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Provost's Retreat on Health 2004
Davidson Conference Center
October 21, 2004; 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

Retreat Agenda

Speaker Bios

Highlights of Concurrent Session Discussions
Participant List


David F. Altman, M.D, M.B.A.
Dr. Altman is chief medical officer of L.A. County+USC Medical Center Healthcare Network; and a visiting professor of medicine and assistant dean at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Altman is responsible for overseeing the operating agreement between the university and the county. He was most recently with a health and human services consulting firm, The Lewin Group, in San Francisco, and previously had been at the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and at UC San Francisco, in both faculty and administrative positions.

As a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 1992-93, Dr. Altman served on the legislative staff of Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, and as a member of the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform. He later was associate vice president for medical education and director of the Office of Generalist Physician Programs at the AAMC. He has published and spoken extensively on topics related to gastroenterology, medical education and the health care work force. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his internship, residency and gastroenterology fellowship at UC San Francisco. He served on the faculty there, rising to full professor. He also has been on the faculty at the George Washington and Georgetown universities. At UC San Francisco, Dr. Altman served as associate dean for student and curricular affairs and later as director of UCSF's Central San Joaquin Valley medical education program.

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Lloyd Armstrong, Jr., Ph.D.
Lloyd Armstrong, Jr., Ph.D., became Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs for the University of Southern California in August 1993. He is USC's chief academic officer and principal deputy to the president, overseeing the coordination and quality of the university's academic and research programs. Provost Armstrong also is responsible for the development and implementation of the university's Strategic Plan.

A respected physicist, Provost Armstrong began his academic career as a research associate at The Johns Hopkins University, where subsequently he became a professor, chair of the department of physics and astronomy and, finally, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. A fellow of the American Physical Society, he has served on a variety of panels and committees for the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. He was on the advisory board and served as chair of the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California; the advisory board of the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics at Harvard, and he currently serves as chair of the advisory board of the Rochester Theory Center for Optical Science and Engineering. Dr. Armstrong was a visiting physicist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Orsay, France. He has also held visiting positions at the Universite de Paris, Paris, France; the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, California; the Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen, Colorado; and the University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. Armstrong also serves on the board of directors of the California Council of Science and Technology, the Southern California Economic Partnership, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is the author or co-author of six books and has written 68 journal articles. Provost Armstrong earned his bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in physics from the UC, Berkeley.

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Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati is a research assistant professor in the department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in Sociology and a courtesy appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication. She is an integral part of the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (IPR), where she works on activities related to community health, health disparities and the translation of science to community networks. Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati teaches gender and ethnic minority health and international issues from a public health perspective, conducts research in both tobacco and cancer control, and administers several programs and intervention trials.

She is the principal investigator and director for the Southern California Partnership Program of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. She also is the PI of a tobacco control project funded by the CA Dept. of Health Services, and of the Translation and Community Core of the NCI’s Health Disparities Network. She is co-PI of several projects, including an IPR study to assess tobacco use among American Indian populations. In addition, she conducts cultural competency training for the Transdisciplinary Drug Abuse Prevention Research Center and serves as a liaison between community-based programs and academic settings, helping to implement community-based participatory research studies. Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati has numerous publications and is a well known as a leader in tobacco control. She has received awards from the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Society for Prevention Research, among others, and sits on multiple state and national committees, including the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee. She holds a masters degree from Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and a second masters and a Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA.

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Vicki Beck, M.S.
Vicki Beck, M.S., is director of Hollywood, Health & Society at the USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center. She oversees outreach and research activity, including studies on the content and effects of TV health storylines, and development of research agendas to address entertainment media and health. Prior to her current position, Beck established and was director of an entertainment education program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she conducted research and provided education and outreach to the entertainment industry. Under her direction, the CDC hosted the agency’s first agenda-setting conference for entertainment education, conducted research on soap opera and prime time viewers, and established the Sentinel for Health Awards, which recognize exemplary health storylines in daytime dramas and prime time dramas and comedies.

A health communication specialist for 20 years, Beck was assistant director of communications at UCLA’s Center for Health Sciences where she managed media relations, crisis communications, and communication planning projects for the schools, hospitals and research institutes of the university’s health sciences campus. She has been a communications consultant to private industry, nonprofit, government and academic clients. Beck received her M.S. degree in mass communication from San Diego State University and holds a B.A. in education from the University of Louisville. She completed course work at UCLA, UCSD and San Diego State University in screen writing, film, theater and television, and was recognized by the International Television Association for a series of public affairs programs she produced and hosted. Beck has authored and co-authored chapters and articles on entertainment-education topics for scholarly publications, and regularly presents research and program results to health professional audiences.

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Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

Dr. Clark is chair and professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at USC Independent Health Professions, which has been rated #1 by U.S. News and World Report for six consecutive years. Her research interests include the development and dysfunction of sensory integration in children; maternal role behavior; the acquisition of independent living skills among adolescents with disabilities; health promotion in the elderly and spinal cord injury and occupational science. Her most recent work includes the USC Well Elderly Study; and Daily Living Context and Pressure Sores in Consumers with Spinal Injuries.

