Publications & Active Grant Awards

Please view this selection of recent publications along with active grant awards with the Program in Public Health from our core research faculty, research scientists, and post-doctoral associates.

Recent Publications by Topic


  1. Kritikos, M., Diminich, E.D., Meliker, J., et al. Plasma amyloid beta 40/42, phosphorylated tau 181, and neurofilament light are associated with cognitive impairment and neuropathological changes among World Trade Center responders: A prospective cohort study of exposures and cognitive aging at midlife. Alzheimer's Dement. 2023; 15:e12409.
  2. O'Keefe, P., Mann, F.D., Clouston, S., et al. Getting a Grip on Secular Changes: Age-Period-Cohort Modeling of Grip Strength in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2022;77(7):1413-1420.

  3. Yin Y., Hanes, D.W., Skiena S., Clouston, S.A.P. Quantifying Healthy Aging in Older Veterans Using Computational Audio Analysis. The Journals of Gerontology. Published online June 27, 2023.

Air Quality

  1. Huang, G., Ponder, R., Bond, A., Brim, H., Temeng, A., Naeger, A.R., Zhu, L. (2021). Unexpected impact of COVID-19 lockdown on the air quality in the Metro Atlanta, USA using ground-based and satellite observations. Aerosol and Air Quality Research.
  2. Huang, G., Sun, K., (2020) Non-negligible impacts of clean air regulations on the reduction of tropospheric NO2 over East China during the COVID-19 pandemic observed by OMI ad TROPOMI. Science Total Environment. 745, 141023.


  1. Ren, B., Barnett, I. Combining mixed effects hidden markov models with latent alternating recurrent event processes to model diurnal active‐rest cycles. Biometrics. Published online April 5, 2023. doi:
  2. Ren, B., Barnett, I. Autoregressive Mixture Models for Clustering Time Series. Journal of Time Series Analysis. Published online March 2022.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

  1. Scott, L.B., Gravely, S., Sexton, T.R., Brzostek, S., Brown, D.L. Examining the Effect of a Patient Navigation Intervention on Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Awareness and Enrollment. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2013;33(5):281-291.

Childhood Adversity

  1. Breton, E., Kidman, R., Behrman, J., Mwera, J., Kohler, H.P. Longitudinal consistency of self-reports of adverse childhood experiences among adolescents in a low-income setting. SSM - Population Health. Published online August 2022:101205.
  2. Hanes, D.W. Child Poverty, Impoverished Parenting, and Normative Childhood: Some Words of Caution. In: Brando N, Schweiger G, editors. Philosophy and Child Poverty: Reflections on the Ethics and Politics of Poor Children and their Families. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2019. p. 19-49.
  3. Kidman, R., Breton, E., Behrman, J., Kohler, H.P. A prospective study on adverse childhood experiences and HIV-related risk among adolescents in Malawi. AIDS. 2022;Publish Ahead of Print.

Climate Change

  1. Covert, H.H., Soares, L.F., Wahid, F.A., et al. Priorities for Bolstering Public Health Resilience in the Context of Climate Change in Dominica and Puerto Rico. Ann Glob Health. 2022;88(1):63. Published 2022 Jul 27.
  2. Healy, J., Yazdi, M.D., Wei, Y., et al. Seasonal Temperature Variability and Mortality in the Medicare Population. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2023; 131(7).

Community Health

  1. Pandolfelli G., Hammock A., Topek-Walker, L., et al. An Interprofessional Team-Based Experiential Learning Experience in Public Libraries. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. 2023;9(1):54-63.
  2. Hammock, A., Pandolfelli, G., Samuel, T., Benz Scott, L., et al. Understanding how suburban public librarians respond to the health and social needs of communities. Library & Information Science Research. 2023;45(1):101217.


  1. Clouston S.A.P., Luft, B.J., Sun, E. Clinical risk factors for mortality in an analysis of 1375 patients admitted for COVID treatment. Scientific Reports. 2021;11(1).
  2. Inman, E.M., Bermejo, R.M., McDanal, R., Nelson, B, Richmond, LL, Schleider, JL, & London, B. (2021). Discrimination and psychosocial engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stigma and Health, 6(4), 380–383.
  3. Kidman, R, Margolis, R, Smith-Greenaway, E, Verdery, AM. Estimates and Projections of COVID-19 and Parental Death in the US. JAMA Pediatr. 2021;175(7):745–746.
  4. Ladin, K., Flescher, A.M., Reese, P.P. COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Transplant Patients: Caring for Patients Versus Turning Them Away. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2022;0(0).doi:

Environmental Epidemiology

  1. Yazdi, M.D., Wei, Y., Di, Q., et al. The effect of long-term exposure to air pollution and seasonal temperature on hospital admissions with cardiovascular and respiratory disease in the United States: A difference-in-differences analysis. The Science of the Total Environment. 2022;843:156855.
  2. Wei, Y., Qiu, X., Yazdi, M.D., et al. The Impact of Exposure Measurement Error on the Estimated Concentration–Response Relationship between Long-Term Exposure to PM2.5 and Mortality. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2022;130(7).

