Staff Spotlight: Catrina Plyler
As business manager for the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation, Plyler's role includes managing the center's budgets and handling human resources activities.
As business manager for the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation, Plyler's role includes managing the center's budgets and handling human resources activities.
With two populations she is passionate about, Megan Morgan is excited to support pediatric patients with speech and language as well as patients with head and neck cancer to help them regain the ability to swallow and their quality of life.
USC features the Aging Brain Cohort, where researchers work across disciplines explore line between natural aging and cognitive disease. Led by Julius Fridriksson, ABC includes collaborators from COMD and others.
Mirza Isanovic graduates with a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences in August. He studies the bacteria that could be harboring antibiotic resistant genes and how these genes may be impacting the local communities near treatment plants.
Yi-wen Shih's research examines mental health, health disparities and substance use. She advocates for nonpharmacologic treatment of chronic noncancer pain to improve health outcomes/pain management and mitigate the opioid crisis.
Gamecocks Online features exercise science major and bullpen catcher Meredith McFadden, who is the first female to hold the position on a power five conference team.
The Department of Environmental Health Sciences is proud to announce the recipients of their 2023 Student Awards. These six students were selected for their outstanding performance both academically and outside the classroom.
USC features epidemiology associate professor Melissa Nolan, whose search for innovative ways to curb the impact of viral and insect-borne illness has earned her a Breakthrough Star Award.
The health services policy and management (HSPM) associate professor and Rural and Minority Health Research Center director was recognized with one of the National Rural Health Association's top honors: the 2023 Outstanding Researcher Award.
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior is proud to announce the 2023 winners of the Outstanding Master's Student, Christopher Peter Aluah Outstanding Doctoral Student, and Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Awards.
Hannah Price spent the final semester of her MPH in HSPM program interning with the Dorn VA Medical Center. With veterans/active military in her family and circle of friends, she has always been passionate about this population.
The Arnold School is proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 Faculty Awards: James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award (Courtney Monroe), Faculty Research Award (Jihong Liu), and Faculty Service Award (Alicia Flach).
The Department of Exercise Science has selected seven students to receive the 2023 Outstanding Exercise Science Student Awards. This year’s winners were chosen for their academic achievements, community service and leadership roles.
USC features the work of the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery, discussing new insights and ongoing approaches to treatment with communication sciences and disorders associate professor Dirk den Ouden.
After graduating in May with an MPH in Epidemiology, Humna Fayyaz will continue her training in these areas with a fellowship in addiction medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago Hospital.
USC is launching five new research institutes, with one led by associate professor of epidemiology Melissa Nolan. Supported by $2 million over four years, the team will study emerging diseases that could threaten public health.
The Office of Undergraduate Affairs is proud to announce the winners of this year's Outstanding Public Health Awards. Abby Berquist (B.A. in Public Health; pictured right) and Hannah Leili (B.S. in Public Health) are the 2023 recipients.
The top master's and doctoral students were honored at the annual Hooding Ceremony. Sujal Patel (M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training) received the Jeffrey Keith Mattison Award, and Gabriel Benavidez (Ph.D. in Epidemiology) won the Doctoral Achievement Award.
Travel (vicariously) through Greece for three weeks with 30 USC students as they compare ancient and modern Greece, learn about culture, history and health, and discover how the Greek diet impacts health outcomes.
As the epidemiology and biostatistics department's grant administrator, Chase Ferch oversees the pre-award and post-award management for all grant funding.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is proud to announce the recipients of their 2023 Student Awards. These students were selected for their outstanding performance both academically and in their clinical placements outside the classroom.
Akeen Hamilton, Ellen Stowe and Michaela Williams are among the five University of South Carolina students and alumni selected for the 2022-2023 Presidential Management Fellowship.
Sarah Burkart has explored the field of exercise science for the past decade. Across four degrees and a postdoctoral fellowship, she has examined challenges faced by multiple populations - ultimately focusing on the fight against childhood obesity.
The Department of Health Services Policy and Management is proud to announce the recipients of their 2023 Student Awards. These students were selected for their outstanding performance both academically and outside the classroom.
As a student in the Department of Exercise Science's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Harrison Johnson interned at two hospitals and served as a senior teaching assistant for clinical associate professor Erika Blanck.
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is proud to announce the recipients of their 2023 Student Awards. These four students were selected for their outstanding performance both academically and outside the classroom.
The public health curriculum enabled Taylor Williams to discover her passion for addressing Black maternal mortality, including how policy change and community-wide interventions can improve health outcomes for these women and their children.
Chynna A. Phillips (MPH in HSPM) has been awarded the Gerry Sue Arnold Alumni Award. Michael Wirth (MSPH, Ph.D. in Epidemiology) is the recipient of the Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal.
