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.


Sijin Wen (as Co-I with Ali Rezai as P.I.) received an award for $375,000 from the US DHHS – NIH – National Institute of Drug Abuse for a project on Feasibility of Deep Brain Stimulation as a Novel Treatment for Refractory Opioid Use Disorder.

Adam Baus received an award for $70,000 from the US DHHS – CDC and the New Mexico Department of Health for a project on NM Improving the Health of Americans through Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke – 1815.

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.

Summer DeBastiani received an award for $309,690 from the US DHHS – Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services – WV DHHR for a project on Development of a Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver: Work and Community Engagement Requirements Options

Sijin Wen (with Yon Rojanasakul as P.I.) received an award for $335,250 from the US DHHS – NIH – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for a project on Induction of Neoplastic Transformation and Cancer Stem Cells by Carbon Nanotubes

Elizabeth Prendergast received an award for $50,000 from the US DHHS – CDC – National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion for a project on WVDHHR-CDC-HPCD: Take Back Our Health Evaluation.

Lauri Andress (with Lian Shin Lin as P.I.) received an award for $526,551 from the USDA – Rural Utilities Service for a project on Appalachian Community Technical Assistance and Training (ACTAT) Program Yr 2019-20.

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).


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.

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

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

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

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

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

Rockett IRH, Caine ED. Reconciling suicides with “accidental” drug-intoxication deaths: a behaviorally-based definition of self-injury mortality. American Journal of Public Health 110(1); 2020: 73-74.

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].

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 

*Last updated on January 24, 2020.