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HPEB News and Kudos

Welcome to new and returning students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB)! We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year for everyone. The News and Kudos e-newsletter promotes the excellent work of HPEB students and faculty members. We want to feature your partnerships, successes, and important health promotion initiatives you are bringing to communities. Here’s to a great year of working together to improve the public’s health!

Message from the Chair

Earlier this year my son told me that on the 100th day of kindergarten his class had a party. He was most excited that there would be a disco ball. {He did think he was starting Grade 1 the day after the disco ball made an appearance so I had to explain there were still a few months before he would graduate from kindergarten.}

The disco ball extravaganza got me thinking a lot about milestones – both professional and per-sonal – and how we can do more to celebrate our accomplishments. In this newsletter we share information about papers that are published, grants secured, and awards received. But we know that writing that first manuscript, hitting submit on your first grant proposal, and being nominated for your first award are extremely noteworthy. Please take the time to con-gratulate each other on those milestones too and drop by to let us know about them! I can’t promise that we’ll have a disco ball waiting for you but encouragement and support are worth more than all the disco balls in the world (just don’t tell that to my 5-year-old quite yet). - Daniela Friedman [see PDF version with photos]

Congratulations Are In Order! 

Three HPEB PhD students Caroline Dunn, Ellen Stowe, and Ashley White received travel awards from the Graduate School.

Ebru Cayir, HPEB alum, has accepted a post-doctoral fellow position in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia.

HPEB PhD students Nazratun Nayeem Monalisa, Ligia Reyes, and Kaleea Lewis were awarded the Olga I. Ogoussan Doctoral Research Award.

The following students were awarded the Magellan Scholar in Spring 2018: Destiny Byrd, Court-ney Cooper, Morgan Deal, Rachel Desch, Lexus Dickson, Alexis Nanna, Eva Newman, *Chelsea Perry, and Peyton Rogers. Special thanks to their respective mentors Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy (First four students), Dr. Shan Qiao, Dr. Mindi Spencer, Dr. Spencer Moore, Dr. Alys-sa Robillard, and Dr. Emily Mann. *Chelsea Perry was the 1500th recipient of a Magellan Scholar award.

Dr. Heather Brandt received the J. Marion Sims Award from the South Carolina Public Health Asso-ciation during a ceremony in the HPEB suite after several attempts to surprise her with the award. Story Link

Dr. Caroline Bergeron, HPEB alum, was selected to be a faculty affiliate with the Texas A&M Uni-versity Center for Population Health and Aging.

Deeonna Farr, HPEB alum, is now an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in the Depart-ment of Health Education and Promotion.

Morgan Hughey, HPEB alum, is now an Assistant Professor at College of Charleston in the Depart-ment of Health and Human Performance.

Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy has been named a 2018 USC Breakthrough Star through the Office of the Vice President for Research. Story Link

Dr. Katrina Walsemann was invited to be on the editorial board of Social Sci-ence and Medicine. Story Link

The following doctoral students received the Dean’s Student Travel award: Mari-an Botchway, Yoojin Cho, Alicia Dahl, Caroline Dunn, Akeen Hamil-ton, and Victoria Lambert.

Lauren Hunt, HPEB MPH student, has received the Spring 2018 Ann Cassady Endowed Fellowship Award.

Jennifer Mandelbaum, HPEB PhD student, co-authored a poster that won the poster presentation award at the Inaugural Integrated Behavioral Health Symposium.

Alicia Dahl has been selected to receive the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 2018 Excellence in Research Award, which will be presented during the SBM’s 2018 Annual Meeting & Scientific Ses-sions, being held April 11-14 in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Sayward Harrison recently served on the statewide SC World AIDS Day planning committee which culminated in a November 30 event at the SC State House that featured speakers from faith communities, government agencies, public health officials, and individual citizens living with HIV. It also marked the launch of a statewide campaign "Ending the Epidemics", which calls for a unified approach to combat HIV, STIs, Hepatitis C, and the opioid epidemic in SC.

Queenie Jo-Yun Li, Junior Scholar at the SC SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality, recently accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Miami, Florida.

Amir Bhochibhoya, Postdoctoral Fellow at the SC SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality, re-cently accepted a tenure-track position at Lander University.

Dr. Andy Kaczynski received the 2018 Distinguished Research Service Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research. Story Link

Dr. Daniela Friedman, editorial board member for the Journal of Women & Aging, has been select-ed to serve as an associate editor of the journal.

