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The CHRS 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.

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2018/2019 Seminar Series
Date and Time Speaker Topic Location

Tuesday, 9/25
1:00 PM

Jimmy Kolker, MPA Former Ambassador to Burkina Faso

How AIDS, Ebola and Zika Changed US Diplomacy (Co-sponsored with CAS Dean's Office & DHS)

Formal Lounge in Letts Hall

Wednesday, 10/3


Kelly King, PhD
Mobile Integrated Health Manager

Baltimore City Fire Department


Putting Out Fires: Curbing Baltimore's Opioid Epidemic

Watkins G12

Thursday, 10/4

11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Karambu Ringera, PhD

International Peace Initiatives


Reframing empowerment: Dialogues in the context of health and development in Kenya (Co-sponsored DHS)

Founder’s Room SIS

Wednesday, 10/17


Kim M. Blankenship, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology

Associate Dean of Research, College of Arts and Sciences, American University


Housing Instability, Housing Policy and Health

Watkins G12

Wednesday, 10/31


Sangeetha Madhavan, PhD
Associate Professor, African American Studies and Sociology

Assoc. Director, MD Population Research Ctr University of Maryland

Urban hotspots of vulnerability and resilience: An analysis of food insecurity and kinship in a Nairobi slum (Co-sponsored with the Metropolitan Policy Center)

Kerwin 301

Wednesday, 11/7


Maria Floro, PhD

Professor, Department of Economics Co-Director, Graduate Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE), American University


Care Work and the Economy:
The Role of Gender-Sensitive Macroeconomic Models in Policy Analyses


Watkins G12

Wednesday, 12/5 2:30-4:00PM


Ali Groves, PhD, MSH
Assistant Professor, Community Health Prevention,
Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

HIV risk during the perinatal period: exploring how age and relationship power influences postpartum sexual behavior



Watkins G12

Wednesday, 2/6 2:30-4:00PM


Morgan Philbin, PhD, MHS Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University School of Public Health

The impact of state-level policies on sexual health and substance use risk on sexual minority youth Watkins G12

Wednesday, 3/6 2:30-4:00PM

Lisa Bowleg, M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Applied Social Psychology, American University
Director, Social and Behavioral Sciences Core,DC Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR)

George Washington University

Drug Use and Co-Occurring Negative Mental and Physical Health Outcomes among Black Men:Intersectionality, Social-Structural Stressors, and Protective Factors

Watkins G12

Wednesday, 4/3 2:30-4:00PM

Taryn Morrissey, MA, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public Affairs, American University

Examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children in the area of early care and education Watkins G12


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.