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Michael Bader, Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology, American University
Health related Expertise: Health consequences of racial and economic segregation; Neighborhood influences on health, particularly obesity and nutrition-related disease; Influence of residential mobility on spatial health inequality
Geographical focus: US cities, including Chicago, New York and Washington, DC
Methodological expertise: Hierarchical linear modeling; longitudinal data analysis; geostatistical methods and neighborhood measurement.
http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/bader.cfm

 

Bette Dickerson, Associate Professor,
Department of Sociology, American University
http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/bdicker.cfm

 

Daniel Esser, Assistant Professor,
School of International Service, American University
Health-related expertise: Global health policy, particularly emergence of priorities and the extent to which priorities are driven by scientific evidence as opposed to inter- and intra-organizational dynamics; National aging policy discourses
Geographical focus: Low- and lowest-income countries
Methodological expertise: Mixed methods
http://www.american.edu/sis/faculty/esser.cfm


Sonya A. Grier, Associate Professor,
American University Kogod School of Business, Marketing Department
Health-related expertise: Food marketing and obesity, Social marketing, Target marketing and public health
Geographical focus: US, South Africa
Methodological expertise: Multi-method, but primarily experimental and qualitative
http://www.american.edu/kogod/faculty/griers.cfm


Tamara Hafner, Assistant Professor,
Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University
Health-related expertise: Access to medicines; Health systems performance; Health policy implementation
Geographical focus: Low-and middle-income countries
Methodological expertise: Mixed methods
http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/hafner.cfm

 

Maria deJesus, Assistant Professor,
School of International Service, American University
Health-related expertise: Cross-cultural health communication and health promotion; Health disparities; Health and migration; Social factors affecting health
Geographical Focus: Diasporic communities in the US; Cape Verde; Latin America
Methodological expertise: Qualitative methods; Mixed methods
http://www.american.edu/sis/faculty/dejesus.cfm

 

Robin Lumsdaine, Professor,
Kogod School of Business, American University
Health-related expertise: Risk Management, Decisions Under Uncertainty, and the Role of Perception; Economics of Aging; International Comparisons of Aging, Health, and Well-being; Econometrics
Geographical focus: Currently US and Europe
Methodological expertise: Econometric techniques to analyze longitudinal survey data, including linear and nonlinear regression, multinomial and ordered logit/probit, proportional hazard, dynamic programming, Monte Carlo simulation
http://www.american.edu/kogod/faculty/lumsdain.cfm

 

Taryn Morrissey, Assistant Professor,
Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University
Health-related expertise: Relationships between public policy and child health and development; Social determinants of child obesity, including family factors such as parental employment characteristics
Geographical focus: US
Methodological expertise:  Primarily quantitative analyses with longitudinal datasets using hierarchal growth models, random effects models, and fixed effects models.
http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/morrisse.cfm

 

Michelle Newton-Francis, Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology, American University
Health-related expertise: Stigma/Disclosure of Disease Status; popular culture representations; gender and work, including body image
Geographical focus: US
Methodological expertise: Mixed methods
http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/mnewtonf.cfm

 

Celine-Marie Pascale, Professor,
Department of Sociology, President, Language & Society, International Sociology Association
Health related expertise: Epistemology, knowledge production, and relations of power. Current projects include a study of the discursive production of risk in US media accounts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and a study of biofield energy medicine—one of the newest trends in alternative healing modalities at NIH.
Geographical focus:  US
Methodological expertise
: Qualitative methods with emphases on language & representation, textual analysis and interviews
http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/pascale.cfm

 

Elizabeth Reed, Assistant Professor,
Department of Prevention and Community Health, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
Health-related expertise: Gender-based violence prevention; HIV risk; Social/environmental factors affecting health
Geographical focus: US and India
Methodological expertise: Mixed methods
http://www.gwumc.edu/sphhs/institutescenters/gwuhivaids/about/faculty/reed.cfm

 

Rachel Robinson, Assistant Professor,
School of International Service, American University
Health-related expertise:  Reproductive health; HIV/AIDS; Family planning; Nongovernmental organizations; Social policy
Geographical focus: Sub-Saharan Africa (esp. Malawi, Nigeria, and Senegal) + United States
Methodological expertise: Mixed methods, demographic methods, statistics
http://www.american.edu/profiles/faculty/robinson.cfm

 

