Conference on Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Population Sciences
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David Berrigan, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a Program Director in the Health Behaviors Branch of the Behavioral Research Program in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). He has been a Biologist in DCCPS since 2003. He first joined NCI as a Cancer Prevention Fellow. Before coming to NCI, Dr. Berrigan was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Washington and at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. His recent research has examined energy balance, carcinogenesis, physical activity and acculturation using a mix of animal models, population data, and methodological studies aimed at improving survey data and incorporating GIS tools and data-layers into survey data sets. Two resources Dr. Berrigan has worked on include the Urban Sprawl Index Update and the Measures Registry Project of the National Coalition for Childhood Obesity Research. He has been on the editorial board of the journal Functional Ecology and a reviewer for NIH and other funding agencies. Dr. Berrigan is strongly committed to research aimed at health for all via environments and institutions that foster healthy behaviors, preventive services, and health care regardless of demographic or economic circumstances.
Myles Cockburn, Ph.D. is the University of Colorado Cancer Center's Program Co-Leader for prevention and control. Until 2016, he was Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, focusing on cancer etiology and prevention. A native of New Zealand, he joined the University of Southern California to study melanoma risk factors and to design methods for improved primary prevention and screening. His current research focuses on improving SunSmart attitudes and behaviors in school children throughout Los Angeles, developing skin self examination methods for effective skin cancer screening, and working with clinical dermatologists and oncologists to better understand the complex role of UV in melanogenesis. Incorporating his background in GIS and spatial sciences, he has worked extensively on elucidating the role of pesticide exposures in hormone-related cancers and Parkinson's Disease with collaborators from UCLA and elsewhere in California.
Robert T. Croyle, Ph.D. is the director of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). He is responsible for overseeing a research portfolio and operating budget of nearly a half billion dollars and serves on NCI's Scientific Program Leaders governance group. He previously served as the division's associate director for the Behavioral Research Program. Before coming to NCI, Dr. Croyle was professor of psychology and a member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Prior to that, he was a visiting investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, visiting assistant professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and assistant professor of psychology at Williams College in Massachusetts. His research has examined how individuals process, evaluate, and respond to cancer risk information, including tests for inherited mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2. Dr. Croyle is a member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Croyle has served as associate editor for Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention and consulting editor for Health Psychology and the British Journal of Health Psychology.
Gary L. Ellison, Ph.D., M.P.H. is Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Branch in the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). He oversees EGRP's research portfolio and initiatives that focus on modifiable risk factors, including dietary components; physical activity; energy balance; and infectious, physical, and chemical agents. Dr. Ellison also serves as the NCI project officer of the trans-NIH Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) initiative led by the Fogarty International Center and represents NCI on NIH's Program Leadership Committee, the principal advisory group for programmatic matters. Before joining EGRP, Dr. Ellison was a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he conducted research in cancer disparities investigating area-level neighborhood influences on cancer-related modifiable risk factors. Dr. Ellison formerly was with the Genetic Epidemiology Unit, National Human Genome Center at Howard University. He completed postdoctoral training as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at NCI, where his research examined surveillance following curative colorectal cancer surgery.
Daniel W. Goldberg, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at the Texas A and M Department of Geography. His research interests include: GIS, geocoding, geocomputation, CyberGIS, spatial databases, spatial uncertainty, spatio-temporal GIS, environmental exposure assessment and HealthGIS. Dr. Goldberg is the author of many articles and book chapters, notably A Geocoding Best Practices Guide published by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries in 2008.
Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a Research Scientist III, Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Co-Investigator of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry and Consulting Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine as well as Member, Stanford Cancer Institute. Her Research Interests include surveillance of cancer incidence, treatment, and survival among racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, immigrant, and underserved populations; roles of the social and built environment, institutional discrimination, immigration, and cultural factors on racial/ethnic disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes; and cancer incidence and outcomes in Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. In 2010 she was named American Journal of Public Health Author of the year for her paper: Gomez SL, Clarke CA, Shema S, Chang ET, Keegan THM, Glaser SL. Disparities in breast cancer survival among Asian women by ethnicity and immigrant status: a population-based study. Am J Public Health 2010; 100(5):861-869.
