Profiles of Faculty Research Interests

Name: Sandy Stevens
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Research interests/expertise: Underwater treadmill research in persons (complete/incomplete spinal cord injury, diabetes, stroke) with gait impairments; promotion of physical activity in youth with physical disabilities
Experience with external funding agencies: National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association
 
Name: Kelly Bloom
Title: Assistant ProfessorDepartment: Health and Human Performance
Campus email: Kelly.Bloom@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Measurement design; survey research; ecotourism; human-nature interactions;experiential education; most current research deals with travel as a liminal experience and psychological insights revealed through travel
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Stephen R. Schmidt
Title: Professor
Department: Psychology
Research interests/expertise: Human memory and cognition
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Richard C. Meeks
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Nursing
Research interests/expertise: Clinical alarm fatigue; entry-level requirements into BSN programs; clinicalcommunication style and patterns.
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Helen M. Binkley
Title: Associate Professor/Athletic Training Education Program Director
Department: Health and Human Performance
Research interests/expertise: Aquatic research (e.g., exercise techniques, rehabilitation techniques, effects onbody, training programs, plyometrics, orthopedics, strength, fitness); strength training and conditioning (e.g.,techniques, program design, rehabilitation, sport performance, fitness and health); emergency response inathletic training (e.g., environmental conditions, latex allergies, emergency preparedness, first aid techniques)
Experience with external funding agencies: NFL Charities; National Institutes of Health; American College ofSports Medicine
 
Name: Rudy Dunlap
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email: Rudy.Dunlap@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Ongoing project in Austin, TX examining the interaction of place sentiment and participation in civic agriculture and urban farming activities; community development aspects of civic agriculture; potential interest in examining nutritional aspects of participation in local, civic agriculture;
exploring volunteer participation in civic agriculture as a form of civil leisure
Experience with external funding agencies: None
  
Name: Beverly Burke
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Research interests/expertise: Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology; international I-O psychology; pro-social I-O psychology and social responsibility; valid responding in surveys; personality and work performance
Experience with external funding agencies: Community Assessment Project for Rutherford County – contracted through COHRE (Center for Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness) and funded by various entities within Rutherford County; professional consulting with various clients
 
Name: Catherine Crooks
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Psychology
Current research interests/expertise: Health and literacy; meditation and health; stress management
Experience with external funding agencies: Middle Tennessee Medical Center; National Institutes of Health
 
Name: Lisa Sheehan-Smith
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Human Sciences
Current research interests/expertise: Family-centered outdoor exercise/nutrition; presence of the glass escalator in the dietetics profession; nutrition habits and nutrition knowledge of figure skaters
Experience with external funding agencies: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program
 
Name: Ariana Postlethwait
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Social Work
Current research interests/expertise: Scholarship of teaching – learning outcomes for service learning and group projects and factors that predict positive outcomes; agency-based research (e.g., program evaluation); gender differences in risk and protective factors among at-risk and delinquent youth
Experience with external funding agencies:   National Institute of Justice; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Department of Justice; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
 
Name: Cyrille Magne
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Psychology
Research interests/expertise: Interface of linguistics, education, psychology and neuroscience -- current projects focus on the neural markers of linguistic prosody, and the comparison of the processes (and associated neural correlates) involved in language and music.
Experience with external funding agencies:   National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research
 
Name: Amanda J Flagg
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Nursing
Campus email: Amanda.Flagg@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Development of a healthcare provider uncertainty scale to assist in the continuance of my studies in healthcare provider/patient concordance in outpatient healthcare
Experience with external funding agencies: TriService Nursing Funding (military-based funding)
 
Name: Yun Soo Lee
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email: YunSoo.Lee@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Assessment of teacher knowledge and knowledge acquisition, especially content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in physical education, using pedagogical content knowledge tools and concept map assessment; professional development for teacher effectiveness
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Joey Gray
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email: Joey.Gray@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Art of pedagogy (e.g., faculty grading practices, student perceptions of teaching evaluations, use of technological innovations in the classroom; youth development; childhood obesity; promotion of youth development through recreation
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Vaughn Barry
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email: Vaughn.Barry@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise:   Influence of sedentary behavior and physical activity on health outcomes; measurement of sedentary behaviors and physical activity levels in adults; impact of physical activity, cardiorespiratoy fitness and obesity on health outcomes
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Gina Pisut
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Human Sciences
Campus email: Gina.Pisut@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Fit preferences of female consumers relative to body shape; body cathexis and clothing benefits; apparel sizing and hip shape of plus-size female consumers; relationship between body mass index indicators and body image and vanity sizing as it relates to vanity sizing in women's apparel
Experience with external funding agencies: National Textile Center and Textile/Clothing Technology Corporation
 
Name: Glenn Littlepage
Title: Professor
Department: Psychology
Research interests/expertise: Group performance; utilization of expertise in group decisions; training to improve coordination among aviation professionals
Experience with external funding agencies: National Science Foundation
 
