RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Epidemiology, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Social Epidemiology, Public Health
Area(s) of Expertise:
Mental Health, Children's Mental Health, Mental Disorder
Vivian Santiago received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University in the summer of 2009, where she trained as a Psychiatric Epidemiology Predoctoral Fellow. Her dissertation research examines the construct of disorder in mental health research, using Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a case study. The aims of her dissertation are to apply the harmful-dysfunction framework of disorder to ADHD conceptually and empirically via a lifecourse approach that contextualizes symptom expression over time. When transitioning to her current work, she collaborated on research projects evaluating systems of care for youth with serious emotional disturbance in public schools and foster care in NY State. Her previous work toward the MPH degree at Columbia focused on examining the concept of adaptive behavior as developed in the field of intellectual disabilities. She examined the relationship between SES and adaptive behavior in a sample of young urban children without significant intellectual impairments. During her time as a Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, she continued to study the conceptualization of health outcomes in population health research and its implications. In addition, she did research on pain and mental health in order to bridge her mental health background with physical health research for a more holistic approach to studying health. The goal of both of these broad research areas is to identify ways to improve upon the outcomes studied in population health research in order to optimize efforts to advance population health.