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Public Health Research

Public Health Research


Research in the Department of Public Health

  • 100 Year History of Drug Prohibition
  • Adolescent Suicide in Extremely Impoverished Communities
  • Assessment of Stream Corridors within the City of Gallatin’s MS4
  • Brain Research to Ameliorate Impaired Neurodevelopment
  • BRIGHT (Barren River Initiative to Get Healthy Together)
  • Commodity Flow Study of Hazardous Material Transport in Henderson, Daviess, Louisville-Jefferson County, Madison, Rowan, Shelby & Montgomery Counties, Kentucky
  • Environmental Health Science Program at WKU
  • Ergonomic Exposures and Prevalence of Computer Related Musculoskeletal Symptoms among University Employees
  • Focusing on Drug Abuse not Use in Drug Education
  • Hazardous Material Information System for Emergency Response: HMISFER Project
  • Hazardous Materials Placard Survey
  • HIV/AIDS Healthcare for Female Inmates
  • Human Trafficking in the United States and South Africa
  • Impact of Heteronormative Culture on Teen Pregnancy
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessment of Selected Homes in Gales Point, Belize
  • Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center (KA-PHTC)
  • Kentucky Worksite Wellness Assessment
  • Laboratory Identifications and Quantifications of Stream Macroinvertebrate Samples
  • Madison County Hazardous Material Incident Prep. Assessment
  • Noise and Air Quality Exposure Assessment
  • Occurrence of Synthetic Estrogen in Surface Water, Source Water, and Drinking Water in the Barren River Watershed
  • Produce Safety: Non-pathogenic E-Coli isolates
  • SCOPE-K: Social Components of the PTSD Experience-Kentucky
  • Selection of E-Coli Surrogates with Attachment
  • Shift in Drug Use Among the Elderly
  • Stress Management Assessment and Intervention for First Responders in Kentucky
  • Survey of Kentucky Long-term Care Providers on Patient Drug Use Policies
  • The Efficacy of American VetDogs in reducing effects of PTSD among Combat Veterans
  • The Relation Between Macroeconomic Indicators and Drug Consumption in the U.S.
  • Value of Serum M2PK in Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Underserved Populations
  • Watershed Health Visual Assessment for MS4 Phase II Permit, Goodlettsville, TN
  • Worksite Assessment for Kentucky Dept. of Public Health

Recent Faculty Publications

2016 - 2017 Publications

Eustace RW, Wilson JF, Asiedu GB, Nyamhanga TM, Mkanta WN. (2017). Community Stakeholders' Perceptions of the Role of Family in HIV prevention in Iringa, Tanzania. J Community Health Nurs. 34(1):10-20.

2015 - 2016 Publications

Arling G, Ofner S, Reeves M, Myers L, Williams L, Daggy J, Phipps M, Chumbler N, Bravata D. 2015. Care trajectories of veterans in the twelve months following hospitalization for acute ischemic stroke. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 8(Suppl 3): S131-40.

Bowling CB, Plantinga L, Phillips LS, McClellan, Echt K, Chumbler NR, McGwin G, Vandenberg A, Allman RM, Johnson TM. 2016. The effect of discordant and unrelated chronic conditions on the association of multimorbidity with mortality and healthcare utilization in chronic kidney disease: A retrospective cohort. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Nov 23. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14662. [Epub ahead of print].

Cherry CO, Chumbler NR, Huff A, Bute J. 2015. Building a “better life”: The transformative effects of adolescent Pregnancy and parenting. SAGE Open. Jan-Mar 2015:1-9. DOI:10.117/2158244015571638.

Chumbler NR, Li X, Quigley P, Morey M, Rose D, Griffiths P, Sanford J, Hoenig H. 2015. A randomized controlled trial on stroke telerehabilitation: The effects on falls self-efficacy and satisfaction with care. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 21(3): 139-43.

Chumbler NR, Desai SP, Ingels JB, Dobbin KK. 2015. “Race and socioeconomic status:  Public perceptions toward quality and access to care in the Affordable Care Act. Pp. 209-228 in Research in the Sociology of Health Care: Education, Social Factors and Health Beliefs in Health and Health Care Services (Vol. 33). Edited by JJ. Kronenfeld. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Press.

