IPPH News for 2021


  • Dr. Kim Barker, one of the 2021 Grants Mentoring Program Mentees, was recently funded by the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy, Georgia College. The project is titled Collaborative Learning in Multi-Sensory Based Environments for Early Childhood (CLIMBE), and will investigate factors that impact implementation of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (IPE/C) between teachers and OTs to deliver evidence-based early language/literacy practices via the CLIMBE program. Dr. Barkers Co-PI on this project is Dr. Benevides, and they will be working with Sharon Swift and the Richmond County School District.
  • Big news for Dr. Wilcox! She is now Board Certified in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
  • Through the AU Day of Service IPPH collected 592 items, which equalled 180 pounds, for Paws Pantry, which helps AU students who deal with food insecurity.




Welcome to our second cohort of the Grants Mentoring Program! From top to bottom, left to right, we have Dr. Kim Barker from the College of Education, Dr. Biplab Datta from IPPH, Dr. Ashwini Tiwari, also from IPPH, Dr. Wendy Turner from Pamplin, and Dr. Melanie Wilcox from the College and Science and Mathematics and IPPH.

We are excited to work with this cohort to help them prepare and submit for extramural funding over the next two years!
  • Dr. Wilcox discussed her research on student debt and psychological impacts, during the American Bar Association’s week of action on student debt.


Dr. Tiwari received funding for a 5yr project through SAMHSA titled Serving Underserved Populations in Rural Settings: Targeting Treatment and Adolescent Resilience Together (SUPRSTART) Project. The goal of this 5yr project is to expand the availability of evidence-based trauma treatment for youth victims of child maltreatment across seven rural GA counties.






  • Dr. Vahe Heboyan received funding for a 3yr project through HRSA titled Comprehensive Opioid Program in Northeast Georgia (COPiNG). This project extends our current HRSA network to 9 counties in Northeast Georgia.
  • Dr. Teal Benevides is a Co-Investigator on two separate teams that have received funding. The first is a PCORI funded comparative effectiveness study comparing two suicide prevention interventions for adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum (PIs Maddox and Jager-Hyman). She will lead the Engagement Core to support autistic adults in playing key roles on the project. This project is an extension of Teal’s 2017 PCORI funded project, AASET. Second, is a statewide disability and health program cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Leadership in Disability, Georgia State University (PI Vinoski Thomas). She will participate with the project team to contribute to data mapping to implement and evaluate several activities aimed to improve the health of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and adults with mobility limitations in Georgia.
  • Dr. Justin Moore received an LRP award from the Health Disparities through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).
  • Augusta University collaborated with McCorkle Nurseries, Inc. (MNI) to provide health screenings for nursery employees in McDuffie County. The first-time collaboration in this community was initiated by Population Health Science’s Dr. Jessica Stewart. Co-Organizer Dr. Lorriane Odhiambo with IPPH, made the expansion of the health fair possible. Read the Jagwire. 
  • IPPH hosted Augusta University’s new Provost, Dr. Neil MacKinnon, as part of his campus tour visiting the university’s colleges and other units. He met our outstanding faculty and staff, shared his initiatives and vision for the next several years at AU, and to toured the renovations taking place in some of our newly acquired office space.
  • Dr. Lynn Glenn participated in a panel which discussed government-provided healthcare in South Carolina, and is part of a series on the healthcare crisis in South Carolina.


  • Dr. Steven Coughlin, a professor in Population Health Sciences, Epidemiology with an appointment in IPPH who also works with our Center for Bioethics and Health Policy, recently had a book that he collaborated on released. Titled Ethics in Epidemiology and published by Oxford University Press.


The 2021 Summer Scholars Program ended with the Scholars presenting the work they collaborated on with their mentors. We were thrilled to work with a great group of young researchers, and are excited to see where their careers take them.

Congratulations Bethany, Bekah, Tess and Jamani on finishing the program and good luck!



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he Institute of Public and Preventive Health (IPPH) works to improve health, reduce health disparities, and prevent injuries and illnesses in Georgia through research, service, leadership, and training.

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