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Faculty Research

Sarah Bauerle Bass: Risk communication and how public health messages are crafted for all audiences, as well as the use of new technologies and their impact on patient self-efficacy and behavior intention.

Keywords: risk communication, health literacy, perceptual mapping, health behavior, decision making

Katherine W. Bauer: Behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of children’s and adolescents’ nutrition and obesity risk, socio-ecological influences on weight-related parenting behaviors and the home environment, development and evaluation of family, school, and community-based obesity prevention interventions.

Keywords: obesity prevention, social and behavioral epidemiology, family, children, adolescents

Casey M. Breslin: Assessment and development of fundamental motor skills of children with and without autism spectrum disorder. 

Keywords: motor skill development, autism spectrum disorder, assessment

Bradley Collins:  Prevention and treatment of behavioral health problems contributing to physical and mental illness. Healthy lifestyle promotion among children and families in vulnerable populations. Emphasis on integrating behavioral laboratory and community intervention research approaches to facilitate intervention efficacy and understanding mechanisms of health behavior change.

Keywords:  behavioral intervention, psychosocial, tobacco cessation, cancer prevention, addiction, substance dependence, depression, psychiatric co-morbidity, physical activity, underserved, disparities

Adam Davey: Five areas of research reflect my emphasis on elaborating person-environment interactions as they relate to basic and applied public health research: (1) Families as Contexts, (2) Linking Individuals and Contexts, (3) Measurement in Population-Based Settings, (4) Elaborating the Trait-State Distinction, and (5) Optimizing Incomplete Designs.

Keywords: gerontology research laboratory; exceptional survival; regional and within-family variations in formal and informal care; optimizing incomplete designs

Jeff Draine: Intersection of mental illness, behavioral health, and HIV with the criminal justice system. In particular, individual, community, and policy interventions for more just and healthy responses to the needs of people impacted by incarceration, as well as impact of incarceration experiences on individuals, families, and communities.

Keywords: mental health, jails, prisons, reentry, recovery, substance use

Jay Fagan: At-risk fathers (nonresident, Head Start, adolescent fathers), parent education and co-parenting interventions for fathers, fathers and early childhood programs, fathering in the context of family processes, family structure, and the relationship between childcare and work-family balance among low-income women.

Keywords: at-risk fathers, family structure, family processes

Jennifer Orlet Fisher: Environmental and biological contributions to the development of food acceptance and appetite in young children.  The role of the family environment and child feeding in healthy eating behaviors and child obesity prevention. 

Keywords: eating behavior, child feeding, appetite, obesity prevention, parental influence

Karin Eyrich Garg:  Vulnerable populations, primarily people experiencing homelessness, particularly the homeless population’s use of technology.  Focus on treatment engagement, psychiatric disorders, social support, and service use.

Keywords:  technology, treatment engagement, substance use/abuse/dependence, mental health, social support, service use.

Carol Scheffner Hammer: Cultural and environmental influences that impact children's language and literacy abilities, particularly Latino, bilingual children. Development and implementation of school readiness interventions for children who are at risk for poor literacy and academic outcomes.

Keywords: language development, literacy, bilingual, school readiness, interventions

Chantelle Hart: Development and evaluation of novel behavioral approaches for pediatric obesity prevention and treatment with current emphasis on the role of sleep in establishing obesity risk. The role of parents and early life risk and protective factors in establishing/ameliorating obesity risk. Translation of prevention and treatment approaches into community settings.

Key Words: pediatric obesity, treatment, prevention, sleep

Alice Hausman: Implications of evidence-based practice for community health particularly as it relates to youth violence prevention and emergency preparedness and response for vulnerable populations. Implementation and evaluation of best practices in community settings.

Keywords: mixed methods analysis, community-based collaborations, vulnerable populations, Center for Preparedness Research, Education and Practice (C-PREP)

Cheryl Hyde: Organizational transformation, community capacity building, social movements and civil society. How dynamics of race, class, gender and other cultural identity factors influence collective actions and change processes. Mixed method research to examine the development of human capital and social capital among participants in a multi-tiered job training program.

Keywords: capacity building, social capital, change processes, civil society

Jennifer K. Ibrahim: Research interests are focused on health policy development and implementation, particularly at the state and local level. Primary topical areas of research are tobacco control and food safety from both the policy intervention and systems perspectives.

Keywords: public health law, policy, food safety, tobacco control

Larry D. Icard: Developing and testing interventions to reduce health disparities among at-risk population including urban low-income families, pre-release incarcerated men, African American men, South African men who have sex with men, South African heterosexual men, South African adolescents, and HIV-positive African American men and women.

Keywords: HIV prevention, sexual minorities, African American men, South African

John Jeka: Advanced visualization to investigate balance control during standing and walking. Test computational models to develop techniques and devices for treatment of balance disorders with Parkinson’s disease, concussed athletes, vestibular disorders, and older individuals at risk of falling.

Key words: balance, computational, assistive devices, multisensory

Emily Keshner: Examine how conflicting sensory feedback demands influence the ability to organize effective postural behaviors. Parameterize neural and biomechanical components of complex, whole body movements when engaged in postural and orientation tasks. Develop new treatment interventions to effectively reduce instability and falls in aging and clinical populations.

Keywords: posture, balance, spatial orientation, sensorimotor integration, virtual reality

Stephen Lepore: Developing social and behavioral interventions to reduce social disparities in health and to improve quality of life outcomes in individuals coping with traumatic and stressful live events, such as cancer, bereavement, and violence.

Keywords: stress, coping, social support, psychosocial interventions, cancer prevention, psycho-oncology, behavioral interventions

Grace Ma: Community-based participatory intervention trials, early detection, patient navigation of Hepatitis B, cancers and chronic illnesses, smoking cessation, access and quality of healthcare in medically underserved, uninsured and high-risk Asian and Asian American populations.

Keywords: cancer intervention trials, health disparities, medically underserved populations, global health

Nadine Martin: Cognitive relations between language processing and other cognitive processes such as verbal short-term memory (STM) and executive functioning. Theories are tested through the study of language breakdown in aphasia and other acquired neurogenic language disorders. Data and models are applied to the development of diagnostic and treatment approaches.

Keywords:  aphasia, verbal short-term memory impairment, language processing

Deborah Nelson: Promote health and well-being of urban women and their young children. Advance integration and practice of public health and medicine, and partner with women and health care providers to promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.

Keywords: MCH_Well, pregnancy, preterm birth, urban women

Bernie Newman: Sexual orientation and gender identity issues, including identity development, development of attitudes at individual and societal levels, access to effective social work and health related services; sexual abuse and sexual assault, specifically prevention, recovery and treatment; and intimate partner violence among adolescents. 

Keywords: Sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual abuse, sexual assault, intimate partner violence.

Elizabeth Pfeiffer: Qualitative and quantitative research examining the impact on participation and quality of life of sensory processing disorders on adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and ADHD. Effectiveness of a sensory-based treatment model in children and adults with ASD and psychosocial issues. Measures of participation for children with ASD.

Keywords: autism spectrum disorder; attention deficit, hyperactivity

Jennifer L. Pomeranz: Public health law and policy, including issues related to federal, state and local control, preemption, regulating over-the-counter products and labels, the First Amendment, food marketing to children, health disparities, legal solutions to changing the food environment, and workplace wellness and prevention in health care reform.

Keywords: public health law, policy, administrative agencies, food law

Nancy Rothman: Nurse-managed models of delivering health care, primary health care, community-defined health risks and prevention/intervention strategies.

Keywords: nurse-managed models; primary health care and prevention

Scott Edward Rutledge: HIV prevention interventions for prisoners and African American gay and other men who have sex with men; contextualizing, measuring and reducing AIDS stigma in health services; and, understanding patterns of HIV disclosure in sexual situations.

Keywords: HIV prevention, AIDS stigma, HIV disclosure, human sexuality

Mark Salzer: Delivery of effective community mental health and rehabilitation services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Specifically focus on identifying and eliminating barriers to full community inclusion (e.g., work, school, intimate relationships, spirituality, friendships, parenting), promoting the development and utilization of effective supports and mainstream community resources, and enhancing development and effectiveness of peer support programs.

Keywords: psychiatric rehabilitation, community inclusion, psychiatric disabilities

Gretchen Snethen: Developing interventions that utilize recreation and leisure to promote independent community participation and social integration among adults with psychiatric disabilities. Understanding socio-environmental factors that could prevent community participation. 

Keywords: strengths-based approach, psychiatric disability, community participation

Carole Tucker: Development and validation of health outcomes, particularly person reported outcomes, in families and children concerning physical activity and function. Development and application of technology to measure biomechanics of movement, activity and participation in the natural environment.

Keywords: health outcomes, mixed methods, activity and participation, accelerometers/monitors