David Wyatt Seal, PhD
Dr. Seal is a Professor in the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He has nationally recognized expertise in qualitative methods and has conducted national and international trainings in qualitative methods, applied field research ethics, community needs assessments and community mobilization, behavioral health, and cultural competency. He also has a strong documented history of conducting research in partnership with community-based organizations, community stakeholders, and community members. He has directed several community coalitions and policy groups, including New Orleans based coalitions focused on the health needs of opioid users and the reduction of murders and non-fatal shootings. Seal is experienced with the conduct of formative studies with marginalized populations in both U.S. and non-U.S. settings to directly inform intervention development. He also has considerable experience and insight into the dynamics of conducting community-based prevention research with high-risk populations.
Seal has conducted HIV formative and prevention research since the early 1990s. He has been the PI or co-PI on funded research formative and intervention projects with rural opioid users; high-risk populations in Syria; correctional populations; men who have sex with men; and court involved adolescent girls. He also was the PI on funded studies of emotional and sexual intimacy among gay, lesbian, and heterosexual couples. He has been a co-I on over 25 other funded studies. His research portfolio includes projects in the United States, Puerto Rico, Russia, Haiti, Lebanon, and Syria. His website is available at: https://sph.tulane.edu/sbps/david-seal.
Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES
Recognizing health status is influenced by a vast and interconnected set of determinants, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith has devoted his career to create synergistic partnerships and initiatives to encourage positive lifestyles and reduce rates of preventable morbidity and mortality. Dr. Smith has established expertise in survey research methodology, measurement, and evaluation pertaining to an array of public health issues. His research and evaluation efforts investigate socio-ecological impacts on health risk behaviors across the life-course, with a specific emphasis on evidence-based programs and practices for older adults (e.g., fall prevention, chronic disease self-management). Dr. Smith’s ability to form interdisciplinary collaborations affords him opportunities to apply his translational research and evaluation experience to bridge research and practice issues among the healthcare sector, aging services network, and public health system.
Jennifer B. Unger, Ph.D
Dr. Jennifer B. Unger is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the psychological, social, and cultural influences on health-risk and health-protective behaviors, including the role of acculturation and cultural values on adolescent substance use, with the ultimate goal of developing improved prevention programs to reduce health disparities.