Chumbler NR, Ganashen S, O’Brien Cherry C, Garrett-Wright, D., Bute J. 2016.“Rewriting life narratives: Positive coping mechanisms in adolescent mothers.” Pp. 201-226 in Research in the Sociology of Health Care: Special Social Groups, Social Factors and Disparities in Health and Health Care (Vol. 34), edited by JJ Kronenfeld. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Press.

Chumbler NR, Otani K, Desai S, Hermann PA, Kurz RS. 2016. Hospitalized older adults’ patient satisfaction: Inpatient care experiences. Sage Open April-June 2016 1-7 DOI: 10.1177/2158244016645639.

Daggett VS, Woodward-Hagg H, Damush T, Plue L, Russell, Allen G, Williams LS, Chumbler NR, Bravata DM. 2015. A healthcare systems redesign project to improve dysphagia screening. Journal of Nursing Care Quality 30(3): 226-32.

de Grubb, M. C. M., Kilbourne, B., Zoorob, R., Gonzalez, S., Mkanta, W., & Levine, R. (2016). Resident physicians and cancer health disparities: A survey of attitudes, knowledge, and practice. Journal of Cancer Education, 31(3), 541-546.

de Grubb, M. C. M., Salemi, J. L., Gonzalez, S. J., Sanderson, M., Zoorob, R. J., Mkanta, W., & Levine, R. S. (2016). Parenting style and perceptions of children’s weight among US Hispanics: a qualitative analysis. Health Promotion International, daw050.

Huff A, Chumbler NR, Cheery, CO, Hill M, Veguilla V. 2015. An in-depth mixed-methods approach to Ryan White HIV/AIDS care program comprehensive needs assessment from the Northeast Georgia Public Health District: the significance of patient privacy, psychological health, and social stigma to care. Evaluation and Program Planning 49:137-148.

Jia H, Phipps MS, Bravata DM, Castro J, Li X, Ordin DL, Myers J, Vogel WB, Williams LS, Chumbler NR*. 2015. Inpatient Stroke Care Quality for Veterans: Are there differences between VA medical centers in the stroke belt and other areas? International Journal of Stroke 10(1):67-72.

Mkanta, W. N., Chumbler, N. R., Yang, K., Saigal, R., & Abdollahi, M. (2016). Cost and Predictors of Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care-Sensitive Conditions among Medicaid Enrollees in Comprehensive Managed Care Plans. Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology3, 2333392816670301.

Mkanta, W. N., Katta, M., Basireddy, K., English, G., de Grubb, M.C.M.  (2016). Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Research Related to Value‐Based Approaches in Healthcare. Journal of Healthcare Management, 61(6), 402-418.

Mkanta, W. N., Ndjakani, Y., Bandiera, F. C., Blumenthal, D. S., Nseyo, U. O., & Asal, N. R. (2015). Prostate Cancer Screening and Mortality in Blacks and Whites: A Hospital-based Case-Control Study. Journal of the National Medical Association, 107(2), 32-38.

O’Brien Cherry, C, Tilghman LM, Richards K, Wu D, Butler A, Chumbler NR, Huff A. 2015. Expanding collaborative technologies in rural veteran health care using tele-robotic stroke therapy delivery and monitoring systems. In the Proceedings of the IEEE Int Conf Collaboraiton Technology & Systems; 477-78.

Otani K, Chumbler NR, Hermann PA, Kurz RS. 2015. Impact of Pain on Patient Satisfaction Integration Process: How Patients with Pain Combine Their Healthcare Attribute Reactions. Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology 1-7 DOI: 10.1177/2333392815615103.

Otani, K, Shen Y, Chumbler NR, Judy Z, Herrmann PA, Kurz RS. 2015. Impact of self-rated health status on patient satisfaction integration process. Journal of Healthcare Management 60(3):205-219.

Outcalt SD, Kroenke K, Krebs EE, Chumbler NR, Wu J, Yu Z, Bair MJ. 2015. Relative effects of posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression on pain, quality of life and disability among Veterans with Chronic Pain. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 21(3):139-43.


