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Faculty Research

Dr. Debbie Rhea: (KINE), “The LiiNK Project.”  Awarded funding of $120,000 from Sid Richardson Foundation, Dec. 2019.

Dr. Emily Lund: (COSD), “Early Language and Literacy Acquisition in Children with Hearing Loss.”  Awarded funding of $144,398 from NIH-NIDCD, Nov. 2019

Dr. Carol Howe: (NURS), “Is Your Weblitlegit? Helping Teens Discern Health Information Truth from Trash on the Internet.”  Awarded funding of $4,944 from UNTHSC/NIH-NLM, Nov. 2019.

Dr. Kathryn Ellis: (NURS), “Nurse Faculty Loan Program.”  Awarded funding of $272,069 from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Oct., 2019.

Dr. James Petrovich: (SOWO), “Comprehensive Evaluation of Care Management services provided by The Bridge.”  Awarded funding of $65,000 from The Bridge, Oct., 2019.

Dr. Monica Jenschke & Dr. Jackie Rowlands: (NRSA), “Development of a Non-Surgical Pain Management (NSPM) Core Module for the continued Professional Certification program.”  Awarded the funding of $50,000 from the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), Sept., 2019.

Dr. Debbie Rhea: (KINE), “LiiNK training & program research.”  Awarded funding of $247,550 from School Consortium, Sept., 2019.

Dr. Diane Hawley: (NURS),  “Geriatrics workforce enhancement program.”  Awarded funding of $39,400 from Health Resources and Services Administration/UNTHSC, Aug., 2019.

Dr. Debbie Rhea: (KINE), “LiiNK Expansion Planning Grant.”  Awarded funding of $50,000 from Sid Richardson Foundation, Feb., 2019.

Dr. Debbie Rhea: (KINE), “LiiNK Project®: Let’s inspire innovation ‘N Kids Center support.” Awarded funding of $70,000 from Paul E. Andrews Foundation, Feb., 2019.

Dr. Diane Hawley: (NURS), “Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.”  Awarded funding of $23,278 from Health Resources and Services Administration.

Dr. Emily Lund: (COSD), “Early Language and Literacy Acquisition in Children with Hearing Loss.”  Awarded funding of $43,561 from NIH-NIDCD.

Dr. Emily Lund: (COSD), “Lexical Knowledge and Phonological Awareness in Children with Cochlear Implants.”  Awarded funding of $95,334 from NIH-NIDCD.

Dr. Hope Jackson: (NURS), “Barriers to Physical Activity for African American Women.”  Awarded funding of $1,500 from Sigma Theta Tau.

Dr. Michelle Kimzey: (NURS), “Impact of Virtual Experience on Nursing Students’ Understanding of People with Dementia.”  Awarded funding of $3,500 from Sigma Theta Tau.

Dr. Katie Lauve-Moon: (SOWO), “Creating Equitable and Inclusive Queer Spaces in Open & Affirming Congregations.”  Awarded funding of $28,683 from The Louisville Institute.

Dr. Jonathon Oliver: (KINE), “GSSI Service – Sample Analysis.”  Awarded funding of $6,000 from Pepsico.

Dr. Jonathon Oliver: (KINE), “The Effect of w-3 Supplementation on the Pathophysiological Response to Subconcussive Impacts in American Football Athletes.”  Awarded funding of $514,500 from DSM Nutritional Products.

Dr. Debbie Rhea: (KINE), “The LiiNK Project.”  Awarded funding of $50,000 from Alan Fox Foundation.

Dr. Debbie Rhea: (KINE), “LiiNK Project Intervention in Elementary Schools.”  Awarded funding of $350,000 from School District Consortium.

Dr. Nada Elias-Lambert: (SOWO), Graduate Student Recruiting Grant

Dr. Jonathan Oliver: (Kinesiology), “Nutritional strategies to augment the postprandial muscle protein synthetic response to the ingestion of a low dose of protein in older women.” Awarded funding by Increnovo LLC.

Dr. Jonathan Oliver: (Kinesiology), A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Effects of a Technology-Enhanced Curcumin Formulation on Flow Mediation Dilation (FMD)”. Awarded funding by Increnovo LLC.

Dr. Diane Hawley: (NURS), TCU, UNTHSC, and JPS Collaboration. Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project (GWEP) to improve health professionals’ care of geriatric individuals in our community. Award of $2.5 million

Dr. Emily Lund: (COSD), The Effects of Parent Responsiveness Training on Vocabulary Knowledge of Young Children with Hearing Loss. Received Funding of $10,000 through ASH Foundation New Investigator Research Grant. Click here for abstract.

Dr. Jonathan Oliver: (Kinesiology), A comprehensive examination of factors associated with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in youth and young adult athletes. Received Funding through TCU – IS Grant .

Dr. James Petrovich: (Social Work), Health service use by people experiencing homelessness: a comparison of sheltered and unsheltered subpopulations. Received Funding through TCU – IS Grant.

