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The Honors College

Oak View Hall, Room 210
509 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-4450
Fax: (248) 370-4479

The Honors College

Oak View Hall, Room 210
509 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4450
Fax: (248) 370-4479

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One of the many benefits of an honors education is the guidance you’ll receive from Honors College mentors. These mentors will help guide you through your field of study as well as your HC-specific courses.

Staff, Student Fellows & Teaching Assistants
We are here to help you!

Headshot of Karen Conn"Welcome to HC 1000! My name is Karen and I am the member of The Honors College staff who works with your class.  Your TA will be your primary contact, but if there is anything you need extra help with, I am always here to help.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know you this year!" - Karen Conn
Dean's Student Fellows
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Liz Bulliner

Major: Health Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration, Exercise Science Minor
Campus Involvement: Pre-Physical Therapy Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Intramural Sports, Alpha Lambda Delta, Senior Admissions Ambassador, Parent Ambassador, and Nightwatch
Areas of Expertise: Google calendar, anatomy, and breakfast & dessert making
Fun Facts
: I was homeschooled K-12 and loved it. Now, I am applying to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs hoping to continue my education upon graduation. One of my favorite ways to spend time is exploring new coffee shops; there's a cool one in Port Huron called the Exquisite Corpse.

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Morgan Mrowca
Major: Biology with a Psychology minor
Campus Involvement: Research Assistant in the Biology Department, Presidential Scholar, ALD member
Area of Expertise: Biology, Harry Potter, Netflix, and puppies
Fun Facts: I am obsessed with Harry Potter and my dog, Bart, who I will gladly show anyone tons of pictures of!
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Julie Paula
Major: Accounting
Campus Involvement
: Presidential Scholars, Docent at Meadowbrook Hall, Admissions Programming Assistant, OASIS and Intervarsity
Areas of Expertise:
 Spanish, Public Speaking, Organization, Accounting, Planning
Fun Facts:
 I'm obsessed with coffee and collect mugs. I love to travel and have been to all fifty states.

Small Group Leaders (TA's)
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Alec Arena

Major: History w/ secondary education
Campus Involvement: Golden Grizzlies Band and Intramural sports
Areas of Expertise: American history, movies (specifically directed by Christopher Nolan or Quentin Tarantino), The Smiths, counseling, time management.
Fun Facts: I umpire high school baseball and softball, I'm an eagle scout, The Smiths and Depeche Mode are my jam, and I absolutely love National Coney Island chicken pitas.

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Sarah Augustyniak

Major: Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare
Campus Involvement: Legislator for Student Congress, Alternative Spring break, Pre-College Program Mentor
Areas of Expertise: Travel, children, baking, and music
Fun Facts: I'm a big fan of coffee and love exploring different cities!

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Mo Baig
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Campus Involvement: Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Honors College, Tai Chi Meetup.
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Engineering, Writing, and some German. 
Fun Facts: I did competitive robotics for 3 years and studied German for 5 years. I like to get my hands dirty working with tools, wood, and metal. I also listen to a wide variety of music, including alternative, punk, electronic, and pop.
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Michaela Buckley

Major: Accounting/Linguistics
Campus Involvement: Alpha Lambda Delta Member, Volunteer at Oakland ABA Clinic, Treasurer of Students Towards Understanding Disabilities 
Areas of Expertise: Writing, Spanish, Volunteering, Organization, Volleyball
Fun Facts: I'm from St. Clair, Michigan. I love puppies, playing volleyball, going to Tiger games,  camping, and I'm slightly obsessed with Ed Sheeran!

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Alyssa Cardillo
Major: Social Work, Communication
Campus Involvement: Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Tri Sigma Charter Member, Participant in Intramural Sports
Areas of Expertise: Volleyball, Drawing, Painting, Organization, Time Management, Photography, Lifeguarding, Swim Lessons
Fun Facts: I have 12 step brothers and sisters.  I have two cats, M&M and Misty, and I absolutely love them both.  I love any kind of food and I am obsessed with koalas.
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Kelly Chinoski
Major: History with Secondary Education
Campus Involvement: Member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Intramural Sports 
Areas of Expertise: Reading, Writing, and Harry Potter
Fun Facts: I studied abroad in England this summer and took a Harry Potter class! I love to read, I’ve gone “camping” in Traverse City every summer since I was born, and I like ghosts.
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Olivia Collins
Major: Psychology with a minor in criminal justice 
Campus Involvement: Honors College, Distinguished Scholar, and Psychology Department
Areas of Expertise: Organization, Reading, Time Management, Listening, Netflix, and cute dogs! 
Fun Facts: I was a competitive cheerleader for six years,  I have watched One Tree Hill all the way through six times, and most importantly I have two dogs!
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Evan Cramer

Major: Biochemistry
Campus Involvement: OU resident, member of alpha lambda delta, and honors college 
Areas of Expertise: Anything to do with science or soccer, and time management
Fun Facts: I have three adopted siblings, a dog named Freyja, and love soccer.

