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RESEARCH AND OPPORTUNITIES FAIR GUIDE 2014

March 20-21, 2014 | Atlanta, Georgia


Research and Opportunities Fair March 21, 2014

RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT AT ROLLINS The power of scientific discovery drives us and defines our profession. The RSPH research portfolio has the potential to save lives, benefit communities, empower individuals, and directly impact that practice of public health. Research is one of the principal missions of RSPH and a major activity of faculty and students alike. Students have the opportunity to work on research projects such as assessing the health risks from environmental exposures, the health consequences of urban sprawl, cost effectiveness of HIV prevention activities, infectious disease control, culture and health threats, health disparities, substance abuse, and a myriad of other Public Health related topics. At the Rollins Research & Opportunities Fair you will gain a close view of the ingenuity of our community’s research as well as the scholastic contributions that our School has made to the field of public health. You will also learn about ways you can become involved in research and related educational enhancement opportunities. www.sph.emory.edu/research


Educational Enhancement Opportunities Bridge and 1st Floor, Claudia Nance Rollins Building

Table No.

Project Title

Program Coordinator

Table 1.

The Service Corps Fellows

Kristin Unzicker

Table 2.

Masters International/Peace Corps Community

Kristin Unzicker & Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corp Fellows

Table 3.

Clarkston Rollins Connection (ClaRC)

Ayanna Williams, Alex Plum & Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corp Fellows

Table 4.

Rollins Doctoral Programs

Table 5.

Academic Journal Editing/Conference Coordinator Internship

Table 6.

RSPH IT – General Technology Support

Table 7.

Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) Program

Table 8.

Summer Field Experience

Table 9.

Emory Global Health Institute

Table 10.

Interfaith Health Program/Religion and Public Health Collaborative

Table 11.

The Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality due to Abortion Fund (GEMMA)

Cindy Iten Katherine Virgo Tiffany Kady, IT Department Sahar Salek Evelyn Howatt & Roger Rochat Suzanne Mason John Blevins, Ellen Idler, Mimi Kiser & Susan Landskroener Roger Rochat, GH


Educational Enhancement Opportunities Bridge and 1st Floor, Claudia Nance Rollins Building Table 12.

Certificate in Global Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

Table 13.

Certificate in Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health

Table 14.

Certificate in Mental Health

Table 15.

Certificate in Maternal and Child Health/ Women & Children’s Center

Table 16.

Injury & Violence Prevention Certificate Program

Table 17.

Religion & Health Interdisciplinary Certificate

Theresa Nash Hannah Cooper, BSHE Ben Druss, HPM & Melissa Sherrer Carol Hogue, EPI Natasha Southworth Ellen Idler


Research Projects Plaza Level of Claudia Nance Rollins Building

Table No.

Project Title

Principal Investigator/Dept.

Table 18.

Role of Environmental Toxicants in Neurological Disease

W. Michael Caudle, EH

Table 19.

Measurements of Bio Markers in Humans

Table 20.

SCAPE

Table 21.

Managing Epilepsy Well Network

Tables 22 - 23.

RSPH Alumni Association*

Table 24.

FUSCHIA Women Study

Table 25.

Center for Global Safe Water

Table 26.

Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC)

Table 27.

Georgia Maternal and Infant Health Research Group (GMIHRG) Bridget Spelke, Adrienne Zertuche & Roger Rochat, GH

Table 28.

Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies

Table 29.

Research Unit on Bacterial Respiratory Pathogens

Table 30.

Urban Health Initiative Fellow

Dana Boyd Barr, EH Paige Tolbert, EH Nancy Thompson, BSHE Michelle James

Penelope Howards, EPI Christine Moe, GH Michelle Kegler, BSHE

Benjamin Druss, HPM Jorge E. Vidal, GH & Sopio Chochua Carolyn Aidman, PhD

*RSPH Alumni Association does not offer research opportunities, but encourages students to visit their booth to learn how to connect with alumni as students and how to stay involved with Rollins after graduation.


Research Projects Plaza Level of Claudia Nance Rollins Building

Table 31.

Super Giant Community Garden

Table 32.

Emory Palliative Care Center

Table 33.

Research Assistant positions in the environmental drivers of infectious diseases

Table 34.

