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Waldron Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Member

Department

Research Areas & Interests

Adrian Aron

Physical Therapy

  • Cardiovascular and metabolic consequences of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Role of exercise in prevention, evaluation and management of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Accessibility and efficacy of cardiac rehabilitation programs
  • Fitness evaluation and health risk assessment in clinical populations (VO2max, spirometry, heart function, blood glucose and lipid profile)

Vickie Bierman

Nursing

  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Tobacco use
  • Mental health issues
  • Geropsychiatry

Ellen Birx

Nursing

  • Stress management
  • Meditation in healthcare
  • Team-building
  • Caring
  • Humanizing healthcare environments

Ginger Burggraf

Nursing

  • Health information technology supporting the transitions of care for older adults from hospital to home (using NPs in the home)
  • Information technology for caregiver support – creation and evaluation of web based programs as a resource for caregiver stress
  • Dedicated education units in long-term care facilities to improve skills of nursing students

Kim Carter

Nursing

  • Health behavior
  • Health promotion
  • Public health
  • Rural
  • Educational technology

Julia Castleberry

Physical Therapy

  • Geriatrics
  • Sleep apnea
  • Neurologically impaired adults
  • Rehabilitation outcomes

Erin Cruise

Nursing

  • School health
  • School nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Health literacy
  • Childhood obesity
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Public health
  • Health education

Rana Duncan-Daston

Social Work

  • Social work ethics and social media
  • Dreams, spirituality and intuition
  • Family memoirs related to Erik Erikson's psychosocial stages of development
  • Pedagogy when teaching populations in poverty pedagogy in psychodynamic
  • Psychotherapy

John Emmanuel

Physical Therapy

  • Motor control and neurologic rehabilitation
  • Functional recovery after stroke and other neurological lesions
  • Effects of neurologic lesions on sense of motor effort
  • Effects of virtual reality and robotics aided neurologic rehabilitation on functional recovery after stroke and other neurologic lesions
  • Education issues, internet technology, and health disparities

 

Deneen Evans

Social Work

  • Disability research specifically areas that impact children and African American communities

Kerry Fay Vandergrift

Social Work

  • Social service delivery to English language learners (immigrants) and their families
  • English language learners in special education
  • Engagement with migrant laborers 
  • Immigrants in child welfare 

Elise Fullmer

Social Work

  • GLBT issues
  • GLBT and aging
  • Gerontology
  • Mental retardation & Intellectual disabilities
  • Caregivers

Sarah Gilbert

Nursing

  • Long term care facilities: measuring changes in student’s confidence in performing skills (quant) and students’ perceptions of older adults and LTC as a practice environment

Brent Harper

Physical Therapy

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Dry needling (Intramuscular manual therapy)
  • Concussions (assessment and management)

Corey Herd Cassidy

Communication

Sciences & Disorders

  • Early intervention
  • Parent training/Childcare provider training
  • Collaboration between speech/language intervention & music therapy
  • Provision of prevention and awareness programs in the family/early childhood homeless populations

Diane Hodge

Social Work

  • Women’s health and mental health
  • Social work practice education
  • Technology in education
  • Social work practice
  • Mothers and work
  • Feminist practice
  • Mental illness

Renee Huth

Physical Therapy

  • Healthy aging
  • Health surveillance

Kristen Jagger

Physical Therapy

  • Foot and lower extremity biomechanics during functional tasks
  • Use of foot orthoses in rehabilitation
  • Walking biomechanics
  • Balance responses to various therapeutic interventions

Katie Katz

Nursing

  • Gerontology
  • End-of-life
  • Medical decision making

Elizabeth Lanter

Communication

Sciences & Disorders

  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Literacy & early literacy
  • Developmental delay
  • Childhood disability
  • Inclusion
  • Language development
  • Language impairment

Eunyoung Lee

Nursing

  • Transitional care from hospital to home
  • Cardiology (Thrombosis risk modification and cardiovascular
  • Disease prevention)
  • Correlation between Thrombosis disease & early diagnosis of Myocardial Ischemia/ Infarction
  • Heart sounds and ventricular dysfunction in Myocardial ischemia
  • General medicine (medication safety in older adults or in pain management) 

Raymond Linville

Communication

Sciences & Disorders

and Physical Therapy

  • Neuroanatomy & neurophysiology
  • Acoustics & biomechanics 
  • Laryngeal physiology
  • Health systems administration

Diane Millar

Communication

Sciences & Disorders

 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Caregiver Perspectives
  • Teaching Peers of Children with Disabilities
  • Assistive Technology Training

Lisa Onega

Nursing

  • Psychogerontology (depression, dementia, and delirium in older adults)
  • Gerontological areas (especially, caregiver strain and theoretical models [Continuity Theory])
  • Psychiatric and mental health areas (especially depression and models of care)
  • Salutogenic and care delivery models
  • Methodological (especially, ethnography & psychometrics)
  • Intervention research
  • Interdisciplinary research, including fiscal modeling in interdisciplinary research

Gary Pillow

Communication

Sciences & Disorders

  • Auditory processing disorder (ADP) & early literacy development
  • The relationship between ADP & early chronic otitis media (COM)

Tony Ramsey

Nursing

  • Gathering stories of vulnerable populations
  • Rural health issues
  • Concept/theory development

Patricia Rossi

Communication

Sciences & Disorders

  • Meditation
  • Self-regulation
  • Autism

Rebecca Scheckler

Nursing

  • Social effects of digital technologies
  • Preparing online students for technology challenges
  • Computer supported collaborative work
  • Bridging the binary of science and art
  • Seniors use of technology

Susan Schoppelrey

Social Work

  • Health disparities
  • Mental health disparities
  • Outcomes of community mental health services for adults
  • Organizational climate and culture
  • Multilevel modeling
  • Advanced statistics of all kinds
  • Substance abuse treatment effectiveness
  • Substance abuse policy research

Rhonda Seltz

Social Work

  • Health and dental care outreach
  • Education and advocacy
  • Health care policy
  • Community organizing
  • Grant writing

Alex Siyufy

Physical Therapy

 

  • Spinal manipulation (primarily for low back pain)
  • Therapeutic exercise (primarily for the treatment of Musculoskeletal conditions)
  • Infection control (surface bacteria levels on rehab equipment such as canes, walkers, etc. and appropriate sanitization protocols)

Sarah Smidl

Occupational Therapy

  • Yoga for Autism (children-young adults)
  • Development of spirituality in children with disabilities
  • Enhancing occupations of individuals with mental illness
  • Women in recovery from alcohol addiction: spiritual recovery and rediscovering occupations
  • Therapeutic laughter and humor

Lynne Taylor

Social Work

  • Ethics applied to technology in the areas of supervision and administration
  • The effectiveness of current designations and restrictions for sex offenders
  • The effectiveness of strenuous activity on the ability to process grief and other emotional issues

Etty Vandsburger

Social Work

  • Aging in place
  • Care-givers and self-efficacy

Gini Weisz

Nursing

  • Rural access to health care and complementary therapies
  • Women's health
  • LGBT
  • Social justice