Interviewing your favorite sex and drugs scientists about what they study and why. Each week features an interview with a scientist studying topics such as: pornography, opioids, HIV, harm reduction, and other topics. Co-hosted by Valerie Earnshaw and Carly Hill with help from the UD Stigma Lab. Follow @sexdrugsscience on Instagram for updates.
Allecia Reid: Peer Influence & Alcohol
Dr. Allecia Reid is an Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Allecia’s research aims to both understand the psychological, social, and environmental factors that relate to health behaviors and to improve the design of health promotion interventions. Allecia talks with Valerie and Carly about drinking on college campuses, including the roles of peer influence and mimicry on alcohol use as well as protective strategies to reduce harmful alcohol use. Allecia also shares about her Fulbright experience working in the UK.
Read more about Allecia’s work here: https://blogs.umass.edu/spahlab
Morgan Philbin: Cannabis Policy
Dr. Morgan Philbin is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Morgan’s work explores how social-structural factors impact health outcomes for vulnerable populations, particularly racial/ethnic and sexual minority youth. Morgan talks with Valerie and Carly about her research on cannabis policies, challenges in studying how policies impact health, and the role of scientists in policy change. Morgan describes how her experiences studying and working abroad have informed her research, and advises students to take time off before starting graduate school.
Read more about Dr. Philbin’s work here: https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/people/our-faculty/mp3243
Follow Dr. Philbin on Twitter: @morgan_philbin
Liz Richards: Paid Family & Medical Leave
Liz Richards is Executive Director of the Delaware Cares Coalition for Paid Leave, which is a coalition of health, labor, faith, business, family and community organizations and advocates committed to passing Paid Family and Medical Leave in Delaware. Liz talks with Valerie and Carly about her work advocating for paid leave in Delaware, the research evidence supporting paid leave, and how scientists can support policy change surrounding paid leave.
Learn more about Delaware Cares here: https://www.decares.org/
Read Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association’s policy statement regarding Paid Family Medical Leave here: https://delamed.org/paid-family-medical-leave-statement/
Follow Delaware Cares on Twitter: @delawarecares
Follow Liz Richards on Twitter: @lizrr
Ryan Watson: Sexual & Gender Diverse Youth
Dr. Ryan Watson is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Ryan’s research focuses on reducing health disparities among sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth and young adults. Ryan talks with Valerie and Carly about how terminology used by sexual and gender minority individuals changes over time (especially among youth), the role of minority stress in health, and how parents can buffer or protect youth from minority stressors. Ryan and Valerie nerd out about their interests in disclosure and time.
Read more about Dr. Watson’s work here: https://hdfs.uconn.edu/person/ryan-j-watson/#
Follow Dr. Watson on Twitter: @DrRyanJWatson
Laramie Smith: HIV Medication Adherence
Dr. Laramie Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. Valerie, Carly, and Laramie take a slow walk through Laramie’s early years, including her childhood plans to become a rodeo barrel rider and adversities she faced on her path to college. Laramie shares her experiences working for the Seattle King County HIV Planning Council before graduate school, her dissertation project in the Bronx, and her current intervention work in Tijuana. Laramie and Valerie reflect on the value of qualitative work and some of the participants from whom they’ve learned the most.
Learn more about Dr. Smith’s work here: https://profiles.ucsd.edu/laramie.smith
Watch Dr. Smith’s GSBA speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlX0VjuwRxg
Ingrid Katz: HIV & Global Health
Dr. Ingrid Katz is an Associate Director at the Harvard Global Health Institute, Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a research scientist at the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ingrid’s research focuses on the social determinants of health-seeking behavior among people living with HIV in South Africa. Ingrid talks with Valerie and Carly about biking across the country after college to raise awareness about HIV, her interest in the “complexity of the human condition”, the value of interdisciplinary teams, her many work hats (doctor, scientist, teacher), and being part of the first openly gay couple to match at a Harvard-affiliated hospital.
Read more about Dr. Katz’s work here: https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/team/ingrid-katz/
Follow her on Twitter: @IngridKatzMD
Access recordings from Dr. Katz’s class (Confronting COVID-19: Science, History, Policy) here: https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/domains/pandemics/courses/
Watch Dr. Katz chat with the Time for Kids reporters about COVID-19 here: https://www.timeforkids.com/g56/ask-the-expert-katz/