Food Safety Epidemiology

  1. Sarkar, S., Okafor, C. Effect of veterinary feed directive rule changes on tetracycline-resistant and erythromycin-resistant bacteria (Salmonella, Escherichia, and Campylobacter) in retail meats in the United States. PLoS One. 2023;18(8):e0289208.
  2. Sarkar, S., Souza, M.J., Martin-Jimenez, T., Abouelkhair, M.A., Kania, S.A., Okafor, C.C. Tetracycline, Sulfonamide, and Erythromycin Residues in Beef, Eggs, and Honey Sold as "Antibiotic-Free" Products in East Tennessee (USA) Farmers' Markets. Vet Sci. 2023;10(4):243.
  3. Sarkar, S., Okafor, C.C. Effect of Changes in Veterinary Feed Directive Regulations on Violative Antibiotic Residues in the Tissue of Food Animals from the Inspector-Generated Sampling in the United States. Microorganisms. 2022;10(10):2031.

Health Policy

  1. Denham, A., Hill, E., Raven, M., et al. 2023. Is the Emergency Department Used as a Substitute or a Complement to Primary Care in Medicaid? Health Economics, Policy, and Law.
  2. Veazie, P.J., Denham, A. 2021. Understanding How Psychological Factors Relate to Seeking Medical Care Among Older Adults Using a New Model of Care Seeking. Social Science and Medicine, 281.

Health Disparities & Inequalities

  1. Clouston S.A.P.Hanes D.W., Link, B.G. Social inequalities and the early provision and dispersal of COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States: A population trends study. Vaccine. 2023 2023/08/14/;41(36):5322-29.
  2. Sillice, M.A., Dunsiger, S., Bock, B.C. Exploring Factors Associated with Dietary Improvement Among Participants Who Completed a Randomized Controlled Trial for Physical Activity: Evidence of a Transfer Effect. Int J Behav Med. 2023.
  3. Sillice, M.A., Jennings, E., Uebelacker, L.A., Abrantes, A.M., Holland, C.C., O'Keeffe,B., Bock, B.C. African American women's relationship with their mobile phone, and what they want in a mobile delivered physical activity intervention: guidance for intervention development. mHealth. 2019;5:18.
  4. Sillice, M.A., Nelson, T., Jennings, E., Holland, C.C., Bock, B.C. Assessing hair concerns and physical activity measures among African American women: a mixed-method exploratory study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023.
  5. Kawuki, J., Nambooze, J., Chan, P.S., Liang, X., Mo, P.K., Wang, Z. Differential practice and associated factors of COVID-19 personal preventive measures among the slum and estate communities of Uganda: A community based cross-sectional survey. Journal of Global Health. 2023;13.
  6. Kawuki, J., Nambooze, J., Chan, P.S., Liang, X., Mo, P.K., Wang, Z. Differential COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake and Associated Factors among the Slum and Estate Communities in Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Population-Based Survey. Vaccines, 2023, 11, x. 

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

  1. Sarkar, S., Haider, N., Islam, A., et al. Occurrence of tuberculosis among people exposed to cattle in Bangladesh. Vet Med Sci. 2023;9(4):1923-1933.
  2. Kawuki, J., Gatasi, G., Sserwanja, Q., Mukunya, D., Musaba, M.W. Comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS and associated factors among adolescent girls in Rwanda: a nationwide cross-sectional study. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2023;23(1):1-0.
  3. Kawuki, J., Kamara, K., Sserwanja, Q. Prevalence of risk factors for human immunodeficiency virus among women of reproductive age in Sierra Leone: a 2019 nationwide survey. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2022;22(1):1-9.

Intimate Partner Violence 

  1. Babalola, T., Couch, T., Donahoe, M., Kidman, R., Hammock, A., Monastero, R., Hanes, D., Meliker, J. Domestic violence calls for police service in five US cities during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. BMC Public Health 22, 2455 (2022).
  2. Inman, E.M. & London, B. (2022). Self-silencing mediates the relationship between rejection sensitivity and intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence37(13-14), NP12475-NP12494.
  3. Kidman, R., Breton, E., Behrman, J.R., Zulu, A., & Kohler, H.P. (2023). Longitudinal Associations Between Childhood Adversity and Adolescent Intimate Partner Violence in Malawi. Men and Masculinities, 38(11-12), 638-657.


  1. Hanes, D.W., Clouston, S.A.P. Ask Again: Including Gender Identity in Longitudinal Studies of Aging. Gerontologist. 2020.

  2. Hanes, D.W., Clouston, S.A.P. Cognitive Aging in Same- and Different-Sex Relationships: Comparing Age of Diagnosis and Rate of Cognitive Decline in the Health and Retirement Study. Gerontology. 2022.

  3. Inman, E.M., Obedin-Maliver, J., Ragosta, et al. (2023). Reports of Negative Interactions with Healthcare Providers among Transgender, Nonbinary, and Gender-Expansive People assigned Female at Birth in the United States: Results from an Online, Cross-Sectional Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health20(11), 6007.

