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Faculty Research, Publications Proceed Apace

Posted Nov. 13, 2013

The college takes enormous pride in the pioneering work of our faculty and students who are constantly creating, discovering and leading the discourse in their disciplines.  Recent research has examined teen drivers, metabolic syndrome and several other topics.  Following are highlights:
 
John Hoornbeek, Ph.D., and a colleague published Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the United States:  An Inquiry into the Role of Total Maximum Daily Loads in the International Journal of Water Governance special issue on IWRM, July/August 2013.
 
Jonathan B. VanGeest, Ph.D., was guest co-editor of a special September 2013 issue of Evaluation and the Health Professions regarding surveying of clinicians.  VanGeest co-authored the introduction to the special issue, as well as an article analyzing techniques to improve survey response.  He also will have chapters on surveying physicians and patient populations in the forthcoming Handbook of Health Survey Methods, to be released by John Wiley & Sons in 2014.
 
In addition, VanGeest is co-editing, along with Timothy P. Johnson, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, and College of Public Health Dean Sonia Alemagno, Ph.D., the Handbook of Substance Abuse Research Methods, which will be one of the first textbooks of its kind.  Published by Springer US, this comprehensive volume will feature a number of Kent State faculty members and will present methodological and statistical techniques needed for gathering and working with data, respondents and challenges that are specific to substance abuse research.  Publication is anticipated in late 2014.
 
In the January 2014 issue of the American Journal of Health Behavior, Jingzhen “Ginger” Yang, Ph.D., and colleagues will publish findings of their examination of parent and teen agreement on driving expectations prior to teen licensure.
 
Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., and collaborators, including recent MPH graduate Amy Lyzen, published results of their investigation into the relationship between metabolic syndrome and exercise capacity in existing cardiac rehabilitation programs in the International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in July 2013.
 
Zullo, Madhav P. Bhatta, Ph.D., assistant professor, epidemiology, and three graduate students published recently in the online Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy.  They examined race and ethnicity factors among women with a history of myocardial infarction or coronary heart disease who were trying to lose weight.  Collaborators included Shane Brady, MPH ’12; Fan Shen, MHP ’13; and Julie T. Schaefer, doctoral student.