College of Public Health and Human Sciences
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Positive youth development in applied settings with a focus on youth programs as developmental contexts that support thriving.
Harold’s research is focused on statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology. His primary research goal is to understand the genetic architecture of human extreme longevity and sub-phenotypes of longevity and to develop advanced statistical... see full profile
General research interests include the labor market effects of physical and mental health status, the relationship between place and obesity, the causes of hunger and food insecurity and the effect of poverty and rural location on health.
My research focuses on building adaptive capacity to address the health impacts of infectious disease outbreaks and natural hazards, particularly among vulnerable populations. Specifically, I examine how the distribution and determinants of... see full profile
My research focuses on US maternity care, particularly midwifery and community birth for low-risk women. I am also interested in physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and potential effects on maternal outcomes.
How people are influenced by, and in turn influence, their environments are powerful determinants of population health. Both my teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of human beings and their many environments: natural, built... see full profile
Bayesian nonparametric and semiparametric modeling, medical test evaluation, bone health, kidney disease
Marc's research interests include adolescent health; health promotion theory and health interventions; smoking prevention and control; tobacco policy; program evaluation design and analysis; and design and delivery of community programs.
Evaluation of alternative protein sources, such as ocean-based underutilized discarded fish (by-catch), as a feasible, environmentally sustainable protein supplement to combat childhood malnutrition globally. Antioxidants and free radical... see full profile
Psycho-social and socio-cultural aspects of health and physical activity.
Joseph Catania has 35 years of research experience, primarily in the field of sexual health, but also in the fields of lifespan development, dissemination and implementation science, intervention development, and vaccine uptake. This work has... see full profile
Kelly applies a work-family justice lens to study how working conditions, workplace culture, and work-family policies affect the health and daily lives of employees and their families. She also examines the implications of work for family... see full profile
Equitable and sustainable health development for low-income nations; health systems finance; national health care systems and universal health care; evaluating equity and efficiency (extra-welfarism) in health care services and system finance;... see full profile
Study of the behavior associated with making food choices including internal motivations, factors related to access, convenience and time, perceptions of health, dining location, culture and economics; The change in US meal patterns as well as... see full profile
Cathy’s research focuses on postural stability and human motion deficits in the physically active with lower extremity joint instability and chronic injuries. She works to determine mechanisms for injury and biomechanical characteristics that... see full profile
The overall aim of my research is to identify novel, evolutionarily relevant bioactive compounds in human and bovine milk and the extent to which they survive throughout the digestive system. In particular, I am interested in bioactive milk... see full profile
Dr. Dolcini’s research program addresses basic, intervention, and implementation science issues in public health, with a strong focus on health disparities and on youth. Her primary area of expertise is in infectious diseases, including HIV and... see full profile
My research interests are concerned with developing positive self-perceptions in the physical domain. Specifically, I examine the structure, antecedents and consequences of self-concept. Most recently I have been examining self-compassion as a... see full profile
Jonathan Garcia received his doctorate from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and postdoctoral training at the Yale School of Public Health. He uses innovative and participatory methods to develop public health... see full profile
My research focuses on the development of self-regulation across the lifespan and the relationship between intentional self-regulation and positive developmental outcomes (especially Positive Youth Development). Because of the contextualized... see full profile
Dr. Gorman leads a robust community-engaged research program that integrates qualitative and quantitative methodologies to investigate multi-level factors contributing to healthcare experiences and quality of life outcomes, with a substantial... see full profile
Stephanie’s research aims to understand unique experiences of food insecurity among vulnerable populations in order to identify best practices for food safety net and nutrition education programs. She works with SNAP-Ed, extension, and... see full profile
My current research and practice efforts focus on developing and evaluating physical activity promotion strategies. Most of my work involves partnering with organizations such as Cooperative Extension, state agencies, or community groups to... see full profile
Marie is a public health researcher with 35 years of experience conducting research focused on the behavioral, contextual, and policy aspects of unintended pregnancy, sexual behavior, and abortion among diverse populations of young adults.... see full profile
Bridget is interested in teacher- and parent-child relationships in early childhood, children’s stress and school readiness skills, quality of early childhood education, teacher professional development, & implications for policy.
Research interests are in the area of antioxidants and gene expression and dietary chemoprevention strategies. I am currently interested in understanding the role of the antioxidant nutrients such as zinc in maintaining DNA integrity and cancer... see full profile
Understanding and improving factors influencing the health, wellness, and safety of wildland firefighters. More specifically, this work is currently focused on the medical services provided to wildland fire personnel working on large scale... see full profile
Research interests are on self and personality processes in understanding relationships between mental and physical health, coping, social support and health behaviors. Past work has examined spouse caregivers for people with Alzheimer's... see full profile
Innovative approaches to improve health care quality, access, and costs, with special interest in health and healthcare of US Veterans. Database and informatics methods to support research and evaluation of healthcare interventions and programs... see full profile
I lead the Spatial Health Lab at OSU that examines the connections between place and human health and wellbeing. My research focuses broadly on environmental exposure assessment and epidemiology – with applications to air pollution, healthy... see full profile
Dr. Irvin’s experience spans more than 15 years and she uses a community-engaged approach to develop, implement and evaluate behavior change programs across a comprehensive list of health priorities (e.g., smoking, nutrition, physical activity... see full profile
Current research foci include: 1) Neuroendocrine regulation of body weight and bone metabolism. 2) Nutrition as a factor in tumor metastasis to bone. 3) Regulation of stromal (stem) cell differentiation into bone cells and fat cells.
My research integrates psychosocial and behavioral kinesiology with environmental public health sciences, particularly studying healthy lifestyle behaviors and health equity in diverse populations in relationship to place-based contexts where... see full profile
My colleagues and I, in the Molecular Nutrition and Diabetes Research lab, investigate the molecular and metabolic basis of complications associated with obesity and diabetes. Our current focus is on the role diet plays in the onset and... see full profile
Sunil is internationally known for his research in the field of global health. He has worked on examining how inclusive, participatory, empowering, and sustainable strategies to engage communities in Botswana and India can lead to... see full profile
I am an environmental epidemiologist focused on understanding the health impacts related to early life exposure to chemical contaminants. I am also interested in identifying social and host factors (e.g. genetics, epigenetics, and microbiome)... see full profile