Experienced research scientist with a demonstrated history of working in higher education and public health. Skilled in Program Evaluation, Grant Writing, Program Development, Public Health Research and Data Analysis.
Areas of Expertise (7)
Public Health Research
Georgia Public Health Association, Student Poster Award
2017 Georgia Public Health Association "Current patterns of emergency department utilization: patient characteristics of high frequency utilizations"
American Public Health Association Student Presentation Award
2017 American Public Health Association, Medical Care Section "Costs and Trends of Emergency Department Utilization Pre- and Post-ACA: Evidence from a Rural Georgia Hospital"
The Anthony Shuker Scientific Poster Award
2016 GeorgiaBio Innovation Summit "New Measures of Innovation Productivity in Bio Sciences"
Augusta University: Ph.D., Applied Health Sciences 2018
University of South Carolina: M.P.H., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Maternal and Child Health 2003
Franciscan University of Steubenville: B.A., English Language and Literature/Letters 2001
Marquette University: Certificate, Natural Family Planning Instructor
- American Public Health Association
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
Media Appearances (1)
Improving health, improving the community
“I’ve worked at Augusta University for 15 years but had always wanted to get my PhD,” Vernon said. “When Allied Health announced this program, I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me.”
Costs and Trends of Emergency Department Utilization Pre-ACA and Post-ACAMedical Care
Marlo Vernon, Steven Goggans, Gianluca De Leo, Vahé Heboyan
2019 A high volume of emergency department (ED) visits in the rural United States may be the result of barriers to accessing primary care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased the number of insured, which may improve patient access to primary care and therefore reduce ED utilization.
Are university rankings useful to improve research? A systematic reviewPloS one
Marlo M Vernon, E Andrew Balas, Shaher Momani
2018 Concerns about reproducibility and impact of research urge improvement initiatives. Current university ranking systems evaluate and compare universities on measures of academic and research performance. Although often useful for marketing purposes, the value of ranking systems when examining quality and outcomes is unclear.
Respiratory therapy faculty perspectives on interprofessional education: Findings from a cross-sectional online surveyJournal of Interprofessional Care
Marlo M Vernon, Nicole Moore, Andrew Mazzoli, Gianluca De Leo
2018 Interprofessional education (IPE) improves collaboration and patient care through joint education between health professions. Respiratory therapy (RT) has not been previously evaluated as participants in IPE. A cross-sectional online survey was distributed to evaluate the opportunities and barriers towards IPE of 874 respiratory therapy faculty with both quantitative measures and open-ended questions.
Respiratory therapy faculty knowledge of and attitudes toward interprofessional educationRespiratory Care
Marlo M Vernon, Nicole M Moore, Lisa-Anne Cummins, Stephanie E Reyes, Andrew J Mazzoli, Vahe Heboyan, Gianluca De Leo
2017 Interprofessional education (IPE) improves collaboration and patient care through joint education between health professions. Respiratory therapy (RT) faculty were surveyed to evaluate their knowledge and attitudes toward IPE.
Maternal stress predicts postpartum weight retentionMaternal and Child Health Journal
Kara Whitaker, Deborah Young-Hyman, Marlo Vernon, Sara Wilcox
2014 Postpartum weight retention (PPWR) is a significant contributor to the development of overweight and obesity in women of childbearing age. Stress may be a key mechanism making it more difficult for mothers to lose weight in the year following delivery.