Dr. Genevieve Dunton, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Psychology, was awarded a 2.5-million dollar grant
5-1-2014 more >>>
Dr. Genevieve Dunton, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and
Psychology, was awarded a 2.5-million dollar grant from the National
Heart Lung and Blood Institute to conduct a 4-year study, which will
develop novel statistical models for Ecological Momentary Assessment
studies of physical activity.
Dr.Genevieve Dunton is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Society of Behavioral Medicine Early Career Investigator Award
2-26-2014 more >>>
IPR Faculty Member, Genevieve Dunton, PhD MPH, is the recipient of
the prestigious 2014 Society of Behavioral Medicine Early Career
Investigator Award
Prestigious awards for Tamale Lesson
1-24-2014 more >>>
Dr. Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati (Preventive Medicine, IPR) and Dr. Sheila Murphy (Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism) have been nationally recognized for their contributions to scientific knowledge and transforming the way health information is delivered to the public.  Tamale Lesson, an 11 minutes film, prodded with the School of Cinematic Arts, Change Making Media Lab, on cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine with Latinas, has received the prestigious 2013 American Public Health Association Public Health Education and Health Promotion Award for best Multimedia Material. This is the second national recognition for this work. Earlier this year the investigators received the Best Scientific Paper Award at the Washington DC International Health Communication Conference, at George Mason University for our scientific contributions to changing the way health information is delivered. Dr. Sheila Murphy at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Baezconde-Garbanati, in Preventive Medicine at IPR, received a transformative RO1 (ICA144052 (Murphy/Baezconde)) from the National Cancer Institute for the development and testing of the film. Jeremy Kagan, from USC The Change Making Media Lab, Doe Mayer and Dave O'Brien, at the USC School of Cinematic produced the film, including a Spanish version with funding from the Southern California Clinical Translation Science Institute (CTSI). The script was written by Josefina Lopez based on focus group work originally funded by the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center as part of It's Time (the Jacaranda Initiative). The film is transforming the way cancer information is delivered to the public. The scientific effectiveness of the film was tested against a fact based non-narrative piece (It's Time) in a telephone randomized trial among 1000 women in Los Angeles and proven to be highly effective in changing knowledge, attitudes and cancer screening behaviors. It shows narrative can be a powerful tool in correcting health disparities in cancer screening. A Spanish version has now been dubbed and is currently being tested with funding from the SC CTSI (UL1TR000130 (Baezconde/Murphy) among 300 Spanish dominant Mexican origin women. The Educational Materials award was given at the Nov. APHA meeting in Boston. 
USC researchers to participate in national study of tobacco product regulations
1-24-2014 more >>>
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Smart Growth Community article was featured on the Prevention Institute website to support the need for prevention for the Affordable Care Act.
10-2-2013 more >>>
Smart Growth Community article was featured on the Prevention Institute website to support the need for prevention for the Affordable Care Act.
Dr.Genevieve Dunton awarded a 4-million dollar NHLBI grant.
1-8-2014 more >>>
Dr. Genevieve Dunton, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Psychology, was awarded a 4-million dollar grant from the National? Heart Lung and Blood Institute to conduct a 5-year study of how stress? in working mothers influences obesity risk in children.
Dr. Luanne Rohrbach received the Service to SPR Award
6-21-2013 more >>>
Dr. Luanne Rohrbach was presented with the Service to SPR Award at the Society for Prevention Research Conference for her service as co-chair of the Society for Prevention Research Mapping Advances in Prevention Science (MAPS) Type 2 Translational Research Task Force.
Dr. Steven Sussman, Professor, Preventive Medicine and Psychology working in Spain with the Aitana Research Group
9-3-2013 more >>>
Dr. Steve Sussman, of the University of Southern California, is conducting a research stay at the University Miguel Hernandez in order to work as a consultant Aitana Research Group in Spain. 

Dr. Sussman is working on the ‘Ex Project’ with researchers at the Aitana Research Group, which aims to prevent snuff and other drugs use among adolescents.
Graduate Students at IPR competed and won the Sloboda Bukoski Cup Competition!
6-21-2013 more >>>
The competition was the Sloboda Bukoski Cup Competition at the Society of Prevention Research. Five of our graduate students were on a team together:  Elizabeth Barnett, Yue Liao, Kim Miller, Freddy Wen, and Eleanor Tate, competed on a data analysis project.  Each team was given a large, longitudinal dataset two months before the conference.  The IPR team came up with hypotheses and a data analysis plan, which was carried out over a two month period.  At the conference, the findings were presented, along with the other 5 teams from across the nation.  Following rating by the judges and audience members, the graduate students from IPR won!  Individual awards were given, in addition to a commemorative cup. Congrats!
Team "Analyze This" of health behavior doctoral students at IPR won the Sloboda & Bukowski Cup paper competition
10-18-2013 more >>>
Team "Analyze This" of health behavior doctoral students at IPR won the Sloboda & Bukowski Cup paper competition at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in San Francisco.
USC-HEAL members presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2013 Annual Meeting
6-21-2013 more >>>
USC-HEAL members, Adam Leventhal, Michael Trujillo, Raina Pang, Austin Quinn, Stephanie Seikamura, and Jordan Wong, presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2013 Annual Meeting.
Rana Pang, USC-HEAL postdoc, will be awarded a $135K postdoctoral fellowship grant
6-13-2013 more >>>
Rana Pang, USC-HEAL postdoc, will be awarded a $135K postdoctoral fellowship grant from the Tobacco-Related Disease Program to conduct a 3-year study on the psychological effects of ovarian hormone variation and nicotine in female smokers
Adam Leventhal will be awarded a $1.8M
6-21-2013 more >>>
Adam Leventhal will be awarded a $1.8M research scholar grant from the American Cancer Society to conduct a 5-year study on the genetics of tobacco withdrawal in African Americans
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