May 2021 Chronicles

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Under the framework of the Child Health and Development Project: Mississippi Thrive!Dr. Gina Rico Mendez is collaborating with a group of state stakeholders that is seeking to develop a State Comprehensive Systems of Personnel Development (CSPD) for the Early Childhood (EC) workforce. This effort seeks to address EC workforce challenges such as personnel shortages, workforce training, standards, and challenges faced by EC personnel given the diverse needs of children and families. Technical assistance for this work is provided by The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) from the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.


Callie Poole was selected as a Mississippi State Health Assessment & Improvement Committee member. She serves as a member of the Social Determinants of Health workgroup.

Matthew Dean, a graduate research assistant, is featured in this month’s spotlight story. Read about his work at

Presentations & Conference Participation

Brown, A., & Seitz, H. H. (2021, May). Changing the minds of climate change deniers: Effects of message theme and source. Paper presented at the International Communication Association 71st Annual Conference (virtual conference).

Brown, D. C., Lariscy, J., & Walker, B. H. (2021, May). State-Level Trends in Lifespan Variability in the United States, 1960–2014. Paper presented at the meeting of the Population Association of America.

McMillen R. (2021). The Social Climate of Tobacco Control: Child Care Doctor Counseling. UMMC Cancer Center & Research Institute. 27 May 2021.

Walker, B. H., & Brown, D. C. (2021, May). Rural-Urban Differences in Lifespan Variation in the United States. Paper presented at the meeting of the Population Association of America.

Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi was an invited panelist on the  USDA-funded gender and development seminar hosted by Texas A&M on Wednesday, May 19th.  She discussed the USAID-funded Soybean Innovation Lab course and the GRADA (Gender Responsive Agricultural Development Assessment) developed by the Gender Impacts Lab.

Publications & Reports

Gardner, S. K., Walker, C. S., Love, T., Buttross, S, & Singel, S. (2021). Top 10 facts you need to know about ECH-ECHO. Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, 62(4), 97-98.

Stubbs-Richardson, M., Hubbert, J., Nelson, S., Reid, A., Johnson, T., Young, G., Hopkins, A. (2021). Not Your Typical Social Media Influencer: Exploring the Who, What, and Where of Islamic State Online Propaganda. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 14 (2).

Utley, J. W., Sinclair, H. C., Nelson, S., Ellithorpe, C., & Stubbs-Richardson, M. (2021). Behavioral and psychological consequences of social identity-based aggressive victimization in high school youth. Self and Identity, DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2021.1920049.

Yigit, I. A., Brown, D. C., Walker, B. H., Pellegrine, S. E., Baird-Thomas, C., Hanna, H. L., Buttross, S. (2021).  Perceived Barriers to Developmental Screening among Children Ages 0-5:  Results from a Statewide Survey of Health Care Providers in Mississippi.  Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association,