Martha M. Phillips, PhD, MPH, MBA, EdS
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management (Secondary)
Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (Secondary)
Other Academic/Research/Policy Affiliations
Arkansas Prevention Research Center
Arkansas Center for Health Disparities
2000 – PhD (Epidemiology), University of Alabama at Birmingham
1992 – MPH (Health Care Organization and Policy), University of Alabama at Birmingham
1992 – MBA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1978 – EdS (Special Education), University of Georgia
1974 – MEd (Special Education), University of Georgia
1972 – AB (Psychology), University of Georgia
Childhood obesity; rural food access; school-based policy intervention; health disparities; evaluation of policy and health promotion programs; depression and chronic disease
Current Research Projects
- Evaluation of Act 1220 of 2003 (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Raczynski, PI) – Co-PI
- Arkansas Prevention Research Center (CDC; Raczynski, PI) – Evaluation Unit Co-Director; PI, Pilot Research Project
- Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (NIMHD; Raczynski, PI) – Community Data Unit Leader; PI, Pilot Research Project
- Arkansas Department of Health, Office of Oral Health
- Health Promotion for Persons Living with Disabilities
Social Epidemiology and Implications for Intervention
Community-Based Public Health Program Evaluation
Surveillance in Public Health
- The influence of propoxyphene withdrawal on opioid use in veterans.
- The smoking habits of the family influence the uptake of e-cigarettes in US children.
- Cross-sectional study to assess the association of population density with predicted breast cancer risk.
- The evaluation of Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003 to reduce childhood obesity: conceptualization, design, and special challenges.
- Creating and using index scores in the analysis of school policy implementation and impact.
- Public policy versus individual rights in childhood obesity interventions: perspectives from the Arkansas experience with Act 1220 of 2003.
- Development and evaluation of the school cafeteria nutrition assessment measures.
- Establishment of a southern breast cancer cohort.
- Social services utilization and need among a community sample of persons living with HIV in the rural south.
- Public health professionals as policy entrepreneurs: Arkansas's childhood obesity policy experience.
- Changes in school environments with implementation of Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003.
- Overweight children, weight-based teasing and academic performance.
- Promoting dietary change among state health employees in Arkansas through a worksite wellness program: the Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program (HELP).
- Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003 to reduce childhood obesity: its implementation and impact on child and adolescent body mass index.
- No change in weight-based teasing when school-based obesity policies are implemented.