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.


Robin Pollini received an award for $524,977 from the US DHHS-NIH-National Institute of Drug Abuse for a project on Pharmacy Naloxone Distribution: Assessing a New Tool to Reduce Overdose Mortality.

Christa Lilly received an award for $24,998 from West Virginia Community Voices for a project on Drug Free Moms and Babies.

Garrett Moran received an award for $2,204,124 from the WV DHHR – Bureau for Medical Services for a project on Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.

Lindsay Allen received an award for $30,909 from the US DHHS-NIH-National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Rand Corporation for a project on Opioid Policy Tools and Information Center (OPTIC).

Thomas Bias received an award from the WV DHHR-BHHF-Office of Behavioral Health Sciences for $336,021 for a project on State Opioid Response (SOR) Evaluation- Year 2.

Brian Hendricks received a travel award from the National Institutes of Drug Abuse for the upcoming Introduction to Economic Evaluation workshop hosted by the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Abuse Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) scheduled for this March 22, 2020.

Karen Innes received an award from the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation for $23,418 for a project on Meditation and Music Listening vs. Enhanced Usual Care (EUC) for Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.

Herbert Linn received an award from the US DHHS-CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the WV DHHR Department of Health and Human Resources for $625,000 for a project on ED Screening, Treatment, and Referral Strategies for Five Northern West Virginia Counties.

Garrett Moran received an award from the US DHHS-SAMHSA-Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the WV DHHR-BHHF-Office of Behavioral Health Services for $106,550 for a project on SOR Coordinator in WV.

Toni Rudisill received an award from the WV DHHR Department of Health and Human Resources for $79,521 for a project onPrescription Drug Overdose (PDO) Grant Evaluation Science


Andress, Lauri, Purtill, Matthew. Shifting the gaze of the physician from the body to the body in a place: A qualitative analysis of a community-based photovoice approach to teaching place-health concepts to medical students. February 11, 2020.

Bias, T,  Abildso, C, and Sarkees, E.  (In Press). The Importance of Individual-Site and System-Wide Community Health Needs Assessments. Frontiers in Public Health.

Christopher A Barnes, Nicole L Stout, Thomas K Varghese, Jr, Cornelia M Ulrich, Daniel R Couriel.  Clinically Integrated Physical Therapist Practice in Cancer Care: A New Comprehensive Approach.  Phys Ther, pzz169,  Published: 10 February 2020. Section:  Perspective

Daily, S.M., Mann, M.J., Lilly, C.L., Bias, T. K, Smith, M.L., Kristjansson, A.L. (in press). School Climate as a Universal Intervention to Prevent Substance Use Initiation in Early Adolescence: A Longitudinal Study. Health Education & Behavior.

Daily, S.M., Mann, M.J., Lilly, C.L., Smith, M.L., Davidov, D.M, Kristjansson, A.L. (in press). Using School Climate to Impact School Attendance: Understanding the Importance of School Satisfaction between Middle and High School Students. Journal of School Health.

Daily, S.M., Mann, M.J., Lilly, C.L., Dyer, A.M., Smith, M. L., Kristjansson, A.L. (2020). School Climate as an Intervention to Reduce Academic Failure and Educate the Whole Child: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of School Health. DOI: 10.1111/josh.12863

Davis, S.M., Jones, A., Jaynes, M.E. et al. Designing a multifaceted telehealth intervention for a rural population using a model for developing complex interventions in nursing. BMC Nurs 19, 9 (2020).

Ducatman, B, Ducatman, A, Crawford, J, Laposata, M, and Sanfilippo, F.  The Value Proposition for Pathologists: A Population Health Approach, 2020.

Martin CJ, Jin C, Bertke SJ, Yiin JH, Pinkerton LE.  Increased overall and cause-specific mortality associated with disability among workers' compensation claimants with low back injuries.  Am J Ind Med. 2019 Dec 13. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23083

Rudisill TM, Menon S, Hendricks B, Zhu M, Smith GS. Differences between occupational and non-occupational-related motor vehicle collisions in West Virginia: A cross-sectional and spatial analysis.  PLoS One. 2019 Dec 31;14(12):e0227388. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227388. eCollection 2019. PMID: 31891651

Rudisill TM, Preamble K, Pilkerton C.  The liberalization of fireworks legislation and its effects on firework-related injuries in West Virginia.  BMC Public Health. 2020; 20:137

Shana E Harrington, Nicole L Stout, Elizabeth Hile, Mary Insana Fisher, Melissa Eden.  Cancer Rehabilitation Publications (2008–2018) With a Focus on Physical Function: A Scoping Review.  Phys Ther, pzz184, Published: 10 February 2020 Section:  Review

Yousaf A, Hagen R, Delaney E, Davis S, Zinn Z. The influence of social media on acne treatment: A cross-sectional survey. Pediatr Dermatol. 2020 Jan 15. doi: 10.1111/pde.14091. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31944359.

*Last updated on March 4, 2020.