Neuroimmune Interactions in Pregnancy and Mental Illness

Carolyn Aidman, Michael Arenson, & Hugh Green Zachary Binney, MPH & Tammie Quest, MD Prof. Justin Remais

Brad Pierce


Educational Enhancement Opportunities


Research Projects


Educational Enhancement Opportunities


Table 1

The Service Corps Fellows Project Description: The purpose of this group is to bring together AmeriCorps and other US-based Service Corps alumni (i.e. Mercy Volunteer Corps, Teach for America, Jewish Service Corps, Health Service Corps) to inspire a continued culture and commitment to service within Rollins and the greater Atlanta area. Service Corps Student Leaders coordinate service and social events on campus and in the local community to continue to share their experiences and to connect past experiences with ongoing goals in public health. Principal Program Coordinator: Kristin Unzicker, MPH/CHES kunzick@emory.edu Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Anneke Demmik ahdemmi@emory.edu POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: A $5000 AmeriCorps matching scholarship is offered to all admitted students who have completed a minimum of 1 year (1700 full time) service hours with AmeriCorps or an affiliated national volunteer service agency. Students are expected to stay involved in service through the activities organized by this student group. Leadership positions and ongoing professional development opportunities are also available to all Service Corps Student Leaders.


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Masters International/Peace Corps Community Project Description: Students who are interested in Peace Corps will have an opportunity to enroll in the Masters International (MI) Program option that sits within the Clarkston-Rollins Connection (ClaRC) program. Tw o MI-specific sessions will be offered each semester throughout the duration of the 2-year MPH program to provide ongoing support and additional information and activities designed to better prepare students for service with the Peace Corps. Principal Program Coordinator: Kristin Unzicker, MPH,CHES kunzick@emory.edu Project/Program Coordinator: Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corp Fellows PeaceCorps@emory.edu Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Ayanna Williams akwill9@emory.edu Alex Plum Alexander.james.plum@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/peacecorps POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Unpaid/volunteer positions are available. The Masters International Program provides the chance to fully contextualize the know ledge and skills gained in the classroom and community throughout their two years at Rollins. MI Students also have a chance to regularly connect with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) at RSPH and the greater Atlanta community, and currently serving MI alumni in the field.


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Clarkston Rollins Connection (ClaRC) Project Description: The Clarkston-Rollins Connection (ClaRC) is a 1-year community engaged learning program that consists of a weekly seminar class facilitated by the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows combined with sustained community-based volunteer activities. The foundation of the program is service learning, which means that participants explore ethical ways to approach community-based work while actually working in the community with one of 5 organizations. The activities include but are not limited to panels, discussions, presentations, skill-building and reflection. Participants in ClaRC volunteer in Clarkston, GA which has been described as the "most diverse square-mile in the America" by Time Magazine. The program is open to any RSPH students who are interested in community engaged learning. Principal Program Coordinator: Ayanna Williams, Alex Plum, & Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Project/Program Coordinator: Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Ayanna Williams akwill9@emory.edu Alex Plum Alexander.james.plum@emory.edu

Website: http://www.sph.emory.edu/academic_programs/peace_corps/ClarkstonRollins%20Connection/index.html POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Unpaid/Volunteer position


Table 4

Rollins School of Public Health PhD Programs Project Description: Basic information regarding pursuit of the PhD in all programs of the Rollins School of Public Health. Project/Program Coordinator: Cindy Iten Name of representative attending the Fair: Cindy Iten cindy.iten@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/cms/academic_programs/degree_programs/doctoral_programs.html POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: None, although the target audience is looking toward the MPH degree, the PhD would be the next step since most of the PhD programs require a MPH.


Table 5

Academic Journal Editing/Conference Coordinator Internship Project Description: The student will learn the process of publishing academic journals and/or organizing an academic conference, where economics professionals from all over the world discuss and share their research. Principle Program Coordinator: Katherine Virgo, Ph.D. journals@iaes.org 404.965.1555 Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Grace Cummings and Brianna Crowell Website: www.iaes.org POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Unpaid/Volunteer position


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RSPH IT – General Technology Support Project Description: We will be around to answer any general technology questions the students might have. Project/Program Coordinator: Tiffany Kady

Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Tiffany Kady tkady@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu


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Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) Program Project Description: The Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) Program offers full-time MPH and MSPH students valuable opportunities to earn while they learn. The program provides funding for master's level public health graduate students to support their academic interests with applied public health experiences in federal, state and county government agencies, Emory-affiliated programs, and for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout Atlanta. Principle Program Coordinator: Sahar Salek sahar.salek@emory.edu 404.712.0687 Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Sahar Salek Website: www.sph.emory.edu/cms/current_students/practical_experience_program/students/index.html POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) positions are available.


