Thinking outside of the box : Research

Our researchers pursue innovative solutions to complex, real-world challenges. Our work extends past West Virginia's borders to make a national impact.

Areas of Focus

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Content lead: Dr. Michael Brumage

Adverse Childhood Experiences - or ACEs - are traumatic events that can have a long-lasting impact on an individual’s health and wellness and beyond. This issue is particularly important in WV as it has one of the highest rates of ACE prevalence in the country. Dr. Brumage leads a team of affiliate researchers interested in finding solutions to this growing public health challenge.

Suicide Prevention

Content lead: Dr. Robert Bossarte

Suicide is a serious public health issue that causes pain and suffering for families and communities across the country. In West Virginia, it is the state’s 7th leading cause of death for men and 15th leading cause of death for women. Dr. Bossarte has an expertise in exploring suicide among the Veteran population. He leads a team of affiliate researchers interested in reducing the impact of this public health problem.

Drug Abuse

Content lead: Dr. Robin Pollini

West Virginia has the highest per capita rate of drug-related deaths in the United States. In 2016, there were 52.0 deaths attributed to drug use per 100,000 people in the state, marking a 25% increase from 2015. Dr. Pollini is a nationally known expert in the field of drug abuse. She leads a team of affiliate researchers with an interest in combating this public health crisis in Appalachia.