Cristel Antonia Russell, Assistant Professor,
American University Kogod School of Business, Marketing Department
Health related expertise: Alcohol use and abuse, especially amongst adolescents
Geographical focus: US
Methodological expertise: Experimental design, Survey research, Qualitative interviews, Narrative analysis, Content analysis


Larry Sawers, Professor,
Department of Economics, American University
Health-related expertise: Drivers of HIV epidemics in developing countries; Health and development
Geographical focus: Especially sub-Saharan Africa, but poor and low-income countries in general
Methodological expertise: Econometrics, agent-based stochastic simulation modeling
http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/lsawers.cfm

 

Cathy Schneider, Associate Professor,
School of International Service, American University
Health-related expertise: Police violence (and other forms of state organized violence) and urban social movements; Neighborhood efforts to reduce HIV transmission among IV drug users and the impact of drug wars; Racial profiling and police violence on the concentration of HIV and AIDS in poor minority neighborhoods
Geographical focus: US, Europe and Latin America
Methodological expertise: Ethnography, especially ethnography of poor neighborhoods; Process tracing, paired comparisons, and policy analysis
http://www.american.edu/sis/faculty/cschnei.cfm

 

Jeremy Shiffman, Associate Professor,
Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University
Health-related expertise:  Political dynamics of health and population policy and administration in low-income countries; Global health policy; Agenda-setting in health policy
Geographical focus: Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Africa
Methodological expertise: Multi-methods, with a focus on process-tracing and comparative case analysis
http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/jshiffma.cfm

 

Elanah Uretsky, Assistant Professor,
Global Health and Anthropology, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
Health-related expertise: HIV/AIDS, Male sexuality Masculinity, Sex work, Informal governance, Non-governmental organizations, Chronic disease
Geographical focus: China
Methodological expertise: Ethnographic
http://www.gwumc.edu/sphhs/institutescenters/gwuhivaids/about/faculty/Uretsky.cfm

 

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology, American University
Health-related expertise: HIV/AIDS, gender, sexuality, and socio-cultural studies; vulnerability and HIV risk; "risk" categories in critical public health
Geographical focus: experience in the US and Puerto Rico, interest in HIV/AIDS in Latin America
Methodological expertise: qualitative, ethnographic, interview-based
http://www.american.edu/profiles/faculty/vidalort.cfm

 

Linsday Wiley, Assistant Professor,
Washington College of Law, American University
Health-related expertise: Legal issues surrounding access to health care and healthy living and working conditions; Health and human rights; Law as a determinant of health and law as a tool for addressing other social determinants of health; Global health law and governance
Geographical focus: US; Africa; Latin America
Methodological expertise: Legal analysis, social epidemiology
http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/wiley/

 

Nina Yamanis, Assistant Professor,
School of International Service, American University
Health-related expertise: Community-based health promotion interventions; social and sexual networks as they relate to HIV risk behavior; highly vulnerable populations; relationship violence; social determinants of health; adolescent health
Geographical focus: Sub-Saharan Africa (with a particular focus on Tanzania), Mexico, United States
Methodological expertise: Study design and primary data collection using mixed methods; intervention design and implementation; social network analysis and multi-level modeling
http://www.american.edu/sis/faculty/yamanis.cfm


Gay Young, Associate Professor,
Department of Sociology, American University
Health-related expertise: Gender and International Development with specific focus on women and work and on international data / statistics on gender inequality, the former includes women's work place health/risks and the latter includes health disparities based on gender. More recently I have turned attention to issues of gender, conflict and security in which violence against women figures importantly as it bears on their health and well being.
Geographical focus: Mexico-US border; Levant (Lebanon, Palestine, Syria)
Methodological expertise: Mixed methods
http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/gyoung.cfm

 

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Projects

Global Health Advocacy and Policy Project (GHAPP)

Jeremy Shiffman, Principal Investigator, GHAPP

The Global Health Advocacy and Policy Project (GHAPP) is a three-year $1.1 million research initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Jeremy Shiffman, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, is the principal investigator. A team of 12 researchers are involved in the project. They come from American University, Syracuse University, Cornell University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Oxford University, the University of New Mexico and the Peruvian government. The team is investigating six global health policy communities — networks of individuals and organizations linked by a shared concern for a public health issue. The aim is to develop generalizable knowledge concerning why some networks are more effective than others in generating resources and attention, facilitating national policy adoption and supporting the scale-up of interventions. The research team is focusing on six policy communities: those concerned with tobacco control, alcohol abuse, tuberculosis, pneumonia, maternal survival and newborn survival.