12th Matilda White Riley Honors: 2019

Headshot photo of Dr. Mark VanLandingham, P.h.d

Distinguished Lecturer: Mark J. VanLandingham, Ph.D.
Thomas C. Keller Professor
Director, Center for Studies of Displaced Populations
Tulane University
Presentation: Culture and Resilience: Insights from the Vietnamese American community in post-Katrina New Orleans




Mark J. VanLandingham, PhD, is the Thomas C. Keller Professor at Tulane University. His research focuses on a wide array of topics related to demography, sociology, and public health. He has led recent major projects focusing on the antecedents and consequences of large-scale rural-to-urban migration within Southeast Asia and acculturation, health, and well-being among Vietnamese immigrants in the United States. One major project underway investigates Health and Demographic Disparities in Long-term Recovery from Hurricane Katrina, funded by Program Award P01 from the NIH. He co-leads this team of researchers from Tulane, Harvard, New York University, Brown, and the University of Michigan with Mary Waters and David Abramson. This project is based at Tulane’s new Center for Studies of Displaced Populations, which he directs. An enduring interest is community resilience within immigrant communities, and he has a recent book on this topic published by the Russell Sage Foundation: Weathering Katrina (2017). Regarding teaching, he co-leads (with Katherine Andrinopoulos) the International Health and Development Section and Program within the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. For teaching and student mentoring, Dr. VanLandingham recently has received the school’s Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the school’s award for Outstanding Long-term Commitment to Student Needs (2018).

12th Matilda White Early Stage Investigator Paper Awardees

Jamie L. Hanson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
A family focused intervention influences hippocampal‐prefrontal connectivity through gains in self‐regulation

Taylor Hargrove, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Faculty Fellow, Carolina Population Center
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Intersecting social inequalities and body mass index trajectories from adolescence to early adulthood

Jungeun Olivia Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Social Work Department of Children Youth and Families
University of Southern California
Developmental pathways from parental socioeconomic status to adolescent substance use: Alternative and complementary reinforcement

Marco Venniro, Ph.D.
Center on Compulsive Behavior Postdoctoral Research Fellow
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Volitional social interaction prevents drug addiction in rat models

Robbee Wedow, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Fellow in Sociology, Harvard Department of Sociology
Education, smoking, and cohort change: Forwarding a multidimensional theory of the environmental moderation of genetic effects