Open Research and Contributor Identifier
University of Florida: College of Health & Human Performance, Ph.D., 2015
University of South Carolina: Arnold School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2012
Olabisi Onabanjo University, M.S., 2007
- 2016—present Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Wellness Design, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington (Bloomington, Indiana)
- 2016—post-doc Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sports Management, College of Health & Human Performance, University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)
Dr. Karo Omodior is actively engaged in professional activities that aim to enhance research productivity in underserved populations, Low- & Middle-Income Countries. These include:
- Invited to facilitate use of Open-Source software (RStudio & QGIS) for data analysis workshops among physicians and academics across multiple Nigerian tertiary institutions
- Serving as academic coordinator, Central and West African Implementation Science Alliance (CAWISA)
He has served in multiple editorial roles. Current roles include:
- Reviewer board member, International Journal of Environmental & Public Health Research (IJERPH),
- Associate editor, Journal of Parks & Recreation Administration
Dr. Karo Omodior's research centers around:
- Investigating the ecology of vector-borne diseases
- Enhancing the use of deep learning enabled mobile Health devices in reducing health disparities
- Global health & health disparities
- Enhancing the use of citizen science approaches in the collection of high-quality disease surveillance data
- One health
His existing research uses spatial and non-spatial statistical models to broadly analyze vector-borne disease (VBD) risk in human populations, which extends to include active & passive surveillance, VBD hazard identification & health disparities, and VBD risk control.
With special emphasis on species identification and human-vector encounter risk assessment, his research seeks to enhance how citizen scientists and community-based monitoring can be used to generate high quality data to fill knowledge gaps that are difficult to address using traditional data gathering approaches
Teaching and advising
Across different semesters, Dr. Karo Omodior teaches one undergraduate course, Data-based decision-making (SPH-R314) and three graduate courses, Doctoral Seminar (SPH-R794), Trends in Survey Methodology & Public Health Research (SPH-R685) and Leisure as a Determinant of Health (SPH-R585). Besides research methods, he also has expertise in the teaching of Data visualization and geographic information science (GIS) courses using RStudio & QGIS.
* indicates student authors
Omodior O., *Kianersi S. (2021). Active Surveillance of ticks in peri-domestic areas of Indiana, Midwest United States. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases. DOI: 10.4103/0972-9062.316271
Omodior, O., *Eze, P., Anderson, KR., (2021). Using i-Tree Canopy Vegetation Cover subtype Classification to Predict Peri-domestic Tick presence. Tick and Tick-borne Diseases Journal. PMID: 33607424
Anderson KR., *Blekking J., Omodior, O. (2020). Tick Trails: The role of online recreational trail reviews in identifying risk factors and behavioral recommendations associated with tick encounters in Indiana. BMC Public Health. PMID: 33980203
Omodior, O., *Saeedpour-Parizi, MR., *Rahman, MK., Azad, A., Clay, K., (2020). Using convolutional neural networks for tick image recognition—a preliminary exploration. Experimental and Applied Acarology. PMID: 34148204.
Omodior, O., Anderson, K. R., Clark, W., *Eze, P., & Donohoe, H. (2021). Preventing tick-bites among children in Indiana, USA: An analysis of factors associated with parental protective behaviors. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, 101647. PMID: 33445070.
Omodior O. (2020). A Space-Time Permutation Scan Statistic for Evaluating County-Level Tick-borne Disease Clusters in Indiana, 2009-2016. Health Security. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33156708.
Karikari, G., Lesa, H., Lohrmann, D., Adamek, M., & Omodior, K. (2020). Attitudes of Graduating Medical and Nursing Students Toward Older Persons in Ghana. Innovation in Aging, 4(Suppl 1), 217. PMCID: PMC7740953
Omodior, O., Kaukis, N. (2020). Variations in tick-borne disease incidence rate by rural-urban county classification. Journal of Earth Sciences & Environmental Studies 5(3) pp:83-89
Omodior, O., Anderson, K. Relationship Between Tick Activity, Tick-Borne Diseases, Cognitive and Affective Risk Assessment in Peri-domestic Areas. J Community Health (2020). PMID: 32761441
Ali MA, Okafor CJ, Mohamed AA, Joachim A, Mubi M, Omodior O. Etiologic Agents of Fever of Unknown Origin Among Patients Attending Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, Zanzibar. J Community Health. 2020 May 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32399732
Omodior O., *Luetke M., *Kianersi S., *Colon A. (2020). Predictors of tick exposure risk-reduction behavior in Indiana. Journal of Community Health. PMID: 32157640
Nimo-Paintsil, S. C., Mosore, M. T., Omodior, O., Addo, S. O., Fahmy, N. T., Tageldin, R., ... & Dadzie, S. (2019, January). Distribution of Tick Species Collected from Three West African Countries. In American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Vol. 101, pp. 436-437).
