Research Seminar

large classroom

The Department of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University hosts a monthly research seminar during the fall and spring academic sessions for faculty, staff and students. Invited speakers present on a variety of research themes including:

  • Health disparities

  • Program evaluation

  • Health promotion and disease prevention

  • Global health issues

  • Communication and decision making

  • Cost, accessibility and quality of healthcare

Seminars are typically on a Tuesday of every month from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., although the schedule varies. Seminars are on the 12th floor of One Capitol Square, 830 E. Main St, unless otherwise noted.  Location will depend on attendance.

Lunch will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, email Mary Johnson.

Seminar 2018-2019





12:00 p.m.

Anika Hines, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Policy, Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy

 “Upstream Intervention/Downstream Impact: Reducing Stressors to Enhance Psychological and Physiological Outcomes”


12:00 p.m.

Bethany (bee) Coston, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Mental Health at the Margins: Being LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or Neurodivergent"


12:00 p.m.

Lauryn Saxe Walker, RN, M.P.H., Doctoral Candidate



Jodi Winship, M.S., Doctoral Candidate

"Emergency department use among Virginia Medicaid members with opioid use disorder"


"Patient Perceptions of Autonomy Support in a Team-Based Wellness Clinic"


12:00 p.m.

3rd Floor, Room 305

Jennifer M. (Jen) Mellor, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, William & Mary

"The Effects of Medicare Payment Changes on Nursing Home Staffing"


12:00 p.m.


Elyas Bakhtiari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology College of William and Mary

“Health Effects of Muslim Racialization? Evidence From Birth Outcomes After September 11, 2001”


12:00 p.m.

Chantel Martin, Ph.D., MSPH, Postdoctoral Fellow, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Origins of cardiometabolic health disparities: a multilevel life course approach”


12:00 p.m.

Ellen Montz, Ph.D., Chief Health Economist, Division of Health Economics and Economic Policy, DMAS

“Leveraging Medicaid Data to Monitor and Evaluate Delivery System Reforms and Coverage Expansions in Virginia”


12:00 p.m.

6th floor,

room 644

Sunny Jung Kim, Ph.D., MS, MA. Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Harnessing communication sciences and mixed-methods in social media environments for behavioral medicine”

Seminar 2017-2018






12:00 p.m.

Peter Cunningham, PhD, Professor, Health Behavior and Policy, Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy, and Andrew Barnes, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services”


12:00 p.m.

Danielle Dick, PhD, Professor, Developmental Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Spit for Science: A university-wide effort/opportunity to address substance use and related behavioral health challenges"


12:00 p.m.

Elizabeth A. Carter, Ph.D., Director, DHP Healthcare Workforce Data Center, Executive Director for the Virginia Board of Health Professions

“Virginia’s DHP Healthcare Workforce Data Center”


12:00 p.m.

Carrie A. Miller, M.P.H., Doctoral Candidate, Health Behavior and Policy




Steven P. Masiano, M.S., Doctoral Candidate, Health Behavior and Policy

“Communicating Colorectal Cancer Risk to Average Risk Adults: Examining the Impact on Risk Perceptions and Health Behavior Intentions”

"Effect of a community intervention on contraceptive use in Malawi"


12:00 p.m. 

David Muhlestein, PhD, JD, Chief Research Officer, Leavitt Partners


“Evolution of the American Health Care System: Policy, Practice and Value”



12:00 p.m.

Richard Brown, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Patient interaction research utilizing methods and interventions that span Behavioral and Health Economic outcomes"


12:00 p.m.

Chunling Lu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School


“Effects of survey design on self-reported out-of-pocket health spending in developing countries”