Bicentennial Symposium Day 2

Friday, November 10, 2017


8:30 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:05S. Jack Hu Remarks by S. Jack Hu, Vice President for Research and J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing, University of Michigan
9:05 – 10:30 Session 4: Innovative Research to Understand and Reduce Health Disparities

José Bauermeister José A. Bauermeister
Penn Presidential Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, U-M (2006)

Dr. Bauermeister is the Penn Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Scientific Working Group in HIV Disparities for the Penn Center for AIDS Research, and the Penn Program on Sexuality, Technology and Action Research (PSTAR) at the School of Nursing. Dr. Bauermeister was a Rackham Merit Fellow while completing his Ph.D from 2002-2006. He then join the University of Michigan faculty in 2009, where he was the Founding Director for the Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities at the University of Michigan (2009-2016), and faculty at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and School of Nursing. Dr. Bauermeister’s research focuses on developing health promotion programs for adolescent and young adult populations using interdisciplinary approaches, with most of his work focused on LGBT and racial/ethnic minorities. At Penn, Dr. Bauermeister is developing and testing several technology-assisted multilevel interventions to reduce HIV/STI risk and psychosocial vulnerability among sexual and gender minority youth across the United States. Several of these projects include a life skills intervention for sexual and gender minority youth, and a sex education dating app for YGBMSM who meet partners online. Dr. Bauermeister is also actively involved in the study of rectal and vaginal microbicides as new biomedical technologies in HIV prevention. His work, funded for over $20 million over the past 10 years, has been federally funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as supported by several foundations.

Keta Cowan Keta Cowan (moderator)
Chief Executive Officer, Synod Community Services
JD, Law, U-M (1993)

Keta Cowan is an attorney and community advocate who for ten years has served as Chief Executive Officer of Synod Community Services. Synod is a Southeast Michigan non-profit providing support services to marginalized communities and individuals facing barriers to inclusion. Keta organized and chairs the Washtenaw ID Task Force that successfully campaigned to institute a County photo ID card available to all residents including members of the undocumented community. Keta Cowan is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School.

Desmond Patton Desmond Upton Patton
Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University and Assistant Professor, Columbia School of
Social Work
MSW, PhD, Social Service Administration, U-M (2012)

Dr. Desmond Upton Patton is an Assistant Professor at the Columbia School of Social Work, a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Social Intervention Group (SIG) and the Data Science Institute. His research utilizes qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine how and why gang violence, trauma, grief, and identity are expressed on social media and the real world impact they have on well-being for low-income youth of color. Dr. Patton’s research on Internet Banging has been discussed nationally on media outlets to include the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, NPR, Boston Magazine, ABC News, and many more. Dr. Patton also provides expert witness testimony using social media during court trials. He was recently cited in an Amici Curae Brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court in the Elonis vs United States case which examined the issues of interpreting threats on social media.

David Williams David R. Williams
Professor, Harvard University
PhD, Sociology, U-M (1986)

David R. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. His prior academic appointments were at Yale University (6 years) and the University of Michigan (14 years). He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health. He is the author of more than 400 scientific papers and his research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, socioeconomic status, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was ranked as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008. In 2014, Thomson Reuters ranked him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. He has also received Distinguished Contributions awards from the American Sociological Association, the American Psychological Association and the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Williams has served on numerous national committees, including eight for the National Academy of Medicine. He has also played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness levels of the problem of health inequalities and identifying interventions to address them. He or his research have been featured by some of the nation’s top news organizations.

10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Session 5: Families, Poverty, and Inequality

Maria Canican Maria Cancian
Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison
PhD, Economics, U-M (1993)

Maria Cancian is Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work, and an affiliate and former Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research considers the relationship between public policies and changes in marriage, fertility, employment and family wellbeing. Ongoing projects analyze the interactions of the incarceration, child welfare and child support systems, as well as the implications of multiple partner fertility for family organization and policy. She is Principal Investigator, with Daniel R. Meyer, of the Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration. Cancian served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for HHS Administration of Children and Families, in the Obama Administration. Prior to her federal appointment, she served as Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Fiscal Initiatives in the UW College of Letters and Science, as well as W. T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow in residence at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and a Visiting Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. She received her doctorate in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Irwin Garfinkel Irwin Garfinkel
Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems and Interim Dean, Columbia University School of Social Work
PhD, Social Work and Economics, U-M (1970)

