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Dr. Roess is a professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services, Department of Global and Community Health. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in infectious diseases epidemiology, multi-disciplinary and multi-species field research and evaluating interventions to reduce the transmission and impact of infectious diseases. Dr. Roess currently oversees several longitudinal studies to understand emergence and transmission of zoonotic infectious diseases globally, including the emergence and transmission of Campylobacter (with support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), MERS-CoV (with support from the US National Science Foundation), and the development of the microbiome during the first year of life. She studies breastfeeding patterns and their association with future health disparities and has also studied the impact of hurricanes on morbidity and mortality in the United States, links between food animal production and emerging infectious and zoonotic disease emergence globally, and mHealth (especially apps) technology integration and evaluations to reduce the impact of infectious diseases outbreaks, promote health care and health reduce disparities. 

Dr. Roess holds a PhD in global disease epidemiology and control from Johns Hopkins University.  Her current studies are in the US, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Roess served as the Science Director for the Pew Commission on Industrial Food Animal Production at Johns Hopkins, and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at the CDC.  She has served as consultant for the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and Westat Inc.  She has a master degree from the UMDNJ/ Rutgers University School of Public Health.

Public Health Practice Portfolio

Participation on Advisory Panels

  • OFDA Roundtable NGO and Implementing Agency Lessons from the 2014-2015 West Africa Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, May 2017
  • Invited to participate at FAO’s roundtable discussion on building “One Health” partnerships. Sponsored by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. March 2015. (unpaid)
  • GWU SPH. Dean’s Panel on Ebola Response, October 2014.
  • Invited to moderate panel on Non-Communicable Diseases, Sponsored by Results for Development, November 2012

Program or Project Development

  • Establishing educational collaboration with Smithsonian Global education program to build practicum opportunities with GW
  • DC Department of Health, WIC Program. January 2015-Present, Advising on development of mhealth enhanced breastfeeding peer-counseling program, unpaid, Regional and National.
  • DC Department of Health, Fall 2014. Drafted hospital protocol for Ebola response.

Consultations

  • Invited consultant to give a talk about Ebola to health care workers. DC CARE. 10/14. paid

Testimony

  • Numerous at the DCG Council Hearings as part of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition

Editorial Peer Review Activities

  • National Institutes of Health. Population and Public Health Approaches to HIV Study Section, March 2019.
  • Associate Editor for Global Health Section, BMC Public Health, March 2018-Present
  • National Institutes of Health. Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases Study Section. February 2018.
  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR - French National Research Agency), CE35 Health/environment, April/May 2017
  • CDC Special Emphasis Panel NCEZID, ZCK1 GCA (39) R, March 2017
  • National Institutes of Health. HSOD Section, Mail Reviewer. June 2016, January 2017
  • United States Agency for International Development. Global Health Mini-University. Planning Committee 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Annual Conference Scientific Advisory Committee, 2014-Present
  • American Association Public Health Annual Conference Abstract and video reviewer, 2014-Present
  • Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), Health Disparities Conference Reviewer (2015, 2017)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation. December 2014, 2015
  • National Academy of Sciences, PEER program reviewer. July 2015
  • National Institutes of Health. Special Emphasis Peer Review Panel. June 2014
  • EU, Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (IMI2), Ebola Panel, Summer 2016
  • CRDF Global, Grant Reviewer, Middle East and North Africa (January 2013)
  • National Science Foundation, NSF Smart Health and Wellbeing Program Review Panel (July 16-17, 2012)
  • Malaria Day Review Panel. Pan American Health Organization. July-September 2011, July-September 2015.
  • Grant Reviewer. GAP ORP, CDC, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 09/09
  • Invited presenter. Diverse Voices in Animal Agriculture Seminar Series.  United States Department of Agriculture.  Washington, D.C. 06/07       
  • Reviewer for journals: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Disease, Environmental Health Perspectives, Journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Zoonoses and Public Health, Journal of Health Communication, PeerJ, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 02/05-Present

Community Service

  • DC Mayoral Lactation Commission. Appointee. 12/16-Present.
  • DC Breastfeeding Coalition. Executive Board. 12/15-Present.
  • Washington DC WIC Program and Mary’s Center. Volunteer. Speak to WIC participants at breastfeeding events to raise awareness about resources available.
  • NGO Clinic. Fairfax Virginia. Non-profit organization that provides health services to low-income immigrants and vulnerable populations who do not qualify for Medicare, Medicaid or other services.  Overseeing data analysis and grant writing. 08/11-05/14
  • Grant awarded by Virginia Department of Health for Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, February to July 2013
  • Serve Haiti. Non-profit organization that provides health services to vulnerable populations in rural Haiti.  Managing data entry and analysis for nutrition survey conducted in Grande Bois.  Provide support for fund raising and building ties with public health agencies and other non-profits.  11/09-05/13
  • Non-profit organization that provides education and health services to vulnerable children in rural Egypt. Duties include formulating yearly goals, fund raising, meeting with stakeholders and government officials. Board member. 09/06-08/12.
  • Local NGO, Fairfax, VA. Hepatitis C screening, risk behavior survey.  Recruited volunteers, administered survey in Arabic and English.  05/06       
  • American Red Cross (ARC), Baltimore, MD. “Meeting the needs of refugee populations: a pilot after school ESL program for mothers and tutoring sessions for their children.” Proposal awarded a Community Service Grant by Johns Hopkins University.  Project implemented by the local ARC office.  01/01-05/01

