The following are active research projects led by School of Public Health faculty members. You can also view the Research Grants Archive for information on past projects.

Principal Investigator(s): 
Beck, Kenneth
Sponsor: STMD - Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (via U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration)
The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in partnership with the National Study Center, University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) conducts an evaluation of the State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort (SPIDRE). Specifically,...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Clark, Pamela I.
Sponsor: NIH - NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
The Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science for Research Relevant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act will characterize a variety of nicotine/tobacco products and the impact of variations in those products on human behavior and exposure. The project will study three specific...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Hagberg, James M.
Sponsor: NIH - NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
The Summer Training and Research (STAR) program provides underrepresented undergraduate students with two consecutive 10-wk summer research and career development programs to enhance their potential to apply for and complete graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Hagberg, James M.; Nickerson, Kim J.
Sponsor: NIH - NIA (National Institute on Aging)
The University of Maryland School of Public Health proposes to implement an Aging, Diversity, and Professional Training (ADAPT) Program to provide underrepresented undergraduate students with two consecutive years of research and career development training to enhance their potential to apply for...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Hongjie Liu, Ph.D.
Sponsor: University of Maryland-Baltimore
Dr. Hongjie Liu uses the Social Ecologic Model to explore individual, network, and environmental factors that determine engagement in HIV treatment and the HIV prevention cascade as well as to inform study design and questionnaire development. Dr. Liu provides input on the study manual, helps to...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Julia R. Steinberg
Sponsor: NIH-National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Sixty-eight percent of pregnancies among women ages 18-24 are unintended, and approximately one quarter of U.S. women in this age group have had a depressive episode in the past year. Much research at the intersection of psychology and reproductive health has focused on depression as an outcome of...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Luisa Franzini
Sponsor: University of Texas - Health Science Center at Houston
The University of Maryland School of Public Health (UMCP-SPH) will be responsible for the methods, design, and supervision of data analyses on the “Improving the identification of quality and value in newborn care in Texas”. The UMCP-SPH will design the analyses and interpret the data. Dr. Franzini...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Mei-Ling Ting Lee, Ph.D.
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology has brought revolutionary per-base resolution to a variety of genome-wide analysis, including analyses for gene expression, methylation, fusion gene, mutation and copy number variation. Although the experimental cost continues to drop rapidly, the high...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Norman B. Epstein
Sponsor: Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Clinical evidence suggests Service Members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who participate in the Service Dog Training Program (SDTP) have improved physical and psychological outcomes, including improved relationships with their significant others and children. Trainers teach Service...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Olivia Denise Carter-Pokras, Ph.D.
Sponsor: University of Maryland, Baltimore (via NIH - AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality))
Patient activation (PA) refers to person’s ability and willingness to manage his or her health. PA promotes patients’ healthy behaviors and better health outcomes, yet patients’ continuous engagement is critical to achieve these potential health gains. The long term goal of this project is to: (1)...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Ross Herbert Miller
Sponsor: Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Individuals with a traumatic lower limb amputation to one limb (e.g. soldiers with blast injuries) have a greater risk of developing knee osteoarthritis (OA) in their intact limb, compared to their amputated limb or to the general non-amputee population. The sources of this disparity in knee OA...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Sapkota, Amy R.
Sponsor: NIH - NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
This project is funded as part of the grant Rapid Response Characterization of New and Manipulated Tobacco Products awarded to Dr. Pamela I Clark to create the University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (UMD TCORS). This research center is focused on the study of a wide range of...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Sapkota, Amy Rebecca
Sponsor: NIH - NCI (National Cancer Institute)
This project will characterize combustible and non-combustible, conventional, new and manipulated nicotine/tobacco products and the impact of variations in those products on human behavior and exposure. The focus of the project is the products and resulting human use behaviors and exposures,...