Inaugural Women’s Health Research Day


The inaugural Women’s Health Research Day was held on the Penn State Hershey campus on April 8, 2014.  Sixty-five faculty members, students, and trainees attended from the College of Medicine, College of Health and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts, and Penn State Harrisburg. The keynote address, “Should We Scrap Screening Mammography?” was presented by Karen Freud, MD, Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she is Director for Research Collaboration in the Tufts CTSI.  The program included oral research presentations, a poster session, and a panel discussion of “Health Care Reform and Women’s Preventive Health Care.”  The conference was organized by Cynthia Chuang, MD, and a cross-campus Planning Committee.

The award for Best Oral Presentation by a Faculty Member went to Erika Saunders, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the College of Medicine, for her talk, “Sleep Disturbance Predicts the Frequency of Clinically Significant Depressive Symptoms in Women with Bipolar Disorder.”  The award for Best Oral Presentation by a Student or Trainee went to Dana Schirk, BS, Medical Student II, for her talk, “Impact of Social Support on the Risk for Eating Disorders in Women Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence.”

Thanks to the Department of Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Development, for providing photos!

Funding for the conference was provided by the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the College of Medicine.