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Lauryn Doussett
Major: Health Sciences
Campus Involvement: Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Inclusion Coordinator of Residence Halls Association, Pre-Health Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship  
Areas of Expertise: Harry Potter, reading, anything Pinterest related, and Disney 
Fun Facts: I work at a movie theatre and will talk to you about any movie. I love traveling and hope to study abroad somewhere over seas. Sadly I've never had a pet, but I still love puppies and kittens!
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Sabrina Durso
Major: English Major with Secondary Education Minor: Biology
Campus Involvement: Pre-College Programs Mentor, American Studies Student Group
Areas of Expertise: Creativity, Music, Movies, Writing, Adventuring
Fun Facts: I love to travel and explore new places, even if it is just down the road. I hope to instill the love of learning in others by becoming a professor one day. My philosophy in life is to love every moment of it and to help others do the same.
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Shelby Ettinger
Major: Elementary Education
Campus Involvement: Part of the Honors College and a member of SMEA 
Areas of Expertise: English, Spanish, organization, time-management, volunteer work 
Fun Facts: I studied in Australia for a summer as well as visited France in Spain my senior year. I have played the viola for eight years. I also have two cats (Violet and Nila) who I think are pretty neat.
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Anne Fuelle
Major: Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences with a Biology Minor and a Pre-Med Concentration. 
Campus Involvement: Golden Key Honors Society, OU’s Ballroom and Latin Dance Club, a researcher in the Chemistry Department, and active member of Alpha Lambda Delta and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Areas of Expertise: Biology, running, babysitting, organizing, time management, badminton, ballroom dancing, cooking, and going on adventures.
Fun Facts: I was the President of Oak View House Council last year and I brought in puppies for finals week. I absolutely love animals, especially dogs!
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Nick Garza

Major: Chemistry and Spanish
Campus Involvement: American Chemical Society, Spanish Club, Biochemistry Research Lab. and Presidential Scholars
Areas of Expertise: Research, Chemistry, Spain, and Study Abroad
Fun Facts: I studied abroad in Segovia, Spain for the Winter 2017 semester and love to travel!

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Bethany Griffith
Major: English with Linguistics Concentration
Campus Involvement: Treasurer for InterVarsity, Kresge Library employee, member of ALD
Areas of Expertise: Linguistics, books- especially classics, traveling, and juggling a crazy schedule
Fun Facts: I've done study abroad in Oxford, England. In the same trip, I attended the Virginia Woolf Conference and got to see the Harry Potter play! This summer I went to Kentucky to see the total solar eclipse and did lots of hiking!
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Thomas Haase 
Majors: Bioengineering
Campus Involvement: Presidential scholar, OU ultimate frisbee club, intramural sports
Areas of Expertise: Mathematics, stress management, time management, sports, and group work.
Fun Facts: I once went to Brazil to play soccer for 3 weeks and my dad was one of the ones responsible for putting "Big Boy" at the bottom of Bear Lake.
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Lea Herweyer
Major: English
Campus Involvement: President of the Honors College Association, Alpha Lambda Delta member, Golden Key member
Expertise: Organization. planning, children, and baking
Fun facts: I love Mac & Cheese and Mexican food.  I have two dogs, George and Mortimer. I also  am obsessed with the E! Network and anything minions.
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Rachel Hund
Major: Elementary Education
Campus Involvement: Presidential Scholar & Student Michigan Education Association
Areas of Expertise: Spelling, working/playing with children, reading, writing, dancing, Spanish language & culture, and fitness
Fun Facts: I have never been able to do a cartwheel, I won my district-wide spelling bee when I was in fifth grade, and I've eaten 9-10 pancakes for breakfast on more than one occasion.
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Sam Keefer
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: President of Turning Point USA, former Student Congress member, & Honors College Student 
Areas of Expertise: Politics, organization, planning, books, U.S. Presidents, history, & puppies
Fun Facts: I have an awesome dog named Emma (she is adorable), my favorite President is John F. Kennedy, I always have my kindle with me, & I will live in Washington D.C. one day!
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Erika Kugler
Major: Nursing
Campus Involvement: Secretary of Student Video Productions, ALD, and intramural sports
Areas of Expertise: Biology, anatomy & physiology, email designs, time management, and alternative music.
Fun Facts: I love pandas, ice cream, and hiking.  I once sat near Sarah Jessica Parker at a restaurant.
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Conner Lee

Major: Information Technology, Criminal Justice Minor
Campus Involvement:  Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Cyber OU
Areas of Expertise: Video Games, Organization, Time Management, Technology, Leadership
Fun Facts: I have an older brother named Chris and we are 7 years apart. My career goal is to become a Cyber Agent for the FBI and I cannot wait to achieve that position in life.

