Tricia Penniecook, MD, MPH
Dean, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University
Dr. Tricia Penniecook studied Medicine and Public Health in Montemorelos University, Mexico. She worked for five years in her country of origin, Costa Rica, in the Ministry of Health as County Health Director, State Epidemiologist, State Health Director and Adviser to the Minister of Health for the Atlantic Region. She later returned to her Alma Mater to coordinate the Master’s in Public Health programs, and to infect medical students with her passion for public health. A little over three years ago she was invited to join LLU’s School of Public Health as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; her most important responsibility has been coordinating the self-study process in preparation for the school’s accreditation, which resulted in a full-term seven year accreditation by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Based on the recommendation from the Search Committee appointed for that purpose, the Board of Trustees confirmed her appointment as Dean of the School of Public Health on September 1, 2010. Her professional passions are infectious disease epidemiology, access to health services and integration of faith in the teaching and learning of health sciences.
Tim Gillespie, D.Min.
Loma Linda University Medical Center Mission and Culture
"Faith and Health: How Faith becomes one of the leading causes of life in population health, clinical, and crisis care management." | ABSTRACT
Timothy Gillespie is the Young Adult Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church. He has worked at Loma Linda for the past 8 years, becoming the Chaplain at Loma Linda Academy in 2001 and moving to the University Church in 2007. He has played music professionally in the band Big Face Grace, and still is actively involved in creating music and supporting local Christian artists.
He is married to Sara and has three kids. He has recently completed his Doctor of Ministry at George Fox University in Semiotics and Future Studies. As well, he is working as the Regional Chaplain for Azusa Pacific University’s regional center in San Bernardino and the High Desert as Director of Chapel Services for UnderGraduate Programs. His latest work, with his father, Dr. V. Bailey Gillespie is titled “Love Them and They Will Come.“
"The Hybrid Mind" | ABSTRACT
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. He is best known for his seventh book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, which investigates the relationship of children and the natural world in current and historical contexts. Louv is also the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network at, an organization helping build the movement to connect today's children and future generations to the natural world. Louv has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and other major publications. He has appeared on many national TV shows, including NBC's Today Show and Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC's Good Morning America, and NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation. Louv was also an advisor to the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award program. He serves on the board of directors of ecoAmerica, the editorial board of Ecopsychology, and is a member of the Citistates Group. He has appeared before the Domestic Policy Council in the White House as well as at major governmental and professional conferences, nationally and internationally, most recently as keynote speaker at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference.
Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-ND, Hon ASLA
Speck & Associates, LLC
"The Walkable City" | ABSTRACT
Jeff Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm's projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His new book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, is now available in print, digital, and audio format.
Executive Director, Urban Land Institute
"Principles for Building healthy Places" | ABSTRACT
Mary M. Lydon is the Executive Director of ULI San Diego/Tijuana district council. She has more than 15 years experience in community, economic, and real estate development, and has a strong commitment to catalyze visionary leaders into action towards the creation of a sustainable planet. In January 2009 Mary was appointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders to the City of San Diego Planning Commission. The seven member Planning Commission oversees all of the development projects which come before the city for approval. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the University of California San Diego Urban Policy and Planning Department. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Mildred Thompson, MSW
Director, Center for Health and Place, PolicyLink
"Improving Community and Family Health Through Policy and Advocacy" | ABSTRACT
As Senior Director and Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, Mildred Thompson leads the work of the organization's heath team, participates in research focused on understanding community factors that impact health disparities and identifying practice and policy changes needed to improve individual, family and community health. Thompson has authored several reports and journal articles focused on reducing health disparities, increasing awareness about social determinants of health and effective ways to impact policy change. Prior to joining PolicyLink, she was Director of Community Health Services for Alameda County Public Health Department, Director of Healthy Start, a federal infant mortality reduction program, and Director of San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center. Thompson has degrees in Nursing, Psychology and a graduate degree from NYU in Social Work. She has also taught at Mills College and San Francisco State University, and has worked as an Organizational Development Consultant. Thompson is frequently sought for presentations and keynote addresses and serves on several boards and commissions including: Board Member, The Zellerbach Family Foundation; Co-Chair, The Institute of Medicine’s Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Roundtable; Member, National Advisory Council of National Association of County and City Health Officers (NACCHO); and Advisory Board, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children.
