Corey Michelson, Kinesiology, won first place in the undergraduate category

April 11, 2017

On April 6, 2017, the School of Public Health hosted around 400 attendees at the fifth annual Public Health Research @ Maryland day.

Posters were submitted by more than 100 researchers from many campuses around the region and across the country, together with research partners from federal, state and local organizations and private and NGO research groups. A few of the many participating universities and institutions include George Washington, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, University of Texas, UCLA, and the University of British Columbia, along with The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Truth Initiative, Eco-Healthy Child Care®, and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level presenters received awards.

Undergraduate Winners

1st Place: Corey Michelson, UMD SPH Kinesiology

Title: The Effects of Acute Exercise on Executive Function in Older Adults

The study examines the protective effects of exercise on cognitive decreases associated with aging, as well as exercise’s potential to enhance cognitive performance and executive functions.

Undergraduate honorable mentions:

Rachel Knobel, UMD SPH Kinesiology

Title: Mechanisms of Increasing Running Speeds with Different Foot Strike Patterns

The research aim of this project is to better understand how humans accomplish the basic locomotor task of increasing their running speed from slow to fast while using different foot strike patterns. 

Abigail Myers, UMD CMNS Neurobiology and Physiology

Title: Process and Challenges of Needs Assessment in the Rural Community of Compone, Peru

In order to develop future interventions, UMD Public Health Without Borders conducted a needs assessment in Compone in January 2017. 

Maria Ayoub, UMD SPH Kinesiology

Title: Changes in motor performance, mental workload, and self-efficacy as a function of the level of difficulty during learning a novel reaching task

The aim of this study was to determine the effect of different levels of task difficulty on the cognitive-motor processes underlying the learning of a new sensorimotor mapping during a novel reaching task. 

Master’s Student Winners

1st place: Melissa DeSantiago, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

Title: Bridging the Gap: Raising Environmental Health Awareness Among Spanish-Speaking Childcare Providers to Reduce Children’s Exposures to Indoor Environmental Contaminants in Child Care Settings

The objective of this study is foster awareness of environmental hazards in childcare settings, particularly in low-income, Spanish-speaking communities. The project supports the expansion of Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC), a training program to Spanish-speaking child care professionals.

Master’s honorable mentions:

Constance Raab, UMD SPH Behavioral and Community Health

Title: Pilot Testing a Patient/Family Advisory Process for Hospital Programs for Seniors

The project examined the value and feasibility of developing a patient and family advisory process concerning health care services for seniors provided by a local hospital. 

Khondaker Bhaskar, UMB School of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Program

Title: Factors Associated with Turnover in Long-term Care Workers

Using data from a worksite health promotion study, researchers determined what personal (e.g., demographics), community (e.g., social support), and organizational factors (e.g., job satisfaction) at baseline were associated with turnover at 18 months. 

Elizabeth Bell, UMD SPH Kinesiology

Title: Muscular Fatigue Influences Motor Synergies During Push-Ups

We investigated whether humans adjust individual limb forces (push-up synergies) as they reached volitional fatigue and evaluated the hypothesis that muscular fatigue influences synergistic actions between the forces produced at the hand contact points.

Doctoral Student Winners

1st Place: Dina Huang, UMD SPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Title: Outdoor and Indoor Play Predictors in Washington DC Metropolitan Children

Previous studies have examined the association between children’s physical activity(PA) and built environment. However, few studies concentrated on demographics as predictors of children’s PA and the results were inconsistent. This study will examine predictors (gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status) of frequency of outdoor and indoor PA among children in the Built Environment and Active Play(BEAP) Study. 

Doctoral honorable mentions:

Zahra Saboori, UMD SPH Behavioral and Community Health

Title: An Assessment of Attitudes and Beliefs Towards Community Health Worker Intervention Models at a Rural Health Clinic in Southern Maryland

Rural populations experience greater health disparities than their urban counterparts, partly due to shortages in healthcare professionals and barriers to healthcare access. The objective of this study is to determine the feasibility of implementing a community health worker intervention model at a rural health clinic in Charles, County, Maryland. 

Ashley Pantaleao, UMD SPH Family Science

Title: Couples’ Shared Risk Factors of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Health Outcomes: Abused Women’s Perspectives

The objective of this study was to extend our understanding of couple-based risk factors and the relational and social contexts that contribute to increasing women’s risk for intimate partner violence (IPV) and STI/HIV infection in steady partnerships. 
Priscilla Novak, UMD SPH Health Services Administration

Title: Antidepressant use and costs among low-education and low income people with serious psychological distress 2008-2014

The goal of this study is to assess the likelihood of purchasing antidepressants, number of antidepressants purchased, and out-of-pocket (OOP) and total spending on antidepressants among people living with serious psychological distress (SPD) from 2008 through 2014. 




Related Links

Public Health Research @ Maryland 2017: Action for Health Equity

PHR@M Highlights on Storify

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