Robert P. Pack

Robert P. Pack, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs &
Professor of Community and Behavioral Health 
Phone:  423-439-4243
Email:
Office:  101 Lamb Hall

Education

Fellowship:  Emory University Rollins School of Public Health & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1997-1999.

Ph.D.  Health Education and Health Promotion, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. 1998.

M.P.H.  Health Behavior, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. 1994.

B.S.  Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 1991. 

Courses Taught

COBH 6250: Evidence Based Public Health

COBH 6210: Health Assessment and Surveillance Research

Research Focus

Adolescent Health, Public Health Workforce Development, Prescription Drug Abuse

Publications (published and in press since 2005):

Brooks, B, Blackley, D, Masters, P, May, S, Mayes, S, Williams, C, Pack, RP, (2014) Developing an Academic Health Department in Northeast Tennessee: A Sustainable Approach Through Student Leadership. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. May/June; 20(3): 315-323.

Southerland, J, Wang, L, Richards, K, Pack, RP, Slawson, DL (2013). Misperceptions of overweight: Associations of weight misperception with health- related quality of life among normal weight adults attending a central Appalachian university. Public Health Reports Nov-Dec; 128(6):562-8.

Hagemeier, N, Murawski, M, Alamian, A & Pack, RP (2013). Community Pharmacists' Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Opioid Pain Reliever Abuse. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy Aug 24. pii: S1551-7411.

Hagemeier, NE, Gray, JA & Pack, RP (2013). Prescription Drug Abuse: Prescriber and Pharmacist Perspectives. Substance Use and Misuse 48(9), 761-768.

Pack, RP, Li, X, Stanton, B, Cottrel, L, (2011)  Psychosocial Correlates of Dual Contraceptive Use in Urban Adolescents.  ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology, Volume 2011 Article ID:  469610, 7 pages.

White, R,  Zullig, KJ, Lander, L, Shockley, C, Pack, RP, Sullivan, CR (2011).   Preliminary results of the West Virginia Prescription Drug Abuse Quitline. Health Promotion Practice.  Sept 13 2011 epub ahead of print.      

Arvelo, W, Blum, LS, Nahar, N, von Seidlein, L, Nahar, L, Pack, RP, Brooks, AW, Pach, A, Breiman, RF, Luby, SP, Ram, PK (2011). Community Perceptions of Bloody Diarrhoea in the Urban Slum of Kamalapur, Bangladesh: Implications for Introduction of a Shigella Vaccine. Epidemiol. Infect. 139, 599?605.

Zullig, KJ, Lander, L, White, RJ, Sullivan, CR, Shockley, C, Dong, L, Pack, RP, Surber Fedis, T (2010) Preliminary Evaluation of the WV Prescription Drug Abuse Quitline. West Virginia Medical Journal 106, 4, 38-46.

Martin, BC, Stoots, JM, Pack, RP, Wykoff, RF, Dreyzehner, JJ (2010) Potential approaches to address the undergraduate public health training needs for working professionals: A case study of one rural area. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 16(2), 128-133.

Lanier, MM, Pack, RP & Akers, TA (2010) Epidemiologic Criminology: Drug use among gang members. Journal of Correctional Health Care. 16:6-16

Pendleton S, Stanton, B, Cottrell, L, Marshall, S, Harris, C, Pack, R, Burns, J, Gibson, C, Wu, L, Li, X (2007) Teens in the twenty-first century still prefer people over machines. Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention for Children and Youth. 8(2): 95-115.

Chen, X, Stanton, B, von Seidlein, L, Nyamette, N, Pach, A, Kaljee, L, Pack, RP, Clemens, J, Youlang, D, Mao, R (2006). Differences in Perception of Dysentery and Enteric Fever and Willingness to Receive Vaccines Among Rural Residents in China Vaccine 24(5):561-71

Pack, RP, Wang, Y, Singh, A, von Seidlein, L, Pach, A, Kaljee, L, Butraporn, P, Youlong, G, Blum, L, Bhutta, Z, Santoso, T, Nyamete, A, Clemens, J, Stanton, B (2006). Willingness to be vaccinated against shigella and other forms of dysentery: a multisite comparison of three regions in Asia. Vaccine 24(4):485-94.

