Faculty Notes: Spring 2017

Paul Beninger, MD, MBA, Director of MD/MBA and MBS/MBA Programs and Assistant Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine (PHCM), co-authored a paper entitled "Bridging the Academic/Industry Chasm: Proposed Solutions" in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (2016) with Marcia Boumil, Professor of PHCM, Deeb Salem, Kenneth Getz, Henry Klapholz, Greg Kurfman, Rohan Jotwani, and Harris Berman, Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). Beninger also co-authored a letter entitled “Medical Schools’ Competition for Clinical Training Sites” in Academic Medicine (2016) with M. Boumil and Rohan Jotwani.

Doug Brugge,  PhD, MS, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine (PHCM) recently published an article; “Uranium from Africa – An Overview on Past and Current Mining Activities: Re-appraising Associated Risks and Chances in a Global Context” in the  Journal of African Earth Sciences (accepted).

Alia Bucciarelli, MS, Adjunct Assistant Professor of PHCM joined the biotechnology company, Biogen, on November 2016 as Associate Director for Scientific Communications.

Beth Buyea, PA-C, MHS, Director of Didactic Education, Physician Assistant (PA) Program and Assistant Professor of PHCM is a Co-Investigator of a grant from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants entitled “Health Integration into Physician Assistant Practice: Program Evaluation of a Novel Inter-professional Training Model” in collaboration with the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Daniel B. Carr, MD, MA, Program Director, Pain, Research Education & Policy and Professor of PHCM published a review article “Opioids for Neuropathic Pain” which reached 5th place in our top ten citations in 2015. Carr has been appointed to NIH’s Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee. This committee reports to the Secretary of Health and Human Services about federally-funded research on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pain.  It also makes recommendations on expanding public-private partnerships “to expand collaborative, cross-cutting research”.

Virginia R. Chomitz, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor of PHCM, in collaboration with Shape Up Somerville, received a Tufts Community Research Center grant to conduct a systematic community food systems assessment to guide healthy and equitable food acquisition in Somerville, MA.

Mei Chung, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of PHCM presented at The Development of Guiding Principles for the Inclusion of Chronic Disease Endpoints in Future Dietary Reference Intakes, A Public Workshop for the National Academies of Sciences (NAS), Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC on January 9. Her presentation was entitled “Overview and Comparisons of Risk of Bias and Strength of Evidence Assessment Tools”. 

Sue Gallagher, MPH, Director, MS - Health Communication Program and Assistant Professor of PHCM co-authored a research study in the Journal of Agromedicine titled “News Reports and Their Role in Child Agricultural Injury Prevention.”

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, Director of Digital Health Communication Certificate Program and Assistant Professor of PHCM, was recognized as a “2017 Women To Watch In Science & Technology” by Boston Business Journal for her work on RecycleHealth.com. Her work on RecycleHealth was also featured in an USA Today article. In addition, Lisa published a paper in Journal of Medical Internet Research, "Can a Free Wearable Activity Tracker Change Behavior? The Impact of Trackers on Adults in a Physician-Led Wellness Group.”

Linda B. Hudson, ScD MSPH, Assistant Professor of PHCM presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (San Diego) in March 2017 on “Cultural Adaptation of the Strongwomen-Healthy Hearts Program for African American Women” within the Symposium on Women and Cardiovascular Disease: Current Approaches and Future Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

Susan Koch-Weser, ScM, ScD, Assistant Professor of PHCM and Amy Lischko, MSPH, DSc, Associate Professor of PHCM, completed a national evaluation of the senior medical patient program for the Center for Medical Services. In November, she presented the results at the Gerontological Society of America Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, Adjunct Professor of PHCM co-authored a paper on climate change and collective violence that is being published in the 2017 Annual Review of Public Health, both online and in print.

Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc., Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy and Senior Scientist & Director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the HNRCA gave Cardiology Grand Rounds at Boston University School of Medicine, “Dietary Fat and Cholesterol: Updated Dietary Guidelines” on December 14th.

Amy Lischko, DSc, MSPH, Associate Professor of PHCM participated in Grand Rounds at the Tufts Medical Center. She also participated at the Tisch Symposium on Healthcare Reform on March 8th. Her work on consumer practices with the Health Policy Commission was presented at the Academy Health National Policy Conference.

Richard E. Murphy, PA-C, MBA, Director of PA Program and Associate Professor of PHCM, participated on a statewide taskforce of physician assistant educators to develop a common curriculum for physician assistant students on dealing with the opioid crisis in the US.  The curriculum was developed with the support of the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health, Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, and was subsequently presented at a national forum at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN in October 2016.

Aviva Must, PhD, Dean, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs and Morton A. Madoff Professor and Chair of PHCM is the section editor for Prevention for Current Obesity Reports. The spring 2017 issue will include Professor Timothy Edgar's review, "Social Marketing as a Framework for Youth Physical Activity Initiatives: A 10-year Retrospective on the Legacy of CDC’s VERB Campaign". Ryan Kelly, an MPH student, and Marian Huhman, PhD are co-authors.

Signe Peterson Flieger, PhD, MSW, Tufts Health Plan Professor of Health Care Policy Research, recently launched a blog “Synthesis of Policies, Politics, and Proposals” focused on Health (https://spfhealth.com/). She also co-authored a piece with Dr. Harris Berman, TUSM Dean, in STAT First Opinion on March 1st, When Tinkering with Health Reform, Values Matter.

Robin Reed, MD, Assistant Professor of PHCM, participated on a panel entitled “Cross Science Technology and Society – Topic – Collaboration” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on October 27, 2016.

Anthony Schlaff, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health Programs and Professor of PHCM, was presented with the Association (APTR) for Prevention Teaching and Research’s Duncan Clark Award. This award is presented to an APTR member with a distinguished record of achievement in the areas of teaching, research and/or advocacy in the field of public health and preventive medicine.”  The award is named in honor of a founding member, Dr. Duncan W. Clark, of the APTR.  The award was presented at APTR ‘s Annual Luncheon on April 6th.

Margie Skeer, ScD, MPH, MSW,  Assistant Professor of PHCM co-authored “Sociodemographic Characteristics Associated with Frequency and Duration of Eating Family Meals: A Cross-Sectional Analysis.” in SpringerPlus, 2016;5:2062-2068. She also co-authored a paper titled “Qualitative Comparison of Barriers to Antiretroviral Medication Adherence Among Perinatally and Behaviorally HIV-infected Youth” in Qualitative Health Research, in press. She will be teaching ‘FIX: Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic’ for the MD/MPH and DVM/MPH Tracks during the spring 2017 semester where students will learn about all aspects of substance use and addiction.

Thomas J. Stopka, PhD, MHS, Assistant Professor of PHCM co-authored the paper titled “Nonprescription Naloxone and Syringe Sales in the Midst of Opioid Overdose and Hepatitis C Virus Epidemics: Massachusetts, 2015.” in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Feb. 2017.

Alice Tang, PhD, ScM, Associate Professor of PHCM conducted an individual participant data meta-analysis (IPDMA) to explore the potential for determining a standardized mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) cutoff to identify pregnant women at risk of malnutrition with Mei Chung, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of PHCM, Christine Wanke, MD, Associate Chair Professor of PHCM, and DrPH candidate Kimberly Dong. The study was conducted in collaboration with FHI360/FANTA III and researchers who contributed their datasets from various countries.