#WeAreEmoryEPI: Publication Highlight!

#WeAreEmoryEPI: Publication Highlight!

This week, we are highlighting a recent textbook publication by Drs. Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist and Kristin Wall! The “Fundamentals of Epidemiology” textbook has been a few years in the making and we are so excited to share more about it. The textbook is linked here

Tell us a little about your academic history/where you went to school.

Dr. Christiansen-Lindquist: LCL completed her B.A. at the University of Minnesota, and both her MPH and Ph.D. At Emory University!
Dr. Wall: Dr. Wall completed her B.S. at the University of Texas Austin, her M.S. at the University of Texas Health Center, and her Ph.D. at Emory University!

What are your primary research interests?

Dr. Christiansen-Lindquist: Addressing the US stillbirth crisis through enhancing our data collection and improving the care that families receive around the time of a loss. This work includes the fusion of epidemiology and parent advocacy to pursue federal legislation to address these needs.
Dr. Wall: Advance evidence-based decision-making to improve STI prevention and reproductive health for women and couples by exploring effective and cost-effective strategies both domestically and in limited-resource settings.

Tell us about your recent publication! 

This book is unique in so many ways and highlights how we think about teaching epidemiology, both to budding epidemiologists as well as to those who have no intention of pursuing a career in public health. We see this as an opportunity to lay the foundation for critical thinking skills that are required to be an informed member of society. We were quite the team working through this, and neither of us could have completed the work without the other. We drew on our strengths, expertise, and friendship as we got through this massive undertaking!

Check out the making of the textbook and some exciting features!

Do you have any upcoming/ongoing projects that you’re excited about?

Kristin finds herself really missing the book writing process while Lauren is thrilled to have it behind them! We’re currently co-teaching HLTH 207: Fundamentals of Epidemiology (the course that we both teach for the college, which the book was titled after). We’ve never co-taught before, and are enjoying the opportunity, while also getting to teach our students using this new text.

Tell us about any classes that you’re teaching/have taught in the past. 

We both teach Fundamentals of Epidemiology to Emory undergraduate students. Kristin teaches EPI 540 and a course on epi methods for clinicians. LCL also teaches EPI 550 and a course for doctoral students that helps create a bridge between biostatistics and epidemiology.

What are some fun facts that you want people to know about you?

Dr. Christiansen-Lindquist: 

  • I was terrified of public speaking until half-way through the first semester of my doctoral program when I was a TA for EPI 530
  • The newest addition to the Lindquist family is a bearded dragon named RBD (Ruth Bader Dragon)
  • I majored in French in college, and would love to learn EPI vocabulary with the hope of teaching EPI methods in French during the summers

Dr. Wall: 

  • I spent most of my free time playing with my two kids (aged 1 and 5) or losing at chess to my husband!
    Thanks for joining us for this publication highlight! Again, be sure to check out the “Fundamentals of Epidemiology” textbook, and stay tuned to see who we talk to next on WeAreEmoryEPI!

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