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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)

Rebuilding the Graniteville, SC Community through Health Communication and Promotion, and Public Health Tracking Dr. Lucy Annang-Ingram (PI) Medical University of South Carolina/CDC
Competitive Small Grants Program for Research on Food Choice in Africa and Asia Dr. Christine Blake (PI)
Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (Co- I)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/DFID
Snacking in Young Children: Parental Definitions, Goals, and Feeding Practices Dr. Christine Blake (PI) Temple University/NIH
Junior Doctors of Health - DOD Dr. Christine Blake (PI) Medical University of South Carolina/DOD
Junior Doctors of Health - MSA Dr. Christine Blake (PI) MUSC/Meeting Street Academy
DIDACTIC: Dissemination and Implementation of a Diet and Activity Community Trial In Churches Dr. Heather M. Brandt (PI) National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI)/NIH
Colorectal Cancer Screening Program in South Carolina Dr. Heather M. Brandt (Program Director/Co-I) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network-II Dr. Heather M. Brandt (Co-I/ Director of Community Outreach Core) National Cancer Institute
African American Cancer Clinical Trial Decisions: Testing Tailored Messaging Dr. Rachel Davis (PI) Virginia Commonwealth University/American Cancer Society
Addressing Acquiescence: Reducing Survey Error To Promote Latino Health Dr. Rachel Davis (PI) National Cancer Institute (NCI)/NIH
Tailored Communications to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening among African Americans Dr. Rachel Davis (PI) University of Michigan/NCI/NIH
Evaluation of an Avatar-Led Decision Aid to Promote Informed Decision Making for Prostate Cancer Screening Among African-American Males in Faith-Based Communities (2015-2017) Dr. Daniela B. Friedman (Co-I) USC Office of the Vice President for Research (Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence-I)
Implementing Road Map Actions through a New Healthy Brain Initiative Network Dr. Daniela B. Friedman(PI) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Special Interest Project 14-002
Improving Adherence to Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy among Disadvantaged Breast Cancer Survivors (2015-2020) Dr. Daniela B. Friedman (Co-Mentor) National Cancer Institute K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity
Multi-Level, Community-Clinical Cancer Prevention and Control Interventions 2014-2019 Dr. Daniela B. Friedman (PI)
Dr. Heather M. Brandt (Co-I)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – Special Interest Project 14-011
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 (2015-2016) Dr. Daniela B. Friedman (Co-I) American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (SOAR)
Multi-Sectoral Agricultural Intervention to Improve Nutrition, Health, and Developmental Outcomes of HIV-infected and Affected Children in Western Kenya Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (PI) 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 Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (PI) Univ of Calif, San Francisco/NIH
The Food Insecurity Experience Scale and Household/Individual Correlates of Food Insecurity Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (PI) Economic Research Service/USDA
Altered Daily Activities and Shame Resulting from Children Experiencing Food Insecurity in Rural South Carolina and Oregon Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (PI) Purdue University/USDA
Understanding Conceptualizations and Social Environment for Improving Pre-Pregnancy Planning and Nutrition for Adolescent Women in Harare, Zimbabwe Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr (PI),
Dr. Lucy Annang-Ingram,
Dr. Christine Elizabeth Blake (Co-I’s)
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 Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (PI) Purdue University/Mississippi State/USDA
Stories of Change: Ethiopia (A4NH, FP4) Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (PI) International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Analysis of Early Childhood Development and Nutrition Indicators Across Countries Using the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys Round 4 (35-40 countries with both nutrition and ECD data) Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (PI) The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
Expanding Centering Pregnancy in South Carolina Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (PI) Greenville Hospital System/SCDHHS
Pathways from Food Insecurity to Treatment and Health Outcomes in Women with HIV Dr. Edward Frongillo Jr. (PI) The Regents of the University of California/NIH
DSS SNAP - ED Evaluation Dr. Sonya J Jones (PI) SC Department of Social Services/USDA
