PAST NEWS

August 2020

 Dr. Wilcox helped create an APA resolution. Melanie Wilcox was able to take in part in creating a resolution that was approved by the Council of the American Psychological Association during APA Convention, Psychology’s Understanding of the Challenges Related to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. She serves as Chair of their Board of Educational Affairs, and had the privilege of leading the group who wrote the Education, Training, and Learning section. Find the full resoltion here

•Dr. Culatta joint appointment with IPPH

Headshot of Dr. Elizabeth CulattaShe earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Georgia, and is interested in identity and health outcomes, especially in early adulthood. Three current research projects include 1) mental health outcomes related to falling behind parental and peer expectations for the transition to adulthood, 2) identifying factors that increase the likelihood of sexual harassment in graduate school, and 3) examining logistical barriers to both reporting and physical and mental health services following sexual victimization. She was recently featured on a podcast to talk about the importance of medical sociology in understanding COVID-19 especially focused on social norms surrounding mask wearing. 

 Dr. Moore was awarded a K01 Career Development Grant from the NIH National Institute on Minority Health Disparities.

  DR. Wilcox joins IPPHMelanie WilcoxShe earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, and recently served as the Director of Doctoral Training in counseling psychology at Oklahoma State University. She currently serves as Chair of the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs, as well as on APA CEO Dr. Arthur Evans' Opioid Advisory Group. Her research primarily focuses on multicultural psychotherapy and training, racial and socioeconomic inequity, Whiteness, and antiracism. She is also a licensed psychologist with expertise in cultural issues such as race, socioeconomic status, and LGBTQIA+ issues, addiction, and psychological assessment. When not working, she has two dogs and two cats whom she adores, and loves to travel and spend time at the beach or hiking. 

 Dr. Coughlin was featured on WJBF's The Means Report "CLEAR DISPARITIES IN COVID-19 CASES AMONG MINORITIES" 

 July 2020

DR. COUGHLIN WAS FEATURED IN AN AUGUSTA CHRONICLE ARTICLE "MORE OUTREACH, TESTING NEEDED FOR BLACK COMMUNITY SUFFERING FROM COVID-19" 

Drs. Coughlin and Hobbs

IPPH CREATES A NEW GRANT DEVELOPMENT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
READ ABOUT IT HERE

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DR. MOORE WAS FEATURED IN NEWS CHANNEL 6 SEGMENT "A NEW STUDY SHOWS CERTAIN RACES GETTING HIT HARD BY THE VIRUS IN RURAL GEORGIA"

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 IPPH WELCOMES DR. PAUL SEALE, DR. MICHAEL VITACCO, AND DR. LAURA WILLIAMSON.  THEY JOINED OUR FACULTY ON JULY 1!

 •DR. MOORE WAS FEATURED IN A JAGWIRE ARTICLE "RACE, RURALITY PLAY PROMINENTLY IN GEORGIA AREAS HARDEST HIT BY COVID-19"

Dr. Moore

 DR. TIWARI WAS FEATURED IN A JAGWIRE ARTICLE GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY PARTNER TO SUPPORT HEALTH RESEARCH IN GEORGIA

 •DR. ISLAM WILL SERVE AS THE INTERIM SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF THE MPH PROGRAM.

June 2020

DR. TIWARI'S AU-GSU SEED GRANT PROPOSAL HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR FUNDING FOR THE INAUGURAL CYCLE!  CONGRATS!

Dr. Tiwari

 •DR. BENEVIDES WAS PART OF A SUICIDE WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM "SUPPORTING AUTISTIC PEOPLE EXPERIENCING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS: EMERGING EVIDENCE AND RESOURCES"

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OUR SUMMER SCHOLARS OFFICIALLY STARTED THE PROGRAM JUNE 1, 2020!
Due to the pandemic, this year’s summer scholars program will be virtual, with scholars learning about public health research and working with mentors to conduct research-related tasks remotely. 

Summer Scholars 2020

 

DR. MOORE WAS FUNDED BY THE AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY CAREER DEVELOPMENT SCHOLAR PROGRAM!  
The purpose of this K-Like program is to support clinical and translational science and will be funded for one year.

Dr. Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

DR. MOORE WAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED IN AN AUGUSTA CHRONICLE ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTING HOW RURAL, PRIMARILY BLACK COUNTIES IN GEORGIA HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19.

