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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Editorial Introduction, Markie L.C. Twist


Factors that Determine Comprehensive Categorical Classification of EHR Implementation Levels, Soumya Upadhyay and William Opoku-Agyeman


Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) and Cardiometabolic Indices During Pregnancy: The HOME Study, Ann M. Vuong, Joseph M. Braun, Andreas Sjödin, Antonia M. Calafat, Kimberly Yolton, Bruce P. Lanphear, and Aimin Chen

Prenatal Exposure to per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and Neurobehavior in Us Children Through 8 Years of Age: The HOME Study, Ann M. Vuong, Glenys M. Webster, Kimberly Yolton, Antonia M. Calafat, Gina Muckle, Bruce P. Lanphear, and Aimin Chen

Comparison of Vehicle Emissions by EMFAC-HK Model and Tunnel Measurement in Hong Kong, Xiaoliang Wang, Lung Wen Antony Chen, Kin Fai Ho, Chi Sing Chan, Zhuozhi Zhang, Shun Cheng Lee, Judith C. Chow, and John G. Watson


Associations Among Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Emotional Intelligence Among Veterinary Medicine Students, Julia Wells, Kylie Watson, Robert E. Davis, Syed Siraj A. Quadri, Joshua R. Mann, Ashutosh Verma, Manoj Sharma, and Vinayak K. Nahar

Dose Fractionation During Puberty Is More Detrimental to Mammary Gland Development Than an Equivalent Acute Dose of Radiation Exposure, Brandi Wiedmeyer, Jennifer To, Deepa M. Sridharan, Lung Chang Chien, Antoine M. Snijders, Hidetoshi Mori, and Janice M. Pluth

Respiratory and Perceptual Responses to High-Intensity Interval Exercise in Obese Adults, Michael W.H. Wong, Nicholas A. Ross, Lung-Chang Chien, and Dharini M. Bhammar

Clarification of Some Issues Using Bayesian Methods and Model Selection in Meta-Analysis and Reporting, Qing Wu, H. Mun, and B. Liu


Influence of the Request and Purchase of Television Advertised Foods on Dietary Intake and Obesity Among Children in China, Jinli Xian, Mao Zeng, Zhengjie Cai, Changxiao Xie, Yuqian Xie, Manoj Sharma, Yong Zhao, and Zumin Shi


The Utility of Genetic Risk Score to Improve Performance of FRAX for Fracture Prediction in US Postmenopausal Women, Xiangxue Xiao and Qing Wu


Prevalence Trend and Disparities in Rheumatoid Arthritis among US Adults, 2005–2018, Yingke Xu and Qing Wu


Trends in Osteoporosis and Mean Bone Density Among Type 2 Diabetes Patients in the Us From 2005 to 2014, Yingke Xu and Qing Wu

Predictors in Initiating and Maintaining Nutritional Behaviors to Deal With Menopausal Symptoms Based on Multi-Theory Model, Nooshin Yoshany, Manoj Sharma, Narjes Bahri, Sara Jambarsang, and Mohammad A. Morowatisharifabad

Submissions from 2020

Strategies for Increasing Impact, Engagement, and Accessibility in HIV Prevention Programs: Suggestions from Women in Urban High HIV Burden Counties in the Eastern United States (HPTN 064), Jasmine A. Abrams, Michelle Odlum, Emily Tillett, Danielle Haley, Jessica Justman, Sally Hodder, Linda Vo, Ann O’Leary, and Paula M. Frew

Transforming Culturally Relevant Research Amid a COVID-19 Pandemic, Eboni Anderson, Daryl Traylor, Carolee D. Francis, Megan Murphy-Belcaster, Melva Thompson-Robinson, Johanna E. Andrews, Tristesse Burton, Kristina Ricker, and Sutton King

Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Comorbidities and Atopic Disease in Nevada, Julia Anderson, Sheniz Moonie, Mary Beth Hogan, Rebecca Scherr, and Gayle Allenback

A Scoping Review of Conventional and Laser Acupuncture as a Modality of Treatment for Migraine, Chizoba Anyimukwu; Vinayak K. Nahar MD, PhD, MS, FRSPH; Sunita Kapur MD; and Manoj Sharma PhD

Factors Associated with Mental Health Service Utilization Among Ethiopian Immigrants and Refugees, Selam G. Ayele, Melva Thompson‑Robinson, Johanna Andrews, and Carolee Dodge Francis


Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Epidemic and Associated Predictors in Nevada: A Statewide Audit, 2016–2018, Kavita Batra, Patricia Cruz, Chad L. Cross, Neeraj Bhandari, Farooq Abdulla, Jennifer R. Pharr, and Mark P. Buttner