University Service (GWU)

Committee - School

  • Strategic Space Committee (May 2018-Present)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Fall 2017-Summer 2019)
  • Community Engagement Strategic Planning Committee (Spring 2017)
  • Big Data Strategic Planning Committee (Spring 2017)
  • Doctoral Education Strategic Planning Committee (Fall 2016)
  • Biostatistics Course Core Committee (August - December 2012)
  • New Building Construction sub-committee member (March-April 2012)
  • Executive Education sub-committee member (March-April 2012)

Committee - University

  • Sustainability Institute (Fall 2017 to Present)
  • Local Engagement XD grant (Fall 2016 to Spring 2017)
  • Egyptian Revolution Working Group (September 2013 to Dec 2016)
  • GW Egypt Interest Group (September 2011 to Fall 2017)
  • mHealth Seminar Collaborative (January 2012 to Present)
  • Faculty Senate Committee on University and Urban Affairs (October 2013 to February 2015)
  • Statistics Core Working Group (January 2014 to May 2014)

Other

  • Admissions committee member (November 2012 to Present)
  • DrPH in Global Health Program, director (November 2013 to Present), co-director (June 2012 to December 2012)
  • Research committee, co-chair (October 2011 to Fall 2015)
  • Curriculum committee, chair (January 2011 to August 2015)
  • Alumni and Student Awards Committee (March 2017 to Present)
  • Academic Awards committee (May 2017 to Present)
  • DrPH committee member (June 2012 to December 2012, November 2013 to Present)
  • Curriculum committee member (January 2011 to June 2015)
  • Research committee member (October 2011 to September 2012)
  • Inclusion and Diversity committee (August 2018 to Present)
  • Grant writing workshop for faculty in department (peer-mentoring), 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018
  • Manuscript writing group for faculty in department (peer-mentoring,), 2013, 2014, 2018
  • Student Research Day Abstract Reviewer, 2017, 2018
  • Attendance at Preview Day 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • Attendance at MPH Open House 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Attendance at DrPH Open House 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Attendance at Alumni weekend 2013

Degrees

PhD, Global Disease Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University

MPH, Public Health, Rutgers University

Research

Research Interests

  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-species field research
  • Evaluating interventions to reduce the transmission and impact of infectious diseases

Grants (Current)

11/18-Present   Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Campylobacter transmission in Bangladesh. (Principal Investigator, 15%) ($1,245,000)

10/18-Present   National Science Foundation. Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease. (Principal Investigator, 19%) ($2,487,000)

Grants (Completed)

06/17-Present   GW Cross-disciplinary Research Fund. Ethiopia electricity project (co-Principal Investigator, 10%) ($75,000)

03/18-09/18       Government of Puerto Rico. Assessing excess mortality following a natural disaster. (Epidemiologist, 15%) ($303,000)

Epidemiology of drug use, HIV/AIDS and high risk behaviors in Egypt.” (5R21DA033888-02) (Principal Investigator, 25%) ($292,564)
Cultural Dimensions of Ebola Virus Transmission in Guinea, West Africa (1523273) (Principal Investigator, 2%) ($99,964)

01/13-12/14       U.S./Egypt Joint Board/USDA Research and Technology Development to Prevent and Reduce Infection-Related Neonatal and Infant Mortality in Egypt. (co-Principal Investigator, 10%) ($50,000)

12/12-12/14       Biosecurity Engagement Program. U.S. Department of State.  Training of veterinarians, wildlife specialists, and laboratory scientists to conduct epidemiological studies of zoonotic disease in Egypt. (Principal Investigator, 25%) ($208,426)

07/11-12/12       GW Medical Center Facilitating Fund Grants Program.  Epidemiological study: analysis of all-cause and cause-specific mortality patterns among racial and ethnic groups in the United States. (co-Investigator, 0%) ($25,000)

04/09-06/10       Biosecurity Engagement Program. U.S. Department of State.  Funding for the development and delivery of an epidemiology and zoonotic disease course for veterinarians, Egypt. (Principal Investigator, 10%) ($125,000)

01/04-12/05       Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Small Grants Recipient.  Save the Children, Saving Newborn Lives Initiative. Neonatal and Animal Antibiotic Use in Rural Bangladesh. (Principal Investigator, 0%) ($27,000)