Drs. George and Moore


MAY 2020

MIKALYN DEFOOR RECEIVED THE 2020 EXCELLENCE IN HEALTHCARE ETHICS AWARD
This award is given annually for distinguished scholarly work and leadership in the field of Bioethics

The Excellence in Healthcare Ethics Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DR. WEBSTER RECEIVED THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION FACULTY RESEARCH AWARD

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The College of Education Faculty Research Award recognizes full-time faculty members in the College of Education for outstanding achievement in the area of scholarly activity with emphasis on research conducted in the last three years.


April 2020

DR. MOORE WAS FEATURED IN A JAGWIRE ARTICLE
"DOES GENDER MATTER WHEN IT COMES TO COVID-19?"

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DR. COUGHLIN'S RECENT PUBLICATION "PREVALENCE AND PATTERNS OF SYMPTOMS AMONG FEMALE VETERANS OF THE 1991 GULF WAR ERA: 25 YEARS LATER" HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED BY THE GULF WAR ILLNESS RESEARCH PROGRAM CONGRATS DR. COUGHLIN!

Dr. Lynn Glenn Joins IPPH, WELCOME!

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Lynn will be working with both the College of Nursing and IPPH.  She recently graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia distance-mediated PhD in Nursing program with a minor in graduate nursing education and graduate certificate in Participatory Health Research. She has lived in South Carolina for the past 25 years and worked as a nurse practitioner.  Her passion as a health care provider and nurse researcher is to promote equitable health care and enhance health outcomes in rural, underserved populations. 


February 2020

DR. VITACCO WAS INTERVIEWED BY WJBF THE MEANS REPORT

"A deeper look into the mind of a criminal: using brain scans for insanity defense"

Dr. Vitacco

January 2020

DR. VITACCO WAS FEATURE IN AN ARTICLE BY MEDICAL PRESS
"Brian Imaging Provides Little Insight in Insanity Evaluation"
Dr. Vitacco

nOvemBER 2019

CATHERINE CLARY WAS SELECTED FOR THE NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION’S (NRHA) RURAL HEALTH FELLOWS (RHF) PROGRAM OF 2020.  CONGRATS!

DR. ISLAM HAS BEEN FEATURED IN A MEDPAGE TODAY ARTICLE
 

OctoBER 2019

•BENEVIDES HAS BEEN INVITED TO SERVE ON AN INTERNATIONAL WORKGROUP TO DEVELOP A POLICY BRIEF ON AUTISM AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM LED BY THE POLICY & ANALYTICS CENTER (DIRECTED BY LINDSAY SHEA) AT THE AJ DREXEL AUTISM INSTITUTE AND FUNDED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR AUTISM RESEARCH (INSAR)

DR. TEAL BENEVIDES RECEIVED THE FACULTY RESEARCH AWARD CONGRATS!

DR. TEAL BENEVIDES RECEIVED THE EMERGING SCIENTIST AWARD CONGRATS!

DR. JOHNSON AND CATHERINE CLARY WERE FEATURED IN AN ARTICLE IN THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE 
"GETTING RURAL ADDICTION HELP IS FOCUS OF AU GRANT"
https://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20191018/getting-rural-addiction-help-is-focus-of-au-grant?template=ampart


September 2019

•DR. JOHNSON WAS FEATURED IN JAGWIRE WEEKLY
THE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AND PREVENTIVE HEALTH AT AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY RECEIVED A $1 MILLION HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION AWARD TO HELP THOSE WITH OPIOID-USE DISORDER
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AUgust 2019

IPPH WELCOMES OUR TWO NEWEST FACULTY MEMBERS
Welcome Dr. Ashwini Tiwari and Dr. Kip Webster! 

•DR. TIWARI HAS BEEN AWARDED THE 2019 NARSAD YOUNG INVESTIGAOTIR GRANT

•DR. JOHNSON WAS QUOTED IN GEORGIA TREND MAGAZINE ARTICLE
"HOOKED IN GEORGIA"

DR. ISLAM'S RECENT WORK ON LUNG CANCER WAS HIGHLIGHTED IN MEDSCAPE
"TREATMENT SUCCESS IN LUNG CANCER IS MORE THAN SURVIVAL"

DR. VITACCO WAS FEATURED ON NEWS CHANNEL 6 THE MEANS REPORT
"SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS AND UNDERSTANDING IN THE FACE OF GUN VIOLENCE"

July 2019

DR. TEAL BENEVIDES HAS BEEN AWARDED A GRANT FROM THE HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION.  HER PROJECT IS TITLED "LIFE COURSE TRAJECTORIES AND MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES AMONG HIGH-RISK YOUTH: AN ANALYSIS OF THE NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEY OF YOUTH 1997 

DR. VITACCO SPEAKES WITH NEWS CHANNEL 6 ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE
Clicke HERE to view the story.
Dr. Vitacco speaks with News Channel 6


June 2019

DR. STRONG CELEBRATED 61 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND 50 YEARS AT MCG!!!  

