Psychology department lecture to address challenges of health disparities research, April 4

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KINGSTON, R.I. — March 28, 2011 — In honor of its 50th anniversary, the University of Rhode Island Department of Psychology will feature a lecture with nationally known scholar Gary King, associate professor of Biobehavioral Health and Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University.

King will present “The Evolution of a Good idea: Past, Present, and Future Challenges of Health Disparities Research.” Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held on Monday, April 4 from 3:15 to 5 p.m. in the Chafee Social Science Center, Room 277. A Q & A session and refreshments will follow the talk.

King’s primary interests include research on the smoking behavior of African Americans, as well as international tobacco consumption in France and Africa, and conceptual and empirical uses of the race concept in health and health disparities.

He has been principal investigator on a series of Minority International Research and Training grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health focusing on tobacco control and HIV/AIDS research with sites in Europe and Africa. He is also currently leading a 3-year study of the opinions of African Americans and Congressional representatives on tobacco control policies.

He has published extensively on these subjects in professional journals such as Preventive Medicine, Annals of Epidemiology, and the American Journal of Public Health. He served as chair of the National Health and Tobacco Disparities Research Network funded by the National Cancer Institute.

King received his doctoral degree from Boston University and undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Pennsylvania State, he served on the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Additional lectures planned include:

Monday, May 2, Ritch Savin-Williams, chair of Human Development at Cornell University, will present “The New Gay Teenager.”

Monday, May 9, “Emerging Scholars.” As part of the colloquium, graduate student emerging scholars will make presentations and receive awards. This event will take place at the University Club.

Find more information at Psychology Department.