2014 - 2015 Publications

Jonathan Suhl, Vijay Golla, Jessica Rinsky, and Claudia Hopenhayn. Atrazine in Kentucky Drinking Water:   Analytical Methods and Seasonal Variation. Journal of Environmental Health. (Under Review, Manuscript ID: 2014-JEH-134)

White, J, Duncan, D, Bradley, D, Nicholson, T, Bonaguro, J, and Abrahamson, K. Substance Abuse Policies in Long-term Care Facilities: A Survey with Implications for Education of Long-term Care Providers, Educational   Gerontology, Accepted Fall, 2014, In Press.

Boubakari, I., Hamisu, S., Muktar, HA, English, G., Getachew, D. (2015) Infant mortality in twin pregnancies   following in-utero demise of the co-twin.  Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction. 4 (3); 228-234.

Macy, G., Nagy, C., Bonaguro, J., English, G., Noland, M., & Lartey, G. (2014) Evaluation of the Life is Cool   Program. Transplant Journal of Australasia, 23 (1); 15-18.

Lanier, Mark, Barbara H. Zaitzow, C. Thomas Farrell. “Epidemiological Criminology: Contextualization of HIV/AIDS Health Care for Female Inmates.” Journal of Correctional Health Care (2015), 21(2) Special Issue, 152-163

Farrell, C. Thomas, John Bolland, William Cockerham. “The Role of Social Support and Social Context on the   Incidence of Attempted Suicide among Adolescents Living in Extremely Impoverished Communities.” Journal of Adolescent Health (2015), 56(1), 59-65

C. Watkins, G. Lartey, G. Macy, & V. Golla. “Results of the CDC Health Scorecard Statewide Assessment.”   Accepted with revisions on September, to International Journal of Workplace Health Management.

Watkins, C., English, G., (2014). Moving the Worksite Health Promotion Profession Forward: Is The Time Right For Requiring Standards?  A Review of the Literature. Health Promotion Practice. 2015 Jan;16(1):20-7. doi: 10.1177/1524839914547759.

Watkins, C., Lartey, G., Macy, G., Golla, V. (2015) Kentucky Worksite Health Promotion 2014 Survey Results. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. Accepted September 21, 2015.

G. Macy, C. Watkins, G. Lartey & V. Golla.  “Depression in the Workplace: Results of the CDC Health Scorecard.”  Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.  Submitted October 15, 2015.

2013 - 2014 Publications

C Watkins, G Lartey, G Macy, V Golla. Kentucky Workplace Health Promotion 2014 Survey Results. Journal of Health Promotion Practice (Under Review, Manuscript ID: HPP-15-0021).

Duncan, D, Nicolson, T, White, J and Ellis-Griffith, G. A Brief History of Prohibition and Treatment Solutions for   Substance Abusers. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, Vol.   3, 2014, p. 186-199.

Watkins, C., English, G., (2014) Moving the worksite health promotion profession forward:  Is the time right for requiring standards? A review of the literature. Health   Promotion Practice 16 (1); 20-27.

Dawkins, E., Ellis-Griffith, G.E, Michimi, A., Peterson, T.L., Carter, D.M., English, G. M. (2013) Dental caries   among children visiting a mobile health clinic in South Central Kentucky: A pooled cross-sectional study. BMC Oral Health.

Ellis-Griffith, G.E, Michimi, A., English, G.M., Peterson, T.L. (2013) RedCap and rural health: An opportunity to enhance collaborative research and rural health care delivery. International Journal of Reliable and Quality E Healthcare.

Lanier, Mark, C. Thomas Farrell, Christiaan Bezuidenhout. “A Comparative Analysis of Human Trafficking Between the United States of America (USA) and the Republic of South Africa (RSA).” International Journal of Criminology and Sociology (2014), 3, 275-283

Lanier, Mark, C. Thomas Farrell. “A Mixed Methods Analysis of Human Trafficking.” Journal of Social Sciences   Research (2014), 3, 66-95

G. Macy, M. Noland, G. English, J. Bonaguro, C. Nagy &  G. Lartey.  “Life Is Cool: Introduction to Organ Donation and Transplantation.” Journal of Health Education Teaching Techniques: 2(2): 41-54.

