2011-05-05

Pop Center welcomes new faculty this month

We welcome new Pop Center faculty Kellan Baker, Kerith Conron, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, Jennifer Mitty, and Stewart Landers.

Kellan Baker is the Senior Policy Associate at the National Coalition for LGBT Health, where he develops and implements the Coalition's broad range of LGBT health policy efforts. His work includes fighting for LGBT inclusion under the Affordable Care Act, enhancing LGBT representation in federal public health initiatives like Healthy People 2020, improving federal and state data collection on LGBT health and health disparities, and pursuing advocacy with policymakers across the federal government. Prior to joining the Coalition, he spent several years in Moscow, Russia, where he co-founded a group that advocates for quality healthcare for transgender people in the former Soviet Union and worked with Special Olympics Russia. He spent the summer of 2009 on break from the Coalition in the White House, where he interned for the Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. In addition to his work for the Coalition, Kellan is pursuing dual Masters Degrees (MPH/MA) in Global Public Health Policy and International Development at George Washington University, where he is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society. He graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in astrophysics and Russian.

Kerith Conron is an Associate Research Scientist at the Institute on Urban Health, Northeastern University. In 2007, she earned her doctorate from the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kerith’s research focuses on LGBT health disparities and measurement, childhood victimization, and mental health. She has worked with the LGBT community for the last decade, as an epidemiologist, an evaluator, and a trainer. Kerith served on the first Steering Committee of the National Coalition for LGBT Health and has participated in several national scientific workgroups and panels on LGBT measurement. As Principal Investigator of the Gender Measures Project, she has conducted one of few transgender measurement research studies in the country. Her publications appear in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Public Heath Reports, Psychological Medicine, and the American Journal of Public Health.

Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen is a Professor and Director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health at the School of Social Work, University of Washington. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen’s research focuses on aging, health disparities and caregiving in marginalized communities. Currently, as the Principal Investigator of Caregiving and Aging with Pride (RO1), she is leading the first national study on health disparities of LGBT elders and their caregivers. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is the author of three books and has received several awards for advancing gerontological and health research and education. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, received the Outstanding Research Award by the Society for Social Work and Research and was selected as a Hartford Faculty Mentor and Scholar. Locally, nationally and internationally, Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen provides consultation and training on effectively serving elders and their families and conducting research within marginalized communities. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.

Stewart Landers is a senior consultant at John Snow, Inc. (JSI), based in Boston, Massachusetts, with 25 years of experience working on issues related to health care reform, chronic disease, wellness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse treatment and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) health. From 2007-2009, Mr. Landers served as Senior Program Director at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In the area of LGBT Health, Mr. Landers has conducted health needs assessments of the LGBT population in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Santa Clara County, CA. He is part of a national “umbrella” group of individuals who plan health summits for the LGBT and Intersex communities across the United States. Mr. Landers has worked on HIV prevention projects and needs assessments in New Hampshire, Santa Clara County, CA, Minnesota and Massachusetts. In Rhode Island, he provided technical assistance to a program offering HIV testing and other STD screening at a bathhouse in Providence. Mr. Landers provides evaluation expertise across a variety of disciplines. He is currently evaluating a multi-pronged effort to reduce childhood obesity in Rochester, New York. In 2006, he completed a collaborative research study with Harvard Medical School to evaluate a quality improvement collaborative for Ryan White Modernization Act Part A grantees to improve the quality of HIV/AIDS services provided across networks of care. Beyond his work at JSI, Mr. Landers is as associate editor at the American Journal of Public Health, focusing on LGBT Health and teaches Evaluation of Health Services at Tufts University. He received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1982 and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978.

Jennifer Mitty is a research scientist at The Fenway Institute and Director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is an infectious disease specialist who has been caring for individuals with HIV/AIDS for over 15 years. She has a research interest in medication adherence and linkage to care among hard to reach HIV-infected individuals. Most recently, she has been involved in looking at the impact of substance abuse treatment on HIV-related health outcomes. In addition to her work with HIV infected patients, she is also interested in investigating the impact of substance use on biomedical prevention strategies for high risk MSM.