The Center's work aligns perfectly with Emma Boswell's passion for maternal and child health, particularly adverse childhood experiences, social determinants of health, rural health, social emotional health and early childhood.
Ph.D. in Epidemiology graduate Andrea Danielle Brown studies the relationships between food insecurity, social needs and mental health among youth and young adults with diabetes.
Public health major Abby Edwards, whose college experience was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, wasn't ready to leave - or to stop learning - when her 2021 graduation arrived.
Exercise science faculty Alicia Flach and Shana Harrington and epidemiology and biostatistics professors James Hébert and Angela Liese have been recognized with 2023 Faculty Awards from the USC Office of the Provost.
USC features Arnold School alumna (MPH in Health Services Policy and Management) Chynna A. Phillips, who is the senior director of policy and research for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.
USC features exercise science professor Russell Pate's key role in SC FitnessGram, a project led by SC DHEC that aims to evaluate and improve health-related fitness among public school students.
The Office of National Fellowships and Scholar Programs features public health major and Honors College student Kaleb Phelps' journey to becoming an advocate and researcher for autism in the Black community.
Ruilie Cai is a student in the Ph.D. in Biostatistics program, where studies survival analysis, longitudinal analysis and machine learning with an interest in applying these methods to populations with mental health problems or people living with HIV.
Using a holistic approach, Adam Bilodeau plans to pursue a dual role as a physical therapist and strength coach. He would like to open a performance facility that primarily works with athletes and other active populations.
Research from HPEB assistant professor Jennifer Fillo found that male victims had higher rates of alcohol consumption, more frequent heavy drinking and experienced more alcohol-related problems.
Erin Kishman, who graduates this August with from the No.1 Ph.D. program in the nation (exercise science), researches the 24-Hour Activity Cycle, which includes sleep, light physical activity, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary behavior.
The exercise science assistant professor researches the muscle-building effects of physical activity and nutrition through interventions and supplements, with a focus on sex differences and women's health across the lifespan.
With interests in maternal and child health/mortality, particularly the disparities faced by rural communities in the U.S. and in S.C., Anjali Borsum will focus on prevention during her Doctor of Medicine program at the Medical University of South Carolina.
A graduate of the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program, Longgang Zhao is interested in the role of nutrition, lifestyles, metabolic factors and genetics. Long term, he aims to identify the causes of liver disease and cancer at the population level.
With interests in sports performance and injury-prevention among high-level athletes, Nestor Urrea's next steps include obtaining his doctoral degree. Long term, he would like to become the director of sport performance for a collegiate and/or professional team.
HPEB chair Daniela Friedman is dedicated to making health information widely available and easy to understand, particularly among older adults. The VPR Office has recognized her for this work with a Breakthrough Leadership Award.
USC features COMD associate professor Jessica Klusek, whose research on mothers who carry FMR1 premutation and their children who have fragile X syndrome have won her a Breakthrough Star Award from the VPR Office.
USC features HSPM associate professor and Rural and Minority Health Research Center deputy director Peiyin Hung, who has been named a Breakthrough Star for her research in maternal health disparities and policies.
HPEB associate professor Hala Ghattas studies the links between inequity, food insecurity, malnutrition and poor health - mostly in low- and middle-income countries. She also develops interventions to address these challenges.
Traci Williams first joined the communication sciences and disorders department as a temp, but there was nothing temporary about her contributions to the group. Today she is the human resources manager for the department.
Samantha Johnson combined her interests in international systems/policies with health by joining the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership, Education, and Advancement in Undergraduate Pathways (LEAP) Program.
PASOs and the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies will assess tobacco/vaping use among Latinx communities in S.C. and use this information to design culturally appropriate prevention programs.
Ph.D. in Exercise Science (No.1 in the nation) student Marnie McLean is dedicated to women's cardiovascular health. She is particularly interested in the effects of long-term endurance exercise on the arteries of female athletes.
The Arnold School of Public Health recognizes and highlights our community and health leaders and their work for this year's National Public Health Week!
USC features COMD associate professor Roozbeh Behroozmand, whose research into speech processing in the brain has won him a Breakthrough Star Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Gamecocks Online shares how exercise science majors/track and field junior distance runners Hope Dominique, Katerina Hendrix and Claudia Satzke spent their spring break working in health clinics in underserved communities in Ecuador.
In a statewide examination of electronic health records, researchers found that people living with HIV were less likely to engage with their health care providers and maintain adequate viral suppression during the pandemic.
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) has named James Hébert, Health Sciences Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, as the 2023 recipient of their Research Excellence Award.
USC reports on how Arnold School researchers are studying the health, financial and security costs of military readiness and how finding recruits who can meet physical fitness and weight requirements to begin military training is harder than ever before.
