708
Dr Camara Jones, Morehouse School of Medicine, Radcliffe Institute Fellow
Thurs, Oct 10, 1:00-1:50pm, Kresge G2
Positive Stories of Black Motherhood
Fri, Oct 11, from 5:30-6:30pm, FXB G13
Positive Health Interest Group Meeting 2, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness
Thurs, October 17, 1-2pm, Kresge 708
Center for Health and Happiness Seminar Series: Willem Kuyken
Wed, October 23, 1-1:50pm, Kresge G2