Publications of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Public Health faculty.


Submissions from 2023


Food Insecurity and Risky Sexual Behaviors Among College Students During The COVID-19 Pandemic, Bertille Assoumou, Jennifer Pharr, and Courtney Coughenour

Submissions from 2022

Adverse childhood experiences and sleep difficulties among young adult college students, Larisa D. Albers, Timothy J. Grigsby, Stephanie M. Benjamin, Christopher J. Rogers, Jennifer B. Unger, and Myriam Forster

Creating a Minority Stress Index to Examine Mental Health Impacts of Discrimination Among Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Adults, Axenya Kachen, Jennifer R. Pharr, Lung-Chang Chien, and Jason D. Flatt

From Air Quality Sensors to Sensor Networks: Things We Need to Learn, Yi Li, Ziyang Yuan, Lung-Wen A. Chen, Ajay Pillarisetti, Varun Yadav, Mengxian Wu, Houxin Cui, and Chuanfeng Zhao

Examining the Relationship Between Self-Reported Lifetime Cancer Diagnosis and Nativity: Findings From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (Nhanes) 2011–2018, Luceta McRoy, Josué Epané, Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, Ferhat Zengul, Robert Weech-Maldonado, and George Rust


Microbial Contamination on Ambulance Surfaces: A Systematic Literature Review, Adam Obenza, Patricia Cruz, Mark Buttner, and D. Woodard


Air Quality Health Benefits of the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard, Alireza Rezaee, Lung-Wen Chen, Ge Lin, Mark P. Buttner, Max Gakh, and Emma Frances Bloomfield

Adverse childhood experiences and substance use: Educational and policy implications, Manoj Sharma


A Qualitative Analysis of the Impact of Electronic Health Records (EHR) on Healthcare Quality and Safety: Clinicians’ Lived Experiences, Soumya Upadhyay and Han-fen Hu


Factors Associated with Opioid Overdose after an Initial Opioid Prescription, Scott G. Weiner, Sanae El Ibrahimi, Michelle A. Hendricks, Sara E. Hallvik, Christi Hildebran, Michael A. Fischer, Roger D. Weiss, Edward W. Boyer, Peter W. Kreiner, Dagan A. Wright, Diana P. Flores, and Grant A. Ritter

Submissions from 2021

The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Sleep Difficulties Among Young Adult College Students, Larisa Albers, Timothy Grigsby, Stephanie M. Benjmain, Christopher J. Rogers, and Myriam Forster

Predictors of Mind-Body Therapy Use among Sexual Minority Older Adults, Joel G. Anderson, Marissa Bartmess, Jennifer M. Jabson Tree, and Jason D. Flatt

Characteristics of Sexual and Gender Minority Caregivers of People With Dementia, Joel G. Anderson, Jason D. Flatt, Jennifer M. Jabson Tree, Alden L. Gross, and Karen M. Rose


Global, Regional, and National Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goal 3.2 for Neonatal and Child Health: All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality Findings From the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019, Asma Awan and Numerous Authors, See Full List Below

The Relationship Between Tree Canopy and Social Capital on Physical Activity in College Students, Melissa Bartshe, Courtney Coughenour, and Haroon Stephen

The Impact of an Educational Intervention on Distracted Driving Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Among College Students, Helena Berlin, Courtney Coughenour, Jennifer Pharr, Timothy J. Bungum, Heidi Manlove, and Guogan Shan


Assessing Clinical Change in Individuals Exposed to Repetitive Head Impacts: The Repetitive Head Impact Composite Index, Charles Bernick, Guogen Shan, Lauren Bennett, Jay Alberts, and Jeffrey Cummings


Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Labor Market in the United States: Lower Paid Workers Experienced Higher Vulnerability and Slower Recovery, Neeraj Bhandari, Kavita Batra, Soumya Upadhyay, and Christopher Cochran


Sociodemographic Inequities in Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development Across Brazilian Municipalities, Gabriela Buccini, Stefanie Eugênia dos Anjos Coelho Kubo, Jéssica Pedroso, Juracy Bertoldo, Alberto Sironi, Marcos Ennes Barreto, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Sonia Isoyama Venancio, and Muriel Bauermann Gubert

Nurturing Care Indicators for the Brazilian Early Childhood Friendly Municipal Index (IMAPI), Gabriela Buccini, Jéssica Pedroso, Stefanie Coelho, Gabriel Ferreira de Castro, Juracy Bertoldo, Alberto Sironi, Joao Gondim, Sonia Isoyama Venancio, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Marcos Ennes Barreto, and Muriel Bauermann Gubert