Irwin Garfinkel is the Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems and Interim Dean at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Garfinkel was the director of the Institute for Research on Poverty (1975-1980) and the School of Social Work (1982-1984) at the University of Wisconsin. Between 1980 and 1990, he was the principal investigator of the Wisconsin child support study. His research on child support and welfare influenced legislation in Wisconsin and other American states, the U.S. Congress, Great Britain, Australia, and Sweden. Garfinkel was the co-founding director of the Columbia Population Research Center (2007-2014) and the Columbia Center on Poverty and Social Policy (2015-present) and the co-principal investigator of both the New York City Poverty Tracker Study and the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study (FFCWS). He has authored over 200 scientific articles and 16 books and edited volumes on poverty, income transfer policy, the costs and benefits of public programs, program evaluation, single parent families, and child support. He has used the FFCWS to study the effects of father’s incarceration on mothers and children, the effects of the American welfare state on the economic well-being of fragile families, and father’s ability to pay child support; led an interdisciplinary team using the FFCWS to investigate the effects of the Great Recession on families and children, and is part of an interdisciplinary research group using the FFCWS data to study Gene by Environment interactions. His most important books are Income Tested Transfer Programs: The Case for and Against; Single Mothers and Their Children: A New American Dilemma; and Wealth and Welfare States: Is America a Laggard or Leader?

Alexandra Killewald Alexandra Killewald
Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
PhD, Public Policy and Sociology, U-M (2011)

Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald is Professor of Sociology, as well as a faculty member in the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2011. Prior to her appointment at Harvard she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research. Her research takes a demographic approach to the study of social stratification. Much of her work focuses on the work-family intersection. She has published (with Margaret Gough) several articles on the ways in which earnings and employment shape women’s time in household labor. Her current research in this area explores the effect of marriage and parenthood on workers’ wages.  Another area of her research examines the influence of parental wealth on adult outcomes, including the role of parental wealth in explaining the Black-White wealth gap. She has also written (with Kerwin Charles and Erik Hurst) on assortative mating by parental wealth. She is also the author (with Yu Xie) of Is American Science in Decline?(2012), which documents trends in the size of the American scientific workforce, public attitudes toward science, youth interest in science, the production of scientific degrees, and transitions to scientific employment, in addition to evaluating the position of American science on the international scene.

Vonnie McLoyd Vonnie McLoyd
Ewart A. C. Thomas Collegiate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
PhD, Psychology, U-M (1998)

Vonnie C. McLoyd is the Ewart A. C. Thomas Collegiate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. She received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan and post-doctoral training at Stanford University. McLoyd’s research and publications focus on (a) the pathways by which family-level poverty and economic stress influence family life and children’s socioemotional adjustment and cognitive functioning, (b) processes that buffer the adverse effects of these experiences, and (c) the implications of research findings pertaining to these issues for both practice and policy. She is currently a member of the National Academies of Sciences Consensus Committee on “Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years.” McLoyd’s work has been published in premier journals in the field, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Marriage and Family, American Psychologist, Developmental Review, and the Journal of Social Issues. She is co-editor/associate editor of five volumes and two special issues of Child Development — one focused on childhood poverty and the other focused on development in ethnic minority children.

McLoyd’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Currently, she is the co-Director of the University of Michigan Developmental Psychology Training Program on Context and Human Neurobiology funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is Past-President of the Society for Research on Adolescence, past Associate Editor of Child Development and American Psychologist, and the recipient of numerous professional awards, including a MacArthur Award.

Melvin Stephens Melvin Stephens (moderator)
Professor of Economics, Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
PhD, Economics, U-M (1998)

Mel Stephens is professor of economics, with a courtesy appointment as a professor of public policy at the Ford School. He serves as a research affiliate at the Population Studies Center and a faculty associate at the Survey Research Center, both within the Institute for Social Research. Stephens is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research where he is currently a research associate. He also is a member of the Academic Research Council at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Stephens is a labor economist whose current research interests include consumption and savings, aging and retirement, education, the impact of local labor market fluctuations on household outcomes, and applied econometrics. He received his B.A. in economics and mathematics from the University of Maryland and his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch (RSVP required)
2:00 – 3:30 Session 6: Innovative Methodology

Cleopatra Caldwell Cleopatra Caldwell
Chair and Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
PhD, Social Psychology, U-M (1986)

Dr. Caldwell is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and Co-Associate Director of the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan. She has published in the areas of help-seeking behaviors and informal social supports among African Americans, the Black church as a social service institution, and race-related socialization and academic achievement among African American youth. In addition to research and academic experiences, Dr. Caldwell has experience in the health policy field. She served as the health policy analyst on Capitol Hill for U.S. Congressman J. Roy Rowland, and as a fellow in the office of U.S. Congressman Sander Levin.