COVID-19 and Social Isolation Endangering Psychological Health of Older Adults: Implications for Telepsychiatry, Kavita Batra, Amanda Elizabeth Morgan, and Manoj Sharma

Understanding the Multidimensional Trajectory of Psychosocial Maternal Risk Factors Causing Preterm Birth: A Systematic Review, Kavita Batra, Jennifer Pharr, John O. Olawepo, and Patricia Cruz


Investigating the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 Among Healthcare Workers: A Meta-Analysis, Kavita Batra, Tejinder Pal Singh, Manoj Sharma, Ravi Batra, and Nena Schvaneveldt

Sex Moderates the Relationship That Number of Professional Fights Has With Cognition and Brain Volumes, Lauren L. Bennett, Steve J. Stephen, Charles Bernick, Guogen Shan, and Sarah J. Banks

Concussion Occurrence and Recognition in Professional Boxing and MMA Matches: Toward a Concussion Protocol in Combat Sports, Charles Bernick, Tucker Hansen, Winnie Ng, Vernon Williams, Margaret Goodman, Bryce Nalepa, Guogen Shan, and Tad Seifert


Trends in Mental Well-Being of Non-Hispanic White Children of Midlife Parents With Low Education, Neeraj Bhandari

Using the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) of Health Behavior Change to Explain Yoga Practice, LaVonne Brown MPH, CHES; Wu Di; Traci Hayes MBA, MS, DrPH; Veronica de Los Angeles Hernandez Morales BSc, MPH; and Manoj Sharma PhD, MBBS, MCHES

Efficacy Testing of the SAVOR (Sisters Adding Fruits and Vegetables for Optimal Results) Intervention Among African American Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial, LaVonne Brown, Manoj Sharma, Sophia Leggett, Jung H. Sung, Russell L. Bennett, and Mario Azevedo

Dietary Behaviours Among Han, Tujia and Miao Primary School Students: A Cross-Sectional Survey in Chongqing, China, Zhengjie Cai, Jinli Xian, Xianglong Xu, Ziwei Zhang, Camila Araujo, Manoj Sharma, and Yong Zhao

Effects of β-Carotene Intake on the Risk of Fracture: A Bayesian Meta-Analysis, Tesfaye Getachew Charkos, Yawen Liu, Kemal Sherefa Oumer, Ann M. Vuong, and Shuman Yang


Global Trends and Gaps in Research Related to Latent Tuberculosis Infection, Liling Chaw, Lung-Chang Chien, Justin Wong, Ken Takahashi, David Koh, and Ro-Ting Lin

Nonuniform Impacts of COVID-19 Lockdown on Air Quality Over the United States, L.W. Antony Chen, Lung-Chang Chien, Yi Li, and Ge Lin

Schoolchildren's Exposure to PM2.5: A Student Club-Based Air Quality Monitoring Campaign Using Low-Cost Sensors, L.W. Antony Chen, John O. Olawepo, Felicia Bonanno, Aman Gebreselassie, and Mi Zhang

The Lagged Effect of State Gun Laws on the Reduction of State-Level Firearm Homicide Mortality in the United States From 1999 to 2017, L. C. Chien and M. Gakh

Meteorological Impacts on the Incidence of COVID-19 in the U.S., Lung Chang Chien and Lung Wen Chen


Correction to: Temporal Trend of Research Related to Gun Violence from 1981 to 2018 in the United States: A Bibliometric Analysis, Lung-Chang Chien, Maxim Gakh, Courtney Coughenour, and Ro-Ting Lin


Temporal Trend of Research Related to Gun Violence from 1981 to 2018 in the United States: A Bibliometric Analysis, Lung-Chang Chien, Maxim Gakh, Courtney Coughenour, and Ro-Ting Lin

Spirituality and Prayer on Teacher Stress and Burnout in an Italian Cohort: A Pilot, Before-After Controlled Study, Francesco Chirico, Manoj Sharma, Salvatore Zaffina, and Nicola Magnavita

Associations Between Hormonal Biomarkers and Preterm Infant Health and Development During the First 2 Years After Birth, June Cho PhD, RN, FAAN; Lung-Chang Chien DrPH; and Diane Holditch-Davis PhD, RN, FAAN

Using the Multi-Theory Model of Health Behavior Change to Identify Correlates of Change in Substance Use Behavior in a Mental Health Clinic-Based Sample, Edith Claros, Vinayak K. Nahar, Milad Mafi, Carol Eliadi, Sherief Abu-Moustafa, and Manoj Sharma