Scaling Up of Brazil's Crianca Feliz Early Childhood Development Program: An Implementation Science Analysis, Gabriela Buccini, Sonia I. Venancio, and Rafael Perez-Escamilla

Biological Impact of Low Dose Radiation on Mitochondrial Defective Lymphoblastoid Cells, J. Chen, D. M. Sridharan, Chad Cross, and Janice M. Pluth

Brownness of Organic Aerosol over the United States: Evidence for Seasonal Biomass Burning and Photobleaching Effects, Lung-Wen A. Chen, Judith C. Chow, Xiaoliang Wang, Junji Cao, Jingqiu Mao, and John G. Watson


Lagged Meteorological Impacts on COVID-19 Incidence Among High-Risk Counties in the United States—a Spatiotemporal Analysis, Lung-Chang Chien, Lung-Wen Antony Chen, and Ro-Ting Lin

Using the Health Belief Model to Assess the Impact of Student Pharmacist-Led Health Outreach Events, Angela Chu, Brittany M. Harnicher, Bertha P. Castrellon, Jeffrey A. Bowers, and Guogen Shan

Pandemic-Specific Factors Related to Generalized Anxiety Disorder during the Initial COVID-19 Protocols in the United States, Millie Cordaro, Timothy J. Grigsby, Jeffrey T. Howard, Rebecca G. Deason, Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek, and Krista Howard

Assessing Determinants of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Nevada, Courtney Coughenour, Maxim Gakh, Manoj Sharma, Brian Labus, and Lung-Chang Chien


Social Media, Stress and Sleep Deprivation: A Triple “S” Among Adolescents, Micajah Daniels, Manoj Sharma, and Kavita Batra

Differences in Rapid Increases in County-Level COVID-19 Incidence by Implementation of Statewide Closures and Mask Mandates — United States, June 1–September 30, 2020, Sharoda Dasgupta, Ahmed M. Kassem, Gregory Sunshine, Tiebin Liu, Charles Rose, Gloria J. Kang, Rachel Silver, Brandy L.Peterson Maddox, Christina Watson, Mara Howard-Williams, Maxim Gakh, Russell McCord, Regen Weber, Kelly Fletcher, Trieste Musial, Michael A. Tynan, Rachel Hulkower, Amanda Moreland, Dawn Pepin, Lisa Landsman, Amanda Brown, Siobhan Gilchrist, Catherine Clodfelter, Michael Williams, Ryan Cramer, Alexa Limeres, Adebola Popoola, Sebnem Dugmeoglu, and Julia Shelburne


Conceptualization of College Students' COVID-19 Related Mask-Wearing Behaviors Using the Multi-Theory Model of Health Behavior Change, Robert E. Davis, Manoj Sharma, Kayla E. Simon, and Amanda H. Wilkerson

Opioid-Related Hospitalizations and Intravenous Drug Users: Sociodemographic, Spatial, and Comorbid Associations Among Hospital Inpatients and Community-Based Harm Reduction Organization Participants, Jacklynn De Leon, Sheniz Moonie, Jay J. Shen, Karen S. Gutierrez, and Chad L. Cross

Household Food Insecurity and Early Childhood Development in Brazil: An Analysis of Children Under 2 Years of Age, Klébya H.D. De Oliveira, Gabriela Buccini, Daphne C. Hernandez, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, and Muriel B. Gubert

Associations Between Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Emotional Intelligence Among Osteopathic Medical Students, Nicole A. Doyle, Robert E. Davis, Syed Siraj A. Quadri, Joshua R. Mann, Manoj Sharma, Richard M. Wardrop, and Vinayak K. Nahar

Characteristics and Health Care Events of Patients Admitted to Treatment for Both Heroin and Methamphetamine Compared to Patients Admitted for Heroin Only, Sanae El Ibrahimi, Sara Hallvik, Kirbee Johnston, Gillian Leichtling, P. Todd Korthuis, Brian Chan, and Daniel M. Hartung

Cognitive Decline among Older Nevadans: Population-based Findings from the 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Jason D. Flatt, Alexandria Evans, Renato M. Liboro, Samantha E. John, and Sheniz Moonie

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Intimate Partner Violence; Findings From a Community Sample of Hispanic Young Adults, Myriam Forster, Christopher J. Rogers, Bethany Rainisch, Timothy Grigsby, Carmen De La Torre, Larisa Albers, and Jennifer B. Unger

State Recreational Marijuana Laws and Dispensaries: Chronic School Absenteeism in Washington State, Maxim Gakh, Courtney Coughenour, Brooke Conway Kleven, and Brian Labus

