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Barnes, Priscilla Applied Health Science, School of Public Health / IUB
Bio: Dr. Priscilla Barnes' research interests are in public health systems and services. More specifically, she examines inter-organizational factors that influence the quality of preventative services that disadvantaged populations receive within the U.S. public health system. She used primary and secondary data to create network-inspired visualization maps that illustrate types of partnerships (information sharing, coordination, cooperation, collaboration) that promote delivery of health education and population health management initiatives in local communities.
Connelly, Kay Computer Science and Informatics, School of Informatics and Computing / IUB
Bio: Dr. Kay Connelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. She is the director of the Proactive Health Informatics group. Dr. Connelly’s research focuses on user acceptance of ubiquitous and mobile computing technologies where there is a delicate balance between such factors as convenience, control and privacy. Dr. Connelly’s most recent work emphasizes health and wellness applications to empower both the ill and the healthy to manage and improve their own health and make healthy choices.
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Hood, Sula Social and Behavioral Sciences, Richard M, Fairbanks School of Public Health / IUPUI
Bio: Dr. Hood’s research agenda has a strong emphasis on addressing chronic disease health disparities, where she conducts research to inform the development of health promotion programs to improve the health and quality of life of disadvantaged populations. In particular, her research seeks to identify mechanisms and test ways of intervening to increase social support and health communication as critical strategies for promoting chronic disease prevention, coping, and self-management. Dr. Hood values multidisciplinary research approaches, and has worked in teams to develop and test innovative community-based health promotion interventions in unique settings such as barbershops and family reunions. Her research utilizes mixed-methods, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methodology.
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Klaunig, James Environmental Health, School of Public Health / IUB
Macklin, Paul Intelligent Systems Engineering, School of Informatics and Computing / Bloomington
Bio: I work in the newly-formed Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering, where I am helping to start the bioengineering track. My work involves developing sophisticated, multiscale models of tissues and organisms that show dynamical cross-talk and feedbacks between networks at multiple scales: genetics, epigenetics, RNA transcription, protein dynamics, cell phenotype, cell and tissue mechanics, multicellular communications through chemical and mechanical signals, tissue remodeling, networked physiologic subsystems (e.g., immune system, cardiovascular system, etc.), organism-scale health/behavior, and the epidemiologic scale that emerges from the distribution of individual traits. Most of my prior work has focused on cancer and tissue biology, and I am now expanding to other areas such as cognitive health. I have developed and maintain several open source packages for simulation investigations of these dynamical multiscale systems, and I also lead an international group in creating a data standard / data model for these problems.
Maupome, Gerardo Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry / IUPUI
Bio: Gerardo Maupomé is an oral health researcher with primary interests in dental health services research and oral epidemiology, oral treatment needs among patients at high risk of disease or subject to health and social disparities, and analysis of professional practices – including how dental professionals make therapeutic decisions. He has worked in the private sector and in academia for the past 25 years. He is a Professor with Indiana University School of Dentistry since 2005, and currently has various affiliations with academic organizations in the USA (including IUNI) and in the UK. Dr. Maupomé has been involved in various research projects – spanning from epidemiological studies assessing the impact of public health fluoridation, to clinical trials of chlorhexidine varnishes; from community demonstrations to promote healthier lifestyle decisions, to quantitative appraisals of factors contributing to poor oral health and failure to access dental services; and from qualitative investigations into social and economic determinants of health, to economic analyses of the costs implied in health conditions and associated therapeutic procedures. Some of these studies have been focused on American Indians, people of Mexican and Hispanic origin, those 65 years of age and older, children, and population groups with restricted access to dental services.
Disciplines: Dentistry
McCormick, Bryan Recreation, Park & Tourism Studies, School of Public Health / IUB
Bio: My research focuses on the social and community functioning of people with severe mental illnesses. Through the use of a variety of research methods, we have examined such elements as daily physical activity, mood, and social context as well as recreation and support networks. My current work examines the role of networks and network members in the health behaviors of adults with schizophrenia.
