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Faculty news and publications: Fall 2021

Faculty publications

Gaberiel Jones, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, contributed to an article published in PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation.  In the article, “Advocacy for the prevention and reduction of firearm-related injuries,” they describe several root causes of firearm-related injuries, how firearm-related injuries affect physiatric practice, and opportunities to advocate for firearm-related injury prevention. Read more: https://doi.org/10.1002/pmrj.12696

Qi Zheng, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, collaborated on an article published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics titled, “Telepractice in pediatric speech-language therapy: prosodic and lexical characteristics of patient, provider and caregiver speech.” The study examined the effect of telepractice on characteristics of the provider, caregiver, and child speech during clinician-directed auditory rehabilitation. The results suggest that the provider and the children modify characteristics of their speech as a result of the transmission degradation of speech signal due to telepractice. Read more: https://asa.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1121/2.0001395


HMSS Chair Selected for AHRQ Healthcare Research Training Study Section

-Christopher Johnson, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences, will serve as a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthcare Research Training (HCRT) Study Section. The 25-member panel meets quarterly to review applications requesting support for health services research training and career development; research infrastructure applications, demonstrations, and evaluations in topics spanning the entire spectrum of health services research; and review applications submitted through the National Research Service Awards. Review applications requesting support for health services research training and career development

- Research infrastructure applications, demonstrations, and evaluations in topics spanning the entire spectrum of health services research.
- Review applications submitted through the National Research Service Awards.


HMSS researchers bring together network of universities to transform medication and vaccines delivery

With a goal of transforming how medications and vaccines are delivered in the United States over the next decade, researchers in the University of Louisville Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT), a National Science Foundation-funded research center, in collaboration with UofL’s Frazier Polypharmacy Program, announced that 38 universities have joined the RAPID Alliance Medications 360 Study. Read more


Drs. Combs and LaJoie receive NIH Funding

Dept. of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences faculty Ryan Combs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, and Scott LaJoie, Ph.D. Associate Professor, are recipients of a $253,183 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences. This grant, which is special supplementary funding to an IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant (PI: Martha Bickford, Ph.D., Professor, UofL School of Medicine), will be used to understand vaccine acceptability among sexual and gender minorities and develop a decision aid to support the information needs of the LGBTQ population. Using survey and focus group methods, and following accepted international standards for decision aid development, the team will develop a tailored decision aid to reduce vaccine decisional conflict and improve vaccine acceptance. Drs. Combs and LaJoie are Primary Investigators on the project and their team is currently collecting data. Learn more

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