01/01-12/05       National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowship, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. 3F31HD041348-04S1 (Principal Investigator, 100%) ($125,000)

08/03-12/05       Johns Hopkins University Innovation Grant. Antimicrobial Resistance in Farm Animals in Rural Bangladesh and the Impact on Human Carriage of Resistant Bacteria. (Principal Investigator, 0%) ($25,000)

08/02-09/03       Johns Hopkins University Innovation Grant.  Researching Household and Environmental Antibiotic Use and Human Pathogen Resistance in Developing Countries: The Case of Rural Bangladesh. (Principal Investigator, 0%) ($25,000)

01/01-05/01        Community Service Grant, Alumni Association, Johns Hopkins University.  Pilot ESL Program for Refugees in Baltimore, MD.

01/99-05-99       Research Grant from National Biology Honor Society.  Parasitology research.

Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=roess+A

1Schindler-Ruwisch, J., Roess, A., Robert, R. C., & Napolitano, M. (2019). Limitations of Workplace Lactation Support: The Case for DC WIC Recipients. Journal of Human Lactation, 0890334419887369.

Obaidat, M. M., Malania, L., Imnadze, P., Roess, A.A., Bani Salman, A.E., & Arner, R.M. (2019). Seroprevalence and Risk Factors for Coxiella burnetii in Jordan. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 101(1): 40-44. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.19-0049

Sandberg, J., Santos-Burgoa, C., Roess, A., Golman-Hawes, A., Perez, C.M., Garcia-Meza, A., & Goldman, L.R. (2019). The Authors Respond. Epidemiology. 30(6): e36-e37. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001098

Colon-Ramos, U., Roess, A.A. Robien, K., Marghella, P.D., Waldman, R.J., & Merrigan, K.A. (2019). Foods distributed during federal disaster relief response in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María did not fully meet federal nutrition recommendations. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2019.03.015

Obaidat, M. M., & Roess, A. A. (2019). Nationwide seroprevalence, spatial distribution and risk factors of Leishmania in Jordan. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 9(6), 227. doi: 10.4103/2221-1691.260394

1Schindler-Ruwisch, J., Roess, A.A., Robert, R.C., Napolitano, M., Woody, E., Thompson, P., & Ilakkuvan, V. (2019). Determinants of Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration Among African American DC WIC Recipients: Perspectives of Recent Mothers. Women's Health Issues. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2019.07.003

Obaidat, M. M., & Roess, A. A. (2019). First nationwide seroepidemiology and risk factors report of        Helicobater pylori in Jordan. Helicobacter. https://doi.org/10.1111/hel.12572

Sandberg, J., Santos-Burgoa, C., Roess, A., Goldman-Hawes, A., Pérez, C. M., Garcia-Meza, A., & Goldman, L. R. (2019). All over the place? Differences in and consistency of excess mortality estimates in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. Epidemiology. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000970 PMID: 30640732

1Noykhovich, E., Mookherji, S., & Roess, A. (2019). The risk of Tuberculosis among populations living in slum settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Urban Health. doi:10.1007/s11524-018-0319-6 PMID: 30341562

Roess, A.A. Lahm, A.A. Kabbash, I.A. Saad-Hussein, A. Shaalan, A., Rasslan, O., & Mohamed, M. (2018). Responding to emerging diseases requires multi-disciplinary and one health training, Egypt.  Annals of Global Health, 84(4), 650–653. doi: 10.29024/aogh.2372

1Santos-Burgoa, C., Sandberg, J., Suarez, E., Goldman-Hawes, A., Zeger, S., Garcia-Meza, A., . . . Roess, A.A., Goldman, L. (2018). Differential and persistent risk of excess mortality from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: a time-series analysis. Lancet Planet Health, 2(11), e478-e488. doi:10.1016/S2542-5196(18)30209-2 PMID: 30318387

Obaidat, M. M., Stringer, A. P., & Roess, A. A. (2018). Seroprevalence, risk factors and spatial distribution of West Nile virus in Jordan. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. doi:10.1093/trstmh/try111 PMID: 30299511

Roess, A. A., Jacquier, E. F., Catellier, D. J., Carvalho, R., Lutes, A. C., Anater, A. S., & Dietz, W. H. (2018). Food consumption patterns of infants and toddlers: findings from the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) 2016. J Nutr, 148(suppl_3), 1525S-1535S. doi:10.1093/jn/nxy171 PMID: 30247583

Obaidat, M. M., & Roess, A. A. (2018). First report on seroprevalence and risk factors of dengue virus in Jordan. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg, 112(6), 279-284. doi:10.1093/trstmh/try055 PMID: 29992312

1Schindler-Ruwisch, J. M., Roess, A., Robert, R. C., Napolitano, M. A., & Chiang, S. (2018). Social support for breastfeeding in the era of mHealth: a content analysis. J Hum Lact, 34(3), 543-555. doi:10.1177/0890334418773302 PMID: 29787686

