Symposium showcases doctoral student research, awards outstanding work
More than 20 doctoral students in social work and public health took the stage at the Salus Center to share their research projects through a poster session and oral presentations.
The breadth and depth of doctoral student-led research at the College for Public Health and Social Justice was on display, with topics ranging from maternal and child health, HIV clinical care, cancer surveillance, juvenile justice, school health, therapies for dementia, and much more.
Top honors in the oral presentation category went to Dr. Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters for his presentation "What's Love Got to Do with It? Marital status and other predictors of stage at presentation and outcomes of head and neck cancers," while Candace Woolfolk took the #2 spot for her presentation on disparities in preterm births for adolescent pregnancies.
Allison Kunerth took first place for her poster titled "Impact of super-utilizers on the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) using emergency department administrative data." Kristen Kremer won second place for her poster on evaluating after-school programs, and Maya Tabet's work in preterm birth outcomes took third.
"Doctoral students across the college are conducting such high-quality and truly innovative research, but it's typically presented at field-specific conferences," said Mario Schootman, Ph.D., co-director of the public health doctoral program and associate dean for research at the College for Public Health and Social Justice. "It's fantastic to see it all in one place through this symposium, and to be able to share ideas and feedback."
By developing abstracts and presenting their work to a scientific audience, students get practical experience in both the peer-review process and communicating the findings and significance of their research- vital skills in academia and beyond.
The symposium was kicked off with a keynote presentation by Daniel Haybron, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University and 2015 awardee of a $5.1M grant to study happiness and well-being. Prof. Haybron's research emphasizes uniting science and the humanities in studying well-being, and his comments underscored the role that public health and social work play in understanding, measuring, and improving quality of life.