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): 
Aldoory, Linda
Sponsor: Atlantic General Hospital
The Horowitz Center for Health Literacy will be collaborating with Atlantic General Hospital in developing health literacy standards and integrated K-8 curriculum options for Worchester County Public Schools. This project consists of designing implementation strategies and activities for the school...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Amelia Arria
Sponsor: NIH-National Institute on Drug Abuse
Alcohol, tobacco, nonmedical prescription drug use, and illicit drug use and related problems, which can have major consequences for personal health and safety. The focus of this application is on a potentially new risk factor for problematic ATOD use, namely, energy drinks. Energy drinks and shots...
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): 
Brit Irene Saksvig, Ph.D.
Sponsor: NIH - NIMHD (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities)
Building on the work of the Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes, the project team conducts 18 focus groups with African American/Black male residents of Washington, DC from three categories: young men age 15-24 years; men age 25-35 years of age; and men 36 years and older...
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): 
Donald Milton
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation
UMCP investigators will identify exposome signatures (biomarkers) of a person working in a lab and using ferrets by analysis of blood, hair, skin and nasal swabs, and exhaled breath particles. Signatures will include an antibody profile against rare avian influenza indicative of vaccination rather...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
In 2016, Dr. Carter-Pokras was awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant titled, “The Patient Voice in Cultural Diversity Training for Patient Centered Outcomes Researchers.” Given the lack of systematic development and evaluation of curricula involving chronic pain...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Gentili, Rodolphe J.
Sponsor: Henry M. Jackson Foundation
The objective of this study is 1) to evaluate cognitive load and gait biomechanical responses of Service Members while walking in simulated real-world virtual environments that involve physical demands, such as walking up and down hills while simultaneously performing mental operations, such as...
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): 
Holt, Cheryl L.
Sponsor: NIH - NCI (National Cancer Institute)
The aim of this project is to determine an optimal implementation strategy using a set of evidence-based interventions that aim to increase early detection of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer among African Americans. The project compares two approaches to peer Community Health Advisor...
Principal Investigator(s): 
Holt, Cheryl L.
Sponsor: NIH - NCI (National Cancer Institute)
African Americans suffer a disproportionate burden of incidence and mortality for breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. Community-based approaches have been increasing in the effort to raise awareness and early detection. However, such interventions typically become evidence-based and then fail...
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): 
Reggia, James
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research
This project will create and evaluate software for controlling autonomous systems (devices that operate independently of human control). To do this, we will integrate computing methods from artificial intelligence, neural networks, and engineering control systems into an "intelligent...
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...

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