Obaidat, M. M., Roess, A. A., Mahasneh, A. A., & Al-Hakimi, R. A. (2018). Antibiotic-resistance, enterotoxin gene profiles and farm-level prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus in cow, sheep and goat bulk tank milk in Jordan. Int Dairy J, 81, 28-34. doi:10.1016/j.idairyj.2018.02.001

Obaidat, M. M., Bani Salman, A. E., & Roess, A. A. (2018). High prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of mecA Staphylococcus aureus in dairy cattle, sheep, and goat bulk tank milk in Jordan. Trop Anim Health Prod, 50(2), 405-412. doi:10.1007/s11250-017-1449-7 PMID: 29063353

Obaidat, M. M., Bani Salman, A. E., Davis, M. A., & Roess, A. A. (2018). Major diseases, extensive misuse, and high antimicrobial resistance of Escherichia coli in large- and small-scale dairy cattle farms in Jordan. J Dairy Sci, 101(3), 2324-2334. doi:10.3168/jds.2017-13665 PMID: 29290451

Obaidat, M. M., & Roess, A. A. (2018). Seroprevalence and risk factors of Hepatitis E infection in Jordan's population: First report. Int J Infect Dis, 66, 121-125. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2017.11.015 PMID: 29146513  

1Roess, A. A., Di Peppi, R., Kinzoni, E. A., Molouania, M., Kennedy, E., Ibata, S. R., . . . Moses, C. (2017). Knowledge gained and retained from a video-centered, community-based intervention for Ebola prevention, Congo. J Health Commun, 22(11), 913-922. doi:10.1080/10810730.2017.1377321 PMID: 29125394

Roess, A. (2017). The promise, growth, and reality of mobile health - another data-free zone. N Engl J Med, 377(21), 2010-2011. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1713180 (invited) PMID: 29116869

Obaidat, M. M., Salman, A. E. B., & Roess, A. A. (2017). Virulence and antibiotic resistance of vibrio parahaemolyticus isolates from seafood from three developing countries and of worldwide environmental, seafood, and clinical isolates from 2000 to 2017. J Food Prot, 80(12), 2060-2067. doi:10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-17-156 PMID: 29154715

Carruth, L., Roess, A. A., Terefe, Y., Hosh, F. M., & Salman, M. D. (2017). Antimicrobial resistance and food safety in Africa. Lancet Infect Dis, 17(6), 575-576. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(17)30273-6 PMID: 28555570

1Matysiak, A., & Roess, A. (2017). Interrelationship between climatic, ecologic, social, and cultural determinants affecting dengue emergence and transmission in Puerto Rico and their implications for zika response. J Trop Med, 2017, 8947067. doi:10.1155/2017/8947067 PMID: 28717366

1Hirai, M., Roess, A., Huang, C., & Graham, J. P. (2017). Exploring the link between handwashing proxy measures and child diarrhea in 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa: a cross-sectional study. J Water Sanitation Hyg for Development, 7(2), 312-322. doi:10.2166/washdev.2017.126

Colon-Ramos, U., Rodriguez-Ayuso, I., Gebrekristos, H. T., Roess, A., Perez, C. M., & Simonsen, L. (2017). Transnational mortality comparisons between archipelago and mainland Puerto Ricans. J Immigr Minor Health, 19(5), 1009-1017. doi:10.1007/s10903-016-0448-5 PMID: 27334006

Carruth, L., Roess, A. A., Mekonnen, Y. T., Melaku, S. K., Nichter, M., & Salman, M. (2016). Zoonotic tuberculosis in Africa: challenges and ways forward. Lancet, 388(10059), 2460-2461. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32186-9 PMID: 27871735

1Hirai, M., Roess, A., Huang, C., & Graham, J. (2016). Exploring geographic distributions of high-risk water, sanitation, and hygiene practices and their association with child diarrhea in Uganda. Glob Health Action, 9, 32833. doi:10.3402/gha.v9.32833 PMID: 27790971

Goldsmith, C. S., Metcalfe, M. G., Li, Y., Davidson, W. B., Wilkins, K., Roess, A. A., . . . Reynolds, M. (2016). Emergence of previously unknown poxviruses. Microscopy Microanalysis, 22, 1184. doi:10.1017/S1431927616006760

1Lowenstein, C., Waters, W. F., Roess, A., Leibler, J. H., & Graham, J. P. (2016). Animal husbandry practices and perceptions of zoonotic infectious disease risks among livestock keepers in a rural parish of Quito, Ecuador. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 95(6), 1450-1458. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.16-0485 PMID: 27928092

Roess, A., Carruth, L., Lahm, S., & Salman, M. (2016). Camels, MERS-CoV, and other emerging infections in east Africa. Lancet Infect Dis, 16(1), 14-15. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(15)00471-5 PMID: 26738820

