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.


Christa Lilly, with Paul Chantler as P.I., received an award for $518,125.00 from the US DHHS-NIH-National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke for a project on the Psychosocial Stress-Induced Vascular Contributions To Cognitive Impairment And Alzheimer's Disease: The Role of Xanthine Oxidase.


Alangari, A., Knox, S, Innes, KE, Kristjansson, A, Wen, S, Bilal, L. Alhabeeb, A, Al-Subaie, AS, Altwauri, YA. Mental Health service use among people without mental health disorders: the Saudi National Mental Health Survey (accepted, International Journal of Mental Health)

Claydon, E.A., DeFazio, C., Zullig, K.J., Lilly, C.L. (2020). Life Satisfaction Among a Clinical Eating Disorder Population. Journal of Eating Disorders, 8(53).

Fenton, S., Ducatman, A., Boobis, A., DeWitt, J., Lau, C., Ng, C., Smith, J., Roberts, S.  Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Toxicity and Human Health Review: Current State of Knowledge and Strategies for Informing Future Research.  Environ Toxicol Chem 2019.  doi: 10.1002/etc.4890. Online ahead of print.

Innes, KE, and Sambamoorthi,U.(2020) The potential contribution of chronic pain and common chronic pain conditions to subsequent cognitive decline, new onset cognitive impairment and incident dementia: A systematic review and conceptual model for future research. J Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD) prepress Oct 27, 2020. DOI 10.3233/JAD-200960 IF 4.2

Jain RB, Ducatman A.  Associations between apolipoprotein B and selected perfluoroalkyl substances among diabetics and nondiabetics.  Environmental Science and Pollution Research 2020:  PMID: 33196992  DOI: 10.1007/s11356-020-11593-3

Jiang, S., Yang, T., Bullen, C., Chen, J., Yu, L., Peng, S., Rockett, I.R.H. Real-world Unassisted Quit Success and Related Contextual Factors: A Population-Based Study of Chinese Male Smokers. Tobacco Control 2020 Epub ahead of print: July 16. https://doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055594

Kelley GA, Kelley K. Callahan LF (2020). Brief report: number of physically inactive United States adults with arthritis who can improve their physical function and pain by exercising: State and national level estimates. Preventing Chronic Disease. 17:200121

Kelley GA, Kelley KS, Pate RR (2020) Inter-individual differences in body mass index were not observed as a result of aerobic exercise in children and adolescents with overweight and obesity. Pediatric Obesity. (Epub ahead of print)

O’Hara Tompkins, N., Northrup, K., Grant, J., Folz Weikle, M., Long, D., Bassler, J., Workman, S., Ramsey, Z.,  Jarrett, T., Sirk, H., Cottrell, L. Translating School Physical Education and Activity Policies into Practice: A Case Study. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, Fall 2020 - Volume 5 - Issue 12 - e000132 doi: 10.1249/TJX.0000000000000132

Rockett, I.R.H., Caine, E.D. Reconciling Suicides with “Accident” Drug-Intoxication Deaths: A Behaviorally-based Definition of Self-Injury Mortality (SIM). American Journal of Public Health 2020;110(1):73-74.

Rockett, I.R.H., Caine, E.D., Connery, H.S., Nolte, K.B. Overcoming the Limitations of “Accident” as a Manner of Death for Drug Overdose Mortality: Case for a Death Certificate Checkbox. Injury Prevention 2020. Epub ahead of print: September 12. https://doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2020-043830

Schmitz, K.H.; Stout, N.L.; Maitin‐Shepard, M.; Campbell, A.; Schwartz, A.L.; Grimmett, C.; Meyerhardt, J.A.; Sokolof, J.M.  Moving through cancer: Setting the agenda to make exercise standard in oncology practice.  Cancer, 22 October 2020.

Stover, A.N., Rockett, I.R.H., Smith, G.S., Le Masters, T., Scott, V.G., Kelly, K.M., Winstanley, E.L. Feasibility and Acceptability of Safety Screening Among Patients Receiving Addiction Treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2020; 117:

Sumaira Khalid, Usha Sambamoorthi, Kim E. Innes (2020). Non-cancer chronic pain conditions and risk for incident Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in community-dwelling elders: a population-based retrospective cohort study of U.S. Medicare beneficiaries, 2001-2013. Int J Environ Res. Public Health 17: 5454; doi:10.3390/ijerph17155454) IF 2.9​

Zullig, Keith J., Valois, Robert F., Hobbs, Gerald R., Romer, Daniel, Brown, Larry K., DiClemente, Ralph J., & Vanable, Peter A. (2020). Does initiating vaginal sexual intercourse during a safer sex media campaign influence life satisfaction among African American adolescents? Journal of Adolescent Health Volume 67, Issue 1, 40-45. PMID: 31771924

*Last updated on November 23, 2020.