Throughout the PQAR summer program students will be given a series of lectures from NYU/NYC faculty and researchers, on subjects related to Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Professional Development, Site visits and general aging-related topics. The recordings and biographies of this summer's featured speakers are linked and listed below.
Joshua Chodosh, MD, MSHS
Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Michael L. Freedman Professor of Geriatric Research, Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Professor, Departments of Medicine and Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Joshua Chodosh, MD, MSHS is the inaugural endowed Michael L. Freedman Professor of Geriatric Research and a Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. While at UCLA, Dr. Chodosh built a research career in dementia health services and developed a nationally recognized VA telehealth program in dementia care. In 2015, Dr. Chodosh joined the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at NYU and launched the Freedman Research Center on Aging, Technology and Cognitive Health (CATCH). Over the past five years, he has been awarded several NIH grants, a VA Merit, NY State Department of Health funding, and he has a leadership role in NYU’s recently refunded National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He is also the is Co-Leader of the CDC BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence on Early Detection of Dementia. Dr. Chodosh recently became the Division Director of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at NYU in the Department of Medicine. He also co-founded the NYU Aging Incubator, a rapidly growing University-wide educational and research collective serving the larger University community and he currently mentors several junior faculty, fellows, residents and medical students. In addition to a strong background in Geriatric education and clinical care, Dr. Chodosh has expertise in dementia, sleep, hearing loss, health services, and technological applications for research and care.
Dr. Chodosh presented to students on Tuesday, July 6. Watch his presentation here.
Rumi Chunara, PhD
Associate Professor jointly appointed at the NYU School of Global Public Health (Biostatistics) and NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Computer Science)
Rumi Chunara is an Associate Professor at NYU, jointly appointed at the Tandon School of Engineering (in Computer Science) and the School of Global Public Health (in Biostatistics/Epidemiology). Her PhD is from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, MS from MIT and BSc from Caltech. She is an MIT TR35, NSF Career, Facebook Research and Max Planck Sabbatical award winner and her work has been funded by diverse sources including the Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, NSF, NIH, and the International Growth Centre.
Dr.Chunara presented to students on Monday, June 28.
Arline Faustin, MD
Yang Feng, PhD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics | NYU School of Global Public Health
Yang Feng received his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Science and Technology of China and his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Princeton University. Dr. Feng's research interests include machine learning with applications to public health, high-dimensional statistics, network models, nonparametric statistics, and bioinformatics. He has published in The Annals of Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, Journal of Machine Learning Research, International Journal of Epidemiology, and Science Advances. Feng serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, Statistica Sinica, Stat, and Statistical Analysis and Data Mining: The ASA Data Science Journal.
Prior to joining NYU, Feng was an Associate Professor of Statistics and an affiliated member in the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a recipient of the NSF CAREER award.
Melody Goodman, PhD
Dr. Melody Goodman’s efforts seek to understand the social risk factors that contribute to health disparities in urban areas, with the goal of developing culturally competent, region-specific, and evidence-based solutions through collaborative activities with community members, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and other community health stakeholders. The purpose of her work is the development of solutions for improving health in minority and medically underserved communities.
Dr. Goodman conducts applied biostatistical and survey research for community-based interventions and health disparities research with a strong focus on measurement. Additionally, through academic-community collaborations, she implements, evaluates, and enhances the infrastructure of community-engaged research, in order to mitigate health disparities. As such, Dr. Goodman is the Principal Investigator of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant that aims to validate and implement a quantitative survey measure to assess the level of community engagement in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies from the community stakeholder perspective.
Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD
Girardin Jean-Louis, Ph.D. is Professor of Population Health and Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health. He is the Director of the PRIDE Institute on Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research and the Translational Sleep and Circadian Sciences Program. He has served on the NIH Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board, the Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology (CHSE-B) study section, the National Advisory Council for National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and several NIH Special Emphasis Panels/ Scientific Review Groups. Dr. Jean-Louis has been involved in several important NIH-funded studies, which have led to over 400 publications, primarily in sleep deficiency and cardio-metabolic diseases, circadian sciences, aging, and health equity. The overarching goal of his research is to address multi-level barriers hindering adoption of healthful practices in vulnerable communities. His research focuses on the application of agile behavioral models to enhance treatment adherence to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and brain injury. Dr. Jean-Louis’ research also addresses the psychosocial and environmental determinants of health behavior preventing access to adequate care in diverse communities, disproportionately burdened by adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes. His current research addresses the mechanisms of sleep deficiency and its associations with markers of cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and brain injury, delineating the role of epigenetics and African ancestry. Dr. Jean-Louis has also been involved in several university-based training programs aimed at increasing inclusive diversity in the academic workforce.
