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Arnold School of Public Health


Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior

The Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) faculty members conduct research on a variety of topics, including obesity and cancer prevention, sexual and reproductive health, community health, public health nutrition and physical activity, social and environmental health disparities, public health communications, global health, public health policy and advocacy. 

Faculty Research Projects

Lucy Annang-Ingram

  • Rebuilding the Graniteville, S.C. Community through Health Communication and Promotion, and Public Health Tracking (MUSC/CDC)
  • Understanding Conceptualizations and Social Environment for Improving Pre-Pregnancy Planning and Nutrition for Adolescent Women in Harare, Zimbabwe (The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science)

Christine Blake

  • Competitive Small Grants Program for Research on Food Choice in Africa and Asia (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/DFID)
  • Snacking in Young Children: Parental Definitions, Goals, and Feeding Practices (Temple University/NIH)
  • Junior Doctors of Health - DOD (MUSC/DOD)
  • Medical University of South Carolina/DOD (MUSC/Meeting Street Academy)
  • Understanding Conceptualizations and Social Environment for Improving Pre-Pregnancy Planning and Nutrition for Adolescent Women in Harare, Zimbabwe (The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science)

Heather Brandt

  • DIDACTIC: Dissemination and Implementation of a Diet and Activity Community Trial In Churches (NHLBI)/NIH)
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Program in South Carolina (CDC)
  • South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network-II (NCI)
  • Multi-Level, Community-Clinical Cancer Prevention and Control Interventions (CDC/NCI)

Rachel Davis

  • African American Cancer Clinical Trial Decisions: Testing Tailored Messaging (Virginia Commonwealth University/American Cancer Society)
  • Addressing Acquiescence: Reducing Survey Error To Promote Latino Health (NCI/NIH)
  • Tailored Communications to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening among African Americans (Tailored Communications to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening among African Americans)

Daniela Friedman

  • Evaluation of an Avatar-Led Decision Aid to Promote Informed Decision Making for Prostate Cancer Screening Among African-American Males in Faith-Based Communities (APIRE)
  • Implementing Road Map Actions through a New Healthy Brain Initiative Network (CDC)
  • Improving Adherence to Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy among Disadvantaged Breast Cancer Survivors (NCI); Multi-Level, Community-Clinical Cancer Prevention and Control Interventions (CDC/NCI)
  • The Evaluation of a Computer-based Education Program to Promote Informed Decision Making for Prostate Cancer Screening among African-American Men in Faith-based Communities (American Cancer Society)

Edward Frongillo

  • Competitive Small Grants Program for Research on Food Choice in Africa and Asia (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/DFID)
  • Multisectoral Agricultural Intervention to Improve Nutrition, Health, and Developmental Outcomes of HIV-infected and Affected Children in Western Kenya (Boston Children's Hospital/NIMH)
  • Multisectoral Agricultural Intervention to Improve Food Security, Prevent Treatment Failure, and Reduce Co-morbidities Among People Living with HIV in Kenya (University of California, San Francisco/NIH)
  • The Food Insecurity Experience Scale and Household/Individual Correlates of Food Insecurity (Economic Research Service/USDA)
  • Altered Daily Activities and Shame Resulting from Children Experiencing Food Insecurity in Rural South Carolina and Oregon (Purdue University/USDA)
  • Understanding Conceptualizations and Social Environment for Improving Pre-Pregnancy Planning and Nutrition for Adolescent Women in Harare, Zimbabwe (The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science)
  • Identifying multiple patterns of characteristics that result in U.S. urban and rural households having very low food security using classification trees (Purdue University/Mississippi State/USDA)
  • Stories of Change: Ethiopia (International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI))
  • Analysis of Early Childhood Development and Nutrition Indicators Across Countries Using the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys Round 4 (The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science)
  • Expanding Centering Pregnancy in S.C. (Greenville Hospital System/SCDHHS)
  • Pathways from Food Insecurity to Treatment and Health Outcomes in Women with HIV (The Regents of the University of California/NIH)

Sonya Jones

  • DSS SNAP - ED Evaluation (S.C. DSS/USDA)
  • Hunger Relief Strategic Plan for Palm Beach (Food Research and Action Center/United Way of Palm Beach County)
  • COPASCities: Childhood Obesity Prevention in S.C. Communities (USDA)

Andrew Kaczynski

  • Assessment of Park Quality Improvements and Inequities between 2014 and 2017 (CDC)
  • ParkIndex: A Tool for Advancing Parks and Public Health Research and Practice (USC Office of the VP for Research); Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Center (CDC)
  • Evaluation of an inter-agency collaboration to promote park visitation and physical activity among youth in Greenville County, S.C. (USC Office of the VP for Research)
  • Youth Engagement in Park Research and Evaluation (NRPA)
  • Parks, Environmental Justice and Childhood Obesity in Greenville County, S.C. (Piedmont Foundation, USC Office of the Provost)
  • Community Engagement in Evaluation and Advocacy for Healthier Neighborhood Environments (Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation)

Xiaoming Li

  • Theory-based HIV Disclosure Intervention for Parents (NIH)
  • Resilience-based psychosocial intervention among children affected by HIV/AIDS in China (NIH) 

James Thrasher

  • Tobacco Packing and Labeling Policies (University of Waterloo/NCI)
  • Evaluating the Impact of Mandatory Nutrition Information on Menus (University of Waterloo/NIH)
  • SIP 13-073: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a National Quitline Registry to Enhance Smoking Cessation in the United States (CDC/HHS)
  • Exploring Current Smokers' Interest in Using Smokeless Tobacco Products (Health Research Inc., Roswell Park Cancer Institute/NIH)
  • Building Evidence for Effective and Sustainable Cigarette Warning Label Policy (NCI)/NIH)
  • Administrative Supplement for Effectiveness of Tobacco Control Policies in High vs. Low Income Countries (MUSC/NCI/NIH)
  • Cinema Smoking and Youth Smoking in Latin America (Trustees of Dartmouth College/NIH)
  • Tobacco Packing and Labeling Policies (University of Waterloo/NCI)
  • MGS: Cinema Smoking and Youth Smoking in Argentina (S.C. Research Foundation)

Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy

  • Phase 2: Developing the Dietary Inflammatory Index for Clinical Application (Connecting Health Innovations, LLC/NIH)
  • Developing the Dietary Inflammatory Index for Clinical Application (Connecting Health Innovations, LLC/NIH)
  • Increasing dietary self-monitoring and weight loss in an mHealth intervention (NCI)/NIH)
  • Self-Monitoring Assessment in Real Time (2-SMART): Improving Dietary Self-monitoring Through Digital Photography and Crowdsourcing (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation)

Katrina Walsemann

  • Effects of Criminal Justice System Exposure on Youth's Substance Use Trajectories (Kean University/NIH)
  • Sexual Orientation and the Risk for Unintended Pregnancy among U.S. Women of reproductive age (HRSA)
  • Making Visible that which is Hidden: Describing the Health of the Undocumented Immigrant Population (ASPIRE)