University/Academic Institutions

David Lounsbury, PhD is Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. He received his Doctorate in Ecological-Community Psychology and Urban Studies from Michigan State University in 2002 and completed a post-doctoral research in fellowship in Psycho-Oncology from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2005. He is Co-Chair of the Community Health Interest Group of the Society of Community Research and Action (American Psychological Association, Division 27) and Co-Chair of the Psychology Interest Group of the System Dynamics Society. He has expertise in ecologically-grounded social science methodologies, such as participatory action research and system dynamics modeling. His on-going research addresses health disparities in cancer, locally and internationally, via community-focused interventions to expand access to health services and supportive care for patients and families.

Pamela Valera, PhD, ACSW is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Dr. Valera is also
the co-chair/co-founder of the Bronx Reentry Working Group (http:bronxreentry.org), a
coalition of agencies, health providers and individuals that provide a broad range of
support to returning citizens coming home from state prison and city jails. She is trained
in community social work, criminal justice, and HIV prevention. She focuses on research
related to social vulnerabilities among men who have sex with men (MSM) and
individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Dr. Valera is a recipient of a NCI
Mentored Research Scientist Development Award; her research examines cancer
health disparities, social support and mental health outcomes in formerly incarcerated
populations. Her future goal is to develop a continuum of cancer care program for men
involved in the criminal justice system.