1Allen, S. T., Ruiz, M. S., Roess, A., & Jones, J. (2015). Assessing seasonality of travel distance to harm reduction service providers among persons who inject drugs. Harm Reduct J, 12, 45. doi:10.1186/s12954-015-0081-y PMID: 26458881

Roess, A. A., Winch, P. J., Akhter, A., Afroz, D., Ali, N. A., Shah, R., . . . Bangladesh Projahnmo Study, G. (2015). Household animal and human medicine use and animal husbandry practices in rural Bangladesh: risk factors for emerging zoonotic disease and antibiotic resistance. Zoonoses Public Health, 62(7), 569-578. doi:10.1111/zph.12186 PMID: 25787116

1Roess, A., Gurman, T., Ghoshal, S., & Mookherji, S. (2014). Reflections on the potential of mHealth to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries. J Health Commun, 19(8), 871-875. doi:10.1080/10810730.2014.943126 PMID: 25099880

1* Besera, G., & Roess, A. (2014). The relationship between female genital cutting and women's autonomy in Eritrea. Int J Gynaecol Obstet, 126(3), 235-239. doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2014.03.038 PMID: 24947604

Roess, A. A., McCollum, A. M., Gruszynski, K., Zhao, H., Davidson, W., Lafon, N., . . . Damon, I. K. (2013). Surveillance of parapoxvirus among ruminants in Virginia and Connecticut. Zoonoses Public Health, 60(8), 543-548. doi:10.1111/zph.12036 PMID: 23398718

Roess, A. A., Winch, P. J., Ali, N. A., Akhter, A., Afroz, D., El Arifeen, S., . . . Bangladesh, P. S. G. (2013). Animal husbandry practices in rural Bangladesh: potential risk factors for antimicrobial drug resistance and emerging diseases. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 89(5), 965-970. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.12-0713 PMID: 24062478

Roess, A.A., Rea, N., Lederman E., Dato, V., Chipman, R., Reynolds, M.G., Damon, I.K., Slate, D., & Rupprecht CE. (2012).  National surveillance for human and pet contact with oral rabies vaccine baits, 2001-2009.  J Am Vet Med Assoc, 240(2), 163-168. doi:10.2460/javma.240.2.163 PMID: 22217024

Roess, A. A., & Sikka, N. K. (2012). The use of mobile communication technologies to improve the health of individuals and populations has great potential. Introduction. J Health Commun, 17 Suppl 1, 4. doi:10.1080/10810730.2012.667715 PMID: 22548592

1,*Gurman, T. A., Rubin, S. E., & Roess, A. A. (2012). Effectiveness of mHealth behavior change communication interventions in developing countries: a systematic review of the literature. J Health Commun, 17 Suppl 1, 82-104. doi:10.1080/10810730.2011.649160 PMID: 22548603

Roess, A. A., Levine, R. S., Barth, L., Monroe, B. P., Carroll, D. S., Damon, I. K., & Reynolds, M. G. (2011). Sealpox virus in marine mammal rehabilitation facilities, North America, 2007-2009. Emerg Infect Dis, 17(12), 2203-2208. doi:10.3201/eid1712.101945 PMID: 22172454

Roess, A. A., Monroe, B. P., Kinzoni, E. A., Gallagher, S., Ibata, S. R., Badinga, N., . . . Reynolds, M. G. (2011). Assessing the effectiveness of a community intervention for monkeypox prevention in the Congo basin. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 5(10), e1356. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001356 PMID: 22028942

Roess, A. A., Galan, A., Kitces, E., Li, Y., Zhao, H., Paddock, C. D., . . . Damon, I. K. (2010). Novel deer-associated parapoxvirus infection in deer hunters. N Engl J Med, 363(27), 2621-2627. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1007407 PMID: 21190456

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Human Vaccinia Infection After Contact with a Raccoon Rabies Vaccine Bait—Pennsylvania, 2009.  (2009). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 58(43);1204-1207. (Writers: Rea N, Dato V, Rupprecht C, Reynolds M, Damon I, Roess AA (lead writer).)   PMID: 19893480

1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Laboratory-Acquired Vaccinia Virus Infection-Virginia, 2008.  (2009). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 58(40);797-800. (Writers: MacNeil A, Davies E, Peake L, Reynolds M, Damon I, & Roess A.A. (lead writer).) PMID: 19644439

Price, L. B., Graham, J. P., Lackey, L. G., Roess, A., Vailes, R., & Silbergeld, E. (2007). Elevated risk of carrying gentamicin-resistant Escherichia coli among U.S. poultry workers. Environ Health Perspect, 115(12), 1738-1742. doi:10.1289/ehp.10191 PMID: 18087592

