Posters were submitted by more than 100 researchers from many campuses around the region and across the country, together with research partners from federal, state and local organizations and private and NGO research groups. A few of the many participating universities and institutions include George Washington, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, University of Texas, UCLA, and the University of British Columbia, along with The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Truth Initiative, Eco-Healthy Child Care®, and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level presenters received awards.
1st Place: Corey Michelson, UMD SPH Kinesiology
The study examines the protective effects of exercise on cognitive decreases associated with aging, as well as exercise’s potential to enhance cognitive performance and executive functions.
Undergraduate honorable mentions:
Rachel Knobel, UMD SPH Kinesiology
The research aim of this project is to better understand how humans accomplish the basic locomotor task of increasing their running speed from slow to fast while using different foot strike patterns.
Abigail Myers, UMD CMNS Neurobiology and Physiology
In order to develop future interventions, UMD Public Health Without Borders conducted a needs assessment in Compone in January 2017.
Maria Ayoub, UMD SPH Kinesiology
The aim of this study was to determine the effect of different levels of task difficulty on the cognitive-motor processes underlying the learning of a new sensorimotor mapping during a novel reaching task.
Master’s Student Winners
The objective of this study is foster awareness of environmental hazards in childcare settings, particularly in low-income, Spanish-speaking communities. The project supports the expansion of Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC), a training program to Spanish-speaking child care professionals.
Master’s honorable mentions:
Constance Raab, UMD SPH Behavioral and Community Health
The project examined the value and feasibility of developing a patient and family advisory process concerning health care services for seniors provided by a local hospital.
Khondaker Bhaskar, UMB School of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Program
Using data from a worksite health promotion study, researchers determined what personal (e.g., demographics), community (e.g., social support), and organizational factors (e.g., job satisfaction) at baseline were associated with turnover at 18 months.
Elizabeth Bell, UMD SPH Kinesiology
We investigated whether humans adjust individual limb forces (push-up synergies) as they reached volitional fatigue and evaluated the hypothesis that muscular fatigue influences synergistic actions between the forces produced at the hand contact points.
Doctoral Student Winners
1st Place: Dina Huang, UMD SPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Previous studies have examined the association between children’s physical activity(PA) and built environment. However, few studies concentrated on demographics as predictors of children’s PA and the results were inconsistent. This study will examine predictors (gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status) of frequency of outdoor and indoor PA among children in the Built Environment and Active Play(BEAP) Study.
Doctoral honorable mentions:
Zahra Saboori, UMD SPH Behavioral and Community Health
Ashley Pantaleao, UMD SPH Family Science
The goal of this study is to assess the likelihood of purchasing antidepressants, number of antidepressants purchased, and out-of-pocket (OOP) and total spending on antidepressants among people living with serious psychological distress (SPD) from 2008 through 2014.