R. Roka, A. Michimi, & G. Macy. “Body mass index and waist circumference as a predictor of hypertension in   U.S. adults: a comparative analysis by gender and race and ethnicity.”High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Prevention: 22(3): 265-273.DOI 10.1007/s40292-015-0106-3

G. Macy, D. Shearer, & C. Hanshaw. “Assessing Barriers to Provider Referrals to a Diabetes Education Program.” The Kentucky Nurse. July, August,   September, 2014: 5-6.

Macy J.B., Shearer D.L., Hanshaw C. (2014). Assessment of barriers associated with provider referrals to a diabetes education program. The Kentucky Nurse, 62(3): 5-6.

Michimi A. and Shearer D.L. (Manuscript development in progress) Osteoporosis rates among rural Kentucky men and women.

2012 - 2013 Publications

Vijay Golla, Brian Curwin, Wayne Sanderson, Marcia Nishioka. Pesticide Concentrations in Vacuum Dust from Farm Homes: Variation between Planting and Non-Planting seasons. ISRN Public Health Volume 2012, Article ID 539397, 10 pages; doi: 10.5402/2012/539397.

Nicholson, T, Duncan, D, White, J, and Stickle, F. Focusing on Abuse, Not Use, in Drug Education. The Journal of   Substance Use, Early Online, Fall 2012. P. 1-9.

Nicholson, T, Duncan, D, White, J, and   Watkins, C. Focusing on Addictive Disorders Rather Than Drug Use: A Proposed New Direction for Drug Policy. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, Vol. 19(4), August 2012, p. 303-308.

White, J, Duncan, D, Nicholson, T, Bradley, D, and Bonaguro, J. Generational Shift and Drug Abuse in the Older Americans. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, Vol, 5(1), 2012, p. 58-66.

English, G., (2013) Access to healthcare. Encyclopedia of School Health, edited by Wiley, D., Cory, A. Sage   Publications Los Angeles (18-19).

English, G., (2013) Risk behaviors: alcohol. Encyclopedia of School Health, edited by Wiley, D., Cory, A. Sage   Publications Los Angeles (493-498).

English, G., (2013) Risk behaviors: drug abuse. Encyclopedia of School Health, edited by Wiley, D., Cory, A. Sage Publications Los Angeles (498-503).

Boubakari, I., Hamisu, S., English, G.M., Anozie, C., Lartey, G.K., Getachew, D. (2012) Twins born over weekends:  Are they at risk for elevated infant mortality.  Archives of   Gynecology and Obstetrics. 286 (6), 1349-1355

G. Macy, C. Nagy, J. Bonaguro, G. English, M. Noland, & G. Lartey.  “Evaluation of the Life Is Cool Program.” Transplant Journal of Australasia.  Accepted December 22, 2013.

Nicholson, T. J., Duncan, D. F., White, J. B., Watkins, C. M.  A Proposed New Direction for Drug Policy. Drugs:   Education, Prevention and Policy. 2012; 19 (4):303-308

Ibrahimou, B., Hamisu, S., English, G., Anozie, C., Lartey, G. & Dagne, G. (2012). The risk of mortality among twins in weekend vs. weekday births: A population-based study. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 286,   1349-1355.

Lartey, G. & Balch, L. A. (2012). Test bank for Donatelle’s Access to Health (12 ed.). Boston: Benjamin Cummings.

Shearer D.L. and Li C. (Manuscript development in progress) Effectiveness of WAIT training: an abstinence-only education curriculum.

Shearer D.L. and Li C. (Manuscript development in progress) Influences on knowledge and attitudes as they   influence confidence about sexual abstinence.

Carlo W.A., Goudar S.S., Pasha, O., Chomba E., Wallander J.L., Biasini F.J., McClure E.M., Thorsten V., Chakraborty H., Wallace D., Shearer D.L., & Wright L.L (2013). Randomized trial of early developmental intervention on Outcomes in children after birth asphyxia in developing countries. The Journal of Pediatrics, 162(4): 705-712.

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