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HPEB News and Kudos

Please join us as we congratulate HPEB students and faculty on their accomplishments and recognitions!

Message from the Chair

Welcome back HPEB! The semester is already in full swing and I hope your classes and research projects are going well. Sometimes it may seem like the semesters blend together but I do hope you took the time this summer to decompress and work at a slightly different pace. Despite the heat and humidity, I enjoyed the summer. Yes, there was still a lot of work to be done and extra brain power needed to recall which activity my child was supposed to be at each week (although he’s so organized, he often told us). But we swam, laughed, read, and went to the movies. I always like to hear about what people are reading and watching. These were my favorites from summer:

(1) The novel My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith (Smith taught law at the University of Botswana; he is currently a medical law professor at the University of Edinburgh). This was a fun read about everything that goes wrong when a food and wine writer heads off to Tuscany to recover from being dumped by his girlfriend and to write his next piece. The only vehicle he is able to rent to drive across Italy is a bulldozer. Can you imagine? But he makes the most of it and experiences Italy like never before.

(2) The movie Christopher Robin (Winnie-the-Pooh books were written by British author, A.A. Milne). Well of course I had to see this movie with my son. And I think I may have enjoyed it more than he did. Much of the movie had lessons in work-life harmony and reminded us to be present in every moment.

Winnie the Pooh: What day is it?
Christopher Robin: It’s today.
Winne the Pooh: My favorite day.

I may or may not have cried (you can guess) when Christopher Robin’s daughter exclaimed, “Your life is happening now, right in front of you!” I’m going to take what I learned from this ‘light’ summer entertainment, apply it to the year, and make the most of it at work and at play. I invite you all to join me! 

–Daniela Friedman [see PDF version with photos]

Congratulations Are In Order! 

Jennifer Mandelbaum, doctoral student, was selected to be a 2018-2019 Graduate Civic Scholar. Jennifer has also been elected to be the new president of the Graduate Student Association.

Abdullah Khan, doctoral student, was selected as a Presidential Fellow by The Graduate School.

Akeen Hamilton, doctoral student, has received the Southern Regional Education Board-State Doctoral Scholars Program Award.

Virginia Simmons, MPH alum, is working at Greenville Health System in the Cancer Institute as a CIOS Pro-ject & Research Associate in the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship.

Venice Haynes, doctoral student, received the Julia Bumry Jones scholarship in Communications from her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.

Five recent applicants for the Olga Ogoussan award, Aditi Srivastav, Caroline Dunn, Monalisa Nazratun, Mar-ian Botchway, and Kate Hoy, have been approved by the Scholarship and Awards committee for the amount of $500 each.

Dr. Sayward Harrison has completed the New Faculty Academy program offered by the Office of the Prov-ost and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Jim Thrasher was invited to join the Editorial Board for Social Science and Medicine.

Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy, was named Deputy Director of the Technology Center to Promote Healthy Life-styles (TecHealth).

Dr. Edward Frongillo became the chair of the governing committee of the Global Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition on July 1, 2018, a position which includes serving on the Society’s board of di-rectors.

Shibani Kulkarni, PhD alum, is now in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a fellow-ship program, working on global immunization strategies and programs.

Dr. Christine Blake is the new Director of the Arnold School of Public Health’s Nutrition Consortium.

Tatiana Martinez-Jaikel completed her doctoral studies, and has resumed her faculty position in the School of Nutrition at the University of Costa Rica.

Dr. Xiaoming Li and Dr. Sayward Harrison were given honorary faculty appointments at Henan Normal Uni-versity in Xinxiang, China, where they traveled to this summer to teach faculty and graduate students about current efforts to promote resilience among HIV-affected populations.

Dr. Edward Frongillo attended two back-to-back meetings at the World Health Organization in Geneva in July. The first meeting was of the Technical Expert Advisory Group on Nutrition Monitoring, World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund. He was elected as co-chair of the Group. The second meeting was of the Inter-Agency Consultation on Infant and Young Child Feeding Indicators; this meeting was also attended by doctoral student Ligia Reyes who served as rapporteur and drafted the meeting report.

