Pub;ic Helath Minute with William Latimer


Public Health Minute (PHM) is a one minute segment in which the creator and host, Dr. William Latimer, interviews researchers and medical professionals about a wide variety of public health topics.

The Institute of Medicine estimates it takes 20+ years for health researchers to get scientifically proven findings that inform best practices into communities.

Public Health Minute gets practical health advice informed by cutting edge research to the public today


William Latimer, Ph.D. was named the 14th president of The College of New Rochelle in April 2018. Latimer brings to the office of president more than 20 years of administrative and faculty experience with nationally recognized institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Florida, Gainesville, and Lehman College. 

If you would like further information about our research and goals please contact the host and lead producer, Dr. William Latimer


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Pediatric Developmental Disabilities -

Dr. Cecilia McCarton 

One in six children in the U.S. has a developmental disorder. Dr. Cecilia McCarton is founder of the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics in New York. A pediatrician, researcher, and lecturer, Dr. McCarton is among the world's leading experts in diagnosing and treating children with developmental disorders and founder and executive director of The McCarton Foundation for Children with Developmental Disabilities, The McCarton School for children with autism, and the Children's Academy for children with speech and language delays. Learn more about Dr. McCarton here


Adult Learners - Timothy Rodgers

More than half of U.S. businesses require applicants to have - at minimum - a bachelor's degree, and those already working need a degree in order to advance in their careers. Increasing numbers of non-traditional- age learners are enrolling in colleges that offer programs tailored for adult learners who are often combining work, family and educational responsibilities. Timothy Rodgers is the campus director for the Brooklyn Campus of The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources (SNR)for adult learners. Learn more about  SNR, its campuses, and programs here

Disabled Women & Unplanned Pregnancy - Dr. Jeanne Alhusen

Twenty-seven million women in the US have disabilities.  Access to family planning that enables women to plan pregnancies is not always easily accessible to disabled women. Dr. Jeanne Alhusen, assistant dean for research at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, studied unplanned pregnancies among 7,500 women of reproductive age. Learn more about Dr. Alhusen here



Therapeutic Hypnosis for Pain - Dr. Dorothy Larkin

Millions of adults experience chronic pain. Dr. Dorothy Larkin is professor and faculty coordinator for the master’s program in Holistic Nursing in the School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions at The College of New Rochelle. Her current research focuses on integrating hypnosis in support groups for persons with chronic pain; support groups for women living in poverty; and facilitating experiential groups for building relationship-based care with nurses in hospitals seeking magnet status. Learn more about Dr. Larkin here

Ketogenic Diet for Pain - Dr. Susan Masino

A ketogenic diet has long been used to treat epileptic seizures. Studies have explored the ability for ketogenic diets to also reduce pain. Dr. Susan Masino is the Vernon Roosa professor of applied science at Trinity College. Her research focuses on the role of ketogenic diets in health and disease. Learn more about Dr. Masino here

Mealtime Partnerships for Dementia Patients -
Dr. Elaine Amella

The number of people living with dementia worldwide is estimated at 47 million and is projected to increase to 75 million by 2030. Dementia affects memory and functioning. Dr. Elaine Amella is a nursing professor at the Medical University of South Carolina who studies aging, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, caregiving, nutritional issues especially at the end of life, dysphagia, and use of theory to guide research. Learn more about Dr. Amella here

Aging - Dr. Capistrant 

Caregiving for two or more hours for a spouse significantly increases the caregiver’s risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and depression.

Dr. Capistrant is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and community Health in the School of Public Health in the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on social determinants of aging and non-communicable diseases, both in the U.S., and in low and middle income countries. Learn more about Dr. Benjamin Capistrant here.

Summertime Spikes in Emergency Dept. Visits -

Dr. Christopher Davison

There are 40 million injury-related emergency department visits in the US each year. Doctor Christopher Davison is a critical care specialist and the Emergency Department medical director at Greenwich Hospital. Learn more about emergency services here

Heart Healthy Habits for Teens - Dr. Tammy Brady

More than 12 million children in the United States are obese, putting them at risk for heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Tammy Brady,  associate professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studies heart healthy habits for adolescents. Her areas of research includes pediatric hypertension. Read more about Dr. Brady’s work here 

Gestational Diabetes - Dr. Lois McClosky

One in every 10 women in the US lives with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Lois McCloskey is as an associate professor at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. McClosky, inspired by her early work as an anthropologist and educator of community health workers in Nepal, focuses her research on health care of women and their infants, particularly in communities that are under-served. Learn more about Dr. McClosky’s work here

