Mariana Arcaya is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Health at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work, at the intersection and public health and urban planning, explores dynamic relationships between place and health. Dr. Arcaya’s scholarly research investigates how the environment -including built, social, and economic conditions affects health. Reciprocally, she also explores how health shapes socioeconomic outcomes for individuals and communities. Her applied and translational research on the social determinants of health tackles the ways in which urban policy and planning decisions shape health risk factors. In both her scholarly and applied work, Dr. Arcaya maintains a focus on health disparities, social justice, and environmental sustainability.
Asad L. Asad
Asad L. Asad is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. His research interests include social stratification; migration and immigrant incorporation; race and ethnicity; and health. Dr. Asad’s current research agenda examines how immigration law and enforcement contribute to multiple forms of social inequality. His in-progress book manuscript, under contract with Princeton University Press, considers the specific risks noncitizens in the United States associate with holding a “legal” relative to an “illegal” status. Another project relies on large-scale survey data to study how ethno-racial inequality within Mexico shapes individuals’ opportunities for lawful migration to the United States.
Rocío Calvo is Associate Professor of Global Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work. She is also the Founding Director of the Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI), and co-leads the Grand Challenge Initiative Achieve Equal Opportunity for All of the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare. Her work focuses on the role of public services on the integration of immigrants and their children. She also studies how socioeconomic and cultural factors optimize or jeopardize the life satisfaction of immigrants throughout their immigration careers.
Christian Chan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hong Kong. He was born in Vancouver, raised in Hong Kong, and educated in Montreal, Tokyo, Kobe, Boston, and New York. He obtained a BA in psychology from McGill University and is completing a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research interests include natural disaster and mental health, positive youth development, and intergroup relations. He completed his clinical training at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, and the UMass Boston Counseling Center.
Nicole Deterding is a Senior Social Science Research Analyst at the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services. Her research focuses on links between education and the labor market for students not immediately bound for four-year college.
Erin C. Dunn is an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School and is affiliated with the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard, and the Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health at MGH. Her research laboratory uses interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the social and biological factors that influence the etiology of depression among women, children, and adolescents. The goal of her work is to identify the causal mechanisms underlying risk for depression, translate that knowledge to population-based strategies for prevention, and target those strategies to “sensitive periods” in development.
Corina Graif is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology and a Research Associate at the Population Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. Her published work focuses on the consequences of urban poverty and population diversity on crime and health in connection to the spatial distribution of social capital. It highlights the relationship between neighborhood violence, immigration, and diversity in multi-ethnic and multi-racial urban US contexts. In her current research projects, Dr. Graif integrates sociological and criminological perspectives to investigate neighborhood effects and inequalities in spatial exposures and mobility and how they shape opportunities and affect crime, distress, and risky and delinquent behavior among urban children and youth.
Sarah Lowe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Montclair State University. Her research is focused on the long-term psychological consequences of traumatic events, including natural and man-made disasters, community and interpersonal violence, and childhood abuse and neglect. In her work, Dr. Lowe aims to explore to explore processes that alleviate, maintain, or exacerbate symptoms over time, and the impact of various ecological influences – from genes to neighborhoods – on mental health outcomes.
Helen B. Marrow
Helen B. Marrow is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Tufts University. Her work explores Latin Americans’ incorporation trajectories and racial and ethnic identities in the United States and Europe, the impact of immigration on social life and race relations in the rural American South, variation in public bureaucracies’ approaches to unauthorized immigration (especially in education, law enforcement, and health care), and the relationship between immigrant-native contact, trust, and civic engagement. Dr. Marrow also teaches courses on sociology, social policy, immigration and the media, and research methods.
Jordan Smoller is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is the associate chief for research for the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry and director of psychiatric genetics. He is Director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the MGH Center for Human Genetics Research. Dr. Smoller also serves as co-director of the Genetics and Genomics Unit of the Mass General Clinical Research Program, is an Associate Member of the Broad Institute and a Senior Scientist at the Broad’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research. The focus of Dr. Smoller’s research interests has been the identification of genetic determinants of childhood and adult psychiatric disorders. With the RISK Project, Dr. Smoller examines whether specific genetic polymorphisms modify the effect of social and individual environmental exposures on post-hurricane adjustment, including PTSD.
S. V. Subramanian
S. (“Subu”) V. Subramanian is a Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, and Director of a University-wide Initiative on Applied Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences. He was also the Founding Director of Graduate Studies for the interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences. He received his under- and post-graduate training at the University of Delhi, and completed his PhD in geography from the University of Portsmouth, UK. Working in collaborations with scholars across the world, he has published over 600 articles, book chapters, and books in the field of social and contextual determinants of health, health inequalities in India, and applied multilevel statistical models. He has consistently been included in the Highly Cited Researchers (top 1% of cited publications in Web of Science) list since 2015. His current research interest is developing and applying data science approaches for precision public policy in the context of health, nutrition and development.
Jessica Tollette is the academic director of the Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences at IE University. She has experience teaching courses on research methods, race, gender and education. Her research interests include race, ethnicity, immigration and intergroup relations. Her previous research examines immigration policy, immigrant integration and intergroup relations in Madrid. She has previously received several awards and grants to conduct her research, including a Fulbright grant to Spain. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Tollette has also worked extensively with undergraduates in the realm of diversity and inclusion and pre-career and academic advising.