SBS Students Present at GSC Research Day

Published: November 3rd, 2014

Category: Department Life, Student News

Three students from the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health Presented original research at the annual Graduate Student Council (GSC) Research Day: Jennifer Wong, Parker Hinson, and Nichole Stetten.

Wong GSCJennifer Wong, a 2nd year doctoral student in BSCH, studies under Dr. Pomeranz. This was her first time presenting at the conference. Her work here at UF is tobacco use and cessation within the LGBT population.

Examine the Current State of Tobacco Use Among People who Identified Themselves as LGBT: Prevalence, Prevention, and Treatment

Tzu-Jung Wong*, MSPH, Jamie L. Pomeranz, Ph.D., Nichole Stetten, BS

To gain understanding of the LGBT population’s tobacco related status and needs in United States, Wong, Pomeranz and Stetten conducted a review of studies published between 2000 and 2013. The objective was to systematically review the published literature on tobacco use, prevention, and treatment among the LGBT population.

Studies found that the LGBT population is about two to three times more likely to be smokers and has lower cessation rates than the heterosexual population. They found that tailored anti-tobacco and cessation programs for LGBT populations may be effective. However, additional research is also needed regarding which types of tobacco awareness messages most affect the LGBT population and which strategies can defeat tobacco companies’ targeting plans.

For tobacco cessation, studies illustrated that lack of health insurance is one of the barriers for the LGBT individuals to receive adequate treatments. Credibility and trust in providers were also found as influential factors that affect their decision about whether or not to participate in the cessation program. Cessation programs tailored to the LGBT population and instructed by LGBT ex-smokers and physicians should be developed to motivate LGBT individuals to participate in the programs.



Stetten GSCSecond year MPH student Nichole Stetten presented work that she has been conducting with Dr. Amy Blue, interim chair of the BSCH Department.

Goal Orientation in Health Sciences Education within the Context of an Early Service Learning Experience

Nichole Stetten*, BA, Amy Blue, PhD, & Erik Black, PhD

The Interdisciplinary Family Health (IFH) course involves professional and graduate students from the Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, and Public Health and Health Professions in a longitudinal service learning experience that partners them with local residents in Alachua County. Prior research’s emphasis on reflection is myopic, focusing on only half of the learning process. To examine the whole picture, research must look to the basic foundation of reflections: apriori goals. In analyzing 294 professional student goals, Nichole found that the primary area of focus were social goals. Overall, the health science students generated social goals at an approximately 3:1 ratio compared to academic and workplace/professional goals. Incorporating experiences such as the IFH course that inculcate feelings of humanism within students may lessen the degree of loss that occurs due to the normal health profession curriculum.


Parker HinsonParker Hinson is a 3rd year doctoral candidate in the department. This year’s conference marks the 3rd time he has presented a poster at GSC Research Day. Parker’s current research interests focus on utilizing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to analyze behavioral health problems.

An examination of the spatial relationships between faith-based organizations, HIV/AIDS prevalence, and related services in Florida

Parker Hinson*, MPH, Amanda Terminello, MPH, Shalewa Noel-Thomas, PhD

The research stemmed from a qualitative project with recent MPH graduate Amanda Terminello.

Using 2010 data from the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Geographic Data Library they identified (a) HIV/AIDS prevalence in Florida, (b) number of HIV service/testing facilities within each Florida county, (c) the rates of testing at these facilities, and (d) the number of faith-based organizations (FBOs) within each county. A composite of these factors were spatially analyzed using ArcGIS software to examine the geographical distribution of FBOs and HIV testing facilities in the state to identify counties with greater needs for HIV/AIDS services.

Results demonstrated that more urban counties are in greatest need for HIV testing facilities. There are areas in Florida with inadequate HIV/AIDS services given their prevalence rates, and while dispersed throughout the state, they appear to be associated with more populated areas. Collaborating with FBOs could provide these communities with the services they need in order to address this significant public health concern.

Parker had this to say about this year’s conference:

GSC Research Day this year was well-planned, informative, and offered great networking opportunities. It is always a pleasure to discuss my research with others and receive such great feedback, in addition to speaking with other prominent graduate students regarding their research interests. Overall the conference was a big success, and I urge everyone to consider submitting an abstract for next year.




 Great Job Jenn, Nichole, and Parker!