Quitting smoking is hard. Mindfulness hacks the habit loop, offering a new approach

STAT Smoking kills. The science behind that stone-cold statement has been indisputable for decades. Yet smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world.

Study finds people who use opioids would welcome safe consumption spaces

There are no legal safe consumption spaces in the U.S. currently, but a three-city study found that a majority of people who use opioids would be willing to use locations where they would have medical support in case of overdose.

Two MPH students honored with Brown University master’s degree awards

The Brown University master’s ceremony, held in Meehan Auditorium on May 26, celebrated a record number of master’s graduates totaling 846. Distinguished students were honored during the ceremony with master’s degree awards.

Mindfulness smoking-cessation app can change the brain

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Researchers have found that a mindfulness-based smartphone app designed to help people stop smoking was effective at reducing study participants’ self-reported daily cigarette consumption. And those who reduced their cigarette consumption the most also showed decreased reactivity to smoking-related images in a brain region known to be activated when someone experiences a craving. 

Melissa Clark appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Don Operario, PhD, has decided to step down as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Public Health to pursue full-time teaching and research effective July 1, 2019. Melissa Clark, PhD, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice has been appointed his successor.

As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Melissa will oversee the portfolio of academic degree programs offered through the School of Public Health and represent Public Health with the Dean of the College, the Graduate School, the Registrar’s Office, and relevant University committees.

Brown's new Philippine Health Initiative will formalize collaboration among faculty and students

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A team of faculty and student scholars from the Brown University School of Public Health has launched a new initiative that will centralize research focused on improving health outcomes among Filipinos and Filipino Americans.

New studies can inform programs to prevent sexual violence among teens locally, globally

PROVIDENCE, R.I.[Brown University] — Across cultures and geographic locations, the teen years are a time of growth, development and exploration into adult interactions — and romantic and sexual relationships are often some of the most critical interactions that many teenagers navigate.

National Public Health Week 2019

The School of Public Health celebrated National Public Health Week 2019 by bringing together the campus community and our local community members and partners to celebrate public health and to highlight key health issues. The School hosted wellness activities throughout the week including yoga sessions, healthy snacks, and sessions by Wellness to Go on food psychology and the benefits of resistance bands.

Alzheimer’s study finds PET scan affects patient diagnosis, management

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A new national study found that brain imaging to detect Alzheimer’s-related plaques affected clinical diagnosis and management of patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. The findings are a step toward understanding how imaging results ultimately affect patient outcomes.