SONHS Lectures


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Distinguished Panel: 
  • Dr. Jessica Peck, creator of the Alliance for Children in Trafficking
  • Dr. Heidi Schaeffer, SONHS Visiting Scholar, Human Trafficking - Advocate, Physician, and Educator
  • Attorney Brenda Mezick, one of the first to specialize in the prosecution of offenses involving human trafficking; Mezick leads her office in the groundbreaking Human Trafficking-Child Plan and Recovery Initiative
  • Victor Williams, Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Coalition


Human Trafficking Prevention Month, We Can All Do Something:  “Human Trafficking Response — A Conversation”
  • Anti-trafficking experts advocate victim-centered response at SONHS event for Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • The lecture was made possible by the Maria G. Lamas Featured Speaker Series for Human Trafficking Education and Prevention Endowment

Dr. Sandro Galea, renowned public health expert, member of the National Academy of Medicine, and Dean & and Robert A. Knox Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, closes National Public Health Week at the School of Nursing and Health Studies with a powerful message of hope for the future of health


National Public Health Week, Toward a Healthier Public:  “Within Reason: Ensuring Public Health Matters in Coming Decades” STORY;
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Eliseo J. Perez-Stable

"How Science Promotes Health Equity by Decreasing Disparities"

Cheryl Giscombe
Ph.D., R.N., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C., F.A.A.N.

"Contemplative Science for Real World Applications: Harmony, mb-HEAL, and the Triple Aim

Marilia van Keeken
Ed.S., M.S.

"Healthcare Coalitions: Healthcare Preparedness through Partnerships"

Ernest J. Grant
Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

"Nurses as Agents of Change"

Margaret C. Wilmoth
Ph.D., M.S.S., R.N., F.A.A.N.

"The Unlimited Leadership Possibilities of Military Science"

Ken White
Ph.D., A.G.A.C.N.P., A.C.H.P.N., F.A.C.H.E., F.A.A.N.

Fall Awards Guest Speaker

Dr. White serves as the Dean of the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and as Associate Chief Nurse of Academic Affairs at Massachusetts General Hospital. White is a Fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives.



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Jeanne Alhusen
Ph.D., C.R.N.P., R.N., F.A.A.N.
“Violence During the Perinatal Period: Implications on Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Outcomes”

Deborah Jones
Ph.D., R.N.

“The Power of the Journey: Uncovering What Matters”

Ukamaka M. Oruche
Ph.D., R.N., P.M.H.C.N.S.-B.C., F.A.A.N.
“A Program of Research to Promote Health Equity in Local and Global Communities"

Paule V. Joseph
C.R.N.P., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.
“The Chemical Senses (Taste & Smell): Past, Present, and Beyond”

Virginia LeBaron
Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N.P., F.A.A.N. 
“Leveraging Technology to Promote Equitable Access to Cancer Pain Management”



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Carmen Alvarez
Ph.D., C.R.N.P., C.N.M., F.A.A.N.

“Latino Health Disparities and the Future of Nursing Now 

Victoria Frye

“From Society to Cells: Designing Multilevel HIV and Violence Prevention Interventions” 

Heidi E. Schaeffer
M.D. ’98

“Human Trafficking in the Healthcare Setting” 



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Dr. David Eugene Vance
Ph.D., MGS

"Cognitive aging with HIV:
Implications for practice and research"

Dr. Patricia Brennan

"Virtualizing Living & Working Spaces:
A strategy to support Patients with Chronic Diseases"

Dr. Barbara Stilwell

"Launching Nursing NOW USA in South Florida"

Dr. Elizabeth Madigan

"Nursing NOW: The Global View"



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Kevin E. Kip

"Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART): An Innovative Mental Health and Mind-Body Intervention to Treat PTSD and Related Comorbidities"

Huda Abu-Saad Huijer

"Pain Management and Palliative Care:
A Program of Research"

Alan Finnegan

"Hard to Reach Populations:
A (brief) Compilation of Armed Forces Research"