Exploratory Projects


Life Care Specialists (LCS) with a Focus on Multi-modal Non-Pharmacologic Strategies For Pain Control in the aftermath of Orthopaedic Trauma 

Principal Investigator: Mara Schenker, MD  

Co-InvestigatorsAlaina Steck, MD; Briony Swire-Thompson; Cammie Wolf Rice; Elaine Miller-Karas 

The aims of this project include: (1) evaluate the effectiveness of LCS intervention on trauma patients’ perception of pain and opioid utilization in the immediate aftermath of trauma, (2) evaluate whether LCS intervention improves the patient’s perspective on their risk of opioid overdose and addiction, and how to prevent it, and (3) evaluate patient-specific factors associated with greater benefit from LCS-intervention. The goal of this study group is to determine which components of the LCS intervention contribute to effectiveness, whether LCS affects long-term abuse risk and overdose-related deaths, and ultimately, to nationally scale this for all patients receiving an opioid prescription. 

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Identification of Victims, Types, and Risk Factors of Intimate Partner Violence during COVID-19 on Social Media 

Principal Investigators:  

1) Sangmi Kim, PhD, MPH, RN | Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing   

2) Abeed Sarker, PhD | Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine  

This study aims to:  

1) Identify and measure contextual typologies for teen dating violence (TDV) and adult intimate partner violence (IPV) to guide prevention planning and improve evaluation quality.  

2) Examine the relationship-level (e.g., with peers, parents, romantic partners) and community-level risk and protective factors for TDV and adult IPV to identify potential opportunities for prevention strategies at these levels of the social ecology. 

Related Article: Pharmacovigilance from Social Media

Examining the Psychosocial Impact of COVID-19 on Undocumented Latinx Immigrant Families  

Principal Investigator: Briana Woods-Jaeger, MPH, PhD |Emory University Rollins School of Public Health 

Co-I: Emily Lemon, MPH |Emory University Rollins School of Public Health;  

Community Partner: Ser Familia, Inc. 

This community-engaged pilot study examines how stress related to COVID-19 is impacting the mental health and risk for child maltreatment among Latinx immigrant families, and how unique factors such as immigration policy effects and cultural and community resources influence this impactData generated from this study has the potential to inform programs and policies that promote resilience among Latinx immigrant families impacted by COVID-19. 

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 Suicidal Behavior and Social Media Use Among College Students 

Principal InvestigatorsMunmun De Choudhury, PhD, Georgia Tech; Dorian Lamis, PhD, ABPPIRPCE;   Ursula Kelley, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Emory School of Nursing 

Co-Investigators: Dr. Abowd and Dr. Ploetz, Georgia Tech 

The aim of the project is to provide preliminary insights on detecting and monitoring multi-dimensional risk and protective factors of suicide using sophisticated machine learning techniques from data gathered on social media interaction.  

This preliminary one-year study will support the development of timely, evidence-based clinical and service interventions and treatment paradigms that support college students affected by poor mental health, particularly suicidal ideation/behaviors. 

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