Faculty Research Interests
Faculty members have a wide-range of research interests, with the major focus on vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include those groups who experience physical and mental disabilities, cultural differences, geographic separation, and limited economic resources (Chesnay & Anderson, 2012). As a result of these differences from the mainstream population, vulnerable populations may have limited or no access to health care or services, thus putting them at greater risk for poor health outcomes.
Several faculty members, for example, conduct research focused on persons with potential or actual physical disabilities as those with HIV/AIDS, diabetes mellitus, stroke, and hypertension. Faculty also conduct research with vulnerable populations with mental health disabilities and cultural differences, as: psychosocial functioning in low-income children with special health care needs, depression in African American women during the prenatal and post partum period, and ambiguous loss in young adults who lived with depressed parents. See a more detailed list of Faculty Research Interests.