Table 8

Summer Field Experience Project Description: The summer field experience survey has been conducted for the past ten years and collects information about student summer field experiences, both internationally and domestic. The information collected in this survey may be extremely useful for students looking to learn more about potential summer field experiences that they may participate in. Project/Program Coordinator: Evelyn Howatt, Roger Rochat Name of representative attending the Fair: Evelyn Howatt ehowatt@emory.edu Website: ehowatt@emory.edu POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Unpaid/Volunteer position


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Emory Global Health Institute Project Description: The Emory Global Health Institute helps Emory University improve health around the world by supporting Emory faculty members and students engaged in a variety of global health research, scholarship, service, and training activities. Project/Program Coordinator: Suzanne Mason Name of representative attending the Fair: Suzanne Mason smason@emory.edu Website: www.globalhealth.emory.edu POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Opportunities for engagement with global health activities across Emory University.


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Interfaith Health Program/Religion and Public Health Collaborative Project Description: Emory is a leader in scholarship, applied research, and teaching that examine the influence of religion on public health. The Interfaith Health Program is housed at Rollins and examines religions' influences in both domestic and global contexts through a number of applied research initiatives. The Collaborative is a university-wide initiative that encourages interdisciplinary scholarship on religion and public health. Project/Program Coordinator: John Blevins, Ellen Idler, Mimi Kiser, Susan Landskroener Name of the representative attending the fair: John Blevins, Ellen Idler, Mimi Kiser, Susan Landskroener slandsk@emory.edu Website: www.ihpemory.org www.rphcemory.org POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Practical Experience Award paid position Scholars in Action Assistantship Unpaid/Volunteer position The two programs also sponsor a 10-w eek international study and field placement program in Kenya for 8-10 graduate students (masters of PhD level) from across the university in collaboration with St. Paul's University. Rollins students have used this program to fulfill practicum and/or thesis/special studies project requirements.


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The Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality due to Abortion Fund (GEMMA) Project Description: Each year, about 19 million women in developing countries obtain unsafe abortions and 74,000 women die from related complications. The GEMMA Fund is an endowed fund that supports Emory student research related to the prevention of maternal deaths from abortion. Approximately 5 students each summer receive funding to work on projects related to abortion. Principal Investigator(s): Roger Rochat, MD rrochat@emory.edu Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Courtney Bourdeau, Co-chair Courtney.bourdeau@emory.edu Ruth Manski, Co-chair Ruth.manski@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/cms/academic_programs/research/gemma_home.html POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Rollins Earn and Learn Positions (REAL)


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Certificate Program in Global Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Project Description: The Rollins School of Public Health in partnership with CDC's Emergency Response and Recovery Branch offers a Graduate Certificate in Global Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. The certificate combines the teaching and research strength of Emory University with the applied technical skills of the CDC's Emergency Response and Recovery Branch. The Certificate Program is available to qualified Rollins students and to other Emory graduate health schools on a case-by-case basis. Project/Program Coordinator: Theresa Nash, MA Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Theresa Nash tnash@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/academic_programs/nondegree_programs/globalche.html POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: There are no paying positions directly affiliated with the certificate program.


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Certificate Program in the Sociocontextual Determinants of Health Project Description: This certificate provides a range of academic, research, and professional development opportunities to strengthen students' ability to advance the public's health by developing and implementing studies of, and interventions into, the socio-contextual determinants of population health and w ell-being. This certificate program may be of particular interest to students who are committed to supporting community w ell-being by advancing social justice, and to eradicating health disparities. Principal Program Coordinator: Meghan Rios Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Meghan Rios mcrios@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/SCDH POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: The certificate program is open to all MPH/MSPH students in the 2-year programs. There are no paid positions directly affiliated with the certificate program.


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Certificate Program in Mental Health Program Description: Mental Health is integral to and inseparable from public health. To address these integral relationships of mental health with public health, the Mental Health Certificate program was developed. Its purpose is to bring together faculty, students and practicing health professionals in order to foster enhanced research and learning experiences through inter-disciplinary, interdepartmental and inter-school activities. This certificate program builds on existing classes and faculty expertise and is open to all MPH and MSPH students. Mental Health Certificate program builds on a community of interest from across Emory University and the larger community. Affiliated faculty and professionals drawn together to provide students with the capacity to contribute to improving mental health in the public and policies fostering access to appropriate mental health services. It may function as a “second academic home� for participating students in the school of public health. Principle Program Coordinators: Ben Druss, MD, MPH Melissa Sherrer, MEd Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Melissa Sherrer msherrer@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/cms/academic_programs/nondegree_programs/certificate_mh.html POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: The certificate program is open to all MPH/MSPH students in the 2-year programs. There are no paid positions directly affiliated with the certificate program.


