2014 News Archives

Dr. Cathy Bradley awarded Endowed Chair

10 November 2014


Dr. Peter Cunningham awarded RWJF grant to study Medicaid expansion

21 October 2014 


Dr. Peter Cunningham contributes to 'The Hill' article on the ACA

21 September 2014


Anthony Molisani, PhD Student, Donates Bone Marrow

19 September 2014


Dr. Brown Elected as National EACH Representative

12 September 2014

EACH is an interdisciplinary non-profit organization which brings together researchers and trainers in the field of communication in healthcare. EACH holds a bi-yearly conference that draws together an international group of academics, multidisciplinary clinicians and stakeholders to present the current state of science in health care communication. EACH also publishes the international journal Patient Education and Counseling. Its objectives are to facilitate the exchange of ideas and products of teaching and research activities across a network of individuals and institutions in Europe and beyond.


Dr. Morris Accepts Research Scientist Position at University of Florida

12 September 2014

Here she will be responsible for managing the evaluation of the Children's Medical Services Network, Florida's Title V program for children with special health care needs, while also providing quality improvement for this program. Congratulations to Heather! We wish her the best as she starts her new position.


VCU to partner with medical school in Kazakhstan

3 September 2014


Ellyn Leighton-Herrmann Accepts Position at Columbia’s Medical Center

21 May 2014

Congratulations to Ellyn Leighton-Herrmann, Social and Behavioral Health PhD student, on her new job as Senior Research Associate at Columbia University Medical Center's Division of Stroke at the Neurological Institute.

She will be responsible for managing two federal research grants focused on stroke disparities. Both of these grants, one adult-centered and the other child-centered, target the public's awareness of stroke symptoms through entertainment-enhanced health education and stroke prevention within primary care practices.  All of us here at SBH are very proud of you Ellyn! 


Dr. Mosavel Receives Quest Global Impact Award

28 March 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Mosavel for receiving a Quest Global Impact Award. Her proposal "Global Bridges Virtual Connect" was selected because of its ability to serve as a model for virtual global engagement. This award was highly competitive and reflects VCU's vision for innovative models that position us to meet the needs of a global research community. Dr. Mosavel is one of the few researchers nationwide engaged in these types of activities and is truly leading the way forward for VCU.


Dr. Siminoff Accepts Deanship at Temple

27 February 2014

Dr. Laura Siminoff has accepted the Deanship of Temple University’s College of Health Professions and Social Work. Dr. Siminoff founded the Department of Social and Behavioral Health in 2006. In her over seven years of leading the Department, she recruited an exceptionally strong and diverse faculty and developed an outstanding team of administrative and research staff. Together, the Department built a strong PhD program with outstanding students, who have a proven track record of success, and a NIH-funded post- and pre-doctoral training program.  Dr. Siminoff also served a vital leadership role at the Massey Cancer Center as the first Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control and held the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation Chair.  We wish her all the best! She will most definitely be missed.  


Dr. Shay Accepts Fellowship at University of Texas

18 February 2014

Dr. Aubree Shay, a recent SBH PhD graduate, accepted a post-doctoral fellowship through the Cancer Education and Career Development Program at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Through this NCI funded fellowship, Aubree will work with mentors Sally Vernon, PhD and Melissa Valerio, PhD towards building her own line of research around cancer prevention and control. Congrats Aubree!


SBH Welcomes Oliver Jenkins, Our Newest PhD Student

28 January 2014

SBH would like to welcome Oliver Jenkins, our newest PhD student, who is joining us from Notre Dame’s Department of Physical Education and Wellness Instruction. Oliver has an M.S. in Kinesiology from Michigan State. He is already engaged in Dr. Mosavel’s Petersburg Wellness Engagement (WE) project and Dr. Carlyle’s project evaluating the Red Flag Campaign. Welcome Oliver!


Presentations and Lectures

  • Dr. Peter Cunningham presented "Trends in the Financial Burden of Health Care Spending for Families" at the Joint Commission on Health Care, Virginia General Assembly.
  • Dr. Andrew Barnes presented "Show me the Money" at the Division of Epidemiology Grant Writing Workshop for Public Health Community stakeholders.