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Psychology Doctoral Student Receives National Fellowship from SOPHE/CDC

August 29, 2019

Brian Pugliese, a Ph.D. candidate in experimental psychology in the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies, was selected to be a 2019-20 student fellow by the Society for Public Health Education and the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The Student Fellowship in Injury Prevention is awarded to one to three students each year and is designed to support the training of a new generation of public health researchers and practitioners who work in the behavioral sciences.

"I feel honored to be chosen as one of the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE)/CDC Fellows in Injury Prevention," Pugliese said. "It feels great to receive recognition for the small part I have in injury prevention and etiology research.

Pugliese, who is part of the Palouse Injury Research Laboratory at the University of Idaho, will receive $2,000 as part of the fellowship to create a state-of-the-art Android application to track and prevent injuries due to distracted walking. He will present his work at the annual SOPHE conference in March 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

"This fellowship will help me better understand and prevent fall injuries due to distracted walking by using the same technology responsible for many distractions, smartphones," Pugliese said.

In addition to his research and doctoral work, Pugliese teaches undergraduate psychology courses and works as a user researcher intern at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and Human Behavior and Evolution Society, and was the recipient of the 2018 William G. Reese Award for Outstanding Student Research in Psychology from the U of I.

Brian Pugliese

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