Social and Behavioral Sciences Research

Living Healthy Summer Campahn
Brook Harmon, PhD, RD, FAND

The prevalence of childhood obesity in the US remains high with little recent change. While parent-focused interventions are recommended for modifying obesity-related behaviors among children, participation and retention of parents is a major barrier. Dr. Harmon's study used a community-based participatory approach to translate a child-focused summer program to families in Memphis, TN. Click here for a full description.

Enhancing the Built Environment by Design: Memphis Walksahn
Marian Levy, DrPH, RD, FAND

The School of Public Health, in partnership with the UofM Department of Architecture, has been named by the Architects Foundation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) as a member of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium. This Partnership resulted in the implementation of the Memphis Walks initiative, designed to enhance walkability in a revitalized inner city neighborhood of Memphis named Crosstown. Dr. Levy serves as the Principal Investigator for this initiative. Click here for the full description.

Going Underground in Memphis, TN to Support PrEP
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Latrice Pichon, PhD, MPH

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches were used to more fully engage underground social network leaders of Black Men who have Sex with Men (BMSM) in Memphis to understand health needs and gain community support for incentivized testing and linkage to prevention services. Click here for full description.

Global tobacco control researchoutdoor hookah cafe
Kenneth D. Ward, PhD
Dr. Ward's research focuses on global tobacco control and he has worked for the past 15 years in the Eastern Mediterranean region, including Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. He is a founder and Intervention Director of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies, and has published extensively on epidemiological and clinical aspects of waterpipe (or "hookah") smoking, a traditional tobacco use method in the Arab world that has become a global epidemic in recent years. Dr. Ward currently collaborates with colleagues at Florida International University, University of Miami, Virginia Commonwealth University, American University of Beirut, and University of Tunis on a NIH grant entitled "Translating evidence and building capacity to support waterpipe control in the Eastern Mediterranean" (Dr. Wasim Maziak, PI). The purpose of this grant is to help Tunisia and Lebanon develop effective health warning labels for the waterpipe, and equip them with the means to implement them successfully. In addition, Dr. Ward works with colleagues at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he was recently a Fulbright Scholar, on efforts to improve the ability of medical students to deliver effective smoking cessation interventions.