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

Adverse Childhood Experiences - or ACEs - are traumatic events that can have a long-lasting impact on an individual’s health, wellness, and beyond. This issue is particularly important in West Virginia 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

Suicide is a serious public health issue that causes pain and suffering for families and communities across the country. In West Virginia, suicide is the state’s 7th leading cause of death for men and 15th leading cause of death for women. Dr. Bossarte has 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 Overdose

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 an expert in the field of drug overdose and harm reduction. She leads a team of affiliate researchers with an interest in combating this public health crisis in Appalachia.