Recent Awards & Publications

Our faculty are always engaging in new and exciting research and projects that impact West Virginia, the region and public health in general. Below is highlight list of some of our most recent awards and publications. For a more comprehensive look at our research expertise and work, visit our Research Experts Database. See our research news feed for the latest stories and featured projects.


Thomas Bias received an award for $18,000 for a project on Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan for Barnesville Community Hospital.

Garrett Moran received an award for $2,929,826 from the US DHHS – SAMHSA - WV DHHR – BHHF for a project on West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health State Opioid Response Grant Prescriber / Provider Training, Education, and Development Implementation.

Carol Stocks received an award for $110,000.04 from the WV DHHR for a project on Data and Analytics Program Support.

Robert Bossarte, with Stephen Davis, Gordon Smith, Keith Zullig, Usha Sambamoorthi and Nathan Pauly as Co-Investigators, received an award for $2,033,758 from the US DHHS and the WV DHHR for a project on Medicaid Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Outcomes and Recovery (MOTOR) Study: Year 1.

Nathan Pauly received an award for $611,374.08 from the US DHHS and the WV DHHR for a project on Data Analysis & Decision Support (DADS).

Ranjita Misra received an award for $228,000 from the US DHHS – NIH – National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute for a project on Enhancing Diabetes and Hypertension Self-Management for Rural Appalachian Patients in Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

Sijin Wen (as Co-I with Yon Rojanasakul as P.I.) received an award for $337,500 from the US DHHS – NIH for a project onNanoparticle Fibrogenicity and Fibroblast Stem-Like Cells.

Alfgeir Logi Kristjansson received an award for $521,986 from the US DHHS – NIH for a project on Risk and Resilience Pathways Linking Community Adversity, Decision Making, and Alcohol Misuse: A Prospective Study of Appalachian Adolescents.


Kelley GA, Kelley KS, Pate RR (2019). Exercise and adiposity in overweight and obese children and adolescents: A systematic review with network meta-analysis of randomised trials. BMJ Open. 9:e031220. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031220

Koech, W.A., Rudisill, T.M., Rockett, I.R.H. (2019). Maternal Characteristics associated with Injury-related Infant Death in West Virginia, 2010-2014. PLoS One. 2019 Aug 12;14(8):e0220801. PMID: 31404105

Katelyn J. Siegrist, Steven H. Reynolds, Dale W. Porter, Robert R. Mercer, Alison K. Bauer, David Lowry, Lorenzo Cena, Todd A. Stueckle, Michael L. Kashon, John Wiley, Jeffrey L. Salisbury, John Mastovich, Kristin Bunker, Mark Sparrow, Jason S. Lupoi, Aleksandr B. Stefaniak0, Michael J. Keane, Shuji Tsuruoka, Mauricio Terrones, Michael McCawley, and Linda M. Sargent.  Mitsui-7, heat-treated, and nitrogen-doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes elicit genotoxicity in human lung epithelial cells.  Particle and Fibre Toxicology  (2019) 16:36

S. Peng, T. Yang, I.R.H. Rockett. Life stress and uncertainty stress: which is more associated with unintentional injury? Psychology, Health & Medicine, November 5, 2019. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2019.1687913

Rockett, I.R.H., Caine, E.D., Connery, H.S., Nolte, K.B., Nestadt, P.S., Nelson, L.S., Jia, H. (2019). Unrecognised Self-Injury Mortality (SIM) Trends among Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Women in the USA. Injury Prevention. Sep 24. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31551367

Ali, B., Rockett, I., Miller, T. (2019). Variable Circumstances of Suicide among Racial/Ethnic Groups by Sex and Age: A National Violent-Death Reporting System Analysis. Archives of Suicide Research. Sep 20:1-13. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2019.1661894. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31538548

Connery, H.S., Taghian, N., Kim, J., Griffin, M., Rockett, I.R.H., Weiss, R.D., McHugh, R.K. Suicidal Motivations Reported by Opioid Overdose Survivors: A Cross-Sectional Study of Adults with Opioid Use Disorder. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  October 5, 2019. 205:107612. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107612. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:31627077

Niederkrotenthaler, T., Stack, S., Till, B., Sinyor, M., Pirkis, J., Garcia, D., Rockett, I.R.H., Tran, U.S. (2019). Association of Increased Youth Suicides in the United States with the Release of 13 Reasons Why. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 May 29. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0922. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31141094

Peng, S., Yang, X.Y., Rockett, I.R.H. A Typology of Social Capital and Its Mixed Blessing for Suicidal Ideation: A Multilevel Study of College Students. Social Science & Medicine. October 22, 2019. [Epub ahead of print].

*Last updated on November 14, 2019.