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SUNY Downstate: Dr. Camacho-Rivera Acceptance to NIH’s Early Career Reviewer Program

The School of Public Health (SPH) at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is very pleased to share that Dr. Marlene Camacho-Rivera, Assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, has been accepted by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a reviewer in the Early Career Reviewer program. Dr. Camacho-Rivera will join other accomplished researchers to evaluate grant applications that span a wide range of topics related to social epidemiology, economics, psychology, sociology, and demography.

Dr. Camacho-Rivera joined Downstate as a faculty member in the Department of Community Health Sciences in 2019. Prior to coming to Downstate, she was an Assistant Professor for Community Health Science and Social Medicine at CUNY School of Medicine and a Faculty in the Health Disparity Cluster of the Research Center for Minority Institutions at CUNY. Her research examines individual and community level social determinants that contribute to health disparities in chronic disease prevention and management such as asthma and cancer, that are prevalent in low-income and urban minority communities.

Dr. Camacho-Rivera was recently featured in the July 2020 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, for her recent study, “Heterogeneity in Trust of Cancer Information among Hispanic Adults in the United States: An Analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey,”

Dr. Camacho-Rivera also very recently co-authored and published in September 2020 a study in the Journal of Addictive Diseases, titled “The COVID-19 cannabis health study: Results from an epidemiologic assessment of adults who use cannabis for medicinal reasons in the United States,” to examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on medicinal cannabis behaviors among adults with underlying chronic health conditions. The study is among the first to provide insight into adults who use medicinal cannabis as a specific vulnerable population for COVID-19.

The NIH’s Early Career Reviewer program aims to help early career scientists become more competitive for R01 funding by giving them first-hand experience with the grant application review process. It is an opportunity to network with accomplished researchers, and learn how applications are reviewed and scored. To qualify for the program, participants must have at least two years of experience as a full-time faculty member or researcher in a similar role, and show evidence of an active, independent research program. Participants must also have at least two recent senior-authored research publications in peer-reviewed journals in the last two years, plus at least one additional senior-authored research publication since receiving a PhD or MD.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Camacho-Rivera on her impressive record of early scholarship. We thank her for her willingness to participate in the intellectually stimulating review process, and representing the SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University School of Public Health in an extraordinary way.