Executive Director, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
"Health Policy that is Proven to Improve Health" | ABSTRACT
John Clymer is a recognized health policy and systems thought leader whose counsel and hands-on leadership have helped organizations and companies sharpen their focus and increase their impact on health at the global, national, state and local levels.
He is part of the leadership team at the Alliance to Make US Healthiest which has developed HealthLead™, the first accreditation for healthy workplaces. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, and he has been a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since 2004.
As Interim Executive Director of the Directors of Health Promotion and Education in 2010-11, Clymer led the association through a successful turnaround that doubled its revenues and secured long-term funding.
Under Clymer’s leadership as President from 2001-2008, Partnership for Prevention won passage of landmark Medicare legislation that put prevention on par with disease diagnosis and treatment; developed a health reform framework on which Barack Obama based his prevention and public health agenda; formed the Leading by Example CEO Roundtable which was recognized in Harvard Business Review’s “Breakthrough Ideas” in 2006; and, with former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, established the National Commission on Prevention Priorities. Clymer leveraged PfP’s influence through strategic partnerships with AARP, the World Economic Forum, and others. During his tenure, PfP quadrupled its grants, developed multiple branded initiatives and grew from six employees to a staff of 19.
Clymer serves on the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force, and has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease and Malnutrition, and several advisory boards.
He often serves as a keynote speaker on health policy and health system transformation. He authored a chapter in Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health (Springer, 2010) and co-authored a chapter in ACSM’s Worksite Health Handbook: A Guide to Building Healthy and Productive Companies (Human Kinetics, 2009). He has testified before various legislatures, given numerous Congressional briefings, and appeared on NBC Nightly News, Fox News, CNBC, public radio, and in print media such as The New York Times.
Nico Rizzo, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University
"The importance of Transgenerational Epigenetics and Health Outcomes" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Rizzo is an Assistant Professor at the Center of Community Resilience at the School of Public Health in Loma Linda where he is the course leader for Public Health Biology and Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology and Research Methods in Epidemiology.
He obtained a Masters of Science degree from the Justus Liebig Universität in Gießen, Germany and a PhD in Medicine from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. He was a recipient of the European Union Socrates/Erasmus Scholarship for studies conducted at Karolinska Institutet previous to his PhD studies. His doctoral research focused on the associations between physical activity, cardio respiratory fitness and metabolic risk factors in children and adolescents. Dr. Rizzo lectured at the Department of Bioscience and Nutrition and the Department of Medical Nutrition at Karolinska Institutet and is an Associate Researcher at the Department of Nutrition and Biosciences at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Dr. Rizzo is the Special Interest Group Leader for Molecular Nutrition for the American Public Health Association (APHA) and responsible for the programming of the scientific sessions for the Epidemiology Section of the APHA.
He is also serving as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Food Science.
He has authored numerous peer reviewed articles on physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and nutrition and their association with metabolic syndrome and obesity in children and adults. He is a co-investigator of the AHS 2 study at Loma Linda University and of the Skelleftea Epigenetics Project in Sweden that is investigating trans-generational effects of environmental factors on health outcomes and is funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Currently he is integrating traditional and newer methodologies in Epigenetic research allowing him to explore interactive ways of examining associations between physical activity, nutrition and chronic disease risk factors. Beside his research projects and teaching appointments Dr. Rizzo has conducted prevention focused health programs in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Micronesia.
Bryan Oshiro, MD
School of Medicine, Loma Linda University
"Epigenetics: It’s Never Too Early to Plan for the Future" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Bryan Oshiro is an Associate professor and Chief of the Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine(MFM). He initially joined the faculty of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2005 and is currently the Medical Director of the Obstetrical Services and the MFM Diagnosis, Treatment and Research Center at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Prior to this, he was on the faculty of the University of Utah, School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah and served as the Medical Director for Women and Newborn Clinical Integration Services for Intermountain Healthcare in the state of Utah. Dr. Oshiro obtained his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University and did a year of internal medicine, then went on to complete his residency in obstetrics and gynecology from Loma Linda University. He subsequently completed his fellowship at the University of Texas in Houston. Dr. Oshiro is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has participated in numerous multi-center trials in addiction to publishing numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of perinatal infectious diseases and high-risk pregnancy conditions. Main areas of interest for Dr. Oshiro are in invasive in utero procedures, obstetrical ultrasound, preterm labor and prevention, patient safety, perinatal infections, and medical complication of pregnancy.
