September 2014 News

September 2014 News

By: uwmweb Date: September 1st, 2014

Jessica Mackelprang, PhD leaving HIPRC

Jessica Mackelprang, PhD, is leaving HIPRC after 2 years as a T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatrics. Jessica received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, then completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Washington and a post-doctoral clinical fellowship in rehabilitation psychiatry at Harborview Medical Center. A major focus of her work as a post-doctoral injury fellow at HIPRC has been homeless teens and adults, with guidance and mentorship from HIPRC Core Members Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology)Dr. Doug Zatzick, MD (Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Services)Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology), and HIPRC Associate Member Nancy Temkin, PhD, MS (Professor of Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics).
Her next adventure involves sailing from Seattle to Australia with her husband over the course of the next year. Starting in Seattle, they will first sail to Ecuador and from there to Easter Island, continuing Westward toward Australia. Once they reach Australia, they plan to live there, and Jessica will look for work that will allow her to continue her passion for public health.

Recent Publications by Mackelprang
Adverse outcomes among homeless adolescents and young adults who report a history of TBI.
Mackelprang JL, Harpin SB, Grubenhoff JA, et al.
American Journal of Public Health. 2014. [Advance online publication].
Housing first is associated with reduced use of emergency medical services.
Mackelprang JL, Collins SE, & Clifasefi SL.
Prehospital Emergency Care. 2014. [Advance online publication].
Rates and predictors of suicidal ideation during the first year after traumatic brain injury.
Mackelprang JL, Bombardier CH, Fann JR, et al.
American Journal of Public Health. 2014;104(7): e100-e107.
Suicide intervention skills: Graduate training and exposure to suicide among psychology trainees.
Mackelprang JL, Karle J, Reihl KM, et al.
Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2014;8(2): 136-142.
Betrayal trauma among homeless adults: Associations with revictimization, psychological wellbeing, and health.
Mackelprang JL, Klest BK, Najmabadi SM, et al.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2014;29(6): 1028-1049.

Lydia Andris joining HIPRC

We are happy to welcome a new research coordinator at HIPRC, Lydia Andris, MPA. Lydia is an experienced research coordinator both at the UW Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) and the UW Advancing Innovative Comparative Effectiveness (ADVICE) in Cancer Diagnostics project. Lydia has also worked for Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), CHOICE Regional Health Network, Washington Health Foundation, Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), and the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS).
Lydia will be working with HIPRC Associate Member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW (Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Services) on a grant, titled, “Impacts of Cannabis & Cannabis Legalization on Impaired Driving in WA State”, which is sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
In 2012, Washington passed Initiative 502 that licenses and regulates marijuana production, distribution, and possession for adults (age 21 and over); removes state-law criminal and civil penalties for specified activities; taxes and regulates marijuana sales; and earmarks marijuana-related revenues. The Initiative set a level of 5 ng/mL of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in whole blood as a per se level for driving under the influence (DUI).
This change in state law presents a unique opportunity to examine the potential impact of legislation on marijuana-impaired driving and crash risk. The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), in conjunction with HIPRC, will examine the relationship between changes in Washington State cannabis laws and policies and the incidence of cannabis-impaired driving by using linked toxicological, criminal justice, and crash databases. They will also examine the relationship between the presence and level of cannabis metabolites in driver blood samples and the severity of driving offense, rates, and police-reported crash severity.
This study team is uniquely positioned to conduct these analyses given their combined scientific expertise and their experience with the data sets, research methods, state agencies, and stakeholders. Co-PIs with Banta-Green include HIPRC Core Members Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology) and Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services).