Funded Research

Our research efforts center on understanding individual- and community-level factors that influence health behavior choices and developing ways to encourage positive behavior change.

African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality of any ethnic/racial group. This study aims to increase our understanding of factors which influence African Americans’ decisions about health care seeking and CRC screening behavior.
This study will develop and initially test an intervention designed to help young adults who regularly use marijuana to reduce their intake.
The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) was created by major national and international health agencies to improve the ability of countries to design, implement and evaluate anti-tobacco efforts.
People sometimes don’t know their risk for health problems. This study examines how not knowing your risk affects engaging in health behaviors to prevent health problems.
Sleep disturbances are cardinal features of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. This randomized cross-over trial will examine two treatment options for sleep apnea among veterans.
Operation: SAFETY (Soldiers And Families Excelling Through the Years) is a longitudinal research study which will examine the health and well-being of U.S. Army Reserve soldiers and their partners.
This project will examine the impact of prenatal exposure to cigarettes on a child’s development of self-regulation—the ability to modulate emotions and behave in socially appropriate ways.

Despite the commonly held belief that marijuana suppresses aggression, many cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys find positive associations between marijuana use and intimate partner violence (IPV).

There are racial disparities in prostate cancer treatment, but the root causes of these disparities are unknown. Heather Orom, PhD, is exploring several possible explanations to help reduce racial gaps in prostate cancer mortality and patient treatment.