Elizabeth Evans, an assistant professor in the Community Health Education program, recently collaborated on a journal article appearing in the International Journal of Drug Policy. The paper examines the effect of additional substance use on the outcome of drug treatments for those who primarily use heroin, methamphetamines, or cocaine. The authors point out that there are currently few clinical guidelines available for substance use treatment that considers how multiple drug use impacts treatment, even though research shows high levels of reported polydrug use.
Four members of the Kinesiology department are personally making sure more women enter the field of science. Assistant Professor Julia Choi, joined by PhD students Dan Gregory, Gabriela Borin, and Jan Stenum, mentored local 8th graders to show young girls that science can be fun.
Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology Rachel Volberg is co-author of a recent report that examines problem gambling and addiction. In “Forms of gambling, gambling involvement, and problem gambling: evidence from a Swedish population survey” appearing in the current issue of the journal International Gambling Studies, Volberg and her co-authors examine four elements of problem gambling (PG): the type of game, frequency of gambling, the level of intensity (time and money spent) and the relationship between PG and the specific form of gambling.
Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to educating people on the ways in which the environment affects human health and well-being, has named Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg as one of its “20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health” recognizing her “exceptional levels of accomplishment in work that is rigorous, dynamic and builds critical knowledge.”
Researchers from Environmental Health Sciences are teaming up with two other campus departments, recruiting current Volkswagen owners (or lease holders) to participate in a paid research study.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted the next event in its Dean's Symposia Series, “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Justice Reform,” on Wednesday, September 27, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Campus Center Room 904. The event examined the public health impacts of mass incarceration with a focus on women. Andrea James, the founder and executive director of Families for Justice as Healing, provided the keynote address.
Researchers in the Kinesiology department are seeking men age 41-60 to participate in a study to measure walking steps during treadmill exercise and during activities performed in daily life.
A new pilot program offering students, faculty and staff the opportunity to study the public health system in Cuba has been suspended following an assessment by the International Programs Office (IPO) of the impact of Hurricane Irma on the island.
Professor of Epidemiology Susan Hankinson has received a five-year, $4.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to build upon and advance her research group’s earlier work to identify and validate hormonal markers to better predict the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
As Massachusetts prepares to begin sales of recreational marijuana in 2018, researchers in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy, in collaboration with the UMass Donahue Institute and staff at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), have begun a one-year baseline study to assess the level of marijuana use before legal, recreational sales go into effect.