|November 14, 2012
Noon to 4 p.m.
On November 14, the Boston University School of Public Health will hold its First Annual BUSPH Research Day, featuring examples of the first-rate research and scholarship being conducted at the school by its students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty.
Research and scholarship are central to the mission of the School of Public Health and occur in multiple areas, including risk assessment and tracking, health behavior change, environmental protection, and health policy. All departments contribute to this part of the mission. We want to celebrate our successes and support our junior colleagues with the First Annual BUSPH Research Day, which will include a keynote speaker on a topic of interest to faculty around the school, posters from trainees and junior faculty, and awards given for best posters in each category.
Schedule of Events:
Noon – 1:00 PM -- Poster set-up (presenters only)
1:00 – 2:00 PM -- Keynote speaker
2:00 – 3:30 PM -- Poster viewing and judging
3:30 – 4:00 PM -- Awards presentation
*Light refreshments will be served during the poster viewing and awards presentation
Posters featuring the diversity and excellence of research conducted by BUSPH trainees and faculty will be featured in a poster session after the keynote address. Research can be on any topic relevant to public health.
Who is eligible for poster submissions?
Eligible individuals include all trainees in good standing at BUSPH in any program (MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH), postdoctoral fellows, faculty up to three years of their first faculty appointment date, and research staff who have a faculty sponsor. Student poster submissions require a BUSPH faculty partner on the abstract. Submit your poster in the form below.
Awards for poster submissions
Awards will be given for best poster in each of the trainee and junior faculty categories. For more information about poster submission and eligibility, please email
Parent - Centered Community - Based Participatory Research
and its Application to Childhood Obesity Prevention
Kirsten Davison, PhD
Department of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health
Kirsten Davison joined the Harvard School of Public Health in July 2011 as an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and as director of the Public Health Nutrition program. Kirsten completed her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in Child and Family Development. Her research focuses on family and community factors linked with childhood obesity and the development of sustainable programs for obesity prevention.
Studies to date have examined familial clustering of risk behaviors linked with accelerated weight gain in children, psychosocial consequences of obesity in children, parenting strategies that promote active lifestyles in children, and developmental and contextual factors that explain declines in adolescent girls' physical activity. Most recently, her research has focused on family-centered interventions to prevent child obesity in low-income populations. These interventions, which have been implemented in WIC and Head Start settings, are based on the principals of community-based participatory research and were developed, implemented and evaluated in collaboration with the target population.
Currently, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, she is leading the evaluation of a multi-sector community-based childhood obesity intervention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this study, evidence-based interventions will be implemented in WIC, child care centers, schools, afterschool programs and community health centers in two low-income communities with the goal of reducing obesity prevalence in children ages 2-12 years.