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 (4)
Lack of access key to maternal mortality rise in Georgia, but some are taking action
Augusta Chronicle print
Shortly after she received her doctorate in 2018, Medical College of Georgia associate professor Dr. Marlo Michelle Vernon experienced something that refocused her research. "I ... had a cousin who was 38 weeks pregnant with her second baby, and she woke up the day after her baby shower with a excruciating headache that would not go away," she said. Vernon had worked on maternal and child health for years, but had never focused specifically on maternal mortality. She says she now knows that a headache like that can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy-related high blood pressure disorder. But her cousin and her family did not know it at the time. Once they decided to visit a hospital, it was too late.
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.”
A new Georgia Cancer Center project will benefit the MM Scott community
The Augusta Press online
On Thursday afternoon, Feb. 23, the Georgia Cancer Center’s CHANGE initiative gifted the MM Scott neighborhood with a family friendly storywalk, along with easy access cancer screening tools and prevention information. The CHANGE (Cancer Health Awareness through screeNinG and Education) program, first started by Augusta University assistant professor Marlo Vernon, aims to minimize racial inequities by raising awareness of cancer through education and community relationships. “So this project is funded by the American Cancer Society and Pfizer, and what we have done is developed an education program for residents of several Augusta housing authority communities, including here at MM Scott,” said Vernon. “We come in and we do a four-week session with residents. We help them to evaluate whether or not they need screening for cancer, and then we navigate them to those screenings.”
Local professor grateful for daughter’s open-heart surgery
A professor of the Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Cancer Center is thanking the Children’s Hospital of Georgia for performing open-heart surgery on her daughter. Marlo Vernon has worked at the two for more than 20 years. Her work focuses on engaging with communities to address cancer health disparities in the community.
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.
Georgia Cancer Center helps local residents access fitness classes to reduce cancer riskJagwire
Daily exercise can help reduce the risk of more than 10 forms of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, and a new initiative from the Georgia Cancer Center will help local residents access the tools they need to stay fit. As a part of the Cancer Health Awareness through screeNinG and Education (CHANGE) Initiative implemented by the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University, residents of five local low-income housing complexes completed surveys to voice what they feel is needed in their community to increase healthy living. The goal of the CHANGE Initiative is to educate citizens of Georgia about the prevention of cancer as well as reduce the risk of the disease.