Name: Martha Jo Edwards
Title: Professor and Chairholder, Adams Chair of Excellence in Health Care Services
Department: Health and Human Performance
Research interests/expertise: Population health; diabetes; obesity; infant mortality; community-based cancer control; tobacco use prevention; health workforce; allied health supply and demand
Experience with external funding agencies: Tennessee Department of Health, March of Dimes
 
Name: Kathleen H. Darby
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Social Work
Campus email: Kathleen.Darby@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Healthcare disparities (focus on breast cancer/screening, breast cancer among disadvantaged populations,  access to quality healthcare, co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse programs), interprofessional education among allied health providers, community-engaged participatory research; program design, implementation, and evaluation
Experience with external funding agencies: TN Office of Criminal Justice Programs, TN Breast Cancer Coalition
 
Name: Kim Ujcich Ward
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Research interests/expertise: Development of/influences on body image and body perception, with a current focus on body dissatisfaction and distorted body image in preschool aged and young children and the relationship between distorted body perception and parietal lobe function; relationship between quality of life factors and family functioning of children with chronic health conditions
Experience with external funding agencies: Tennessee Department of Children's Services
 
Name: Sandy Neal
Title: Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email: Sandy.Neal@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Women's health and school health
Experience with external funding agencies: Tennessee Department of Education; American Cancer Society
 
Name: Mark C. Frame
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Campus email: Mark.Frame@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Role play simulations; computer versus traditional assessment centers; adaptive performance; research engagement; gay, lesbian, bisexual , and transgender; work-related issues and concerns faced by GLBT persons; stress, health, exercise, and performance; in-basket workload and relationship to stress; ethical decision-making; leadership and gender issues; leadership and ethnicity-related issues; job analysis
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Scott Colclough
Title: Associate Dean, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
Department: Health and Human Performance
Research interests/expertise: Physical education pedagogy; history of sport and physical education; adapted physical education; coaching and officiating; sport education; sports skills
Experience with external funding agencies: A.D.A.M. Software, Inc.
 
Name: Shelley Moore
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Nursing
Research interests/expertise: Structural empowerment of direct care nurses in acute care and long term care settings; structural empowerment of learning environment for students; critical thinking; geriatric care; simulation
Experience with external funding agencies: Assisted many primary investigators with NIH grants at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
 
Name: Tina Hall
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email: Tina.Hall@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Physical education teacher and program evaluation; effective teaching; teacher education; school policy in physical education and physical activity
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Lee M. Wade
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Criminal Justice Administration
Campus email: Lee.Wade@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Police operational and management issues regarding use of force, police pursuit, investigation techniques, and use of technology in police operations
Experience with external funding agencies: Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics
 
Name: Gloria Hamilton
Title: Professor
Department: Psychology
Campus email: Gloria.Hamilton@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Prevention of and intervention to lessen at-risk behaviors among youth in Tennessee, using a school/family/community involvement approach and outcome evaluation; studies of chronic diseases and the patients' perception of factors (e.g., nutrition and physical activity) that contribute to health and illness; also have data sets on addictions and trauma
Experience with external funding agencies: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; States of Tennessee and Indiana; National Healthcare Corporation; National Institutes of Health; numerous private foundations
 
Name: Janet Colson
Title: Professor
Department: Human Sciences
Campus email: Janet.Colson@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Maternal and child nutrition; food safety research
Experience with external funding agencies: Tennessee Board of Regents; Blue Cross/Blue Shield
 
Name: Tom Brinthaupt
Title: Professor
Department: Psychology
Research interests/expertise: Psychology of the self (self-concept/self-esteem, development of self, methodological issues in self research, inner speech and "self talk"); health psychology (self-regulatory processes, obesity prevention, family health processes, faculty and staff wellness, personality psychology (narcissism, optimism, self-monitoring, evolutionary psychology); instructional technology and online pedagogy (costs and benefits related to the use of instructional technologies and online learning, best practices for online teaching, models of course delivery, educational technology decision-making processes, faculty development planning)
Experience with external funding agencies: Society for the Teaching of Psychology Small Grants Program; Hospital Corporation of America; Tennessee Board of Regents Access and Diversity Research Grants Program
 
Name: Barbara F. Turnage
Title: Professor
Department: Social Work
Research interests/expertise: Impact of verbal and physical aggression on body image, friendship patterns, and self-esteem; African-American mother-daughter relationships; relationship between completion, body image, and friendships among women; understanding how parenting styles affect emotional health; impact of language on self-esteem development; relationship between frustration and global self-esteem level; rationalization of relationship violence by the abused and the abuser; identifying ways to redirect self-destructive behaviors
Experience with external funding agencies: Health Resources and Services Administration; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
 
Name: Don W. Morgan
Title: Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance; Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth
Campus email: Don.Morgan@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Effects of underwater treadmill training on fitness and mobility in persons with disease and disability; promotion of physical activity and fitness in youth and adults across the lifespan; relationship between locomotor economy and athletic performance; association between ambulatory energy demands and daily physical function
Experience with external funding agencies: National Institutes of Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; United States Olympic Committee; AVIA Group International, NIKE, Inc.
 
