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Research & Outreach

Students have opportunities to work with faculty who are conducting cutting-edge research on the causes, risks and trajectories of population-wide health. Labs include:

The Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program

The Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is focused on examining the behavioral and biological determinants of cancer in the general and underserved populations. 

Biostatistics Core

The Biostatistics Core offers comprehensive statistical consultation and computational services to faculty, staff and students in the College of Public Health and throughout Temple University as well as faculty and researchers in other institutions, agencies and companies.

The Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology Program

The reproductive and perinatal epidemiology program in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is focused on examining the determinants of adverse reproductive and pregnancy outcomes.

The Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Lab

The Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Laboratory is housed within the Division of Environmental Health in the College of Public Health at Temple University. The lab is currently led by Dr. Heather Murphy. The lab team consists of research fellows, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the field of water and health. The laboratory primarily focuses on microbiological contamination of water supplies and the subsequent impacts on public health.

The College also maintains affiliations with:

In addition, faculty and students are involved in research with university affiliates in the Department of Nursing, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and the Kornberg School of Dentistry, among others.

Carnegie Classification

In 2016, The National Science Foundation placed Temple University as an R1 institution for “highest research activity”, placing it among the top four percent of all four-year institutions in the U.S.

Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed the university among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.

Research News

Resa M. Jones

Grant awarded: 

Project number: 212392
Title: Health and psychosocial impacts of PFAS environmental exposure
Principal Investigator: Resa M. Jones
Funding Source: Water Foundation
Project date: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019
Budget:  – $54,000 directs, $5,990 indirects; $59,980 total
Percent effort: 5% 

Manuscript published: 

Dyer KE, Shires DA, Flocke SA, Hawley ST, Jones RM,Resnicow K, Shin Y, Lafata JE. Patient-reported needs following a referral for colorectal cancer screening. Am J Prev Med. 2019; 56(2):271-280.

Abstract accepted:

(* Denotes fellow/student/mentee)

2019, March – Piperato SM*, Jones RM. Associations between Sexual Abuse during Childhood and Colonoscopy Adherence among U.S. Adults. To be presented at the 40th Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Appointed position:

Member, Science Board, American Public Health Association

Aimee J. Palumbo

Manuscript accepted:

Palumbo AJ, Cannuscio C, De Roos AJ, Robinson L, Mossey J, Wallace R, Garcia L, Shadyab A, Sealy-Jefferson S, Michael Y. Women’s occupational patterns and later life physical functioning. Journal of Aging and Health. In press. 

Abby Rudolph

Manuscript published:

Rudolph AE, Young AM, Havens JR. Using network and spatial data to better target overdose prevention strategies in rural Appalachia. Journal of Urban Health PubMed Central.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-018-00328-y

Jingwei Wu

Honors/Awards:

Faculty Scholarship from SAS Global Forum 2019 (one of 10 winners in total globally)

Manuscript accepted:

Wu, J; Peng, H; Tu, W. (2019). “Large sample estimation and inference in multivariate single-index models”. Journal of Multivariate Analysis.

Manuscripts published:

  1. Webb, D; Wu, J; Webb, J. (2019). “Biomechanical effects of carrying a unilateral load on human bipedalism, as indicated by footprint trail parameters”. Anthropologie. 57(1):1-16. 
  2. Li, H; Wu, J; Wang, A; Li, X; Chen, S; Wang, T; Amsalu, E; Gao, Q; Luo, Y; Yang, X; Wang, W; Guo, J; Guo, Y; Guo, X. (2018). “Effects of ambient carbon monoxide on daily hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease: a time-stratified case-crossover study of 460,938 cases in Beijing, China from 2013 to 2017”. Environmental Health. 17:1-11.