Stanton, B, Harris, C, Cottrell, L, Li, X, Gibson, C, Guo, J, Pack, RP, Galbraith, J, Pendleton, S, Wu, Y, Marshall, S (2006) Trial of an urban adolescent risk reduction program for rural youth: An imperfect fit. Journal of Adolescent Health. 38(1):55

Stanton, B, Guo, J, Cottrell, L, Galbraith, J, Li, X, Gibson, C, Pack, R, Cole, M, Marshall, Harris, C (2005) The complex business of adapting effective interventions to new populations: an urban to rural transfer Journal of Adolescent Health 37(163):17-26.

Pack, RP, Krishnamurthy, G, Cottrell L, Stanton BF, D'Alessandri, D, Burns, J (2005) Caregiver predictors of adolescent inhalant abuse in rural Appalachia. American Journal of Health Behavior; 29(4):331-341.

Robertson, A, Baird-Thomas, C, St. Lawrence, JS & Pack, RP (2005) Predictors of Infection with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea in Incarcerated Adolescents. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Feb;32(2):115-22

Book Chapters:

Florence, J, Pack, RP, Southerland, J, Wykoff, RF. (2012) The depth of rural health disparities in America:  the ABCDE's.  In Wendel and Crosby, (eds.)  Handbook of Rural Health.

Non-peer reviewed articles:

Pack, RP (2010).  Alarmingly High:  Prescription Drug Abuse in Appalachia.  Now & Then: the Appalachian Magazine. July 2010.

Selected Presentations, Posters and Published Abstracts:

Apatu E.,J., Gregg E., C., Hillhouse, J. Wang, L., Pack, RP, (2014). Employment Status and Social Stakeholders Perceptions during the 2009 Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami. Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu Hawaii, May 28-31, 2014.

Southerland J, Slawson D, Hirsch J, Pack RP, Lyness J, Sörensen S. (2013). The Will and the way: The role of goal-directed behavior in future care planning among older adults. Workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society, Charlotte, NC.

Bossarte, RM, Pack, RP, He, H, Kaukeinen, K (2011) Pathways to Prescription Drug Misuse Among Adolescents. APHA 2011, Washington DC.

Zullig, KJ, Pack, RP, Sullivan, CR, Lander, L, Shockley, C, White, R, Laton, A, & Hobbs, G (2010).   Preliminary results of the West Virginia Prescription Drug Abuse Quitline. 2010 AAPHERD National Conference and Exposition;  March 16-20 2010, Indianapolis. 

Pack, RP.  Criminology and Public Health:  Toward Common Ground.  Invited talk for EPI 1892XX:  Epidemiologic Criminiology.  APHA 2008; San Diego 2008.

Pack, RP & Cooper, EA. Mechanisms for prescription drug abuse in Appalachia:  Preliminary data from inpatient prescription drug abusers.  APHA 2008; San Diego 2008.

Pack, RP (2007)  Sampling, Estimation and Research Methods.  WVU Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry Annual Scholarship Retreat, Snowshoe Resort, WV.  August 24-26 2007

Pack, RP (2007)  Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention in Rural Appalachia.  National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics. Charleston WV.  August 19-22 2007.

Pack, R.P., Roberts, E.G., Cooper, E.P., Manzo, K.S.  Mechanisms of prescription drug abuse in Appalachia:  Preliminary data from 30 inpatient prescription drug abusers  "Piecing the Appalachian Experience: Celebrating a Region".  Maryville College, Maryville, TN.  March 23-25, 2007.

Invited Presentations:

Pack, RP & Loyd, S (2014) Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemiology and Prevention Efforts at ETSU. Presentation to the Tennessee Senate Health and Welfare Committee, February.

Stoots, JM & Pack, RP (2013) Undergraduate Education at ETSU: the anti-MOOC. ASPPH Associate Deans Summer Meeting, June 20, Clearwater FL & ASPPH Undergraduate Summit, Nov 4, Boston MA & .