*Anderson, K. R., *Naaman, K., Omodior, E., *Karikari, G., Pennington-Gray, L., & Omodior, O. (2020). Predicting Chikungunya disease personal protective behaviors: Results of a cross-sectional survey of US-Caribbean travelers. Health Promotion Perspectives, 10(1), 44. PMID: 32104656
*Anderson, K. R., & Omodior, O. (2020). A BDI Public Health Logic Model Approach to Recreation Programming. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.
*Kianersi, S., *Luetke, M., *Wolfe, C., *Clark, W., Omodior, O. (2019). Associations Between Personal Protective Measures and Tick-Borne Disease Diagnosis in Indiana residents. Journal of Community Health. PMID: 31916179
Omodior O., *Kianersi S., *Luetke M. (2019). Prevalence of Risk and Protective Factors for Tick Exposure and Tick-Borne Disease among Residents of Indiana. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. PMID: 31663930
*Luetke M. Omodior, O., Nelson EJ. (2019). Zika knowledge and prevention practices among U.S. travelers: a large cross-sectional survey study. BMC Public Health. 19(1):1217. PMID: 31481059
Omodior, O., *Kianersi, S. & *Luetke, M. (2019). Spatial Clusters and Non-spatial Predictors of Tick-Borne Disease Diagnosis in Indiana. Journal of Community Health, 1-9. PMID: 31270657
Omodior O., Ramos DW. (2019). Social Determinants of Health-related Quality of Life ? a recreation setting analysis. Journal of Health Promotion Practice. PMID: 30786790
Nelson EJ., *Luetke MC., *McKinney C., Omodior O. (2018). Knowledge of the Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus and Preventive Practices Against Zika Virus Among U.S. Travelers. Journal of Community Health. PMID: 30478625
Omodior O., *Luetke M., Nelson E. (2018). Mosquito-borne Infectious disease, risk-perceptions, and personal protective behavior among U.S. international travelers. Preventive Medicine Reports, 12:336 ? 342. PMID: 30416953
Donohoe, H., Omodior, O., *Roe, J. (2018). Tick-Borne Disease Occupational risks and Behaviors of Florida Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Service Employees ? A Health Belief Model Perspective. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 22:9 ? 17.
Omodior, O., Pennington-Gray, L., Thapa, B. (2017). Modeling Insect-Repellent Use for Chikungunya Disease Prevention among US-Caribbean Travelers. International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health, 5(4), 125-134.
Omodior, O., Pennington-Gray, L., Thapa, B., Holland, S., Kiousis, S. (2017). Chikungunya Disease Awareness among U.S. Travelers to Caribbean Destinations. International Journal of Travel Medicine & Global Health, 5(1), 20-27.
Omodior, O., Pennington-Gray, L., and Donohoe, H. (2015). Efficacy of the Theory of Planned Behavior in predicting the intention to engage in Tick-borne disease personal protective behavior amongst visitors to an outdoor recreation center. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 33(2), 37-53.
Donohoe, H., Pennington-Gray, L., *Omodior, O. (2015) Lyme disease: Current issues, implications, and recommendations for tourism management. Tourism Management, 46: 408-418. PMID: 32287743
*Liu, B., Donohoe, H., Pennington-Gray, L. *Omodior, O. (2015). New York City Bed Bug Crisis as Framed by Tourists on TripAdvisor. Tourism Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Journal; 20(2), 243-250.
Omodior, O., Donohoe, H. (2015). Cote d’ Ivoire, tourism. In J. Jafari & H. Xiao (eds.), Encyclopedia of Tourism, Springer, 10.1007/978-3-319-01669-6_646-1.