Price, L. B., Roess, A.A., Graham, J. P., Baqar, S., Vailes, R., Sheikh, K. A., & Silbergeld, E. (2007). Neurologic symptoms and neuropathologic antibodies in poultry workers exposed to Campylobacter jejuni. J Occup Environ Med, 49(7), 748-755. doi:10.1097/JOM.0b013e3180d09ec5 PMID: 17622847

Baqui, A. H., Black, R. E., El Arifeen, S., Yunus, M., Zaman, K., Begum, N., Roess, A.A., . . . Santosham, M. (2004). Zinc therapy for diarrhoea increased the use of oral rehydration therapy and reduced the use of antibiotics in Bangladeshi children. J Health Popul Nutr, 22(4), 440-442. PMID: 15663177

Christian, P., Khatry, S. K., LeClerq, S. C., Roess, A. A., Wu, L., Yuenger, J. D., & Zenilman, J. M. (2005). Prevalence and risk factors of chlamydia and gonorrhea among rural Nepali women. Sex Transm Infect, 81(3), 254-258. doi:10.1136/sti.2004.011817 PMID: 15923297

Twersky, L.H., Petach, N.C., Raleigh, F.S., & Roess, A.A. (1999). Delay in emergence of right forelimb in Rana catesbeiana exposed to thyroxine.  Bull NJ Acad Sci. 44(2), 21-21.

1Papers with students, *Corresponding author

Peer Reviewed Reports

“Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Food Animal Production in America.” Final Report by the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Pew Charitable Trusts and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Washington, D.C. 2008.

Non-Peer Reviewed Reports

“Farm Waste Management.” Report by the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Washington, D.C. February 2008 (with Leonard Bull, J. Mark Rice, Otto “Chip” Simmons, and Deanne Meyer).

“Animal Well-Being.” Report by the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Washington, D.C. December 2007 (with Joy A. Mench, Paul B. Thompson, Ed Pajor, and Harvey S. James Jr).

“Costs of Food Animal Production.” Report by the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Washington, D.C. May 2008 (with Harwood D. Schaffer, and Daryll E. Ray).

“Antibiotic Resistance and Food Animal Production.”  Report by the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Washington, D.C. December 2007 (with Center for a Livable Future, JHSPH).

Pilot Program of Structured Environmental House Calls.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) initiative of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).  Final Report to the U.S. EPA submitted in January 2001.

New Jersey Youth Tobacco Survey: A Statewide Report.  Division of Addiction Services. New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services.  April 2000.

Annual Report of Reportable Communicable Diseases for New Jersey.  Division of Epidemiology, Communicable Diseases Service Unit. New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services.  Final Report available on-line December 2000.

Letters

Can the Lessons of SARS Help Stop Ebola? The National Interest. (with Elanah Uretsky). October 2014.

Abstracts (Recent)

Mohamed M, Roess A, Shaalan, A, Aly H: Creating a Network of Neonatologists, Child Health Researchers, and Public health Specialists to Study Neonatal Infections’ Related Mortality and Morbidities in Egypt. European Academy of Pediatric Societies (EAPS): Arch Dis Child 2014; 99:A431-A432 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-307384.1196.

1Aberra, E., K. Ndiaye, and A. Roess. "The dangers of cooking in Kakuma: How access to cooking fuel compromises the safety, dignity, and well-being of women living in refugee camps, a quantitative analysis." Annals of Global Health 3, no. 80 (2014): 208.

1Aranda, E., D. Marron, and A. Roess. "What factors are associated with compliance of integrated management of childhood illness guidelines in Egypt? An analysis using the 2004 Egypt service provision assessment survey." Annals of Global Health 81.1 (2015): 187.

Roess, A., Carruth, L., Mann, M., Kabbash, I., Melaku, S., Atia, M., ... & Salman, M. (2015). Livestock movement and emerging zoonotic disease outbreaks: applying ecological, network, and sociocultural theories to assess the risk of Middle East respiratory syndrome from camel trade in Ethiopia and Egypt. The Lancet Global Health, 3, S26.

Scholarly Presentations

Regional Presentations

Roess AA, Mirotznik R, Stanley E.  Synaptic vesicle membrane and presynaptic membrane fusion of calcii in chick embryos.  Poster presentation. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, August 1997.

Roess AA, Hagerty MG, Arjocu S, Coker, Spinale FG. Immunofluorescence staining for the myocyte cytoskeletal protein, alpha-actinin, in control and pace induced heart failure pigs. Poster presentation. Medical University of South Carolina Conference, Charleston, SC, August 1998. 

Roess AA, Petriello RP.  Concurrent infections of a protozoan and helminth parasite in CF1 rats: an analysis of blood serum proteins and enzymes. Poster presentation. National Biology Society Annual Conference, Lawrenceville, NJ, September 1999.

Roess, AA.  Analysis of the National Surveillance for Human and Pet Contact with Oral Rabies Vaccine Baits, 2001-2008. CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, October 2008.