Lambert Lumey, PhD, MD
"Prenatal Nutrition and Epigenetic Changes" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Lambert Hugh Lumey studies population cohorts to look at long-term effects of changes in the prenatal environment, including men and women born during the Dutch Famine of 1944-1945. In 2008, he published the first study in humans linking prenatal famine exposure to DNA methylation of the IGF2 gene in men and women followed to age 60.
Dr. Lumey studied medicine in Leiden and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and philosophy of science in Cambridge, England. In 1982, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study epidemiology at Columbia University, New York. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 1988, he worked in the National Public Health Institute in the Netherlands and in the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam before returning to Columbia in 1999. As a Lorentz Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), he organized in 2008 the first international workshop on the long term consequences of exposure to famine.
Dr Lumey is currently associate professor at the Department of Epidemiology in the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York.
Kiti Freier-Randall, PhD
School of Medicine, Loma Linda University
"Drug Endangered Children: Risk & Resiliency" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Kiti Freier-Randall is a Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychologist with an extensive background working with high-risk infant and youth populations for over 20 years. As a consultant for Children's Network and First Five San Bernardino, She works with the San Bernardino County SART centers, Desert Mountain SELPA and San Bernardino County Preschools in California. She holds an academic appointment in the Departments of Pediatrics and Public Health at Loma Linda University & Children's Hospital in California and at Andrews University in Michigan.
Dr. Freier-Randall obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. She completed an internship and fellowship in High Risk Pediatrics at Henry Ford Hospital and Northwestern University. She has had a considerable academic career with professorship positions at the University of Miami, Brown University, Andrews University and Loma Linda University. She has been an investigator on several NIH, Federal, State, and Private Foundation grants.
Daniel Handysides, DrPH, CHES, CHG
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University
"Mediating Effects of Positive Community on Homeless Youth High Risk Behaviors" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Daniel Handysides is a fourth generation Adventist who was born to missionary parents in Lesotho, Southern Africa. He moved to Toronto, Canada at age 7 and completed high school there. He attended Andrews University obtaining a BS in Zoology. It was at Andrews that he met his beautiful wife, Sandra. After Andrews University, Daniel spent 12 months living and working with the Miskito Indians in the rainforests of northeastern Nicaragua. Returning to the U.S.A., he completed both an MPH in Environmental Public Health, and a DrPH in Health Education at Loma Linda University. Currently he is holding dual appointments at both LLU-SPH and the United Arab Emirates University: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. At both universities he holds an assistant professor appointment. He has a passion for helping the under served and disadvantaged.
Gary Hopkins, MD, DrPH
Director, Center for Prevention Research, Andrews University
"The Powerful Value of Performing Community Service to Those Who Serve Others" | ABSTRACT
Gary L. Hopkins, MD, DrPH, MPH is currently an associate research professor at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where he is also associate director of the Institute for Prevention of Addictions, Director of the Center for Prevention Research and Director of the Center for Media Impact Research. He is also on the faculty of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University. Gary holds doctorates both in Medicine and Public Health and a Master of Public Health Degree with an emphasis in International Health. He has extensive experience in international research. His current research includes a study designed to measure the impact of the Internet on families in the Pacific Northwest and also how drugs are impacting the lives of youth in North Idaho with an emphasis on methamphetamine use. Gary presented his research findings in approximately 65 countries where he works with communities and governmental agencies to design effective programs to prevent high-risk behaviors among adolescents.