Dr. LaDrea Ingram, Center for Healthcare Quality/HPEB Postdoctoral Fellow is one of only four scholars in the U.S. selected for the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars at Yale Uni-versity's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (2018-2020).

Dissertation and Practicum Presentations

We congratulate the following students who completed milestones in their academic programs during the past three months:

Dissertation Proposals

Kathryn Hoy: A Contextual Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in South Carolina and Related Child Health Outcomes. {February 2018}

Barbara Bujak: Experience of Chronic Pain among Military Service Members Participating in an Interdisciplinary Intensive Out Patient Pain Program. {March 2018}

Shibani Kulkarni: Understanding the Mechanisms Linking Gendered Intrahousehold Bargaining Power and Child Nutrition in Rural Nepal. {March 2018}

Funding News

Marian Botchway and Nazratun Monalisa, HPEB doctoral students, received SPARC grants for 2017-2018. Story Link

Deeonna Farr and Venice Haynes received GMap funding. Venice, current HPEB PhD student, will use her funding for dissertation work in Peru.

Dr. Spencer Moore has received funding from the Greenville Health System Health Sciences Center Seed Grant Program to examine: “Resilience and cellular health among South Carolina women: Do psychosocial factors protect against the adverse impact of stress on cellular aging processes?”


HPEB in the News

Dr. Courtney Monroe was the featured spotlight researcher in the Obesity Society’s eHealth/mHealth section’s newsletter.

Caroline Pascal, ASPH undergraduate student working with HPEB faculty members, was featured in an ASPH article to celebrate her acceptance into the Peace Corp for a 3-year experience in Ghana to work on issues related to maternal and child health. Story Link

Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy and Anthony Crimarco, HPEB PhD student, were featured in a Post and Courier article entitled “USC researchers are recruiting only African-Americans for a study on how to make soul food healthier” for their project Nutritious Eating with Soul. Story Link

Sam Christmus, HPEB MPH student, was featured in an ASPH article about his mother and him-self as Arnold School students. Story Link

Margaret Peck, HPEB online student, was featured as the Arnold School’s “I am Public Health” Spotlight for March. Story Link

Dr. Alyssa Robillard and Chelsea Perry were featured in an ASPH article for their work with HIV prevention through storytelling. Story Link

Dr. Caroline Rudisill was featured in an ASPH article about her upcoming work as an HPEB faculty member in Greenville. Story Link


Publications and Presentations

Besenyi GM, Denson S, Wilhelm Stanis, SA., & Kaczynski AT. Active living and chronic disease: Exploring associations between parks and asthma. Presented at the 14th Annual Active Living Research Conference, February 11-14, 2018, Banff, Canada.

Bougma K, Aboud FE, Lemma TM, Frongillo EA, Marquis GS. Introduction of iodized salt benefits infants’ mental development in a community-based cluster randomised effectiveness trial in Ethiopia. British Journal of Nutrition 119:801–809, 2018.

Child ST, Walsemann KM, Kaczynski AT, Fleischer N, McLain A, & Moore DS. Personal network charac-teristics and body mass index: The role of education among Black Americans. Journal of Public Health,; 2018.

Child ST, Kaczynski AT, & Moore DS. Meeting physical activity recommendations: The role of personal net-works among residents of low-income and historically-disadvantaged communities. American Journal of Pre-ventive Medicine. 2017;53(3):385-391.

Clennin MN, Lian MS, Xuimei S, Kaczynski AT, Colabianchi N, & Pate RR. (2018). Association between youth physical activity, neighborhood socioeconomic environment, and physical activity environment over time. Presented at the 14th Annual Active Living Research Conference, February 11-14, 2018, Banff, Cana-da.

Dahl AA, Turner-McGrievy G, Wilcox S, Liu J, & Davis R. (2018, Apr). Healthy MoM2B: Baseline features of pregnant women participating in a mobile health study targeting gestational weight gain. Poster accepted to the annual conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Dahl AA, Wende M, Turner-McGrievy G, Qiao S, Wilcox S, Liu J, & Davis R. (2018, Apr). Integration of technology in lifestyle interventions focused on weight gain during pregnancy: A systematic review. Paper accepted to the annual conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Dahl AA, Dunn C, Boutte A, Crimarco A, & Turner-McGrievy G. Mobilizing mHealth for moms: A review of
mobile apps for tracking gestational weight gain. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. 2017, Nov. doi: 10.1007/s41347-017-0030-6

Fram MS, Frongillo EA. Backpack programs and the crisis narrative of child hunger—A critical review of the rationale, targeting, and potential benefits and harms of an expanding but untested model of prac-tice. Advances in Nutrition 9:1-8, 2018.