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MCH Certificate Program/Women and Children's Center Project Description: The Certificate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) at Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) aims to equip students to become professionals for positions in governmental and non-governmental public health organizations serving women, infants, and children at local, regional, national, and international levels. The mission of the Women's and Children's Center (WCC) is to promote the health and w ell-being of women and children through instruction, research, and practice. The WCC serves as a focal point at the RSPH for training and research in maternal and child health and women's health. Principal Program Coordinator: Carol Hogue, PhD (Director) Nicole Regan, MPH (Program Coordinator) Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Nicole Regan nicole.regan@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/cms/academic_programs/nondegree_programs/maternal_child_cert.html http://w eb1.sph.emory.edu/w cc/

POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Paid position Unpaid/Volunteer position


Table 16

Injury & Violence Prevention Certificate Program Program Description: The Injury & Violence Prevention Certificate program is available to PhD students at the Laney Graduate School (LGS) and MPH students at the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH). This interdisciplinary program is coordinated through the Emory Center for Injury Control and connects students to a broad network of professionals and organizations working locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in injury and violence prevention. Students in the program gain access to relevant courses across LGS/RSPH, a variety of practicum opportunities and conduct relevant research while preparing to work in a field related to injury prevention. The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach of training and mentoring students in preparation for leadership in injury prevention or a related field. Graduates of the program receive a certificate with their diploma and a notation on their transcript representing their preparation and valuable experience in the field of injury and violence prevention. Project/Program Coordinator: Director - Dr. Debra Houry, Program Coordinator - Natasha Southworth Name of representative attending the fair: Natasha Southworth nobolen@emory.edu Website: http://www.emorycenterforinjurycontrol.org/certificate/ POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: This question is not relevant to our certificate program; however, our Center will have positions available through the REAL program fall 2014.


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Religion and Health Interdisciplinary Certificate Project/Program Coordinator: Provides an opportunity to take courses at Candler School of Theology and Rollins School of Public Health related to religion and health, along with other students from professional schools and doctoral programs. Project/Program Coordinator: Ellen Idler Name of the representative attending the fair: Ellen Idler eidler@emory.edu Website: http://www.rphcemory.org/ POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Unpaid/Volunteer position, to assist with large conference to be held at Emory on "Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health".


Research Projects


Table 18

Role of Environmental Toxicants in Neurological Disease Project Description: The focus of our lab is to identify specific environmental contaminants and understand targets in the brain that are altered leading to neurological disease. To accomplish these goals we apply biochemistry, neuropathology, and behavioral experiments in cells as well as in mice that have been exposed to toxicants during critical periods of neurodevelopmental and adulthood. Principal Investigator(s): W. Michael Caudle, PhD Project/Program Coordinators: W. Michael Caudle, PhD Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: W. Michael Caudle william.m.caudle@emory.edu Website: caudlelabemory.weebly.com POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Unpaid/Volunteer position Additional paid positions may be available depending upon lab funding.


Table 19

Measurements in Biomarkers in Humans Project Description: Laboratory work measuring biomarkers of environmental chemicals in humans. This involves multiple studies in collaboration with other universities and departments at RSPH along with our own human and environmental studies. Principal Investigator(s): Dana Boyd Barr and P. Barry Ryan Location: CNR 2007 dbbarr@emory.edu

Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Dana Boyd Barr

POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Paid position Unpaid/Volunteer position


Table 20

SCAPE Project Description: SCAPE is an EPA-funded joint research project between the Rollins School of Public Health and the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT). This five-year research center studies air quality and the health effects of air pollution exposure through four research projects supported by three cores. Principal Investigator(s): Paige Tolbert (PI), Kate Hodgins (Coordinator)

Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Kate Hodgins katehodgins@emory.edu Website: http://www.scape.gatech.edu/

POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Unpaid/Volunteer position


Table 21

Managing Epilepsy Well Network Project Description: The Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network is composed of individuals interested in the care of people with epilepsy. MEW Network members are representatives from U.S. universities, community-based organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Network members work together to promote epilepsy self-management research and improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy. Principal Investigator(s): Nancy Thompson, PhD (Pi) Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Yvan Bamps ybamps@emory.edu Website: http://www.sph.emory.edu/ManagingEpilepsyWell/ POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Unpaid/Volunteer position, Positions are depending on funding by CDC and PRC for 2014-2015.


