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EnRICH February 2021 Registration Form

EnRICH Webinar Series

The Engaging Research Innovations and Challenges (EnRICH) webinar series provides a national forum for researchers and practitioners to disseminate innovative solutions to contemporary challenges in applied and translational maternal and child health research and practice. Each event features one or more speakers who are experts in the field.

Advancing Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses and Adaptations

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm ET

Learning Objectives

Multiple factors support adolescents and young adults (AYAs) as they navigate the transition to adulthood. The COVID-19 pandemic has engendered extended disruptions in these supportive factors—in areas such as education, social networks and health care. Collectively, these disruptions have also contributed to increased emotional health problems among AYAs. The AYA Health Research Network responded with innovative technology-driven projects that expand the reach of multiple sectors that aim to improve AYA health and well-being. These innovations can be adapted to address other challenges facing the MCH population.

At the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Be familiar with the AYA Health Research Network and its responses and adaptations to the COVID-19 pandemic in research and the delivery of clinical care; and
  • Identify ways to utilize technology to advance equity and reach in systems and interventions that serve AYAs and the broader MCH population.


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Elizabeth M. Ozer, MA, PhD is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of Research for the Office of Diversity and Outreach at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She serves as Principal Investigator (PI) of the MCHB-funded Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network. Dr. Ozer’s training has spanned the areas of health, social, and clinical psychology. She has served as PI/Co-PI on numerous federal research grants supporting multidimensional interventions targeting clinicians, adolescents, and health care systems; and more recently, several federal research grants focused on how technology can be incorporated into successful models of preventive care. This includes developing and piloting an interactive behavioral/emotional health module for adolescents that can be integrated into health care delivery (AHRQ), and designing a self-adaptive computerized personalized behavior change system for adolescent preventive health (focused on reducing substance use) that extends the reach of the clinician (National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Cancer Institute). She has served in leadership positions in the field of adolescent health, including The Lancet Workgroup on Global Adolescent Health and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. Beyond research focused on adolescent and young adult health, she directs the UCSF Faculty Equity Advisor Program, serves as Chair of the UC Systemwide Committee on the Status of Women, was joint-PI on NIH-funded research that focuses on enhancing underrepresented minority students’ motivation and persistence in science research careers and currently serves as co-PI on an NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) using a game-based learning environment to enhance the training and diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research network.

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James C. Lester, PhD is Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Educational Informatics at North Carolina State University. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). His research centers on transforming education with artificial intelligence (AI). The AI-augmented learning environments he and his team create have been used by thousands of K-12 students around the globe. He serves as PI on federal research grants on AI-enabled learning technologies with the support of the NSF, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, and the Army Futures Command. He has also served as PI on projects supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Army Research Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His foundational work on pedagogical agents has been recognized with the International Federation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) Influential Paper Award by the IFAAMAS. He is the recipient of a NSF CAREER Award and Best Paper Awards at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, the Association for Computing Machinery International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, the AAAI International Conference on AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment, and the International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. He currently serves as PI on an NIH SEPA investigating game-based learning to promote adolescents’ interest in health science careers.

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Alison K. Cohen, PhD, MPH is a social epidemiologist committed to doing community-driven, rigorous, applied epidemiology research to inform policy and program decision-making. Her research explores social and environmental determinants of health inequities with an eye towards doing community-driven, policy-relevant applied epidemiology research to systematically document health inequities and identify interventions beyond the health sector that could reduce inequities in health and well-being. Dr. Cohen earned her PhD in epidemiology, MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from UC Berkeley, and BA in education policy and community health from Brown University.


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