Community & Global Public Health Student Research Projects

All FRI students present their research posters at campus events. Each cohort presents two posters, the first is a pre-proposal developed in the fall first-year Research Methods Seminar. The second poster represents results from the research proposed in the spring first-year course and then conducted in the fall second-year course. These posters are presented at a public session at the annual FRI Research Day in December. At that event, each student team has an opportunity to talk with other faculty and students about their research results.

Community & Global Public Health Research Themes

  • Social Determinants of Health (Police Reform, COVID-19)
  • Reproductive Health
  • Stress, Sleep, Mental & Physical Health
  • Diet & Exercise as Factors in Healthy Human Growth

This figure shows individual curves (colored lines) and the mean curve (bold black line) for bone mass growth in 141 girls from Upstate New York. Individual growth curves model annual measurements of whole body bone mineral content (WBBMC, g), showing wide variation in bone mass amount, growth rate (velocity) and age of peak growth velocity between girls. Evaluation of lifestyle as a factor in development across childhood, adolescence and emerging adulthood is important, as this period provides the foundation for health and disease across the lifespan.

Cohort 9 2022-23 in Fall 2022, as first-year students (pre-proposal stage)

  • A terrifying epidemic: opioid abuse during pregnancy
  • Food for thought: diet patterns & cognitive function
  •  International disparities in metabolic syndrome prevalence
  • Key abortion issues in the United States
  • Preventable risk factors for dementia - a global perspective

Cohort 8 2021-22 in Fall 2022, as second-year students (research results)

  • Adverse childhood experiences & psychosocial health
  • Adverse childhood experiences: physical & mental health interactions
  • Assessing & improving college lifestyles
  • COVID-19: socioeconomics, perceptions, attitudes, & health behaviors
  • Views on reproductive & sexual health education

Cohort 8 2021-22 in Fall 2021, as first-year students (pre-proposal stage)

  • Disparities in HIV infection among marginalized groups
  • Environmental factors in cardiovascular and mental health
  • Predictors of COVID-19 vaccine rates
  • Trauma and variable post-traumatic stress disorder development in police officers
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus and mental health

Cohort 7 2020-21 in Fall 2021, as second-year students (research results)

  • Adverse childhood experiences & COVID-19 pandemic health
  • Predictors of COVID-19 vaccine attitudes
  • Protecting fertility & building healthy families
  • Public perception of law enforcement
  • Youth diet & exercise as factors in musculoskeletal health

Cohort 7 2020-21 in Fall 2020, as first-year students (pre-proposal stage)

  • Barriers to contraceptive use in the United States
  • Cops and culpability: how should the police effectively handle people with mental illness?
  • Culture and public attitudes to COVID-19
  • Effect of exercise on adult and adolescent mental health
  • Risks related to adverse childhood experiences

Cohort 6 2019-20 in Fall 2020, as second-year students (research results)

  • Adverse childhood experiences, minority stress, physical health and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Exercise and diet patterns as factors in forearm trabecular and cortical bone development in pubertal girls
  • Exercise, sleep, and stress in college students during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identifying gaps in reproductive health awareness
  • Mental health, technology, substance use and academic stressors: factors in college sleep quality during the COVID-19 shutdown
  • Student perceived stress during COVID-19 shutdown

Cohort 6 2019-20 in Fall 2019, as first-year students (pre-proposal stage)

  • Abortion laws and policies in the US by political stance
  • Exercise and youth bone development
  • Psychological stress and weight change in undergraduate students
  • Short-term benefits and long-term consequences of caffeine consumption on sleep in college students
  • Socio-economic factors and development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Cohort 5 2018-19 in Fall 2019, as second-year students (research results)

  • Contraceptive Use & Its Determinants
  • Diet, Exercise, Sleep & Mental Health
  • Food Insecurity, Perceived Stress, Exercise & Obesity Risk in Emerging Adulthood
  • Living Situation, Academics, Sleep & Mental Health
  • Socioeconomic Status, Family Structure and Youth Obesity Risk
  • Substance Use, Sleep & Mental Health

Cohort 5 2018-19 in Fall 2018, as first-year students (pre-proposal stage)

  • Parental Socioeconomic Indicators and Child Obesity
  • The Effectiveness of Psilocybin as a Treatment for Treatment-Resistant Depression
  • The Effects of Exercise on the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Plant-based Diets as a Factor in Anxiety and Depression
  • Vitamin D and Calcium as Factors in Bone Health: An International Perspective

Cohort 4 2017-18 in Fall 2018, as second-year students (research results)

  • Caffeine & Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Mental Health in College Students
  • Comparison of Techniques for Estimation of Peak Height Velocity
  • Dietary Patterns as a Factor in Rates of Growth and Maturation in Adolescent Females
  • Socioeconomic and Musculoskeletal Correlates of Hormonal Contraceptive Use
  • Variation of Body Composition and Bone Properties around Peak Height Velocity

Cohort 4 2017-18 in Fall 2017, as first-year students (pre-proposal stage)

  • Effect of Exercise on Elderly Persons with Sarcopenic Obesity
  • The Relationship Between Vitamin D and BMD in Female Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa
  • Fat Mass as a Factor in Bone Health in Adolescents
  • Effects of Calcium on Bone Health in Children and Adolescents
  • Exercise to Improve Pediatric Bone Mass and Density