Faculty Research Interests

Our faculty's research interests include air pollution, environmental and occupational health, cancer, HIV/AIDS prevention, disease ecology, Bayesian inference, statistical methods for observational studies in population health, epigenetics, social determinants of health, health equity, women's health, healthcare quality metrics and tobacco control.

Photo Name Research Interests
Olorunfemi Adetona, PhD Olorunfemi Adetona, PhD
Assistant Professor

Air Pollution, Environmental and Occupational Health, Inhalation Toxicology, Molecular Epidemiology, Environmental Risk Assessment

Sarah E. Anderson, PhD Sarah E. Anderson, PhD

understanding psychosocial influences on children's growth and development with a particular focus on childhood obesity prevention

Rebecca Andridge, PhD Rebecca Andridge, PhD
Associate Professor

Developing and evaluating statistical methods for handling missing data and for group-randomized trials

Kellie J. Archer, PhD Kellie J. Archer, PhD
Chair and Professor
  • Statistical methods for the analysis of data from high-throughput genomic assays
  • Discrete and ordinal response modeling
  • Mixture cure models
  • Statistical computing
  • Supervised learning and data mining
Micah Berman, JD Micah Berman, JD
Associate Professor; Joint Appointment, College of Law

Tobacco control and prevention; the intersection between public health research and legal doctrine

Philip Binkley, MPH, MD Philip Binkley, MPH, MD
Michael Bisesi, PhD Michael Bisesi, PhD
Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor; Interim Chair

assessment (monitoring) of human exposure to and control of toxic and infectious agents; applied environmental toxicology and microbiology; and hazardous material/emergency incident recognition/response

Karen Dannemiller, PhD Karen Dannemiller, PhD
Assistant Professor
  • Integration of engineering with microbiology to address emerging health challenges and environmental concerns
  • Phylogenetics, metagenomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics
Macarius Donneyong, PhD, MPH Macarius Donneyong, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
  • Drug-drug interactions
  • The role of the social determinants of health factors on the effectiveness of prescribed medications
  • Medication outcomes among racial/ethnic minorities
Amy L. Fairchild, PhD, MPH Amy L. Fairchild, PhD, MPH
Dean and Professor, College of Public Health

Immigrant Health Inspection, Disease Control, Disease Surveillance and Privacy, Public Health Issues, Tobacco Control

Ashley Felix, PhD Ashley Felix, PhD
Associate Professor

Cancer epidemiology; women’s health; racial disparities; molecular epidemiology; screening and early detection

Amy Ferketich, PhD Amy Ferketich, PhD

tobacco control: smoking cessation, tobacco use surveillance, tobacco policy, and tobacco regulatory science

Maria Gallo, PhD Maria Gallo, PhD
Interim Chair and Professor, Epidemiology
Randall Harris, MD, PhD Randall Harris, MD, PhD
Jennifer Hefner, PhD Jennifer Hefner, PhD
Assistant Professor

management practices, healthcare quality metrics, clinical informatics

Armando Hoet, PhD, DVM Armando Hoet, PhD, DVM
Associate Professor
C. Tory H. Hogan, PhD C. Tory Harper Hogan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Darryl B. Hood, PhD Darryl B. Hood, PhD
Associate Professor

Inhalation Toxicology (prenatal exposure models autism), Developmental neurobiology (somatosensory cortex), Behavioral neurobiology (development of structure-specific paradigms), Environmental and biochemical toxicology (Nitroxides, PAH’s), Dispersion modeling of PAH’s in environmental justice communities, Structural biology, protein structure and function, Environmental-exposure health assessment questionnaire development, Modeling exposures across lifetime using public health exposome approach

Ayaz Hyder, PhD Ayaz Hyder, PhD
Assistant Professor, Affiliated Faculty, Translational Data Analytics

Systems Science, Agent-Based Modeling, Birth Outcomes/Infant Mortality, Environmental Epidemiology, Air Pollution, Citizen Science, Opioid epidemic, Food insecurity, Smart Cities, Health Economics

Mira Katz, PhD Mira Katz, PhD

reducing cancer disparities among minority and underserved populations

Gail Kaye, PhD Gail Kaye, PhD
Associate Professor, Clinical Public Health, Director, Undergraduate Programs

childhood obesity prevention, creating healthy food environments, nutrition policies that foster healthy food environments, community based nutrition interventions

Eben Kenah, PhD Eben Kenah, PhD
Associate Professor

Survival analysis, Epidemiologic methods, Stochastic processes, Phylogenetics and causal inference

Liz Klein, PhD, MPH Liz Klein, PhD, MPH
Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Tobacco control; primary prevention of chronic disease; social determinants of health, Policy, systems and environmental change; primary prevention; public health evaluation

