DHERN Meetings

DHERN Prior Meetings Information


March 26 – DHERN Dr. Kara Ayers
Dr. Kara Ayers, Associate Professor and Associate Director at University of Cincinnati’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

January 23 – DHERN 2023 Disability Health Equity Paper Award Winners
Amber Davis, PhD, MSW, LCSW-C, Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University
“Intersectionality and Social Security Age-18 Redetermination: Reducing the Stress and Trauma of Transition for Black Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities” in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Robert B. Manning III, Postgraduate Associate at Yale School of Public Health
“Barriers to Mental Health Service Use Among People With Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic” in Rehabilitation Psychology.


November 7 – DHERN Dr. Kathleen Bogart
Dr. Kathleen Bogart, Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Disability and Social Interaction Lab at Oregon State University

Rare in common: Mental and physical health disparities in diverse rare disorders

September 21 – 2023 DHERN virtual conference
Featuring experts Thomas Shakespeare, Teresa Nguyen, Gloria Krahn, Susan Havercamp, and Elizabeth Barnes. – Redefining Health for Disability Equity
Sponsors: Center for Aging and Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center

July 25 – DHERN Summer 2023 Flash talks
Dr. Alan Martino, Eleni Moumos & Dr. Erin Brennand, University of Calgary – The Experiences and Priorities of Women Labelled/With Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Regarding Sexual Health and Pregnancy

Jan Wozniak, Toronto Metropolitan University – Autism, social anxiety, and stress: Recommendations from autistic adults on improving research, practice, and public awareness

Ashley Scott and Salina Tewolde, Boston University – Medicaid enrollment, service use, and racial disparity among adults with Down syndrome, 2011-2019

May 30 – DHERN Summer 2023 Flash Talks
Mackenzie Jones, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Disability and Health Program – COVID-19, Disability, and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: A Systematic Review of Early-Stage Pandemic Response

Dr. Stephanie Van, Johns Hopkins University – Healthcare Inequities Impacting Patients with Disabilities: A Case Report

Nastassia Vaitsiakhovich, Syracuse University – Health Disparities among US Adults with Intellectual Disability: Findings from the NHIS, 1997 to 2018

March 28 – DHERN Yona Lunsky
Dr. Yona Lunsky is Director of the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre and the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities Program (H-CARDD) at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. She is also a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto and an adjunct scientist at ICES.

“All teach – all learn”: Lessons learned about mental health and developmental disabilities during the pandemic


January 26 – DHERN 2022 Paper Award Winners
Undergraduate Paper – Sabrina Epstein, BA
“New obstacles and widening gaps: A qualitative study of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. adults with disabilities” – Published in the Disability and Health Journal

Graduate Paper – Laurin Bixby, MA
“The Links Between Disability, Incarceration, And Social Exclusion” – Published in Health Affairs

Postdoctoral researcher paper – Hussaini Zandam, PhD
“Infectious Diseases-Related Emergency Department Visits Among Non-Elderly Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the United States: Results from the National Emergency Department Sample, 2016” – Published in Population Health Management

October 26 – DHERN Paula Braveman
Dr. Paula Braveman, MD, MPH, Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Founding Director of the Center for Health Equity, University of California, San Francisco

Health Equity and Disability: Making the Connections

July 25 – DHERN Anjali Forber-Pratt
Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt, PhD, Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Disability Research and Representation

April 26 – DHERN Lisa Iezzoni
Lisa Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Survey of Outpatient Physicians in U.S. about Caring for Patients with Disability