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USF to host prevention expert on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of South Florida will host Janet Hankin, Ph.D., from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., as part of the sociology department’s 2012 Colloquium Series. The event, titled “A Pregnant Woman Never Drinks Alone: Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012, in room 408A of the Education Building.

Hankin, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a professor of sociology at Wayne State and held the position of chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Her research focuses on the identification and treatment of mental disorder in primary care settings, as well as the prevention of drinking during pregnancy.

Hankin has published 48 refereed journal articles, as well as numerous chapters in the area of medical sociology. She also was the senior editor of the 2010 extra issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, entitled, “What Do We Know? Key Findings from 50 Years of Medical Sociology.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Shawn Bingham at


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