Faculty Notes: Spring 2016

Libby Bradshaw, DO, MS, Academic Director, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP) and Dan Carr, MD, MA, Director, PREP Program, were recruited into several state and national level initiatives addressing the epidemic of opioid abuse. Since the Fall of 2015, Bradshaw and Carr have been supporting the School of Medicine’s Dean Harris Berman, MD, and Dean for Educational Affairs Scott Epstein, MD, on Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker’s task force on medical education, headed by Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel.

Alia Bucciarelli, MS, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health and Community Medicine (PHCM) published the article “Engineered Immunotherapies Improve Targeting” in the January issue of AABB News. Bucciarelli and Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, MEd, Assistant Professor, PHCM, kicked off a scientific writing workshop series for Biogen in Cambridge in January. The series is designed help participants to develop high-quality, field-ready communications.

Virginia Rall Chomitz, PhD, Assistant Professor, PHCM, presented  “Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention in Boston Chinatown: Collaborative efforts between Tufts University Public Health and Community Agency Partners” at the Redstone Center Symposium on Innovative Collaborations between Communities and Schools of Public Health, at the George Washington University. Other authors included PHCM faculty: Carolyn Leung Rubin EdD, Susan Koch-Weser ScD, Kenneth Kwan Ho Chui, PhD, Mohan Thanikachalam, MD, and Aviva Must, PhD.

Carol Curtiss, MSN, RN-BC, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, PHCM, published the article “I’m Worried about People in Pain” in the January issue of the American Journal of Nursing.

Sue Gallagher, MPH, Director, MS in Health Communication Program, co-authored a paper in the Journal of Health Communication that was published in January entitled “Career Paths of Recipients of a Master’s Degree in Health Communication: Understanding Employment Opportunities, Responsibilities, and Choices.”

Jeffrey Griffiths, MD, MPH, AB, TM, Professor, PHCM, and Former Chair of the US EPA Drinking Water Committee, was an Expert Participant in the webcast “Chemical Exposures and the Brain: The Flint Water Crisis,” part of the Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies hosted by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

The book co-edited by Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, Adjunct Professor, PHCM, “Climate Change and Public Health,” has won two awards – the 2015 Environmental Health Book of the Year presented by the American Journal of Nursing and an Honorable Mention award from Atmospheric Science Librarians International.

Ewan McNicol, RPH, MS, Assistant Professor, PHCM, has updated four in-depth systematic reviews for the prestigious Cochrane Library in its collaborative review group on pain, palliative and supportive care. McNicol invited other Tufts faculty and Pain Research, Education and Policy student Baraa Tayeb to join in this process.

Dominique S. Michaud, ScD, Professor, PHCM, published “Periodontal disease and risk of all cancers among male never smokers: an updated analysis of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study”. Michaud also began teaching a new course for the spring semester, Methods and Statistical Modeling in Chronic Disease Epidemiology.

Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HN-BC, Adjunct Lecturer, PHCM, was appointed to the Stanford University Medicine X Program’s Executive Leadership Board for a two- year term.

Beth Rosenberg, ScD, MPH, Assistant Professor, PHCM, was awarded a five-year contract from the United Steelworkers of America, the largest industrial union in the country, to evaluate their health and safety training program. Beth is excited to participate in efforts to keep USW’s members safe on the job.

Anthony Schlaff, MD, MPH, Director, Public Health Program, is serving as the Chair of the recently formed Policy Committee of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). He has led an effort to develop a policy and toolkit to assist faculty of health professions and public health faculty in addressing and combating structural racism through their teaching and their work at their home institutions and in their communities. He presented the policy and toolkit to the APTR membership at the association’s annual meeting in March in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

David Tybor, PhD, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor, PHCM, led the Boston Chinatown Wang YMCA Teen Powerlifting Club to win eleven medals and set three state records at the 3rd Annual St. John’s High School Classic in January.