Community and Behavioral Health News

The latest news from the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

UI researchers study self-driving cars and crosswalk cues for young pedestrians

Elizabeth O'Neal, assitant professor of community and behavioral health, is part of a UI research team studying how children interact with driverless cars to determine when it's safe to cross the road. (KCRG) Published May 8, 2024

Researchers study self-driving vehicles, young pedestrians, and road-crossing

In a new study, University of Iowa researchers investigated how pre-teenage children determined when it was safe to cross a residential street with oncoming self-driving cars. The study was co-authored by Jodie Plumert, professor of psychological and brain sciences, and Elizabeth O’Neal, assistant professor of community and behavioral health. (Iowa Now) Published April 26, 2024

Afifi, Chrischilles honored with 2024 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

Rima Afifi, professor of community and behavioral health, and Elizabeth Chrischilles, professor and head of epidemiology, are two of six outstanding University of Iowa faculty members to be honored with the 2024 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.  Published April 24, 2024

Askelson receives Iowa Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Award

Natoshia Askelson, associate professor of community and behavioral health, has been selected to receive a 2024 Iowa Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Award. Each awardee will receive $25,000 annually for the next three years to support their scholarly activities.  Published April 19, 2024

Community and Behavioral Health invites participants for NAMIWalks 2024

Faculty and staff in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health invite others to lace up their sneakers and join Team CBH on May 4 for NAMIWalks 2024, a community event dedicated to raising awareness for mental health. Published April 17, 2024

Laura Schwab Reese discusses violence and injury prevention

Alumna Laura Schwab Reese (15PhD, 13certificate) is an associate professor of public health at Purdue University and the president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR). She recently discussed her research interests and work with SAVIR. Published April 10, 2024

Story receives Associate Professor Advancement Award 

Will Story, associate professor of community and behavioral health, has been selected to receive a Carver Trust Associate Professor Advancement Award. The award is intended to support the advancement of associate professors to full professors.  Published April 10, 2024

Study examines resolving alcohol use disorder without treatment

While highly effective, specialty alcohol treatment may present barriers, such as cost and stigma. A variety of strategies and other factors—often in combination—help people address their problem drinking without the use of specialized alcohol services, according to a study by CPH researchers of untreated people in recovery from alcohol use disorder. (Newswise) Published April 1, 2024

Amber Hawkins recognized with IPHA Emerging Leader Award

MPH student Amber Hawkins was honored by members of the Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA) with the 2024 Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes an individual who has exhibited public health leadership in Iowa through advocacy, community involvement, and/or program innovation as a student or early career professional. Published April 1, 2024

Iowa researchers discuss alcohol consumption as a risk factor for cancer

CPH researchers Mary Charlton and Paul Gilbert discussed Iowa's cancer rates and risk factors for cancer, including alcohol consumption. (Daily Iowan) Published March 21, 2024