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We Are the Medicine

Christina Bethell discusses mindfulness in the context of public health during Dean’s Lecture.



On November 23, Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, takes the podium in Sheldon Hall to present a provocative Dean’s Lecture that connects mindfulness and public health. This event is one of a series that celebrates the appointment or promotion of a faculty member to the level of professor during the previous academic year at the Bloomberg School.

In Bethell’s own words, her integrative research combines “knowledge about brain plasticity, epigenetics and social determinants of health to make relationships, self-awareness and mindfulness a matter of public health.” Mindfulness can allow people to make healthier decisions during stressful moments, when people may otherwise “irresistibly turn to food, alcohol or other behaviors that contribute to ill health.”

Bethell, who teaches in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, is a course facilitator for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

The lecture series, which Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, has been hosting for 10 years, is an opportunity for some of the Bloomberg School’s most engaging faculty to share innovative ideas and research with a broad audience. “Earning the rank of professor at the Bloomberg School represents an incredible achievement and confirms not only the respect and high regard of the School but also of colleagues across the nation and throughout the world,” Klag says.

For additional information about the Dean’s Lecture series, please contact Chynna Oliver at 410-955-3540.

2015-2016 Dean’s Lecture Series

All lectures take place 4-5 p.m. in Sheldon Hall (W1214), followed by a reception in the Gallery (Wall of Wonder). Past lectures can be watched online.

Ramin Mojtabai, MD, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Mental Health
“Has Increased Provision of Mental Health Treatments Reduced the Prevalence of Common Mental Disorders?”
September 30, 2015

Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH
Professor, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health
“We are the Medicine: Human Development Sciences and the Epidemiology of Child and Family Adversity and Well-Being”
November 23, 2015

David Sullivan, MD
Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

“The Malaria Iron Problem”
December 1, 2015

Jon Vernick, JD, MPH
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management

“Success Stories in Law and Injury Prevention”
December 15, 2015

Eric Ford, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management

“The Innovation Imperative: Regulations and Realities”
February 3, 2016

Elizabeth Stuart, PhD
Professor, Department of Mental Health

“From Patients to Populations:  Innovative Study Designs for Public Health Policies"
February 9, 2016

Ingo Ruczinski, PhD
Professor, Department of Biostatistics
"A Public Health Researcher's Commentary on Wagner's Ring”
February 23, 2016

Joshua Sharfstein, MD
Professor of the Practice, Department of Health Policy and Management
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice & Training
“Use of Healthcare Data to Re-Invent Public Health Practice”
March 1, 2016

Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
The Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair
The W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

“Crisis in Science: Time for Reform?”
March 7, 2016

Joanna Cohen, PhD, MHSc
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Disease Prevention
Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society

“Tobacco Control Policy”
March 23, 2016

Janice Evans, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“Unscrambling Eggs and Hatching New Learning Experiences”
April 13, 2016

Michelle Hindin, PhD
Professor, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health

"Is it Really a Sensitive Question? What We Can Learn From Simply Asking”
Tuesday, May 3, 2016