Kathy J. Helzlsouer, M.D., M.H.S. serves as associate director of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) and chief medical officer for the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Dr. Helzlsouer is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, and has received postgraduate education and training in internal medicine, oncology, and epidemiology at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in cancer epidemiology, cancer genetic counseling, and clinical research. In 2012, Dr. Helzlsouer received the Martin D. Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control for her service on the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control. Dr. Helzlsouer has published extensively in the fields of cancer epidemiology, cancer etiology and prevention, women's health, and clinical and translational research. She has more than 400 scientific publications, including articles, book chapters, and abstracts. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Helzlsouer was a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and since 2004 directed The Prevention & Research Center which she established at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Helzlsouer led a team of researchers and health care specialists in cancer risk assessments, clinical research, and support programs for cancer patients and their families.
Kevin A. Henry, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University and a member of Fox Chase Cancer Center's Cancer Prevention and Control program. He is a medical geographer, and his research and teaching focus on the intersection between geography, public health and epidemiology. His research focuses on describing and understanding place-based and geographic disparities in health and disease, with a specific emphasis on applied geographic methods and the role geographic factors play on cancer outcomes and prevention. He is especially interested in the interactions between socioeconomic, demographic and neighborhood environmental factors that influence human health and disease and how we can measure these factors to better understand various health outcomes. Much of the innovation in his work has been through using novel geographic methods and creating new national data sets to answer questions that are directly relevant to understanding and reducing health disparities in cancer. In the past several years, he has both led and worked with interdisciplinary teams of researchers on several high-impact projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen. Some of the findings from these studies have been published in prominent journals, and some garnered national attention and have been highlighted by the NCI and major media outlets, including the New York Times, CBS, the Guardian and Reuters. Most recently, he received funding from the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Program on a project that combines approaches in geospatial methods and life course epidemiology. He is also Co-PI on a NSF award under their new Innovations in Graduate Education track of the NSF Research Traineeship program for implementing a collaborative partnership between the Departments of Geography and Urban Studies and Biology at Temple. His most recent publication was an article in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that was one of the first studies to examine the role of both individual and geographic factors on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake.
Robert A. Hiatt, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Director of Population Science and Associate Director of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests include cancer epidemiology, especially breast cancer, cancer prevention and screening, health services and outcomes research, the social determinants of cancer, and environmental exposures in early development related to cancer. His central focus at UCSF is building a strong transdisciplinary research and training program in epidemiology with a focus on cancer population sciences. He is also an Adjunct Professor, Division of Epidemiology, University of California Berkeley and Adjunct Investigator at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Oakland. From 1998 to early 2003 he was the first Deputy Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, where he oversaw cancer research in epidemiology and genetics, surveillance, and health services and outcomes research. He is a past president of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Society for Preventive Oncology.
Geoffrey M. Jacquez, Ph.D., M.S. is a Professor of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is adjunct Associate Professor of environmental health in the school of public health at the University of Michigan. He holds an M.S. in resource policy, economics and law from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from SUNY Stony Brook, where he studied population genetics. Dr. Jacquez founded BioMedware, Inc; is cofounder of TerraSeer, Inc and is board chair of AfterMarketAnalytics. He has served as advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), and was co-science director of the of Australia's Cooperative Research Centres Spatial Infrastructure (CRCSI) Health Program until January, 2016, when he stepped down to devote effort to Project Us. He has published widely on topics related to human health and the environment with over 100 book chapters and peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized journals such as Epidemiology, PLOS One, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and many others. He has deep experience in research, with over 40 grant awards from the US National Institutes of Health, including the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and others. His research focus is the advancement of our understanding of the causes of human disease, with a focus on cancer. He has led several projects that developed tools for assessing health-environment relationships, including SpaceStat, BoundarySeer and Clusterseer. He believes that wearable environmental sensors have great potential in disease prevention, and can substantially improve global health by reducing the burden of disease among vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, infants and children, and the elderly. His current work includes Project Us, which is developing wearable sensors for disease prevention; genetic GIScience, which models genome-exposome-behavome relationships; and geospatial cryptography, which seeks to accelerate the pace of human subjects research in cancer control and surveillance by enhancing the sharing and analysis of individual-level data.
