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SERjournal Club

The SPC Online Journal Club is a live, online journal club for SER-SPC members. The journal club provides our members with the opportunity to discuss recent epidemiologic literature. Papers chosen for discussion in the journal club are focused on epidemiologic methods. Journal club sessions are led by one of the authors of the article. Please join us for our next session!


October 20, 2021
January 12, 2022
April 20, 2022
July 20, 2022


October 20, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Adam Leventhal, PhD

Director, USC Institute for Addiction Science
and Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory
Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences and Psychology
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California


Article: Digital media use and suicidal behavior in U.S. adolescents, 2009–2017


Adam Leventhal, Ph.D., is a Professor, Population and Public Health Sciences and Psychology, Keck School of Medicine USC and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara and completed clinical psychology graduate studies at University of Houston. Dr Leventhal attended Brown University Medical School for his clinical psychology internship and post-doctoral training. He is Founding Director of the USC Institute for Addiction Science (IAS) and USC Health, Emotion & Addiction (USC-HEAL), which supports transdisciplinary collaborative addiction research and education.  Having been awarded over 40M in grant funding from the NIH and other agencies, Dr. Leventhal’s laboratory’s current areas of focus are: (1) adolescent and young adult tobacco, cannabis, and opioid use; (2) addiction among populations with mental illness, from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds, with socioeconomic disadvantage, and other groups subject to health disparities; (3) the development of medications to treat nicotine addiction; (4) science to inform public policies for regulating tobacco and other addictive consumer products; and (5) cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention.


July 21, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Annabel X. Tan
PhD student
Stanford School of Medicine.

Article: Association Between Income Inequality and County-Level COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the US.


April 21, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Isabelle Malhamé

Assistant Professor, McGill University
Physician, Obstetric Medicine and General Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
McGill University Health Centre

Article: Identifying cardiovascular severe maternal morbidity in epidemiologic studies


This event is co-sponsored by the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER).

February 3, 2021
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Erline E. Martinez-Miller

Epidemiologist & Project Director
Social & Scientific Systems
A DLH Holding Company
Durham, NC
Department of Population and Data Sciences
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Article: Longitudinal Associations of US Acculturation With Cognitive Performance, Cognitive Impairment, and Dementia: The Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging


Date: November 18, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT

This event is co-sponsored by the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER).

Jonathan M Snowden
Associate Professor
School of Public Health, Oregon Health & Science University/Portland State University
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University

Cesarean birth and maternal morbidity among Black women and White women after implementation of a blended payment policy

Sarah Osmundson, MD MS
Assistant Professor
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Cesarean Delivery Rates and Costs of Childbirth in a State Medicaid Program After Implementation of a Blended Payment Policy


Date: July 15, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT

Author: Dr. Laura Balzer

Article: Machine learning to identify persons at high-risk of HIV acquisition in rural Kenya and Uganda

Link to Article

Author: Dr. Jason Salemi

Article: Estimating the obstetric co‐morbidity burden using administrative data: The impact of the pregnancy‐related assessment window


Link to Article

Jason L. Salemi, Michael A. Hansen, Sanjukta Modak, Jennifer L. Matas, George J. Germanos, Syed Ahsan Raza, Denny Fe G. Agana, Judette M. Louis

Date: January 15, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT


Author: Dr. Erika Garcia

Article: “Association of Changes in Air Quality With Incident Asthma in Children in California, 1993-2014”

Link to Article

Date: October 16, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EDT

Author:  Dr. Sarah MacDonald, ScD, ScM
Senior Consultant Epidemiologist, IQVIA


Article: “Assessment of recording bias in pregnancy studies using health care databases: An application to neurologic conditions.”


Link to Article

MacDonald SC, Hernán MA, McElrath TF, Hernández-Díaz S. Assessment of recording bias in pregnancy studies using health care databases: An application to neurologic conditions. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2018 May ; 32(3): 281–286. doi:10.1111/ppe.12459. PMID 29569366

Date: July 17, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST

Author: Mustafa Hussein

Article: “Unequal Exposure or Unequal Vulnerability? Contributions of Neighborhood Conditions and Cardiovascular Risk Factors to Socioeconomic Inequality in Incident Cardiovascular Disease in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis”

Link to Article


Date: April 17, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00pm EST

Author: Joan Casey and Dana Goin

Article: “Retirements of Coal and Oil Power Plants in California: Association with Reduced Preterm Birth Among Populations Nearby” 

Link to Article

Article referenced during event: “Natural Experiments: An Overview of Methods, Approaches, and Contributions to Public Health Intervention Research”

Date: January 23, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:00pm EST
Author: Paulina Kaiser 

Article: “Comparing methods to address bias in observational data: statin use and cardiovascular events in a US cohort


Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm, EST
Author: Katherine Keyes
Article: “Age, period, and cohort effects in conduct problems among American adolescents from 1991 through 2015”

March 2016 – “Multiple imputation to account for measurement error in marginal structural models”
Author: Jess Edwards
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