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Currin Leads Featured Session on Rural Healthcare


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 Joseph Currin, doctoral student within the Sexual Health Research Lab, will present a featured session at the 2017 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo on his work evaluating predictors of mental health case use among rural non-heterosexual men. Featured sessions are chosen by ACA to increase the visability  of research that focuses on improving the services professional counselors provide to their clients. Co-authors include Drs. Randolph Hubach and Hugh Crethar.

Hubach Awarded $86,000 OCAST Grant


College of Education assistant professor of health education and promotion Randolph Hubach was recently awarded a grant by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST) Health Research Program.

The more than $86,000 grant will support Hubach’s project to reduce HIV transmission in rural communities. Of the 119 proposals submitted to OCAST, Hubach’s was one of 30 to receive funding.

Hubach is the director of OSU’s Sexual Health Research Lab. He says this grant will have significant impact on the population it serves by providing comprehensive community-based prevention programs that include holistic behavioral intervention targeting at-risk groups and people living with HIV/AIDS.

“The HIV care continuum (i.e., HIV screening, linkages to care) is unreliable in rural areas of the United States,” Hubach said. “There remains a critical public health need to develop the HIV care continuum to meet the needs of vulnerable populations in rural, underserved areas.“

Dr. Hubach holds a Ph.D. in health behavior from Indiana University’s School of Public Health. He is an active scholar with research interests in rural health, LGBT population health, sexuality-related health disparities, and HIV/AIDS. Julie Croff, health education and promotion associate professor, and Denna Wheeler, director of research and evaluation at the Center for Rural Health, Center for Health Sciences are co-investigators of the grant.

A diagram of the HIV care continuum


Croff, Hubach Elected to American Public Health A​ssociation Leadership


Two College of Education faculty members have been elected to the American Public Health Association (APHA) leadership for the next two years. Randy Hubach and Julie Croff, faculty in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology, will lead the HIV/AIDS section beginning this school year.

Headshot of Randy Hubach

The APHA has more than 25,000 members worldwide. Active for the past 140 years, it remains the largest professional organization of public health researchers and professionals in the United States.   

Hubach, who will serve as chair-elect for 2015-16 and then as chair for the 2016-2017 year, is the director of OSU’s Sexual Health Research Lab and is an assistant professor. Hubach holds a Ph.D. in Health Behavior from Indiana University’s School of Public Health. He is an active scholar with research interests in LGBT population health and sexuality-related health disparities.





Headshot of Julie Croff

Croff was elected the section’s secretary for 2015-16. She is the director of the OSU Master of Public Health program and is also an assistant professor. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of alcohol and other drug use, particularly among underserved populations. She received her Ph.D. in Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Behavior from the joint doctoral program between the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University.




Currin, Brown, and Farley Place 1st at SWPA Annual Meeting


Joe Currin, Colton Brown, and Sam Farley recently placed first in the graduate student competition at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association.  Their presentation was entitled Impact of Non-Heterosexual Impulses on Heterosexuals' Attitudes Towards Monogamy and Casual Sex. This study addresses the myth that heterosexual individuals do not have non-heterosexual impulses by demonstrating the presence of impulses, as well as how they impact a person's attitudes towards casual sex and non-monogamy.

First place team from the graduate student competition