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Faculty Activities

Arnold School of Public Health faculty members, along with undergraduate and graduate students, are working to improve the health of children and adults throughout the world through research, education, practice and outreach initiatives. Their work changes lives every day.

What we do

Our research activities and collaborations take place around the world. Search activities by faculty name, department, region or interest area. 

If you are a faculty member with interests in global health and would like to be included on our list, please email emkenney@email.sc.edu.

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Charley Adams

Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Western Pacific

As chair of the International Cluttering Association, Dr. Adams is on the Planning Committee for the World Congress on Fluency Disorders in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 2018. He also is collaborating with Dr. Nan Ratner at the University of Maryland, who is coordinating efforts to establish the Fluency Bank. This bank should help speech-language pathologists, logopedists, etc. worldwide better recognize and identify cluttering, which is often misdiagnosed as stuttering.

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Dirk den Ouden

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Europe

Dirk den Ouden directs the Neurolinguistics Laboratory, which investigates how linguistic structure affects language impairment after stroke.  His collaborators include researchers from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia, where he has taught in a neurolinguistics summer school program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow.

 

Julius Fridriksson

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Europe

Dr. Julius Fridriksson’s NIH-funded research focuses on stroke recovery and rehabilitation, often using neuroimaging methods to predict health outcomes. His research includes collaborations with colleagues at the University of Iceland, the University of Tubingen, the University of Nottingham, and other countries where integrated patient information systems allow for thorough tracking of stroke patients as they move through the recovery and rehabilitation process.  His doctoral and postdoctoral students have come from a variety of countries, including Iceland, England and China.

 

Mohammed Baalousha

Environmental Health Sciences

Europe

Dr. Baalousha’s studies nanoparticles, nanomaterials and nanotechnology at the SmartState Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine, in 2001. He completed a master’s degree in applied mechanics in 2002 and doctoral degree in environmental biochemistry in 2006, both from the University of Bordeaux, France, then served in several post-doctoral research positions at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

 

G. Thomas Chandler

Environmental Health Sciences

Europe

Dr. Tom Chandler’s  research interests include aquatic ecotoxicology with emphasis on endocrine-disrupting pesticides, UV-mediated toxicant behavior, contaminated sediment toxicology, reproductive toxicology and teratogenesis, and meiobenthic ecology; risk assessment of xenobiotics in estuarine ecosystems; trophic transfer of pesticides, metals, and organometals; and microcosm modelling under pollution stress. Since 2002, he has represented the U.S. in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Expert Advisory Committee on Invertebrate Toxicity Testing, Paris. 

 

Saurabh Chatterjee

Environmental Health Sciences

South Asia

Dr. Chatterjee is a human physiologist with specialized training in immunology. His lab currently collaborates with the Harvard School of Public Health (Cyprus  Initiative), based in Cyprus where brominated trihalomethanes in drinking water and urine are correlated with the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  A new study is being undertaken by a graduate student in the lab for assessing the levels of brominated trihalomethanes in human blood and liver biopsies from patients in Saudi Arabia, a country and region plagued with higher incidences of NAFLD.

 

Jamie Lead

Environmental Health Sciences

Europe

Dr. Lead's research aims at understanding nanoscale phenomena in the environment and he is interested in investigating natural nanomaterials, manufactured nanomaterials and their interactions. He is a member of the UK DEFRA scientific advisory committees the Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (ACHS) and the Nanotechnologies Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment Taskforce. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and is editor of the journal Environmental Chemistry published by the CSIRO. 

 

Eric Brenner

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Europe

Dr. Eric Brenner is a medical epidemiologist with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. His research interests include communicable disease control programs and tuberculosis and vaccine preventable diseases. For more than 20 years, he has taught an MPH program at the medical school in Geneva, Switzerland. He also has consulted with and taught for other international organizations, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, USAID and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

Brian Chen

Health Services Policy and Management

South Asia

Dr. Brian Chen’s research interests include health care law, policy and management, international/global health, law and economics, and the economics of regulation in general. He is studying the impact of Japan’s implementation of the Diagnostic Procedure Code (akin to the Diagnosis- Related Group prospective payment system in the United States) on provider incentives and behavior. He advises students from Taiwan and China, in addition to students from within the state of South Carolina, the South and New England.

