Faculty Highlights: Spring 2024

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Tom Brewer, Ph.D., M.Jur., CHC

Congratulations to Tom Brewer, Ph.D., M.Jur., CHC, professor of health policy and management in the Kent State University College of Public Health, who has been promoted to full professor.

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side by side photos of Abby Eng, Ph.D. and Melissa Zullo, Ph.D.

Abby Eng, Ph.D., and Melissa Zullo, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Abby Eng, Ph.D., associate professor in biostatistics, and Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology, program coordinator, and associate dean for academic and faculty affairs, who have been named Most Valuable Professor (MVP) by KSU Women’s Lacrosse senior student-athlete Megan French. Eng and Zullo were selected as faculty members who made the largest impact on a student-athlete's academic success at Kent State University and were recognized during a lacrosse game on March 19.

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Bethany Lanese, Ph.D.

Many compliments to College of Public Health faculty Bethany Lanese, Ph.D., who was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure. Congratulations on your success!

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Sam Rubens, MPA

Sam Rubens, MPA, administrator with the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District and adjunct faculty in the College of Public Health, has been named Most Valuable Professor (MVP) by KSU Women’s Gymnastics senior student-athlete Karlie Franz. Rubens was selected as a faculty member who made the largest impact on a student-gymnast's academic success at Kent State University and was recognized during a gymnastics meet on March 17 at the MAC Center.

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Mary Step, Ph.D.

Mary Step, Ph.D., associate professor in the Kent State University College of Public Health, has been recognized with the Bronze Teaching Recognition Award by the Center for Teaching and Learning at Kent State University for Teaching and Learning. The Bronze Award in Teaching Development recognizes learning evidence-based practices for instruction and developing a plan to use them. Step was recognized for the “Supporting Ethical Information Accessibility in the Public Health Ethics” course. Many congratulations!

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Recent Faculty Publications

The College of Public Health is pleased to share our faculty’s most recent publications:

  • DeBois, K.A., Chatfield, S.L., Evans, S.D., Essel, B., Bista, S., & Orlins, E.R. (2024). Patterns of suicide intent disclosures among older adult decedents, 2016-2018: A qualitative analysis. Aging & Mental Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2024.2313734
  • Guan, T., Tatu, R., Wima, K., Oria, M., Peiro, J.L., Lin C-Y, Rao MB. (2024) Profile of a multivariate observation under destructive sampling—A Monte Carlo approach to a case of spina bifida. Bioengineering. 11(3):249. https://doi.org/10.3390/bioengineering11030249
  • Rajbhandari, P., Glick, A.F., Brown, M.F., & VanGeest, J. (2024). Communication training for pediatric hospitalists and its impact on clinical practices with families using languages other than English. Academic Pediatrics. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2023.12.003
  • Sethi, S.K., Mahan, J., Hu, J., Koratala, A., Soni, K., Singh, Y., Abitbol, C., DeFreitas, M., Reisinger, N., Argaiz, E.R., Yap, H.K., Badeli, H., Kalra, M., VanGeest, J., Nair, N., Raynor, J., Alhasan, K.A., McCulloch, M., Bunchman, T., Sharma, V., & Raina, R. (2024). Point-of-care-Ultrasound (POCUS) training curriculum for pediatric nephrology: PCRRT-ICRRT group recommendations. Kidney 360. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.34067/KID.0000000000000415.
  • Smith, T.C., Gorski, DH. (2024) Infertility: A common target of antivaccine misinformation campaigns, Vaccine, 42(4), 924-929, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2024.01.043.
  • Tan, T., Caldwell, B., Zhang, Y., Kshirsagar, O., Cotter, D.J., Brewer, T.W. (2024). Foot and ankle care by podiatrists and amputations in patients with diabetes and kidney failure. JAMA Network Open. 7(3):e240801. [https://doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.0801]https://doi:10.1001/jaman… This study was made possible by a grant from The Podiatry Foundation.
POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2024 11:38 AM
Updated: Monday, March 18, 2024 11:52 AM