Dr. Jean-Louis presented to students on Friday, July 2 on the following topic: Progress towards reducing disparities in sleep/circadian health to improve cardiovascular and brain health. Watch his presentation here. View his presentation slides here.
Karyn Marsh, PhD
Dr. Marsh graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and received her MSW and PhD from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her research focuses on examining the racial and ethnic health disparities seen in older Black adults with cognitive decline, specifically focusing on the role of race, socioeconomic status, and other social determinants of health.
Arjun V. Masurkar, MD, PhD
Attending Neurologist | The Pearl Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment
Jamie Ramos-Cejudo, PhD
Associate Research Scientist of Psychiatry | NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Division of Brain Aging
As a researcher, I work to understand why some people develop Alzheimer’s disease and others do not. More specifically, the role that vascular and inflammatory processes play in compromising brain integrity. In my work at the NYU Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Brain Aging, I use a multidisciplinary approach that integrates molecular biology, biomarker research, epidemiology, and machine-learning. My ultimate goal is to understand how risk factors (genetic, social, metabolic, psychiatric) trigger vascular and inflammatory changes that increase vulnerability to cognitive decline. Through this work, I hope to identify interventions that can slow down or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Bei Wu, PhD, FGSA
Bei Wu, PhD, is an inaugural co-director of the Aging Incubator at New York University. As a principal investigator, she has led a significant number of projects supported by federal agencies, such as the NIH and the CDC. She is leading an ongoing NIH-funded clinical trial to improve oral health for persons with cognitive impairment. Wu is an internationally known leader in gerontology. Her career in gerontology has been distinguished by interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in various disciplines, including nursing and dentistry, at many academic institutions and organizations in the United States and abroad. Her research areas cover a wide range of topics related to aging and global health, including oral health, long-term care, dementia, and caregiving. She has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers, books, and conference abstracts and has delivered presentations at hundreds of conferences as an invited speaker. She has mentored hundreds of faculty members, visiting scholars, and students from various disciplines, including nursing, gerontology, dentistry, medicine, social work, demography, public health, sociology, public policy, geography, and economics.
Wu earned her PhD and MS in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and BS from Shanghai University.
Keith Micoli, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor/ Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs | NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Keith is the Assistant Dean of Postdoctoral Affairs at NYU School of Medicine. In this capacity, he has developed numerous formal programs to foster postdoctoral training, including courses in ethics, grant writing, lab management, and communication skills. In addition, Keith has been the lead organizer of What Can You Be with a PhD? since 2009, and every other year questions the sanity of such a huge undertaking!
He developed an interest in postdoctoral training at a national level by volunteering with the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). He served four terms on the NPA board of directors, including four years as board chairman. Prior to NYUSoM, Keith taught as an adjunct assistant professor of biology at Samford University and was an instructor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama (UAB). Keith was also the co-primary investigator on the NYU STEP (Science Training Enhancement Program) grant, part of the NIH BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training). This five-year grant aimed to promote and foster diverse training opportunities for graduate students and postdocs, explicitly targeting careers beyond academic research. A key feature of NYU’s program is collaborating with employer organizations to deliver education and training necessary to create a more competitive future workforce. His passion is encouraging postdocs and graduate students to take responsibility for their own success and providing the resources they need to develop their own careers.
Dr. Micoli received his BA from New College of Florida and his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham,
where he also received postdoctoral training.
RCR at the Medical School
Dr. Keith Micoli will be the first lecturer in our five week series of RCR training. Dr. Micoli session will provide participants an official in- person introduction to the topic of Responsible Conduct of Research. He will define and review the need for RCR for STEM researchers. The session will primarily be given through the perspective of ethics in the medical field. After a brief introduction, Dr. Micoli will lead an open discussion on the role of researchers in the field when it comes to ethics.
Dr. Micoli presented to student on Thursday, June 17.
Ivan Oransky, MD
Co-Founder | Retraction Watch
President | Association of Health Care Journalists
Ivan Oransky, MD, is co-founder of Retraction Watch, editor in chief of Spectrum, and distinguished writer in residence at New York University's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. He also serves as president of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Ivan previously was vice president of editorial at Medscape, global editorial director of MedPage Today, executive editor of Reuters Health, and held editorial positions at Scientific American and The Scientist. A 2012 TEDMED speaker, he is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern Medal for excellence in biomedical communication from the American Medical Writers Association, and in 2017 was awarded an honorary doctorate in civil laws from The University of the South (Sewanee). In 2019, the judges for the John Maddox Prize, which promotes those who stand up for science in the face of hostility, gave him a commendation for his work at Retraction Watch.
