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.


Robert Bossarte received an award for $152,150 from Harvard Medical School and the US DHHS-NIH-National Institute of Mental Health for a project on Leveraging EHR Data to Evaluate Key Treatment Decisions to Prevent Suicide-Related Behaviors.

Robert Duval received an award for $464,726 from the WV DHHR – Bureau for Medical Services and the US DHHS-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a project on Independent Verification and Validation.

Summer DeBastiani received an award for $ 1,178,628.93 from the WV DHHR-Bureau for Medical Services for a project on Children's In-Home and Community-Based Services Improvement Project

Christa Lilly received an award for $39,000 from West Virginia Community Voices Inc. for a project on Drug Free Moms and Babies.

Lauri Andress received an award for $12,184 from the City of Morgantown for a project on Building Civic Capacity Around Health Safety and Transportation.

Adam Baus, with Stephenie Kennedy-Rea as P.I., received an award for $298,192 from the Ohio State University for a Program Project to Address Cervical Cancer Disparities in Appalachia.

Lauri Andress received an award for $9,221 from University Physicians & Surgeons (Marshall Health) for a project on Birth Equity Committee: Data-driven public health strategies to reduce inequities in birth outcomes in West Virginia.

Robert Bossarte received an award for $85,584 from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. for a project on Veterans' Health, Mental Health, and Suicide.

Nicholas Castle received an award for $75,529 from Magee-Womens Health Corporation and the US DHHS-Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality for a project on Developing and Testing an Evidence-Based Toolkit for Nursing Home Care of Residents with Obesity.

Danielle Davidov received an award for $1,722 from the University of Kentucky and the  US DHHS-CDC Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for a project on Bystander Program Adoption & Efficacy to Reduce SV-IPV in College Community.


Alangari, A., Knox, S, Kristjansson, A, Wen, S, Innes, KE, Bilal, L. Alhabeeb, A, Al-Subaie, AS, Altwauri, YA. (2020) Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in the Saudi National Mental Health Survey. J Environ Res Pub Health:17(3877). doi:10.3390/ijerph17113877   IF 2.5

Innes, KE, and Sambamoorthi, U. (2020) The Association of Osteoarthritis and related symptom burden to incident Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in a Representative Sample of U.S. Medicare Beneficiaries. J Alzeimer’s Disease. Apr 24. doi: 10.3233/JAD-191311. [Epub ahead of print] IF 4.2

Kelley GA, Kelley KS, Pate RR (2020). Are there inter-individual differences in fat mass and percent body fat as a result of aerobic exercise training in overweight and obese children and adolescents? a meta-analytic perspective. Childhood Obesity. [Epub ahead of print]

Kelley GA, Kelley K. Callahan LF (2020). Brief report: State-level number of physically inactive US adults with arthritis who can improve their anxiety and depression by exercising. ACR Open Rheumatology. 2:92-96.

Kelley GA, Kelley K. (2020). Yoga, health-related quality of life and mental well-being: A re-analysis of a meta-analysis using the Quality Effects Model. The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. [Epub ahead of print]

May, LE, McDonald S, Forbes L, Jones R, Newton E, Strickland D, Isler C, Haven K, Steed D, Kelley GA,Chasan-Taber L, Kuehn D (2020). Influence of maternal aerobic exercise during pregnancy on fetal cardiac function and outflow. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM. 2:100095

Miller TR, Swedler DI, Lawrence BA, Ali B, Rockett IRH, Carlson NN, Leonardo J. Incidence and lethality of suicidal overdoses by drug class: A cross-sectional analysis of state and national data. Jama Network Open 2020;3(3):e200607. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.0607

Rudisill TM.  The development and reliability of a national survey of police officers regarding the enforceability of cell phone use while driving laws. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives. 2020:6; 100140.

Tressler, Stacy R., Gordon S. Smith, Brian M. Hendricks.  Impact of a vaccine intervention on county-level rates of acute hepatitis B in West Virginia, 2011–2018.  Preventive Medicine Volume 137, August 2020.  Available online 8 May 2020.

*Last updated on July 2, 2020.