KCHC 2016 Invited Speakers

Preconference Speakers

Susan Peterson, Ph.D.

Susan Peterson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research focuses on advancing the understanding of how psychosocial and behavioral factors influence utilization and outcomes of cancer prevention and early detection services, particularly among high-risk populations. Her current activities involve the investigation of psychosocial issues related to the utilization and outcomes of genetic counseling and testing for several hereditary cancer syndromes, including hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), familial adenomatous polyposis, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and familial melanoma.

Eun Kyoung Choe, Ph.D.

Eun Kyoung Choe, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University. Her primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Health Informatics. Her research focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating technology to promote healthy sleep behaviors and physical activities. Her work has been published at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), and American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). She is a recipient of a best paper award (UbiComp 2012), honorable mention awards (CHI 2014; UbiComp 2012), and best student paper nomination (AMIA 2013). In 2013, she was honored as a Google Anita Borg Scholar. During her graduate studies, she interned at Microsoft Research, Intel Lab, and Google.

Josef I. Ruzek, Ph.D.

Josef I. Ruzek, Ph.D., is a Founding Director of the Early Intervention Clinic, a research clinic of Palo Alto University which provides brief counseling services to individuals who have experienced a traumatic event within the last two years. He is coeditor of two editions of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma, a contributing author for the National Center for PTSD’s Iraq War Clinician Guide, a co-editor of Caring for veterans with deployment-related stress disorders: Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond, a member of the team that developed the joint Veterans Affairs–Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Traumatic Stress, and has been a lead for the national implementation of Prolonged Exposure evidence-based PTSD treatment within the Veterans Health Administration.

Melissa Stockwell, M.P.H.

Melissa Stockwell, M.D., M.P.H., is the Florence Irving Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Family Health. She is Medical Director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) Immunization Registry (EzVac) and Co-Director of the Columbia University Primary Care Clinician Research Fellowship in Community Health. Additionally, she is a pediatrician in a NYP-associated community clinic. Dr. Stockwell’s research, which concentrates on underserved children and adolescents, focuses on translational interventions to improve vaccinations with an emphasis on health technology and health literacy. This includes translational health IT interventions to promote vaccination as well as the use of large-scale, patient-centered communication technologies, like text messaging, for surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases and adverse events. She serves on the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Immunization Improvement Team.

Preconference speakers will give presentations on April 14, 2016.

Special Preconference Panel: University of Kentucky Researchers in mHealth

Jimmi Hatton-Kolpeck
Jimmi Hatton-Kolpeck
College of Pharmacy

Jarod T. Giger
Jarod T. Giger
College of Social Work

Ming-Yuan Chih
Ming-Yuan Chih
College of Health Sciences

Jan Odom-Forren
Jan Odom-Forren
College of Nursing

Terry Lennie
Terry Lennie
College of Nursing

The Special Preconference Panel will be on the afternoon of April 14, 2016.

Keynote Speaker

Alonzo Plough, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the vice president, Research-Evaluation-Learning and chief science officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he has served since January 2014. He was director of emergency preparedness and response for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health from 2009–2013. In that role, Plough was responsible for the leadership and management of the public health preparedness activities protecting the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County from natural disasters and threats related to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. He coordinated activities in emergency operations, infections disease control, risk communication, planning, and community engagement. Prior to this position, Plough served as vice president of strategy, planning and evaluation for The California Endowment from 2005–2009. He was responsible for the leadership of the Endowment’s strategic planning and development, evaluation, research, and organizational learning. Plough also served 10 years as director and health officer for the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health, and professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. He previously served as director of public health in Boston for eight years. He has held academic appointments at Harvard University School of Public Health, Tufts University Department of Community Medicine, and Boston University School of Management.

The keynote address will be delivered the morning of April 15, 2016.

Donohew Health Communication Scholar Award Winner

To Be Determined TO BE DETERMINED

The winner of the Donohew Award will give a presentation on April 16, 2016.