 

Edward Frongillo

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

South Asia

Dr. Edward Frongillo conducts research globally to learn how to improve the growth, development, feeding, care, and survival of infants and young children. He leads research on the measurement, determinants, and consequences of household and child food insecurity, most recently conducting research with colleagues and students giving voice to the experiences of food insecurity by children. His research program also aims to understand how to advance policy and programs for improving nutrition and development. He teaches courses in global health and program evaluation, and mentors graduate students from around the world.

 

James R. Hébert

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Africa

Dr. James Hébert has been the director of the S.C. Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPCP) since its founding in 2003. The CPCP is dedicated to discovering the underlying causes of the largest cancer disparities in the world, ranging from oral cancers in India to numerous cancers in African Americans compared to their European-American counterparts. Much of the recent work in diet and related health factors focuses on the Dietary Inflammatory Index, which Dr. Hébert invented in 2004 and is now being used by >100 research groups in 36 countries around the world.

 

Angela Liese

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Europe

Dr. Angela Liese has been a researcher on a project involving the international comparison of snack food availability in supermarkets with colleagues at the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University in Australia. She is a mentor for international students in the Department of Epidemiology. She defines global health as “any health problem or health-behavior related problem that is manifested worldwide (or at least in more than one country) and is addressed with an international framework in mind.”

 

Xiaoming Li

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Western Pacfic

Dr. Xiaoming Li’s research interests include development, delivery, and evaluation of culturally appropriate best practices in the areas of mental health and HIV/AIDS behavioral prevention intervention in both domestic and international settings. He has been continuously funded by NIH since 2001 to study HIV disclosure, stigma, HIV treatment and care, resilience, and other health issues among children and adolescents, rural migrants, men who have sex with men, female sex workers, children and family affected by HIV/AIDS, and people living with HIV/AIDS in China.

 

Jihong Liu

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Western Pacific

Dr. Jihong Liu is a perinatal, pediatric, and reproductive epidemiologist with a focus on obesity, lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease prevention in mothers, children, and adolescents. Currently, she is working on two funded projects in China: 1) maternal methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion and the impact on offspring neurodevelopment; 2) joint effects of childhood obesity and PAEs on puberty onset in boys through Kisspeptin/GPR54.  She has been actively engaged with Chinese researchers in the area of her expertise and hopes to further expand her collaborative efforts.

 

Anwar Merchant

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Western Pacific

Dr. Anwar Merchant collaborates with colleagues in Thailand in a study evaluating oral health and ventilator-associated pneumonia and on dental caries prevention in children with disabilities. He is also involved in a dietary intervention for cardiovascular health with colleagues in Saudi Arabia. He consults internationally on cardiovascular research with the World Health Organization in New Delhi, India. He defines global health as “the translation of scientific knowledge into practical solutions specific to a place, region, and country.”

 

Jan Ostermann

Health Services Policy and Management

Africa

Dr. Jan Ostermann is a health services and population health researcher who specializes in analytic techniques for longitudinal and complex survey designs. His research targets the intersection of health policy and health economics, and specifically inefficiencies in resource allocation, and disparities in outcomes. He is also a principal investigator on a NIH-funded grant to evaluate whether offering preference-matched HIV testing options increases uptake of HIV testing in high-risk populations in Tanzania, and a contract to evaluate a program to improve the quality of child care in child development centers across El Salvador.

 

Russell Pate

Exercise Science

Europe

Dr. Russell Pate is an exercise physiologist with interests in the determinants and health implications of physical activity and physical fitness in children. His leadership around physical activity initiatives and policy development in the United States has international public health implications, including his work on international initiatives aimed at increasing physical activity and preventing obesity in youth. Over the past 20 years, he has led the annual CDC-sponsored Physical Activity and Public Health Postgraduate Courses which have attracted researchers and practitioners from around the world.