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Dana Lewis
Major: Human Resource Development
Campus Involvement: President of Meadow Brook Ball Committee and Member of Alpha Lambda Delta
Areas of Expertise: Event Planning, Coaching and Playing Softball, Human Resource Related Tasks, Time Management, Organization, and Napping :)
Fun Facts: I am a private softball pitching coach. I was born in California. I like to keep busy so over the summer I usually have 3-5 jobs!
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Toria Lupher

Major: Medical Physics, Health Science/Nutrition
Campus Involvement: Academic Peer Mentor,  Research Assistant, Alpha Lambda Delta, Nutrition Society, OU Club Softball E-board Treasurer, Intramural Sports
Areas of Expertise: All things science, anatomy, on-campus sports, crafting, organization  
Fun Facts: Ever since I moved 40 minutes away from my hometown (Livonia) to Rochester, people think I have an accent (I don't). My puppy's name is Lucy and I'm always happy to talk about her.

Madison Maitland
Madison Maitland

Major: Mechanical and Bioengineering
Campus Involvement: Oakland University Housing, Presidential Scholar
Areas of Expertise: Organization, Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Netflix 
Fun Facts: I have 1 dog and 3 adorable fluffs of terror (my cats: Cotton, Cloudy and Pippin) I was a ballet and contemporary dancer for 13 years. I absolutely love Netflix. But never ask me my favorite show because that's an impossible question to answer!

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Michela Manga
Major: Biomedical Sciences 
Campus Involvement: Founder/President of the OU Pre-Medical Volunteer Society, Vice President of the Italian Club, Anatomy TA,  AASO member and former e-board, Alpha Lambda Delta member, CSS Member, and Global Medical Brigades member 
Areas of Expertise: Anatomy, Biology, Foreign Languages, Teaching, Volunteering 
Fun Facts: I love soccer, Juventus is my favorite team, I'm a huge traveler, I play the violin and piano.
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Haley Marentette
Major: Health Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration and a minor in exercise science
Campus Involvement: Pre-physical therapy club, Alpha Lamda Delta member and Med-Life Organization.
Areas of Expertise: Biomechanics, nutrition, traveling, coffee, all things chocolate and Up North lover.
Fun Facts: I know American Sign Language at the intermediate level, I have traveled 13 European countries in only 28 days, and am an avid coffee drinker!
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Brianna McCoy
Major: Finance, Pre-Law
Campus Involvement:
 Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Treasurer of OU Women's Lacrosse Club, Treasurer of OU Women's Soccer Club, and Intramural sports.
Areas of Expertise:
 Finance, Spanish, lacrosse, Netflix and napping
Fun Facts: 
I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan and I love snowboarding, long boarding, hiking, playing lacrosse and working out. I am a bit of a neat freak and am completely obsessed with soccer and  cats!
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Samantha Orchard
Major: Pre-Nursing
Campus Involvement: Presidential Scholar, Member of Pre-Health Commons, MEDLIFE, and Alpha Lambda Delta
Areas of Expertise: Commuting, the TV show Scrubs, Vision Boards, and the Musicals Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, and Peter Pan
Fun Facts: I work in a nursing home, when I drive to school I exclusively listen to audio books, and I volunteer as a stage director for my former high school drama department.
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Konner Petz
Major: Environmental Science with a specialization in environmental sustainability and resource management
Campus Involvement: Vice President of Pollinator Conservation Organization at Oakland University, Research Lab Assistant, Honors College, member of pre-medical volunteer society 
Areas of Expertise: Environmental science, biology, soccer, cooking, gardening
Fun Facts: I have an identical twin, and we are complete opposites. I’m very “out-doorsy” and usually hiking, fishing, and just traveling in general.
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Kim Spurgeon
Major: Elementary Education
Campus Involvement: Treasurer for Student Michigan Education Society 
Areas of Expertise: Organization, Teaching, Reading, and Disney
Fun Facts: I have gone to Disney World more than twelve times, I teach swim lessons, I know random goldfish facts, and I love going to concerts!
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Rima Stepanian
Major: Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Med
Campus Involvement: Aspiring Surgeons E-board (Public Relations), Ecology Research Lab, HC 1000 TA, Human Anatomy Lab TA, Pollinator Conservation Organization E-board (Secretary), Presidential Scholar
Areas of Expertise: Anatomy/Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, Time Management, and everything Pre-Med :)
Fun Facts: I am fluent in 3 languages: Armenian, English, and Spanish. I spend way too much time on Pinterest and I love the color pink, animals, taking aesthetically pleasing pictures, and meeting new people. I plan to attend medical school and be a surgeon one day!
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Val Tellez-Nunez
Major: Health Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration 
Campus Involvement: Member and Vice President of Alpha Lambda Delta, Captain of the Love Your Melon Campus Crew at OU, volunteer at OU CARES, member of the Pre-Physical Therapy club and the Pre-Medical Volunteer Society.
Areas of Expertise: Music, arts and crafts, and Love Your Melon.
Fun Facts: I have a hamster named "Ham Solo" and I have a video of him driving a small hamster car so if you ask me about it I'll show it to you!
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Isaac Thelander
Major: Engineering Chemistry
Campus Involvement: American Chemical Society, Young Life at OU, Anatomical Society, and I'm involved in undergraduate research  
Areas of Expertise: Computers, Chemistry, Computer aided design, and Football.
Fun Facts: My favorite place I've ever been is Guatemala, I love to sail. and I'm learning to play the guitar.
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Stella Vila
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: Community Outreach Chair of OU Pre-Med Volunteer Society (OUPMVS); Volunteer with OUCARES, Member of Global Medical Brigades, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and Future Pediatrics of America
Areas of Expertise: Science, Pre-med advice, Medical terminology/abbreviations, Volunteer-work, Albanian Language, Organization, and Netflix
Fun Facts: I was in Nicaragua this past summer on a medical mission trip, I keep a collection of every single ticket I have ever received (movie, plane, concert), and I work with Team Pink’s TA, Rima, at LIFETIME!

