ICCFASD Public Meeting April 23, 2021

Special Panel FASD Prevention and Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Focus on Women and Individuals Living with FASD

Invited Speakers


Katherine Keyes

Katherine M. Keyes, PhD, is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Katherine’s research focuses on psychiatric and substance use epidemiology across the life course, including early and cross-generational origins of child and adult health and cohort effects on substance use, mental health, and injury outcomes including suicide and overdose.  She is particularly focused on methodological challenges in estimating age, period, and cohort effects, as well as using mathematical agent-based and other simulation models to inform public health and policy interventions. She is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and two textbooks published by Oxford University Press: “Epidemiology Matters: A New Introduction to Methodological Foundation”, published in 2014 and “Population Health Science” published in 2016.

Keriann Uesugi

Keriann Uesugi, PhD, MPH, is a Health Scientist for the Division of State and Community Health in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources Services Administration within the US Department of Health and Human Services. She supports the State Title V programs around the use of the National Outcome and National Performance Measures as well as evidence-based or –informed programs. She holds a PhD in Maternal and Child Nutrition from Cornell University and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

Tara Trego, M.Ed., is the Director of the Bureau of Family Health in the Pennsylvania Department of Health and also serves as Pennsylvania’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Director.  In her role as Bureau Director, she provides oversight for state and federally funded programs and services for infants, children, children with special health care needs, adolescents, pregnant people, and some adult healthcare programs.  In addition to Title V funding, Ms. Trego also provides guidance for multiple federal grants administered in the Bureau of Family Health, including funding for early hearing detection and intervention, lead poisoning prevention, traumatic brain injury services, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Sudden Death in the Young case registries, and teen pregnancy prevention.  She has over 16 years of experience working in public health services for women and children in Pennsylvania.  Ms. Trego earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Messiah College and a Master of Education in Health Education from Penn State University.

Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist providing neurodevelopmental diagnostics at Alaska Native Medical Center. Born and raised in Anchorage, Dr. Johnson received her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural Indigenous Emphasis at the University of Alaska. She spent six years in Nome and its 14 surrounding villages serving as Director of Child and Family Services and developing a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic team for the region. Dr. Johnson’s work in the area of FASDs continues in Anchorage through serving on a FASD diagnostic team, providing community trainings, and educating future diagnosticians and clinicians.  

Christina Gurnett

Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD, is the A Ernest and Jane G Stein Professor of Neurology and the head of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology at Washington University in St Louis, and the Chief of Neurology at St Louis Children’s Hospital.  She is the Co-Director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and the Associate Director of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Science at Washington University. She received MD/PhD degrees at the University of Iowa, followed by Neurology and Neurophysiology fellowship training at Washington University in St Louis.  She has an active neurogenetics research program focused on gene discovery for pediatric musculoskeletal disorders.  Recently, she was awarded a Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics in Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) grant to identify effective communication strategies to increase weekly SARS-CoV-2 surveillance testing among staff and students in schools for children with disabilities in St Louis County.