Health Sciences Research

Research Projects

  • Health Promoting Effects of Strength Training in Older Adults
  • Sarcopenia and Muscle Health in Older Adults
  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures: A Multilevel Approach to Prevent Obesity
  • Impact of Racism on Risk of Preterm Birth in Black Women
  • DiversityData.org indicator project
  • Transition Aged Youth and the Boston Community Academic Mental Health Partnership

  • Pilot Study of Literacy in Lives of People with Mental Illness
  • Navigating the Health Care Maze
  • Psychiatric Emergency Services Research
  • SAMHSA, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
  • National AIDS Fund, Generations: Strengthening Women and Families Affected by HIV/AIDS
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse – Clinical Trial Network: New England Mode
  • Cellphone Intervention Trial for You Study

  • Enabling Population Scale Physical Activity Measurement on Common Mobile Phones (Wockets Project)
  • Sensor-enabled detection of movement disorders
  • Wireless monitoring of autonomic nervous system function
  • Computerized facial expression recognition for quantifying affect
  • Longitudinal, ultradense video and audio capture in home environments for quantifying child development
  • Financial incentives for healthy behavior
  • Innovation in health policy

Topic Areas

Urban Health

  • Social Epidemiology (Daniel Kim, Leo Beletsky, Beth Molnar)
  • Built Environment (Phil Brown, Helen Suh, Pauline Hamel, Monica Ramirez-Andreotta)
  • Neighborhood characteristics (Beth Molnar, Daniel Kim)
  • Public Health and Advocacy (Jean McGuire)
  • Health Policy and Law (Kristin Madison, Leo Beletsky, Gary Young, Laura Senier)
  • Governmental public health (John Auerbach)

Population Health

  • Childhood/Intergenerational Obesity (Carmen Sceppa, Pauline Hamel)
  • Mental Health (Alisa Lincoln, Beth Molnar, John Griffith)
  • Substance Abuse (Alisa Lincoln, Leo Beletsky)
  • Healthy Aging (Carmen Sceppa, Helen Suh)
  • Violence (Beth Molnar)
  • Community-Based Participatory Research, (Alisa Lincoln, Beth Molnar)
    • With a focus on environmental health (Phil Brown, Sara Wylie, Monica Ramirez-Andreotta)

Health Disparities

  • Race, Ethnicity, Gender (Elmer Freeman, Andrea Parker, John Auerbach)
  • Economics, Poverty (Kristin Madison, Daniel Kim)
  • Immigrant health (Carmen Sceppa, Irina Todorova)

Environmental Health

  • Environmental Sociology and Anthropology (Phil Brown, Sara Wylie, Laura Senier)
  • Environmental epidemiology (Helen Suh)
  • Environmental exposure assessment and modeling (Helen Suh, Monica Ramirez-Andreotta)

Behavior and Lifestyle

  • Program Planning and Evaluation (Annemarie Sullivan, Beth Molnar)
  • Nutritional Interventions (Carmen Sceppa, Rui Li, John Griffith)
  • Physical Activity and Exercise (Carmen Sceppa, Dinesh John, Annemarie Sullivan, Rui Li)
  • Measuring behavior (Stephen Intille)
  • Workplace Wellness and Health (Dinesh John, Kristin Madison)
  • Experiences, cultural meanings of health and illness (Irina Todorova)

Faculty

Research Interests per Faculty Member

John Auerbach

John Auerbach

Public health policy and practice; health care reform

Leo Beletsky

Leo Beletsky

Social epidemiology; drug policy; criminal justice policy; health and human rights; population health policy

Phil Brown

Phil Brown

Environmental sociology; environmental justice; community-based participatory research; biomonitoring and household exposure; research ethics

Roger Edwards

Roger Edwards

Maternal and child health care delivery and public health; infant feeding; diffusion of health and medical innovations

Elmer Freeman

Elmer Freeman

Community organizing; community-based participatory research; social, economic, and political determinants of health in minority populations

Matthew Goodwin

Matthew Goodwin

Personal health informatics; Autism spectrum disorders.

John Griffith

John Griffith

Predictive models; medical decision aids; end-of-life care; nutrition and healthy living

Pauline Hamel

Pauline Hamel

Health communication; childhood obesity prevention; community health and healthy aging

Stephen Intille

Stephen Intille

Personal health informatics; ubiquitous and mobile health technology; measuring behavior

Dinesh John

Dinesh John

Workplace wellness and physical activity; measurement of physical activity and sedentary behavior

Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

Social and economic determinants of population health

Rui Li

Rui Li

Exercise and nutritional strategy on metabolic diseases prevention/control; health fitness and sport performance

Alisa K. Lincoln

Alisa K. Lincoln

Mental health; substance abuse; health and social disparities; health literacy; community-based participatory action research

Kristin Madison

Kristin Madison

Health law; health economics; health care quality; health incentives

Justin Manjourides

Justin Manjourides

Biostatistics

Jean Flatley McGuire

Jean Flatley McGuire

Health policy and advocacy; disability

Shan Mohammed

Shan Mohammed

Substance abuse and adolescent health

Beth Molnar

Beth Molnar

Violence and trauma; social and psychiatric epidemiology; community-based participatory research; program planning and evaluation

Andrea Parker

Andrea Parker

Interactive computing applications; racial, ethnic, and economic health disparities in nutrition and physical activity

Monica Ramirez-Andreotta

Monica Ramirez-Andreotta

Soil, water, and food quality; exposure assessment; environmental monitoring and remediation; community-based participatory research; environmental research translation and risk communication

Carmen C. Sceppa

Carmen Sceppa

Healthy aging, physical activity and exercise, healthy eating and nutrition science, intergenerational health promotion

Laura Senier

Laura Senier

Environmental health; environmental justice; medical sociology; doctor-patient interaction; state health policy; public health genomics

Helen H. Suh

Helen H. Suh

Environmental epidemiology; air pollution health effects; exposure assessment; environmental modeling; built environment; healthy aging

Annemarie C. Sullivan

Annemarie C. Sullivan

Exercise science; program planning

Alessandro Vespignani

Alessandro Vespignani

Network science and epidemiology

Sara Wylie

Sara Wylie

Community-based participatory research

Gary Young

Gary Young

Strategic management of health care delivery, measurement and evaluation of health care quality