Executive Director of the Inland Empire Biking Alliance
"Go Play in Traffic!: How to give kids space in our current environment" | ABSTRACT
Mark Friis is the Executive Director of the Inland Empire Biking Alliance. He has been a cyclists for over 15 years and ridden over 120,000 miles. Over the past 12 years, advocacy has slowly taken hold of more of Mark’s time until he started at it full time in 2011. In the wake of another death of a cyclists at the hands of a texting driver, he realized the need for need for a larger voice for bicyclists and pedestrians, and form the first advocacy in Riverside and San Bernardino counties (CA). The organization quickly grew and soon it was focusing on the built environment and its effect on active living and transportation. His past of working with kids (CASA, foster parent, youth minister) led to seek better education and policy for getting kids on bikes. Today he works with organizations like Safe Routes to School to encourage kids to bike and walk to school.
The past three years, Mark has been researching the history and results of built environments throughout the US and northern Europe. Though he is an advocate for biking, he has come to realize that the dominance of the car culture has greatly affected our quality of life in negative ways. He sees the importance of on the ground programs to influence policy and politics as to effect public land use planning.
Jaime Bussel, MPH
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
"The Built Environment and Childhood Obesity: Place Matters" | ABSTRACT
Jamie Bussel, MPH, is a program officer working in the area of childhood obesityand vulnerable populations. She designs and manages efforts that support environments and policies that promote the health of children and families. She seeks to develop innovative strategies to improve access to: healthy foods; opportunities for safe physical activity; and high quality early care and education for young children, especially the most vulnerable.
Having joined the Foundation in 2002, Bussel directs initiatives that foster multidisciplinary partnerships and systems-level change strategies to transform the health of people and places. “Creating healthy communities inevitably involves systems change, not just developing another project,” says Bussel. It is in this spirit that she leads one of the Foundations largest community-action initiatives, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, which addresses the root causes of childhood obesity through integrated changes in policies, practices, social supports, and the physical environment.
Drawn to the Foundation by its commitment to improve the health of people and communities, Bussel is an ardent supporter of the “active living” movement. She believes strongly in the impact of our physical, social, and educational environments on health. As she puts it: “Communities that are designed to promote routine physical activity, provide accessible, healthy food options, and are committed to engaging learning environments in early care and education settings, promote positive outcomes in young children and help children and families lead healthier lives.” She hopes that her work will help communities identify new methods for creating great places by drawing on the collective wisdom of those who live, learn, work, and play there.
Previously, Bussel held research positions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health (UMDNJ-SPH), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She received an MPH in behavioral sciences/health education from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health, and a BA in English literature from the University of Michigan. A New Jersey native, Bussel lives in Bedminster with her husband and two daughters. An advocate for active living and an avid runner, she is committed to a healthier future for our children.
Michael Stepner, FAIA, FAICP
NewSchool of Architecture and Design
"Healthy Communities for All-It is all Connected" | ABSTRACT
Mr. Stepner has more than thirty-five years of experience in leading, managing, and participating in comprehensive planning programs and the development of public policy. During his 27-year tenure with the City of San Diego, from 1971 to 1997, he was responsible for myriad projects and programs, including the city’s general plan and growth management efforts and the preparation of community plans for both older and newly developing communities. His diverse experience includes advising other cities in addition to the education of people wishing to learn more about cities, city planning, and urban design. He was director of Land Use and Housing for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation from August 2001 to August 2003 and serves as professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design and as adjunct faculty at Woodbury University in San Diego and University of California San Diego. In addition, he serves on the faculty of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Academy for Neuroscience and Architecture, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Active Living, Planning, and Environmental Study.
Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH
University of Washington
"Health Impact of Community Design" | ABSTRACT
Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he teaches courses on healthy community design and on health impact assessment. He is also a consultant to and formerly Team Leader of the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the National Center for Environmental Health, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. For the past decade, his research and teaching has focused on examining the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, and other issues related to the built environment.
Warren Peters, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Center for Health Promotion
"The Addiction Model for Childhood Obesity" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Warren Peters is an associate professor in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine at Loma Linda University. He has served as the Administrator and Medical Director for the Center for Health Promotion where he also provides primary and preventive medicine care for patients while providing clinical instruction to students and residents within the Loma Linda University system. His research interest is the mechanisms of obesity, specifically related to the neurochemistry and treatment of food addiction.