McCranie, Ann Indiana University Network Science Institute / IUB
Bio: Ann McCranie is the Assistant Director of Research Administration at Indiana University Network Science Institute, responsible for proposal development, educational outreach and conference and talk planning. McCranie received her PhD in Sociology from IUB, and her research is focused on networks in several domains: personal networks and health decision making, networks within organization and how they impact change, and networks between researchers in the mental health services field. McCranie has also served as the managing editor for Network Science and as summer program faculty teaching network analysis for the University of Michigan's ICPSR Summer Program since 2011. She is the co-author of Recovery in Mental Health: A Critical Sociological Account.
Disciplines: sociology
Menczer, Filippo Informatics and Computer Science, School of Informatics and Computing / IUB
Bio: Filippo Menczer is a Professor of informatics and computer science, adjunct Professor of physics, and a member of the cognitive science program at Indiana University, Bloomington. He holds a Laurea in Physics from the University of Rome and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Menczer has been the recipient of Fulbright, Rotary Foundation, and NATO fellowships, and a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. He currently serves as director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and is a Fellow of the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Torino, Italy, a Senior Research Fellow of The Kinsey Institute, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He previously served as division chair in the IUB School of Informatics and Computing, and was Fellow-at-large of the Santa Fe Institute. His research is supported by the NSF, DARPA, and the McDonnell Foundation. It focuses on Web science, social networks, social media, social computation, Web mining, distributed and intelligent Web applications, and modeling of complex information networks.
Disciplines: Computer Science
Miller, Wendy R. Community & Health Systems, School of Nursing / IUPUI
Bio: Wendy Miller is an Assistant Professor at IU School of Nursing. She has expertise in chronic disease self-management, particularly in the condition of epilepsy. She is the Director of the IU School of Nursing Social Network Health Research Lab.
Disciplines: Nursing
O'Donnell, Brian Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences / IUB
Bio: I am part of a research group that is studying how psychotic disorders, cannabis use and developmental factors affect human brain network organization.
Oruche, Ukamaka Community and Health Systems, School of Nursing / IUPUI
Bio: My program of research focuses on understanding and developing interventions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of families and their adolescents with Oppositional Defiant Disorders and Conduct Disorders with special emphasis on low income and African American families. My research provides insights into factors underlying frequent and trying interactions between families and child serving system professionals (i.e., mental health clinics, schools, juvenile justice, and child welfare) and the use of social network-based strategies to improve families’ efficacy needs and reduce caregiving stress.
Disciplines: nursing
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Park, Irene Psychiatry, School of Medicine-South Bend / IUPUI - South Bend
Bio: Dr. Irene Park is Assistant Research Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine—South Bend. Broadly, Dr. Park’s research examines sources of risk and resilience in the mental health of immigrant and racial/ethnic minority populations. Using an ecological approach, Dr. Park seeks to understand the sociocultural contexts in which ethnic minority youths reside, particularly the contexts of culture and family, as they relate to youths’ mental health. She is interested in understanding how personal and sociocultural networks influence mental health outcomes, health disparities, and access to mental health services. Currently, Dr. Park is investigating racial/ethnic discrimination and mental health in Latino families, with the aim of identifying mediating mechanisms (e.g., anger regulation) and risk/protective factors in the discrimination—mental health link among Mexican-origin adolescents; this research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Park received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral research fellowship through the Family Research Consortium at the University of California, Davis, focusing on family processes and child/adolescent mental health in diverse contexts. Dr. Park served on the faculty in the Psychology Department at the University of Notre Dame before joining the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2013.
Disciplines: psychology
Perry, Brea Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences / IUB
Bio: Brea Perry is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from IU in 2008. Prior to returning to Indiana in 2014, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, where she founded and directed the interdisciplinary Health, Society, and Populations Program. Her research and teaching interests include social networks, medical sociology, mental illness, biosociology, social genetics, and quantitative methodology. One line of research focuses on complex interactions between genotypes, social statuses, and social environmental conditions (GxExE) in substance use pathways. Dr. Perry also studies personal social network dynamics and processes that accompany progression through illness careers. Much of her work employs egocentric social network analysis and multilevel and longitudinal modeling. Dr. Perry’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the McManus Foundation. She is currently the series editor of Advances in Medical Sociology.
