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Faculty Research

Danielle Brimo, Ph.D. Metalinguistic awareness
Relation between language and literacy development
Syntactic awareness
Reading comprehension
Emily Lund, Ph.D. Spoken and written word-learning in children with and without cochlear implants
Jennifer Watson, Ph.D. 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. 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
Joel B. Mitchell, Ph.D. Carbohydrate intake prior to and during exercise
Fluid balance and thermoregulation during exercise and recovery from exercise in warm environments
Influence of acute and chronic exercise on immune system function
Influence of exercise on risk factors for cardiovascular disease
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
Gloria B. Solomon, Ph.D., CC-AASP Expectancy effects in competitive sport
Coach-athlete dynamics
Optimism and coaching
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

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Spring 2017

Dr. Tee Tyler (SOWO) – Social identity transitioning in the context of Parent-LGBTQ child relationships

Dr. James Petrovich (SOWO) – It’s Housing, but is it a Home? Experiences of formally homeless individuals in supportive housing.

Fall 2017

Dr, Chris Watts – Parkinson’s disease: How motor phenotype influences voice and speech impairment (Oct 27th, 2017)


Dr. Aesha John (SOWO) – Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disability

Spring 2018

Dr. Jonathan Oliver (KINE) – Sport Science…It’s more than GPS


Dr. Melody Phillips (KINE) – The Influence of Acute & Chronic Exercise on Inflammatory Cells Related to Heat Disease in Overweight/Obese Post-menopausal Women.