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Public Health investigators awarded more than $26k in women’s health seed grants

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Four USF College of Public Health researchers are recipients of seed grants from the USF Health Office of Women’s Health. They include Ellen M. Daley, PhD, Linda A. Detman, PhD, Russell Kirby, PhD, MS, and Cheryl A. Vamos, PhD, MPH.

“The intent of the grant offering is to develop faculty research collaboration across USF Health and other USF colleges on a subject related to women’s health,” said Catherine M. Lynch, MD, associate vice president for Women’s Health and Faculty Development.

The six awards funded for May 1-April 30 total $50,000. Public Health investigative teams will explore the following topics:

$9,593 Formative Development of an Oral Health Literacy Instrument among Pregnant Patients

  • Cheryl A. Vamos, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, College of Public Health
  • Judette Louis, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Morsani  College of Medicine
  • Rasheet Chandler, PhD, MS, ARNP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • Ellen M. Daley, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Public Health
  • Linda A. Detman, PhD, Research Associate, College of Public Health

$10,696 A Pilot Study of postpartum weight loss in obese women using a sleep intervention in a group prenatal care setting

  • Jessica Brumley, CNM, PhD, Instructor, Morsani  College of Medicine
  • Cheryl A. Vamos, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor, College of Public Health
  • Marilyn Stern, PhD, Professor, College of Behavioral and Community Science
  • Judette Louis, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Morsani  College of Medicine
  • Mary Ashley Cain, MD, Fellow/Instructor,Morsani  College of Medicine

$6,350 Maternal Health among mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder:  The effect of PCIT on reducing maternal stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression

  • Heather Agazzi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Morsani  College of Medicine
  • Julia Ogg, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Education
  • Kathleen Armstrong, PhD, Professor, Morsani  College of Medicine
  • Russell Kirby, PhD, MS, Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair, College of Public Health

Other funded projects include “Assessment of Cancer Patients’ Satisfaction and Experience with Fertility Preservation”, “Knee Biomechanics and Muscle Activation Patterns during Gait in Female Dancers”, and Quantitative analysis of core performance following autologous breast reconstruction.

Drs. Ellen Daley, Linda Detman, Russell Kirby, and Cheryl Vamos have faculty appointments in the Department of Community and Family Health. The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well as several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs.

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