Health Experts

Megan E. Slater

Skills and Subject Area Expertise

Epidemiologic Studies of Cancer, Physical Activity, and Substance Use

Database Management   ·   Scientific and Technical Writing   ·

Data Collection and Analysis

Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Research on Children and Adults

Education

University of Minnesota

Ph.D., Epidemiology, 2014

M.P.H., Epidemiology, 2008

North Dakota State University, 2005

B.S., Summa cum laude, Zoology

Minors: Statistics and Chemistry

CSR Employment History & Experience

  • CSR, Incorporated (2014–Present )

Research Analyst. Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health. Conducts epidemiologic studies and prepares analytic reports on topics related to patterns of alcohol use, other substance use, and substance use disorders. Prepares surveillance reports on trends in substance use among reproductive-age females and trends in per capita alcohol consumption. Uses complex SAS, SUDAAN, and R programming to perform analyses of large national datasets from cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys. Provides quick turn-around statistics and analytic support and consultation for NIAAA officials on request.

Other Professional Activities/Affiliations

  • Ad hoc reviewer, Mayo Clinic Proceedings (2016)
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Cancer Research Frontiers (2015)
  • Ad hoc reviewer, American Journal of Epidemiology (2015)
  • Ad hoc reviewer, World Journal of Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention (2015)
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Family Medicine and Disease Prevention (2015)
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment (2013)
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Cancer Causes and Control (2012)

Selected Publications

Slater, M. E., Castle, I. J., Logan, B. K., & Hingson, R. W. (2016). Differences in state drug testing and reporting by driver type in U.S. fatal traffic crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 92, 122–129.

Chen, C. M., Slater, M. E., Castle, I-J. P., & Grant, B. F. (2016). Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders in the United States: Main Findings from the 20122013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions-III (NESARC-III). U.S. Alcohol Epidemiologic Data Reference Manual, Volume 10, April 2016 (NIH Publication No. 16-AA-8020). Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Slater, M. E., Kelly, A. S., Sadak, K. T., & Ross, J. A. (2016). Active transportation in adult survivors of childhood cancer and neighborhood controls. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10, 11.

Slater, M. E., Haughwout, S. P., & Castle, I. P. (2015). Surveillance Report #103: Trends in Substance Use Among Reproductive-age Females in the United States, 2002–2013. Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Slater, M. E., Steinberger, J., Ross, J. A., Kelly, A. S., Chow, E. J., Koves, I. H., Hoffmeister, P., Sinaiko, A. R., Petryk, A., Moran, A., Lee, J., Chow, L. S., & Baker, K. S. (2015). Physical activity, fitness, and cardiometabolic risk factors in adult survivors of childhood cancer with a history of hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 21(7), 1278–1283.

Slater, M. E., Ross, J. A., Kelly, A. S., Dengel, D. R., Hodges, J. S., Sinaiko, A. R., Moran, A., Lee, J., Perkins, J. L., Chow, L. S., Baker, K. S., & Steinberger, J. (2015). Physical activity and cardiovascular risk factors in childhood cancer survivors. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 62, 305–310.

Zimmerman, R. K., Slater, M. E., Langer, E. K., Ross, J. A., & Spector, L. G. (2013). Long-term stability of folate in dried blood spots stored in several conditions. Journal of Pediatrics, 163(2), 596–597.

Linabery, A. M., Slater, M. E., Spector, L. G., Olshan, A. F., Stork, S. K., Roesler, M. A., Reaman, G. H., & Ross, J. A. (2011). Feasibility of neonatal blood spot retrieval and evolving state policies: A Children’s Oncology Group study. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 25, 549–558.

Slater, M. E., Linabery, A. M., Blair, C. K., Spector, L. G., Heerema, N. A., Robison, L. L., Ross, J. A. (2011). Maternal prenatal cigarette, alcohol, and illicit drug use and risk of infant leukemia: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 25, 559–565.

Slater, M. E., Linabery, A. M., Spector, L. G., Johnson, K. J., Hilden, J. M., Heerema, N. A., Robison, L. L., & Ross, J. A. (2011). Maternal exposure to household chemicals and risk of infant leukemia: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Cancer Causes and Control, 22(8), 1197–1204.

Slater, M. E., Sirard, J. R., Laska, M. N., Pereira, M. A., & Lytle, L.A. (2011). Relationships between energy balance knowledge and the home environment. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111(4), 556–560.

Sirard, J. R., & Slater, M. E. (2009). Compliance with wearing physical activity accelerometers in high school students. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(Suppl. 1), S148–S155.

Sirard, J. R., & Slater, M. E. (2008). Walking and bicycling to school: A review. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 2, 372–396.