Tables 22-23

RSPH Alumni Association Project Description: The Rollins School of Public Health Alumni Association's Mission is committed to meeting the professional needs of our alumni, supporting current students and advancing the mission of the school. Come meet some of our alumni and hear their advice on making the most of your Rollins experience. Project/Program Coordinator: Michelle James Name of representative attending the Fair: Michelle James mjames4@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/cms/alumni_friends/index.html POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: No positions are available at this time.


Table 24

FUCHSIA Women’s Research Study Project Description: Many life-saving cancer therapies are detrimental to the fertility of childhood cancer survivors, but the potential gonadotoxic effects of treatments for young adult cancers have been less well studied despite the fact that survivors of young adult cancers make up a larger proportion of cancer survivors. We are conducting a population-based, epidemiologic study of the effects of different cancer treatments on fertility-related outcomes in reproductive age female survivors compared to women unexposed to cancer treatments. We are assessing fertility history through a detailed computer assisted telephone interview on menstrual cycle, infertility, and reproductive history and will assess current fertility during a clinical exam. Principal Investigator(s): Penny Howards, PhD Project/Program Coordinator: Jill Woodard, MPH Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Jill Woodard jjdavis@emory.edu

POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) positions and other paid positions unrelated to the REAL Award may be available.


Table 25

Center for Global Safe Water Project Description: The mission of the CGSW is to promote global health equity through universal access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for the world's most vulnerable populations. Our key strength is applied research in the field of water and sanitation. Our current research includes both international field work, virology and microbiology laboratory work, and clinical trials. Principal Investigator(s): Christine Moe, PhD Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Dr. Amy Kirby aekirby@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/CGSW/ POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) positions Global Field Experience (GFE)


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Emory Prevention Research Center Project Description: Our center is dedicated to reducing health risks associated with cancer and other chronic diseases by studying behaviors and environments that support and/or hinder tobacco use, physical activity, and healthy eating. The EPRC is part of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Principal Investigator(s): Michelle Kegler, DrPH, MPH Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: Michelle Carvalho mlcarva@emory.edu Lucja Bundy lbundy@emory.edu Ali Gemma alexandra.gemma@emory.edu Sally Honyecutt shoneyc@emory.edu Website: www.sph.emory.edu/EPRC/ POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) positions, our center usually hires several Graduate Research Assistants to work on our various projects. To learn about our research, evaluation, training, and community projects visit our website at http://www.sph.emory.edu/eprc/


Table 27

Georgia Maternal and Infant Health Research Group (GMIHRG) Project Description: GMIHRG is a group of medical, nursing, and public health students engaged in research on maternal and infant health in Georgia. We investigate the reasons for and the consequences of Georgia's poor perinatal outcomes; then, based on our findings, we suggest potential solutions and advocate for change. Principal Investigator(s): Bridget Spelke, Adrienne Zertuche, and Roger Rochat Name of representative(s) attending the Fair: TBD Website: bridget.spelke@emory.edu adrienne.d.zertuche@emory.edu rrochat@emory.edu POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Practical Experience Award paid position Unpaid/Volunteer position


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Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies Program Description: Emory’s Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies (CBPS) is a multidisciplinary team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners located in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. CBPS conducts research on topics related to mental health and substance use using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Areas of expertise include design and implementation of intervention trials, analysis of surveys and large claims databases, and policy analysis. There is a particular focus on adults and children treated in public safety net settings. Project/Program Coordinator: Dr. Benjamin Druss (PI), Gretl Glick (Research Prj. Mgr) Name of the representative attending the fair: Gretl Glick gglick@emory.edu Website: www.cbps.emory.edu POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Practical Experience Award paid position


Table 29

RESEARCH UNIT ON BACTERIAL RESPIRATORY PATHOGENS: Global molecular epidemiology, antibiotic resistance and mechanisms of persistence and disease Program Description: Global-important human bacterial respiratory pathogens, such as S. pneumoniae or H. influenzae are often commensal of the nasopharynx. However, these bacteria produce diseases and kill more children than any other infectious disease. Our research unit is developing new molecular methods of detection and using them to evaluate the global epidemiology of these pathogens in both healthy children and children with respiratory diseases. Our studies also investigate antibiotic resistance, virulence and mechanism of persistence in the human nasopharynx. Project/Program Coordinator: Dr. Jorge E. Vidal (PI), Dr. Sopio Chochua (project coordinator) Name of the representative attending the fair: Jorge E. Vidal, Sopio Chochua, Christiane Hanke, Fuminori Sakai and Sharmila Talekar jvidalg@emory.edu, schochu@emory.edu, chanke@emory.edu, fuminori.sakai@emory.edu Website: http://vidalabemory.w eebly.com/ POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Unpaid/Volunteer position - we have training opportunities for MPH or PhD students in our projects.