Dr. Clark is a widely published and noted scholar whose landmark research on the elderly has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. She earned her B.A. in at State University of New York, Albany; her M.S. in occupational therapy from SUNY Buffalo, and her Ph.D. in education from USC. She also has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. She has served on many university boards and committees, including the executive board of the Academic Senate and as chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Community and Academic Life at USC. Appointed as a charter member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Association, she has served as a special consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General, been on the board of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research and been the recipient of an Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship--the highest academic honor of the American Occupational Therapy Association. In 1999, the American Occupational Therapy Association honored her with its Award of Merit and in 2001 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California. In 2004, she received the Presidential Medallion, USC’s highest honor

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Peter Clarke, Ph.D.
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

Dr. Clarke holds two appointments at USC: Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine and of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication. He has directed many projects that apply advanced telecommunications to healthcare, including: the design and evaluation of multimedia kiosks to aid cancer patients and their families, as they cope with illness and treatment side effects; and experiments with videoconferencing support groups among illness survivors. He has published more than 40 articles in professional journals and has edited works such as The Computer Culture, New Models for Communication Research, and seven volumes of the Annual Reviews of Communication Research. Clarke and Evans also published Covering Campaigns: Journalism in Congressional Elections, reporting a nationwide survey of newspapers, journalists, and voters and how the public becomes informed about contenders for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. His most recent book (with Susan H. Evans), Surviving Modern Medicine, enables readers discover how to establish better communication with their doctors, make more thoughtful choices among options for care, and get support from friends and family that promotes healing and wellness.

Dr. Clarke’s current interests center on improving human nutrition. He and Evans co-direct From the Wholesaler to the Hungry, which has received awards for public service from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and the UPS Foundation. The project has helped launch 134 new programs that recover vast quantities of surplus fresh produce and direct these nutritious foods to low-income Americans. Clarke and Evans's project also administers two grant programs that build the capacity of food rescue efforts at the local level. From the Wholesaler to the Hungry also has developed and field tested web-based tools. In addition to his research and work in social action, Clarke has chaired or served as dean of four academic programs in communication at three universities: the School of Communications at the University of Washington; the Department of Journalism and, later, the Department of Communication at the University of Michigan; and the Annenberg School for Communication. He currently chairs USC's Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure. Dr. Clarke also serves on boards or advisory bodies for several public interest groups--including the Council on Technology and the Individual, and the Corporate Design Foundation--and on programmatic and scientific review panels, such as the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs undertaken within the Department of Defense. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

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David V. Conti, Ph.D.
Dr. Conti is assistant professor in the department of Preventive Medicine, Zikha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine. His research is aimed at elucidating the genetic contribution of complex diseases from population-based samples, and is comprised of both applied genetic epidemiologic studies and development of statistical methods. Presently, his applied research focuses on elucidating the genetic contribution of candidate genes within the dopamine and serotonin pathways and their role in smoking initiation and progression. Dr. Conti’s work in statistical methodology concentrates on the use of hierarchical modeling and Bayes model averaging as a general framework for the analysis of multiple genetic polymorphisms in genes involved in numerous pathways impacting disease.

In 2001, he was awarded the Roger Williams Award from the International Genetic Epidemiology Society. His work has been published in such journals as the American Journal of Human Genetics; Cancer, Epidemiology Biomarkers and Preventions; Human Heredity; and Genetic Epidemiology (in press). Dr. Conti received his B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in genetic epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University.

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Michael R. Cousineau, Dr.PH
Dr. Cousineau is chief of the Division of Community Health and associate professor of research at the Keck School of Medicine. His work focuses on issues that impact public health, in particular, access to primary care for the low income uninsured; the impact of privatization on safety-net providers including public hospitals, community-based clinics and health centers; and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Cousineau has conducted many funded research projects, among them "Outcomes in Health Care for the Homeless Program" with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Primary Health Care and "Analysis of the National Health Care for the Homeless Database" with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a consultant to the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services in the area of health planning and evaluation, where he was the project director for the Los Angeles County Health Survey. Cousineau has been conducting an evaluation of the Health Consumer Alliance program for the National Health law Program funded by The California Endowment. He earned his doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Health.

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Eileen Crimmins, Ph.D.
Dr. Crimmins is the Edna M. Jones chair in Gerontology and a professor of both Gerontology and Sociology. She also is the director of the Division of Health and Health Sciences at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Dr. Crimmins has received NIA support for several projects, including one to examine how markers of biological functioning can be used to explain the poorer health outcomes of older people with less education and lower incomes, and one relating health among those in their 50s and 60s to unhealthy and demanding work environments, risky health behaviors, and access and utilization of medical care. Dr. Crimmins also is supported by AARP to develop appropriate measures of the health of the population. She is cooperating with federal agencies to develop a set of health indicators, comparable to economic indicators, which could be used to assess trends and differences in health. She also received an NIA grant to sponsor an international meeting to address issues related to the measurement of health.
The division is also the home of the multidisciplinary USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CBPH). At USC the center is directed by Dr. Crimmins, with Caleb Finch as co-director. It links demographers, biologists, economists, psychologists, epidemiologists, health policy specialists, medical researchers and clinical geriatricians devoted to understanding population health. Its purpose is to integrate medical, biological, and epidemiological information to model and predict population health trends. The Center provides pilot project money for relevant research and promotes a series of seminars and workshops on the two campuses. Two initial projects investigate the role of APOE in causing differences in cognitive ability and the role of undernutrition in health problems. Dr. Crimmins received her Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Kathleen R. Ell, D.S.W.
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

Dr. Ell is the Ernest P. Larson Professor of Health, Ethnicity and Poverty in the School of Social Work. She joined the USC faculty in 1980 after serving as associate director of the Social Work Department at UCLA Medical Center and achieving extensive experience with practice, supervisory, and administrative roles in heath care settings. With interests focused in healthcare, her research has studied coping, social support and adaptation to life-threatening and chronic illness among adults.