State Recreational Marijuana Laws and Dispensaries: Chronic School Absenteeism in Washington State, Maxim Gakh, Courtney Coughenour, Brooke Conway Kleven, and Brian Labus

Measuring Routine Childhood Vaccination Coverage in 204 Countries and Territories, 1980–2019: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2020, Release 1, Natalie C. Galles; Patrick Y. Liu; Rachel I. Updike; Stephen S. Lim; Jonathan F. Mosser; Asma Tahir Awan; and GBD 2020, Release 1, Vaccine Coverage Collaborators


Concordance and Patient-Centered Care in Medicaid Enrollees’ Care Experience With Providers, Iwimbong Kum Ghabowen and Neeraj Bhandari

Leaving “Drug Abuse” Behind: A Theoretical and Methodological Heuristic to Selecting “Problem Drug Use” or “Drug Misuse” as Alternative Terms, Timothy J. Grigsby

Correlates of COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Increases in Sleep Aid and Anti-Anxiety Medication Use, Timothy J. Grigsby, Jeffrey T. Howard, Rebecca G. Deason, Kelly B. Haskard-Zolnierek, and Krista Howard

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Past 30-Day Cigarette and E-Cigarette Use Among Sexual and Gender Minority College Students, Timothy J. Grigsby, Phillip W. Schnarrs, Mitchell R. Lunn, Stephanie M. Benjamin, Katherine Lust, and Myriam Forster

Association of State-Issued Mask Mandates and Allowing On-Premises Restaurant Dining with County-Level COVID-19 Case and Death Growth Rates-United States, March 1-December 31, 2020, Gery P. Guy Jr., PhD; Florence C. Lee MPH; Gregory Sunshine JD; Russell McCord JD; Mara Howard-Williams JD; Lyudmyla Kompaniyets PhD; Christopher Dunphy PhD; Maxim Gakh JD; Regen Weber; Erin Sauber-Schatz PhD; John D. Omura MD; and Greta M. Massetti PhD

Obesity in Early Childhood: Examining the Relationship among Demographic, Behavioral, Nutritional, and Socioeconomic Factors, Amanda Haboush-Deloye, Helena Berlin, Erika Marquez, and Sheniz Moonie

Linkage of Public Health and All Payer Claims Data for Population-Level Opioid Research, Sara E. Hallvik, Nazanin Dameshghi, Sanae El Ibrahimi, Michelle A. Hendricks, Christi Hildebran, Carissa J. Bishop, and Scott G. Weiner

Exploring Potential Mediation Pathways on the Relationship Between Acculturation and Body Mass Index (BMI) Among Latino Adolescents, Christopher Johansen, Kim D. Reynolds, Bin Xie, and Paula Palmer

Decline in COVID-19 Hospitalization Growth Rates Associated with Statewide Mask Mandates-10 States, March-October 2020, Heesoo Joo PhD, Gabrielle F. Miller PhD, Gregory Sunshine JD, Maxim Gakh JD, Jamison Pike PhD, Fiona P. Havers MD, Lindsay Kim MD, Regen Weber, Sebnem Dugmeoglu MPH, Christina Watson DrPH, and Fátima Coronado MD

Childhood Lead Poisoning Associated with Turmeric Spices – Las Vegas, 2019, Matthew Kappel, Vit Kraushaar, Arthuro Mehretu, Westol Slater, and Erika Marquez

Notes From the Field: Childhood Lead Poisoning Associated With Turmeric Spices - Las Vegas, 2019, Matthew Kappel, Vit Kraushaar, Arthuro Mehretu, Westol Slater, and Erika Marquez

COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy in the United States: A Rapid National Assessment, Jagdish Khubchandani, Sushil Sharma, James H. Price, Michael J. Wiblishauser, Manoj Sharma, and Fern J. Webb

Proximity to Traffic and Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Relation to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Conduct Disorder in U.S. Children, Stephani S. Kim, Ann M. Vuong, Kim N. Dietrich, and Aimin Chen

What Drives Variations in Public Health and Social Services Expenditures? The Association Between Political Fragmentation and Local Expenditure Patterns, Yonsu Kim and Jae Hong Kim


Depression in Women Migrants Living in Slums in North India, Ram Lakhan and Manoj Sharma

Consideration in Curriculum Design for Teaching about Race and Racism in Gerontology, Darren Liu and Betty Burston

Isms in Health Care Human Resources: A Concise Guide to Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Darren Liu, Betty Burston, Shartriya C. Stewart, and Heidi H. Mulligan

Socioeconomic Impacts on the Intergenerational Associations of Preterm Birth, Dong Liu, Ge L. Kan, Ming Qu, and James M. Alexander