Jordan, C. O., Slater, M., & Kottke, T. E. (2008). Preventing chronic disease risk factors: Rationale and feasibility. Medicina, 44(10), 745–750.


Scott EddieScott Edie

Skills and Subject Area Expertise

Publications and Communications Management   ·
Technical Writing and Editing for Print and Web Content Marketing and Promotional Writing   ·   Scientific Research Evaluation and Analysis   ·
Microbiology Biomedical Research with Emphasis on Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Education

University of California, Davis, 1982

Ph.D., Plant Physiology

University of Manitoba, 1978

B.S., Plant Science

CSR Employment History & Experience

  • CSR, Incorporated (2003–Present)

Publications Manager (2007–present). National Alcohol Education Program (NAEP), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Oversees production of all NAEP publications, including Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, Alcohol Alert bulletins, professional materials, and brochures for the public. Services include editing, writing, scientific writing and ghost writing, production tracking, graphics layout and design, proofreading, communication with printers and other vendors, and review of proofs before publication.

Managing Editor (2012–present); CSR Project Manager (2012–present). NIDA Notes, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH. Oversees development of content and coordinates day-to-day editorial operations for online publication NIDA Notes (http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes), aimed at clinicians and healthcare providers and covering a broad range of topics in medical and behavioral research related to drug abuse and health, including prevention, treatment, epidemiology, and basic science. Identifies and develops topics, coordinates editorial board review of topics, assigns articles to writers and science editors, oversees creative and graphic design work, and maintains production schedule. Supervises the work of four employees. Coordinates with external project partner on Web and social media development.

Conference Staff (2007–present). National Alcohol Education Program (NAEP), NIAAA, NIH. Provides support for NIAAA exhibits at health and scientific research conferences.

Note-taker (2008–2012). National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) HIV/AIDS Research Programs Support. Wrote meeting summaries for NIDA HIV/AIDS research programs, including Avant Garde Awards and symposia such as Consultation on Pain and Palliative Care in Resource-Limited Settings, an international meeting co-hosted by NIDA and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Graphic Designer (2003–2007). National Alcohol Education Program (NAEP), NIAAA, NIH. Provided full range of production services for all NAEP publications, including Alcohol Research & Health (now known as Alcohol Research: Current Reviews), Alcohol Alert bulletins, professional materials, and brochures for the public. Services included production tracking, graphic layout and design, proofreading, communication with printers and other vendors, and review of proofs before publication.


Barbara VannBarbara Vann

Skills and Subject Area Expertise

Project Management · Publications Management · Writing and Editing · Layout and Design

  • Marketing and Promotion · Plain Language/Cultural Competency Publications · Web Publishing

 Education

George Mason University, 1988

B.A., English and Biology

CSR Employment History & Experience

  • CSR, Incorporated (1993–Present)

CSR, Incorporated, Arlington, VA (1993–Present)

Project Director. National Alcohol Education Program (NAEP), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Since May 2006, has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of information dissemination under the NAEP contract. Involved in bringing research findings to a broad audience, using a variety of mediums—print and electronic publications, conference exhibits, graphic arts, and Web-based materials. From 1993 to 2006, managed the full range of publications development for NAEP (previously called Alcohol Research, Collection, and Dissemination, or ARCAD). Continues to serve as Managing Editor of NIAAA’s peer-reviewed journal Alcohol Research: Current Reviews. As Senior Writer, has written Alcohol Alert bulletins as well as numerous other publications for the public. Under her stewardship, NAEP publications have garnered 7 prestigious Blue Pencil awards in recognition of editorial and design excellence.

Selected Publications

Author:

Alcohol: A Women’s Health Issue. 2008. Bethesda, MD: NIAAA.

What Colleges Need to Know Now: An Update on College Drinking Research. 2007. Bethesda, MD: NIAAA.

Alcohol Alert, Numbers 62–77. Bethesda, MD: NIAAA.

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol. 2006. Bethesda, MD: NIAAA.

Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines. 2003. Bethesda, MD: NIAAA.

Contributor:

  • The NIH Record. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.
  • Ethical Issues in Research, Neuropsychology: The Neuronal Basis of Cognitive Function. Washington, DC: Fidia Research Foundation.
  • Human Insulin: A Decade of Experience and Future Developments. Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association.

Other Editorial Activities

Since 2004, has served on a panel of judges selected from the magazine industry for the prestigious Eddie Awards, conducted by Red 7 Media’s Folio magazine. In 2007 and 2008, judged the EXCEL Awards, recognizing the “best and brightest” in association publishing, an event sponsored by the Society of National Association Publications (now known as Association Media & Publishing).