Friedman DB, Arp Adams S, Brandt HM, Heiney SP, Hebert JR, Ureda JR, Seel JS, Schrock CS, Ma-thias W, Clark-Armstead V, Dees V, & Oliver P. (2018 Feb 28 Epub). “Rise Up, Get Tested, and Live”: An arts-based colorectal cancer educational program in a faith-based setting. Journal of Cancer Education, DOI: 10.1007/s13187-018-1340-x.

Grzanka PR & Mann ES. Agency-Without-Choice: The Visual Rhetorics of Long-Acting Reversible Con-traception Promotion. Symbolic Interactions. 2018. DOI: 10.1002/symb.349

Harrison SE, Li X, Zhang J, Zhao J, & Zhao G. (2018). A randomized controlled trial of a resilience-based intervention for children affected by parentalHIV: Educational outcomes at 24-, 30-, and 36-months. School Psychology International. 034318760114

Harrison SE & Greenhouse D. (2018). Dietary and nutrition recommendations in pediatric primary care: A call to action. Southern Medical Journal, 111(1), 12-17. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000754

Harrison S, & Stafford C. (2017, October). Improving the HIV care continuum through mHealth technolo-gies: Current and future trends. Paper presented at the 2017 South Carolina HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Conference, Columbia, SC.

Harrison S. (2018, March). Mobile health (mHealth) technology: A new frontier for HIV interventions. Talk presented at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) Tri-County Sexual Health Awareness, Prevention, & Education (SHAPE) Initiative General Meeting.

Hughey SM, Kaczynski AT, Porter DE, Hibbert J, Turner-McGrievy B, Liu J, & Powers A. (2018). Quanti-fying and testing a multicomponent obesogenic built environment measure with childhood obesity. Presented at the 14th Annual Active Living Research Conference, February 11-14, 2018, Banff, Canada.

Hughey SM, Schipperijn J, Kahila M, Broberg A, Kaczynski AT, Hipp JA, Stowe EW, & Oliphant E. Map-ping park use with Maptionnaire: A map-based online survey tool. Workshop presented at the 14th Annual Active Living Research Conference, February 11-14, 2018, Banff, Canada.

Karami A, Dahl AA, Turner-McGrievy B, Kharrazi H, & Shaw Jr, G. Characterizing diabetes, diet, exercise, and obesity on Twitter. International Journal of Information Management. 2018, 38(1):1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.injinfomgt.2017.08.002

King SB, Stowe EW, Hughey SM, & Kaczynski AT. Parks and environmental justice: Comparing park availability, features, and quality by income and racial/ethnic minority from 2013-2017 in Greenville County, SC. Presented at the 14th Annual Active Living Research Conference, February 11-14, 2018, Banff, Cana-da.

Kung’u JK, Pendame R, Ndiaye MB, Gerbaba M, Ochola S, Faye A, Basnet S, Frongillo EA, Wuehler S, & De- Regil LM. Integrating nutrition into health systems at community level: Impact evaluation of the Commu-nity Based Maternal and Neonatal Health and Nutrition projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Senegal. Maternal & Child Nutrition. 2018;14(S2):e12577,

Mandelbaum J, Orland R, Bowling H, & Goodman C. Interprofessional suicide prevention education at the University of South Carolina: Using pledge drives to train the next generation of healthcare providers. Pre-sented at the Inaugural Integrated Behavioral Health Symposium, Columbia, SC. February 12, 2018.

Mandelbaum J, Alhabas M, & Mesa A. Barriers to exclu-sive breastfeeding and motivations for early introduction of formula among Latina mothers in Columbia, SC. Present-ed at the South Carolina Public Health Association Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC. February 21-23, 2018.

Mann ES. “The Best Intentions: Reproductive (In)Justice and the Politics of Pregnancy Prevention.” Invited talk. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. February 19, 2018.

McDonnell KK, Strayer SM, Friedman DB, Cartmell KB, Campbell C, Sercy E, & Eberth JM. Developing and test-ing a brief clinic-based lung cancer screening decision aid for primary care settings. Health Expectations. Epub 23 Feb 2018. DOI: 10.1111/hex.12675.

