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Congratulations Corner

There are many successes on our campus in which we can take pride. This section highlights the impressive accomplishments throughout our academic institution. If you have an accolade or achievement, please send it to Mary Kate Allen at to be included in the next newsletter.

These are the celebrated achievements of faculty and staff within Academic Affairs for August 2023.


JPHCOPH’s Dr. Gulzar Shah published an article in Health Man & Info Sci. The lead author is an alumna (Dr. Elizabeth Ayangunna), in collaboration with our current student (Dr. Kingsley Kalu), an alumna (Dr. Tran Nguyen). The citation is:
Ayangunna E, Kalu K, Shah G, Nguyen T, Luo H, Tung HJ. Predisposing, Enabling, and Need Factors Associated with Health Information Technology Use for Personal Health Management among Adults in the United States: Application of Andersen’s Behavioral Model. Health Man & Info Sci. Dec. 2023; 9(4): 201-210. doi: 10.30476/JHMI.2023.96812.1160

WCPH’s Anthony Parish, Ph.D., in collaboration with Timothy Baghurst, Ph.D., has published the book, Case Studies in Coaching Ethics: Real Dilemmas in High School, College, and Professional Sports.

JPHCOPH’s Dr. Isaac Fung has co-published an article. The citation is:
Handel A, Miller JC, Ge Y, Fung ICH. If Long-Term Suppression is not Possible, how do we Minimize Mortality for Infectious Disease Outbreaks? Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2023; 17: e547.

WCHP alumna Hui Tang, in collaboration with Barry Munkasy, Ph.D., and Li Li, Ph.D., has had the manuscript “Differences between Lower Extremity Joint Running Kinetics Captured by Marker-based and Markerless Systems Were Speed Dependent” accepted for publication in the Journal of Sport and Health Science.

JPHCOPH’s Dr. Yelena Tarasenko co-published an article in BMJ Global Health. The citation is:
Ylitörmänen T, Tarasenko YN, Ruokolainen O, Hiilamo H, Pekka P, Ollila H. Implementation of the Article 13 WHO FCTC measures and changes in cigarette smoking among youth in 42 countries. BMJ Global Health 2023;8:e013255.

WCHP graduate exercise science alumna Kylee West (’23), in collaboration with Nicholas Siekirk, Ph.D., Barry Joyner, Ph.D., and Greg Grosicki, Ph.D., has had her manuscript, “The Acute Effect of Passively Assisted Trunk Stretching on Central Arterial Stiffness and Blood Pressure in Middle-Aged to Older Adults,” accepted into the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

JPHCOPH’s Dr. Hani Samawi co-published an article in the Journal of Applied Statistics. The citation is as follows:
Ehsan Zamanzade, M. Mahdizadeh & Hani M. Samawi (2024) Nonparametric estimation of mean residual lifetime in ranked set sampling with a concomitant variable, Journal of Applied Statistics, DOI: 10.1080/02664763.2023.2301334

Presentations & Accolades

JPHCOPH’s Dr. Stacy Smallwood has been busy. Dr. Smallwood was the keynote speaker for the South Health District’s World AIDS Day observance. The theme of this year’s program was “For the Culture.” He was also a featured guest for the Health Promotion Practice podcast based on a recent publication, “The more things change, the more they stay the same: HIV/AIDS myths and misconceptions in the rural United States.” Here is a link to the podcast. Finally, Dr. Smallwood was the keynote speaker for the Men of Color Health Alliance’s annual conference in Columbia, SC.

WCHP’s Department of Clinical Sciences faculty members Kerry Dunn, Ed.D., RT(R)(M), and Yvonne Dillon, M.Ed., RDMS, have been awarded a grant in the amount of $3,971.80 from the ASRT Foundation to study burnout in radiologic science educators.

CAH’s Dr. Annie Mendenhall received the 2024 Most Outstanding Book award in the monograph category from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) for her book Desegregation State: College Writing Programs after the Civil Rights Movement. The CCCC award is given annually to recognize scholarship in the fields of rhetoric and writing studies.

WCHP’s Keagan Kiely, MS, clinical instructor and director of the Center for Rehabilitation and Independent Living, was granted a Faculty Service Award in the amount of $4,458. The award will be used to support the funding of two graduate assistants to help further expand the Camp RAD program in both Bulloch and Effingham County. Since 2012, Camp RAD, with the help of community members, has provided a fun, safe, summer experience for youth with disabilities as they gain important life skills that focus on health, wellness and physical activity.  


The JPHCOPH completed an internal search for the next JPHCOPH Associate Dean for Practice and Research (ADPR). Dr. Tilicia Mayo-Gamble will be serving as the next ADPR effective July 1, 2024. As someone with a proven track-record of success in the research arena, as well as considerable experience integrating her research into practice-based settings, she is well-positioned to move the JPHCOPH to the next level of excellence. 

WCPH’s Tamerah Hunt, Ph.D., AT, FACSM, was elected as the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation Board of Directors District 9.

Last updated: 2/7/2024