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Research
Faculty and students in HPEB conduct research on a variety of topics, with the primary foci being:
  • 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

This research requires not only understanding relevant health topics (such as nutrition or cancer), but also understanding of a diversity of behavioral and social topics including: social policy; organizational behavior; systems and networks; socio-cultural dynamics; social movements, community change, globalization, and migration; behavior theory and change; and the role of stakeholder beliefs, values, and interests.


Current Faculty Research


 

Title

Faculty Member/Role(s)

Sponsor(s)

The Puentes (Bridges) Project: Improving Reproductive Health among Latinos in South Carolina

Dr. Deborah Billings (Principal Investigator)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The New Morning Foundation, Palmetto Health, Lexington Health Systems, The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Providence Hospitals, Anonymous Donor

Assessing beverage messages targeting parents of young children in grocery stores – Bernadette Reimer (Undergraduate Student)

Dr. Christine Blake (Primary Faculty Mentor)

University of South Carolina – Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Children’s food choices:

understanding defaults

Dr. Christine Blake (Co- Investigator)

Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program

Developing a model of parent decision making to assess impact of labels on demand for children’s beverages

Dr. Christine Blake (PI) and Dr. James Thrasher (Co-Investigator)

USC Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities

Diet & Activity Community Trial: High Risk Colon Polyps

Dr. Christine Blake (Co- Investigator)

National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute

Health benefits of vegan diets – Sarah Ali (Undergraduate Student)

 

Dr. Christine Blake (Principal Investigator)

University of South Carolina Office of Undergraduate Research – Magellan Scholar Program

Junior Doctors of Health: Comprehensive Obesity Prevention Program Evaluation

Dr. Christine Blake (Principal Investigator)

Duke Endowment

Promoting Healthy Weight in Pregnancy and Postpartum Among Overweight/Obese Women

Dr. Christine Blake (Co-investigator)

National Institutes of Health

Promoting positive dietary behaviors of youth through hands-on cooking – Nicole Smith (Undergraduate Student)

 

Dr. Christine Blake (Principal Investigator)

University of South Carolina Office of Undergraduate Research – Magellan Scholar Program

Soldier Health Promotion to Examine and Reduce Health Disparities (SHPERHD)

Drs. Christine Blake, Edward Frongillo, Sonya Jones, and Ruth Saunders (Co-Investigators)

US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Department of Defense

Understanding and Measuring Parenting Across Cultures and Contexts

Dr. Christine Blake (Co- Investigator)

University of South Carolina Social Sciences Grants Program

Cervical Cancer Screening and HIV Testing Behaviors among Financially Disadvantaged Women in SC

Dr. Heather Brandt (Principal Investigator)

South Carolina Translational Research Institute

Community-Based Colorectal Cancer Prevention in South Carolina: Formative Research and Intervention Development

Dr. Heather Brandt (Project Leader)

National Center for Research Resources

Community Navigation for Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Control, WE CAN! Colon Cancer Program

Dr. Heather Brandt (Principal Investigator)

The Duke Endowment

Administrative Supplements for Community-Engaged Research on HIV/AIDS Related Cancers Among Racial/Ethnic and Underserved Populations (South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network)

Dr. Heather Brandt (Co-Investigator/Mentor)

National Cancer Institute

Are we getting the health information we need from the mass media?  Consumers’ Perceptions about Online Health and Medical News – Eleasa Van Slooten (Public Health major)

 

Dr. Daniela Friedman (Primary Faculty Mentor)

University of South Carolina Office of Undergraduate Research – Magellan Scholar Program

A Comprehensive Assessment of the Knowledge, Perceptions, and Communication Needs about Clinical Trials among Adults in Rural South Carolina

Dr. Daniela Friedman (Co-Principal Investigator)

Health Sciences South Carolina

Healthy Aging Research Network Collaborating Center

Dr. Daniela Friedman (Co-Investigator)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network II

Dr. Daniela Friedman (Co-Investigator & Pilot Project Leader) & Dr. Heather Brandt (Co-Investigator/Director of Community Outreach Core)

National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute

South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (SCCPCRN)

Dr. Daniela Friedman (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr. Heather Brandt (Co-Investigator), & Dr. James Thrasher (Investigator)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Direct and comprehensive measure of child food insecurity: Reliability, accuracy, and concordance with parental report