Aphasia Rehabilitation - Dr. Erika Middleton

Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects two million Americans. Dr. Erica Middleton is the director of the Language and Learning Laboratory and director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Registry at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute. Dr. Middleton’s research focuses on this language disorder, most commonly caused by stroke that can cause patients to experiences problems producing and understanding written and spoken language.  Learn more about Dr. Middleton here

Sports as a Health Incentive - Dr. Amy Bass

Dr. Amy Bass, professor of history at the College of New Rochelle, studies how sports foster healthy choices. Her research interests include African-American history; modern American culture, with a particular focus on sports; identity politics; and historical theory and methodology. Read more about Dr. Bass and her work here

Grief and Its Effect on Health - Dr. Kenneth Doka

Research suggests that how we cope with grief affects health. Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is professor of counseling at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and senior consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. A prolific author, Dr. Doka has published many books on death, dying and grief and more than 100 articles and book chapters on the subject. Learn more about Dr. Doka’s work  here 

Metastatic Melanoma - Dr. Carolyn Anderson

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. The number of new melanoma cases in the US has increased by 53% in the past decade. Carolyn Anderson is a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include development of novel radiometal tracers for diagnostic imaging and targeted radiotherapy of cancer, pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases. Read about Dr. Anderson’s work here 

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Dr. George Tsokos

Approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Doctor George Tsokos, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, studies autoimmune diseases. His research interests include immune cell signaling and mechanisms of tissue injury. Read about Dr. Tsokos and his work here 

Nurse Educator Shortage - Dr. Deborah Hunt

Each year in the U.S., thousands of qualified candidates are turned away from nursing schools due to a shortage of nursing professors. Dr. Deborah Hunt, associate professor of nursing at The College of New Rochelle, is a higher education nursing expert. Her research interests include new nurse transition, value of patient outcomes, leadership support, cultural diversity and nurse turnover. Learn more about Dr. Hunt and her work here 


Diabetes and Foot Health – Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon


Dr. Reilly Fallon is a Board Certified foot and ankle and wound care specialist in New York City. She served two consecutive terms on the Medical Executive Board of St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital in Manhattan, where she worked for more than ten years. She is presently a foot and ankle surgeon for the Midtown Manhattan Health Center. Learn more about Dr. Reilly Fallon here 

The Urban Brain - Dr. Sandro Galea

Living in neighborhoods with poor quality housing is associated with depression and noise in urban areas is linked to poor concentration and poor mental health. Dr. Sandro Galea is Dean of the School of Public Health at Boston University. His research focuses on the social production of health of urban populations, with a focus on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. Learn more about Dr. Sandro Galea here


Traumatic Brain Injury – Dr. Kristen Dams-O’Conner

Some TBI survivors experience accelerated decline in terms of both cognition and overall health. Those who become demented may experience a unique subtype of dementia that appears to be distinct form of alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kristen Dams-O’Conner is Co-Director of the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her research focuses on applying modern psychometric and statistical techniques to measure individual differences in trajectories of change over time among survivors of TBI. Learn more about Dr. Kristen Dams-O’Conner here

Free and Charitable Clinics – Dr. Julie Darnell

Since an increasing proportion of the US population is without health insurance, a network of free clinics has gradually developed to provide care for the uninsured. Surprisingly, little is known about these clinics. Dr. Julie Darnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Sciences at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her research focuses on access to, delivery and financing of healthcare for underprivileged populations and the safety net organization that serve them. Learn more about Dr. Darnell here.

Hepatitis C – Dr. Stephen Lankenau

Rising rates of Hepatitis C among young injection drug users appears to be related to an increase in the misuse of pain medication. Dr. Stephen Lankenau is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention in the School of Public Health at Drexel University. His research focuses on high-risk youth, out- of-treatment drug users, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. Learn more about Dr. Stephen Lankenau here

Mental Health Among Teen Mothers – Dr. Dominique Pareja Behague

Teen motherhood is a heterogeneous experience and many teen mothers experienced no prolonged mental morbidity. Dr. Dominique Behague is an Anthropologist and Epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University and King’s College London. Her main area of research is a direct outgrowth of her long-term research experience in Southern Brazil and is a collaborative project with the Department of Social Medicine at the Federal University of Pelotas and the LSHTM. Learn more about Dr. Dominique Behague here

Mental Health in Latino Youth – Dr. Irene Park

Our research should help to develop more targeted and culturally sensitive interventions to protect Latino adolescents from the detrimental impact of discrimination. Dr. Irene Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on mental health disparities and the effects of discrimination in Latino youth. Learn more about Dr. Irene Park here

