College of Health
Geethika Koneru, a first-year PhD student in the HPHB program, received a teaching recognition at the OSU men's basketball game vs. Washington State on February 8.
Student-athletes selected her as their "most valuable professor," recognizing her support for their studies as they juggle athletic responsibilities. Thanks for supporting OSU student-athletes, Geethika
Rick Settersten, University Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, has co-edited a special issue of Advances in Life Course Research titled "Networked Lives: Probing the Influence of Social Networks on the Life Course." The issue includes a collaboratively developed article by Rick and HDFS doctoral candidate Kara McElvaine, which explores the concept of "unlinking" lives. Read the special issue.
Steph Corey, MPH, doctoral student in the public health – health promotion and health behavior program, has been selected by the Cancer Special Interest Group at the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) as the winner of the Student/Fellow Award for the 2024 SBM annual meeting.
The award is for her abstract, "Transgender and gender diverse cancer survivors' experiences accessing cancer screenings." Steph completed this work as part of the Thriving Together Study team, along with Associate Professor Jessica Gorman, Associate Professor Jonathan Garcia and MPH student Isabelle Ginavan. Congratulations, Steph!
Sunil Khanna, professor and director of the Center for Global Health, recently provided public testimony at an information hearing session of the Oregon State Legislature's Senate Committee on Health Care. Senator Deb Patterson, the committee's chair, extended the invitation to him. The focus of his presentation was hunger and health in Oregon and beyond. View Sunil's testimony presentation slides.
Kinesiology professor Megan MacDonald is quoted in "Do your kids want a dog? Science may be on their side," an article covering the growing body of research investigating how dogs can boost health, not just for kids but for people of all ages.
Ines de Pierola, a doctoral student in human development and family sciences, has been selected to be part of the 2024 cohort of doctoral research scholars at the Social Policy Institute (SPI) at Washington University in St. Louis. During this period, Ines will learn multidisciplinary research content and methods about paid leave, while expanding her scholarly network. Her current research evaluates the financial outcomes of paid leave programs for families. Congratulations, Ines!
Three College of Health students earned awards at the 2024 Cascadia Occupational, Environmental, and Public Health Conference held in January in Blaine, Wash. Carson Mowrer (MPH, Epidemiology) won best Best Student Oral Presentation; Sigride Asseko (PhD, Environmental and Occupational Health) won Best Ignite Presentation; and Brad Longman (PhD, Global Health) won Best Poster.
College faculty, students and alumni presented at the 16th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, co-hosted by NIH and AcademyHealth in December in Virginia. The preeminent meeting in the field provided an opportunity to share work widely and network. Presenters included faculty members Peggy Dolcini, Denise Hynes and Veronica Irvin; doctoral students Eiman AlEissa and Ashley Schuyler; and alumni Virginia McKay (Washington University) and Ryan Singh (Oregon Social Learning Center; Chestnut Health Systems).
David Rothwell, Barbara E. Knudson chair in family policy and associate professor of HDFS, was recently inducted into the 2024 class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Congratulations, David!
Professor and Extension specialist Deborah John was part of a WalletHub article on the best and worst cities for an active lifestyle in 2024. (Portland ranks 18th.) She discussed how local communities can encourage and support physical activity, how access and use of gyms and recreational facilities could be increased, how to get active while on a budget, and how parents can encourage physical activity in children. Read the article on WalletHub.
Congratulations to the Kinesiology Program faculty and staff on a successful Kinesiology Program Undergraduate Curriculum Retreat.
Associate Dean for Research Marie Harvey and Associate Professor Jeff Luck’s article titled “Improved depression screening and treatment among low-income pregnant and postpartum women following Medicaid expansion in the U.S.,” received a Paper of the Year award for 2023 from the journal Frontiers in Health Services. Congratulations!