Previous Colloquia

September 15th, 2014

Dr. Chris Sciamanna

Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine

Research Interests: The main focus of my research is to improve the management of overweight and obesity in primary care. My team has three lines of work to advance this aim: 1) Developing and testing web-based weight control programs that can be integrated into primary care, 2) Identifying the best practices of providers for motivating and assisting their patients to control their weight and 3) Creating weight control programs that can are free to end users and that be disseminated within primary care settings.

Talk Title: Will we ever get Americans active? Rethinking interventions as experiences.

September 29th, 2014

Helen Kamens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Health
Penn State University

Research interests: Identification of genetic mechanisms that contribute to complex behaviors with a special emphasis on alcohol and tobacco use.

Talk title: Investigating the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in alcohol and nicotine behaviors

October 6th, 2014

Martha Wadsworth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Penn State University

Research interests: The role of stress and coping processes in developmental psychopathology

Talk title: Pathways to resilience in at-risk youth

October 27th, 2014

John Hayes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Food Science
Director of Sensory Evaluation Center
Penn State University, College of Agricultural Sciences

Research interests: The role of genetic variation on food sensations and reward

Talk title: Biologically driven market segmentation: linking genetics to food choice

November 14th, 2014

Niels Eijkelkamp, Ph.D.

University Medical Center Utrecht

Talk to be held, Friday 10am - 11am, at Bennett Living Center (110 Henderson Bldg)

Research interests: Chronic Pain

Talk title: Chronic pain: Mechanisms and putative novel treatments.

December 1, 2014

Nic Rohleder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Brandeis University

Research interests: Effects of acute and chronic stress

Talk title: Stress system regulation of inflammation

January 26th, 2015

Tania Roth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Delaware

Research Interests: Behavioral epigenetics

Talk title: Brain epigenetic alterations following stressful and traumatic experiences

February 2nd, 2015

John Richie, Ph.D.

Professor
College of Medicine, Public Health Sciences
Penn State University, Hershey

Research interests: Molecular toxicology/factors that regulate cancer risk

Talk title: Role of dietary methionine restriction in delaying the aging process and inhibiting cancer

February 9th, 2015

Ned H. Kalin, MD

Hedberg Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Research interests: Brain mechanisms underlying adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation

Talk title: Neurodevelopmental risk factors leading to anxiety and depression

March 16th, 2015

Amy Sawyer, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing
College of Nursing
Penn State University

Research interests: Sleep and sleep disorders across the adult lifespan

Talk title: Translational solutions from empirical puzzles: Treatment adherence in obstructive sleep apnea

April 6th, 2015

Lauren Hale, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine
Program in Public Health
Affiliated Faculty Member Women Studies
Stony Brook University, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Social Determinants of Sleep, Health Disparities

Talk title: The social epidemiology of sleep: The nights and daze of teenagers

April 20th, 2015

Sue Carter, Ph.D.

Principal Research Scientist
Research Triangle Institute International

Research interests: Neuroendocrinology of mammalian social behavior

Talk title: Oxytocin pathways and human evolution

April 27th, 2015

Andrew Strasser, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor of Behavioral Health in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Research interests: Cigarette smoking and nicotine and toxin exposure

Talk title: Applying laboratory methods to evaluate FDA graphic warning labels and low nicotine cigarette regulation

August 31, 2015

Tania Roth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Delaware

Research Interests: Behavioral epigenetics

Talk title: Brain epigenetic alterations following stressful and traumatic experiences

September 21, 2015

Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D.

Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University

Research interests: Stress, immunity and disease

Talk title: Social Relationships and Health injury and stress in an animal model

October 5, 2015

Neil Grunberg, Ph.D.

Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology, School of Medicine Professor of Neuroscience, School of Medicine Professor, Graduate School of Nursing Course Director, Medical Psychology, School of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD

Research Interests: Appetitive behaviors, stress, strategies to attenuate stress-related health effects

Talk title: Sex differences in psychological and biological responses to traumatic brain injury and stress in an animal model

October 26, 2015

Arachu Castro, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Research Fellow
Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America
Tulane University, New Orleans LA

Research interests: Social inequalities, pathology risk, health policy, global health

Talk title: Assessing equitable care among indigenous and Afro-descendent women in Latin America

November 2, 2015

John Richie, Ph.D.

Professor
College of Medicine, Public Health Sciences
Penn State University, Hershey PA

Research interests: Molecular toxicology/factors that regulate cancer risk

Talk title: Role of dietary methionine restriction in delaying the aging process and inhibiting cancer

November 16, 2015

Kristina Neely, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Penn State University, University Park PA

Research interests: Brain circuitry, precision grasping, ADHD

Talk title: TBD

December 7, 2015

Jennifer Graham-Engeland, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Health
Penn State University, University Park PA

Research interests: How stress, emotional and cognitive responses to stress, behavior, and physiological processes (e.g., inflammation) are linked with health and well-being.