Kathryn Lancaster, PhD, MPH Kathryn Lancaster, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor

design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral and multilevel interventions to reduce substance use and engage those living with HIV/HCV into the continuum of care

Current funded research:

  • Principal Investigator, K01 DA048174: The role of injection partnerships and preferences for reducing HCV risk: Giving a voice to young women in rural Appalachia
  • Administrative Principal Investigator; MPIs: Korthuis/Young, 1U01TR002631: Peer-based Retention Of people who Use Drugs in Rural Research (PROUD-R2)
  • Co-Investigator, MPIs: Go/Miller; R01DA047876: Scaling up HPTN 074: A Cluster Randomized Implementation Trial of an Evidence-Based Intervention for Antiretroviral Therapy for PWID in Vietnam
  • Co-Investigator, PI: Bunger; R34DA046913: Collaborating to implement cross-system interventions in child welfare and substance use
Jiyoung Lee, PhD Jiyoung Lee, PhD

- Cyanotoxin exposure and health risks,
- Cyanobacteria, cyanophage, and toxin ecology,
- Microbiome & resistome in environments and hosts,
- Food-water-climate nexus & emerging infectious diseases,
- Zoonotic pathogens: transmission dynamics between domains and human health,
- Sustainable intervention of pathogen and antibiotic resistance spread,
- Linkage between public health and ecosystem health,
- Urban water microbiology,
- Microbial source tracking

Stanley Lemeshow, PhD Stanley Lemeshow, PhD

Genetics of PTEN in Cowden and related syndromes and familial cancer, genetic alterations in the epithelial and stromal compartment of prostate adenocarcinomas,, innate immunity: elucidation and modulation cancer therapy, genetics of PTEN and molecular-based patient care, reducing cervical cancer in Appalachia, breast cancer prevention through nutrition, stress, aging and wound healing

Teresa Long, MD, MPH Teresa Long, MD, MPH
Special Advisor - Community Engagement and Partnership
Bo Lu, PhD Bo Lu, PhD

Causal Inference, Observational Study, Propensity Score Adjustment with complex designs, Optimal Matching, Survey sampling methodology, Small Area Estimation, Large population survey analysis, Statistical methods for observational studies in population health, health outcome research and social sciences

William C. Miller, MD, PhD, MPH William C. Miller, MD, PhD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean of Research and Professor
Julianna Nemeth, PhD, MA Julianna Nemeth, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor

Health Equity,
Trauma-informed Health Behavior Intervention Development,
Vulnerable, Traumatized Populations (Sexual & Domestic Violence Survivors, Homeless Youth),
Tobacco Control & Cessation,
Intersection of Violence Exposure, Mental Health, Brain Injury & Substance Use,
Community-Engaged Evaluation & Research

Andy Ai Ni, PhD Andy Ai Ni, PhD
Assistant Professor

High-dimensional variable selection with survival outcomes, Individualized treatment regimen estimation with survival outcomes; Outcome-dependent sampling designs; High-dimensional variable selection with measurement error

Alison Norris, MD, PhD Alison Norris, MD, PhD
Associate Professor; Joint Appointment, College of Medicine/Infectious Diseases

sexual and reproductive health with a goal of preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and improving reproductive outcomes for women and men

James Odei, PhD James Odei, PhD
Assistant Professor - Clinical

Spatial, Temporal, and Spatio-Temporal Statistics,
Environmental and Ecological Statistics,
Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling,
Statistical Data Visualization,
Infectious Diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, etc.),
Environmental Epidemiology,
Statistical methods for observational studies in population health, health outcome research and social sciences,
Behavioral Medicine and Psychology,
Breast Cancer Prevention

Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor - Clinical, Co-Director Public Health Honors Program

My research focuses on using epidemiologic and animal models to investigate how cancer risk is modified by lifestyle. I am particularly interested in the effects of environmental exposures and dietary modifications on cancer risk. More specifically, I am interested in how early life exposures to these factors impacts adult cancer risk. My research uses population-based studies and animal models with the goal of moving between these two disciplines. Much of my research has focused on the impact of early nutrition and obesity on adult cancer risk, specifically breast and colon cancer. Another area of my research is on the impact of childhood secondhand smoke exposure on adult cancer risk and nicotine dependence. More recently, we have started research focusing on how occupational exposures among firefighters impacts cancer risk.

