Kimberley Geissler, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Policy, and Jacquie Kurland, Associate Professor of Communication Disorders, have been named 2019-20 Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Scholars. ISSR's mission is to promote excellence in social science research, and the Scholars Program is one of its key strategies for strengthening social science infrastructure at UMass Amherst.
Three faculty from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences are among the six 2019-20 Family Research Scholars selected by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF). The CRF chooses six faculty members each year for the program based on their promising work in family-related research. The SPHHS recipients were Airín Martínez and Jennifer Whitehill, Assistant Professors in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, and Nicole VanKim, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.
Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy John Zeber recently appeared on Connecting Point, a news show produced by local PBS station WGBY.
Attanasio is quoted saying that in the United States fewer than 9 percent of births are attended by midwives, compared with more than two-thirds of births in some European countries. She says that lack of awareness about midwives and a misconception that midwives only attend home births is a key reason for the comparatively low rate.
In a recent study exploring the feasibility of introducing gun safety discussions and interventions into routine health care settings, investigators including Associate Professor John Zeber suggest that there is some support for promoting firearm safety in pediatric primary care as a universal suicide prevention strategy for adolescents.
Airín D. Martínez and Aline Gubrium in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy recently assumed leadership roles in the American Public Health Association. Martínez, who joined the faculty in September, has been selected to a three-year term as Scientific Co-Chair for the Latino Caucus on Public Health, while Gubrium has begun her two-year term as Chair of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section following the completion of her one-year term as Chair-Elect.
David L. Chin, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, is quoted in a story appearing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette addressing the "ripple effects of Question 1," a hotly-contested state ballot question to establish nurse-patient staffing ratios. Chin commented that the ballot question probably wouldn't have the intended effect.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences welcomes eight new full-time tenure-track faculty members into its ranks this academic year. New faculty hires for Fall 2018 include Chi Hyun Lee, Andrew Lover, and Youssef Oulhote in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Megan Gross in the Department of Communication Disorders; Airin D. Martinez, Luis Valdez, and John Zeber in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy; and Gwenael Layec in the Department of Kinesiology.
Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Policy. She began a one-year term on September 1st following the retirement of David Buchanan.
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Jennifer M. Whitehill is interviewed about a study she conducted for the state Department of Public Health on statewide marijuana use and possible health consequences in the period of time after recreational use of marijuana was legalized but before it becomes commercially available.
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