Trisha Hardy, MPH RD
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
"Improving Nutrition Environment for High Risk Populations Through a Comprehensive Childhood Obesity Initiative" | ABSTRACT
As Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Trisha Hardy is responsible for leading programs, solutions and partnerships related to Strong4Life, the Children Healthcare of Atlanta statewide movement to address childhood obesity and its related diseases. Hardy leads a dynamic team of dietitians, exercise physiologists, health educators, evaluation specialists and more.
Her team successfully creates and implements numerous evidence-based programs in Atlanta and communities statewide, reaching more than 300,000 families through healthcare providers, community events, camps, schools, and early childcare centers, just to name a few. Hardy and team members often serve as local experts in media stories about childhood obesity, nutrition, and physical activity.
Robin Taylor Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Medicine, Penn State University
"Biomarkers of the Food Environment: The Case of Vitamin D" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Wilson is Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Iowa, completed a pre-doctoral fellowship with the Indian Health Service’s National Epidemiology Program, and post-doctoral fellowships with the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Research Program and the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch within the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.
At the College of Medicine, she is course director for Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (PHS 552), co-director for Principles of Epidemiology (PHS 550), faculty advisor for the student Public Health Association for Service and Education (PHASE), advisory board member for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), and Chair of the Practicum and Service Committee for the Master of Public Health program. Dr. Wilson has served as a member of the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition and the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology.
Dr. Wilson is the Immediate Past Chair of the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association, the oldest and one of the largest professional organizations of epidemiologists in the United States. She was voted Outstanding Mentor by the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Class of 2008 and received the Inaugural Dean’s Diversity Champion Award for the College of Medicine in 2012. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Institute for Cancer Research, focuses on health disparities and cancer risk, with a particular focus on vitamin D metabolism.
Sam Soret, PhD, MPH
School of Public Health, Loma Linda University
"Exploring Respiratory Health Risks Near A Major Goods Movement Hub: The ENRICH Study" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Soret is Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Executive Director of the Center for Community Resilience at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He has a broad background in public health and over 20 years of experience as an environmental health scientist, medical geographer and a spatial analyst. His research has focused on the application of geospatial technologies and methods for enhancing public health science and policy. He possesses ample research experience as a co-investigator of the longstanding NIH-funded Adventist Health and Smog (AHSMOG) Study as well of the School’s CDC-funded Center for Public Health Preparedness.
He has also conducted research on the geographic disparities in access to renal transplantation in the United States. He is currently Co-Principal Investigator of the Environmental Railyard Research Impacting Community Health (ENRRICH) Study, which focuses on the assessment of health effects associated with residential proximity to goods movement facilities in an environmental justice community of inland Southern California. He is also pursuing research on the potential enhanced susceptibility of kidney transplant recipients to community air pollution. He has recently concluded participation as a research core team member in a national study funded by HRSA aimed at characterizing the deceased donor potential in the United States.
Kim Otsuka, MD
Pulmonologist, Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
Dr. Kimberly Otsuka is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Section of pediatric allergy/immunology and pulmonology. She joined the faculty at Loma Linda School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Otsuka obtained her M.D. degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii and she completed her pediatric residency, pulmonology fellowship, and Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. She is currently the Loma Linda Affiliate Program Cystic Fibrosis Center Director. Main areas of Interest for Dr. Otsuka are chronic lung disease, asthma, and cystic fibrosis.
Afif El-Hasan, MD
Board Member, American Lung Association
"E-cigarettes and Hookahs: From Media Persuation to Health Deteriorization" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Afif El-Hasan is State Board Member of the American Lung Association of California for the last 2 years and has served on the Orange County Leadership Board of the American Lung Association in California for over 10 years, He is a member of the Environmental Justice Committee at the Southern California Air Quality Management District, which addresses poor air quality in low-income areas of Southern California. Dr. El-Hasan is a Pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, and has been an active member of the Kaiser Asthma Care Management Team for over 13 years which strives to optimize the care of thousands of Kaiser patients who suffer from asthma in Orange County. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Culturally Responsive Care Committee for Kaiser Orange County.
