PHRM 2016 poster winners pose with Dean Clark and Jay S. Magaziner, chair of the UM SOM's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

April 8, 2016

On April 5, the School of Public Health hosted more than 550 attendees at the fourth annual Public Health Research @ Maryland day, held at the Stamp Student Union. At this year’s event, where the theme was From Community Engagement to Population Health, welcoming remarks were provided by University of Maryland School of Public Health Dean Jane Clark, University of Maryland Provost Mary Ann Rankin and Jay S. Magaziner, chair and professor of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.  

More than one hundred researchers from schools and colleges at University of Maryland campuses, as well as scholars from other universities and outside organizations, submitted over 90 posters this year. Volunteer judges with expertise in the relevant research category selected winners after hearing student presentations of the posters. Awards were given to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level presenters.

First place winners and honorable mentions represented a diverse range of public health issues. Elena Tran, undergraduate poster first place winner, presented on the importance of field study protocols in the context of interviews and data collection. The pilot process designed in her team’s study will allow for improved data collection in the future.

In the master’s student category, epidemiology and public health (from the University of Maryland School of Medicine) student Katharine Campbell’s first place poster examined the association between television usage and physical activity by using ecological momentary assessment. Campbell and her colleagues at UM SOM found that having a television in the home is associated with lower physical activity in low-income mothers with toddlers.

There were two first place winners in the doctoral student category. Lily Fountain, a student in the UMD School of Education, explored knowledge, critical thinking, interest, and relational reasoning in maternity nurses. UMD kinesiology student Theresa Smith investigated the effects of a 12-week treadmill walking intervention on resting state brain networks in healthy elders and those with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Findings from her research indicate how physical activity may delay onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Congratulations to all the poster winners and thanks to the judges for their contributions to another successful Public Health Research@ Maryland day.

Undergraduate Student Winners

Honorable Mention: 

Joselin Bravo, UMD SPH Public Health Science

Title: Knocking Down Walls and Forming Bridges: Identifying barriers and facilitators of System of Care expansion for children, youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbances and their families

1st Place:

Elena Tran, UMD Behavioral and Community Health

Title: Pilot Strategies used in Performance Improvement in Physician Practices Research to Enhance Field Study Protocols

Master’s Student Winners

Honorable Mentions:

Elizabeth Bell, UMD Kinesiology

Title: Limb strength and limb initiation during a step forward to upright standing task

India James (UMD Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Diamond Greene (UMD Family Science), McAllister Ebgire-Molen (UMD), Amanda Pumphrey (UMD Behavioral and Community Health), & Lucianna Assidi-Meytin (UMD Behavioral and Community Health), Parikh, Priya (UMD-SPH Behavioral and Community Health)

Title: Utilizing Black barbershops and salons to conduct a family health history intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening among African Americans

1st Place:

Katherine Campbell (UM SOM Epidemiology and Public Health)

Title: An ecological momentary assessment study examining the association between television usage and physical activity among low-income mothers of toddlers

Doctoral Student Winners

Honorable Mentions:

Daisy Le (UMD Behavioral and Community Health)

Title: WMN4HLTH: Development of a Spiritually-Based SMS Text Messaging Pilot Intervention to Increase Cervical Cancer Awareness and Pap Test Screening Intention among African American Women

Jennifer Guida (UMD Epidemiology and Biostatistics)

Title: Variations of clinical characteristics and breast cancer risk factors by tumor subtype in a south-east Asian population

1st Place (tied):

Lily Fountain (UMD College of Education, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology)

Title: Improving Maternal Child Health through Improved Prediction of Critical Thinking in Maternity Nurses

Theresa Smith (UMD Kinesiology)

Title: Individuals with MCI exhibit stronger posterior functional connectivity than healthy elders after a 12-week walking intervention

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Public Health Research@Maryland 2016 Posters

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