Tasleem Padamsee, PhD Tasleem Padamsee, PhD
Assistant Professor

Breast cancer prevention
U.S. health policy
Health care institutions
Health disparities
Women's health
Comparative health politics
Qualitative research methods
Comparative and historical research methods

Efthimios Parasidis, JD Efthimios Parasidis, JD
  • Bioethics
  • Food Law
  • Health Law
  • Public Health
Electra D. Paskett, PhD Electra D. Paskett, PhD
Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine

Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Uterine Cervical Cancer, Adenoma, Polyps, Lymphedema, Fatigue, Endometrial Cancer

Michael Pennell, PhD Michael Pennell, PhD
Associate Professor

Design and analysis of group randomized trials, first hitting time models for survival analysis, Bayesian nonparametrics, toxicological risk assessment

Laura Pomeroy, PhD Laura Pomeroy, PhD
Assistant Professor

Disease ecology, modeling infectious diseases, phylogenetics

Paul L. Reiter, PhD, MPH Paul L. Reiter, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Colorectal Cancer, Cancer, Uterine Cervical Cancer, Anus Cancer, Papillomavirus Infections, Mouth Cancer, Condylomata Acuminata, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome

Grzegorz A. Rempala, PhD Grzegorz A. Rempala, PhD

Complex Stochastic Systems Theory, Molecular Biosystems Modeling, Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Epidemiology and in Genomics

JaNelle Ricks, DrPH, MPA JaNelle Ricks, DrPH, MPA
Assistant Professor

sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, health disparities, social determinants, adolescent health, sexual and gender minority health, program evaluation

Julie Robbins, PhD Julie Robbins, PhD
Associate Professor - Clinical, MHA Program Director

best practices for improving quality in healthcare delivery, including:  electronic health record implementation, patient safety, and strategic human resource management

Megan E. Roberts, PhD Megan E. Roberts, PhD
Assistant Professor

adolescent and young adult health, health disparities, and tobacco use

Elisabeth Dowling Root, PhD Elisabeth Dowling Root, PhD
Associate Professor
  • Health and medical geography
  • Population geography
  • Disease ecology
  • Spatial statistics
  • Spatial epidemiology
Patrick Schnell, PhD Patrick Schnell, PhD
Assistant Professor

Bayesian inference, clinical trials, treatment effect heterogeneity, simultaneous inference, and complex diseases.

Judith Schwartzbaum, PhD Judith Schwartzbaum, PhD
Associate Professor
Sharon Schweikhart, PhD Sharon Schweikhart, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Chair
Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, PhD, MPH Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Reproductive Justice, social determinants of health, adverse birth outcomes, minority health, epidemiology methods

Eric Seiber, PhD Eric Seiber, PhD
Professor; Director of the Center for HOPES
Abigail Shoben, PhD Abigail Shoben, PhD
Associate Professor

Group sequential methods, longitudinal data, epidemiologic applications, clinical trials

Chi (Chuck) Song, PhD Chi (Chuck) Song, PhD
Assistant Professor

Developing methods for statistical genetics and genomics and methods for meta-analysis or integrative analysis of high-throughput data

Min-Ae Song, PhD Min-Ae Song, PhD
Assistant Professor

Epigenetics, Biomarkers of Exposure, Biomarkers of effects, Cancer Risk Factors, Gene-Environment Interactions, Molecular Epidemiology, Tobacco, Cancer Prevention, Cancer, Molecular Carcinogenesis, and Multi-Omics Data

Kurt Stevenson, MPH, MD Kurt Stevenson, MPH, MD
Qinghua Sun, MD, PhD Qinghua Sun, MD, PhD
Assistant Dean for Global Public Health and Professor

1. Effects of particulate air pollution and tobacco smoke on human health, especially pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and obesity
2. Exercise and diet intervention on cardiovascular function and disease development
3. Climate change/global warming on major human diseases

Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH
Assistant Professor - Clinical, Director, Center for Public Health Practice, Director, Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals

population health planning through integration of health care and public health, with a focus on social and physical environments and their impact on health status

Christopher M. Weghorst, PhD Christopher M. Weghorst, PhD

Molecular mechanisms of oral carcinogenesis and prevention

Mark H. Weir, PhD Mark H. Weir, PhD
Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer - College of Medicine, Griffith University, Core Faculty - OSU Sustainability Institute, Director - Ecology Epidemiology and Population Health Program, Infectious Disease Institute

QMRA – quantitative microbial risk assessment
Complex systems modeling and analytics
Health effect optimization through environmental and engineering controls
Water treatment technology and policy
Uncertainty in decision analyses 

Jeffrey J. Wing, PhD Jeffrey Wing, PhD
Assistant Professor

Cerebrovascular disease; health disparties; prognostic models; epidemiologic methods

Wendy Yi Xu, PhD Wendy Yi Xu, PhD
Associate Professor

Health care and spending for vulnerable populations