2019 Recipients

Dinesh Kumar

Dinesh Kumar

Statistician cum Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital Chandigarh, India

With more than 29 years of faculty experience, Dr Dinesh Kumar is working as Statistician cum Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, Govt. Medical College and Hospital Chandigarh, India. He is teaching and guiding medical students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences, India and he was also awarded Fellowship by Department of Health Research (DHR), Govt. of India. He has been associated with 17 Research Projects sponsored by UNICEF, WHO, NACO, UNAIDS ICMR, DHR, DST and other agencies. He has published 127 research articles. He is Member of Editorial Board/ Reviewer of 42 National and International Journals and also member of various Scientific Societies. He is Member of Institutional Ethics Committee, Research Committee, PG Thesis Committee and Co Coordinator, PG Course: Biostatistics, Research Methodology and Medical Ethics, Organizing Secretary of a number of Seminars/Symposia/Workshops. Dr. Kumar was awarded Best Researcher Award for the year 2018 in GMCH Chandigarh, by Chandigarh Administration, India

Candice Kim

Candice Kim

Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Graduate School of Education, USA

Candice is a third-year MD/PhD student at Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about studying best practices to promote a positive learning environment. For the past three years, she has worked with the Stanford Medicine and the Muse program to develop storytelling workshops for medical students and assess the impact of these workshops on student well-being. She has presented her work at multiple national conferences. Most recently, she was invited to give a talk at the 2019 American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation Forum on using the medical humanities to rebuild trust in the medical education system.

Clipper F. Young

Clipper F. Young

Assistant Professor & Clinical Pharmacist, Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine, USA

Clipper Young, PharmD, MPH, is an assistant professor and a clinical pharmacist at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a clinician, he focuses on diabetes management and cardiovascular reduction, working side-by-side with a team of diabetologists to tackle diabetes in Solano County, California. As a member of the DREAM (Diabetes Research Education and Management) Team at the College, he aims to create a platform for the integration of diabetes, public health, and pharmacy disciplines. His research interests are the management of diabetes, focusing on the psychosocial aspect and looking into how socioeconomic status and social determinants of health impact the management, and the impact of a hidden curriculum on students’ educational journeys.

Jen Maguire

Jen Maguire

Associate Professor of Social Work, Humboldt State, USA

Jen Maguire is Associate Professor of Social Work at Humboldt State. She is a founding member of Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs and under the CSU’s Basic Needs Initiative, has conducted the CSU Study of Student Basic Needs. Her research continues with a close look at CSU campus food and housing programs’ successes, remaining need, and lessons that can be applied in the CSU and beyond. Her work has helped to transform how students basic needs are met system-wide as well as inform state and federal policy being redesigned to better serve students in higher education. She recently co-authored a book that can be used as a resource for serving students experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness: Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education: Strategies for Educational Leaders. This year she was selected for the CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award.

Mark Lasota

Mark Lasota

Doctoral Candidate and Lecturer, The University of New Mexico, USA

Mark Lasota has spent the last 20 years as an educator and healthcare professional. His professional background includes experience working as an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, corporate fitness manager, recreation director, sport coach, and teacher. Currently, Mr. Lasota is a PhD Candidate and lecturer for the Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences Department at the University of New Mexico. He also teaches online for the Kinesiology Department at California State University, Stanislaus. Mr. Lasota earned his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University and his Master’s in Kinesiology with an option in Sport Psychology from Fresno State University.

Dr. Mokolade Johnson

Dr. Mokolade Johnson

Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Mokolade Johnson is an Architectural Well-being theorist and proponent for cultural urbanism who believes that quality of life and health of rural or urban communities is influenced by the geo-cultural and people-centered planning ideals of human ecosystems. An architect, environmental planner and researcher in the Department of Architecture, University of Lagos, Nigeria. His Doctor of philosophy was obtained from the same department with keen interest in physical well-being rooted in cultural ideologies. A resource-oriented professional, he advocates that physical planning objectives of human ecosystem when creatively harnessed stimulates higher life expectancy when environmental harmony and well-being is of key consideration.

