AUCD Trainees Attend APHA as 2010 APHA Disability Section Conference Scholarship Awardees

December 1, 2010

<em>Scholarship Recipients Alicia Dixon, and Kerri Vanderbom from Oregon State University proudly display their Disability Section shirts.<em>
Scholarship Recipients Alicia Dixon, and Kerri Vanderbom from Oregon State University proudly display their Disability Section shirts.

2010 APHA Conference Scholarship Recipients

AUCD in collaboration with the American Public Health Association (APHA) Disability Section awarded four conference scholarships this year for trainees to attend the 2010 APHA Annual Meeting & Conference.  Each scholarship recipient had the opportunity to attend the Disability Section Council Chair's Forum  as well as the Disability Section Business Meeting and Reception as well as interact with APHA members at the Disability Section Booth.  The Disability Section hosted workshop sessions on critical topics such as disability surveillance, health care, health promotion, health policy and practice, assistive technology, and accessibility. This was a great opportunity for the education and training of the next generation of leaders in public health and disability research. 

Ana Carolina Sella
University of Kansas
Department of Applied Behavioral Science
Dole Human Development Center
Read about Ana's Experience at APHA.  [PDF, 70 KB]

Ana Carolina Sella earned a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Special Education from the Federal University of Sao Carlos in Brazil. Her second Master's degree is in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is very interested in combining education and public health and has been researching how communication skills can influence the lives of people with disabilities.  She has worked as a research assistant, as a clinical psychologist, and as an assistant professor in Brazil.  Currently, she works at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living, at the University of Kansas.

Alicia Dixon      
Oregon State University
Nutrition & Exercise Sciences / Oregon State University
Read about Alicia's Experience at APHA.  [PDF, 72 KB]

Alicia Dixon is pursuing a PhD in Nutrition Exercise Science focusing on Movement Studies in Disability. She is jointly working on her MPH in Epidemiology at Oregon State University. Her particular research interests include health promotion for individuals with intellectual disabilities and determining effective ways to count and measure health outcomes for those with disabilities. As a master's thesis, she used the Social Cognitive Theory to examine the influence of self-efficacy and social support on physical activity behaviors in older adults with and without intellectual disabilities. Her ultimate career goal is to teach and conduct research in higher education in the pursuit of incorporating disability in public health practices.

Lauren Wisk
University of Wisconsin, Madison
School of Medicine and Public Health
Department of Population Health Sciences
View Lauren's Facebook Post on APHA

Lauren Wisk is a PhD student in the Population Health Sciences Graduate Program. Prior to joining the graduate program, Lauren worked as a clinical research coordinator for world-renown orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Harlan Amstutz, at the Joint Replacement Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She currently assists Dr. Whitney Witt on her various research projects, including the case-control study of quality of life and parental stress among families of childhood cancer survivors, stress in parents in the Newborn Project Statewide Cohort Study, and investigating the financial burden of childhood activity limitations using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey national data.

Kerri Vanderbom
Oregon State University
Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Read about Kerri's Experience at APHA. [PDF, 68 KB]

Kerri Vanderbom is a doctoral student at Oregon State University in the Movement Studies in Disability Program.  Her research interests include obesity, overweight and other health related problems.  She is also interested in Physical activity & health related quality of life for people with spina bifida.  I coordinate a community based physical activity program called IMPACT for Life for adults with disabilities.  Kerri is the Vice President and co-founder of the wheelchair basketball club at Oregon State University.