Monthly Departmental Research Forums

The department hosts a monthly research forum (coordinated by Judy Savageau, MPH) at which faculty and students are encouraged to present research in progress, new grant ideas, data analysis plans, etc. The goal for these forums is to provide faculty with the necessary feedback and assistance to bring scholarly projects to completion. Listed below are presentations made during the past two academic years (2012-2014).

2013-2014 Department Research Forums:

September 20, 2013:
Suzanne Cashman, ScD and Dan Wemple, MS-IV - "Behaviors and Knowledge of Tick-Borne Illnesses: Results of a Survey from an Endemic Area"

October 18, 2013:
Barry Saver, MD, MPH - "Helping Patients Reach a Balanced Understanding of Controversial Cancer Screening Recommendations - The Impossible Dream?" 

November 15, 2013:
Ted McDade, MD, MPH - "Chronic Illness Burden as a Risk Factor for Serious Preventable Diseases: An Epidemiologic Study"

December 20, 2013:
Dan Mullin, PsyD - "Improving Understanding of the Development of Competency in Motivational Interviewing by Family Physicians"

January 17, 2014:
Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH and team members - "Facilitating Patient Adherence to Screening and Disease Monitoring: Exploring Options for Patient Outreach in Primary Care"

February 21, 2014:
Sanouri Urspung, PhD Candidate and Joe DiFranza, MD - "Listening to Patients, Listening to Evidence: The Development of a Pathophysiologically-based Measure of Nicotine Dependence"

March 21, 2014:
Heather Alker, MD, MPH (Departmental Preventive Medicine Resident) - "Primary Prevention of Asthma." 

April 18, 2014:
Bittie Behl-Chadha, PhD and Carla Hillerns, MUP, MPA (from the Office of Survey Research at the UMMS Center for Health Policy and Research)- "An Overview of OSR and Introducing New Staff and Leadership: Opportunities for Collaboration."

May 16, 2014:
Linda Weinreb, MD, Carole Upshur, EdD, Melodie Wenz Gross, PhD, and Jenn Moffitt, CNM - "Implementing a Psychoeducational Intervention for Women Screening Positive for PTSD in Primary Care."

June 20, 2014:
Tina Runyan, PhD, Ed Boudreaux, PhD (from the Dept of Emergency Medicine) and Maria Majchrowski, PsyD (from the Dept of Emergency Medicine) - Identifying and Integrating Behavioral Health Needs in the Emergency Department and Primary Care

2012-2013 Department Research Forums:

September 21, 2012:
Jeroan Allison, MD, MS: Stephanie Lemon, PhD; Milagros Rosal, PhD - Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR) grant - panel discussion of new opportunities for disparity-related research at UMMS

October 19, 2012:
Judy Savageau, MPH and Allison Blodgett, PhD - "New IRB Policies: Everything You Wanted to Know About the IRB but were Afraid to Ask"

November 16, 2012:
No forum this month: competing conference on campus related to Clinical and Translational Research

December 21, 2012:
Tina Runyan, PhD - "Leveraging Electronic Health Records to Explore a Posttraumatic Stress, Multiple Morbidities and Bilogical Indicators of Health: Implications of Chronic Disease Management in Patient Centered Medical Homes"

January 18, 2013:
Stefan Topolski, MD - "Validation of a Complex System's Model of Health"

February 15, 2013:
Monika Mitra, PhD and Linda Long Belil, PhD - (of the Center for Health Policy and Research)
"Health Needs and Barriers to Perinatal care for Women with Mobility Disabilities"

March 15,2013:
Alixe Bonardi, PhD and Christine Clifford, MPH - (of the Shriver Center/CDDER)
"Systematic Review of Oral Health Interventions that Improve the Health Status of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities"

April 19, 2013:
Wen-Chieh Lin, PhD - (of the Center for Health Policy and Research)
"Health Care Utilization and Expenditures among Homeless People with Medicaid: Implications for Health Care Reform"

May 17, 2013:
Herb Stevenson, MD -"Incidence of ACL Tears Among Collegiate Tennis Players: An Epidemiological and Descriptive A Study"

June 21, 2013:
Stacy Potts, MD - "Physician as a Leader: "reparing Family Medicine Residents for Practice in the Patient Centered Medical Home"