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.


Warren Myers, with Anna Margaret Smith Allen, received an award for $149,998.00 from the US DHHS-CDC-National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health for a project on Effect of the Air Exhaled from a PAPR Wearer on the Sterile Fields in Operating Rooms.

Melissa Danielle Blank, with Geri Dino as Co-Investigator, received an award for $241,318.00 from the US DHHS-NIH-National Institute of Drug Abuse for a project on Predicting Longitudinal Patterns of Change in Adolescent Polytobacco Use: A Socio-Ecological Framework.

Michael McCawley received an award for $210,000 from Iconic Air and the U.S. DoD - Air Force Research & Development Office for a project on the Total Exposure Monitoring System.


Abildso CG, Haas V, Daily SM, Bias TK. Field Test of a Passive Infrared Camera for Measuring Trail-Based Physical Activity. Frontiers in Public Health. 2021;9. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.584740.

Baus AD, Wright LE, Kennedy-Rea S, et al. Leveraging electronic health records data for enhanced colorectal cancer screening efforts. Journal of Appalachian Health 2020;2(4):53–63. DOI:

Ducatman A, Luster M, Fletcher T.  Perfluoroalkyl substance excretion: Effects of organic anion-inhibiting and resin-binding drugs in a community setting. Now available in pubmed. doi: 10.1016/j.etap.2021.103650. Online ahead of print.

D. Wu, I.R.H. Rockett, T. Yang, X.Y. Yang, M. Wang, C. Jiao. Health beliefs, perceived uncertainty, and behavioral responses during the COVID-19 outbreak in China: Findings from a convenience sample. American Journal of Health Promotion 2021 Mar 31:8901171211004249. doi: 10.1177/08901171211004249. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33787350

Heibati B, Wang W, Ryti N, Dominici F, Ducatman A, Zhang Z, Jaakkola J.  Weather conditions and COVID-19 incidence in a cold climate: A time- series study in Finland.  Frontiers in Public Health, section “Planetary Health.” 25 February 2021.

I.R.H. Rockett, E.D. Caine, H.S. Connery. Fatal self-injury in the United States, 1999- 2018: Unmasking a national mental health crisis—Authors’ reply. EClinicalMedicine 34; April 2021; 100823

KE Innes, C Montgomery, TK Selfe, S Wen, DS Khalsa, M Flick (2021). Incorporating a usual care comparator into a study of meditation and music listening for older adults with subjective cognitive decline: A randomized feasibility trial. JAD Reports.5 (1): 187-206. DOI: 10.3233/ADR-200249

Lultschik JL and Martin CJ.  Preventive Medicine for Rural America: Why More Training Programs Must Be Here.  J Public Health Manag Pract. 2021 May-Jun 01;27(Suppl 3):S151-S154.

Miller LA and the HRSA-Funded Preventive Medicine Residency Program Directors Workgroup (Blanc PD, Costales VC,  Goodman  RA, Green-McKenzie J, Hill LL, Holt CT, Hutchins SS, Kesler DO, Kuo AA, Lane  DS, Lultschik JL, Mann  J, Martin CJ, Peck  C, Porterfield DS, Power LE, Thomas PA). The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: real-time training and service for preventive medicine residents. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2021 May-Jun 01;27(Suppl 3):S123-S128.

Stout N, Santa Mina D, Lyons K, Robb K, Silver J. A systematic review of rehabilitation and exercise recommendations in oncology guidelines.  CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 27 October 2020.

T Feinberg, B Coleman, KE Innes, R Kerns, B Jackson, A Lisi, N Majoris, C Brandt (2021). Use of Manual Therapy by Rural Patients Seeking Conventional Pain Management (in press, JMPT). IF 1.6

Ye Q, Mohamed R, Dukhlallah D, Gencheva M, Hu G, Pearce MC, Kolluri SK, Marsh CB, Eubank TD, Ivanov AV, Guo NL. Molecular Analysis of ZNF71 KRAB in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2021; 22(7):3752.

Y. Yang, X.Y. Yang, T. Yang, W. He, S. Peng, I.R.H. Rockett. Social deprivation and secondhand smoke exposure among urban male residents: A nationwide study in China. Tobacco Induced Diseases 2021 19(March): 21

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 May 3, 2021.