About Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, DrPH, MPH, MBA is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Director of the undergraduate and graduate programs in public health at the University of Evansville. She serves as the public health expert for local media and has appeared on over 100 televised interviews regarding various public health issues with over 50 of the interviews related to COVID-19. Her research interests include healthcare systems and policies in the comparative perspective related to social epidemiology.

Intellectual Humility Understanding the psychology of vaccination attitudes is arguably more important now than ever. The authors of this article examine intellectual humility’s relationship with COVID-19 anti-vaccination and hesitant attitudes and intention to vaccinate using hierarchical regression and bivariate correlations.  Read More
Trends in Correctional Facilities The authors of this study aim to document trends in COVID-19 cases among staff working in correctional facilities.  Data were included from March through November 2020 and were extracted from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Read More
Vitamin D  The authors in this article explore the possible associations of vitamin D status and in-hospital mortality related to COVID-19 and the need for mechanical ventilation.  They conducted a retrospective, observational, 2-center cohort study which included adult patients from Read More
Age Structure and Policy This article examines the impact of age structure and government policy in response to COVID-19 in 209 countries.  The variables included in the study were total cases and deaths (per million), shares of the median age Read More
Risk Factors This meta-analysis aims to provide an overview of the major predictors of SARS-CoV-2 related mortality rates (MR).    All prospective and retrospective observational studies reporting crude overall COVID-19-related MR in hospitalized patients were included in the study.  There were Read More
Mental Health This study examined factors of mental distress among the younger population (aged 16-25) in order to further contribute to the research regarding mental health and COVID-19.  Specifically, the article assessed the impact of lockdown-related changes in various life Read More
Contact Tracing A critical component to controlling the spread of COVID-19 has been prompt and effective contact tracing.  By identifying close contacts, spread of the disease is reduced.  Contact tracing is an effective disease control strategy yet little data are Read More
This scoping review synthesized the literature related to maternal health and COVID-19.  Literature published through September 11 was included in the review.  It was divided into the following categories:  direct effects on pregnancy, intrauterine transmission, labor and delivery, breastfeeding and Read More
Socioeconomic Status and Racial Disparities Socioeconomic status has played a major role with SARS-CoV-2.  Those who have a low socioeconomic status have high incidence rates of SARS-CoV-2 as well as high case-fatality rates.  This study examined the association between socioeconomic Read More
Viral Load and COVID-19 Few studies have examined the association between upper respiratory tract (URT) viral load and symptomatic COVID-19 disease severity .  This study, however, examined URT viral load of patients with symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection and their Read More

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