Pack, RP & Hagemeier, N (2013) Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Efforts at ETSU; Appalachian US Attorney's Summit on Prescription Drug Abuse, Sept.25. Johnson City, TN.

Pack, RP & Masters, P (2013). Workforce Development in Tennessee: Lessons Learned. ETSU College of Public Health Grand Rounds.

Pack, RP (2010-2014) Prescription Drug Abuse in Appalachia. Dozens of community audiences, such as:

  • Northeast Tennessee Counselors Association (2010)
  • Tennessee Public Health Association (2011)
  • Kiwanis, Elizabethton TN (2011)
  • Kiwanis, Bristol TN (2012)
  • Alliance for Continued Learning (2012)
  • AppNET Physicians (2013, 2014)
  • Rotary, Greeneville TN (2013)
  • Rotary, Johnson City TN (2014)
  • Quillen Rural Track Kickoff (2014)

Pack, RP (2011). Workforce Development in Tennessee: Lessons Learned. WVU School of Public Health

Pack, RP (2009-14) Prescription Drug Abuse.

  • ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy; Non-medicinal drug use.
  • ETSU Quillen College of Medicine; Grand Rounds for Internal Medicine. 
  • ETSU Center for Appalachian Studies; classes in Appalachian Studies.
  • ETSU College of Public Heath Grand Rounds.

Selected Extramural Funding (since 2005):

Funded-Current:

Robert Pack (PI) 2013-2018
National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
The ETSU Diversity-promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Program (DIDARP): Inter-professional Communication for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention in Appalachia. It is a grant for a 5-year research infrastructure development program while performing the three research projects listed below. Grant Number 1R24DA036409-01.

  • Project 1: Health Care Provider Communication and Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse. Co-Investigator (Dr. Nick Hagemeier, PI). Project period: June 15 2013 - March 31 2018.
  • Project 2: Patient-provider Communication to Prevention Prescription Drug Abuse. Principal Investigator. Project period: June 15 2013 - March 31 2018.
  • Project 3: Analysis of Controlled Substance Donations via DEA-sanctioned Drug Take Back Events and Drug Donation Boxed in Central Appalachia. (Dr. Jeff Gray, PI). Project period: June 15 2013 - March 31 2015.


Robert Pack (PI) 2010-2015
Health Research Services Administration (HRSA)
Public Health Training Center.
This is a five-year award for a statewide Public Health Training Center aimed at workforce development in the State of Tennessee. Grant Number:  UB6HP20186.  Project period:  Sept 2010-August 2014.   $3,249,999 - direct costs. 

Funded-Completed:

Robert Pack (PI) 2012-2013
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Tennessee Public Health Traineeships. This is a one-year Public Health Traineeship aimed at environmental health and epidemiology workforce development in the State of Tennessee. Project period: Sept 2012-August 2013. $6,000.

Robert Pack (PI & Co-I) 10/2008-06/2010
State of Tennessee
Coordinated School Health Evaluation
This was a six year (2004-2010) evaluation of a state-wide Coordinated School Health effort (adopted role of PI upon a faculty departure; assigned PI to faculty after one year). $2,031,304 - direct costs.  Specific roles: PI July 2008-July 2009; Co-I July 2009-June 2010.

Robert Pack (PI) 10/2007-2/2008
State of West Virginia
Prescription Drug Abuse Hotline
This was a three year project to develop implement and evaluate a prescription drug abuse hotline in the Central Appalachian region. $1,000,000 - direct and indirect costs (relinquished role as PI upon move to Tennessee).

Robert Pack (PI) 2/2006-10/2007
West Virginia Attorney General's Office
Community and Family-Based Initiative to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse and Intervention
This study investigates the prevalence of prescription drug abuse in selected West Virginia counties and explores the mechanisms through which these drugs get into the community. $200,000 - direct and indirect costs.

Personal Interests: 

Family, soccer, mountain biking, motorcycling, exploring the beautiful East Tennessee mountains and good music.