76 scholars from COPH present at USF Health Research Day 2018

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Covering everything from alcohol use and risky sexual behavior to infection with Zika, 76 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students from the USF College of Public Health presented posters summarizing their scholarly work at this year’s USF Health Research Day, held in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom on February 23.

Overall 391 posters—a record number—were exhibited at the annual event, now in its 28th year. A total of 115 students and faculty affiliated with COPH participated.

Presenters heralded from all COPH disciplines—global health, health policy and management, epidemiology and biostatistics, community and family health and environmental and occupational health. Seventeen students within the Sunshine Education and Research Center also presented posters.

Interdisciplinary teams of COPH faculty judged the posters.

Community and family health student Oluwatosin Aljisope stands with her poster, Women’s and Men’s Perspectives on Contraception: Results From a Qualitative Study. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Kent)

“This is my first time participating in research day,” said Virginia Liddell, a second-year MPH student in community and family health. Her poster, Classification Tree Analysis to Identify at Risk Population for Low Colorectal Cancer Screening Status in Florida, was one of 11 COPH award winners. “It’s been exciting seeing everyone’s research, seeing what they’re passionate about and getting an opportunity to really interact with my classmates on a level we can’t in the classroom because we’re focusing on academic things. Doing this has opened my eyes to the kind of research out there and maybe to some projects I’d love to be involved with in the future.”

Caitlin Wolfe, a global health doctoral candidate, was one of three COPH students giving an oral presentation at the event. Her research revolved around methodologies to combat schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease carried by snails, in Senegal. Having identified the vegetation where these snails live, her next step is using satellite imagery and remote sensing to find out where the snails actually are.

“We’re using these remote sensing techniques to hopefully eliminate this disease instead of just controlling it,” she said.

 

Theresa Nguyen’s poster on the opioid epidemic sparked discussion. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Kent)

Other COPH presenters included:

Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Evan Hegarty: Mediator/Moderator Analysis of Latino STYLE: Parent-Child Communication and Other Factors Influencing the Efficacy of a Randomized, Controlled Trial of an Adolescent HIV Intervention

Krys M. Johnson: Meet the People Where They Are: A Qualitative Study of Factors Affecting Chronic Disease in Tampa Women

Kenneth Taylor, a doctoral student in epidemiology and biostatistics, won an award for his poster looking at the association between poor sleep and low back pain. Taylor hopes to have the research published in the journal Pain. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Kent)

Best College of Public Health poster presentations award winners included:

Community and Family Health
Mosadoluwa Afoiabi: An Association between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Bullying Behaviors Among Adolescents in the United States: Results from 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH)

Alexis Barr: Factors Associated With Breastfeeding Duration: Positive Association of a Breastfeeding Supportive Social Environment

Marlene Bewa: Association Between Children’s Autism Status, Severity and Maternal Mental or Emotional Health?

Linda Bomboka: Exploring Reproductive Health of Congolese Refugees Through the Perspectives of Providers, Caregivers, and Community Advocates in Tampa Bay, Florida

Virginia Liddell: Classification Tree Analysis to Identify at Risk Population for Low Colorectal Cancer Screening Status in Florida

Yingwei Yang: Exploration of Factors Associated with Perceptions of Community Safety Among Youth in Hillsborough County, Florida: The Research Plan for a Convergent Mixed-Methods Study

Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Evan Hegarty: Mediator/Moderator Analysis of Latino STYLE: Parent-Child Communication and Other Factors Influencing the Efficacy of a Randomized, Controlled Trial of an Adolescent HIV Intervention
Kenneth Taylor: The Association Between Poor Sleep and Chronic Low Back Pain: An Analysis of 2012 National Health Interview Survey Data

Environmental and Occupational Health
Nisha Vijayakumar: Concentrations of Phthalates in Dust in Day Care Centers Around Tampa Bay

DrPH
Jessica Berumen: Use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A.R.T.) in Specialized Military Population

Undergraduate
Rumour Piepenbrink: Young Adult Women’s Relationship Status and HPV Risk Perceptions: A Barrier to HPV Vaccination?

“I love posters for their ability to help students boil down their ideas into simple stories,” said Dr. Zachary Pruitt, a first-time Research Day poster judge and a health policy and management assistant professor. “I like seeing all these fresh ideas and seeing how much students can learn over time.”

In addition, Dr. Marlene Joannie Bewa, who co-presented the poster Mobile-App Development and Usability Research to Improve Patient-Centered Effective Communication with an interdisciplinary team of other USF Health students, received the first Lisa DeSafey Jaap Memorial Award in Patient-Center Health Care and Communications.

Some COPH poster presenters at the USF Health Research Day 2018. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Kent)

Story by Donna Campisano, USF College of Public Health

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