She has completed a psychosocial needs assessment of chronically ill children in Los Angeles County, and a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study of health care seeking behavior for acute cardiac symptoms. She is the Principal Investigator of four research projects: Multifaceted Homecare Depression Program; Effective Breast and Cancer Health Education Intervention for High Risk Women; Oncology Depression Program: Latinas with Cancer; and the Improving Access and Adherence to Cancer Treatment (IMPAACT) for Low-income Minority Women with Breast of Gynecologic Cancer. Additionally, she has published two books: Families and Health: Psychosocial Care and Advances in Mental Health Research. Dr. Ell recently served as the executive director at the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research in Washington, DC. She teaches the doctoral course in Social and Behavioral Science Theory and Research. She earned her B.A. from Valparaiso University, Indiana and her M.S.W. and D.S.W. from UCLA.

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Michael I. Goran , Ph.D.
Dr. Goran is associate director of and professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine Research in the Keck School of Medicine. His research focuses on the etiology and prevention of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in children.

Currently, Goran serves as the principal investigator of three National Institutes of Health grants. The first study is tracking a multi-ethnic cohort of children through growth and development. The goal of the study is to identify risk factors for the development of obesity and visceral obesity, and how this relates to long-term risk of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. The major objective of the second study is to examine the etiology of Type 2 diabetes in Hispanic children by recruiting and studying a cohort of children with a positive family history of Type 2 diabetes. The third study is to develop an interactive CD-ROM to teach children healthy eating habits and to be more physically active. The CD-ROM will then be tested in a school-based study to test its effects on behavior change, with the goal of preventing obesity in children.

Dr. Goran has published more than 80 professional articles. He is a member of the External Scientific Advisory Board at both the University of Alabama and of Colorado, and the National Dairy Council Technical Advisory Committee, among others. Dr. Goran received his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK.

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Randolph Hall, Ph.D.
Dr. Hall Randolph Hall is the senior associate dean for research, principal investigator/co-director for the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. As senior associate dean for research he is responsible for research administration, research development and technology transfer. He serves as liaison to funding organizations, communicates information on research opportunities to faculty, facilitates formation of research centers and advises junior faculty on proposal writing. He also coordinates interdisciplinary research activities, serves as a liaison to the Office of Technology Licensing, and oversees the Aviation Safety and Security Program, the Western Region Application Center and the USC Engineering Technology Transfer Center.

Dr. Hall graduated from UC Berkeley in 1982 with a degree in Civil Engineering. His previous experience includes serving on the faculty at UC Berkeley and as a senior research engineer at General Motors Research Laboratories. Since 1994, he has served on the faculty of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

He is the author of Queuing Methods for Services and Manufacturing and the editor for Handbook of Transportation Science. Dr. Hall's current research centers on risk assessment and emergency response for homeland security, patient flows and delay reduction in health care, and transportation systems. He is currently funded by the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, as well as by the Los Angeles County Health Department. He is on the board for the American Society of Engineering Education's Engineering Research Council.

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Eduard Hovy, Ph.D.
Dr. Hovy is division director and fellow, Information Sciences Institute; and research associate professor at the
Viterbi School of Engineering. He currently heads the Natural Language Group at ISI, consisting of several related projects and he conducts research in various aspects of natural language processing, including text summarization, machine translation, text parsing and generation, question answering, information retrieval, discourse and dialogue processing, and ontologies. Among the work in which he has been involved include development of automated question answering and text summarization systems, development of systems to access multiple heterogeneous databases, work on various aspects of machine translation, and the development of theories and systems to perform automated text generation. Currently, he is working collaboratively on development of a generator and parser used by the virtual humans in a virtual reality simulation called Mission Rehearsal Exercise being developed at the USC Institute of Creative Technology. Another project, QuickHelp! is a small effort focusing on the generation of tailored recipes for poor people. He also is engaged in the development of theory to address problems in multimedia human-computer communication. Dr. Hovy’s past work included research on medical informatics and health care (the Medtrans project, in collaboration with other projects at ISI) and the development of technology to support the semi-automated acquisition and construction of large lexicons for various languages.

Among his many professional affiliations, he is a past president of the International Association of Machine Translation, of the Association of Computational Linguistics and of the Association of Machine Translation in the Americas. He is, or has, served on the editorial board of a book series Natural Language Processing and the journals Machine Translation, Journal of the Society of Natural Language Processing of Japan, and Computational Linguistics. Dr. Hovy, who speaks and writes extensively, received his Ph.D. in computer science from Yale.

