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UMass Chan IMSD End of Year Celebration Dinner and Special Seminar

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, 5:00 - 8:00 PM, Albert Sherman Building

"The Social Side of Science" 

Presented by: Dr. Dean Libutti

Quantitative Health Sciences and the UMass Chan Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) 

Present a Special Seminar

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Albert Sherman Building, AS9-2072

“Black Men’s Health: Hidden in Plain Sight”

Presented by:Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Thorpe is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and holds joint faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and the Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities, Center on Aging and Health, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, and Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, all at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  His research focuses on understanding of the etiology of race- and SES-related disparities across the life course in functional and health status of community-dwelling adults with a focus on African American men. Dr. Thorpe currently serves as the Co-Director (with Dr. George Rebok) of the NIA-funded Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (JHAD-RCMAR).   He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.  He is a past recipient of the JHSPH’s Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award, and the inaugural annual 2018 NHLBI OHD PRIDE Roland J. Thorpe, Jr. mentoring award. 


Quantitative Health Sciences and the UMass Chan Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) 

Present a Special Seminar

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Albert Sherman Building, AS9-2072

“Challenging biological essentialism with embodied histories of health inequities: reflections on population health data as archives of the body politic”

Presented by: Nancy Krieger, PhD

Nancy Krieger is Professor of Social Epidemiology and American Cancer Society Clinical Research   Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and Director of the HSPH   Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health. She is an internationally recognized   social epidemiologist (PhD, Epidemiology, UC Berkeley, 1989), with a background in biochemistry,   philosophy of science, and history of public health, plus 30+ years of activism involving social justice,   science, and health. She is an ISI highly cited scientist (since 2004; reaffirmed: 2015), a group   comprising “less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers.” Dr. Krieger’s work   addresses: (1) conceptual frameworks to understand, analyze, and improve the people’s health,   including the ecosocial theory of disease distribution she first proposed in 1994, concerned with   embodiment and equity; (2) etiologic research on societal determinants of population health and   health inequities; and (3) methodologic research on improving monitoring of health inequities.

Suggested readings and resources for the talk


Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Albert Sherman Building, AS9-2072

“Cognitive Function Across Self-Identified Ethno-Racial Groups: The Role of Discrimination, Allostatic Load, and Health Behaviors”
Presented by: Sarah Forrester, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department of Mental Health

Sarah Forrester recently defended her dissertation in the Mental Health department of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Sarah’s dissertation work explored racial disparities in cognitive functioning and possible mechanisms for that disparity and she has recently published research using latent methods to predict conversion from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s disease. She is especially interested in how psychosocial stress may associated with biological irregularities that contribute to disorders of cognitive aging among minorities.



Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Albert Sherman Building, AS9-2072

“Meaningful Counterfactuals for Studies of Racial Disparities”
Presented by: Jay S. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Health Disparities
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health
McGill University

Jay S. Kaufman is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Health Disparities in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. Dr. Kaufman's work focuses on social epidemiology, analytic methodology, causal inference and on a variety of health outcomes including perinatal outcomes and cardiovascular, psychiatric and infectious diseases. He is an editor at the journal “Epidemiology”, an associate editor at “American Journal of Epidemiology”, and co-editor of the textbook “Methods in Social Epidemiology” (2nd edition forthcoming in 2016).