Mental Health in Patients with Physical Health Issues – Dr. Lara Traeger

When anxiety is left untreated in patients with physical illness, it interferes with patients’ abilities to make medical decisions and worsens pain and fatigue. Dr. Traeger is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at Harvard University. She is also a Clinical Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research focuses on behavioral strategies to reduce disease- and treatment-related complications in patients with cancer. Her clinical focus is on optimizing health and quality of life for adults with chronic medical conditions. Learn more about Dr. Lara Traeger here

Pool Safety – Shawn DeRosa, JD 

Accidental drowning is a preventable tragedy. Shawn DeRosa is the Director of Aquatics at Penn State University. He is a national expert in aquatic risk management, having serves the Northeast Regional Director for the National Recreation and Park Association and the Aquatic Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts State Forest and Park System. He has contributed to a number of national training and education programs for lifeguards and pool operators and has served as an expert witness in a variety of aquatic injury cases. Learn more about Shawn DeRosa here.

Chronic Disease Disparities –Dr. Tom LaViest

When people of different racial and ethnic groups are living in the same environment, with the same environmental exposures, disparities are dramatically reduced and, in some cases, non-existent. Dr. Tom Laveist is the William C and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on U.S. health and social policy, the role of race in health research, social factors contributing to mortality, longevity and life expectancy, quantitative and demographic analysis and access, and utilization of health services. Learn more about Dr. Thomas Laveist here

Rebalancing Long Term Services and Supports – Dr. Julie Robison

Most people prefer to get services in community settings which typically cost less than institutional care. To continue this trend toward more home and community-based care, we should focus on three main areas. Dr. Julie Robison is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Center on Aging at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on long-term supports and services, family caregiving, dementia, and depression. Learn more about Dr. Julie Robison here

Size Appropriate Child Passenger Restraint Use – Dr. Michelle Macy

In 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations for child passenger safety, emphasizing size over age when transitioning from car seats to booster seats to seat belts. Dr. Michelle Macy is an assistant professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics in the Child Health Education and Research Unit at University of Michigan. Her research focuses on two areas: 1) injury prevention through brief Emergency Department-based interventions to promote size-appropriate child passenger restraint use and 2) increasing Emergency Department efficiency and decreasing hospital resource utilization by applying principles of observation medicine. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Macy here

Social and Environmental Causes of Depression – Dr. Alison Karasz

Immigration is often a traumatic experience that involves a lot of social status, separation from loved ones, poverty, and discrimination. These factors cause depression. Dr. Alison Karasz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her research focuses on primary care research, cultural differences in health seeking and illness experience, mental health in primary care, qualitative and mixed methods, and international research.  Learn more about Dr. Alison Karasz here

Physical Activity Interventions for Endometrial Cancer Survivors –Amerigo Rossi, EdD

Endometrial cancer survivors are the least physically active of all cancer survivors, with only 33% participating in regular physical activity. They have a higher risk for developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer recurrence. Amerigo Rossi is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training, Health & Exercise Science at Long Island University Brooklyn. His research included studies, such as “Physical Activity-related Differences in Body Mass Index and Patient Reported Quality of Life in Socioculturally Diverse Endometrial Cancer Survivors,” and “Feasibility of a Physical Activity Intervention for Obese, Socioculturally Diverse Endometrial Cancer Survivors.” Learn more about Amerigo Rossi here

Breastfeeding Services - Dr. Dodgson 

Early postpartum breastfeeding difficulties and issues surrounding returning to work are the most common reasons low-income women report for stopping breastfeeding earlier than the recommended 6 months. Dr. Joan E. Dodgson is a Patricia and James R. Hemak Endowed Professor of Maternal Child Nursing Research at Saint Louis University. She is also the Editor in Chief of Journal of Human Lactation. Her research focuses on disparities in breastfeeding within the US and socio-cultural influences on womens breastfeeding patterns in Asia. Learn more about Dr. Joan E. Dodgson here.



Public Health Minute (PHM) is a one minute segment in which the creator and host, Dr. William Latimer, interviews researchers and medical and other professionals about a wide variety of public health topics. The Institute of Medicine estimates it takes 20+ years for health researchers to get scientifically proven findings that inform best practices into communities. Public Health Minute gets practical health advice informed by cutting edge research to the public today.



William Latimer, Ph.D. is the 14th president of The College of New Rochelle. Latimer has more than 20 years of administrative and faculty experience with nationally recognized institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Florida, Gainesville, and Lehman College. 














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