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C. Anderson Johnson, Ph.D.
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

Dr. Johnson is the Sidney Garfield Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. He is the director of USC's Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (aka Institute for Preventive Research), and the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center. In addition, he is the principal investigator for TTURC Project 1, Preventing Tobacco Use Across Cultures, which assesses culturally tuned approaches to preventing tobacco smoking and exposure to smoke among the youth of different cultures in a variety of cultural settings. His current research is dedicated to understanding the determinants of health-related lifestyles and approaches to prevention of behavioral risks for disease. Dr. Johnson’s research includes tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, nutritional practices and physical exercise, and communication strategies for health promotion.

Dr. Johnson came to USC in 1980 as associate professor of pharmacy and director of the Health Behavior Research Institute. Before that, he had been with the University of Minnesota for five years, the last two as the co-director of the Program in Cardiovascular Behavior at the College of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology and his doctorate in social psychology, both from Duke University.

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Kathleen A. Johnson Pharm.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Dr. Johnson is an associate professor in the departments of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, and vice chair of the department of Pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. Dr. Johnson’s areas of research interest include health services research, clinical community pharmacy, pharmaceutical economics, managed care, health policy, drug policy, health economics, OTC (nonprescription) drugs, women's health issues and pharmaceutical care.

Prior to joining USC she was pharmacist and director of pharmacy, Student Health Center, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and pharmacist at Torrance Memorial Hospital. Dr. Johnson serves as a consultant to schools of pharmacy, managed care companies and the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, she has worked as an intern for the World Health Organization, Pharmaceuticals Division in Geneva, Switzerland and was a visiting lecturer at the Royal Danish College of Pharmacy, Copenhagen, Denmark; Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea; and the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Johnson also has appeared on cable and network television and has been an invited lecturer worldwide. Her recent publications appeared in AIDS Care, American Journal of Pharmacy Education, American Journal of Health Systems Pharmacists, Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, AJHP, and the California Journal of Health System Pharmacy, among others. She received her Pharm.D. from the USC School of Pharmacy and her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Health Services from the UCLA School of Public Health.

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Ernest R. Katz, Ph.D.
Dr. Katz is director of the Behavioral Sciences Section and co-director of the Health Promotion and Outcomes Program in the Childrens Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Katz and his staff assist pediatric and adolescent patients, their families and caregivers in psychological adjustment to illness and treatment. As a clinical professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine and the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at USC, Dr. Katz is active in teaching and behavioral science research.

He is engaged in a number of current research projects, ranging from use of multi-media technology to train mothers of newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients in problem-solving skills funded by the National Cancer Institutes, to development and evaluation of an on-line support group for adolescents with cancer, funded by the Amgen Foundation. Among his publications, he is the author of several in press articles in such journals as Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cancer, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

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Francine Kaufman, M.D.
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

One of America’s foremost pediatric endocrinologists, Francine R. Kaufman, M.D., is director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center, and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kaufman is also professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine and an attending physician at CHLA. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and is board certified in pediatric endocrinology and metabolism.

Her research interests include type 1 diabetes mellitus, type 2 diabetes, galactosemia, bone mineralization, ambiguous genitalia, patterns of growth hormone secretion and growth failure, androgen metabolism in human skin, endocrine manifestations of childhood AIDS, optic nerve hypoplasia/septo optic dysplacia and hypopituitarism and homocysteine metabolism. Dr. Kaufman, who has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1980, has received more than 40 grants and contracts from the federal government, as well as from corporations and foundations.

Dr. Kaufman has been active with the American Diabetes Association at the local, state and national levels and served as president of the American Diabetes Association in 2002-03. She is co-principal investigator of the Keck Diabetes Prevention Initiative, a joint initiative of the Keck School of Medicine and CHLA. She has been a consultant with numerous corporations. Dr. Kaufman holds patents on numerous intellectual properties; she is the inventor of Extend Bar™ (Clinical Products, Ltd.).

She received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and her medical degree from Chicago Medical School. She served an internship and residency, as well as a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at CHLA.

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LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D.
Dr. Lewis is a clinical associate professor and director of the health administration program in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Dr. Lewis joined the USC faculty in the fall of 1996, where her areas of research consistently focus on the health care needs of underrepresented groups. An expert in racial disparities in healthcare, she currently is involved in the evaluation of several community-based projects that examine attempts to address racial disparities for cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In addition, she has been involved in evaluating healthcare utilization by immigrant children; the delivery of mental health services; and systems of care for children with special health care needs. In addressing these areas of emphasis, Dr. Lewis has received funding from the Tenet Healthcare Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. She is principal investigator or co-principal investigator of two U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Program Evaluation grants for REACH 2010—Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Health.

Dr. Lewis has published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and has presented her work at the National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health, and at the American Public Health Association, among others. Among her professional affiliations, she is a board member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, a member of the Regent’s Advisory Council for the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives, American Public Health Association, and Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy. She was named the school’s Professor of the Year in 1998 and 2001. Dr. Lewis earned a B.S. in biology from Oklahoma State University and an M.P. H. in health administration from the University of Oklahoma. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Rice University.

