Sara J. Paton, Ph.D.

Department:
Community Health
Title:
Associate Professor, Community Health Epidemiologist, Center for Global Health
Address:
Res Park-Tech Center IV 200, 3123 Research Blvd, Kettering, OH 45420-4035
Phone:
937-258-5553

Sara Paton, Ph.D., is an associate professor of epidemiology in the Center for Global Health and has a joint appointment with the WSU Department of Community Health and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County. Within the Center for Global Health, Dr. Paton is director of the Master of Public Health Program, where she teaches epidemiology, is a guest lecturer in a variety of subjects, and participates in ongoing research. Her recent research at Wright State includes an epidemiological breast cancer study of Madison County, Ohio. At Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, she serves as an epidemiologist and works on special projects. Her projects there include topics in Low Birth Weight, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Health Disparities, and Community Assessment, within both Montgomery County and the 17 surrounding counties for Perinatal Region II of Ohio. She also has a contract with the National Center for Medical Readiness to assist with their work.

Dr. Paton has been at Wright State since 2001, initially in a post-doc appointment in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, before becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health. Her research in pharmacology and toxicology was funded by a Department of Defense grant; it investigated the effect of sarin nerve gas, pyridostigmine bromide and stress on biochemical disorders believed to exist in the veterans of the Gulf War. Dr. Paton completed her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in 2001 specializing in nutrition. She received a M.S. in animal science at Angelo State University, and a B.S. in biomedical science and animal science at Texas A&M University.

Courses

  • Epidemiology
  • Maternal and Child Health

Research Interests

  • Maternal and Child Health issues—Low Birth Weight, Infant Mortality
  • Chronic Diseases—Childhood obesity, Cancer
  • Emergency Preparedness—Special Needs Populations
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Safety and Agriculture

Active Projects

  1. Community Transformation Grant, CDC
  2. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Screening and Brief Intervention Project—Evaluator
  3. City Match Preventing Substance Abuse Pregnancies Collaborative
  4. Ohio Infant Mortality Collaborative
  5. Food and Agriculture Protection Training Consortium
Education History: 

Post-Doc Pharmacology and Toxicology, Wright State University, 2001-4

Ph.D., Animal Science/Nutrition, University of Kentucky, 2001

M.S., Animal Science/Nutrition, Angelo State University, 1996

B.S., Biomedical Science and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, 1993

Professional

Publications: 

Mauck, B.S., S.J. Paton, J.B. Lucot, R.D. Grubbs. 2010. Cholinesterase inhibitors and stress: Effects on brain muscarinic receptor density in mice. Neurotoxicology, 31(5): 461-467.

Paton, S.J., and C. Croom. 2010. An overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders for physicians. Primary Care Reports, 16(1): 1-8.

Cote, B.L., D. Bejarno, V. Koob, M. McLean, and S.J. Paton. 2009. Socio-demographic characteristics of pregnant abortion-minded clients versus pregnant non-abortion-minded clients at a pregnancy crisis center. Persona y BioŽtica, 13(33): 137-51.

Eisenhauer, E., D.E. Uddin, P. Albers, S. Paton, R.L. Stoughton. 2009 Nov 12. Establishment of a low birth weight registry and initial outcomes. Maternal Child Health Journal [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 19908132.

Mauck, B.S., S.J. Paton, J.B. Lucot, R.D. Grubbs. 2008. Subcutaneous exposure to carbamate acetylcholinesterase inhibitors does not induce apoptosis in mouse brain. Journal of Medical Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Defense, 6.

Dubovicky, M., J.R. Wells, M. Key, M. Morris, S.J. Paton, J.B. Lucot. 2007. Diurnal behavioral and endocrine effects of chronic stress in mice. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 28(6): 846-853.

Dubovicky M., S. Paton, M. Morris, M. Mach, J.B. Lucot. 2007. Effects of combined exposure to pyridostigmine bromide and shaker stress on acoustic startle response, pre-pulse inhibition and open field behavior in mice. Journal of Applied Toxicology, 27: 276-283.

Mach, M., R.D. Grubbs, W.R. Price, S.J. Paton and J. B. Lucot. 2004. Behavioral changes after acetylcholinesterase inhibition with physostigmine in mice. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 79: 533-40.

Richards, C.J., K.C. Swanson, S.J. Paton, D.L. Harmon, G.B. Huntington. 2003. Pancreatic exocrine secretion in steers infused post-ruminally with casein and cornstarch. Journal of Animal Science, 81: 1051-1056.

