PREVENT Community-engaged Research Lab Studies
Youth Tobacco Prevention
Evaluation of #iCANendthetrend, a Near-Peer E-Cigarette Prevention and Empowerment Program
This research seeks to evaluate a near-peer led e-cigarette prevention and empowerment program implemented among Kentucky schools (ongoing implementation). Both formative and impact evaluation are being conducted.
Youth Engagement in Tobacco Prevention and Advocacy
The purpose of this research is to evaluate the effectiveness of statewide tobacco prevention and advocacy programs/workshops/events. Outcomes of interest include changes in empowerment and self-efficacy in performing advocacy actions following engagement in the programs/workshops/events.
Youth Tobacco Use, Risk and Protective Factors
This cross-sectional study evaluates the relationship between numerous risk and protective factors of vaping use and susceptibility for Kentucky youth. Current outcomes of interest include: social influence, mental health symptoms, school connectedness, etc.
Parental Attitudes Toward Vaping and Self-efficacy in Communication with their Children (Scoping Review)
This scoping review seeks to determine the extent of literature published on the topic of parental attitudes toward vaping, self-efficacy in communicating about vaping with their children, and identify gaps in research.
Receptivity to a Tailored E-Cigarette Prevention Comic Book
This study evaluates feedback received from students after viewing a tailored comic book centered around addressing important themes of e-cigarette use like nicotine dependence, cessation strategies, and peer pressure.
Evaluation of the No More Boxes Campaign
Community Engagement & Health Equity
The CHOICE project stands for Capacity building for Health Outcomes Inspired by Community Empowerment. The project will help to facilitate conversations around the barriers to vaccine uptake and testing and provide critical on-the-ground and within-community engagement on these issues.
Bingocize is an evidence-based program for health promotion of aging adults. It combines the game of bingo, which residents are familiar with, with low intensity exercise movements. The UK Bingocize project is partnering with 30 Certified Nursing Facilities (CNFs) and 6 - 8 universities/colleges across Kentucky to implement Bingocize and improve health and wellbeing among aging adults across the state. Data are being collected to support staff training, student engagement, and resident receptivity.
Sexual Health Promotion
BeWell Study: A quantitative study that investigates the impact of gendered racism, mental health, and relationship satisfaction on Black women’s sexual functioning. Investigator: Shemeka Thorpe, Ph.D.
Pain & Pleasure Study: A mixed methods study examining Black women’s experiences of pleasure, sexual pain, and sexual anxiety. Investigator: Shemeka Thorpe, Ph.D.
Gen2 Messages Study: A qualitative multigenerational study on heterosexual Black men and women’s genital self-image. Investigator: Shemeka Thorpe, Ph.D.
Sexual Values Study
Examination of the value placed on sex and developmental significance.
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Bennett, Ph.D.