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Negotiation of Psychiatric Medication Decisions in the Era of Patient-Centered Medicine
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Beth Angell
Associate Professor
School of Social Work, Rutgers University
Galina Bolden
Associate Professor
School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Beth Angell, associate professor in the School of Social Work and Core Faculty at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research conducts research on mental health services for people with serious mental illnesses especially their engagement in and adherence to treatment. Dr. Angell’s studies examine how legal and informal strategies, consumer-provider relationships and consumer self-determination promote treatment adherence. She is evaluating New Jersey’s Involuntary Outpatient Commitment law; reentry for former prisoners with serious mental illness; conversation analytic study of client-provider communication about medication management; and impact of a state psychiatric hospital closure on the lives of those discharged to the community.

Galina Bolden, associate professor in the School of Communication and Information, examines naturally occurring, video/audio-recorded social interactions in various settings: ordinary conversations between family and friends, doctor-patient interactions conducted with the help of language interpreters, conversations among co-workers at workplaces and interactions between psychiatrists and people with mental illnesses. Using conversation analysis to research talk in Russian and English languages, Dr. Bolden examines how members of different cultural and language communities pursue mutual understanding and construct interpersonal relationships through social interaction.
Thinking Wisely about Choosing Wisely: What Americans Understand About 'Low-Value Care' and How That Might Be Enriched
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Mark Schlesinger
Professor of Health Policy
School of Public Health, Yale University

Thursday, April 07, 2016, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Mark Schlesinger is Professor of Health Policy and a fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. Dr. Schlesinger’s research explores the determinants of public opinion about health and social policy, the influence of bounded rationality on medical consumers and the role of nonprofit organizations in American medicine. His recent research initiatives include studying how the changing availability of information on clinicians’ practices alters patients’ choices among doctors, assessing public perceptions of and responses to economic insecurity, explaining the recent rapid expansion in the scope of newborn screening among American states and understanding why particular collective responses are seen as more or less legitimate for addressing the spread of obesity among Americans.
How Much Do Health Insurance Exchange Consumers Save on Their Premium When They Purchase a Narrow Network Plan?
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Daniel Polsky
Professor of Medicine and Executive Director
Perelman School of Medicine and Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Wharton School
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Daniel Polsky is Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics in the Wharton School. As a health policy expert, his research areas include access to health care, economics of the physician workforce, economic evaluation of medical and behavioral health interventions and outcomes of the Affordable Care Act. Currently he serves on the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Health Advisers and the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. He was the Senior Economist on health issues at the President's Council of Economic Advisers in 2007-08.
Exercise as A Neurobehavioral Intervention for Cognitive Dysfunction in Depression
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Brandon Alderman
Assistant Professor
Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Rutgers University
Thursday, March 03, 2016, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Brandon Alderman is assistant professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University. Using advanced psychophysiological techniques including impedance cardiography and electroencephalography, his laboratory investigates the effects of exercise on neurocognitive and physiological resilience. Ongoing projects include establishing the potential efficacy of acute and chronic exercise for attenuating cardiovascular responses and increasing heart rate variability during acute laboratory stressors. This work has elucidated mechanisms underlying the effects of exercise on mental health states (e.g., anxiety, depression, cognitive functioning). His laboratory is also evaluating the role of exercise in modulating cardiorespiratory function and neurocognitive function.
Opportunities for Partnership to Improve Maternal and Child Health in NJ
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Mary O'Dowd
Former Commissioner
New Jersey Department of Health
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
The Honorable Mary O’Dowd served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health from 2011- 2015. Among the major issues during her four year tenure including her leading the health response to Hurricane Sandy, launching the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP), handling Ebola cases, improving the state’s health information technology, expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program, and initiating conversations about how patients want to be treated at the end of their lives, was her focus on improving birth outcomes and maternal and infant health. Her efforts contributed to a higher breast feeding rate, lower induced-labor delivery rates and increased coordination with other state departments in delivering services to Medicaid recipients. As she left office with several efforts she initiated still underway including the campaign to improve birth outcomes, she stated “There’s a lot of opportunity, and I’m hopeful that the momentum will continue. Ms. O’Dowd is a graduate of Douglass College.
** Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology ** The Social Standing of Occupations in the United States, 1989-2012: Fitting 200 New Occupations into the Prestige Order
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Michael Hout
Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for Advanced Social Science Research
New York University
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Michael Hout, PhD is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Advanced Social Science Research at New York University. Professor Hout uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics. His current work uses the General Social Survey (GSS) panel to study Americans' changing perceptions of class, religion, and their place in society. He (along with Tom W. Smith and Peter V. Marsden) have used the GSS to estimate the social standing of occupations introduced into the census classification since 1990. Their research shows how the dynamic U.S. economy gave rise to new occupations with innovations in the life sciences, information technology and financial services. The scales for scoring occupations that were developed are important in outcomes including health, happiness, and social attitudes.
Who Wants to Know? Refining Questions on Place and Health through Local Engagement
Brown Bag Seminar Series

Gina Lovasi
Assistant Professor
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
112 Paterson Street, 1st floor conference room
Gina S. Lovasi, MPH, PhD is assistant professor in Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research examines how local policies and initiatives influence cardiovascular and respiratory health to understand whether anticipated health benefits have been realized and the presence of unanticipated health effects. She incorporates GIS into health-related research projects in vulnerable populations. Key measures of the local environment include walkable urban form, sources of healthy and unhealthy foods, tree canopy coverage, other aesthetic amenities and pedestrian safety hazards related to crime and traffic. Health outcomes include cognitive development, asthma, allergic sensitization, physical activity, obesity, myocardial infarction, and sudden cardiac arrest. Dr. Lovasi is co-director of the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University and the school wide Urban+Health Initiative.
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2/11/2016, 12:00 pm
Who Wants to Know? Refining Questions on Place and Health through Local Engagement
Gina Lovasi
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