How did you
What do you do at Mercy
get that Rossi A. Hassad, PhD,
College, New York
My primary title is professor of
psychology and behavioral sciences,
but by training I am an epidemiologist,
statistician and mental health
counselor. Epidemiology is largely a
quantitative public health discipline
that uses principles of statistics and
research methods, and I incorporate
epidemiology into the courses I teach.
For example, I may use data about
HIV infection and show the percent
distribution across different ethnic
groups. Then I explain how these data
might influence which interventions
would be appropriate.
My background in epidemiology and
evidence-based practice also came in
handy when I served as a collaborating
investigator with the American
Psychiatric Association for the DSM- 5
Field Trials in Routine Clinical Practice.
The goal was to evaluate the usefulness,
reliability and validity of criteria
proposed for various mental disorders.
One of the most exciting
developments in my career has been
my involvement with the media in
addressing the Ebola virus disease
epidemic. When the epidemic began,
the media was rushing to find people to
help explain it to the public. I accepted
the challenge to educate people about
the level of risk to Americans and the
behavioral and other factors propelling
the spread of the disease in West Africa.