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Center for Health and Behavior announces Spring 2009 Seminar Series

December 12, 2008

Sara Miller
(315) 443-9038

Sara Miller

The Center for Health and Behavior (CHB) at Syracuse University has announced its Spring 2009 Seminar Series. Launched last fall, the lecture series is part of the CHB's efforts to promote health and behavior research on the SU campus and to strengthen collaborations on campus and within the community.

Center for Health and Behavior"We are pleased that we have been able to feature engaging speakers from across campus and the community this past semester," says Michael Carey, CHB director and Dean's Professor of the Sciences in the Department of Psychology in The College of Arts and Sciences. "We look forward to continuing this in the spring with a diverse mix of faculty, students and staff speaking on various health topics. We will also hold two 'Stats Intro' seminars, to overview statistical techniques helpful to health and behavior research."

The series is free and open to the public. All talks will take place the first and third Friday of the month (except for January), from 8:30-9:30 a.m., in the Allport Room, Room 530C in Huntington Hall. Paid parking is available in SU pay lots.

The series events:

  • Friday, Jan. 16: "Sexual Risk Reduction for Patients at an STD Clinic: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial," presented by Carey;
  • Friday, Jan. 30: "Possibilities for Collaboration in Public Health in Central New York," presented by Tom Dennison, Professor of Practice in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and associate director of the Central New York Master of Public Health Program;
  • Friday, Feb. 6: "Emotion Regulation on the Street: How Goals Foster Illness or Resilience in Urban Youth," presented by Craig Ewart, CHB senior scientist and professor of psychology;
  • Friday, Feb. 20: "Implementation and Effectiveness of a Lifestyle-Oriented Nutrition Counseling Model," presented by Tanya Horacek, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics in the College of Human Ecology;
  • Friday, Feb. 27: Stats Intro: "Understanding Meta-Analysis," presented by Lori Scott-Sheldon, CHB research faculty;
  • Friday, March 6: "Hookups Among First-Semester College Students: Characteristics, Predictors and Consequences," presented by Robyn Fielder, clinical doctoral student in the Department of Psychology;
  • Friday, March 20: "The Role of Geography and GIS Mapping in Health Research," presented by Jonnell Allen, community geographer at the Maxwell School;
  • Friday, March 27: "Stats Intro: Social Relations Analysis," presented by Alecia Santuzzi, CHB research faculty and assistant professor of psychology;
  • Friday, April 3: "The Challenge of Cardiovascular Disease: A Call for Biopsychosocial Integrative Research," presented by Randall Jorgensen, CHB research faculty and associate professor of psychology; and
  • Friday, April 17: "Communicating Palliative Care: Who, What, When, To Whom and Through Which Channels?" presented by Fiona Chew, Newhouse Endowed Chair of Public Communications at the Newhouse School.

For those interested, the CHB can send a reminder e-mail a few days before each lecture. Contact Rebecca Bostwick at or (315) 443-9007 to be added to the list.

The CHB is a University-wide center that facilitates and encourages research on the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of health, including topics such as the health effects of aging, alcohol use, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, HIV, smoking and stress. Scientists in the center often develop and evaluate programs to promote health in children, adolescents, college students, adults and families. Research-in laboratories, hospitals, schools and community-based agencies and in collaboration with colleagues in the United States and abroad-is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and public and private sponsors. For more information, visit

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