Shinobu Kitayama Shinobu Kitayama
Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
PhD, Psychology, U-M (1987)

Shinobu Kitayama is Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Kyoto University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and taught at the University of Oregon and Kyoto University before joining the Michigan faculty in 2003. He studies psychological diversity across cultures with multiple methods including behavioral experimentation, neuroscience, and genetics and epigenetics. Over the last decade, he has pioneered the field of cultural neuroscience and investigated how the “nature” may be “nurtured.” Previously the Editor of Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin, he is currently serving as the Editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition. His honors include Fulbright Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, SESP Scientific Impact Award, and SPSP Career Contribution Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Association of Psychological Science.

Enrique Neblett Enrique Neblett
Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PhD, Clinical Psychology, U-M (2006)

Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Lab Director of the African American Youth Wellness Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Neblett’s research examines the link between racism and health in African American youth, and he has published articles in clinical, developmental, biological, applied, and multidisciplinary psychology outlets such as the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Child Development, Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology (CDEMP), Psychophysiology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and the Journal of Black Psychology. He also has served as the Principal Investigator for several studies funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition to his research accomplishments, Dr. Neblett teaches courses on psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence, African American psychology, and racism, racial identity, and African American mental health. Dr. Neblett serves as an Assistant Editor for Emerging Adulthood and also sits on the Editorial Boards for CDEMP and the Journal of Black Psychology. He is also a former Chair of the 19th Annual Black Graduate Conference in Psychology, a national conference that provides Black graduate students in psychology opportunities to present their research, gain professional development experiences, and network with faculty and other graduate students. In 2016, Dr. Neblett was appointed Co-Director of Diversity Initiatives in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. In 2014, he received the Chapman Family Teaching Award, and in 2017, the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.

Amy J. Schulz Amy J. Schulz
Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
MSW/MPH, PhD, Sociology, U-M (1994)

Amy J. Schulz is Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she joined the faculty in 1997. She also serves as Associate Director for the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health. Her research focuses on social determinants of health in urban communities, with a particular focus on the role of racism, socioeconomic position, and social and physical environments in shaping health and health inequities, and in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions to promote health and contribute to the elimination of health inequities. She has over 20 years of experience in the field and has authored or co-authored more than seventy journal articles and book chapters on the development, implementation and evaluation of community based participatory research partnerships, social determinants of health, the independent and joint contributions of physical environmental, social and economic factors to health, and related topics. She currently serves as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator for a number of federally funded, community based participatory research partnerships focused on social and physical environmental contributions to health inequities, including the Healthy Environments Partnership ( and Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments ( Schulz received a master’s degree in Public Health and Social Work, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. She has received numerous awards recognizing her contributions to public health, including the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award and the School of Public Health Excellence in Research Award.

M. Belinda Tucker M. Belinda Tucker
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, Social Psychology, U-M

M. Belinda Tucker is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, based in the Center for Social Medicine in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She received her doctoral training in social psychology from the University of Michigan and believes that she was James Jackson’s first PhD student. Tucker has enjoyed a long history of administrative service at UCLA, including the post of associate dean in the Graduate Division and the inaugural Vice Provost of UCLA’s Institute of American Cultures. She has been instrumental in the design and implementation of key diversity initiatives at UCLA. From 2003 – 2009, she was the national director of the NIMH funded Family Research Consortium IV, a collaborative network of scholars (including many from other nations) focused on family mental health, as well as its affiliated national postdoctoral fellowship training program. Tucker conducts both quantitative and qualitative studies and for nearly 40 years has examined the nature of close-personal relationships in sociocultural context. She has participated in the direction of a number of major national studies, including the initial National Survey of Black Americans based at the U of Michigan, the Survey of Families and Relationships, which interviewed over 3400 residents in 21 cities across the U.S., and a national survey of Jamaica on AIDS risk. She has also conducted studies of inter-ethnic relations, the transition to adulthood among urban Black youth from distinct cultural groupings, the social adaptation of developmentally delayed adults over the life-course, and more recently a qualitative examination of the impact of incarceration on family members and close ties. Tucker has published widely on these topics and others.