Talk title: Mood, pain, and inflammation: New evidence for connections and prospects for intervention

February 1, 2016

Co-sponsored by the Arts and Design Research Incubator

Stephen Porges, Ph.D

Professor of Psychiatry
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC

Research interests: Neurobiology of social behavior, polyvagal theory

Talk title: Connectedness as biological imperative: Understanding the consequences of trauma, abuse, and chronic stress through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory

February 8, 2016

Christopher L. Coe, Ph.D.

Professor
Downstate Medical Center, SUNY
Department of Psychology University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI

Research interests: Influence of psychological, environmental and dietary factors (microbiome) on health and immunity

Talk title: TBD

February 22, 2016

Tené T. Lewis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health Emory University, Atlanta GA

Research interests: Psychosocial epidemiology, with an emphasis on cardiovascular disease

Talk title: Discriminatory stressors and early markers of cardiovascular disease in African-American women

March 14, 2016

Christine Heim, Ph.D.

Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Department of Biobehavioral Health
Penn State University, University Park PA

Research interests: Neurobiology and developmental psychoiology

Talk title: Neurobiological consequences of childhood trauma and their transmission into the next generation

March 28, 2016

Anna L. Marsland, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Nursing, and Psychiatry
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

Research interests: Influence of psychosocial factors on immune
function and the onset and course of immune-related diseases.

Talk title: Inflammation and neurocognitive aging

April 11, 2016

Martica Hall, Ph.D.

Associate professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

Research interests: Sleep - health relationship

Talk title: Mechanisms of sleep health: Advancing the field one night at a time

April 25, 2016 — First Annual Founder’s Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day

Bruce McEwen, Ph.D.

Alfred E. Mirsky Professor of Neuroscience
Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology
Rockefeller University, New York City NY

Research interests: Impact of stress and sex hormones on the brain

Talk title: Experience shapes the brain across the lifecourse: Towards a scientific basis of policy and practice

September 19, 2016

Greg Miller, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology & Medical Social Sciences

Northwestern University, Chicago IL

Research Interests: Effects of early life stress on health

Talk title: Biological consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage in early life

October 3, 2016

Jennie Noll, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Director, Network on Child Protection and Well-Being

Penn State University, University Park PA

Research Interests: Bio-psycho-social consequences of abused and neglected youth; midlife reversibility of neurocognitive deficits in stress-exposed populations

Talk title: Stress-specific versus sex-specific outcomes for childhood sexual abuse survivors

October 17, 2016

Eun Kyoung Choe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, College of Information Sciences and Technology

Penn State University, University Park PA

Research Interests: Human-computer interaction, health informatics, and designing, developing, and evaluating technology to promote health sleep behaviors and physical activities

Talk title: Personal informatics: Empowering people though self-knowledge and reflection

October 31, 2016

Erika Saunders, M.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Director, Mood Disorders Program

Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey PA

Research Interests: Biological and genetic underpinning of mood disorders including sleep phenotypes, mood outcome and inflammation, stress hormones, and metabolites of fatty acid pathways

Talk title: The roller coaster of bipolar disorder: Linking diet, inflammation, and mood

November 14, 2016

Lars Larsson, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Karolinska Institute & Hospital, Stockholm Sweden

Marie Underhill Noll Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health

Penn State University, University Park PA

Research Interests: Mechanisms of impaired muscle function with aging and related interventions

Talk title: Weak by machines: Skeletal muscle as a target in intensive care unit patients

November 28, 2016

Martica Hall, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

Research Interests: Mechanisms of sleep health: Emphasis on stress, cardiovascular disease, aging

Talk title: Mechanisms of sleep health: Advancing the field one night at a time

December 5, 2016

Steve Branstetter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health

Penn State University, University Park PA

Research Interests: Influences on tobacco use/cessation, smoking in youths and cancer patients

Talk title: Behavioral economics, smoking behavior, and nicotine addiction

January 30, 2017

Stephen Manuck, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA Talk title: "Can genes make men pugnacious?"

February 13, 2017

Martin Picard, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry and Neurology
Columbia University, New York City NY
Talk title: "Stress and health from organelle to organism: A mitochondrial perspective."

February 27, 2017

Christopher Coe, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison WI
Talk title: "Prenatal origins of resilience and vulnerability."

March 13, 2017

Julie Blendy, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA
Talk title: "Sex, drugs, and transgenerational inheritance: Are the kids alright?"

March 27, 2017

Anna Marsland, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA
Talk title: "Inflammation and neurocognitive aging."

April 17, 2017

Keith Whitfield, Ph.D.

University Provost
Wayne State University, Detroit MI
Talk title: "Sources of individual variability in health among African Americans."

April 24, 2017

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D

Founders Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day
Department of Psychology
The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
Talk title: "How stress kills: The damage and some remedies."