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Honors, Awards and Publications


Phillip J. Brantley, PhD, was recently awarded an endowed Professorship by Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU System. His new title is John S McIlhenny Endowed Professor and Chief of Behavioral Medicine.

Susan J. Curry, PhD, Dean, College of Public Health, Distinguished Professor Health Management & Policy, The University of Iowa, will be inducted into the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in October 2011 by President Harvey Fineberg.

Kerry Evers, PhD, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., has been named one of Rhode Island's top business people in the annual "40 Under Forty" feature in Providence Business News (PBN). Kerry is one of 40 young professionals (business and nonprofit leaders) chosen from more than 115 nominees, based on career success and community involvement. PBN seeks the best and the brightest in the state of Rhode Island who have made a commitment to making a difference on a local, national, or international scale. Dr. Evers, along with the 39 other winners, was recognized at the 40 Under Forty Awards Ceremony at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport on July 28th.

Katherine S. Hall, PhD, has been awarded a Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, ABPP, Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has received a Telly Award, in the Health and Wellness Category, for the video entitled, DECIDE to Move! Physical Activity for People with Type 2 Diabetes. The video was developed as part of Project DECIDE, an NIH/NHLBI-funded clinical research study on self-management support interventions for urban patients with type 2 diabetes. The current U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, appears in the video as the host. The 15-minute video gives the viewer concise, evidence-based patient information on key topics related to exercise and everyday physical activity for persons managing diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It features real persons with type 2 diabetes sharing their experiences with overcoming challenges to initiating physical activity.

Also, Dr. Hill-Briggs's research team published an article, titled "Cranial Volume, Mild Cognitive Deficits, and Functional Limitations Associated with Diabetes in a Community Sample," which received the Nelson Butters Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology. The Nelson Butters award is granted for the best research paper published in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology during the preceding year. The article is first-authored by graduate student Andrea Christman. The article appeared in the February 2010 issue of the journal, which is sponsored by the Academy. The award will be presented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology annual meeting in Marco Island, Florida in November 2011.

Linda C. Nebeling, PhD, Chief of the Health Behaviors Research Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Award in August 2011. This group award was given for outstanding accomplishments and scientific contributions to address childhood obesity, as a member of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.

Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD, received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University.

Mary Ann Pentz, PhD, received the Presidential Award for scientific achievement in translational and multiple health risk behavior prevention from the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). The Presidential Award is given to an individual or a team of individuals who have made a major specific contribution to prevention science research. This award is intended to be a "lifetime achievement" award for a significant body of research or theory in any area related to prevention that has had a major impact on the field.

James O. Prochaska, PhD, and First Lady Mrs. Obama, were named SOPHE's 2011 Honorary Fellows. Dr. Prochaska is Director of the Cancer Research Center at the University of Rhode Island and Founder of Pro-Change Behavior Systems,Inc. He is recognized as SOPHE's Honorary Fellow for his lifetime of achievements in improving the theoretical base of the health education field.

Amy Wachholtz, PhD, MDiv, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Health Psychology at UMass Medical School/UMass Medical Center was awarded a NIDA K23 Career Development award for her grant entitled, "Co-morbid Opioid Addiction and Chronic Pain."


Callen BL, Mefford L, Groer M, Thomas SP. Relationships among stress, infectious illness, and religiousness/spirituality in community dwelling elderly. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2011 Jul;4(3):195-206. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20101001-99. PubMed PMID: 21053840.

Campbell TS, Labelle LE, Bacon SL, Carlson LE. Impact of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on restoring blood pressure in women with cancer: A longitudinal waitlist-controlled study. J Behav Med. 2011 Jun 12. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 21667281.

Carlson LE, Lounsberry J, Maciejewski O, Hoeber M, Taenzer P. Telehealth-delivered group smoking cessation for rural and urban participants: Feasibility and cessation rates. Addict Behav. 2011 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 21968227.

Chapman J, Oser M, Hockemeyer J, Weitlauf J, Jones S, Cheung R. Changes in depressive symptoms and impact on treatment course among hepatitis C patients undergoing interferon-alpha and ribavirin therapy: A prospective evaluation. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011 Aug 9. doi:0.1038/ajg.2011.252. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 21826113.

Courtney PK. Data liquidity in health information systems. Cancer J. 2011 Jul-Aug;17(4):219-21. PubMed PMID: 21799328.

Dignan M, Evans M, Kratt P, Pollack LA, Pisu M, Smith JL, Prayor-Patterson H, Houston P, Watson C, Hullett S, Martin MY. Recruitment of low income, predominantly minority cancer survivors to a randomized trial of the 'I can cope' cancer education program. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Aug;22(3):912-24. PubMed PMID: 21841287.

Faseru B, Choi WS, Krebill R, Mayo MS, Nollen NL, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS, Cox LS. Factors associated with smoking menthol cigarettes among treatment-seeking African American light smokers. Addict Behav. 2011 Dec;36(12):1321-4. PubMed PMID: 21816543.

Garland SN, Carlson LE, Antle M, Samuels C, Campbell T. I-CAN SLEEP: Rationale and design of a non-inferiority RCT of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of insomnia in cancer survivors. Contemp Clin Trials. 2011 Sep;32(5):747-54. PubMed PMID: 21658476.

Gonzalez EW, Polansky M, Lippa C, Walker D, Fend D. Family caregivers at risk: Who are they? Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2011;32(8):528-36. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2011.573123. PubMed PMID: 21767255.

Hall KS, McAuley E. Examining indirect associations between physical activity, function, and disability in independent and assisted-living residents. J Phys Act Health. 2011 Jul;8(5):716-23. PubMed PMID: 21734318.

