Exploring Truths and Half-Truths in Psychiatric Epidemiology with James C. Anthony

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On May 11th, the American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health hosted a public health seminar with Dr. James C. Anthony. He presented “Truths, Half-truths, and Possible Mischief-making in Psychiatric Epidemiology” aiming to challenge public health professionals and epidemiologists to think more clearly and to be more articulate about epidemiological discoveries, and what they must do to adapt previously observational research to the availability of evidence-based interventions. MPH students, graduates, researchers and faculty of the School of Public Health and guests attended the event.

Dr. Anthony is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Profesor Honorario, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. James C. (Jim) Anthony, Ph.D. earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota Graduate School in a degree program that combined pharmacy sciences and epidemiology. A National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral research fellowship award allowed him to study biostatistics, psychiatric epidemiology, and psychopathology at Johns Hopkins University Schools of Hygiene & Public Health and Medicine. In 2003 he transferred his primary academic appointments, research, and research training programs to Michigan State University, where he serves as tenured professor of epidemiology & biostatistics. He also served as chairman of the medical school’s Department of Epidemiology from October 2003 through December 2008. His research accomplishments appear in more than 300 published articles and books, and have been recognized in awards and honors, including designation as a “highly influential” contributor to the research literature of “psychology/psychiatry” and “general social sciences,” based on epidemiological studies of neuropsychiatric and other behavioral disturbances. He has been elected to serve as President of the Alpha Chapter of the Delta Omega Society, the premier public health honors society in the world, as chairman of the Section of Epidemiology and Public Health of the World Psychiatric Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. His most recent award is election to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in February 2014. The Society of Scholars recognizes former Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellows who have “gained marked distinction in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences.” 


The AUA School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides US-style education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.