Dissertation and Practicum Presentations

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

MSPH Thesis Defense:

Anna Mesa: The Effect of Neighborhood Characteristics and Acculturation on Vegetable intake Among U.S. Hispanics. {July 2018}

Victoria Lambert: Interpersonal communication about cigarette warning labels among US smokers: Differ-ence between Latinos and Whites {July 2018}

MPH Practicum:

Lauren Schisler: Analysis of Aspects of a Diabetes Prevention Program. {July 2018}

Michael Sumague: Quality of Life Enhancement Through Music Reminiscence Therapy “Grace Notes” Among Individuals in Hospice Care. {August 2018}

Busola Adedeji: The Greenway Project: Bringing Back the Culture of Walking and Biking in Lancaster. {August 2018}

Nathan Denney: Promoting Physical Activity and Nutrition in an Urban context {August 2018}

Dissertation Proposal Defense:

Tramaine Paul McMullen: Does Marriage, Employment, and Having Children Matter? A Secondary Analysis on Physical Activity and Social Roles among Women in the United States {August 2018}

Dissertation Final Defense:

Alicia Dahl: Healthy Motivations for Moms-To-Be Study: A Mobile Health Intervention Targeting Gestational Weight Gain Among US Women {July 2018}

Tatiana Martinez-Jaikel: Intervention for Women in Costa Rica Who are Discouraged and Have Food Inse-curity and Excess Body Weight {July 2018}

Funding News

Dr. Sayward Harrison was awarded a grant from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medi-cine (NASEM) to evaluate the capacity of US longitudinal data systems to capture information related to com-munity resilience, including health-related and psychosocial outcomes.

Dr. Jim Thrasher was awarded a $1.3 million grant from the NIH Fogarty International Center to examine the use of electronic cigarettes in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America.
Drs. Daniela Friedman and Sue Levkoff (College of Social Work) are recipients of a P30 program grant from the National Institute on Aging for the establishment of an Alzheimer’s disease-related Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR). Dr. Lucy Ingram is a director of the Research Education Component and Dr. Katrina Walsemann is a director of the Analysis Core for the AD-RCMAR.

Doctoral alumna Chiwoneso Tinago received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation entitled, “Development and Testing of a Community-Based Peer-Support Intervention to Mitigate Social Isolation and Stigma of Adolescent Motherhood in Mabvuku, Zimbabwe”. Dr. Ed Frongillo and research associate Andrea Warren are collaborators on the project.


HPEB in the News

Alyssa Geis, online MPH student, was featured in an article on the Arnold School website for her work with Operation Smile. Story Link

Dr. Lee Pearson was featured on the University of North Carolina Asheville website for their 90 years, 90 Careers celebration story of their alumni to celebrate their 90th anniversary as a University. Story Link

Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy, was highlighted on the University of South Carolina website for her work on healthy diets. Story Link

Alicia Dahl, PhD alum, was highlighted on the Arnold School of Public Health website as she headed off to join the faculty at the University of North Carolina Charlotte as an assistant professor. Story Link

Akeen Hamilton, HPEB doctoral student, was featured on the Arnold School website for his latest achievement of being selected to join the State Doctoral Scholars Program. Story Link

Tatiana Martinez-Jaikel, PhD graduate, was featured on the ASPH website for her work on improving health for women in Costa Rica. Story Link

Anna Greer, PhD alum, received the highest score on the Spring 2018 MCHES exam. Story Link

Publications and Presentations

Boateng GO, Neilands TB, Frongillo EA, Melgar-Quinonez H, Young SL. Best practices for developing and vali-dating scales for health, social and behavioral research: A primer. Frontiers in Public Health 2018; 6:149.

Choi SK, Yelton B, Ezeanya VK, Kannaley K, Friedman DB. Review of the Content and Quality of Mobile Appli-cations About Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 2018 July 26, Epub.

Collie-Akers VL, Schultz JA, Fawcett SB, Landry S, Obermeier S, Frongillo EA, Forthofer M, Weinstein N, We-ber SA, Logan A, Arteaga SS, Nebeling, L, Au, LE , on behalf of the Healthy Communities Study Team. Meas-uring the intensity of community programs and policies for preventing childhood obesity in a diverse sample of U.S. communities: The Healthy Communities Study. Pediatric Obesity doi:10.1111/ijpo.12423, 2018.

Hughey SM, Kaczynski AT, Porter DE, Hibbert J, Turner-McGrievy GM, Liu J. Spatial clustering patterns of child weight status in a southeastern US county. Applied Geography 2018;99:12-21.

Ingram LA, Macauda M, Lauckner C, Robillard A. Sexual behaviors, mobile technology use, and sexting among college students in the American South. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2018 Jan 1 Epub.

Jayne JM, Frongillo EA, Torres-McGehee TM, Emerson DM, Glover SH, Blake CE. A healthy eating identity is associated with healthier food choice behaviors among U.S. Army Soldiers. Military Medicine doi/10.1093/milmed/usy056/4959966, 2018.

