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Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences faculty are active in their profession by presenting their expertise nationally and internationally.

James Allen, PhD

James Allen, PhD

Allen, J. & Gonzalez, J., American Indian Suicide. (June, 2014).Invited symposium presentation to the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) and the Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention Research (CHOPR) of Sanford Research2nd Annual Health Research Summit, Bemidji, MN.

Allen, J. (May, 2014). Strategies for Community Engaged Measurement Development in Evaluating Translational Research Initiatives. In Dymnicki, A., Henry, D., Webster, D., & Allen, J.New and Novel Approaches to Large Scale Dissemination in Community Based Participatory Research of Prevention and Practices. Symposium presentation at the Society for Prevention Research, Washington, DC.

Wexler, L., Allen, J., Walkup, J., Cwik, M., Brockie, T. (May, 2014). Promising Areas of Research Focused on the Prevention of American Indian and Alaska Native Suicide. Symposium presentation at the Society for Prevention Research, Washington, DC.

Boden-Albala, B., Allen, J., Bulkow, L., Roberts, E. T., & Trimble, B. (May, 2014). Ascertainment of Alaska Native Stroke Incidence 2005-2009: The Alaska Native Stroke Registry.Symposium presentation at the American Academy of Neurology, Philadelphia, PA.

Lewis, J., & Allen, J. (April, 2014). Motivations for Sobriety among Alaska Native Elders. Poster presentation at the Alaska Native Health Research Summit, Anchorage, AK.

Charles,B. A., Rasmus, S., Allen, J., & Ford, T. (April, 2014). The Qasgiq (Communal House) Model: A Process for Engaging Alaska Native Communities in Research. Invited keynote presentation at the Alaska Native Health Research Summit, Anchorage, AK.

Allen, J. (April, 2014). Community-Engaged Measure Development for Framing Questions about Culture in Interventions: Culture and Intervention–Measuring Outcomes. Invited presentation at The Way Forward: ACF Research with American Indians and Alaska Natives, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Washington, DC.

Mustafa al'Absi, PhD

Mustafa al'Absi, PhD

Tosun, N., Lunos, S, Allen, A., al’Absi, M., Hatsukami, D., Allen, S. (2013). Smoking-related symptomatology during smoking abstinence by menstrual phase and depressive symptoms. Women's Health Conference

Huttlin, E., Tosun, N., Allen, A., Allen, S., al'Absi, M.(2013). Cortisol, menstrual phase and response to nicotine among female smokers. Women's Health Conference

Allen, A., al’Absi, M., Allen, S. (2013). Allopregnanolone & Perceived Stress during Short-Term Smoking Cessation. Women’s Health Research Conference

Kassim, S., al’Absi, M. (2013). The challenge of concurrent tobacco smoking among khat chewers: What do we know?UK National Smoking Cessation Conference (UKNSCC), London.

Kassim, S., Al-Bakri, A., Croucher, R., al’Absi, M. (2013). Waterpipe Tobacco Dependence in UK Male Adult Residents: A Cross Sectional Study. UKNSCC, London.

Odenwald, M., Mikulica, J., von Beust, J., Widmann, M., Ndetei, D., al’Absi, M. (2012). Severe Khat Abuse as Related to Executive Dysfunction. International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) Conference. Geneva, Switzerland.

Odenwald, M., Widmann, M., Mikulica, J, vonBeust, J., Bongard, S., Ndetei, D., al’Absi, M. (2012). Consequences of chronic Khat use: Khat-related cortisol suppression in individuals with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. Deutsche Suchtkonferenz, Berlin, Germany.

Marrin, H., Pasley, J., al’Absi, M., (2010). The influence of sweet taste on a mental arithmetic task in a healthy college student population. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Charlotte, North Carolina.

al’Absi, M., Wittmers, L., Bongard, S., Westra, R. (2008).. Stress, Craving, and Smoking Relapse. In symposium titled Wild at Heart: Motivational Influences on Cardiovascular Reactivity (Chair: Guido H.E. Gendolla). Association for Psychological Sciences annual meeting, Chicago, IL.

Melissa Lewis, PhD

Melissa Lewis, PhD

Lewis, M. E. (2014, May). Indigenous health disparities in context: A discussion about the role of stress, trauma, and discrimination on health. California Rural Indian Health Board Wellness Conference. Presentation via webinar.

Lewis, M. E. (2014, April). Indigenous children and families: Health disparities and resilience. Human Development Center’s Annual all staff conference. Duluth, MN.

Lewis, M. E. (2014, April). Indigenous health disparities in context: A discussion about the role of stress, trauma, and discrimination on health. Invited webinar for the American Cancer Society Circle of Life Professional Development Call.

Lewis, M. E. (2014, January). Decolonizing therapy with Indigenous children and families. Invited telelecture to graduate students in course titled, Collaborative Care. A partnersip between UCSD Family Medicine and USD Marital and Family Therapy Program.

Hartwell, E. E., Lewis, M. E., & Myhra, L.L. (October, 2013). Decolonizing therapy with Indigenous children & Families. Workshop conducted at the 2013 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Conference, Portland, OR.