Heckman CJ, Coups EJ. Correlates of sunscreen use among high school students: A cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health. 2011 Aug 31;11:679. PubMed PMID: 21884577.

Heckman CJ, Manne SL. (2011). Shedding light on indoor tanning. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Hughes DC, Lenihan DJ, Harrison CA, Basen-Engquist KM. Exercise intervention for cancer survivors with heart failure: Two case reports. J Exerc Sci Fit. 2011;9(1):65-73. PubMed PMID: 21709755.

Jennifer KC, Elizabeth A, Susan AF. Evaluation of physical activity counseling in primary care using direct observation of the 5As. Ann Fam Med. 2011 Sep-Oct;9(5):416-22. PubMed PMID: 21911760.

Katz D, Tang F, Faseru B, Horwitz P, Decker C, Jones P, Spertus J. Prevalence and correlates of smoking cessation pharmacotherapy in hospitalized smokers with AMI. Am Heart J. 2011 Jul;162(1):74-80. PubMed PMID: 21742092.

Lee RE, Medina AV, Mama SK, Reese-Smith JY, O'Connor DP, Brosnan M, Cubbin C, McMillan T, Estabrooks PA. Health is power: An ecological theory-based health intervention for women of color. Contemp Clin Trials. 2011 Nov;32(6):916-23. PubMed PMID: 21782975.

Mama SK, Quill BE, Fernandez-Esquer ME, Reese-Smith JY, Banda JA, Lee RE. Body image and physical activity among African American and Hispanic or Latina women. Ethn Dis. 2011 Summer;21(3):281-7. PubMed PMID: 21942159.

Hirsch MA, Heyn PC. Alzheimer disease cognitive rehabilitation: From Communication to Community. Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2011 Jun 27. Post Author Corrections. doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e31821e57c9.

Martin MY, Pisu M, Oster R, Urmie JG, Schrag D, Huskamp H, Lee C, Kiefe C, Fouad M. Racial variation in willingness to trade financial resources for life prolonging cancer treatment. Cancer. 2011 Aug 1;117(15):3476-84. doi: 10.1002/cncr.25839. PubMed PMID: 21523759.

Martin MY, Kim YI, Kratt P, Litaker MS, Kohler CL, Schoenberger YM, Clarke SJ, Prayor-Patterson H, Tseng TS, Pisu M, Williams OD. Medication adherence among rural, low-income hypertensive adults: A randomized trial of a multimedia community based intervention. Am J Health Promot. 2011 Jul-Aug;25(6):372-8. PubMed PMID: 21721962.

McAlexander KM, Mama SK, Medina A, O'Connor DP, Lee RE. The concordance of directly and indirectly measured built environment attributes and physical activity adoption. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011 Jul 7;8(1):72. PubMed PMID: 21736740.

Natalie B, Cynthia MC, Maggie M, Amy JP, Simon M, Jennifer D. Understanding household behavioral risk factors for diarrheal disease in dar es salaam: A photovoice community assessment. J Environ Public Health. 2011;2011:130467. doi:10.1155/2011/130467. PubMed PMID: 21969836.

Plante TG, McChesney K. (2011). Sexual abuse in the Catholic church: A decade of crisis, 2002-2012. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO. ISBN: 978-0-313-39387-7.

Pollock NK, Bernard PJ, Gower BA, Gundberg CM, Wenger K, Misra S, Bassali R, Davis CL. Lower uncarboxylated osteocalcin concentrations in children with prediabetes is associated with beta-cell function. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Jul;96(7):E1092-9. doi:10.1210/jc.2010-2731. PubMed PMID: 21508147.

Prochaska JO, Evers KE, Johnson JL, Castle PH, Prochaska JM, Sears LE, Rula EY, Pope JE. The well-being assessment for productivity: A well-being approach to presenteeism. J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Jul;53(7):735-42. PubMed PMID: 21691220.

Prochaska JO, Prochaska JM. (2011) Recent findings related to the transtheoretical model. In Best Practices in the Behavioral Management of Chronic Disease. Editors Jodie A. Trafton and William P. Gordon. Los Altos, CA: Institute for Brain Potential. S1-1-S1-5.

Segar ML, Eccles JS, Richardson CR. Rebranding exercise: closing the gap between values and behavior. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011 Aug 31;8(1):94. PubMed PMID: 21884579.

Skatrud-Mickelson M, Adachi-Mejia AM. Tween sex differences in snacking preferences during television viewing. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Sep;111(9):1385-90. PMID: 21872703.

Stewart DA, Duan Q, Carlson L, Russell JA, Bahlis NJ, Duggan P, Hasegawa W, Voralia M. A prospective phase II study of RICE re-induction, then high-dose Fludarabine and Busulfan, followed by autologous or allogeneic blood stem cell transplantation for indolent B-cell lymphoma. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2011 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 21831743.

Suminski R, Ding D, Lee R, May L, Tota T, Dinius D. Youth physical activity opportunities in lower and higher income neighborhoods. J Urban Health. 2011 Aug;88(4):599-615. PubMed PMID: 21494895.

Thompson N, Nazir N, Cox LS, Faseru B, Goggin K, Ahluwalia J, Nollen NL. Unannounced telephone pill counts for assessing varenicline adherence in a pilot clinical trial. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2011 Sep 27;2011(5):475-482. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S24023.

Werch CE, Bian H, Carlson JM, Moore MJ, DiClemente CC, Huang IC, Ames SC, Thombs D, Weiler RM, Pokorny SB. Brief integrative multiple behavior intervention effects and mediators for adolescents. J Behav Med. 2011 Feb;34(1):3-12. PubMed PMID: 20661637.