THANK YOU DR. STRONG

MAY 2019

U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE HOSTS OPIOID ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION IN SAVANNAH: BRINGS LAW ENFORCEMENT, MEDICAL COMMUNITY TOGETHER 
Click HERE to view the story.
Savannah Opioid Round Table

May 16, 2019: DRS. JACOBS AND JOHNSON ATTENDED THE FIRST MEETING OF IT’S KIND FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE’S SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA.

FEBRUARY 2019

•DR. AARON JOHNSON NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AND PREVENTIVE HEALTH

Dr. Johnson

Dr. J. Aaron Johnson has been named Director of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health (IPPH) at Augusta University. Dr. Johnson has been serving as Interim Director since 2017.

We are appreciative of Dr. Johnson’s willingness to step in and lead the IPPH during a period of transition, said Dr. Michael Diamond, Senior Vice President of Research at Augusta University. In addition to serving in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Johnson is an associate professor in the university’s Department of Psychological Sciences and School of Graduate Studies. For over 17 years, he has maintained funding for health services research, primarily in the area of substance abuse interventions and treatment. He currently holds funding of approximately $7.5 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Library of Medicine and various sub-awards with the University of Georgia and Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Johnson also serves as Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board (Social and Behavioral Sciences) at Augusta University, is Evaluation Chair for the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, and is on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Substance Abuse Research alliance. His research has garnered him numerous awards and his work has been featured in several peer-reviewed publications including The American Surgeon, the Journal of Addiction Medicine, and the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Presbyterian College and earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia.



•Dr. Johnson was featured in an article in Augusta R&D Magazine. 
Click HERE to view the story.
Drs. Jacobs and Johnson

October 2018

•Dr. Johnson was featured in the Georgia Public Broadcasting Midday News, October 25, 2018 "New Program Helps Released Inmates Overcome Substance Use Disorders" 

Dr. Vitacco was featured on WJBF News Channel 6 the Means report. October 8, 2018 in the segment "Supervision and accountability gives the criminally insane a new chance at life 

 Dr. Johnson was featured in the article "Helping those most hurt, and neglected, by the opioid crisis"
Karen Saltzman and Dr. Aaron Johnson


September 2018

MCG DEAN HONORS LONGTIME FACULTY MEMBER

Dr. Strong with awardDr. William B. Strong, director of Augusta University’s Center for Bioethics and Health Policy, received the Professionalism Award during Dean Hess’s annual State of the College Address Sept. 21.

Congratulations Dr. Strong!

Dr. Strong's Award

Dr. Michael J. Vitacco, forensic psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University was featured in an article in Jagwire

Dr. Vitacco

 

AUgust 2018

Dr. Johnson was featured in a Jagwire article on the project titled "SBIRT Initiative for Georgia's Rural and Underserved Populations (SIGRUP)

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Principal Investigator Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director and Associate Professor with IPPH, was recently awarded a new 5 year, $5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).  The project titled "SBIRT Initiative for Georgia's Rural and Underserved Populations (SIGRUP)" aims to implement screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services for patients in rural and underserved primary care and community health settings for substance misuses and substance use disorders.  Congratulations! 

JULY 2018

Two of IPPH's 2018 summer scholars, Nicollette Lewis, M.D. Candidate, Class of 2021 and Zach Hoffman, M.S. in Experimental Psychology each had a poster accepted for the 2018 State of the Public's Health Conference held by the University of Georgia.  Nicollette's poster is titled "Trends and Sociodemographic Factors associated with FOBT Utilization for Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Adults in Georgia" and Zach's poster is titled "Disparities in the Utilization of Colonoscopy/Sigmoidoscopy for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Georgia."  Congratulations!

June 2018

Principal Investigator Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director and Associate Professor with IPPH, was recently awarded a new 5 year, $2.1 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The project titled "Augusta Area Comprehensive Offender Reentry Program (AACORP)" aims to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and related recovery/reentry services to male and female adult offenders with SUDs transitioning into communities within Georgia's East Central Public Health District. Congratulations!

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, will present posters titled "Impact of addiction experience on confidence in and attitudes toward alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI): Can SBI training eliminate observed differences?" and "Nursing Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes Related to Alcohol Use" at the 41st Annual Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Becky Stone, Assistant Professor, will present a poster titled "Telemedicine Increases Access to Medical Care for Children Living with Sickle Cell Disease in Rural Georgia and Expansion of Hydroxyurea Therapy and Genetic Education." at the 12th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium in Washington, DC. 