Dr. Edward Frongillo  (Co-Investigator)

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Southern Development Research Center

Experiences of hunger by children in Hispanic families in South Carolina

Dr. Edward Frongillo  (Co-Investigator)

Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities, University of South Carolina

Partnering with Media and Vaccination Program to Improve Infant and Young Child Feeding

Dr. Edward Frongillo (Principal Investigator) & Dr. James Thrasher (Co-Investigator)

Alive & Thrive Project/University of California at Davis/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Quantity vs. quality: understanding household dietary choices in the context of a food aid program in rural Guatemala

Dr. Edward Frongillo (Principal Investigator)

International Food Policy Research Institute/US Agency for International Development

Studying Community Programs to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Dr. Edward Frongillo  (Co-Investigator)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute /Battelle Memorial Institute

Understanding and Measuring Parenting Across Cultures and Contexts

Dr. Edward Frongillo  (Co-Investigator)

Social Science Research Grant Program, University of South Carolina

Assessing Alternative Policies for Improving the School Food Environment

Dr. Sonya Jones (Principal Investigator)

United States Department of Agriculture

Studying Community Programs to Reduce Childhood Obesity - sub-contract with Battelle Memorial Institute

Dr. Sonya Jones (Co-Investigator)

National Institutes of Health

Children's Food Choices: Understanding Defaults

Dr. Sonya Jones (Co-Investigator)

United States Department of Agriculture

Multi-component Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Preschool Children (SHAPES)

Dr. Ruth Saunders (Co-Investigator)

National Institutes of Health

A Partnership to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in AME Churches

Dr. Ruth Saunders (Co-Investigator)

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Physical Activity During the Transition from Elementary School to Middle School (TRACK)

Dr. Ruth Saunders (Co-Investigator)

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Assessing and increasing the effectiveness of cigarette pack warnings in Mexico

Dr. James Thrasher (Principal Investigator)

Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, Union against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease

Assessing the Impact of Pictorial Health Warning Labels on Cigarette Packages: Implications for FDA Policy Development and Smoking-related Health Disparities

Dr. James Thrasher (Principal Investigator) & Dr. Daniela Friedman (Co-Investigator)

South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR) Pilot Project Program

Effectiveness of tobacco control policies in high’ vs. low-income countries, Administrative supplement

Dr. James Thrasher (Co-Investigator/USC Primary Investigator)

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Exploring current smokers’ interest in using smokeless tobacco products

Dr. James Thrasher (Co-Investigator/USC Primary Investigator)

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

The impact of regulating nutritional information on menus: evidence to inform policy.

Dr. James Thrasher (Co-Investigator/USC Primary Investigator)

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute

Impact of tobacco control policies in a cohort of adult smokers in Mexico

Dr. James Thrasher (Co-Primary Investigator)

Mexican National Council on Science and Technology

International tobacco policy survey

Dr. James Thrasher (Consultant)

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Mexico doesn’t smoke anymore: Building and evaluating synergies between a mass media campaign and pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs

Dr. James Thrasher (Principal Investigator)

Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, World Lung Foundation, Union against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease

Tobacco packaging and labeling policies: Expanding the evidence on novel policies

Dr. James Thrasher (Co-Investigator/ USC Primary Investigator)

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Tobacco policy evaluation in low- and middle-income countries: The ITC Surveys – Data Management Core

Dr. James Thrasher (Co-Investigator/USC Primary Investigator)

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Clarendon Safe and Healthy Schools Initiative for Student & Family Social Work Services

Dr. Robert F. Valois (Co-Principal Investigator)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Living Well in Fairfield: Coordinated Approach to School Health

Dr. Robert F. Valois (Co-Investigator/Evaluator)

Blue Cross-Blue Shield of South Carolina/South Carolina Institute for Childhood Obesity & Related Disorders

Describing temporal trends in HIV Incidence by changes in county-level socio-economic status and demographics

Dr. Katrina Walsemann (Co-Principal Investigator)

South Carolina Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement

SIP 5-01, 13-04: Creation of a Prevention Research Center Network for Healthy Aging

Dr. Ken Watkins (Co-Principal Investigator)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 

 

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