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Urban Health Initiative Fellow Project Description: The mission of the Urban Health Initiative is to understand and improve the health and healthcare of diverse and underserved populations in Atlanta. We run projects that tackle the social determinants of health, such as lacking access to transportation, basic food and nutrition, health and dental care, health insurance, and more. You have options to join/lead a project and carry out your own research, as long as it is in line with the project's goals. Project/Program Coordinator: Carolyn Aidman, PhD, Associate Director Name of representative attending the Fair: Carolyn Aidman, PhD caidman@emory.edu Website: http://urbanhealthinitiative.emory.edu/ https://www.facebook.com/urbanhealthinitiative POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Paid position Scholars in Action Assistantship Unpaid/volunteer position


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Super Giant Community Garden Project Description: Our mission is to work with the community to create happier, healthier individuals through educational gardening. Our vision is to nourish a flourishing community in Northwest Atlanta. Do you want real world skills working on an exciting public health program in Atlanta? Join the Urban Health Initiative! Project/Program Coordinator: Carolyn Aidman, Associate Director Michael Arenson, Graduate Coordinator Hugh Green, Project Manager Name of representative attending the Fair: Hugh Green hwgreen@emory.edu Website: http://supergiantgarden.wix.com/emoryuhi http://urbanhealthinitiative.emory.edu/ POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Scholars in Action Assistantship Unpaid/volunteer position Please see other opportunities to work with UHI


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Emory Palliative Care Center Project Description: The Center is growing its research program in palliative and end-of-life care in many directions. We conduct health services research (the effect of palliative care on costs and readmissions), quality improvement work (advance directives in heart failure patients, expanding palliative care's use in the Emergency Department), clinical research (palliative care for HIV, predictive modeling), and other work (respiratory therapists' role in end of life care, spiritual care research). Our projects are funded from federal sources, private foundations, and internally. Project/Program Coordinator: Zachary Binney, MPH Tammie Quest, MD Name of representative attending the Fair: Zach Binney zbinney@emory.edu Website: http://palliative.emory.edu/ POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Scholars in Action Assistantship Practical Experience Award paid position We would love to find students to help our clinical faculty translate existing ideas and data into publications. Publication writing (preparing annotated bibliographies, lit reviews, manuscript drafting and submission, and other aspects) is a major priority and offers many chances for authorship. There may also be QI, project management, data analysis, and other opportunities determined by student interest and abilities.


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Research Assistant Positions in the Environmental Drivers of Infectious Diseases Project Description: Research Assistants contribute to the PI's projects on infectious disease surveillance, with a strong emphasis on spatial analysis and environmental determinants. Our group is working to develop methods support the spatial modeling of infectious disease surveillance data, with an emphasis on georeferencing complex surveillance data, analyzing 'Big' surveillance datasets using spatio-temporal hierarchical modeling approaches, and optimizing surveillance systems based on our findings. Project/Program Coordinator: Prof. Justin Remais Name of representative attending the Fair: Kayoko Shioda kayoko.shioda@emory.edu Website: http://www.sph.emory.edu/eh/remais/ POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Practical Experience Award paid position Other paid position Scholars in Action Assistantship Unpaid/Volunteer position Demonstrated computing/programming and strong writing skills a must; interest in the environmental determinants of infectious disease, focusing on the interplay between environmental change, hydrological dynamics, human behavior and disease transmission; Bachelor’s degree in natural, computational or engineering sciences, with good quantitative training, will be helpful; excellent communication and organizational skills; the ability to work well independently.


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Neuroimmune Interactions in Pregnancy and Mental Illness Project Description: Biobehavioral Determinants of the Microbiome in Preterm Birth; Tryptophan and Kynurenine Pathways in Schizophrenia Project/Program Coordinator: Brad Pearce Name of representative attending the Fair: Danielle Chou bpearce@emory.edu Website: http://cfusion.sph.emory.edu/Faculty/Profile.cfm?Network_ID=BPEARCE&DEPT=EPI POSITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Practical Experience Award paid position Other paid position Because our work blends many disciplines, there is a wide range of skill sets that are useful for working in our group. These include lab skills, data analysis, statistics, epidemiological techniques, patient interviews and assessments.


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