Faculty Accomplishments

David L. Bell, MD, MPH, and Melanie A. Gold, DO, DABMA, MQT, will serve as co-principal investigators on a new, five-year, $3.6 million grant from the CDC and the Office of Adolescent Health. The grant is one of three teen pregnancy prevention projects focused primarily on males. Drs. Bell and Gold hold joint appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Population and Family Health. PopFam faculty Samantha Garbers, PhD, and Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE, will also participate in the project as co-investigators.

Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE, and Karen Soren, MD, made New York magazine’s “Best Doctor” list for 2015. Administered by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., this designation is the result of a peer-review survey of physicians who are asked to nominate the best in their field in terms of professional qualifications, reputation, and skill in dealing with patients.

Helena Duch, PsyD, has received two grants from the Heising Simons Foundation. The first award, for $421,000, supports the systematic study of “Getting Ready for School,” an integrated school readiness program developed and piloted by Dr. Duch and which includes interventions designed to help parents support this education at home. The second award, for $75,615, will allow researchers to examine whether such parental involvement boosts outcomes for participating children.

John Koku Awoonor-Williams, MD, MPP, MPH, James F. Phillips, PhD, and Ayaga Bawah, PhD, presented findings from the Ghana Essential Health Interventions Program (GEHIP) at the National Health Research Dissemination Symposium in Accra, Ghana on May 28, 2015.

James F. Phillips, PhD, received a nine-month extension of $423,511 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for his Connect Project. Launched in 2011, this project has tested the feasibility and impact of having trained Community Health Workers promote access to essential primary care services. The project, which aims to provide a model for national programming, has increased access to family planning education, oral contraceptives and condoms, STI/HIV prevention education, safe motherhood, IMCI, and iCCM.

Ayaga Bawah, PhD, and Elizabeth Jackson, PhD, MHS, presented their research on “Adolescent fertility and contraceptive use in rural northern Ghana,” at the 2015 Annual Population Association of America (PAA) conference in San Diego, CA.

Cassie Landers, EdD, MPH, received a President’s Global Innovation Fund grant from Columbia University in the spring of 2015. The award will support her project “Building a South Asian Public Health Network: A Collaboration of Columbia University’s Global Center, Mumbai, India and the Mailman School of Public Health.” The President’s Global Innovation Fund supports faculty who develop projects increasing opportunities for research, teaching, and service around the world.

Leslie Roberts, PhD, received a grant of $407,205 from the CDC for a project titled “Enumerating and monitoring vulnerable sub-populations.” The five-year study will “develop and explore two methods for monitoring birth and death rates of, and total numbers of, displaced people within urban settings in several different crises.”

Lindsay Stark, DrPH, and Neil Boothby, PhD, received a grant of $1,800,000 from an anonymous donor. The award will support the CPC Learning Network’s “Inter-Agency Initiative on Strengthening Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms and Child Protections Systems in Uganda and Tanzania.” The three-year grant provides core support for the CPC Learning Network as well as the uptake of research findings on violence against children in Uganda and Tanzania.

Lindsay Stark, DrPH, also received a grant of $388,000 from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance for the “Measuring Separation in Emergencies” project. The 18-month project, co-led by Save the Children, aims to strengthen emergency response programming for unaccompanied and separated children through the development of practical, field-tested tools to enhance the assessment of the scale and nature of separation in emergencies.

Lindsay Stark, DrPH, also received a grant for $296,000 from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. The award will support the project ”Transforming Households:  Reducing Incidence of Violence in Emergencies (THRIVE),” and will be co-led with UNICEF. Recognizing that research on violence against women and children in humanitarian emergencies has been fragmented, the THRIVE project aims to examine the drivers and dynamics affecting violence in the home and identify innovative and effective interventions to address it. 

Terry McGovern, JD, and Ellen Chesler, PhD, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, served as co-editors on the new book Women and Girls Rising:  Progress and resistance around the world (Routledge, 2016). The book documents the modern history of the global women’s movement—its accomplishments and setbacks. Contemporary policy makers, activists, and scholars examine: critical developments in changing global gender norms; the realization of rights in national and local contexts; efforts to achieve full economic justice for women and girls; cultural, structural and resource barriers to educating girls and eliminating child marriage; and the gendered dimensions of climate change. Hillary Clinton provides an afterword.

Caroline Volel, MD, MPH, received a $150,000 grant from the French Embassy’s Partner University Fund for a three-year project to be conducted with the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP) in Rennes, France. The study, which will also include PopFam Chair John S. Santelli, MD, MPH, and Jocelyn Brown from the Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics, will examine the role that school health programs and related education and training can play in child abuse prevention.