 

Shan Qiao

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Western Pacific

Dr. Shan Qiao has focused on HIV prevention and care since 2006 and has been working with diverse vulnerable populations in China including female sex workers, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) as well as health care providers engaged in HIV prevention and care.  Her recent research interest focuses on HIV disclosure, medication adherence, and mental health among PLWH, and intervention deign, evaluation and implementation.  

 

David Simmons

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Americas

Dr. David Simmons’s current research focuses on the relationship between human rights abuses and health outcomes for Haitian agricultural workers, or braceros, in the Dominican Republic. His research also focuses on international health, social justice, health and healing in the African Diaspora, social and health disparities, community-based participatory research, community-university partnerships.

 

Xuemei (Mei) Sui

Exercise Science

Western Pacifc

Dr. Mei Sui’s research focuses on the promotion of physical activity with a specific emphasis on physical activity epidemiological research and lifestyle intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors. She is actively pursuing funding opportunities with Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine where they have an ongoing epidemiological study for patients coming for preventative examinations. Dr. Sui is trying to implement an objective measurement of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in their existing database. Dr. Sui hopes to extend her area of research to countries like China and other developing places.

 

Myriam Torres

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Americas

Dr. Myriam Torres’s research focuses on Hispanic/Latino health issues; perinatal issues among Latinas, and HIV/AIDS among Latino populations. In Bogotá, Colombia, she was a professor of nursing at Javeriana University, head nurse in outpatient services at the San Ignacio Hospital and head nurse in the OB/Gyn and Neonatal Intensive Care for Clínica del Country, Bogotá, Colombia. She also was head nurse and nursing director at San Rafael Hospital in Girardot, Colombia.

 

 

Sudha Xirasagar

Health Services Policy and Management

Africa

Dr. Sudha Xirasagar’s research focuses on colorectal cancer screening, health disparities, stroke care outcomes, and international health services research in the areas of healthcare utilization, provider behavior, and clinical outcomes. She teaches a graduate course on international health and leads a two-week, India study abroad program for graduate and undergraduate students. Her recent research in international health has focused on maternal and child health services in Nigeria.

 

Alexander McLain

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Africa

Dr. McLain has led the development of statistical methodology to estimate the annual burden of child malnutrition and obesity in African countries in collaboration with the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Children’s Fund.  He is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a review of the methodology used to estimate the contribution of poor nutrition to the global burden of disease, disability, and mortality.

 

Jim Thrasher

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Americas

Dr. Jim Thrasher’s research aims to develop, evaluate, and enhance communication and policy interventions that most effectively address tobacco use and unhealthy eating – behaviors that increasingly account for much of the preventable disease burden around the world.  He primarily focuses on innovative communication and policy interventions with potential for broad public health impacts, including among disadvantaged populations.  His collaborations span a range regions but are primarily with researchers and students from across the Americas, especially at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico.  He teaches courses on public health policy and communication, including courses at the INSP School of Public Health.

 

Leila Larson

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Africa

Dr. Leila Larson’s research interests include the intersection of nutrition and early childhood development. Her work focuses on designing and evaluating interventions across the life cycle to improve maternal and child nutritional status, mental and motor development, and growth. Her research program also aims to improve the measurement of nutritional status and brain functioning. She teaches courses in global health and program evaluation.

 

Mufaro Kanyangarara

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Africa

Dr. Mufaro Kanyangarara is an epidemiologist and her research focuses on infectious diseases and maternal and child health in Africa. She teaches a course in global health epidemiology and mentors international students.

 

Edena Guimaraes

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Latin America

Dr. Guimaraes has conducted multiple HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention research studies that focused on newly emigrated Hispanic/Latinx individuals in South Carolina. Her most recent study is seeking to better understand COVID-19 vaccine acceptance or hesitancy among Spanish and Portuguese speakers in the state. Dr. Guimaraes teaches public health courses in Costa Rica during Maymester through the Education Abroad Office’s Global Health in Costa Rica Program.

 

Danielle Fahey

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Americas

Danielle's research interests include the effect of bilingualism on cognition and language processing, especially neurogenic language disorders in adults; effects from language typology and individual linguistic factors on language processing.