Jayne JM, Bujak BK, Torres-McGehee TM, Frongillo EA, Cable SJ, Glover SH, Emerson DM, Blake CE. Role of drill sergeants in nutrition behaviors of soldiers in basic combat training. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2018.

Kaczynski AT, Hipp JA, Schipperijn J, Stowe EW, Hughey SM, Wende ME. Oliphant EL. ParkIndex: Develop-ing a standardized national park access tool for parks and public health research and practice. Presented at the 25th International Association for People-Environment Studies, July 8-13, 2018, Rome, Italy.

Kaczynski AT, Jake-Schoffman DE, Peters N, Dunn CG. Wilcox S, Forthofer M. Development and testing of the Church Environment Audit Tool. American Journal of Health Behavior 2018;42(3):17-26.

Kulkarni S, Lewis K, Arp Adams S, Brandt HM, Lead JR, Ureda JR, Fedrick D, Mathews C, Friedman DB. A comprehensive analysis of how environmental risks of breast cancer are portrayed on the Internet. American Journal of Health Education 2018;49(4):222-233 [special issue]

Koohsari JM, Kaczynski AT, Hanibuchi T, Shibata A, Ishii K, Yasunaga A, Nakaya T, Oka K. (2018). Physical activity environment and Japanese adults’ body mass index. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(4).

Lambert V, Ferguson SG, Niederdeppe JN, Hammond D, Hardin JW, Thrasher JF. Exploring the impact of efficacy messages on cessation-related outcomes using Ecological Momentary Assessment. Tobacco Induced Diseases 2018;16(44)

Lewis KR, Kulkarni S, Adams SA, Brandt HM, Lead JR, Ureda JR, Fedrick D, Mathews C, Friedman DB. “For lack of knowledge, our people will perish”: Using focus group methodology to explore African American com-munities’ perceptions of breast cancer and the environment. Environment International, 2-18;121(Pt 1):111-118.

Mandelbaum J, Moore S, Silveira PP, Meaney MJ, Levitan RD, Dubé L. Does social capital moderate the as-sociation between children’s emotional overeating and parental stress? A cross-sectional study of the stress-buffering hypothesis in a sample of mother-child dyads. Poster presentation at the Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, June 2018.

Mandelbaum J, Pérez-Escamilla R, Sandow A, Gallego-Pérez DF, Lartey A, Hromi- Fiedler A. Dietary beliefs and practices among Liberian refugees and their Ghanaian host community: Findings from Buduburam, Gha-na. Poster presentation at the American Society for Nutrition Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, June 2018. *Finalist for the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science poster competition.

Martinez SM, Leung C, Frongillo EA, Ritchie L. No food for thought: Food insecurity is related to poor men-tal health and lower academic performance among students in California’s public university system. Journal of Health Psychology, 2018.

McDonnell KK, Strayer SM, Friedman DB, Cartmell KB, Campbell C, Sercy E, Eberth JM. Developing and testing a brief clinic-based lung cancer screening decision aid for primary care settings. 2018;21(4):796-804.

Nguyen PH, Frongillo EA, Sanghvi T, Wable G, Mahmud Z, Tran LM, Aktar B, Afsana K, Alayon S, Menon P. En-gagement of husbands in a maternal nutrition program substantially contributed to greater intake of micro-nutrient supplements and dietary diversity during pregnancy: Results of a cluster-randomized program evalu-ation in Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition doi/10.1093/jn/nxy090/5040613, 2018.

Pate RR, Frongillo EA, McIver KL, Colabianchi N, Wilson DK, Collie-Akers VL, Schultz JA, Reis J, Madsen K, Woodward-Lopez G, Berrigan D, Landgraf A, Nagaraja J, Strauss W, on behalf of the Healthy Communities Study Research Group. Associations between Community Programs and Policies and Children’s Physical Ac-tivity: The Healthy Communities Study. Pediatric Obesity doi:10.1111/ijpo.12426, 2018.

Ritchie LD, Woodward-Lopez G, Au LE, Loria CM, Collie-Akers V, Wilson DK, Frongillo EA, Strauss WJ, Sagatov RD, Landgraf AJ, Nagaraja J, Nicastro HL, Nebeling LC, Webb K, on behalf of the Healthy Communities Study Team. Associations of community programs and policies with children’s dietary intakes: The Healthy Commu-nities Study. Pediatric Obesity doi:10.1111/ijpo.12440, 2018.

Zhao Q, Mao Y, Li X, Harrison S, Zhou Y, Shen, Z. Substance use and perceived barriers to antiretroviral thera-py adherence among people living with HIV in Guangxi, China. Addiction Research & Theory; In press.


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