Faculty Research Interests

Regular and Research Faculty

Public Health Informatics standards, epidemic models, and molecular epidemiology in the context of global health; scientific and social networks as they pertain to collaborative research; novel 3-D imaging displays; Environmental interventions for infectious disease; high-throughput biology; evolutionary game theory.

Public health practice; emergency preparedness; public health law

Health econometrics; cost-effectiveness; comparative effectiveness and value of information analyses; quality of life; spill-over effects; substantive focus on cancer, mental health and diabetes

Effective methods of disseminating determinants of population health to the general population so they work to change societal structures to improve America's health; theories of global health asking the question why do countries order by health outcomes such as life expectancy in the Health Olympics?; medical harm and the lack of interest in the USA for responding to this marked health risk; medical tourism and its affect on host populations

Biobehavioral research methods; community based participatory research; cancer health disparities; cancer survivorship in underserved populations

Survival analysis and stochastic processes; epidemiological design and analysis; missing data and causal inference; nonlinear mixed models and predictions; semiparametric models

Long-term care; disability policy; health insurance; how government programs impact health and behavior; how health/disability and the labor market are intertwined

Student outcomes; healthcare disparities; health care finance; management principles

Vertical integration in health services; integrated health systems; impact of financial incentives on physician behavior

Development and validation of patient-reported measures of symptoms, function, and quality of life; integration of patient-reported measures into clinical practice, decision making, and assessment of treatment outcomes

Quality of care particularly in the outpatient setting and in health measurement; clinical topics including heart disease, COPD, UTI, anticoagulation

Infectious disease epidemiology (STD, TB, EPI); health systems research; political economy of health and impact and equity in health care

Design and performance of health care systems; prevention; technology diffusion; program evaluation; survey research

Injury control; Native American health; suicide prevention

International health workforce issues, the effects of war on global health

Reduction of tobacco use and related illnesses through education, advocacy, policy change, implementation of clinical practice guidelines, and community-based interventions; clinical interventions for treatment of tobacco dependence and alcohol-related risk reduction among college students

Health information management; privacy and confidentiality of health information

Cancer prevention and control; chronic disease prevention; dissemination and implementation research; health promotion; workplace health promotion

Health-care quality; economic evaluation; systematic reviews of community-based prevention, older adults, physical activity, tobacco, chronic disease, adult immunization

Effectiveness of health behavior/health promotion interventions

Chronic disease with elderly and minority populations; disease management; social determinants of health disparities

Organizational behavior; organizational culture; innovation implementation; change management

Community development; strategic planning; rural health

Design, delivery and evaluation of preventive interventions with young children and families; social bases of language; cognitive and emotional development in normal and at-risk children; language and literacy development; parents' health literacy

Technology assessment; diagnostic testing

Organizational theory; healthcare quality; long-term care; veteran's care; information technology

Pediatric nutrition; efficacy of public health nutrition interventions; public health approaches to obesity

Health policy; health sector leadership; social/political determinants; health system market change; health care costs and access, health sector education and training

Cost-effectiveness and diagnostic value of medical technology in screening for cancer and other diseases

Health communication interventions using new media; decision making in cancer screening; mediators and moderators of behavior change; cancer prevention and control; obesity prevention; health literacy and health disparity; aging and social support

Prevention effectiveness; outcomes research; comparative effectiveness; neurosurgery; orthopedics, biostatistics; quality of care; clinical trials

Complementary and integrative medicine; supportive care in oncology; palliative/end-of-life care; international palliative care; optimal healing environments; Planetree and other patient-centered, and relationship-centered care models; spirituality and intention in healing

Public health practice; communicable disease epidemiology; health informatics

Health economics; mental health; risk adjustment; outcomes research.

Health promotion; substance abuse

Health communication; health promotion; theory development


Health information policy

Health behaviors and health promotion; chronic disease prevention and management

Effective group functioning; public health infrastructure

Health information policy

Racial and ethnic health disparities; social determinants of health; Latino and immigrant populations; theory-based interventions; cancer prevention and control; community-based participatory research

The impacts of public health policy, specifically nutrition and food policy, on health behavior and obesity prevention and reduction; efficacy and evaluation of public health and food policies; food systems research as it relates to food and nutrition policy; and, the effects of political psychology and political attention on communicating and spreading public health policy.

Outcomes in health policy and treatment effectiveness; improving end-of-life care; health behavior and health promotion; disability policy; community intervention; resource allocation

Health informatics; health information management

Healthy aging; social networks; social determinants of health

Diabetes mellitus; diabetic foot; foot ulcer; amputation; foot care; footwear; epidemiology; health services research

Health economics; applied microeconometrics; patient-centered outcomes research; comparative effectiveness research; contract theory

Occupational injury surveillance; occupational health services; policy and program evaluation; disparities in health and health care access

Social media marketing interventions to prevent HIV in Latino youth

Tobacco-related behavior; racism as a stressor; social construction of 'race' vis-a-vis biological reductionism in health research and behavior; knowledge and opinions about organ donation among ethnic groups; program evaluation; popular culture

Health information management

Health care financing; project management

Technology assessment; medical decision making; economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals, particularly in the areas of respiratory disorders, organ transplantation, HIV/AIDS, mental health and clinical decision making

Special populations; health disparities; cancer control; secondary prevention

Community-based research; dietary change; cancer prevention; health disparities

Public health workforce information workflow; public health digital libraries; natural language processing to access to public health gray literature

Integration of mental health into primary and specialty care medical settings

Organization of health care markets and relationship to overall per capita costs

Implementing evidence-based management of unhealthy alcohol use in medical settings; decision-making in health and health care (patient, provider, and system-level decision making); stigmatized chronic conditions (e.g., unhealthy alcohol use, HIV); social and cultural determinants of health and healthcare

Decision-making and quality of life in prostate cancer treatment; cancer screening; costs of health care interventions; evaluation of informed decision making strategies; comparative effectiveness using large databases; quality of life assessment among cancer survivors; decision modeling; assessment of health care costs