Swanson, K.C., D.L. Harmon, K.A. Jacques, B.T. Larson, C.J. Richards, D.W. Bohnert, and S.J. Paton. 2000. Efficacy of chromium yeast supplementation for growing beef steers. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 86: 95.

Bohnert, D.W., B.T. Larson, S.J. Lewis, C.J. Richards, K.C. Swanson, D.L. Harmon, and G.E. Mitchell, Jr. 1999. Net nutrient flux in visceral tissues of lambs fed diets differing in supplemental nitrogen source. Journal of Animal Science, 77: 2545.

Presentations

Neeley, S., S.E. Ellison, and S.J. Paton. 2011. The Influence of school eating environment on children’s eating behaviors: an examination of the SNDA-III. Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, New Orleans.

Kohake, K, S.J. Paton, and R. Heis. 2011. The relationship of maternal age, trimester of entry into prenatal care, maternal postpartum depression, and race with birthweight of infants born in Cincinnati, Ohio. City Match Conference, San Francisco.

Neeley, S., S.E. Ellison, and S.J. Paton. 2011. The Influence of school eating environment on children’s eating behaviors: an examination of the SNDA-III. City Match Conference, San Francisco.

Kohake, K, S.J. Paton, and R. Heis. 2011. The relationship of maternal age, trimester of entry into prenatal care, maternal postpartum depression, and race with birthweight of infants born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ohio Public Health Combined Conference.

Adkins, S., and S.J. Paton. 2010. Suicide and relative risk for nonmetropolitan U.S. residents. Ohio Public Health Combined Conference.

Jasin, L., S.J. Paton, and M.A. Swank. 2009. A prematurity education program for home health care providers. City Match Conference, Louisiana.

Arestides, C., D.E. Uddin, and S.J. Paton. 2009. Infant feeding choices and maternal infant interactions of low income, nurse home visited women. City Match Conference, Louisiana.

Eisenhauer, E., D. Uddin, P. Albers, S.J. Paton, and R. Stoughton. 2008. Establishment of a low birth weight registry and initial outcomes. Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Conference, Georgia.

Royer, L., P. Albers, and S.J. Paton. 2007. Identification of modifiable factors associated with low birth weight infants. City Match Conference, Colorado.

Royer, L., P. Albers and S.J. Paton. 2007. Identification of modifiable factors associated with low birth weight infants. American Public Health Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Paton, S.J., R. Stoughton, P. Albers, E. Vest, S. Choliere, and M.A. Swank. 2006. Education of women with previous preterm delivery, a survey of home health care providers, Montgomery County, Ohio. City Match Conference, Rhode Island.

Mach, M, R.D. Grubbs, W.A. Price, S.J. Paton, and J. B. Lucot. 2004. Behavioral effects of subclinical doses of sarin alone and combined with stress or pyridostigmine in mice. 9th Interdisciplinary Slovak-Czech Toxicological Conference. Slovakia.

Adkins, S., and S.J. Paton. 2010. Suicide and relative risk for nonmetropolitan U.S. residents. Ohio Public Health Combined Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Eisenhauer, E. D.E. Uddin, P. Albers, S. Paton, R.L. Stoughton. 2009. The factor of maternal stress In the delivery of a low birth weight infant. Ohio March of Dimes Conference.

Paton, S.J., C. Schlorman, and K. Aston. 2008. The Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) approach: An analysis of feto-infant deaths in Montgomery and Clark Counties, Ohio. Ohio Public Health Epidemiology Conference.

Cote, B.L., V. Koob, M. McLean, and S.J. Paton. 2008. Retrospective comparative analysis of the socio-demographic characteristics of pregnant abortion-minded clients versus pregnant non-abortion- minded clients in a crisis pregnancy center in Montgomery County Ohio. Ohio Public Health Epidemiology Conference.

Cote, B.L., V. Koob, M. McLean, and S.J. Paton. 2007. Retrospective comparative analysis of the socio-demographic characteristics of pregnant abortion-minded clients versus pregnant non-abortion- minded clients in a crisis pregnancy center in Montgomery County Ohio. Ohio Public Health Combined Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Royer, L, P. Albers and S.J. Paton. 2007. Identification of modifiable factors associated with low birth weight infants. Ohio Public Health Combined Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 
  • American Public Health Education
  • Ohio Public Health Association
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • National Center for Medical Readiness
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