As an undergraduate researcher, MCUR provides exceptional mentors to help guide you through your field of study. These mentors are regularly conducting research and pursuing their passion for discovery. Mentors can be found in a variety of departments throughout Oakland University including:

Biological Sciences

Amy Banes-Berceli
Hypertension and the renal and vascular complications of diabetes

Fabia Battistuzzi
When and how species have evolved and investigate the connections between their genetic innovations and variations in environmental conditions

Rasul Chaudhry
Embryonic stem cell development and differentiation - osteogenesis and neurogenesis; Tissue engineering; Regulation of gene expression; Metabolic pathways of hazardous chemicals; Environmental biotechnology and toxicology

Mary Jamieson
The effects of global environmental change on species interactions and biological diversity

Lan Jiang 
The regulation of tracheal gene expression and how tracheal-expressed genes control the complex cellular behaviors that result in the formation of a continuous tubular network

Shailesh Lal
A multidisciplinary approach in genomics, genetics and bioinformatics to study fundamental processes that impact gene expression in plants from a genome-wide perspective

Gerald Madlambayan
Define the integrated roles of different stem and progenitor cell populations in cancer initiation, progression and relapse

Raffel Thomas
Understand how parasites influence the ecology and evolution of their hosts, and how ecological and anthropogenic factors affect parasite-host dynamics

Mi Hye Song
The molecular and genetic mechanisms of centrosome assembly by applying biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, proteomics and quantitative imaging to the study of centrosome biology in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans model

Scott Tiegs
Use field-based experimental and observational approaches — usually in aquatic ecosystems — with the aim of better understanding how human activities impact aquatic ecosystems

Luis Villa-diaz
The self-renewal properties of hPSCs, which are influenced by the microenvironment in which they are cultured, in particular the extracellular matrix (ECM)

Satish Walia
Molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and biodegradation of xenobiotics such as polychlorinated biphenyl, nitrotoluenes, and the mutagenic properties of their biodegradation products

Douglas Wendell
Develop molecular markers for rapid-cycling Brassica rapa

Randal Westrick
Understanding and preventing the development of pathologic intravascular blood clot formation

Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences

Kristin Landis-Piwowar
Cancer biology, cancer therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, familial leukemia


Ferman Chavez
Develop small molecule models for the active sites of these enzymes which will help to understand the role of various metals in this family and help to probe the mechanisms involved for these enzymes

Roman Dembinski
The synthesis of analogs of natural products, particularly coordination complexes of nucleosides and nucleotides