Vidhya Krishnamurthy, PhD
School of Medicine, Loma Linda University
"Understanding Autism from a Cultural Perspective" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Krishnamurthy is a Pediatric Psychologist with considerable experience in child and adolescent assessment and treatment. She graduated from Loma Linda University Department of Psychology with a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in child and pediatric psychology. She completed her internship in developmental disabilities, with an emphasis in autism evaluation, at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Her fellowship through Loma Linda University Department of Pediatrics was in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Krishnamurthy currently holds clinical and academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University. She is involved in clinical service delivery, student training, and research.
Arezou Salamat, OTD, MOT, OTR/L
School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University
"Sensory Experiences of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Salamat is an assistant professor at Loma Linda University, Department of Occupational Therapy. Her emphases as a faculty member are in research, teaching and mentoring master level occupational therapy students in working with young children and their families in the areas of sensory processing and infant mental health. Through the Department of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Salamat currently works in the Countywide Screening, Assessment, Referral and Treatment (SART) program and providing occupational therapy services for infants and children who experienced maltreatment or prenatal exposure to narcotics and alcohol. She is certified in theory and intervention in utilizing sensory integration as well as administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. She is certified in infant massage and has extensive training in infant Neurodevelometnal Treatment. Dr. Salamat believes in empowering caregivers and identifying strategies to support meaningful relationships through community integrations and active participation in daily routines to promote overall health and well being of a child and community inclusion.
Ellen Ann Wartella, PhD
"Media, Nutrition and Childhood Obesity" | ABSTRACT
Ellen Wartella is the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-thani Professor of Communication and professor of psychology, human development and social policy, and medical social sciences at Northwestern University. She is Director of the Center on Media and Human Development and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. She is a leading scholar of the role of media in children’s development and serves on a variety of national and international boards and committees on children’s issues. She is co-principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants: a three year multi-site grant entitled “Media Characters: the Unhidden Persuaders in Food Marketing to Children (2013-2016)” and a five year multi-site grant entitled “Collaborative Research: Using Educational DVDs to Enhance Young Children’s STEM Education (2013-2018).”
Dr. Wartella currently serves on the Board of the World Summit Foundation and the Public Good Projects. She is a Trustee of Sesame Workshop and serves on the PBS Kids Advisory Board. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. She is a past member of the Board on Children, Youth and Families at the National Academy of Sciences and served on the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine’s Study on Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth (2006); she chaired the Committee on Examination of Front of Pack Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols (2010-2011) at the Institute of Medicine; she was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Progress on Obesity Research (2010-2012) and the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity (2012-2013). She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development and is past president of the International Communication Association.
Dale Kunkel, PhD
University of Arizona
"Should Government Regulate Food Marketing to Children" | ABSTRACT
Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona; spent more than 20 years studying children and media issues; former Congressional Science Fellow and has testified as an expert witness at numerous hearings before the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and Federal Communications Commission; his research has examined such topics as children’s educational programming, media and sexual socialization, the effects of televised violence, and most recently the issue of food marketing to children and its contribution to childhood obesity. He was recently named a Fellow of the Morris Udall Center for Public Policy Studies and also received the International Communication Association’s Outstanding Public Policy Research Award in 2007.
Dominique Wakefield, M.A., CPT, CWP
Assistant Professor for Health and Exercise Science, La Sierra University
"Media, Physical Inactivity and Hypokinetic Diseases" | ABSTRACT
Dominque Wakefield is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at La Sierra University, Riverside, California. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a Certified Wellness Practitioner through the National Wellness Institute (NWI). In addition to teaching at universities (Andrews University; California State University, Chico; University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and Southern Adventist University) she has worked as a Fitness and Programs Manager, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Wellness Coach at fitness centers, in the clinical wellness setting and in the cooperate wellness setting since 2001. Dominique is currently working on her ‘PhD in Health’ through the University of Bath, England. Her studies and research center on physical activity, motivation for exercise and behavior change strategies.
Dominique is a passionate, energetic and innovative health and fitness enthusiast and regularly contributes to ‘Life and Health Network’ by writing articles on issues relating to physical fitness. In October 2011, Dominique Wakefield was awarded ‘Top 11 Personal Trainers to Watch in the U.S.' by Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise.