A new study, led by researchers at the University of Washington in collaboration with Rebecca Alper, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and colleagues from the College of Liberal Arts, looked at a comprehensive set of school readiness skills in order to try to determine which is the most solid predictor of a child’s later success. Researchers from the University of Delaware and the University of North Carolina also contributed to the project.
Sarah Bauerle Bass, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences and director of the risk communication laboratory, received a 3-year R34 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and pilot test a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) communication intervention for female IV drug-using clients of a needle exchange.
David Sarwer, associate dean of research and director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), was quoted in WHYY’s The Pulse, a weekly health and science radio show and podcast. In the story, which looked at the impact of the City of Philadelphia’s decision to tax 1.5 cents per ounce on sweetened drinks, Sarwer comments on the promising public health impact of the controversial soda tax.
Shivayogi Hiremath, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, has been working with a team of students and post-doctoral fellows on developing a device that helps wheelchair users stay informed about their daily physical activity. Hiremath and the team are currently conducting a pilot study with 20 participants who are wearing the Fitbit-like devices with hopes of expanding the research in the future.
Bryan McCormick, professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, is currently on a Fulbright Research and Teaching Award to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he is working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to identify needs in community mental health organizations.
On a wall inside a newly refurbished community center in Kensington are a series of signposts.
Narnia, reads one. The others: Oz, Mt. Olympus, Hogwarts, Wonderland, the Magic Tree House. Nearby, a first-grader walks around with a copy of Dr. Seuss’s ABC, heading to the back of a line of children—more than 20 deep— eagerly waiting to sign out their books. Some are showing friends what they found; others are nose-deep reading before they’ve even finished checking out.
In April, the College of Public Health offered training in administering Nalaxone (brand name Narcan), a drug that reduces the effects of opioids and can reverse otherwise fatal overdoses—which caused 1,200 deaths in 2017, according to the Philadelphia County Medical Examiner’s Office.
In June, the college will welcome Lisa Bedore, a renowned researcher of developmental language disorders among Spanish-English bilingual children, as chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Here, she shares meaningful moments from her career, what drew her to the College of Public Health, and her hopes for the future of the field.