School of Medicine Hosts Population Health Seminar Series

Series began on Oct. 7 and will discuss a variety of issues relating to community health

A seminar series on population health research kicked off on Monday with a presentation by Professor of Psychology Mary Gauvain.

A special seminar series on population health research at UCR kicked off Monday, Oct. 7 with a presentation by Professor of Psychology Mary Gauvain, titled “Children’s Views of Hygiene Issues in East Africa: How Developmental Science Can Contribute to Innovation Efforts in Global Health.” Eight more seminars are planned, open to the entire campus community, in room G650 of the School of Medicine Education Building.

The seminar series is sponsored by the School of Medicine in coordination with faculty in the UCR School of Public Policy, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the Graduate School of Education.

“A major part of the mission of the School of Medicine is to improve community health in Inland Southern California, and as part of that mission, we believe that it would be especially valuable to bring together a cohort of interested researchers on campus with interests in population health research,” said David Lo, distinguished professor of biomedical sciences.

The series schedule is as follows (all seminars begin at 4 p.m.):

  • Monday, Oct. 14: Juliet McMullin, associate professor of anthropology, “Supervising Mothers: Context and Care in Unintentional Injury Prevention”
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22: Chandra Reynolds, professor of psychology, “Cognitive aging: A life course perspective on gene-environment contributions”
  • Monday, Oct. 28: Misaki Natsuaki, assistant professor, psychology, “Puberty in Context: Implications toward Adolescent Mental Health”
  • Monday, Nov. 4: Mindy Marks, associate professor of economics, “Baby Boomlets and Baby Health: Hospital Crowdedness, Treatment Intensity, and Infant Health”
  • Monday, Nov. 18: Kevin Esterling, professor of political science, “The Role of Online Social Media in Diabetes Care”
  • Monday, Nov. 25: Kate Sweeny, assistant professor of psychology, “Communication in Clinic-Based Surgical Care”
  • Monday, Dec. 2: Anil Deolalikar, professor of economics and founding dean of the School of Public Policy, “Sex Selection and Sex Ratios at Birth in the Population”
  • Monday, Dec. 9: Jan Blacher, distinguished professor in the Graduate School of Education and founding director of the SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center, “What College Faculty Should Know About Autism”

Lo, Deolalikar and McMullin organized the seminar series. For more information, email

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