University of Iowa College of Public Health faculty members Hyunkeun Ryan Cho and Paul Gilbert have been selected to receive Carver Trust Associate Professor Advancement Awards. The awards are intended to support the advancement of associate professors to full professors.
The awards can be used for a variety of scholarly activities such as advancing innovative research ideas, disseminating research findings, traveling to advance research partnerships, or engaging with new collaborators.
Cho, associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, will use the award to analyze data collected through a randomized intervention trial to test a post-diagnosis intervention with family caregivers of persons with dementia. The intervention, called Building a Bridge, focused on strengthening families’ social networks and support systems and linking families directly to community-based services and programs to minimize caregiving burden. Along with Sato Ashida, associate professor and the study’s principal investigator, Cho will mentor and train two graduate students to support the completion of data analyses for three research articles.
Gilbert, associate professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, will use the award to continue developing his research on alcohol use in transgender and gender diverse (TG/GD) populations. Emerging evidence suggests these populations engage in high levels of hazardous drinking and that TG/GD individuals should be considered a priority population for risk-reduction efforts. To date, none of the commonly used alcohol screening instruments have been tested in TG/GD populations. The goal of Gilbert’s study is to determine the best brief screening instrument to identify hazardous drinking in future TG/GD alcohol research. The study has the potential for high impact by addressing a key scientific gap.
The College of Public Health Associate Professor Advancement Award is co-funded by the CPH Research Office and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in the state of Iowa. The Carver Trust supports biomedical and scientific research, scholarships, and programs addressing the educational and recreational needs of youth.