Lamson, A. L., Lewis, M. E., & (October, 2013). Military couples: Physical health and relational well-being. Workshop conducted at the 2013 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Conference, Portland, OR.

Lamson, A. L., Lewis, M. E., Lacks, M., Buchner, L., & Muse, A. (October, 2013). Biopsychosocial Health of Military Couples: Stress, Trauma, and Resiliency. Workshop conducted at the 2013 Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Conference, Denver, CO.

Lewis, M. E., & Myhra, L. L. (October, 2013). Integrating Health Services with Indigenous Patients, Families and Communities. Discussion group conducted at the 2013 Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Conference, Denver, CO.

Lewis, M. E. (April, 2013). Integrated Health Care: How Traditional Health Beliefs Have Informed The Current Medical System. Workshop conducted at 2013 Northeastern State University Symposium on the American Indian, Tahlequah, OK.

Lewis, M. E. (February, 2013). Introduction to Medical Family Therapy. Invites presentation conducted at Spring Society for Advancement for Marriage and Family Therapists/Counselors Workshop, Akron, OH.

Myhra, L.L., Lewis, M. E., & Hartwell, E. E., (October, 2012). Using a Decolonizing Framework for Therapy with American Indians. Poster presented at the 2012 National Council on Family Relations Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Lewis, M. E. & Lamson, A. L. (September, 2012). His and Her Military Marriage: A Biopsychosocial Look at Health. Workshop conducted at the 2012 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Lewis, M. E., & Myhra, L. L. (August, 2012). Integrated Care with Native American Populations. Poster presented at the 2012 Association of American Indian Physicians Conference, Anchorage, AL.

Myhra, L.L. & Lewis, M. E. (July, 2012). Assessing Integrated Care with Indigenous Populations. Workshop conducted at the 2012 Native Health Research Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

White, C. P. & Lewis, M. E. (March, 2012). I really need your help: Predicting the co-parenting relationship in couples where the mother has a chronic illness. Workshop conducted at the 2012 Society for Research in Human Development Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Motohiro Nakajima, PhD

Motohiro Nakajima, PhD

Nakajima, M., Matsumura, K., Usuki, M., Matsuoka, Y., & al’Absi, M. (2014). Coping style predicts increased distress and withdrawal symptoms after acute stress among chronic smokers. American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

Nakajima, M., Usuki, M., Matsumura, K., Matsuoka, Y., & al’Absi, M. (2014). Vigilant coping style predicts enhanced pain experience in regular smokers. American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

Nakajima, M., Matsumura, K., Usuki, M., Matsuoka, Y., & al’Absi, M. (2014). Cognitive avoidant and vigilant coping styles are associated with motives for smoking, craving, and trait negative affect in habitual smokers. American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

Matsumura, K., Nakajima, M., Usuki, M., Krohne, H. K., Matsuoka, Y., & al'Absi, M. (2014). Examination of psychometric properties of Mainz Coping Inventory. American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

al’Absi, M., & Nakajima, M. (2014). Circulating leptin and pain perception among tobacco dependent individuals. American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

Potretzke, S., Nakajima, M., Cragin, T., & al'Absi, M. (2014). Leptin in response to acute stress during smoking abstinence and its association with craving: a preliminary investigation. American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

al'Absi, M., Dokam, A., Al Habori, M., Hoffman,R., Khalil, N., & Nakajima, M. (2014). Khat Research Program: neurobehavioral impact of long-term use. Tenth Anniversary BRAIN Disorders in the Developing World Symposium, Bethesda, MD.

Nakajima, M., & al’Absi, M. (2014). Nicotine withdrawal and stress-induced changes in pain sensitivity: a cross-sectional investigation between abstinent smokers and nonsmokers. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Seattle, WA.

Nakajima, M., Allen, S., Allen, A., Ford, E., & al’Absi, M. (2014). Effects of menstrual cycle on cortisol response to stress and withdrawal symptoms: comparing smokers and nonsmokers. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Seattle, WA.

Nakajima, M., & al’Absi, M. (2014). Influences of chronic use of tobacco and khat (catha edulis) on subjective sleep quality. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Seattle, WA.

Nakajima, M., & al’Absi, M. (2014). Psychosocial correlates of concurrent use of tobacco and khat (catha edulis). Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Seattle, WA.

Nakajima, M., Hoffman, R., & al’Absi, M. (2013). Cognitive performance and blood pressure in concurrent khat and tobacco users. Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy.

al’Absi, M., Nakajima, M., Li, B., Kumar, S., Ertin, E., Scott, M. S., Wittmers, L., & al'Absi, M. (2013). The assessment of psychophysiological response to laboratory stress using a wireless ambulatory system: a validation study. Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy.

Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F. H., Nakajima, M., & al’Absi, M. (2013). Chronic smoking, trait anxiety, and physiological stress responsivity. Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy.

Nakajima, M., Li, B., Kumar, S., Ertin, E., Scott, M., Wittmers, L., al'Absi, M. (2013). Validating a novel wireless ambulatory technology in the assessment of stress: a pilot study. American Psychosomatic Society, Miami, Florida.