Recent Awards & Publications

Our faculty are always engaging in new and exciting research and projects that impact West Virginia, the region and public health in general. Below is highlight list of some of our most recent awards and publications. For a more comprehensive look at our research expertise and work, visit our Research Experts Database. See our research news feed for the latest stories and featured projects.


Ali, I.R.H. Rockett, T.R. Miller, J. Leonardo. Racial/ethnic differentials in preceding circumstances of suicide and potential suicide misclassification among U.S. adolescents. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Disparities 2021. Epub ahead of print Jan 7

Baus AD, Wright LE, Kennedy-Rea S, et al. Leveraging electronic health records data for enhanced colorectal cancer screening efforts. Journal of Appalachian Health 2020;2(4):53–63. DOI:

Dolan E, Dumas A, Keane KM, Bestetti G, Freitas LHM, Gualano B, Kohrt W, Kelley GA, Pereira RMR, Sale C, Swinton P.  The influence of acute exercise on bone biomarkers: protocol for a systematic review with meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews. 2020;9(1):291.

Ducatman A et al. Federal Government Human Health PFAS Research Workshop: Proceedings of a Workshop in Brief (2021) 12 pages | 8.5 x 11 | PDFISBN 978-0-309-26070-1 | DOI 10.17226/26054

Heibati B, Jaakkola MS, Lajunen TK, Ducatman A, Bamshad Z, Eslamizad S, Shafee F, Karimi A, Jaakkola J. Occupational exposures and respiratory symptoms and lung function among hairdressers in Iran:  a cross-sectional study.  International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 2021: Jan 18. doi: 10.1007/s00420-020-01645-z. Online ahead of print.

Heibati B, Jaakkola MS, Lajunen TK, Ducatman A, Zafari Z, Yekkalam M, Karimi A, Jaakkola J. Occurrence of respiratory symptoms and lung function deficits among fruit and vegetable market workers.  Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2021 doi: 10.1136/oemed-2020-106829  PMID: 33455922 Online ahead of print.

I.R.H. Rockett, E.D. Caine, A. Banerjee, B. Ali, T. Miller, H.S. Connery, V.O. Lulla, K.B. Nolte, G.L. Larkin, S. Stack, B. Hendricks, F.M.M. White, S.F. Greenfield, R.K. McHugh, A.S.B. Bohnert, J.S. Cossman, G. D’Onofrio, L.S. Nelson, P.S. Nestadt, J.H Berry, H. Jia. Fatal self-injury in the United States, 1999-2018: Unmasking a national mental health crisis. EClinicalMedicine 2021. Epub ahead of print Feb 8

Kelley GA, Kelley KS, Pate RR (2021, currently epub). How many US children and adolescents with overweight and obesity could improve their percent body fat by exercising? Meta-analytic based estimates. Childhood Obesity.

Kelley GA, Kelley KS, Pate RR (2021, epub ahead of print). Exercise and cardiovascular disease risk factors in children and adolescents with obesity: A systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Knox, S. Why the Biomedical Research Paradigm Must Change if we are to Win the “War on Cancer”. 2020 - 11(2). AJBSR. MS.ID.001601. DOI: 10.34297/AJBSR.2020.11.001601

LeBouf, R.F, Blackley, B.H., Fortner, A.R., Stanton, M., Martin, S.B., Groth, C.P., McClelland, T.L., Duling, M.G., Burns, D.A., Ranpara, A., Edwards, N., Fedan, K., Bailey, R.L., Cummings, K.J.,Nett, R.J., Cox-Ganser, J.M., Virji, M.A (2020). Exposures and emissions in coffee roasting facilities and cafes: diacetyl, 2,3-pentanedione, and other volatile organic compounds Frontiers of Public Health, DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.561740

McDonald SM, Isler C, Haven K, Newton E, Kuehn D, Kelley G, Chasen-Taber L, May LE (2021). Moderate intensity aerobic exercise during pregnancy and 1-month infant morphometry. Birth Defects Research. 113(3):238-247

McDonald S, Newton E, Strickland D, Isler C, Haven K, Kelley GA, Chasan-Taber L, Kuehn D, May, LE.  Influence of Prenatal aerobic exercise on fetal morphometry. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2020;24(11):1367-1375.

O'Hara-Tompkins N, Crum G, Fincham H, Lewis D, Bowen E, Murphy E.  Opportunities for Impact: Health Promotion in Rural Early Care and Education Environments.  Journal of Extension December 2020 // Volume 58 // Number 6 // Feature // v58-6a5.

Stack, I.R.H. Rockett. Social distancing predicts suicide rates: Analysis of the 1918 Flu Pandemic in 43 large cities, research note. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 2021. Epub ahead of print Feb 9

Stout, N. L., Brunelle, C., Scheiman, N., & Thawer, H.Surveillance Protocols for Survivors at Risk for Lymphedema. Current Breast Cancer Reports, 1-9.

Stout N, Santa Mina D, Lyons K, Robb K, Silver J. A systematic review of rehabilitation and exercise recommendations in oncology guidelines.  CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 27 October 2020.

Walker, R., Grome, M., Rollyson, W., Baus, A. (2021). Ensuring contact: Calling rural Appalachian older adults during the COVID-19 epidemic. Rural and Remote Health, 21(1).

Warfield, S., Karras, E., Lilly, C., Brumage, M., & Bossarte, R. M. Causes of death among US Veterans with a prior nonfatal opioid overdose. Drug and Alcohol Dependence219, 108484.

Warfield, S. C., Pack, R. P., Degenhardt, L., Larney, S., Bharat, C., Ashrafioun, L., ... & Bossarte, R. M.(2020). The next wave? Mental health comorbidities and patients with substance use disorders in under-resourced and rural areas. Journal of substance abuse treatment, 108189.

Welch, W.A., Groth, C.P., Spring, B., Phillips, S.M., and Siddique, J. (2020). Comparing accelerometer and self-reported treatment effects in a technology-supported physical activity intervention. Health Education and Behavior, p. 1-8, DOI: 10.1177/1090198120971194; Pub Med PMID: 33185131

Zullig, Keith J., Valois, Robert F., Hobbs, Gerald R., Romer, Daniel, Brown, Larry K., DiClemente, Ralph J., & Vanable, Peter A. (2020). Does initiating vaginal sexual intercourse during a safer sex media campaign influence life satisfaction among African American adolescents? Journal of Adolescent Health Volume 67, Issue 1, 40-45. PMID: 31771924

*Last updated on February 19, 2021.