Mendoza JA, Haaland W, D’Agostino RB, Martini L, Pihoker C, Frongillo EA, Mayer-Davis EJ, Liu LL, Dabelea D, Lawrence JM, & Liese AD. Food insecurity is associated with high risk glycemic control and higher health care utilization among youth and young adults with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2018;138:128-137.

Menon P & Frongillo EA. Can integrated interventions create the conditions that support caregiving for better child growth? Lancet Global Health. 2018;6(3):e236-e237. /

Monroe CM, Turner-McGrievy G, Larsen CA, Magradey K, Brandt HM, Wilcox S, Sundstrom B, & West DS. College freshmen students’ perspectives on weight gain prevention in the digital age: Web-based sur-vey. Journal of Medical Internet Research Public Health and Surveillance. 2017;3(4):e71.

Parker PD, Heiney SP, Friedman DB, Felder TM, Estrada RD, Harris EH, & Adams SA. How are health literacy principles incorporated into breast cancer chemotherapy education? A review of the literature. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 2018;8(6):77-84.

Stowe EW, Kaczynski AT, Hughey SM, Oliphant E, Hipp JA, & Schipperijn J. Commonality and diversity across academic, public health, and parks and recreation key informant perspectives on a national stand-ardized park access tool. Presented at the 14th Annual Active Living Research Conference, February 11-14, 2018, Banff, Canada.

Strauss WJ, Nagaraja J, Landgraf AJ, Arteaga SS, Fawcett SB, Ritchie LD, John LV, Gregoriou M, Fron-gillo EA, Loria CM, Weber SA, Collie-Akers VL, McIver KL, Schultz J, Sagatov RDF, Leifer ES, Webb K, & Pate RR, on behalf of the Healthy Communities Study Team. The longitudinal relationship between com-munity programs and policies to prevent childhood obesity and BMI in children: The Healthy Communities Study. Pediatric Obesity. Epub 28 Feb 2018. DOI:10.1111/ijpo.12266.

Tang W, Olscamp K, Choi SK, & Friedman DB. Alzheimer’s disease in social media: A content analysis of YouTube videos. Interactive Journal of Medical Research. 2017; 6(2):e19.

Turner-McGrievy G, Moreno M, & Dahl AA. #Health behaviors: Designing and delivering interventions via social media. Arigo, D. (Chair) Pre-conference workshop accepted to the annual conference of the Society of Behavioral Med., New Orleans, LA, April 2018.

Walsemann KM, Hummer RA, and Hayward MD. in press. “Heterogeneity in educational pathways and the health behavior of U.S. young adults.” Population Research & Policy Review.

Walsemann KM. Still separate and unequal: How school segregation impacts the health of Black students. Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice, & Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Ange-les, CA, March 2018.

White AL, Mann ES, & Larkan F. Contraceptive knowledge, attitudes, and use among adolescent mothers in the Cook Islands.” Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. Epub 2018 February 12.

Wilcox S, Liu J, Addy CL, Turner-McGrievy G, Burgis JT, Wingard E, Dahl AA, Whitaker KM, Schneider LR, & Boutte AK. A randomized controlled trial to prevent excessive gestational weight gain and promote weight loss in overweight and obese women: Health In Pregnancy and Postpartum. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2018; 66(1):51-63. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2018.01.008

Wu YH, Moore S, & Dube L. Social capital and obesity among adults: Longitudinal findings from the Mon-treal neighborhood networks and healthy aging panel. Preventive Medicine. Epub 2017 Nov 29. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.11.028


2018 HPEB Talent Show Winners

Most Talented Overall
Tyler Dorman – Singing/Guitar

Most Creative Talent
Alycia Boutte, Courtney Cooper, and Alicia Dahl – Dancing

Bravest Talent Act
Steph-Yves Louis – Rapping

Special thank you to all the judges for their expertise in the first HPEB Talent Show! We’d also like to thank Akeen Hamilton for hosting!

Talent Judges
Renee Kyzer, Shan Qiao, Lee Pearson, Ashley White

Food Judges
Rachel Davis, Mark Macauda, Pam Metz


Contact Us

Please send submissions for News and Kudos to Avery Causebrook so that we can share and celebrate your work!

HPEB Discovery I 915 Greene Street Suite 565 Columbia SC, 29208
Tel: 803.777.7096
HPEB DSAC Representatives
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