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Gerald E. Loeb, M.D.
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

Dr. Loeb is professor of biomedical engineering and director, Medical Device Development Faculty at the Viterbi School of Engineering. He works on neural prosthetics—interfaces between electronic devices and the nervous system that are used to replace sensory and motor functions and correct dysfunctions in people with neurological problems. Dr. Loeb was one of the developers of the cochlear implant now used to restore functional hearing to the deaf and continues to pursue improvements in this mature technology. His research group is now working on BIONs—BIOnic Neuorons that are small enough to be injected into paralyzed muscles, where they receive power and send and receive data by radio links with an external controller. In addition to developing and testing technology, Dr. Loeb has been active in basic neurophysiological studies of the sensorimotor nervous system in order to understand normal biological control. Computer models based on experimental data from muscles, motoneurons and proprioceptors are being developed to test new theories of control that may permit the reanimation of paralyzed limbs via functional electrical stimulation (FES).

Dr. Loeb was born in New Brunswick, NJ, received his B. A. and M.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and trained in surgery at the University of Arizona. He spent 15 years in the Laboratory of Neural Control at the National Institutes of Health and 12 years at Queen's University, where he was professor of Physiology and director of the Bio-Medical Engineering Unit. He served as chief scientist (consulting) for Advanced Bionics Corp. of Sylmar, CA, from 1994 until joining USC in 1999. He has published over 190 journal articles and chapters, a book on electromyography, and holds 23 patents.

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Doe Mayer, M.A.
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

Professor Mayer is the Mary Pickford Professor of Film and Television Production at USC’s School of Cinema Television where she teaches documentary and fiction filmmaking. She holds a joint appointment with the Annenberg School for Communication where her work is centered on the practical application of communication campaign strategies and designs for social issues and health-defined organizations.

Working in film and television for 25 years, she has produced, directed and provided technical support for hundreds of productions in the United States and numerous developing countries. Much of this programming has been in the areas of family planning, basic education, health and nutrition promotion, HIV/AIDS prevention, population, and women’s issues. Her work has taken her to Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Eritrea, Maldives, Pakistan, China, Mexico, Suriname and many other countries. In 1995 Professor Mayer was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach media studies and development communication in Fiji and other South Pacific island nations. She has just completed a project called Women Connect!, an initiative of the Pacific Institute for Women's Health which is funded through the Annenberg Center for Communication and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project seeks to strengthen African women NGOs to use communication strategies in media and technology to improve women's health and well-being. Professor Mayer serves on the advisory board of Hollywood, Health and Society, a project of the Lear Center at the Annenberg School funded by the CDC. She has also served on the Committee for Training in Developing Countries, of CILECT, the organization of the world's film schools. Her interests in exploring the links between creativity and social responsibility have been a substantive part of her teaching career, culminating in a book she recently co-authored with two colleagues, Creative Filmmaking From the Inside Out: Five Keys to the Art of Making Inspired Movies and Television. In 2001 the National Organization for Women gave her its award for advancement of women's media education in California, and in 2004 she was honored as one of USC’s Remarkable Women Faculty Members. The award is a collaboration between the Office of Campus Activities, the Women's Student Assembly, and the Center for Women and Men, and Gender Studies.

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Glenn A. Melnick, Ph.D.
Collaborative Steering Committee--Secretariat

Dr. Melnick is a professor and Blue Cross of California chair in health care finance at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. He is also director of the USC Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management. An expert in health economics and finance, Dr. Melnick came to USC in 1996 from the UCLA School of Public Health. He is a senior economist and resident consultant at RAND, and has served as an expert witness for the Federal Trade Commission.
Dr. Melnick's research has contributed to the understanding of healthcare markets, particularly the effects of market-based pro-competition and managed care. His recent work includes an evaluation of the economics of emergency departments in California hospitals and research into the effects of hospital system formation on managed care. He also has worked in number of countries to provide technical assistance on issues of health financing and health system organization, and in 1998, initiated the School’s successful International Public Policy and Management master’s degree program for Pacific Rim mid-career professionals, which he continues to direct. Dr. Melnick is the author of numerous publications, including articles in the Journal of Health Economics; JAMA; Health Affairs; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; American Journal of Public Health; Medical Care and Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. A frequently-tapped media expert, he has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, among others. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in urban and regional planning and health economics.

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Lynn Miller
Lynn Miller is a professor in the Annenberg School for Communication, where she specializes in interpersonal, intrapersonal, and health communication. She has worked on projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control, Annenberg Center, UARP/State of California, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research interests include using fuzzy logic for modeling sexual harassment perceptions and examining factors that affect how at-risk populations process and react to AIDS-related messages, using evolutionary approaches and connectionist models to understand communication processes.

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Roseann Mulligan, D.D.S.
Dr. Mulligan is professor and associate dean, Office of Community Health Programs at the School of Dentistry. Recruited to USC in the early 1980s to develop a Geriatric Dentistry Program and a Special Patients' Dentistry Program, she serves as section chair of Geriatric and Special Patient Dentistry and the chair of the Department of Dental Medicine and Public Health, among other roles. She has directed or is presently directing dental activities of several interdisciplinary collaborations with the Keck School of Medicine including: the Area Health Education Center, the Pacific Geriatric Education Center, and the AIDS Education and Training Center programs and the Oral Health Research Project of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study. Dr. Mulligan has been awarded more than $5 million in research grants, contracts and training program dollars during her academic career. Among them, a four-year $1.2 million grant from the California Endowment is allowing the School to expand its efforts to recruit and retain underrepresented minority students and to provide oral health care in underserved areas.

