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 $204,222 from the WV DHHR Office of Maternal, Child, & Family Health and the US DHHS CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion for a project on the West Virginia WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) Program.


Abildso CG, Daily SM, Meyer MRU, Edwards MB, Jacobs L, McClendon M, Perry CK, Roemmich JN. Environmental Factors Associated with Physical Activity in Rural U.S. Counties. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021: 18(14):7688.

Andress L, Valentine K.  Appalachia: Putting the “Critical” in Race and Crowdsourcing a Pathway Model on Institutional Racism. J Appalach Health 2021:3(3):1-6. DOI:

Barth, S, Innes, KE, Dursa, E, and Bossarte, R. The association of pre-deployment medical conditions to Gulf War Illness (in press, Life Sciences) IF 3.65

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:

Davis SM, Stover A, Linn H, et al. Establishing Peer Recovery Support Services to Address the Central Appalachian Opioid Epidemic: The West Virginia Peers Enhancing Education, Recovery, and Survival (WV PEERS) Pilot Program. J Appalach Health 2021;3(3):36–50. DOI:

Kelley GA, Kelley KS, Stauffer BL. (epub ahead of print, June 26, 2021). Isometric exercise and inter-individual response differences on resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure in adults: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Blood Pressure.

Khalid, S, Sambamoorthi, U, Umer, A, Lilly, C, Gross, D, Innes, KE. Increased odds of incident Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in presence of common non-cancer chronic pain conditions in Appalachian older adults (in press, J Aging and Health, 2021) IF 3.213

Mbous YP, Kelley GA, Mohamed R, Kelly KM (epub ahead of print, May 10, 2021) Comparison of theoretical and atheoretical approaches to physical activity interventions in colorectal survivors: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

McGinigle K, Minc S. Disparities in amputation in patients with peripheral arterial disease. Surgery. 2021 Jun; 169(6):1290-1294.  doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2021.01.025.  Epub 2021 Feb 27

Rudisill TM, Zhu M. Challenges of enforcing cellphone use while driving laws among police in the USA: a cross-sectional analysis. BMJ Open 2021;11:e049053. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2021 049053

SBS Khalsa, with Innes, KE, Berger, M, Khalsa, AS, et al. (2021) Kundalini yoga and kundalini awakenings. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2021 May 18;101417. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101417. IF 2.2

Shafique, S, Umer, A, Innes, KE, Rudisill, T, Fang, W, Cottrell, L. (2021). Preconception substance use and risk of unintended pregnancy: Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS) 2016-17 (in press, J Addiction Medicine)  IF 3.01

Sizemore G, Rudisill TM. Triple Negative Breast Cancer in an Appalachian Region: Exponential Tumor Grade Increase with Age of Diagnosis. J Appalach Health 2021;3(3):97–109. DOI: 10.13023/jah.0303.08

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

The Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN). Use of Medications for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Among US Medicaid Enrollees in 11 States, 2014-2018. JAMA. 2021;326(2):154–164. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.7374  The MODRN Group Writers: Julie M. Donohue, PhD; Marian P. Jarlenski, PhD; Joo Yeon Kim, MS; Lu Tang, PhD; Katherine Ahrens, PhD; Lindsay Allen, PhD; Anna Austin, PhD; Andrew J. Barnes, PhD; Marguerite Burns, PhD; Chung-Chou H. Chang, PhD; Sarah Clark, MPH; Evan Cole, PhD; Dushka Crane, PhD; Peter Cunningham, PhD; David Idala, MA; Stefanie Junker, MPH; Paul Lanier, PhD; Rachel Mauk, PhD; Mary Joan McDuffie, MA; Shamis Mohamoud, MA; Nathan Pauly, PhD; Logan Sheets, BA; Jeffery Talbert, PhD; Kara Zivin, PhD, MS, MA; Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH; Susan Kennedy, MPP, MSW.

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 July 29, 2021.