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.


Adam Baus received an award for $387,500 from the US-DHHS-CDC and the WV-DHHR for a project on ELC Enhancing Detection through Coronavirus Response and Relief.


Abildso CG, Perry CK, Jacobs L, Umstattd Meyer MR, McClendon ME, Edwards MB, Roemmich JN, Ramsey Z*, Stout MR. What sets physically active rural communities apart from less active ones? A comparative case study of three us counties. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(20):10574.

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:

Bias, T., Daily, S., Abildso, C., Venrick, H., Shay, E., Moyers, S., ... & Christiana, R. (2021). Systematic observation of physical distancing behaviors of trail users during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living, 1(3), 111-116. Available at

Casanave, K., Gabbert, K., Tompkins, N.O., Murphy, E., Elliott, E., & Zizzi, S. (2021). Environmental Factors Affecting Rural Physical Activity Behaviors: Learning from Community Partners. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 15(3), 349-359. doi:10.1353/cpr.2021.0037

Claydon, E.A., Zullig, K.J., and Step, M.M. (2021). Leveraging Health Behavior and Communication Theories to Support Adolescent and Young Adults: Conceptualizing Social Media Wellness in Relation to Disordered Eating. Health Behavior Research, 4 (2 Special Issue).

Rudisill TM. The association between a statewide stay-at-home order and motor vehicle injury rates among population sub-groups in West Virginia, Traffic Injury Prevention, 2021. DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2021.1960320

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.

T Feinberg, B Coleman, KE Innes, R Kerns, B Jackson, A Lisi, N Majoris, C Brandt (2021). Use of Manual Therapy by Rural Patients Seeking Conventional Pain Management (in press, JMPT). IF 1.6

Tompkins NO, Wright J, Giacobbi P, et al. Maximizing the Potential of Mini-Grants to Promote Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes: Outcomes and Challenges. Health Promotion Practice. September 2021. doi:10.1177/15248399211039788

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 October 21, 2021.