Dr. Mulligan founded and served as president of the International Association of Dental Research's Geriatric Oral Research Group and was editor-in-chief of the journal, Special Care in Dentistry. She has served as president of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped. She currently represents the U.S. on the Council of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health and on the executive board of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry. Dr. Mulligan has been awarded with fellowships in the Gerontological Society of America, Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American and International Colleges of Dentistry, among others. Among her many honors, she was invited by U.S. Secretary of State, Donna Shalala, to serve as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. She has completed a term as the ADA’s representative to JCAHO, in addition to many other activities. Dr. Mulligan has maintained a private practice treating disabled, medically compromised and geriatric patients. She has published over 40 papers and book chapters in the fields of special needs patients and geriatrics. She received her BA degree from Arizona State University and her DDS degree from UCLA.

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Robert C. Myrtle, D.P.A.
Dr. Myrtle is a professor of Health Administration and Public Administration in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. He holds a joint appointment with the School of Gerontology and, through his work on long-term care systems, has received grants to study the development of community-based long-term care, regulatory policies affecting the development of long-term care organizations, and the impact of changes in organizational culture on the attitudes and performance of health care workers. Among his key research interests are health administration, strategic decision-making, interorganizational relations, and organizational and management effectiveness.

Dr. Myrtle is a commissioner for the L.A. County's Hospital Commission. He served as chair of the board of Health and Human Services for the City of Long Beach, member of the board of directors for the Huntington Medical Foundation, and board chair for SCAN Health Plan. He has been a consultant to a number of organizations including the National League of Cities, Educational Testing Service, American Association for International Aging, USAID and the United Nations. Dr. Myrtle is the co-author of Public Personnel Administration (Houghton-Mifflin, 1985) and Managing Public Systems: Concepts and Methods (Duxbury Press, 1980), along with articles appearing in Medical Care Review, Public Administration Review, Human Resources Development Quarterly, Health Services Management Research, Policy Studies Review and the Journal of Hospital Marketing. He is the recipient of the Hubert Humphrey Award for the best article of the year appearing in the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration and recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Regents Award. Dr. Myrtle received his doctoral degree from USC.

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Michael B. Nichol, Ph.D.
Collaborative Steering Committee--Chair

Dr. Nichol is associate professor and QSAD Centurion chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy at the School of Pharmacy. He also holds joint appointments in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Dr. Nichols’ research interests include state health policy, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacy counseling and patient behavior, occupational licensure, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses.

Dr. Nichol has served as a consultant to numerous organizations, including National Medical Enterprises, SysteMetrics, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Astra-Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, Pfizer Inc., and Upjohn-Pharmacia. He also has served on the board of directors of several southern California research and health service organizations. His previous positions include executive director of the Western Oregon Health Systems Agency, and planner with the Oregon State Health Planning Agency. Dr. Nichol graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B. A. in political science, the University of Oregon with an M.A. in public affairs, and the University of Southern California with a doctorate in public administration. He has received a University Teaching Award for classroom innovations and other awards conferred by the American Society of Health- System Pharmacists Foundation and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research for excellence in research. He has authored or co-authored research articles in journals including Pharmacoeconomics, Medical Care, American Politics Quarterly, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, among others.

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Michael Parks
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

Michael Parks is the director of the Annenberg School of Journalism. He is a journalist and educator whose assignments have taken him around the globe, and whose "balanced and comprehensive" coverage of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa earned him the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. From 1997-2000, Parks served as editor of the Los Angeles Times, a period during with the Times garnered four additional Pulitzer Prizes. As editor of the Los Angeles Times, Parks also was responsible for news coverage and editorial page positions of the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, managing n editorial staff of 1,350 and a budget of more than $120 million. With a sense of the educational and social responsibilities held by the newspaper, he helped launch "Reading by 9," a community program to ensure all 9-year-old children in S. California would read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade, as well as editorial advocacy for adoption of a new city charter for Los Angles and education reform, including the election of a new school board.

At USC Annenberg, Parks guided the creation and adoption of an innovative core curriculum that trains students to report stories for print, broadcast and new media. The School has also deepened its commitment to mid-career training for journalists through the work of the Online Journalism Program, the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, the Institute for Justice and Journalism and the newly-established USC Annenberg California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship program and Strategic Public Relations Center. He has served the profession as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize, Gerald Loeb Awards, ASNE Writing Awards, and the Selden Ring Award. He has also served on the Western Selection Committee for the German Marshall Fund Fellowships and the South African Selection Committee for the Fulbright Fellowship. His memberships include the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Council on Foreign Relations, Pacific Council on International Policy, International Press Institute, Asia Society, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Stephen Read, Ph.D.
Dr. Read is a professor of psychology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The recipient of a USC Center for Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellowship 2004 – 2005, Dr. Read has three main areas of research. His primary area of interest is in neural network models of social reasoning and social behavior. He focuses on models of causal reasoning and causal learning, personality and social behavior, and legal decision-making. A second major area of interest is the creation of realistic personality in computer based intelligent agents in virtual reality training systems. A third area of research centers on the use of interactive media in changing risky sexual behavior.
Dr. Read is a member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, American Psychological Society,
Cognitive Science Society, Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and Society for Text and Discourse. Prior to coming to USC, he completed postdoctoral fellowships in social psychology at Yale and at Northwestern University. Dr. Read received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas, Austin. He recently completed a book with Lynn Miller entitled, Connectionist Models of Social Reasoning and Social Behavior.

