Five researchers affiliated with the University of South Florida College of Public Health (COPH) and the Florida Prevention Research Center (FPRC) presented oral papers at the International Consortium for Interdisciplinary Education about Health and the Environment–6th Winter Meeting in Cologne, Germany, December 8-9. The conference featured several internationally renowned scholars from Europe, Asia, and North America.
Mahmooda Khaliq Pasha presented “Repositioning Family Planning: Uganda’s Experience with Community-Based Family Planning.” Ms. Pasha is a DrPH student in the Department of Community and Family Health and an administrator and research scientist with the FPRC.
Three FPRC research fellows also gave oral presentations at the conference. Dr. Mary P. Martinasek spoke on “Environmental Contaminants Associated with Hookah Tobacco Smoking.” Dr. Martinasek is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance at The University of Tampa. She earned her MPH and PhD from the USF College of Public Health Department of Community and Family Health.
Dr. Jen Nickelson presented “Obesity: Individuals and Their Physical and Social Environments.” Dr. Nickelson, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Science at the University of Alabama, earned a PhD from the USF College of Public Health Department of Community and Family Health.
Dr. Robert J. McDermott, FPRC research fellow and retired COPH professor, presented: “Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Environmental and Health Sciences: A Dialogue for the 21st Century.”
Finally, Dr. Tait Martin delivered “Why Won’t They Do What We Say? An Examination of Health and Environmental Messaging through a Cognitive Processing Perspective.” Dr. Martin is adjunct associate professor in the Department of Community and Family Health and CEO of The iNSIGHT Cooperative in Tallahassee, FL.