Elizabeth Claydon, a prominent Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the WVU School of Public Health, was named one of four recipients of the WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship. These scholarships are reserved for doctoral candidates who are working toward the completion of their dissertations during the Spring 2018 term.
Claydon, who is slated to graduate this May, serves as the President of the WVU Gamma Mu Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society and is a member of the WVU Council for Women’s Concerns. Her research focuses on eating disorder prevention, and she is the Social Media Committee Co-Chair for the Academy of Eating Disorders, an international organization of eating disorder professionals.
“Eating disorders are an under-recognized public health problem, so it is an honor to receive a distinguished dissertation scholarship on this topic,” Claydon said. “There is a place within public health for eating disorder prevention, and this recognition helps validate that.”
Faculty from WVU Extension Service, WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and WVU School of Public Health and West Virginia Prevention Research Center received a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help in Clay and McDowell counties reduce obesity and other chronic diseases related to long-term unhealthy lifestyles.
In a report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, WVU School of Public Health researcher Michael McCawley and his colleagues pinpoint shortcomings in how miners’ exposure to respirable coal-mine dust is monitored. Inhaling this dust over time leads to black lung disease.