College of Health Sciences and Human Services Faculty Research

Radiologic Sciences

Dr. James Johnston

Professor Johnston’s research interests are student learning and distance education as well as clinical practice issues in Medical Imaging including radiation does, imaging physics, clinical skills, management and employee health and safety. His most recent publications include: “An Instrument for Assessing Communication Skills of Healthcare and Human Services Students,” “Radiation Exposure Perceptions and Practices” and “Interprofessional Collaboration.”

Dr. Jeff Killion

Professor Killion's research interests are in clinical radiologly and imaging as well as readiologic and imaging education. His recent publications are: "Comparative Analysis of Physician Extender Curricular Requirements in Radiology: A Detailed View," "U.S. Technologists' Radiation Exposure Perceptions and Practices," "Radiation Does Trends and Radiation and Radiation Dose Reduction Strategies" and "Considerations for Higher Education Choices in the Radiologic Sciences."

Vicki L. Sanders

Professor Sanders' research interests are in Radiologist Assistant education and the use of Radiologist Assistants in the clinical setting. Her most recent publications include: "Comparative Analysis of Physician Extenders Curricular Requirements in Radiology: A Detailed View," "Reducing Incidence of Blood Stream Infections during Peripheral Catheter Insertion and Management: A Literature Review" and "Patient Satisfaction and Acceptance of Radiology Physician Extenders" is under review.

Dr. Lynette Watts

Professor Watts’ research interests are patient safety in the clinical setting. Her most recent publications include: “Bismuth Shielding in CT: A Literature Review,” “Mentoring in Health Science Education: A Review of the Literature” and “Multiple Intelligence Theory: Fact or Fiction?”

Dr. Beth Veale

Professor Veale’s research interests focus on undergraduate research, that is, motivating undergraduates to pursue research interests, medical radiation dose trends, digital imaging and subjects related to successful online teaching.  Her most recent publications include two that are in review for publication “A Model of Instructor-Generated Aspects for Successful Online Education” and “Stretching for Sonographers: A Literature Review of Sonographer-Reported musculoskeletal injuries”. She has co-authored a Radiologic Sciences textbook titled “Digital Radiography and PACS” and published a chapter in a textbook “Proximal Femur and Pelvic Girdle” In K.L. Bontrager and J.P. Lampignano (Eds.) Textbook of Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy.  Other recent publications include: “Advanced Computed Tomography and Patient Dose: A Literature Review,” “U.S. Technologists’ Radiation Exposure Perceptions and Practices” and “Patient Simulation as an Active Learning Tool in Medical Education.”  She is active in Undergraduate Research Summer Workshop (UGROW), mentoring her first student in 2012.

Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology

Dr. Jason Winchester

Professor Winchester’s research interests are physiological and biomechanical factors related to human performance. His recent publications include: “A Ten-Week Stretching Program Increases Strength in the Contralateral Msucle,” “Effects of Unilateral and Bilateral Plyometric Training on Power and Jumping Ability in Women,” “Endurance and Resistance Training Lowers C- Reactive Protein in Young Healthy Females,” “Efficacy of Cryotheraphy in Treating Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.”

Respiratory Care

Jennifer Gresham

Professor Gresham’s research interests are interdisciplinary and faculty development research. Her recent presentations include: “An Instrument to Assess Effective Communication Skills in Healthcare Students” and “Death Planning for the Inevitable-An Interdisciplinary Honors Course.” Additionally, she recently published “Death-Planning for the Inevitable: A Hybrid Honors Course.”

Nursing

Dr. Betty Bowles

Professor Bowles’ research interests are the sustainability of endangered species (Queen Conch), motivation for participation in the Hotter Than Hell race, travel abroad and its affect on academic success, lactation science, environmental health, health education in underdeveloped countries and Dalquest Desert Research Station. Her most recent publications include: “Death-Planning for the Inevitable,” “Haiti: Exclusive Breastfeeding in the Prevention and Treatment of Cholera,” “Intrapartum Nurse’s Guide to Protecting Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding,” “ Childbirth Education in Rural Haiti: Reviving Low-Tech Teaching Strategies,” “First Do No Harm: Interventions During Childbirth,” “Teaching Marine Assessment Skills While Promoting Sustainability of the Queen Conch,” “Breast Massage: A “Handy” Multipurpose Tool to Promote Breast Feeding Success,” “Fear Appeals in Breastfeeding Management: Another Look at Breast-Feeding Self-Efficacy,” and “Dalquest Desert Research Station Handbook: Health Promotion and Injury Prevetion.”

Dr. Martha Gibson

Professor Gibson’s research interests are the sustainability of endangered species (Queen Conch), motivation for participation in the Hotter Than Hell race, travel abroad and its affect on academic success, lactation science, environmental health, clean water, health education in underdeveloped countries, Dalquest Desert Station, interdisciplinary courses and the relationship between connectivity, smart devices and job burnout. Her recent publications include: “Death-Planning for the Inevitable: A Hybrid Honors Course,” “Haiti: Exclusive Breastfeeding in the Prevention and Treatment of Cholera,” “Teaching Marine Assessment Skills While Promoting Sustainability of the Queen Conch,” “Intrapartum Nurse’s Guide to Protecting, Promoting, and Supporting Breastfeeding: Another Ten Steps,” “Childbirth Education in Rural Haiti: Reviving Low-Tech Teaching Strategies” and “First Do No Harm: Interventions During Childbirth.”

Dr. Jane Leach

Professor Leach's research interests are in maternal-newborn nursing. Her recent publications include: "Anxiety: The Word Versus the World," "Intrapatrum Nurse's Guide to Protecting, Promoting, and supporting Breastfeeding: Another Ten Steps" and "Childbirth Education in Rural Haiti: Reviewing Low-Tech Teaching Strategies."

Health and Public Administration

Dr. Laura Fidelie

Professor Fidelie's research interests are capital punishment, cybercrimes, offender rehabilitation and crimes against the family. Her recent publications include: "An Instrument for Assessing Communication Skills of Healthcare and Human Services Students," "Stalking Regulation: Issues and Recommendations," "The Ethics of Capital Punishment in the Americas," "The Effects of Cell Dog Programs on Prison Inmate Populations" and "Internet Gambling: Innocent Activity or Cybercrime?"

Dr. Roe Roberts

Professor Roberts’ topics of research in process include: Mental Health Issues Facing Prison Administrators, KIDS Dataset and Child Health Issues, Shift Work Impacts on the Health of Police Officers and Developing a Public-Private Response Model for National Disasters. Her recent publications include: “The Ethics of Capital Punishment in the Americas,” “An Exploration of the Relationship between Social and Psychological Factors and Being Bullied” and “The Potential Impact of Discrimination Fears of Older Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender Individuals Living in Small to Moderate-Sized Cities on Long-Term Health Care.” Her recent presentations include: “Developing a National Model for Integrating Public and Private Health Care Organizational Responses during Emergencies,” Mental Health Issues Facing Texas Prison” and “Identifying Causes of Childhood Eye Injuries and Developing Targeted Health Education Tools.”