Hunger Relief Strategic Plan for Palm Beach - Sub contract to FRAC (Food Research Action Center) Dr. Sonya J Jones (PI) Food Research and Action Center/United Way of Palm Beach County
COPASCities: Childhood Obesity Prevention in SC Communities Dr. Sonya J Jones (PI) United States Department of Agriculture and Food Research (USDA)
Assessment of Park Quality Improvements and Inequities between 2014 and 2017 Dr. Andrew Kaczynski (PI) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PI: LiveWell Greenville, subcontract to USC)
ParkIndex: A Tool for Advancing Parks and Public Health Research and Practice Dr. Andrew Kaczynski (PI) University of South Carolina Office of the Vice President for Research
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Center (PRC) Dr. Andrew Kaczynski (Co-I) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Evaluation of an inter-agency collaboration to promote park visitation and physical activity among youth in Greenville County, SC Dr. Andrew Kaczynski(PI) University of South Carolina Office of the Vice President for Research
Youth Engagement in Park Research and Evaluation Dr. Andrew Kaczynski (PI) National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Parks, Environmental Justice and Childhood Obesity in Greenville County, SC Dr. Andrew Kaczynski(PI) Piedmont Foundation, University of South Carolina Office of the Provost
Community Engagement in Evaluation and Advocacy for Healthier Neighborhood Environments (Greenville Healthy Neighborhoods Project) Dr. Andrew Kaczynski (Co-PI) Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation (PI: LiveWell Greenville, subcontract to USC)
Theory-based HIV Disclosure Intervention for Parents Dr. Xiaoming Li (PI) NIH
Resilience-based psychosocial intervention among children affected by HIV/AIDS in China Dr. Xiaoming Li (PI) NIH
Utilizing Physical Activity Coordinators to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth Dr. Justin B. Moore(PI), Dr. Ruth Saunders (Co-I) National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI)/NIH
The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice as a catalyst for dissemination of practice-based research to public health practitioners Dr. Justin B. Moore (PI) The de Beaumont Foundation
Tobacco Packing and Labeling Policies Dr. James Thrasher (PI) University of Waterloo/NCI
Evaluating the Impact of Mandatory Nutrition Information on Menus Dr. James Thrasher (PI) University of Waterloo / NIH
SIP 13-073: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a National Quitline Registry to Enhance Smoking Cessation in the United States Dr. James Thrasher (PI) Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/HHS
Exploring Current Smokers' Interest in Using Smokeless Tobacco Products Dr. James Thrasher (PI) Health Research Inc., Roswell Park Cancer Institute/NIH
Building Evidence for Effective and Sustainable Cigarette Warning Label Policy Dr. James Thrasher (PI) National Cancer Institute (NCI)/NIH
Administrative Supplement for Effectiveness of Tobacco Control Policies in High vs. Low Income Countries (P01 CA138389) Dr. James Thrasher (PI) Medical University of SC/NCI/NIH
Cinema Smoking and Youth Smoking in Latin America Dr. James Thrasher (PI) Trustees of Dartmouth College/NIH
Building Evidence for Effective and Sustainable Cigarette Warning Label Policy Dr. James Thrasher (PI) National Cancer Institute (NCI)/NIH
Tobacco Packing and Labeling Policies Dr. James Thrasher (PI) University of Waterloo/NCI
MGS: Cinema Smoking and Youth Smoking in Argentina Dr. James Thrasher (PI) SC Research Foundation
Phase 2: Developing the Dietary Inflammatory Index for Clinical Application (subcontract) Dr. Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy (PI) Connecting Health Innovations, LLC/NIH
Developing the Dietary Inflammatory Index for Clinical Application (subcontract) Dr. Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy (PI) Connecting Health Innovations, LLC/NIH
Increasing dietary self-monitoring and weight loss in an mHealth intervention Dr. Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy (PI) National Cancer Institute (NCI)/NIH
Self-Monitoring Assessment in Real Time (2-SMART): Improving Dietary Self-monitoring Through Digital Photography and Crowdsourcing Dr. Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy (PI) Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
Effects of Criminal Justice System Exposure on Youth's Substance Use Trajectories Dr. Katrina M. Walsemann (PI) Kean University/NIH
Sexual Orientation and the Risk for Unintended Pregnancy among US Women of reproductive age Dr. Katrina M. Walsemann (Co-I) HRSA
Making Visible that which is Hidden: Describing the Health of the Undocumented Immigrant Population Dr. Katrina M. Walsemann (PI) ASPIRE

 

 

 

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