Roess AA.  The roles of wildlife health and disease, and ecology in aspects of surveillance, training, outbreak investigation.  Invited presentation. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  January 2010.

Contributor.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zoonotic Disease monthly conference call with local, state and federal health officials. 02/09-06/10

Roess AA.  Conducting international health field work to study emerging and zoonotic diseases.  Invited presentation.  George Washington University Epidemiology Seminar. Washington D.C., January 2010.

Roess AA and SA Lahm.  Invited Talk at Virginia Technology University. October 2015.

Roess AA.  Invited Talk at the NIH/NIAID Coronavirus program, October 2017

Roess AA.  Invited Talk at the University of Georgia, School of Ecology, September 2017

Invited to Mathematical Biosciences Institutes Meeting, 2018 March

Roess AA and M Obaidat.  Invited Talk at the NIH/NIAID International ID program, April2018

 

National Presentations

Adler RK, Hrywna M, Delnevo C, Slade JD, Roess AA. Minor tobacco use/possession policies in New Jersey. Poster presenation. American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2001.

Roess AA. National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Pew Foundation Study. Future Trends in Animal Agriculture Symposium.  Invited Panel discussant.  United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., September 2007.

Roess AA, Price LB, Winch PJ, Akhter A, Afroz D, Ali N, Begum N, Shah R, Mahmud AB, Arifeen SE, Saha SK, BaquiAH, Silbergeld EK.  Risk factors for antibiotic resistance in rural Bangladesh: human and animal antibiotic use, poultry husbandry practices, and antibiotic resistance in poultry farm environments Poster presentation.  Global Health Council Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., June 2006.

Silbergeld EK, Chapin AR, Price LB, Graham J, Roess AA, Resnick C, Buckley TJ, Rule AM, Schwab KJ.  Community exposures to antibiotic resistant bacteria associated with concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).  Oral presentation.  American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Oral presentation, Philadelphia, PA, December 2005. 

Roess AA, Winch PJ, Afsana A, Afroz D, Ali NA, Shah, R, Baqui AH, Darmstadt GL, Arifeen SE.  Extent of Human and Environmental Antibiotic use in rural Bangladesh and its potential impact on antimicrobial-resistant human pathogens: results of survey research. Oral presentation. American Public Health Association Annual, Washington, D.C. November 2004.

Roess AA, Galen A, Kitces E, Adem P, Li Y, Reynolds M, Paddock C, Zaki S, Damon I.  Novel deer-associated parapoxvirus in two eastern states, 2008.  Oral presentation. CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference.  Atlanta, GA, April 2009.

Moses C, Roess AA.  Innovative technologies proven to increase knowledge and change behaviors: Ebola and Monkeypox prevention in rural Republic of Congo. Oral presentation. Global Health Council Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., May 2009.

Roess AA. National Surveillance for Human and Pet Contact with Oral Rabies Vaccine Baits, 2001-2009. Invited presentation. USDA Rabies Management Team Meeting. Nashville, TN, March 2010.

Roess AA, Moses C, Kinzonzi E, Nkenda-Badinga E, Gallagher S, Kennedy E, Reynolds MG, Damon IK. Long-term impact of a video-based intervention on knowledge and attitudes of monkeypox prevention and care in rural Republic of Congo (Likouala Region). Oral presentation. Global Health Council Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. June 2010.

Roess AA.  Importation of bushmeat.  Invited Panel discussant.  American Veterinary Medical Association. Atlanta, GA, August 2010.

Roess AA. Moses C, Gallagher, S Kinzonzi E. Impact of a video-based intervention on knowledge and attitudes of Ebola prevention and care in rural Republic of Congo, 2007-2010.  Oral presentation.  American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Washington, D.C., October 2011.

1Aberra, E., K. Ndiaye, and A. Roess. The dangers of cooking in Kakuma: How access to cooking fuel compromises the safety, dignity, and well-being of women living in refugee camps, a quantitative analysis. Poster Presentation. Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Washington DC, 2014

1Aranda, E., D. Marron, and A. Roess. What factors are associated with compliance of integrated management of childhood illness guidelines in Egypt? An analysis using the 2004 Egypt service provision assessment survey. Poster presentation. Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Washington DC, 2014

Roess AA, Carruth L, Mann M, Kabbash I, Melaku S, Atia M, ... & Salman M. (2015). Livestock movement and emerging zoonotic disease outbreaks: applying ecological, network, and sociocultural theories to assess the risk of Middle East respiratory syndrome from camel trade in Ethiopia and Egypt. Oral Presentation. Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Boston, 2015

Roess AA. Thurman S. Predictors of breastfeeding in the Middle East. 143rd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (October 31-November 4, 2015). APHA, Chicago, IL, 2015. (Poster Presentation)

Lahm S. Roess AA. Ebola cultural assessment. Society for Risk Assessment. Arlington, VA. December 2015. (Invited Oral Presentation)

1Robert RC, Roess AA, Kwan C, Cleaves E, Kuehn D, Thompson, P. Implementing DCBFed, an innovative mobile-health enhanced peer counseling program to improve breastfeeding. Poster Presentation. National WIC Association, Denver, CO. 2016.