:@ivanoransky and @retractionwatch
To close our series of RCR training, we have invited Dr. Ivan Oransky to present on his blog “Retraction Watch”. After a brief introduction on the creation and purpose of his blog, Dr. Oransky will review a number of scientific retractions that have taken place over the years. This session will engage students by reviewing the errors and mishaps in publishing work. The session will close with an opportunity for discussion at the end.
Christine Ponder, PhD
Senior Director, Research Affairs | NYU, Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Christine Ponder, PhD is the Senior Director of Research Affairs within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at NYU. Dr. Ponder has been working with the university on post doctoral affairs for nearly ten years. During her time at NYU, she has been developed and manage numerous initiatives to support the development of doctoral and post doctoral students. As Senior Director of Research Affairs, her team supports individuals across the Washington Square campus to get science research done every day. Research affairs promotes research integrity and provides support for investigation of research misconduct when necessary. Dr. Ponder received her PhD in Genetics from Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
RCR at the University LevelAs Director of RCR training at the university, Dr. Christine Ponder will lead our fourth session. Dr. Ponder session will allow students to refresh their knowledge at an advanced level. The session will begin by reviewing earlier topics covered thus far in our RCR training series ie: research integrity, misconduct, and conflict of interest. Then participants will be split into two groups, “pros” and “cons”. and will be prompted to debate on a claim. Similar to the RCR training given to the NYU community, participants will review and discuss the statements given to them, through the RCR framework. This unique version of the debate-styled training will actively engage participants.
Dr. Ponder presented to students on Wednesday, July 7. Watch her presentation here.
Vicky Rampin, MLIS
Data Management: Vicky Rampin and Dr. Nicholas Wolf
Nicholas Wolf, PhD, MSLIS
Data Management: Vicky Rampin and Dr. Nicholas Wolf
Center for Evaluation and Applied Research at NYAM
Foram Jasani, MPH BDS | Senior Research Analyst, Center for Evaluation and Applied Research | The New York Academy of Medicine
Alexandra Kamler, MPH | Senior Program Officer, Center for Evaluation and Applied Research | The New York Academy of Medicine
Linda Weiss PhD | Senior Director, Center for Evaluation and Applied Research | The New York Academy of Medicine
The CEAR team at The New York Academy of Medicine presented to students on Tuesday, June 29. on the subject of evaluation and analysis.
Zachary Maggio, PhD
Cheryl Merzel, DrPH, MPH, MS
Clinical Associate Professor of Social & Behavioral Health | NYU School of Global Public Health
Cheryl Merzel has over 30 years’ experience in public health research, evaluation, program development, advocacy, and education. She is Director of the Doctor of Public Health program at the NYU School of Global Public Health. Previously, she served as the School’s MPH Program Director and as Director of Educational Advancement and Assessment. Dr. Merzel is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Merzel’s work focuses on the design and evaluation of community-based health promotion interventions and development of community capacity to engage in efforts to improve population health. Past areas of research include adolescent health, maternal and child health, and tobacco control. Her recent work involves developing approaches to support public health practitioners and communities in translating research to relevant, evidence-based practice. Dr. Merzel is committed to improving public health pedagogy through scholarship and innovative teaching practice.
Dr. Merzel participated in our Doctoral programs panel discussion on Wednesday, July 14. Watch this session here.
Niyati Parekh, PhD, MS, RD
Thaddeus Tarpey, PhD
Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD
Fern Hertzberg, MSW
Shun Ito, MA
Director of Performance Analytics | Health and Hospital
Shun Ito, MA serves as Director of Performance Analytics at HHC ACO Inc., an accountable care organization (ACO). In this role, Shun is responsible for management of data and analytics, where he develops and maintains reports required to monitor performance for the ACO. Shun has over 10 years of professional experience in the healthcare data analytics field. Shun received a Master of Arts in Statistics from Columbia University and Dual Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from Case Western Reserve University.
Shun Ito and Dr. Stevens presented to students on Tuesday, July 13. Watch their presentation here.
David Stevens, PhD
Shun Ito and Dr. Stevens presented to students on Tuesday, July 13. Watch their presentation here.