 

Peiyin Hung

Health Services Policy and Management

Western Pacific

Dr. Hung's research has been surrounding maternal and child health, rural healthcare delivery, access to quality care, and consumer choice. Her work applies both large-scale and hyper-local perspectives (rural-urban, county-level, organizational-level variations) to examine the impact of multilevel policy, program, and interventions on access, quality, and patient welfare. Working with interdisciplinary teams of clinicians, administrators, community health workers, and other public health stakeholders around the globe, Dr. Hung aims to advance health equity via productive, insightful research collaborations. 

 

Jingkai Wei

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Europe, China, and South Asia

Dr. Jingkai Wei has been an epidemiological researcher on cardiovascular disease and cognitive aging. He has been involved in several research projects of populations in South Asia (The Center for Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction in South Asia, CARRS) and China (the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study). He is now working on the Whitehall II study and the UK Biobank to study lifestyle factors and neurocognitive outcomes.

 

Theodoros Giannouchos

Health Services Policy and Management

Europe

Dr. Giannouchos’s research interests include health services utilization and patient preferences, health outcomes, policy evaluation, and comparative effectiveness. He specializes in quantitative methods to conduct health services, health economics and outcomes research and cost-effectiveness analysis. Dr. Giannouchos is collaborating with researchers in Greece and Germany to examine rates and determinants of vaccinations, adverse mental health outcomes, utilization of various healthcare services, as well as comparative outcomes of policy and medical interventions.

 

Nabil Natafgi

Health Services Policy and Management

Eastern Mediterranean Region / Arabian Peninsula

Dr. Nabil Natafgi is a health services researcher with over 8 years of research experience in the areas of performance improvement, telehealth, and patient engagement. His research encompasses a variety of methodological approaches including both quantitative and qualitative analyses, with emphasis on mixed-methods and a special interest in the engagement of patients, community members, health care providers, and other stakeholders. Originally from Lebanon, Dr. Natafgi has worked and continue to work on various research and consultancy projects in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) and the Arabian Gulf countries, including Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and others.

 

Shawn Arent

Exercise Science

UK and Europe; Canada; Middle East

Dr. Arent's research interests include human performance and sport nutrition considerations in high-level athletes across these regions.

 

Christine Blake

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Africa & Asia; Americas

Dr. Christine Blake is an international expert on food choice who has conducted both qualitative and quantitative studies on the drivers of food choice in diverse populations. Her work focuses on contextual and cognitive factors that drive food choice with an emphasis on people and organizations that shape these behaviors in families and children.  Dr. Blake teaches undergraduate and graduate level course in public health nutrition, health promotion, and qualitative methods for public health research and practice.   

 

Geoff Scott

Environmental Health Sciences

Europe

Dr. Scott's research has focused on the impacts of climate change on ocean health issues such as Harmful Algal Blooms, Infectious Microbes and Contaminants of Emerging Concern as they affect both ecosystem and human health. Interacting with ocean and human health researchers throughout Europe including Exeter University in the United Kingdom the Hanse Institute for Advance Learning in Delmenhorst, Germany. Research focuses on impacts of increased temperature, flooding and alterations in salinity of the growth and toxin production of HABs and virulence of Vibrio bacteria 

 

Jean Neils-Strunjas

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Poland

Dr. Neils-Strunjas studies Gerontology and prevention of cognitive decline. She received an Erasmus travel grant to teach and develop research collaborations in 2019.

 

Banky Olatosi

Health Services Policy and Management

Africa

Dr. Olatosi’s research focuses on HIV/AIDS and application of data science to solve health problems in African countries like Nigeria. He currently serves as a research consultant for a CDC funded international HIV grant in Nigeria. His HIV research focuses on linkage to, and retention in HIV care for vulnerable population groups in Africa. He is also serves as a technical assistant partner with the Center for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP). CIHP is a leading indigenous non-governmental organization established to promote better health outcomes for all Nigerians through creation of strong and sustainable health systems. CIHP supports family-focused, comprehensive high-quality, HIV/AIDS care and treatment activities in Nigeria, and currently treats over 200,000 people living with HIV.

 

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