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Kim D. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Dr. Reynolds is associate professor of Preventive Medicine and director of the doctoral program in Preventive Medicine/Health Behavior Research. He has extensive experience in development, implementation and evaluation of school- and community-based interventions. Dr. Reynolds has served as a PI and co-Investigator on NIH and CDC-funded projects involving the prevention of cancer, heart disease and other chronic disease outcomes through the modification of diet, physical activity, sun safety behavior, and substance use. He maintains strong interests in the theory underlying successful health communications, and in the use of this theory in the development of health promotion and disease prevention programs.

Dr. Reynolds currently serves as an Investigator on a project to develop a CD-ROM intervention, using entertainment media approaches, to modify the diet and physical activity habits of elementary school children and on a on a middle school sun safety intervention project, funded by NCI, to develop the first tailored intervention materials targeting sun safety in children and families. He also serves as an investigator on a CDC project to deliver a stage-based intervention, using interpersonal contacts from community-based family advisors, to modify nutrition and physical activity behavior in rural families. Dr. Reynolds received his B.A. in psychology from San Diego State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from Arizona State University.

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Jean C. Shih, Ph.D.
Dr. Shih is the Boyd & Elsie Welin Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology at the USC School of Pharmacy. Her research has focused on the biological function of nuerotransmitters and their clinical implications. Among her contributions are the discovery of chemicals that aid in the identification of brain proteins, the pioneering of techniques in protein chemistry, and the isolations of the gene coding for monoamine oxidase (MAO). She and her colleagues have answered key questions pertinent to the transcriptional regulation, structure and function of MAO. They have also established a link between genes and behavior, one of the more significant scientific developments of recent years. Her laboratory has developed a series of MAO gene knock-out mice, providing animal models to study the role of neurotransmitter including serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and phenylethylamine in aggressive and anxiety-like behavior. These gene knock-out mice are also valuable tools for studying the molecular mechanism of stress-related and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Shih’s laboratory is also actively studying the tissue-specific transcriptional regulation of gene expression.

Dr. Shih has received numerous honors, including two Research Scientist Awards, and two MERIT awards (given to the top 1% investigators in the nation) from the NIH. Each MERIT award provides 10-year support to investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner. She is a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology; a Fellow of Academia Sinica, Taiwan; a recipient of the Volwiler Research Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; a Distinguish Series Kaiser Lecturer and the USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship; among many others. Dr. Shih is a member of several NIH study sections and of the International Brain Research Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a past president of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America. Dr. Shih received her B.S. degree from the National Taiwan University (valedictorian) and her Ph.D. from the UC, Riverside and UCLA joint program.

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David Sloane, Ph.D.
Dr. Sloane is an associate professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, where he teaches courses in urban history, community health planning and policy, cultural landscapes, and the social context (including social policies) of urban planning. His research has been focused on the changing physical location of American medicine, health disparities and community development, the community context of policing, and public and private memorials as reflections of American culture and society.

Dr. Sloane has authored, The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History and co-authored the book, Medicine Moves to the Mall, which examines the design of the modern health care landscape, and has published in such journals as Progressive Planning, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and Journal of General Medicine. He has directed four studies on local community health planning issues, including assessments of health conditions in South Central and Long Beach and the impact of the lack of nutritional services and recreational facilities on African American health disparities in South Los Angeles. He currently serves on the board of advisors to the Journal of the American Planning Association and as a director of the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Dr. Sloane received his Ph.D. in history from Syracuse University.

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John Strauss, Ph.D.
Dr. Strauss is a professor of economics in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He is a recognized specialist in the fields of development economics, the economics of the household, the economics of human resource investments and labor market outcomes. His research is referenced by many high-level policy makers: Indonesian Living Standards Before and After the Financial Crisis, Dr. Strauss’ most recent collaborative work, uses Indonesia Family Life Surveys (IFLS) to provide a true-to-life look at living conditions in Indonesia.

Prior to coming to USC, Dr. Strauss was a professor of economics at Michigan State University, from which he earned his Ph.D., and held faculty positions at both Yale University and the University of Virginia. He also served as a senior economist in the economics and statistics department at RAND. He is a member of the American Economic Association, Econometric Society, Population Association of America, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, and the American Association of Agricultural Economics. Dr. Strauss also is associated with the Committee on Poverty and Population, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and serves as a resource person for the African Economic Research Consortium. He is the editor-in-chief of Economic Development and Cultural Change and associate editor of the Journal of Development Economics.

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Catherine A. Sugar, Ph.D.
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

Dr. Sugar is an assistant professor in the department of Information & Operations Management at the Marshall School of Business and holds a joint appointment in the School of Pharmacy. She arrived at USC in 1998 after receiving her Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University. Dr. Sugar’s current areas of research interest include clustering, classification, and patterns of covariation in data, with a focus on computer-intensive and non-parametric statistics. She has extensive applications interests, and much of her work is multi-disciplinary and collaborative. To date her applications projects have been primarily in medical areas; including health services research, nephrology, and HIV genetics. She has done consulting or collaborative work for a number of companies; including the RAND Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceutica, and Roche Biosciences.

