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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - Lunch Program
Health Disparities in an Era of Rising Income Inequality
Thomas Fuller-Rowell

Social inequality has increased substantially in recent decades and has become a salient issue in many societies around the world. Thomas Fuller-Rowell, associate professor in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University, will discuss trends in income inequality in the United States and consider potential consequences for population health.

Thomas Fuller-Rowell received his B.A. in biochemistry and psychology from the University of Colorado in 2003 with summa cum laude honors, and his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the department of human development at Cornell University in 2010. He then completed post-doctoral training in population health sciences as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011-13) and as a research fellow in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan (2010-11) before starting his current position at Auburn University.

His research focuses on social determinants of health and health disparities across the lifespan. His work has been published in leading journals across the disciplines of psychology, epidemiology, and medicine, including Health Psychology, American Journal of Epidemiology, and Psychosomatic Medicine. Fuller-Rowell has also worked for a civil rights organization in Buffalo, NY to address housing discrimination (2003-04), and has implemented multi-site action research projects in New York City (2004-06).

Professor Thomas-Rowell's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at CMC.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - Evening Program
Shelving Justice: The National Problem of Untested Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs)
Rebecca Campbell

Sexual assault kits (SAKs; also termed “rape kits”) contain biological evidence that can be tested for DNA to assist in the investigation and prosecution of criminal sexual assaults. However, in jurisdictions throughout the United States, police have not been submitting rape kits for DNA testing and instead they are put in storage, untested and forgotten for years, sometimes decades. In this talk, Rebecca Campbell, professor of psychology at Michigan State University, will review the scope of this problem in the United States and examine the underlying reasons why this problem is occurring in so many communities. She will also present empirical data from Detroit and other U.S. cities on the root causes of the problem and suggest strategies for testing previously unsubmitted SAKs.

Rebecca Campbell is a professor of psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in community psychology with a concentration in statistics, also from Michigan State University. For the past 25 years, she has been conducting community-based research on violence against women and children, with an emphasis on sexual assault. Campbell’s research examines how contact with the legal and medical systems affects adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims’ psychological and physical health.

Most recently, she was the lead researcher for the National Institute of Justice-funded Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Action Research Project, which was a four-year multidisciplinary study of Detroit’s untested rape kits. Campbell also conducts training for law enforcement and multidisciplinary practitioners in civilian, military, and campus community settings on the neurobiology of trauma.

In 2015, Campbell received the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award.

View Video: YouTube with Rebecca Campbell