Trends in Utilization of Human Papillomavirus Vaccines and the Incidence of Malignant Cervical Cancer in the U.S. Population: A Secondary Analysis, Myah Luna and Soumya Upadhyay

A Systematic Review of the Rationale for Vaccine Hesitancy among American Parents, Jordan Luttrell-Freeman, Timothy J. Bungum, and Jennifer R. Pharr

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development BUILD Las Vegas 2019 Event: Lessons Learned in Public Health Community Engagement, Melissa Marshall, Selam Ayele, Casey Barber, Erin Sheehy, Daidre Gamboa, and Shawn Gerstenberger

Cancer Mortality Disparities Among Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Populations in California, Heidy N. Medina, Karen E. Callahan, Cyllene R. Morris, Caroline A. Thompson, Adugna Siweya, and Paulo S. Pinheiro

Inpatient Palliative Care Utilisation Among Patients With Gallbladder Cancer in the United States: A 10-Year Perspective, Zahra Mojtahedi, Guogen Shan, Katayoon Ghodsi, Karen Callahan, Ji W. Yoo, Jennifer Vanderlaan, Jerry Reeves, and Jay J. Shen

The Demand for Family Planning to Limit Childbearing Satisfied With Female Permanent Contraception in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Meta-Analysis of Demographic and Health Surveys, Babayemi O. Olakunde and Jennifer R. Pharr

Nonuptake of HIV Testing Among Transgender Populations in the United States: Results from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, Babayemi O. Olakunde, Jennifer R. Pharr, Daniel A. Adeyinka, and Donaldson F. Conserve

Spatial Analysis of HIV Infection and the Associated Correlates Among Transgender Persons in the United States, Babayemi O. Olakunde, Jennifer R. Pharr, Daniel A. Adeyinka, Donaldson F. Conserve, and Dustin T. Duncan

Assessment of telehealth-based psychological help-seeking among college students: Application of the multi-theory model of health behavior change, Oluwatoyin Olatunde, Dallion Richards, Vinayak Nahar, Manoj Sharma, Page Dobbs, and Robert Davis

Health Care Providers’ Perceptions About Overweight and Obesity Among People Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Nigeria, John O. Olawepo, Jennifer R. Pharr, Raisa Kabir, and Ayodotun Olutola


A Novel Behavioral Model in Initiation and Sustenance of Toothbrushing Behavior Among Dental and Medical Students in India: An Exploratory Analysis, Dhiraj Panjwani, Mithun Pai, Shweta Yellapurkar, Aayush Poddar, Gururaghavendran Rajesh, and Manoj Sharma

Armed in Army: A Case Study of How BTS Fans Successfully Collaborated to #Matchamillion for Black Lives Mater, So Yeon Park, Nicole Santero, Blair Kaneshiro, and Jin Ha Lee

Maternal Mental Health Mediates the Relationship Between Household Food Insecurity and Early Child Development in Brazil, Jéssica Pedroso, Fernando José Herkrath, Gabriela Buccini, Sonia Isoyama Venancio, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, and Muriel Bauermann Gubert

Atopic Dermatitis: Preventing and Managing the Itch That Rashes, and a Case for the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) for Health Behavior Change for Educational Interventions, Kayla Penny, Manoj Sharma, Amy E. Flischel, Robert T. Brodell, and Vinayak K. Nahar

Atopic Dermatitis: Preventing and Managing the Itch That Rashes, and a Case for the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) for Health Behavior Change for Educational Interventions, Kayla Penny, Manoj Sharma, Amy E. Flischel, Robert T. Brodell, and Vinayak K. Nahar

Prenatal Exposure to a Mixture of Organophosphate Esters and Intelligence Among 8-Year-Old Children of the HOME Study, Zana Percy, Ann M. Vuong, Yingying Xu, Changchun Xie, Maria Ospina, Antonia M. Calafat, Bruce P. Lanphear, Joseph M. Braun, Kim M. Cecil, Kim N. Dietrich, Aimin Chen, and Kimberly Yolton

Health Disparities Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Nonbinary Adults 50 Years Old and Older in the United States, Jennifer R. Pharr


Propensity Score Analysis Assessing the Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases Among the Transgender Population in the United States Using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2017–2019), Jennifer R. Pharr and Kavita Batra


Physical and Mental Disabilities Among the Gender-Diverse Population Using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Brfss (2017–2019): A Propensity-Matched Analysis, Jennifer R. Pharr and Kavita Batra

Kidney Cancer Mortality Disparities Among Hispanics in the US, Paulo S. Pinheiro, Heidy N. Medina, Karen E. Callahan, Tulay Koru-Sengul, Janaki Sharma, Erin N. Kobetz, and Frank J. Penedo