Robert RC, Roess AA, Cleaves E, Kuehn D, Thompson, P. An Innovative, Mobile-health Enhanced, Peer-counseling Program to Improve Breastfeeding among Low-income, Minority Populations in Washington, DC. Poster Presentation. Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Washington, DC. 2017

Robert RC, Roess AA. Trends in Breastfeeding and Cesarean sections over a 20-year period in 40 low and middle income countries. Poster Presentation. Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Washington, DC. 2017

Dietz WB. Roess AA. FITS2016, Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices in the United States. Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. April 2017. (Invited Panel Presentation)

Ndiaye K. Roess A. 147th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 10-14, 2018). Health Hotline use to address sexual health gender disparities, Senegal. Oral Presentation. APHA, San Diego, CA, 2018.

 

International Presentations

Roess AA, Winch PJ, Afsana A, Afroz D, Ali NA, Shah, R, Baqui AH, Darmstadt GL, Arifeen SE.  Extent of human and environmental antibiotic use in rural Bangladesh and its potential impact on antimicrobial-resistant human pathogens: results of qualitative research.  Poster presenation. WHO International Conference for Improving the Use of Medicines, Chiang-Mai, Thailand, March 29-April 2, 2004.

Roess AA, Levine RS, Barth LA, Hughes CM, Carroll D, Damon IK, Reynolds MG.

Sealpoxvirus at North American Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Centers.  Poster presentation. International Meeting on Emerging Diseases. Austria, Vienna, February 2009.

Roess AA, Kinzonzi E, Nkenda-Badinga E, Moses C, Macneil A, Benzekari NA, Reynolds MG, Damon IK.  Pilot study of the impact of a video-based intervention on knowledge and attitudes of monkeypox prevention and care in rural Republic of Congo (Likouala Region).  Poster presentation.  International Meeting on Emerging Diseases. Austria, Vienna, February 2009.

Roess AA, Kinzonzi E, Nkenda-Badinga E, Moses C, Gallagher S, Kennedy E, Reynolds MG, Damon IK.  Long-term impact of a video-based intervention on knowledge and attitudes of monkeypox prevention and care in rural Republic of Congo (Likouala Region), November 2008 to July 2009.  Oral presentation.  Congolese Ministry of Health Scientific Congress.  Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, November 2009. 

Roess AA, Levine RS, Barth LA, Hughes CM, Carroll D, Damon IK, Reynolds MG.

Sealpoxvirus in marine mammal rehabilitation centers and in the wild.  Poster presentation. Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference.  October 2009.

Roess AA, Rea N, Dato V, Rupprecht C and the ORV Surveillance Network.  National Surveillance for Human and Pet Contact with Oral Rabies Vaccine Baits. Oral presentation.  Rabies in the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, October 2009.

Roess AA. Moses C, Gallagher, S Kinzonzi E. Impact of a video-based intervention on knowledge and attitudes of Ebola prevention and care in rural Republic of Congo.  Oral presentation.  International Meeting on Emerging Diseases. Austria, Vienna, February 2011.

1Roess AA, Colon-Ramos U, Kim HL, Rodriguez I, Marazzi M, Simonsen L. Trends in perinatal, neonatal and infant mortality among Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans in the mainland United States and other ethnic/racial groups—2000-2007. Poster Presentation. Research Centers in Minority Institutions International Symposium on Health Disparities, San Juan, Puerto Rico. December 2012.

1Colon-Ramos U, Roess AA, Kim HL, Rodriguez I, Marazzi M, Simonsen L. Trends in all-cause mortality rates: island Puerto Ricans, mainland Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Mexicans, non-Hispanic whites and blacks in the U.S.—2000-2009. Poster Presentation. Research Centers in Minority Institutions International Symposium on Health Disparities, San Juan, Puerto Rico. December 2012.

Mohamed M, Roess A, Shaalan, A, Aly H: Creating a Network of Neonatologists, Child Health Researchers, and Public Health Specialists to Study Neonatal Infections’ Related Mortality and Morbidities in Egypt. European Academy of Pediatric Societies (EAPS): Arch Dis Child 2014; 99:A431-A432 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-307384.1196. Spain.

Roess, A., Carruth, L., Mann, M., Kabbash, I., Melaku, S., Atia, M., ... & Salman, M. (2015). Livestock movement and emerging zoonotic disease outbreaks: applying ecological, network, and sociocultural theories to assess the risk of Middle East respiratory syndrome from camel trade in Ethiopia and Egypt. Consortium of Universities of Global Health. United States. 2015. (Oral Presentation)

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