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In a study led by Vargas-Rivera and Wasim Maziak, director of the Clinical Research Lab for Tobacco Smoking and professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, investigators completed one of the first controlled studies to examine the effects of restricting flavor of e-cigarettes on the user experience. This clinical trial evaluates the impact of e-cigarette flavor manipulation on the user’s puffing behavior, subjective experience, harm perception, and nicotine exposure among college-aged users. The results were recently published in the journal Tobacco Control.
Researching financial planning options for families with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Rumi Agarwal, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Public Health at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, was recently awarded a grant from the Social Security Administration’s Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program to examine financial planning experiences among families with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) , especially in respect to the ABLE Act.
SocialWorkDegree.org, a comprehensive guide that enables students to compare all online and campus-based social work programs in the U.S., ranked two Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work among the top degrees in Florida for 2020. The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) degree ranked 2nd best in the state while the Master of Social Work (MSW) ranked 3rd.
Epidemiology student awarded grant to study neighborhood factors in achieving sustained HIV viral suppression
Rahel Dawit, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, was recently awarded a two-year grant for $68,122 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health to examine social and physical neighborhood factors such as living in economically deprived neighborhoods or distance to care facilities on HIV care outcomes, and their impact on sustained HIV viral suppression.
“Public health professions often go unseen. These are the people who are keeping us safe and preventing illness before it happens,” said Deidre A. Okeke ‘17, public health admissions coordinator at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. “The pandemic has highlighted these professions and the need for public health careers. I would not be surprised to see public health positions in companies where we never expected them to be, with those jobs taking center stage soon.”