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*Plenary Sessions and Invited Symposia

Plenary Session I

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Using Technology to do Spatial Epidemiology

Chair:  Michael Mason, PhD, Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children and Families at Risk Center for Behavioral Health Research, College of Social Work, University of Tennessee


  • David Epstein, PhD, Tenure-Track Investigator, NIDA Intramural Research Program, Director, Real-world Assessment Prediction, and Treatment Unit
  • Mei-Po Kwan, PhD, Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Joanna Lombard, AIA, LEED AP, Professor of Architecture and Public Health, University of Miami, School of Architecture

Plenary Session II

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Place-Based Prevention

Chair: Elizabeth M. Ginexi, PhD, Health Scientist Administrator, National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavior Social Science Research


  • Bridget Freishler, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean of Research, The Ohio State University, College of Social Work
  • Megan Sandel, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University, Schools of Medicine and Public Health
  • Charles Branas, PhD, Gelman Endowed Professor of Epidemiology, and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University

Plenary Session III

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Increasing Health Equity and Strengthening Resilience

Chair: Aleta Meyer, PhD, Senior Social Science Research Analyst, Team Leader for Community-Engaged and American Indian and Alaskan Native Research, Division of Family Strengthening, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


  • Melissa Walls, PhD, Associate Professor, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg, School of Public Health
  • Robert M. Kaplan, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Joanna Lee Williams, PhD, Department of Leadership, Foundations, Policy, University of Virginia

Invited Symposium I

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Place-Based Prevention

Chair: Ron Prinz, PhD, Carolina Distinguished Professor, University of South Carolina, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Anthony Biglan, PhD, Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
  • Tamar Mendelson, PhD, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Invited Symposium II

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Interventions to Decrease Health Disparities

Chair: Tanya Agurs-Collins, PhD, RD, Program Director, Health Behaviors Research Branch, Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute


  • C. Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
  • Kelli Komro, MPH, PhD, Professor, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
  • Alison Gustafson, PhD, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, University of Kentucky, School of Environmental Sciences