Public Health Research


AMSAxPublic Health Research Liaison: Taylor Johnson (

Public Health Faculty Contact(s): N/A

Research Opportunities

Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health

Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addications Research (CITAR)

Program at Wright State that researches addiction and substance abuse. Active projects can be accessed via the hyperlink

Healthcare Management Certificate and Public Health Leadership Certificate Programs

Contact Dr. McAlearney (, research interests include health care quality, policies, economics, and insurance/reimbursement 

WSU's Master of Public Health Program 

Dr. Sara Paton ( is the director of the Master of Public Health Program, has research interests in maternal, infant, and child health issues, breast cancer, health equity, epidemiology, and community assessment

Departmental Research Information

Josh Francis, PhD |

Associate Professor, Clincial Mental Health Counseling Program Director

Research Interests: Child and adolescent mental health, marriage and famiy therapy, high conflict divorce, counselor ethics, counselor wellness, evolutionary/primarl mental health, process/behavioral addictions

Sarah Twill, M.S.W., Ph.D |


Research Interests: Juvnile justice sentencing and treatment, student sucess

Hyejin Kim, Ph.D  |

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Gerontology, successful aging, perception of aging, ageism, health and mental health in later life, quality of life, quantitative research methods

Carol Logan Patitu, Ph.D |

Chair, Director, and Professor of Sports Management 

Research Interests: Student development, student's learning experiences, issues and concerns of minority students, faculty, and women in higher education

Jeff Cigrang, Ph.D, ABPP |

Professor and Director of Clinical Training- WSU Psychology

Research Interests: Research on military community, effects of deployment, developign effective internvetions that will reach persons most in need, improving clinical practice (i.e. interactions with drug-addicted individuals, the criminal justice system, and the larger familial and community systems)

Michelle Schultz, Psy.D |

Chair and Associate Professor -  Psychology

Research Interests: COVID-19's impact on PsyD program, fetal alcohol specturm disorder - issues of misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis in Black youth

Jeremy Schumm, Ph.D, ABPP |


Research Interests: Therapy for alcohol and substance use disorders, PTSD

Andrew W. Froehle, Ph.D |

Orthopedic Residency Program Research Director, Professor in Kinesiology and Health and Orthopedic Surgery, Co-Director of the Sports Science Program

Research Interests: Changes in phsical performances/function across the lifespan (hormonal/metabolic shifts), abrnomal physical function and changes in performance as potential indicators of underlying disease/disorder, physical performance profiles as risk factors for subsequenty injury or development of disease

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