Disciplines: Sociology
Pullen, Erin L. IU Network Science Institute / IUB
Bio: Erin Pullen is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Indiana University Network Science Institute. She came to Indiana University in 2015 after completing her PhD at the University of Kentucky. Her primary research interests include egocentric networks, medical sociology, health disparities, and quantitative methodologies. Broadly, she is interested in how relationships between personal social networks, health behaviors, and health outcomes co-evolve over time, particularly in the context of disadvantage and inequality.
Disciplines: Sociology
Saykin, Andrew J. Radiology and Imaging Sciences, School of Medicine / IUPUI
Bio: Dr. Saykin is the Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine where he serves as director of the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center and of the IU Center for Neuroimaging. He also holds appointments in Medical and Molecular Genetics, Neurology and Psychiatry. Before joining Indiana University in 2006 he served on the faculties of Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Saykin serves as Genetics Core leader of the NIA-sponsored multicenter Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Other collaborative federally sponsored projects examine cognitive changes associated with cancer chemotherapy, brain injury and schizophrenia. Dr. Saykin is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Brain Imaging and Behavior. His current research program focuses on the integration of structural, functional and molecular brain imaging with genomic and biomarker methods to study mechanisms of memory dysfunction and therapeutic response. Major goals include development of tools for early detection of dysregulated brain networks in older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and identification of novel therapeutic targets based on imaging genetics association studies.
Shih, Patrick Informatics, School of Informatics and Computing / Bloomington
Bio: I'm an Assistant Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington. I am a Fellow of the Center for Computer-Mediated Communication (CCMC). I am also an affiliated faculty at the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB), the Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI), and the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine. I am interested in utilizing mixed methods approaches to tackle research problems in online and geographic communities. Specifically, my current research focuses on leveraging awareness of individual and community activities embedded in sensor technologies, smart devices, social media, and online forums in the design and construction of novel persuasive interfaces and civic engagement platforms that facilitate sustainable motivational and behavioral changes.
Smith, Eliot Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences / IUB
Bio: Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Eliot Smith has pioneered the development of multi-agent models of information spread in social networks that draw on social psychological studies of social influence to incorporate realistic assumptions about how and when people will accept (and further transmit) the information they receive from others (Mason et al., 2007). Smith’s empirical studies and multi-agent modeling have focused on the cognitive and behavioral processes that occur when people receive information from others that differs from their own prior beliefs — processes that determine whether they accept the information and change their beliefs, ignore the information, or seek out further evidence to attempt to reconcile the inconsistency (Collins et al., 2011; Smith and Collins, 2009). Another investigation examined in depth strategies for processing inconsistent information and determining its validity (Smith, 2014). The multi-agent model led to the conclusion that people can best avoid misinformation by comparing incoming information to their own existing beliefs, and discarding it if it is too discrepant. Alternative strategies that are prominent in the literature — such as accepting new information if it comes from multiple independent sources — were found not to be useful. This is partly because people are not usually in a good position to know the overall structure of the social network and therefore cannot tell whether multiple information sources are truly independent of each other. That is, person A may hear the same information from both B and C and assume they are independent, when in fact both B and C might have obtained the information from a common source D.
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Watson, Dennis P. Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health / IUPUI
Bio: Dr. Watson’s research and teaching interests include behavioral health, high risk populations and health behaviors, and health services implementation and evaluation.
Wu, Xiaogang Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, School of Informatics and Computing / IUPUI
Bio: Xiaogang Wu received his PhD degree in 2005 on Control Science and Engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China. One year after that, he was appointed to associate professor of the Institute for Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence (IPRAI) in HUST. He has over 10 years of research experience in image processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, chaotic dynamics and complex systems. His previous research focused on nonlinear dynamical analysis of complex models, especially estimating parameters of chaotic systems by nonlinear time series analysis, symbolic dynamics and chaos synchronization, etc. He is currently a Bioinformatics Scientist in the Hood Lab at Institute for Systems Biology (ISB). Before he joined ISB, he was a Research Scientist in the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He was also affiliated with Indiana Center for Systems Biology and Personalized Medicine (CSBPM, a signature center in Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis). His current research focuses on bioinformatics and systems biology, e.g., applying machine learning, swarm intelligence, and complex network modeling techniques into identifying systems biomarkers for early diagnosis and predicting drug responses based on systems pharmacology. He is also an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Systems Biology since 2009.