Oluwafemi K. Akande

Oluwafemi K. Akande

Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria

Dr Oluwafemi Akande is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD at Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom as well as a recipient and Postdoctoral Scholar of Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF). Dr Akande has a background in Architecture with a particular focus and interest on the influence of building on occupant's health and infectious diseases transmission within the indoor environment. Dr Akande's awareness of the research challenges in this area and ideas for relating health risks to housing design in Nigeria is the first outside of conventional medicine and health research areas bringing his innovative ideas to the fore in Africa. Dr Akande is a collaborator with scientists from Environmental Engineering and Public Health to enhance public health through Architectural and Environmental design for local communities in Africa context through interdisciplinary public health research projects at University of Leeds, UK.

Jason Lochmann

Jason Lochmann

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, United States

Jason Lochmann (MPH, MPS) is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Clinton School of Public Service. Over the past 5 years, he has explored his passion for natural and social sciences through biomedical research, criminal justice advocacy, and community-based global health practice. Jason’s latest obsession is the behavioral economics of vaccine hesitancy. He is eager to share his team's work in the field of deliberative democratic health promotion and learn with other scholars to advance community health and wellness across the country.

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Sarah Ratcliffe

Sarah Ratcliffe

PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, University of Sydney, Australia

Sarah is an early career researcher passionate about improving the quality of life of at risk groups and the translation of research. Involvement in various roles including social work and interdisciplinary qualitative and quantitative research within Australia, Europe, and North America, have shaped Sarah’s research focus on the promotion of inclusion and reduction of stigma through evidence-based interventions. Currently, Sarah is investigating abortion stigma as part of her PhD at the University of Sydney, Australia and transgender stigma in collaboration with Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Through her research Sarah aspires to strengthen the translation of research into social value and practical application through collaboration with interdisciplinary, international teams.

Sathya Thennavan

Sathya Thennavan

Post Doctoral Fellow, International Institute for Population Sciences, India

Dr. Sathya, Post Doctoral Fellow in International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India. She completed Ph.D. in social work. She worked as a project officer on LASI project at IIPS (International Institute for Population Science) and having 4 years’ experience with various NGOs who are working for vulnerability people on women, child, and aging people. She has handled long scale surveys on NFHS-4 (National Family Health Survey) and LASI-1 (Longitudinal Aging Study in India) in south India. And involved action oriented research and qualitative research with Non-governmental organizations. She is a member of “Ayai global women forum” and having some publication about Transgender and women issues.

Busisiwe Nkala-Dlamini

Busisiwe Nkala-Dlamini

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Department of Social Work. Has been involved in a number of HIV prevention studies. Her current work aims to translate the knowledge from her PhD on historical and socio-cultural factors’ contribution to teenager sexual and reproductive health problems including services and families. She holds a PhD in Development Studies, Masters of Health Science in Bioethics from the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery. Her main involvement is within the field of health for children, youth, families and key stakeholders (including government).

Karel K. Himawan

Karel K. Himawan

The University of Queensland, Australia

Karel Himawan is a full-time lecturer in the Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia, who is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interest revolves around the role of religion and culture in transforming individuals' preferences on their involvement in an interpersonal close relationship. In particular, his research focuses on singleness, coupledom, marriage and family formation and transformation. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Indigenous Journal of Psychology (Jurnal Psikologi Ulayat). Besides his academic career, Karel is also a licensed clinical psychologist who has a professional practice in Experiencing Life Foundation, Indonesia.

Kara Irwin

Kara Irwin

University of Calgary, Canada

Kara Irwin is a Clinical Psychologist and specializes in trauma and the far-reaching impacts on physical and psychological quality of life. She is currently heading a team in Calgary to integrate mental health into primary medical care to make quality mental health supports easily accessible to high risk populations. She is currently completing her PhD in Community Medicine and received her master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary where she studied trauma and pain in Canadian Veterans. She also has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and International Development Studies.

In Their Words

The chance to chair parallel sessions and to lead discussions for the talking circles was an excellent learning opportunity. I am indeed going to use the knowledge to strengthen my ongoing and future works."

Padmore Amoah, 2016 Awardee

I learned many things from all the presentations I viewed and helped facilitate. It was eye-opening, and I hope to continue to attend and be involved in research and this conference in future years."

2016 Awardee