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Research Teams

Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Underserved Communities Research

Lead Investigator: Jeannette Andrews, PhD, RN, FAAN

Emphasis Area: Health Promotion & Risk Reduction

Scientific Purpose: Community engaged and patient centered partnership models that focus on cardiovascular risk reduction, primarily targeting smoking cessation interventions in underserved communities.  

Team Members:

Jeannette Andrews, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean & Professor, College of Nursing

Martina Mueller, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina

Martha Tingen, PhD, Georgia Regents University


 

Campus-Community Partnerships for Hispanic Health Research

Lead Investigator: DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, PhD, RN, FAAN

Emphasis Area: Vulnerable Populations

Scientific Purpose: Federally qualified health centers and other health care agencies serving the growing Latino immigrant population must provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to meet the needs of this emerging patient population. At the same time, Hispanics with limited English proficiency must become proficient in accessing and utilizing the local health care systems. The incorporation of community health workers/health navigators/promotoras de salud into health education and outreach efforts is a key component of our research initiatives in South Carolina and the Texas-Mexico border.

Team Members:

DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, College of Nursing, Community Health

Patricia A. Sharpe, PhD, MPH, Research Professor, Arnold School of Public Health, Prevention Research Center, Exercise Science

Heather Brant, PhD, CHES, Associate Professor, Arnold School of Public Health, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

Elizabeth Fore, PhD, Assistant Professor, Idaho State University

Deborah Parra-Medina, PhD, MPH, Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Edena G. Meetze, DrPH, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Arnold School of Public Health, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior


Disaster Preparedness and Mass Casualty Research

Lead Investigator: Joan Culley, PhD, MS, MPH, RN, CWOCN

Emphasis Area: Health Systems

Purpose of current study:

To mitigate the “surge” of casualties into a healthcare facility after a mass casualty incident (MCI), emergency responders and hospital personnel use triage to rapidly assess patients and prioritize their care with the goal of saving as many lives as possible. Using Emergency Department Informatics Computational Tool (EDICT) in routine Emergency Department (ED) practice could potentially lead to a breakthrough in the general use of informatics technology to dramatically improve the way patients are processed in EDs. A flexible, robust and scalable informatics computational solution has the potential for broader applications in other types of MCIs (e.g., foodborne and communicable disease outbreaks), as well as day-to-day use in EDs. This study is the first step to developing new ED informatics tools, which can change all ED patient processing.  

Team Members:

Joan M. Culley, PhD, MS, MPH, RN, CWOCH, Principal Investigator / Assistant Professor, College of Nursing; Application of Informatics to Emergency Preparedness; Mass Casualty Triage Model Validation 

Jean Craig, PhD, Database Warehouse Specialist, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina; Data Management 

Salvatore R. DiNardi, PhD, CIH, Co-Investigator / Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina; Industrial Hygienist 

Chris Finney, Program Manager, Division of Research and Statistics, South Carolina Budget and Control Board 

Jane V.E. Richter, DrPH, MSN, MA, RN, CHES, Co-Investigator / Adjunct Professor, Columbia College and University of South Carolina; Community Preparedness; Emergency Response 

Erik Svendsen, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Tulane University; Environmental and Disaster Epidemiologist 

Abbas Tabakoli, DrPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina; Biostatistics 

Homayoun Valafar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


STORY (Sister Tell Others and Revive Yourself) – Treatment Adherence in African-American Women with Breast Cancer Research

Lead Investigator: Sue Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN

Emphasis Area: Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

Scientific Purpose: The primary purpose of the research team is to understand the process of treatment adherence to breast cancer treatment in African American women.  The secondary purpose is to develop interventions to improve treatment adherence.

Team Members:

Sue Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN, Research Professor, College of Nursing

Swann Arp Adams, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Arnold School of Public Health

Abbas Tavakoli, DrPH, MPH, ME Director, College of Nursing, Statistics Laboratory

Tisha Felder, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, College of Nursing and Arnold School of Public Health

Jada Quinn, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Ken Phelps, PhD, Department of Neuropsychiatry, School of Medicine

Consultants:

Sally Weinrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Medical College of Georgia


Breast Cancer Disparities in Minority and Underserved Populations Research

Lead Investigator: Swann Arp Adams, PhD, MS

Emphasis Area: Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

Scientific Purpose: The focus of the research team is to understand why African-American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer yet more likely to die from the disease.

Team Members:

Swann Arp Adams, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Arnold School of Public Health

Sue Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN, Research Professor and Dunn-Shealy professor of Nursing, College of Nursing

Daniela Friedman, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor, Arnold School of Public Health 

Heather M Brandt, PhD, CHES, Assistant Professor, Arnold School of Public Health

James R. Hébert, ScD, Professor, Arnold School of Public Health and Director, Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Leepao Khang, Doctoral Candidate, Arnold School of Public Health