Nancy Krieger, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Epidemiology, in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and Director of the HSPH Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Dr. Krieger is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist, with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and the history of public health, combined with over 30 years of activism linking issues involving social justice, science, and health. In 2004, she became an ISI highly cited scientist (reaffirmed: 2015 ISI update), a group comprising "less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers," and in 2013 was the recipient of the Wade Hampton Frost Award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association; in 2015, she was awarded the American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship. Informed by an analysis of the history and politics of epidemiology and public health, Dr. Krieger's work addresses three topics: (1) conceptual frameworks to understand, analyze, and improve the people's health, including the ecosocial theory of disease distribution she has been developing since 1994 and its focus on embodiment and equity; (2) etiologic research on societal determinants of population health and health inequities; and (3) methodologic research on improving monitoring of health inequities. Examples of her epidemiologic research include: studies on racism, discrimination and health; socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in breast cancer; and research on appropriate measures of social class (individual, household, and neighborhood) for monitoring social inequalities in health and studying women, gender, class, and health. She is author of Epidemiology and The People's Health: Theory and Context (Oxford University Press, 2011), editor of Embodying Inequality: Epidemiologic Perspectives (Baywood Press, 2004) and co-editor, with Glen Margo, of AIDS: The Politics of Survival (Baywood Publishers, 1994), and, with Elizabeth Fee, of Women's Health, Politics, and Power: Essays on Sex/Gender, Medicine, and Public Health (Baywood Publishers, 1994). In 1994 she co-founded, and still chairs, the Spirit of 1848 Caucus of the American Public Health Association, which is concerned with the links between social justice and public health.
Mei-Po Kwan, Ph.D. is Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chair of the International Geospatial Health Research Network. She is currently Editor of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers and the book series entitled "SAGE Advances in Geographic Information Science and Technology." Kwan has received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Distinguished Scholarship Honors and the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Research Award, and the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award from the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group. She was recognized in 2009 as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2016 she was named a fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She has published 30 edited or co-edited volumes and over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has delivered over 170 keynote addresses and invited lectures in 18 countries. Her research interests include environmental health, neighborhood effects, access to healthcare, sustainable travel and cities, and application of geospatial technologies and GIS methods in health research. Her recent collaborative projects examine the health risks of female sex workers, adolescent and adult participation in high risk drug use, contextual influences on physical activity and cancer prevention, and individual exposure to air pollution. (Please visit her website for more information about her research interests and professional activities at http://meipokwan.org)
Andrew Lawson, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Lawson's research interests lie in the area of spatial and environmental statistics, and in particular, spatio-environmental epidemiology. This area includes disease mapping, ecological analysis and the analysis of clustering of disease. He also has interests in other areas of epidemiology, directional data analysis and object recognition from imaging and geostatistical estimation of random fields with applications in geology, geosciences and medical science. He is a World Health Organization advisor in Disease Mapping and Risk Assessment, and have a wide range of publications in this area.
