2013 Lectureship

7th Annual Lectureship in Child Health

The 7th Annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health, honoring Guy Parcel, PhD was quite an event, with over 160 people in attendance representing 57 different organizations. The feedback we have received from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this half-day lecture series a success. We have provided links to PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations below–please note that some slides have been removed, as they contained un-published data.

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Bruce Simmons Morton web 7th Lectureship in Child HealthBruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D.
Senior Investigator & Chief of the Prevention Research Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Lectureship Speaker Spotlight on Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton: The Young Driver Problem
Lecture Slides: Social Influences on Adolescent Health Behavior

Bruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D., M.P.H., is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Prevention Research Branch at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His primary research interests are early adolescent problem behavior prevention and the prevention of motor vehicle crashes among novice young drivers. His research focuses on both risk assessment and the evaluation of effective interventions. Over the past ten years his research has examined many aspects of teenage driving. His group developed and evaluated in a series of randomized trials the Checkpoints Program, designed to increase parental management of novice teenage driving. To examine the nature of teenage driving risk they have conducted studies in which we have observed teenage drivers, surveyed teens and parents, and conducted the first naturalistic teenage driving study (NTDS), instrumenting the vehicles of newly licensed drivers and following them for 18 months. The NTDS documented the high rates of crashes and risky driving among teenage drivers. Current research includes the study “Experimental Research on the Effect of Teenage Passengers on Simulated Teenage Driving”, which is designed to learn more about how and under what conditions peer influence affects driving behavior. Other research has examined the effect of peer influence on adolescent risk behavior, including substance use, aggression and misconduct, and school engagement. This research demonstrated not only the consistency of peer influence but also the interaction of selection and socialization influences. Dr. Simons-Morton obtained his B.A. in political science from the University of California/Santa Barbara, his M.A. in Health Science and Safety from San Diego State University, his Ed.D. in Health Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene & Public Health. Dr. Simons-Morton has won several awards including the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award for research on young drivers (2010), NIH Diversity Council Recognition Award (2008), and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Iowa School of Public Health (2007). He has served on number national planning committees including Transportation Research Board (National Academies of Science) Young Driver Workshop, “Theory and the young driver” where he was the chair.


Robin Mermelstein web 7th Lectureship in Child HealthRobin Mermelstein, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Director of IHRP, University of Illinois at Chicago
Lectureship Speaker Spotlight on Dr. Robin Mermelsteinr: From trying to buying: teen smoking and the path to addiction
Lecture Slides: Integrating social and emotional contexts in predicting adolescent and young adult smoking patterns

Dr. Mermelstein’s is a professor of psychology at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHRP). Her research interests include investigating the etiology and progression of health-promoting and health compromising behaviors among adolescents and adults; tobacco use (very broadly), with studies ranging from longitudinal examinations of the etiology of youth smoking to cessation interventions for adolescent and adult smokers; behavioral health risk reduction and interventions. Since the mid 1990s, she has been the principal investigator of a series of studies, including the current program project, funded by the National Cancer Institute to investigate trajectories of adolescent and young adult smoking, with a focus on social and emotional contextual factors. In addition, she has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine factors related to youth smoking, and by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and NCI for studies of adult smoking cessation. Other areas of current research focus include health behaviors of young adults and motivational interventions to increase smoking cessation. Some of her other titles include Clinical Professor of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health; Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research; Director of the Novel Translational and Collaborative Studies of the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science; and Member of the UIC Cancer Center Cancer Control and Population Science Research Program. Some of Dr. Mermelstein’s awards and honors include Distinguished Clinical Mentor Award for the Society of Behavioral Medicine; Fellow for the Society of Behavioral Medicine; and University Scholar at UIC. Dr. Mermelstein serves on national research review committees for the National Institutes of Health. She has also directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Program Office, Partners with Tobacco Use Research Centers: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Advancing Science and Policy Studies. As part of this program, RWJF collaborated with both NCI and the National Institute on Drug Abuse in funding the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers.


Phil Nader web 7th Lectureship in Child HealthPhil Nader, MD
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego
Lectureship Speaker Spotlight on Dr. Phil Nader: Breaking the cycle of intergenerational obesity
Lecture Slides: Next Steps in Obesity Prevention

Dr. Nader is a Behavioral Pediatrician who has been engaged in research in health behavior (nutrition and activity) and the influence of families, schools, and communities on child health since the early 1970’s. He has led and participated in several multi-disciplinary research teams examining both longitudinal descriptive and randomized population-based interventions regarding activity and nutrition. He was PI of three long term longitudinal NIH research programs, the Family Health Project, the San Diego Studies of Child Nutrition and Activity, and the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) studies of a national elementary school based nutrition and activity intervention. He participated as an Investigator in the NICHD Study of Child Care and Youth Development, focusing on BMI growth and physical activity. Dr. Nader obtained his BA from Wooster College and his MD from the University of Rochester. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Institute for Communication Research, a Fogarty International Fellow, and a UC Investigator on Pacific Rim Indigenous Health. He continues his active community role in San Diego as a Senior Consultant to the San Diego County Obesity Initiative. He has recently (2010) published a new book for parents: “You Can Prevent Childhood Obesity, Practical Ideas from Pregnancy to Adolescence”. This has been culturally adapted for Spanish speakers in Southern California, and is further developed into a facilitated curriculum, “Health A Legacy For Our Children” ,”Un Legado de Salud”, to assist communities to implement place-based, systems-oriented, multi-level, multi-component interventions to prevent childhood obesity. He was recruited to UCSD in 1982 as Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, which included Primary Care, General In Patient Pediatrics, Newborn Nursery, Behavioral-Developmental, and the Child and Family Health Studies, focused in the community. He became the founding Chief of the Division of Community Pediatrics in 1995. The Behavioral Developmental and the Community Pediatrics rotations were developed with his leadership, based upon the long-standing Primary Care Residency Track, which received national teaching awards, and a major Dyson grant emphasizing Community Health. This was eventually blended into the existing residency program.


Kay Bartholomew web 7th Lectureship in Child HealthKay Bartholomew, Ed.D., MPH
Associate Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas School of Public Health
Lectureship Speaker Spotlight on Dr. Kay Bartholomew: The gold-standard in public health interventions
Lecture Slides: Intervention Mapping

Dr. Kay Bartholomew is an Associate Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In 2007, Dr. Bartholomew has worked in the field of Health Education and Health Promotion since her graduation from Austin College more than 30 years ago, first at a city-county health department and later at Texas Children’s Hospital. Currently, in her research center and faculty roles she teaches courses in health promotion intervention development and conducts research in chronic disease self-management. Based on her experience in the development and testing of health promotion interventions, Dr. Bartholomew lead the development of a textbook to guide health promotion program planners and researchers in using data and theory to plan and evaluate effective, practical, and sustainable programs. Dr. Bartholomew received her MPH from the University of Texas at Houston and her EdD in educational psychology from the University of Houston College of Education. Dr. Bartholomew is currently involved in several research projects including a National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities grant, “A Randomized Recruitment Intervention Trial”, (Co-investigator and Lead on Intervention Development); and CPRIT project “Using an Evidence-based Lay Health Worker Program to Increase Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Low-Income Hispanic Women in Houston, Texas” (Co-investigator). Some of her honors and awards include University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, President’s Scholar for Teaching (2010); Dean’s Teaching Award, University of Texas School of Public Health, (2007-2010); Fellow, Pfizer Academy of Teaching Excellence, Association of Schools of Public Health, Founding Class (2007).