SPH Students


The following doctoral students in Social and Behavioral Sciences presented their research at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine:

San Diego, E.R., Ahuja, N.A., Johnson, B.M., Lewis, J.C., French, N., & Harmon B.E. (March 2019) Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors by Key Demographic Variables Among Mid-South Clergy in 2012-2017. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Leak, C.L., Harmon, B.E., Jiang, Y., Nickelson J.E. (March 2019) Individual, Social, and Physical Environment Influences on Adolescent Fruit and Vegetable Intake. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Ahuja, N.A., Schmidt, M., Kedia, S.K., & Dillon, P.J. (March 2019). Methamphetamine use and risky sexual behavior: A qualitative study of online narratives. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to our Doctoral Students in Social and Behavioral Sciences for Their Many Recent Scholarly Accomplishments.

Recent paper:

Alexander, A.C., & Ward, K.D. Understanding post-disaster substance use and psychological distress using concepts from the self-medication hypothesis and social cognitive theory. In press, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

Travel award:

Jay Kumar: Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Health Disparities Network Travel Scholarship, to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD

Student poster award:

Chen, W., Collins, C. C., Ward, K. D. (2017) How accurately do parents estimate children's weight status? Poster presentation at the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo, Atlanta, GA. (Student poster award recipient from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section).

Poster presentations:

Chen, W., Al-sheyab, N.A., Alomari,M.A., & Ward, K.D. (2017, November). Asthma symptoms among adolescent waterpipe smokers: The Irbid-TRY. Poster presentation at the Third International Conference on Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Research, Beirut, Lebanon.

Kumar, J., & Ward, K.D. (2017, November). Do young adult waterpipe smokers in the U.S. notice health warning labels? Findings from Wave 1 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH). Poster presentation at the Third International Conference on Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Research, Beirut, Lebanon.

Kumar, J., & Ward, K.D., & Jiang, Y. Exposure to manufacturer-placed health warning labels on waterpipe tobacco packages. Accepted for presentation at the 2018 SRNT Annual Meeting, Baltmore, MD.

Leak, C.L., Harmon, B.E., Berg, B.K., Thurston, I.B., Nigg, C.R., Hayman, L.L., & Relyea, G. Influence on Children's BMI and Cooking Self-Efficacy in Latino Families (2017). Poster presentation at The Obesity Society 35th Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Ogg, S.A. and Suns, C.C. (2017). Staging Liaisons: Developing Volunteer Leaders within the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC). Presented at the National Association of City-County Health Officials (NACCHO)'s Public Health Preparedness Summit held on April 25th to 28th, 2017, Atlanta, GA.

Schmidt, M., Kedia, S., Jackson, B., Pirkey, P., Dillon, P. Exploring initiation of methamphetamine use in an online support community: Applicability of the Theory of Planned Behavior—Poster Session, American Public Health Association, 2017.

Strayhorn, S., Cothran, F. (2017). Exploring the Experiences of Seeking Educational Information among African American Dementia Family Caregivers. Presentation to the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) preconference of the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo, Atlanta, GA.

Annual SPH Interdisciplinary Case Competition

The Annual School of Public Health Interdisciplinary Case Competition (SPHICC) invites graduate students from all academic programs across the university to work with a team to improve the health of a local neighborhood by proposing community-based programs and projects. SPHICC uses the BUILD Health Challenge framework to guide the student teams through the case competition to develop solutions that are Bold, Upstream, Innovative, Local and Data driven. After several months of preparation, students present their solutions to a panel of community judges. First, second, and third place teams receive small monetary prizes. The Fourth Annual SPHICC will involve students engaging with the local neighborhood both to assess problems before developing their solutions and to receive input on the development of their solutions from the members of the neighborhood.  For more information about the SPHICC, Annual School of Public Health Interdisciplinary Case Competition!

Doctoral Research in Progress

School-wide informal seminars/brown bag lunches are held monthly for doctoral students to present their research/work in progress. These student-coordinated, student-led sessions are held the first Friday of each month from noon- 1 pm in Robison Hall, Room 217. The topic/format rotates among the doctoral programs. The schedule is as follows:

Fri.,Sept. 2: Epidemiology (coordinated by Yu-Sheng Lee)
Fri., Oct. 7: Health Systems and Policy (coordinated by Hyunmin Kim)
Fri., Nov. 4: Social and Behavioral Science (coordinated by Shaila Strayhorn)

Doctoral Students' Studies Published

jay kumar

Dr. Jayaprakash Kumar, a current doctoral student in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Dr. Andy Collins, an alumna of that program, both led studies that were published last week. Dr. Kumar published a systematic review of oral health status among Indian prisoners in Saudi Journal of Oral and Dental Health, and Dr. Collins published her dissertation on bone accrual in youth swimmers and controls in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Dr. Kumar's study can be accessed Oral Health Status of Prisoners in India: A Systematic Review, and Dr. Collins study can be accessed Bone Accrual in Children and Adolescent Nonelite Swimmers: A 2-Year Longitudinal Study.

Doctoral Student Receives Travel Scholarship

Adam Alexander, a doctoral student in Social and Behavioral Sciences, was recently awarded the 2016 Health Disparities Network Travel Scholarship from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco to attend their national conference in Chicago, Illinois. This award supports researchers who are conducting tobacco research with minority and underserved populations. Adam presented his poster titled, "Diet and physical activity differences between waterpipe smokers and non-smokers in Aleppo, Syria" at the conference.

MPH Student Named to Memphis 20<30

MPH student Eddie Wiley was recently featured in a Memphis Flyer article as one of the 20 people under 30 making a difference in the Memphis area.  Memphis 20<30 2016 for the story.