Nessan Kerrigan
Development of efficient enantioselective and diastereoselective synthetic methods and their application in drug molecule and natural product synthesis

Sanela Martic
Designing functional bioconjugates for understanding the biological processes at the fundamental level

Michael Sevilla
The chemistry of free radical species produced by the high energy irradiation of DNA by gamma irradiation and ion beams

Evan Trivedi
Light activation and near infrared light

Communication and Journalism

Erin Meyers
Digital or “new” media technologies, most notably the Internet, and the audiences who engage with them

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hoda Abdel-Aty-Zohdy
Bio-technology with bio-inspired intelligent signal perception and processing (ISPP)

Jai Li
Statistical signal processing for biomedical imaging and communications, computer graphics, pattern recognition and algorithms

Engineering and Computer Science

Subramaniam Ganesan
Divisible load scheduling; condition based maintenance for military and manufacturing; real time DSP/multi-core systems for specific applications; agent based health monitoring

Khalid Mahmood
Open source speech and Video API in android platform; programming and GUI design

Gautam Singh
Information system modeling, management and efficient data retrieval; temporal database design for applications in manufacturing and process monitoring

Jing Tang
Image reconstruction, evaluation, and analysis in emission computed tomography

Xia Wang
Fuel cell and battery modeling and testing, biomass pellets optimization, turbulent boundary layers with separation, forced convection turbulent boundary layers

Peng Zhao
Combustion and reacting flows, internal combustion engines, energy conversion, environmental science

Environmental Health and Safety

Richard Olawoyin
Human Health Exposure Risk Assessment, NanoEHS (nanotechnology), Fire Protection Engineering, Global Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Hazard Management in Nuclear Safety

Exercise Science

Tamara Hew-Butler
Hyponatremia, exercise-associated collapse, water and sodium homeostasis, exercise and human performance, arginine vasopressin, endurance running

Myung Choi
Regulation of local and whole body lipid metabolism in sedentary overweight and obese humans before and after exercise training and nutritional intervention

Eye Research Institute

Frank Giblin
The possible role of oxidative and free radical processes in the formation of nuclear cataract, resulting in blindness, along with the unusually active antioxidant mechanisms present in the epithelium of the lens that help to keep the tissue transparent

Dao-Qi Zhang
The regulation of dopamine release in the vertebrate retina, a simple and accessible model of the CNS

Health Sciences

Jennifer Lucarelli
Prevention and improvement of chronic diseases in children, adolescents and adults in community-based settings

Melissa Reznar
Behavioral nutrition, lifestyle interventions food environment, college health


Cheryl Riley-Doucet
Developing and testing multi-sensory interventions (MSE) to assist family caregivers and older adults in the symptom management of chronic illness and dementia

Physical Therapy

Sara Arena
Cardiopulmonary, blood pressure, health promotion and wellness, home care

Deborah Doherty
Oncology rehabilitation; Cultural competency

Jacqueline Drouin
Exercise training in special populations, oncology rehabilitation

Melodie Kondratek
Orthopedics: intervention techniques for spinal conditions; Pediatrics: the use of orthopedic manual therapy techniques in the treatment of children

Kristine Thompson
Professional issues, professional development


Brad Roth
Biological physics and computational physics: Electrical stimulation of cardiac tissue

Steffan Puwal
Biophysical methods in heart defibrillation

Yang Xia
Multidisciplinary microscopic imaging study of articular cartilage


Scott Pickett
Investigate the mechanisms that may impact recovery from psychological trauma; examine the interaction between psychological stress, anxiety, and health

Michele Purdie
Predictors and consequences of sexual assault perpetration and victimization, with a particular emphasis on childhood trauma, substance use, and emotion regulation

Todd Shackelford
Human sexual psychology and behavior with special focus on sexual conflict between men and women

Kanako Taku
The construct of posttraumatic growth (PTG), personal growth experienced as a result of the struggle with major life crises or traumatic events

Jennifer Vonk
Cognitive continuities and discontinuities between humans and both closely and distantly related species

Lisa Welling
Hormonal and psychological sources of individual differences in human mate preferences and behavior

Virgil Zeigler-Hill
Self-esteem, narcissism, cognitive representations of the self, and interpersonal relationships

Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

Jon Carroll
Cultural transmission, social interaction and integration, political and economic organization, social science applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computer modeling and simulation, archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands of North America

Suzanne Spencer-Wood
Feminist theory in anthropology and archaeology, nonlinear systems theory, archaeological theory and method, feminist historical archaeology, historical archaeology of class, ethnicity, market access and settlement, industrial archaeology and cultural resource management