Maternal and Child Health

  1. Kawuki, J., Gatasi, G., Sserwanja, Q. Women empowerment and health insurance utilisation in Rwanda: a nationwide cross-sectional survey. BMC Women's Health. 2022;22(1);378.
  2. Kawuki, J., Gatasi, G., Sserwanja, Q. Prevalence of adequate postnatal care and associated factors in Rwanda: evidence from the Rwanda demographic health survey 2020. Archives of Public Health. 2022;80(1):1-1.

Medical & Bioethics

  1. Gorman, G., Flescher, A.M. Seeking justice rooted in truth, reconciliation and forgiveness. Med Confl Surviv. 2020;36(3):249-267.

Organ Transplantation & Ethics

  1. Kulkarni, S., Flescher, A., Ahmad, M., et al. Ethical analysis examining the prioritisation of living donor transplantation in times of healthcare rationing. Journal of Medical Ethics 2023;49:389-392.

  2. Truog, R.D., Flescher, A., Ladin, K. Normothermic Regional Perfusion-The Next Frontier in Organ Transplants?. JAMA. 2023;329(24):2123-2124.


  1. Kuan, P.F., Clouston, S., Yang, X. et al. Molecular linkage between post-traumatic stress disorder and cognitive impairment: a targeted proteomics study of World Trade Center responders. Transl Psychiatry 10, 269 (2020).
  2. Sampson, L., Gradus, J.L., Cabral, H.J., et al. Stressful life events and incident depression among U.S. military personnel. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2023; 58(7): 1009-1018.
  3. Sampson, L., Jha, SC., Roberts, AL., et al. Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and treatment among middle-aged and older women in the Nurses’ Health Study II. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2022; 30(5): 588-602.

Sleep and Health

  1. Billings, M.E., Hale, L., Johnson, D.A. Physical and Social Environment Relationship With Sleep Health and Disorders. Chest. 2020;157(5):1304-1312.
  2. Cavallino, V., Rankin, E., Popescu, A., Gopang, M., Hale, L., Meliker, JR. Antimony and sleep health outcomes: NHANES 2009-2016. Sleep Health. 2022;8(4):373-379.
  3. Mathew, G.M., Strayer, S.M., Bailey, D.S., et al. Changes in Subjective Motivation and Effort During Sleep Restriction Moderate Interindividual Differences in Attentional Performance in Healthy Young Men. Nat Sci Sleep. 2021;13:1117-1136. Published 2021 Jul 14.

World Trade Center Health

  1. Diminich, E.D., Clouston, S.A.P., Kranidis, A., et al. Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Comorbid Cognitive and Physical Impairments in World Trade Center Responders. Journal of Traumatic Stress. Published online November 21, 2020.
  2. Huang, C., Kritikos, M., Sosa, M.S., Meliker, J., Clouston, S.A.P. et al. World Trade Center Site Exposure Duration Is Associated with Hippocampal and Cerebral White Matter Neuroinflammation. Mol Neurobiol 60, 160–170 (2023).

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Active Grant Awards by Sponsor

Alzheimer's Association

The Role of Gender-Based Violence in Later-Life Cognitive Disparities

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Clouston & Dr. Douglas Hanes

Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions

The Healthy Libraries Program: An Innovative IPE Model in a Community Setting

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Lisa Benz Scott

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Cognition and Neuropathology in World Trade Center-exposed FDNY, NYPD, and Construction Worker Responders

   Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Clouston

Della Pietra Family Foundation

Research on Digital Media

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Lauren Hale

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adolescent HIV Risk: Causal Inferences From a High-HIV Prevalence Context

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Kidman

Longitudinal Behavioral, Sociodemographic and Contextual Predictors of Young Adult Sleep Health and Well-Being

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Lauren Hale

National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, & Skin 

Urine cadmium and risk of fracture and bone loss

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Jaymie Meliker

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Metal-nutrient Mixtures in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Studies of Cardiovascular Disease

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Jaymie Meliker

National Institute of Mental Health

Violence and Onward HIV Transmission in Perinatally-Infected Adolescents

      Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Kidman

National Institute on Aging

A Life Course Approach to Integrating Trauma and Cognitive Aging: A Cohort of 9/11 Responders

 Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Clouston

Burden and Change in Alzheimer's Disease: Neuropathology in Aging World Trade Center Responders

 Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Clouston

Evaluation of Multivariate Causal Factors Linking the Flynn Effect to Declining Dementia Trends and Cognitive Aging

 Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Clouston

Social Inequalities and the Onset of Alzheimer's Pathology: The Role of Race, Ethnicity, Cognitive Reserve, and Occupational

 Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Clouston Complexity

Trauma Exposure and Cognitive Impairment: Understanding Polygenic Liability and the Causative and Moderating Effects of Exposure, PTSD, and Psychiatric Comorbidity in WTC Responders

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Frank Mann

Using Resting State Functional MRI to Predict Cognitive Decline among World Trade Center Responders

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Clouston

Regents of the University of California Los Angeles

Building the Investment Case for Early Childhood in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Kidman

SUNY Research Management and Support Allocation

OVPR Seed Grant Program

     Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Clouston

Provost Venture (ProFund) Awardee

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Jaymie Meliker

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