Seth J Prins

is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. His two programs of research concern the collateral consequences of mass incarceration for mental illness and substance use, and how the division and structure of labor influence mood disorders.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health
722 West 168 Street Room 521
New York, NY 10032

Updated August 23, 2019


PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2018 - present

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

2016 - 2018

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University, Department of Sociomedical Sciences and Department of Social Work 


Education

2011 - 2016

PhD in Epidemiology, Columbia University

Dissertation title: Imprisoning the Proximate: Testing the Assumptions of Criminogenic Risk Assessment

Dissertation sponsor: Sharon Schwartz. Committee and readers: Bruce G. Link, Lisa M. Bates, Adam Reich, Jennifer Skeem 

2008 - 2010

MPH in Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

2000 - 2004

BA in Psychology, McGill University


Research Support

National Institute on Drug Abuse K01DA045955:

Adolescent substance use as determinant and consequence of the school-to-prison pipeline: Disentangling individual risk, social determinants, and group disparities

Total direct costs: $862,573
Role: Principal Investigator
Project period: 02/01/2019 01/31/2024019


Publications


Fellowships

2016-2018

HIV, Substance Use, and Criminal Justice T32 Fellowship Program. National Institute on Drug Abuse grant T32-DA-37801. Nabila El-Bassel and Lisa Metsch, Principal Investigators. 

2011-2016

Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program Predoctoral Fellow. National Institute of Mental Health grant 5-T32-MH-13043, Bruce G. Link, Principal Investigator. 


Invited Talks

2017

Criminogenic or criminalized? Gendering, racialization, and the assumptions of criminogenic risk assessment. Seminar Series in Gender, Sexuality, and Health. Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, December 6

How an epidemiologist encountered critical realism, and what critical realism might gain from debates about causal inference in epidemiology. Beyond Positivism: Theory, Methods, and Values in Social Science Conference. Quantitative Methods Plenary Panel. August 8-10, Montreal, QC

Moving beyond ”socioeconomic status” to social class processes in public health. Region 2 Public Health Training Center Webinar, August 1

2016

Health Disparities and the Criminal Justice System. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, October 21


Conference Presentations

2019

'The serpent of their agonies': Exploitation as structural determinant of mental illness. Society for Epidemiologic Research, Minneapolis, MN , June 18-21

Changes in county jail incarceration rates are associated with changes in county mortality rates in the United States from 1987-2016. Society for Epidemiologic Research, Minneapolis, MN (Poster), June 18-21

Relational Social Class, Self-Rated Health, and Mortality in the United States. Society for Epidemiologic Research, Minneapolis, MN (Poster) , June 18-21

2017

Contemporary Class Relations as Structural Determinant of Mental Illness: Moving Beyond Stratification to Relational Social Processes. Society for Epidemiologic Research, June 21-23, Seattle, WA (Poster)

Testing Contemporary Class Relations as a Structural Determinant of Mental Illness: moving Beyond Stratification to Relational Social Processes. Population Association of America, April 27-29, Chicago, IL (Presentation)

2016

Substance use over the lifecourse: When do peers and parents matter most? Society for Epidemiologic Research, Epidemiology Congress of the Americas, June 21-24, Miami, Florida (Presentation) 


Awards & Recognition

2018-2020

Loan Repayment Program Award in Health Disparities, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

2017

"Anxious? Depressed? You might be suffering from capitalism" one of the top 10 articles mentioned across Sociology of Health & Illness's news and social media streams

2016

The William Farr Award in Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University 


Research positions

2013-2015

Collaborator, Trajectories of Substance Use and Comorbid Mental Illness. Magdalena Cerd, Principal Investigator, National Institute on Drug Abuse grant 5K01DA030449-05

2010- 2011

Associate Researcher, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Pub lic Health, County Health Rankings Project, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bridget Catlin, PhD, MHSA, Co-Director

2005-2010

Senior Policy Analyst, Council of State Governments Justice Center, Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project 


Teaching 

Instructor

2019 - Applica􏰀ons of Epidemiologic Research Methods II P9489, Columbia University

2015 - “Epidemiology,” Bard Prison Initiative, Bard College, Woodbourne Correctional Facility, fall

TEACHING ASSISTANT

2015 - “Publications, Presentations, and Grants,” Columbia University, Department of Epidemiology, doctoral course, spring

2014 -  “Psychiatric Epidemiology Reading Seminar,” Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, fall

2013, 2014 - “Principals of Observational Epidemiology,” Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, spring

2012, 2013 - “Social Epidemiology,” Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, spring

2012, 2013 - “Masters’ Thesis I and II,” Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, fall and spring

2012 -  “Epidemiology of Drug and Alcohol Problems,” Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, fall


Service to professioN

Peer REvieweR

American Journal of Epidemiology
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health Addic􏰀on Research & Theory
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
American Journal of Public Health
BMC Psychiatry
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Criminal Behavior and Mental Health
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Family Medicine and Community Health
JAMA Psychiatry
Journal of Occupa􏰀onal and Environmental Medicine Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Social Science & Medicine
Society and Mental Health
Sociology of Health & Illness

Affiliations

American Psychopathological Association
American Public Health Association
American Sociological Association
Society for Epidemiologic Research


Service to department and university

2015

Co-designer and co-facilitator, “Power, Privilege, and Allyship” training for faculty and teaching assistants on identifying and responding to microaggressions in the classroom.

2012-2015

Facilitator, required journal club for masters’ student certificate in social determinants of health

2011, 2012

Founding member, Columbia University Association for Public Health Action in Criminal Justice (now the Columbia University Association for Justice and Health)