Name: Sandra Poirier
Title: Professor
Department: Human Sciences
Campus email:  Sandra.Poirier@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: International education; online/hybrid learning; culture; career and technical education; materialism and well-being
Experience with external funding agencies: Austin Peay State University; Federal Adult and Vocational Education; Federal Department of Education; Federal USDA Block Grant-Food and Nutrition Program; TN Department of Education; Wachovia Bank; ConAgra; Alberta Fish and Wildlife; American Heart Association; American Lung Association; Zayed University-UAE; UNICEF; International College of Advanced Technology (Sarawak, Malaysia)
 
Name: Jwa Kim
Title: Professor/Program Director
Department: Psychology and Literacy Studies
Campus email:  Jwa.Kim@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Testing model recovery accuracy in multidimensional item-response theory; adolescents' depression changes through latent growth curve analysis; perception difference between parents and teachers of at-risk children
Experience with external funding agencies: TN Department of Education; National Science Foundation; Drug Court (Murfreesboro, TN; Williamson County, TN)
 
Name: Cathy Cooper
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Nursing
Campus email: Cathy.Cooper@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Role of coaching in decreasing sedentary behaviors and risk in persons with prediabetes
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Rick Cottle
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Human Sciences
Campus email: Rick.Cottle@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Analysis of high-dimensional data generated 3 –dimensional body scanning as it pertains to the fit of apparel items to the human body; human health and wellness; measuring physical activity intervention methods
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: James Rust
Title: Professor, Coordinator of School Psychology Program
Department: Psychology
Campus email: James.Rust@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Cognitive assessment; adjustment issues among college students (e.g., positive psychology, resilience, exercise habits)
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Bill Compton
Title: Professor
Department: Psychology
Campus email: Bill.Compton@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Psychology of well-being; meditation; mindfulness; Eastern psychology/Buddhist psychology
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Karen Ward
Title: Professor
Department: Nursing
Campus email: Karen.Ward@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Survivorship; children's eating habits, weight and self-concept; stress; leadership
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Sherri Stevens
Title: Professor/Program Director
Department: Nursing
Campus email:  Sherri.Stevens@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Women and cardiovascular disease; discharge planning instructions for women post-cardiac admission
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Steven Estes
Title: Professor and Chair
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email:  Steve.Estes@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Sport culture; postmodern sport; leadership in higher education; United States Army ROTC leadership development
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Norman Weatherby
Title: Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email:  Norman.Weatherby@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Diabetes education, diabetes-related health behaviors, and glycemic control in persons with relatively low health literacy; prevention of premature mortality in persons with severe mental illness; maternal and child health; HIV and other infectious diseases; migrant farmworkers; drug and tobacco use; childhood lead poisoning prevention, and healthy homes
Experience with external funding agencies: American Diabetes Association; National Institute on Drug Abuse; national Cancer Institute; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Tennessee Department of Health; Florida, Department of Health; Florida Tobacco Control Program; March of Dimes; Kellogg Foundation; John A. Hartford Foundation
 
Name: Ying Jin
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Psychology
Campus email: Ying.Jin@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Item-response theory; differential item functioning; structural equation modeling; multilevel modeling
Experience with external funding agencies: None
 
Name: Denise Bates
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email:  Denise.Bates@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Migration of refugees and immigrants; use of community-based participatory approaches, community engaged scholarship, and service learning to study the ability of refugees and immigrants to integrate successfully into the post-migration community
Experience with external funding agencies: National Science Foundation; Occupational Safety and Health Administration, State of Texas
 
Name: Ann Callahan
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Social Work
Campus email:  Ann.Callahan@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Spiritual dimensions of the therapeutic relationship, with an emphasis on hospice social work; gerontology, administration, and higher education
Experience with external funding agencies: Appalachian College Association; Salzburg Global Seminar; Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation; Sewanee University of the South
 
Name: Jenn Caputo
Title: Professor and Co-Coordinator, Exercise Science program
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email: Jcaputo@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Exercise, physical activity, children, obesity, special populations
Experience with external funding agencies: Tennessee State Department of Health
 
Name: Minsoo Kang
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Health and Human Performance
Campus email: Minsoo.Kang@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: Measurement and statistical methods and their applications to physical activity and sedentary behavior assessments; reducing measurement error in objectively-measured physical activity and sedentary behavior; applying missing data analysis to missing physical activity data; development of new methodologies for measuring physical activity and function; examining person/ environment interactions using accelerometry and spatial data from GPS and GIS.
Experience with external funding agencies: American Parkinson Disease Association; National Cancer Institute; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; National Football League Charities; National Research Foundation of Korea; American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; American College of Sport Medicine; National Athletic Trainers' Association's Research & Education Foundation
 
Name: Lauren Rudd
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Human Science
Campus email: lauren.rudd@mtsu.edu
Research interests/expertise: 3D body scanning and the influence of styling advice and aquatic exercise on body shape and body image for Baby Boomer women; fit and style preferences for Baby Boomer women; textile printing on TXMD CAD Lab
Experience with external funding agencies: N/A
 
Name: Paul Williamson
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Nursing
Research interests/expertise: Use of longitudinal exploratory phenomenology to explore and share student experiences in the MTSU nursing program; nursing study and service abroad.
Experience with external funding agencies: None

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