Dr. Sugar’s research work has been published in Health Services Research. A dedicated teacher, she founded and ran the first Stanford department of statistics seminar course on how to teach, and was involvement in the development and teaching of Stanford's Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Core, a new program designed to introduce non-scientists to scientific principles in an exciting and meaningful manner. In 1997, she won Stanford's Centennial Teaching Assistant Award. She also has won USC’s “Teaching Has No Boundaries Award” and the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence.

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J. Michael Thompson
J. Michael Thompson was named Vice Provost and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid in February 2002. Vice Provost Thompson directs the university’s enrollment effort, including managing and planning student recruitment, admission and financial aid policies, student application processing, and nearly $500 million in student aid. He is responsible for communicating USC’s strengths to potential students and their parents, continuing students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Thompson came to USC from UC Santa Cruz where he served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Outreach, Admission and Student Academic Services. There, he was the architect of the Educational Partnership Center, an outreach effort that integrated teacher professional development activities with student-centered academic preparation and motivational activities. He also led the UC-system effort to build UC Gateways, a software system that allows middle school and high school students to match their course and grades against the admission requirements of UC universities. He previously served as registrar at Loyola Law School, associate registrar at UCLA, as well as registrar and director of Student Academic Information Systems at UC Irvine. At UCI he began working with the earliest World Wide Web browsers to provide information for prospective and continuing students. He led the team that built the first version of the University of California’s online application. He has lectured across the country on the effective use of technology in admission and student service and for several years served as a national resource person for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Thompson earned a B.A. in literature from Loyola Marymount University and completed the Executive Education program at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

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Robert E. Tranquada, M.D.
Collaborative Steering Committee Member

Dr. Tranquada is a professor emeritus at the Keck School of Medicine and the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Prior to his retirement in 1997, he held the position of Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Professor of Medicine and Public Policy in the School of Public Administration (now SPPD). Among other positions held during his distinguished career at USC, Dr. Tranquada has served as dean and associate dean of the USC School of Medicine, medical director of the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, and chairman of the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health. Prior to joining USC, he served as chancellor and dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, associate dean of the UCLA School of Medicine, and regional director of LA County Department of Health Services

Diabetes and metabolic diseases, academic medical administration, health care policy, and access to health care are among Dr. Tranquada's areas of interest and research. His work has been published in many journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Diabetes, the American Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health. An internist, Dr. Tranquada is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a senior fellow at the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics. He serves on several boards, including Pomona College, the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Science, National Medical Fellowships, Inc. and the L.A. Care Health Plan, which he chairs. He was a member of the Christopher Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department, and chaired the Los Angeles County Task Force on Health Care Access.

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Thomas W. Valente, Ph.D.
Dr. Valente is the director of the Master of Public Health program and an associate professor in the department of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Valente uses social network analysis, health communication, and mathematical models to implement and evaluate health promotion programs, primarily aimed at preventing substance abuse, tobacco use, unintended fertility, and STD/HIV infections.

Dr. Valente received his B.S. in mathematics from Mary Washington College, and his M.S. in mass communication from San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication in 1991 and then spent nine years at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Valente is the author of Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (2002, Oxford University Press); Network Models of the Diffusion of Innovations (1995, Hampton Press); and more than 50 articles and chapters on social networks, behavior change, and program evaluation.

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Elizabeth M. Zelinski Ph.D.
Dr. Zeliniski is dean and executive director of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She holds the Rita and Edward Polusky chair in Education and Aging and is a professor of Gerontology and Psychology with joint appointments in the Psychology department, Neurosciences and the Study of Women and Men in Society (SWMS) programs.

Dr. Zelinski is the principal investigator of the Long Beach Longitudinal Study. This study evaluates cognition, memory and language comprehension in older adults, as well as the relationship between peoples' perceptions of their memory ability and their actual performance, and how these change as people grow old. She is on the editorial boards of major journals in aging, is a member of the Biobehavioral Processes (BBBP-4) study section of the National Institutes of Health, participates in special review panels for the National Institutes of Health, and reviews grant applications for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Zelinski graduated summa cum laude from Pace University and received her graduate degree in psychology, with a specialization in aging, from USC. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Claremont Graduate School.

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Walter A. Zelman Ph.D.
Dr. Zelman is a senior scholar in USC’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the first director of the new USC California Policy Institute, which will open in the fall of 2004 in Sacramento. The Institute will, among other things, seek to expand and institutionalize relationships and networks between California’s research and policymaking communities.

Prior to his appointment at USC, Dr. Zelman served for four and a half years as the president and CEO of the California Association of Health Plans, the trade association for California’s managed care industry. Prior to that service he taught for the Harvard School of Public Health, published two books on health policy, and served in the Clinton White House as a senior advisor on health care reform. Dr. Zelman also served as a special assistant to the California Insurance Commissioner and, for twelve years, as the executive director of the public interest group, California Common Cause. He has taught political science at several Southern California colleges and universities. Dr. Zelman holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in politics from UCLA.

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