Dr. Kathy Baker & Dr. Suzy Lockwood (Nursing), Advancing Nurse Residencies: A Community Focus, $43,600 award from the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA)

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Jean F. Rivera Perez, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Second Language Development
Vocabulary intervention/instruction
Multimedia intervention/instruction
Culturally and linguistically consideration in COSD
Ahmed Rivera Campos, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Phonetics of Spanish and English speech sounds
Visual biofeedback for speech production
Teresa Drulia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Coordination of breathing and swallowing in respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Pharyngeal pressure in swallowing (manometry)
Dosing and efficacy of swallowing treatment
Danielle Brimo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Spoken language and literacy skills of school-age children with and without language and reading impairments
Emily Lund, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Spoken and written word-learning in children with and without cochlear implants
Jennifer Watson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Stuttering in Spanish and bilingual speakers
Cross-cultural issues in the assessment and treatment of stuttering
Pedagogical issues and practices in preparing clinicians
Christopher Watts, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Voice production and disorders
Genetics and voice
Motor speech disorders
Phil Esposito, Ph.D. Health and physical functioning among individuals with developmental disabilities
Atypical or delayed motor development
Health disparities between individuals with developmental disabilities and their typically developed peers
Stephanie Jevas, Ph.D. Burnout in the athletic training profession
Psychological aspects of body image and disordered eating
Prevention and treatment of athletic injuries
Adam King, Ph.D. Human motor behavior

Control of posture and complex movements

Role of variability in motor learning

Dynamics of biological and physiological processes
Movement variability
Jonathan Oliver, Ph.D. Human performance, specifically the manipulation of resistance training variables to alter muscle mechanics and the resultant physiological adaptations that occur as a result of chronic training
Physiological demands of military operations with emphasis on identifying and manipulating training to improve performance and health
Melody Phillips, Ph.D. Influence of resistance exercise on subclinical inflammation associated with the metabolic syndrome and inactivity-related disease (cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, etc.)
Immune responses to acute and consistent exercise in both athletes and the general population.
Exercise and aging
Deborah J. Rhea, Ph.D. The LiiNK Project (Let’s inspire innovation ‘N kids) – the newest research endeavor in K-12 children focused on the combination of multiple recesses daily and character lessons taught weekly to strengthen the academic achievement and social/emotional well-being of children
Body image issues in adolescent students (eating disorders/muscle dysmorphia to obesity)
Effective pedagogical strategies for quality physical education in the K-12 setting
Motivating children in the physical education setting
Meena Shah, Ph.D. Nutrition and exercise intervention to reduce cardiovascular risk factors
Weight loss and maintenance
Influence of menu labeling on food choices and energy intake
Role of eating behavior on energy intake and hormones that regulate appetite
Ben Timson, Ph.D. Preceptor feedback and evaluation of athletic training student clinical performance

Professional communication opportunities for athletic training students
Nurse Anesthesia
Monica Jenschke, Ph.D. Nurse anesthesia education
Pharmacology and neuroscience
The effect of aging on postoperative pain
Dru Riddle, Ph.D. Evidence based practice
Pharmacogenomics related to anesthesia care
Lavonne Adams, Ph.D. Nursing leadership
Gina Alexander, Ph.D. Efficacy of mind-body interventions for health promotion
Prevention/management of chronic illness
Social determinants of health
Kathy Baker, Ph.D. Quality of life
Evidence-based practices for the clinical setting
Lisa Bashore, Ph.D. Cancer survivorship
Transitions in young adults
Cancer prevention and education
Chronic disease in survivors
Dennis Cheek, Ph.D. Effects of female steroid sex hormones on coronary artery endothelial cells, release of pro/anti-inflammatory cytokines and ATP
Cardiovascular disease in women and men, the disparities in the risk factors, clinical presentations and treatment of men and women with heart disease and the role of hormones in heart disease
Glenda Daniels, Ph.D. Best practices in the gastrointestinal and endoscopy setting
Education approaches to increase Colorectal cancer screening
Andrea Erwin, Ph.D. Sleep disturbances during pregnancy
Nurse fatigue
Stephanie Evans, Ph.D. Child mental health

Promoting positive mental health in children

Age-appropriate discipline
Pamela Frable, Ph.D. Public health/public health nursing

Built environment, spatial aspects of health

Community-based participatory research

English language learners

Universal design
Ashley Franklin, Ph.D. Expert modeling intervention research
Evaluating competence in simulation
Improving novice nurses’ readiness for practice
Quantitative methodology
Psychometric evaluation of instruments
Carol Howe, Ph.D. Self-care in pediatric diabetes and chronic illness
Health literacy
Patient education
Patient-provider communication
Suzy Lockwood, Ph.D. Survivorship issues for women with gynecologic cancers
Lymphedema in gynecologic cancer patients
Nursing administration
Health care policy and access as well as pedagogies and programming of accelerated baccalaureate programs for second-degree students
Charles A. Walker, Ph.D. Aging readiness
Mid-life transitions
Baby boomers
Lay caregiving
Janie Wells, Ph.D. End stage renal disease in the African-American population
Medical adherence
Health promotion in the underserved population
Jo Nell Wells, Ph.D. Mexican-American Families
Social Work
Nada Elias-Lambert, Ph.D. Sexual violence prevention with high-risk populations
Campus sexual violence
Bystander focused prevention programs
Prevention programming at the university level with diverse populations
Aesha John, Ph.D. Examining wellbeing of individuals with an intellectual disability
James Petrovich, Ph.D. Veteran homelessness
Non-traditional housing interventions for people who are homeless
Qualitative research to understand hidden and vulnerable populations