Public Health Faculty Research Highlights
Public Health faculty engage in a variety of scholarly activities, including academic research, frequently in collaboration with students. The projects described below are in varying stages; Students interested in getting involved with academic research with Public Health faculty should contact the sponsoring faculty member directly to discuss research opportunities.
Dr. Bernard Appiah’s research focuses on:
- Design, implementation or evaluation of drama, mass media and mobile health interventions.
- Public or community engagement approaches for addressing health challenges, including inadequate blood donation
- Media coverage of public health issues.
- Pharmaceutical health services issues including medication adherence, antimicrobial resistance reporting of adverse drug reactions and vaccination.
- Global health.
Keywords: health communication, public engagement, pharmaceutical health services, global health.
Dr. Bergen-Cico’s research examines:
- The impact of violence, conflict and trauma on substance use and addictive behaviors
- Mindfulness-based practices and complementary health strategies for addiction and trauma
- Neural mechanisms of change underlying mindfulness-based practices
- Mindfulness-based interventions for self-regulation of opioid cravings
Keywords: Addictive behaviors, complementary health, mindfulness-based practices, neuroscience, psychoactive drugs
Dr. Cowart’s research examines:
- Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention
- Health Promotion through demonstration projects in non-traditional community-based settings (e.g., churches, barbershops and housing facilities).
- Culturally Competent Health Care, Health Literacy
Keywords: Health Disparities Prevention, Culturally Competent Health Care, Health Literacy
Dr. Gump’s research examines:
- Environmental toxicants (e.g., lead) and cardiovascular disease risk in children
- Stress and disease
- Vacationing behavior and health
Keywords: Environmental Health, Stress and Disease, Health Disparities, Children
Dr. Hruska’s research examines:
- Occupational stress and mental health
- Traumatic stress/PTSD and associated risk and protective factors
- Recovery experiences/activities and their relationship to physical and mental health
- Intensive longitudinal methods
Keywords: Trauma, Occupation and Health, Health Data Analytics
Dr. Kmush’s research examines:
- Maternal and child health
- Infectious diseases in low-income settings, currently focusing on Hepatitis E Virus
- Playing style and brain injuries in professional athletes
Keywords: Global Health, Infectious Diseases, Sport and Health
Dr Lane’s research examines health disparities in vulnerable populations in the following areas:
- Neighborhood violence and trauma
- Maternal, child and family disparities, especially during pregnancy
- Lead poisoning policy and prevention
Keywords: Community Health, Health Disparities, Maternal and Child Health
Dr. Larsen’s research examines:
- Infectious disease surveillance using wastewater
- The epidemiology and control of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, and zika
- Spatial epidemiology
Keywords: Infectious Diseases, Wastewater surveillance, Global Health
Dr. McDonald’s research examines:
- The responsible inclusion of adults with intellectual disability in health research
- Community-engaged research to address disparities in health and its social determinants among people with disabilities
Keywords: Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, Health Disparities, Responsible Conduct of Research
Dr. Mutambudzi’s research examines:
- Occupational epidemiology and psychosocial factors in the workplace
- Chronic disease and life course epidemiology
- Health disparities and social determinants of health
- Aging and health
Keywords: Chronic Disease, Occupational Health, Aging, Health Disparities.
Dr. Narine’s research examines:
- Social determinants of health in a global context
- Social and health determinants of domestic violence
- Methodology, evaluation, and pedagogy
- Healthcare management and policy
- Cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs
- Health and housing disparities.
Keywords: Global Health, Health Policy
Dr. Walia’s research uses secondary datasets and health econometric models to examine:
- Early child health interventions and cognitive development
- Mortality and behavioral effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and related neurodegenerative diseases
- Health industry economics; industrial organization of health care industry and subsequent health outcomes
Keywords: Health Data Analytics, Immigrant Health, Sport and Health.