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Regulation of Craving
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Hedy Kober
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Psychology
Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, Yale University School of Medicine
Thursday, December 03, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Hedy Kober, PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Yale University’s School of Medicine. Her research takes a cognitive-neuroscience approach to clinical questions and uses state-of-the-art neuroimaging methods organized around interrelated themes: craving, regulation of craving, substance use disorders, smoking cessation, treatment for substance use disorders, neural mechanisms of change, emotion regulation in psychopathology, emotion-cognition interaction and mindfulness and meditation. Using a novel translational approach, a recent study reported that guanfacine significantly reduced smoking lapse and craving using a well-validated laboratory analog of stress- precipitated smoking, altered brain activity during a cognitive-control task and reduced smoking, but did not increase complete abstinence during treatment, but improved retention during a subsequent treatment period.
Exploring Transdiagnostic Vulnerabilities Underlying Cigarette Smoking and Anxiety Pathology: Preliminary Findings and Future Directions
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Teresa Leyro
Assistant Professor
IHHCPAR and Department of Psychology, Rutgers University

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Teresa Leyro, PhD is an assistant professor in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University. Dr. Leyro is director of the Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety (ABUSA) lab. Her research takes a multi-method approach in identifying underlying cognitive-affective and biological risk for co-occurring anxiety and substance use focusing on cigarette smoking/nicotine dependence. Methodologies to measure risk include self-report and behavioral indices (e.g., distress tolerance), psychophysiology using autonomic nervous system indicators (e.g., cardiac impedance and heart rate variability), examination of stress hormones relevant to HPA-axis functioning (e.g., cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone [DHEA]). Her translational research program employs stress provocation paradigms in laboratory settings as a means to explore these relations. Dr. Leyro has also engaged in research on alcohol, marijuana and illicit substance use disorders, severe mental illness, and HIV/AIDS.
The Changing Social and Genetic Landscape of Health and Marriage in the U.S.
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Dalton Conley
University Professor of the Social Sciences
New York University
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Dalton Conley, PhD is University Professor at New York University and holds faculty appointments in NYU's Sociology Department, School of Medicine and the Wagner School of Public Service. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Dalton’s research focuses on the determinants of economic opportunity within and across generations. He studies sibling differences in socioeconomic success; racial inequalities; the measurement of class; and how health and biology affect (and are affected by) social position. In 2005, he became the first sociologist to win the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award given annually to a young researcher in any field of science, mathematics or engineering. He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.
Tobacco Addiction and Smoking Cessation in African Americans
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Jasjit Ahluwalia
School of Public Health, Rutgers University
Thursday, November 05, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS, a nationally recognized researcher in the fields of health disparities and nicotine addiction in minority populations, became dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health in April, 2015. Previously he was professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center where he was the founding executive director of the Office of Clinical Research. His primary research has focused on nicotine addiction and smoking cessation in African-American smokers by way of conducting clinical trials, secondary analysis, qualitative research and clinical epidemiology research. His research has extended to the role of menthol in quitting, pharmacokinetics of nicotine, pharmacogenetics and cancer biomarkers. He is also engaged in global health work with two active research projects in Mumbai and New Delhi, India. Dr. Ahluwalia recently completed his term as chair of the National Advisory Council for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the NIH.
Tackling Temptation
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Katherine (Katy) Milkman
James G. Campbell, Jr. Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Katherine (Katy) Milkman, PhD is associate professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment as an associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine. Her research relies heavily on "big data" to document various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices. Her work has paid particular attention to the question of what factors produce self-control failures (e.g., undersaving for retirement, exercising too little, eating too much junk food) and how to reduce the incidence of such failures. She has explored race and gender discrimination focusing on how a decision's context can alter the manifestation of bias. Katy has also examined what types of stories are published in The New Yorker and what New York Times stories and science stories are most widely shared. She was the recipient of an early career award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, and when under 30, she was named one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants.
Health Care Reform in the U.S.: Current Status and Future Developments
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Elizabeth Fowler
Vice President, Global Health Policy, Government Affairs & Policy
Johnson & Johnson
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Elizabeth J. Fowler, PhD, JD is Vice President of Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson, a position she assumed from the White House where she served as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC). She joined the NEC after serving as Deputy Director for Policy of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency tasked with implementing the insurance market reforms included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During the health reform debate, Elizabeth served as Chief Health Counsel and Senior Counsel to the Chair to Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where she played a critical role in developing the Senate version of health reform. She assumed a key role in the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA). Elizabeth was also a health services researcher with HealthSystem Minnesota. She is now on the board of directors of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
Scientific Innovation, Health Inequity, and the Sociological Imagination
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Ruha Benjamin
Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies
Princeton University
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Ruha Benjamin, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, is an interdisciplinary scholar who examines the relationship between science, technology, medicine and society. She is the author of People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier which examines struggles over public participation in the implementation of California’s stem cell initiative. Ruha received a PhD in sociology at the University of California Berkeley and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA's Institute for Society and Genetics. She was an American Council of Learned Societies fellow at the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at Harvard’ John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ruha will discuss her ongoing research on the way genomic science in different countries reflects, reinforces, and sometimes challenges racial and caste hierarchies.
Getting to the Affordable Care Act: The Historical Evolution of National Health Insurance
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Edward Berkowitz
Professor of History and Public Policy and Public Administration
Department of History, George Washington University
Thursday, October 08, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Edward Berkowitz, PhD is Professor of History and Public Policy and Public Administration in the Department of History at George Washington University. His research focuses on American social welfare policy, disability, health care, recent American history and American cultural history. An author of fifteen books and over seventy articles, he has been acclaimed as the leading historian of Social Security and of America's welfare state. His most recent monograph, The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy, appeared with Cornell University Press in 2013. He has given invited testimony before Congressional committees and has served on the senior staff of the President’s Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties. He teaches courses in twentieth century American history, the movies and mass media in modern America and the application of history to public policy. He is the son of former Rutgers University professor Monroe Berkowitz.
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10/8/2015, 12:00 pm
Getting to the Affordable Care Act: The Historical Evolution of National Health Insurance
Edward Berkowitz
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