Alan MacEachren, Ph.D. is Professor of Geography at Penn State University and directs the GeoVISTA Center, an interdisciplinary geographical information science center. GeoVISTA conducts and coordinates integrated and innovative research in GIScience, covering a broad range of domains from spatial cognition, through formal geo-information representation, to spatial analysis, cartography and visual analytics. Dr. MacEachren's own research roots are in cartography and spatial cognition. His current research interests cover a wide spectrum of GIScience topics. These include: geovisual analytics, geovisualization and exploratory spatial data analysis, geosemantics and geographical information retrieval. Applications domains to which his research connects include public health, crisis management, and environmental science. Dr. MacEachen is the recipient of many awards and honors, including his 2013 election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jennifer Moss, Ph.D., M.S.P.H. is a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Surveillance Research Program of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. Her research interests include geographic disparities in cancer prevention behaviors, social epidemiology of cancer and cancer prevention, and cancer prevention among adolescents. Dr. Moss has more than 20 peer-reviewed publications focusing primarily on disparities in cancer prevention. She has received numerous awards, including a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship and the Delta Omega Award for Academic Excellence. Dr. Moss received her M.S.P.H. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Mahasin Mujahid, Ph.D., M.S. is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, Martin Sisters Endowed Chair, Medical Research & Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include social epidemiology and population health with an emphasis on racial/ethnic and place-based health disparities. Dr. Mujahid employs interdisciplinary and community-based approaches to examining and intervening on the underlying causes of social disparities in health. Dr Mujahid's current research examines how features of neighborhood environments impact cardiovascular health and health disparities. Using data from several U.S. based cardiovascular cohorts, Dr. Mujahid seeks to improve the measurement of specific features of neighborhood physical and social environments and use state of the art statistical methods to estimate "causal" neighborhood health effects. In related research, Dr. Mujahid seeks to understand the multi-level and multi-factorial determinants of the clustering of cardiovascular risk factors (obesity, diabetes, hypertension) in racial/ethnic minorities and the consequences of this clustering on the long-term cardiovascular health of these groups. Dr. Mujahid received her B.S. in mathematics from Xavier University, New Orleans LA, and M.S. in biostatistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan. She also completed doctoral training in epidemiology at the University of Michigan in 2007 after which she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in population health as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Mujahid joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2009 where she holds the Martin Sisters Endowed Chair in Medical Research and Public Health.
April Oh, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a health scientist in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch of the Behavioral Research Program in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). She leads a research program in physical activity and diet communication, neighborhood and policy effects and community health promotion. Her interests include examination of the context of eating and activity behaviors (policy, communication, built and social environments), multilevel communication interventions, neighborhood environments, and social determinants of behavioral health and health disparities. She also serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of the Surgeon General. Dr. Oh was previously a senior behavioral scientist at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., working in support to DCCPS. She was also previously manager of the Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities postdoctoral training program with the Center for Advancing Health and has worked as a staff consultant supporting state government's contract monitoring of Medicaid Managed Care Programs.
Tracy Onega, Ph.D, M.A., M.S. is Associate Professor of Community & Family Medicine at Dartmouth. She is affiliated with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Her work focuses on cancer care delivery – utilization and outcomes, Cancer Screening, geospatial aspects of health care delivery, and Geoinformatics. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2014 Herbert M. Stauffer Award for Best Clinical Paper in Academic Radiology.
Electra D. Paskett, Ph.D. became the Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research at The Ohio State University in 2002. She is the Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control in the College of Medicine, a professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health and the Associate Director for Population Sciences and Program Leader of the Cancer Control Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Ohio State University (OSU). She is also Director of the Diversity Enhancement Program at the James Cancer Hospital, and immediate past-Chair of the Cancer Control and Health Outcomes Committee of Cancer and Leukemia Group B. She received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Washington. Dr. Paskett's 435 publications showcase her work in intervention research directed at cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship issues specifically among underserved populations. Dr. Paskett successfully competed for an NCI-funded P50, Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, to examine why rates of cervical cancer are high in Appalachia Ohio and is the Principal Investigator of the Ohio Patient Navigator Research Program. She also received funding from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the OSU Evelyn Lauder Breast Cancer Prevention through Nutrition Program and has two R01's to develop to test interventions to promote colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Paskett was elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. She is the past- President of the American Society of Preventive Oncology, Deputy Editor of the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, and Section Editor of the journal, CANCER. She is a member of the NIH EPIC study section and the chair of the Health Disparities Committee of the Alliance for Cooperative Trials in Oncology (ALLIANCE).
Linda Williams Pickle, Ph.D. is founder and Chief Statistician of Statnet consulting. Linda has over 30 years experience analyzing geographic patterns and developing maps and graphics that clearly convey the underlying data characteristics at the National Cancer Institute, National Center for Health Statistics and Georgetown University. With over 175 publications, including 3 disease atlases and a new book on micromap visualization, she is a highly respected and internationally recognized expert. The award-winning Atlas of United States Mortality was the first of its kind to use statistical modeling to produce age-specific mortality rate maps based on modeled data. Her models are used to predict the number of new U.S. cancer cases for Cancer Facts & Figures, the most cited cancer publication in the world. She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and Adjunct Professor of Geography and Public Health Services at The Pennsylvania State University.
