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 Jeff Temple, PhD Receives Rose Grundfest Schneider, PhD Award

 University of Texas Medical Branch

 February 2019


BHAR is proud to help sponsor Twelve's 2018 Exhibit: Twelve Nautical Miles. You won't want to miss this! For more information about Twelve, visit http://www.twelvepeople.org/ 



If you or anyone you know is looking for mental health resources or guidance after the recent Santa Fe High School shooting, text SUPPORT to the short phone number 37420 for coping skills and local resources.

Jeff Temple, PhD ~ Guidry News
 Open Faculty Position at BHAR, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, by BHAR News

The Behavioral Health and Research Division of the Department of Ob/Gyn seeks to hire one licensed mental health clinician. The successful applicant will provide evidence-based mental health evaluation and therapeutic intervention to patients and will work under the supervision of a psychologist. 

Sara Nowakowski, PhD ~ Healthline News
Join BHAR at 2017 Health of Migrants Conference Oct.3, 2017 by BHAR News

Register now for the 2017 Health of Migrants Conference at UTMB in Galveston on October 10-11.  BHAR is a proud sponsor and participant in this aim to better understand immigrant health status and access to care, comprehend the role and contributions of various entities, like government, academic institutions and community organizations . . . read more


Sara Nowakowski, PhD ~ Healthline News
It's not just hot flashes. Menopause can disrupt your sleep. Sept. 21, 2017 by Heather Cruickshank, Healthline News

"There are several things that people can do, and menopausal women can do, on their own to try to improve sleep," says Sara Nowakowski, PhD, a board-certified clinical psychologist who specializes in behavioral sleep medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. Dr. Nowakowski talked to Healthline News about adopting healthy sleep habits especially if you experience trouble sleeping during menopause or other periods of life.

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 Resilience, Suffering and silver linings after a disaster Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 by Susan Scutti, CNN

Jeff Temple, PhD and Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston talked to CNN about the psychological effects following intense storms like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The torrential rains may have ended, yet man people in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean continue to feel the impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma in unseen, dramatic ways.

Improving Sleep for Self-Care After Hurricane Harvey  Wednesday, September 13, 2018, UTMB BHAR

The past couple of weeks have been extremely traumatic for many people. As Harvey has devastated so many people, it may have also have wreaked havoc on their sleep. As millions of Texans take steps on the road to recovery, it’s important to not forget about the importance of good sleep.

For a full list of Dr. Nowakowski's sleep tips: Sleep Tips After Harvey

The hit Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has sparked a nationwide conversation on teen suicide. But is it being glamorized by the media? Our own Dr. Jeff Temple offers insights on how media coverage effects perception of this serious topic.

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Bullied to the Brink
Sunday, April 22, 2017, Galveston County Daily News

Jeff Temple discusses bullying and Fourth R as a prevention program in the first article of a Galveston County Daily News series on bullying. "Many bullying programs are out there, but parents and schools should consider evidence-based programs, Temple said. Too many bullying programs are emotional responses." 

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BHAR Launches Facebook Page 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Behavioral Health & Research has launched it's first Facebook page where you can "like" or "follow" BHAR news including events, research updates, publications, and more. 

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Galveston ISD students making healthy relationships videos for Fourth R Program 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Galveston County Daily News

"This is entirely student-run," said Jeff Temple, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UTMB. "We're working with the theater kids to act out different scenes and then the media arts kids are doing the editing of the videos." Last year Temple received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the Fourth R program.

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PODCAST: Substance Use, Sexual Behaviors, Bullying, Deviant Behaviors, Health & Cyber Dating Abuse Perpretration
Friday, March 31, 2017, The Journal of School Nursing

Joris Van Ouytsel talks in the JOSN podcast with Dr. Julia Muennich Cowell, Executive Editor of the Journal of School Nursing, about a new study published in the April issue of the journal entitled “The Associations Between Substance Use, Sexual Behaviors, Bullying, Deviant Behaviors, Health, and Cyber Dating Abuse Perpetration”. The study uses data from the Dr. Temple's Dating it Safe study and focuses on the focuses on the links between perpetration of digital forms of dating violence and other forms of risky behavior and risky behaviors. The results of the study showed that having had sexual intercourse or using alcohol or drugs before having sex was significantly linked with cyber dating abuse perpetration, as was poor physical health, and substance use. Joris also discusses why research on digital forms of dating violence is needed. 

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Depressed Teens More Likely to Use Synthetic Marijuana
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Medscape Medical News

Adolescents struggling with depressive symptoms or experimenting with marijuana or alcohol may be at the greatest risk for synthetic cannabinoid (SC) use in the future, new research suggests. The study was published online March 13 in Pediatrics.

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Emerging adults may be mixing drug, alcohol, firearms, study finds
Monday, February 13, 2017, Injury Prevention
Emerging adults who carried a firearm in the past year were more likely to misuse substances such as hallucinogens, prescription medications or cocaine, and to drink heavily, according to a new study from. The results of the study, which come from surveying a group of over 600 emerging adults aged 18 to 22, are published in the journal Injury Prevention Jeff Temple, lead author of the study and an associate professor in UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said the connections between risky behaviors such as drug use or alcohol abuse and firearms are not well documented.

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 Some Austin People avoiding social media to avoid inauguration vitriol

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Marty Toohey, Austin American Statesman

UTMB's Jeff Temple offers advice on dealing with social media and a stressful inauguration day. "The polarization and ongoing stress is concerning to our mental health - as individuals and as a nation," Temple told the Statesman.

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TCFV logoBHAR is proud to partner with the Texas Council on Family Violence

TCFV is one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the country. They promote safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from family violence. TCFV is a membership organization and includes survivors, family violence service providers, business professionals, communities of faith and concerned individuals.

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 Fourth R Youth Health Curriculum Research Initiative

Monday, December 12, 2016 by Lora-Marie Bernard, Guidry News

Jeff Temple of the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston talked to Guidry News recently about efforts to bring the Fourth R program to area middle schools. Temple said the effort began after he studied the teen “sexting” phenomenon.

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"How much smartphone is just plain dumb?"
December 10, 2016 by Marsha Canwright, Galveston Daily News

How do you know if your smartphone habits are outside normal behavior?

The most common indicator is that your partner, your family or your friends start complaining about how often you use your phone, Jeff Temple, a psychologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, said.

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Relieving Election Stress
November 10, 2016 by The Today Show

UTMB’s Jeff Temple gives a list of things you can do to relieve election related stress. “The best thing we can do is accepting the results and figuring out a way to channel that energy into something positive — local politics, volunteering,” Temple said. “Accept that there is going to be some post-election misery.”

This news also reported in Time Magazine, True Viral News, States Chronicle, Audio Boom and El Observador.

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Dr. Jeff Temple elected to the Texas Psychological Association’s 2017 Board of Trustees
October 31, 2016 by University of Texas Medical Branch, Included in the Galveston Daily News

Dr. Jeff Temple was recently elected to the Texas Psychological Association’s 2017 Board of Trustees. Dr. Temple is associate professor and director of behavioral health and research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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UTMB Receives NIH Funding for Program in Houston-area Schools
October 7, 2016 by Texas Medical Center News

The National Institutes of Health has awarded The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston a $3.07 million grant to evaluate a program designed to help teenagers to learn ways to resolve conflicts, better ways to deal with peer pressure and prevent violence.

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