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, and Ms. Katherine Covington will present a poster titled "Impact of SBI training on health professional students’ knowledge and confidence in addressing unhealthy substance use" at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 80th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA.

May 2018

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, and Ms. Gail Kouame presented "Using Secure Tablet Technology to Assess the Health Information Needs of Incarcerated Persons" at the Medical Library Association's (MLA) 118th Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Atlanta, GA.

AJC - Binge drinking, risks common far beyond frat houses and the young | "When it comes to binge drinking, a little knowledge often goes a long way. J. Aaron Johnson, interim director at the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University, said simply knowing the definition of safe drinking limits can lead to a reduction in drinking. Johnson, an expert in substance abuse prevention and treatment provided the following four tips to avoid binge drinking: ...". READ MORE 

March 2018

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, and Ms. Gail Kouame presented "Using Secure Tablet Technology to Assess the Health Information Needs of Incarcerated Persons" at the 11th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health (ACCJH) in Houston, TX. 

January 2018

JAGWIREApplications are now open for IPPH Summer Public Health Scholars program, a 10-week funded internship designed for all graduate or medical students interested in pursuing a career in public health or related field. Scholars will attend weekly seminars/lectures and work closely with IPPH faculty on existing or planned research on a specific public health issue.  LEARN MORE 

Dr. Madison Gates, Assistant Professor, will present "Addressing the Treatment of Transgender Offenders in Corrections" at the American Correctional Association 2018 winter conference in Orlando, Florida. 


November 2017

Dr. Madison Gates, Assistant Professor, was invited to present his work on "Varying Disease Patterns, Based on Education Level, for Recently Incarcerated Populations ≥ 50 Years of Age," "Racial Differences for Visual Impairments in Incarcerated Populations," and "Statin and Aspirin Use in Offenders at High Risk for Cardiovascular Disease" at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) conference in Montreal, Quebec. 

Dr. Wonsuk Yoo, Associate Professor, was invited to present a poster titled "Disparities and characteristics on patterns of breast cancer mortality trends among the US Counties, 1990-2015" at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Atlanta, GA. 

Dr. Benjamin Ansa, Senior Research Associate, was invited to present his work on "Disparities in sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy utilization trends for colorectal cancer screening in Georgia: 1997-2014" and "Incidence and survival trends of colorectal cancer based on Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, 1999 to 2013" at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Atlanta, GA.

Yunmi Chung, Public Health Analyst, was invited to present a poster titled "Are pregnant women in the United States getting the recommended amounts of exercise?" at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, was invited to present a poster titled "Advanced practice registered nurse performance of screening and brief intervention after graduation" at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) conference in Washington, DC.

October 2017

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, and Katherine Covington, IPPH Summer Scholar, were invited to present a poster titled "Effectiveness of a recovery support app for parolee substance use: Study design and baseline data from a randomized controlled trial" at the 2017 Addiction Health Services Research Conference (AHSR) in Madison, WI.

Dr. Becky Stone, IPPH Associate professor, was invited to present a poster titled "Syphilis Rates and Trends in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia" at the 2017 State of Public's Health (SoPH) Conference in Athens, GA.

Katherine Covington, IPPH Summer Scholar, and Benjamin Ansa, IPPH Senior Research Associate, presented "Determinants of Adherence to Physical Activity Guidelines among Adults with and without Diabetes" at the 2017 SoPH Conference in Athens, GA.

September 2017

Dr. Aaron Johnson, IPPH Interim Director, was awarded $300,000 from the National Library of Medicine for his project Promoting Health Literacy and Improved Self-Care Management of Incarcerated Populations Using Secure Tablet Technology. Congratulations!

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, was invited to present a poster titled "Assessing the impact of mode of delivery and training hours on screening and brief intervention proficiency using a web-based simulated patient" at the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs (INEBRIA) 2017 meeting in New York, NY

June 2017

Dr. Vivian Dicks, Assistant Professor, will be at SUNY Downstate Medical Center this July participating in PRIDE-CVD (Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Cardiovascular Health-Related Research), a two year fellowship program funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, was invited to present a poster titled "Baseline attitudes toward addressing patient drug use: differences across health professional training program" at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 79th Annual Scientific Meeting in Montréal, Canada.

Yunmi Chung, Public Health Analyst, was invited to present a poster titled "Drinking patterns among health professionals and impact on attitudes toward addressing alcohol use" at the 40th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific Meeting in Dever, Colorado.