Timothy Rebbeck, Ph.D. is Professor, Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health and Professor, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Rebbeck leads diverse molecular epidemiology studies of cancer etiology, outcomes, health disparities, and global health. His work has led to an understanding of the genetic and environmental causes of breast, prostate, skin, endometrial and ovarian cancers. He founded and leads international cancer consortia that study risk and outcomes of 1) cancer in BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation carriers, and 2) prostate cancer in men of African descent in North America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Among his many awards is the 2011 Landon Foundation-AACR Innovator Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research. Dr. Rebbeck is currently the Editor of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
Douglas Richardson, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). He has developed many dynamic research and international initiatives, and built strong academic, publishing, diversity, and financial foundations for the AAG, and for geography's future. Prior to joining the AAG, Dr. Richardson founded and was the president of GeoResearch, Inc., a scientific research firm that developed and patented the world's first real-time space-time interactive GPS/GIS functionality, which has transformed the way geographic information is now collected, experienced, mapped, and used within geography, and in society at large. The real-time space-time integration technologies, concepts, and innovations pioneered by Richardson and GeoResearch form the core enabling functionality of today's real-time mobile mapping and navigation systems, location-interactive mobile phones, and more recently the ubiquitous and massive generation of sensor integrated real-time geospatial "big data." They also are increasingly central to the continuous real-time monitoring and management of day-to-day operations at most large-scale governmental entities, corporations, and international NGOs. Richardson sold his company and its core patents in 1998, and has since continued to develop the field of real-time space-time integration in geography and GIScience through interdisciplinary geographic research in areas such as human rights, health, sustainable environmental and economic development, coupled human-natural systems, and most recently the integration of spatial concepts, data, and analysis in the humanities and social sciences.
Mario Schootman, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Research; James R. Kimmey Endowed Chair in Public Health; Professor of Epidemiology and of Health Services Research and of Medicine; and Co-Director of Doctoral Programs at the St Louis University College for Public Health and Scoial Justice. Dr. Schootman is an epidemiologist and public health professional, with special expertise in cancer epidemiology and prevention, and neighborhood characteristics in the development of disabilities and disease. He has been one of the pioneers in the development of risk estimates for disability and disease at the neighborhood level. Throughout his work, he uses a geographic information system (GIS) as well as advanced statistical and epidemiologic tools to examine how community and neighborhood characteristics influence these outcomes. Dr. Schootman received his MS in health science from the Vrije University Faculty of Human Movement Sciences in The Netherlands, and his PhD (Epidemiology) from the University of Iowa. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Schootman has worked as a chronic disease and injury epidemiologist for the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dr. Schootman has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific publications and serves on numerous editorial boards. He has received extensive funding from the NIH for his research. Prior to coming to SLU, Dr. Schootman was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis for 14 years.
Brian S. Schwartz, M.D., M.S. is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is Associate Chair of the Department. He is jointly appointed in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine. He is a Senior Investigator in the Geisinger Center for Health Research in Danville, PA, where he is also Director of the Geisinger Environmental Health Institute. Dr. Schwartz received a B.S. in chemistry from Tufts University; an M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School; and an M.S. in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and then was a Mellon Foundation Scholar in Clinical Epidemiology and a fellow in General Internal Medicine at the same institution. He completed a fellowship in occupational and environmental medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, then joined the faculty there as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Schwartz's research uses epidemiologic methods to evaluate the public health impacts of occupational and environmental exposures. He has studied the health effects of a variety of chemical and metal toxicants in several large-scale, longitudinal studies. More recently, he has been evaluating the public health implications of energy use, land use, food systems, the built environment, and related sustainability issues. The Geisinger Environmental Health Institute is engaged in a number of NIH-funded environmental epidemiology studies using Geisinger's electronic health record data. Ongoing studies include those of animal feeding operations and risk of antimicrobial-resistant infections (including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]); the food, physical activity, land use, and social environments and body mass index in children; the built environment and the burden of abandoned coal mine lands and their associations with type 2 diabetes outcomes; the epidemiology of chronic rhinosinusitis; and the associations of unconventional natural gas development (aka "fracking") with asthma exacerbations, adverse pregnancy outcomes, mental health outcomes, heart failure exacerbations, and nasal and sinus, migraine headache, and fatigue symptoms.