USC shares how university researchers, led by health services policy and management assistant professor Nabil Natafgi, are working to improve broadband availability across the state.
Erin Smolak has joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The assistant professor is also the director of the CLOuD Lab, where she researches children's language and cognitive development.
USC catches up with past student body presidents, including public health alumna (2018) Taylor Wright, who now does public engagement for Secretary Pete Buttigieg improving public safety in the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The study found that the program resulted in significant reductions in inadequate prenatal care, large-for-gestational-age births, and inadequate weight gain during pregnancy as well as positive impacts on breast feeding and public service practices.
The National Association of Athletic Trainers' Service Award recognizes recipients for their contributions to professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts.
As as an administrative assistant with the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johnson's favorite part about her position is the workflow, networking opportunities and the organized environment.
In addition to interests in nutrition, sleep and health behavior, Farrell has developed a passion for maternal and child health (MCH), earning an MCH Certificate of Graduate Study alongside her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.
A study led by Elizabeth Crouch, associate professor of health services policy and management and director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, has found a connection between children's living conditions and their oral health.
Gabriel Benavidez (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Maggie Carson (Environmental Health Sciences), and Valerie Yelverton (Health Services Policy and Management), are recipients of three of these prestigious honors.
Arnold School faculty, including health services policy and management assistant professor Nabil Natafgi, are partnering with the Broadband Office in the Office of Regulatory Staff to expand internet access in SC -- starting with a survey to assess needs.
Stacy Fritz partners with engineering researchers to capture details about a person’s gait from the vibrations in their feet and then determine what variations in a person’s walking speed and step length can say about health changes and challenges.
Melissa Nolan, associate professor of epidemiology, has been selected to serve on the Forum on Microbial Threats for the National Academy of Medicine. The forum convenes leaders to discuss critical scientific and policy concerns related to infectious diseases.
Jan Ostermann, an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management, has been awarded $374K from the National Institutes of Health's Fogerty International Center.
Highly selective, this program is designed to support data/computer scientists/engineers who improve public health by tackling challenges related to biomedical data.
As far as life missions go, Zach Jenkins' is simple and clear: to spread peace, love and joy to everyone he encounters. Fortunately, it's a goal he gets to work towards in both his personal and professional lives.
Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2022-2023 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual scholarship initiatives.
Caleb Morris, an instructor in the Department of Exercise Science and an advisor within the Office of Undergraduate Services, has been honored with an Outstanding Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association.
After graduating with a Master of Health Administration degree in May, Anna Dunbar will serve as an Administrative Fellow, working with the executive leadership team on day-to-day operations at Prisma Health Richland Hospital.
Two-time Arnold School alumnus Billy Oglesby reflects on his career trajectory, including the two key types of mentors, the unique opportunities offered by USC and how a public health degree is your passport to the world.
Events will include a breakfast social, student poster session, dinner/silent auction, and symposium with Dean Thomas Chandler, Provost Donna Arnett, and former Chair/USC President Emeritus Harris Pastides.
ENHS doctoral candidate Maggie Carson has been selected to join one of the most prestigious fellowship programs in her field. She will live and work in Washington D.C. as a fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Associate professor of communication sciences and disorders Jessica Klusek has been awarded $2.9 million from the National Institute on Aging to extend her research into the effects of the FMR1 premutation on mothers who carry it.
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics welcomed Rahul Ghosal to their ranks at the start of the academic year. The assistant professor specializes in developing statistical methods with applications in the health sciences/biosciences.
Danielle Varnedoe has more to celebrate than the start of a new year. This month, the director of the Montgomery Clinic will retire after four decades of service with COMD. She also recently welcomed her first grandchild.
Five Arnold School faculty members and three graduate students have been recognized with 2023 Breakthrough Awards. They have been honored with Breakthrough Leadership in Research, Breakthrough Star and Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Awards.
Arnold School scientists have contributed to new research on how community gardening increases fiber consumption and physical activity while decreasing stress and anxiety.
Now in her ninth year, Cornelius is the business manager for the Arnold School's Center for Community Health Alignment, which is home to PASOs, the Community Health Worker Institute, and Equity through Meaningful Engagement.
This year, the Center will expand their DEI efforts with a special focus on students. During their annual conference (February 10-11), they will host an Academic Career Development Luncheon for underrepresented minority students.
Arnold School alum (MSW/MPH '15) Sara Goldsby has announced the creation of the SC Center of Excellence in Addiction, and HSPM associate professor and collaborator Christina Andrews weighs in on the importance of the endeavor.
As an auditory neuroscientist, Arjmandi's expertise includes speech, hearing, and language as well as biomedical signal processing and cognitive sciences. His projects, which often involve cochlear implants, use principles and methods from a variety of areas.