Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Program

Identifying Risks and Interventions to Optimize Postpartum Health—Independent Panel

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About the Independent Panel

Each P2P workshop has an independent panel that provides a balanced, objective, and informed assessment of the workshop topic. The panel is an unbiased group with diverse perspectives. Panel members attend the workshop, where they listen to and ask questions about presentations from expert speakers. Then the panelists write a report that summarizes the workshop and highlights research gaps and future priorities. The recommendations in the panel’s report are for use by the broader research community. Panel reports are not policy statements of the NIH or the federal government.

Workshop and Panel Chair

   Karina Davidson, Ph.D.

Dr. Karina Davidson is Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of the Institute of Health System Science at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Endowed Donald and Barbara Zucker Professor in Health Outcomes at the Zucker School of Medicine, and Senior Vice President, Research at Northwell Health. For more than 25 years she has served in leadership roles for teams focused on the advancement of scientific and patient care missions, through both the generation and implementation of research-based evidence. She has been the principal investigator of more than 27 federally-funded grants and authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Davidson’s research focuses on innovations in personalized trials and health care systems to manage chronic disease and patient symptoms that incorporate patient preferences and values. Personalized (N-of-1) Trials are designed to identify a single patient’s symptoms, conditions, or behaviors, and promote their overall health. Dr. Davidson has spearheaded the National Institutes of Health-funded MAVEN: Developing Diverse Senior Scientist Leaders to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce at the senior level for those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Recently, Dr. Davidson served as Chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She has a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology and an M.A.Sc in industrial/organizational psychology. 

Panel Members

   Paula Braveman, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Paula Braveman is Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine and Founding Director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of California, San Francisco. For over three decades she has studied and published extensively on health equity and the social determinants of health, and worked with local, state, national, and international health agencies to bring attention to these issues domestically and internationally. Her research focuses on measuring, understanding, and addressing racial and socioeconomic disparities in health, particularly in maternal and infant health. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2002. 

   John W. Epling, Jr., M.D., M.S.Ed.

Dr. John W. Epling, Jr. is a Professor and Vice Chair of Research and Population Health in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. He additionally serves as the Medical Director of Employee Health and Wellness for the Carilion Clinic and maintains an active clinical practice in family medicine.

Dr. Epling received an A.B. with honors in Russian studies from Brown University. He earned his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine, completed his internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC, and completed his residency in family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He earned an M.S.Ed. in instructional design, development, and evaluation from Syracuse University. Dr. Epling completed a faculty development fellowship in evidence-based practice, policy, and education at SUNY Upstate Medical University and a vaccine science fellowship with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Epling has taught family medicine, evidence-based medicine, and clinical prevention to all levels of learners throughout his career. His principal research interests include evidence-based medicine and the translation of research into clinical practice, quality improvement and human performance technology, and technology integration in medical education and practice. His clinical research areas of focus include clinical preventive services, such as screening, vaccination, preventive medication, and behavioral risk counseling, as well as the application of behavioral economic theories in education and practice.

Dr. Epling is widely published and has presented at numerous national, regional, and local events, including those held by the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the North American Primary Care Research Group. He has served several editorial roles, and is currently an Associate Editor for the STFM medical education journal, PRiMER. He has participated in several vaccination policy committees on the state and national level and was a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from 2016–2020.

   Pamela J. Reis, Ph.D.

Dr. Reis is an Associate Professor at East Carolina University College of Nursing in Greenville, NC. She is the Director of the nursing Ph.D. program and Chair of the Department of Nursing Science. Dr. Reis received her Ph.D. degree in nursing from East Carolina University in 2011. She is a nurse-midwife and a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Dr. Reis is also the Project Director of a Health Resources and Services Administration Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant titled “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Academic-Clinical Practice Collaborative.” She has authored or co-authored peer-reviewed journal publications, proceedings, and book chapters. One of her research interests is the use of complementary therapies to promote women’s health, and another is in advancing and expanding the advance practice registered nurse workforce, particularly in rural and underserved communities.

   Mary Beth Terry, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Beth Terry is a Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She is a cancer researcher with a primary focus on reducing the breast cancer burden. She leads the Chronic Disease Unit in the Department of Epidemiology, which conducts research addressing the etiology, prevention, distribution, natural history, and treatment outcomes of chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. For over 20 years, she has led studies in New York City and around the world focused on understanding the role of environmental modifiers of cancer risk. She currently co-leads multi-institutional efforts in New York City to reduce health disparities in multiple chronic diseases and to increase diversity in cancer clinical trials. She also serves as Associate Director of Population Science and Community Outreach for the Columbia's Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. She teaches epidemiological methods and data science to public health students, medical students, and undergraduate students. Dr. Terry serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors and the PDQ Genetics Board for the National Cancer Institute.

   Stefan Timmermans, Ph.D.

Dr. Stefan Timmermans is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include medical sociology and science studies. He has conducted research on medical technologies, health professions, death and dying, and population health. He is the author, most recently, of “Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths” (Chicago, 2006), “Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening” (Chicago 2013, with Mara Buchbinder), “Abductive Analysis: Theorizing Qualitative Research” (Chicago 2014, with Iddo Tavory), and “Theorizing in Qualitative Research: Theorizing with Abductive Analysis” (Chicago 2022, with Iddo Tavory). He is also Senior Editor, Medical Sociology for the journal “Social Science and Medicine”, Editor-in-Chief for “Social Science and Medicine: Qualitative Research in Health,” and book series editor for the University of Chicago series on “Ethnographic Encounters and Discoveries.

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