Dave Stinchcomb, M.S., M.A. is a senior health research analyst with 30 years' experience in health informatics, cancer surveillance, geospatial analysis, and computer systems development. Since joining the Westat staff in January 2011, he has served as the Project Director for two geo-spatial projects with the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, the Project Director for a Comparative Effectiveness Research project with Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Indian Health Service, and the technical lead for two projects with the National Cancer Institute. Before joining Westat, he served as Chief of NCI's Surveillance Systems Branch and Director of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. In this role, he was responsible for the design and direction of activities related to the collection, processing, and dissemination of national cancer surveillance data and directed, developed, and implemented methods for geospatial data analysis and dissemination. He has published and presented widely on the use of geospatial technologies in public health research and surveillance and co-authored a chapter on geocoding at cancer registries in Geocoding Health Data (CRC Press, 2008). Mr. Stinchcomb has a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A., in Geography from Texas State University.
Stephen Taplin, M.D., M.P.H. is the Deputy Associate Director of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP) in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). In this role, he oversees research on cancer screening implementation and the development of the scientific core of HDRP. Dr. Taplin is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer screening. He has built his research career around the problems that arose from his day-to-day practice as a primary care physician and the leader of a breast cancer screening program that served 100,000 women in an integrated health plan. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Taplin was a Senior Investigator at the Center for Health Studies and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington.
Zaria Tatalovich, Ph.D. is a geospatial scientist in the Surveillance Research Program's Statistical Research and Applications Branch in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Since joining NCI in August 2008, Dr. Tatalovich has provided leadership in the development of new geospatial/geo-statistical tools, models, and data for more comprehensive assessment of geographic variations in cancer risk; served as the Scientific Lead for State Cancer Profiles and Gis.Cancer.Gov; represented NCI on several committees within the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR); and collaborated on various research projects at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Tatalovich received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Southern California. She also holds Master's degrees in Geography and Psychology. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has earned awards for her contribution to geo-statistical modeling of potential UV exposure.
Cynthia A. Vinson, Ph.D., M.P.A. is a Senior Adviser for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Vinson works on building and sustaining the field of implementation science in order to enhance the integration of evidence-based guidelines, programs, and policies for cancer control in public health and clinical practice. Dr. Vinson leads dissemination and implementation research training activities including the annual Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research in Health. She is responsible for working both within NCI and with other agencies and organizations at the international, national, state and local level to translate research funded by DCCPS into practice. Dr. Vinson came to the DCCPS as a Presidential Management Fellow and spent three years rotating in various office across NCI including science planning, legislation and communication. Prior to working at NCI, Dr. Vinson was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon where she served as a health educator. Dr. Vinson was also previously a supervisor at the Kern County Department of Human Services in California. Dr. Vinson holds a doctoral degree in Public Administration and Health Policy from George Washington University, a master in public administration/international development from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a B.A. in political science from California State University, Bakersfield.
John P. Wilson, Ph.D. is Professor of Spatial Sciences and Sociology in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) where he directs the Spatial Sciences Institute as well as the Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) Graduate Programs and GIS Research Laboratory, and also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Architecture and in the Viterbi School of Engineering's Departments of Computer Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering. His research is focused on the modeling of human and environmental systems and makes extensive use of GIS tools, spatial analysis techniques, and computer models. He has published numerous books and articles on these topics, including two edited volumes, Terrain Analysis: Principles and Applications (John Wiley and Sons, 2000) and the Handbook of Geographic Information Science (Blackwell Publishers, 2007). Much of this work is collaborative and cross-disciplinary in character with the general goal of improving our knowledge and understanding of the factors linking people, their environment, and human health. The work of his group can be seen on the website http://spatial.usc.edu/. He has received numerous honors for his research and teaching, the most recent being recognized as a Fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (2014), Special Achievement in GIS Awards for Geospatial Teaching (2008) and Leadership with Geospatial Technology (2006), a Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Center for Excellence in Teaching at USC (2005) and the Albert S. Raubenheimer Outstanding Faculty Award for his research, teaching, and service contributions in Dornsife College at USC (2004).Return to the event page.