Hypertension, BMI, and Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Diseases, Wenjing Qiao, Xinyi Zhang, Bo Kan, Ann M. Vuong, Shanshan Xue, Yuzheng Zhang, Binbin Li, Qianqian Zhao, Dingjie Guo, Xue Shen, and Shuman Yang

Prevalence of Parkinson's Disease: A Community-Based Study in China, Shige Qi, Peng Yin, Linhong Wang, Ming Qu, Ge Lin Kan, Han Zhang, Qingjun Zhang, Yize Xiao, Ying Deng, Zhong Dong, Yan Shi, Jun Meng, Piu Chan, and Zhihui Wang


Does the Provision of High-Technology Health Services Change After the Privatization of Public Hospitals?, Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, Ferhat Zengul, Josué Epané, Larry Hearld, Luceta McRoy, and Robert Weech-Maldonado

The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Substance Use Trajectories From Adolescence to Adulthood: Findings From a Longitudinal Hispanic Cohort Study, Christopher J. Rogers, Myriam Forster, Timothy J. Grigsby, Larisa Albers, Celina Morales, and Jennifer B. Unger

Conservative Confidence Intervals for the Intraclass Correlation Coefficient for Clustered Binary Data, Guogen Shan

Optimal Two-Stage Designs Based on Restricted Mean Survival Time for a Single-Arm Study, Guogen Shan

Advanced Statistical Methods and Designs for Clinical Trials for COVID-19, Guogen Shan and Weizhen Wang

Bootstrap Confidence Intervals for Correlation Between Continuous Repeated Measures, Guogen Shan, Hua Zhang, and Jim Barbour

A protocol for assessing the readiness for practicing meditation (manan dhyana) as a tool for reduction of stress among high-risk occupations, Manoj Sharma


Can the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) of Health Behavior Change Explain the Intent for People to Practice Meditation?, Manoj Sharma, Matthew Asare, Ram Lakhan, Amar Kanekar, Vinayak K. Nahar, and Sheniz Moonie PhD


Testing Multi-Theory Model (MTM) In Explaining Sunscreen Use Among Florida Residents: An Integrative Approach for Sun Protection, Manoj Sharma, Matthew Asare, Erin Largo-Wight, Julie Merten, Mike Binder, Ram Lakhan, and Kavita Batra


A Theory-Based Analysis of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among African Americans in the United States: A Recent Evidence, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, and Ravi Batra


Explaining Handwashing Behavior in a Sample of College Students during COVID-19 Pandemic Using the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) of Health Behavior Change: A Single Institutional Cross-Sectional Survey, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, Robert E. Davis, and Amanda H. Wilkerson


Testing the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) to Predict the Use of New Technology for Social Connectedness in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, and Jason Flatt

Explaining Screen-Time Behavior Among Preschoolers in Northern India Using Multi Theory Model: A Parental Cross-Sectional Survey, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, Tejinder P. Singh, Rohini Dua, Melinda Ickes, Ravi Batra, and Vinayak K. Nahar


Utility of Multi-Theory Model (MTM) to Explain the Intention for PAP Adherence in Newly Diagnosed Sleep Apnea Patients, Manoj Sharma, Anuj Chandra, Ryan Toth, and Vinayak K. Nahar


Using the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) of Health Behavior Change to Explain the Correlates of Mammography Screening among Asian American Women, Manoj Sharma, Chia-Liang Dai, Kavita Batra, Ching-Chen Chen, Jennifer R. Pharr, Courtney Coughenour, Asma Awan, and Hannah Catalano

COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among College Students: A Theory-Based Analysis, Manoj Sharma, Robert E. Davis, and Amanda H. Wilkerson

Worldwide rural dermatology health services research, Manoj Sharma, M E. Thomley, J E. Roberts, and Vinayak K. Nahar


Intergenerational Perceptions and Practices in Breastfeeding and Child Feeding Among Quilombola Women in Goiás State, Brazil, Priscila Olin Silva, Muriel Bauermann Gubert, Amanda Kellen Pereira da Silva, Lucélia Luiz Pereira, Leonor Maria Pacheco Santos, and Gabriela Buccini

Characteristics of Major League Baseball Pitchers After Single and Revision Tommy John Surgery, Masaru Teramoto and Chad L. Cross

Skin Cancer in Skin of Color: The Importance of Expanding Education and Prevention Efforts to Include This Community, Meredith E. Thomley, Damien L. Roland, C. Alexis Noble, Manoj Sharma, Sonya R. Shipley, and Vinayak K. Nahar

Introduction to Special Issue on the Parenting Relationship, Markie L.C. Twist