CHRS Open House

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Watkins G12

CHRS and University leadership will outline elements of the 2018-2019 strategic agenda for CHRS including:

  • A CHRS annual research symposium
  • The CHRS 2018/2019 seminar series
  • Opportunities for junior and senior investigators and multi- disciplinary investigative teams to receive support with concept and proposal development and implementation, and external visibility of research efforts
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research interns
  • The CHRS Research Fellows Program a competitive program for AU faculty members interested in securing external funding for research in the area of Health, Risk and Society. Program details and application guidance will be reviewed.

Refreshments will be served.

CHRS Seminars

The CHRS weekly seminar series features speakers who discuss critical issues in applying social science perspectives to health. It covers cross-disciplinary topics and includes a combination of presentations, "work in progress" seminars, and thematic seminars.

For further information on the series or working groups, contact

All events are Wednesdays, 2:30-4 PM in Watkins G12.

Seminars, Spring 2018

January 31

Deanna Kerrigan, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director of the Center for Health, Risk & Society in the Department of Sociology, American University
"Building Collaborative Research Platforms"

February 7

Abigail Sewell, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor Of Sociology, Emory University
"When Systems of Care Hurt: The Community Illness Burdens of Police Violence Effects"

February 21

Jonathan Purtle, DRPH, MPH, MSC, Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy, Center for Population Health and Community Impact, Drexel University
"Heroes' Invisible Wounds of War: Constructions of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Federal Legislation and Popular Press"

March 21

Ali Groves, MHS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University
"Postpartum Sexual Risk Behavior Among Younger and Older South African Women"

March 28

Robert Turner, PhD, Research Scientist, Center on BioBehavioral Health Disparities Research, Duke University
"A Life course conceptual approach for the examination of the African American Male Experience"

April 18

Mackenzie Kelley, Research Assistant to Dr. Molly Dondero
"Immigration Enforcement and Health"

Maria Esposito, Research Assistant to Dr. Rita Jalali
"NVivo Document Analysis on WASH issues"

CHRS in the News

  • Dr. Karambu Ringera

    Dr. Karambu Ringera, founder of International Peace Initiatives, speaks about her work in Kenya with orphans and others impacted by HIV/AIDS. The Department of Health Studies hosted with CHRS and the School of international Service as proud co-sponsors.

  • Read the latest on interdisciplinary population health science by CHRS affiliate Rachel Sullivan Robinson.

  • CHRS Director Deanna Kerrigan co-edited Structural Dynamics of HIV.