February 9, 2024 | The Classic Center 

Over 100 faculty, staff and students from the UGA College of Public Health gathered on Friday, February 9, for the College’s inaugural Research Day. The event brought together researchers from Public Health’s four departments and three research institutes to share findings and innovations and to inspire collaboration for current and future projects.

The day included symposium presentations and 3-minute lightning talks given by departmental faculty members and trainees. Institutes also provided overviews of the research projects going on within their respective units. Check out our storytelling about the day’s events.

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Adam J. Woods, PhD
is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. He is also Director of the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory (CAM) in the McKnight Brain Institute and a Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida.

9:00am-9:10am: Welcome – Chas Easley, Ph.D. – Parthenon

Health Promotion & Behavior – Parthenon
9:10am-9:40am: Symposium talk, Lucy Ingram, Ph.D.
9:45am-10:00am: 3-minute Lightning Talks: Tamora Callands, Fiyinfolu Atanda, Lucy Ingram, Christina Proctor, Emily Townsend Vinson

Coffee Break

Health Policy & Management – Parthenon
10:10am-10:40am: Symposium talk, Janani Rajbhandari-Thapa, Ph.D.
10:45am-11:00am: 3-minute HPAM Lightning Talks: Adam Chen, Daniel Jung, Mohammed Rifat Haider, Janani Thapa & Dee Warmath

Coffee Break

Environmental Health Science – Parthenon
11:10am-11:40am- Symposium talk, Wentao Li, Ph.D.
11:45am-12:00pm- 3-minute EHS Lightening Talks: Chas Easley, Leah Lariscy, Erick Mollenido, Lizzy Riegelman

Lunch On Your Own

1:30pm-2:30pm: Keynote Address – Parthenon
Adam Woods, Ph.D., University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions

Epidemiology & Biostatistics – Parthenon
2:40pm-3:10pm- Symposium talk , Danielle Lambert, Ph.D.
3:15pm-3:30pm- 3-minute EpiBio Lightning Talks: Xianyan Chen, Tzu-Chun Chu, Patrick Kaggwa, Fangzhi Luo, Adenike McDonald

Institute Talks – Parthenon
3:40pm-4:05pm: Institute of Gerontology, Lisa Renzi-Hammond, Ph.D. & Jenay Beer, Ph.D.
4:10pm-4:35pm- Institute of Disaster Management, Morgan Taylor, Ph.D.
4:40pm-5:05pm- Global Health Institute, Juliet Sekandi, Ph.D.
5:05pm-6:30pm, Poster Session and Closing Reception – Atrium

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Call for Abstracts

All UGA Public Health faculty, staff and students are invited to participate by presenting a poster or 3-minute lightening talk. All abstracts are due by Friday, January 19.

Submission Instructions: We are asking that faculty, staff, and students submit abstracts to a designated department or institute representative. Each submission should include: 

  • Faculty/Staff/Student name 
  • Position/Degree program 
  • Abstract or Talk title 
  • Presentation type; i.e. Symposium Talk, Lightening Talk or Poster 
  • Abstract (350-word max.) 

Poster Presentation Resources: A CPH-branded poster template (.pptx) and printing options can be found here.

Please contact Charles Easley or Erin Lipp with any questions.