Research Initiatives

The research initiatives of faculty across the college are varied by project. Some topics of interest include obesity prevention, healthy aging, military health, coastal health and holistic health. Diverse methodologies are used to conduct research.

Funded Projects

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

Principal Investigator(s) 

Project Title

Sponsor

Amount

Candace Ashton-Forrester, PhD. Program Coordinator & Professor, SHAHS, Recreation Therapy

Project SOAR Department of Veteran Affairs $60,000

Sue Combs, PhD. Program Coordinator & Professor, SHAHS, Healthful Living and Fitness Education

Innovative strategies for high impact practices: Access, success, and the CAA student-athlete Colonial Academic Alliance $5,500

James Herstine, PhD. Program Coordinator & Professor, SHAHS, Recreation, Sport Leadership & Tourism Management

Understanding access and visitor use on North Carolina's Coastal Reserve System

North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (NCDENR)

$55,612

Laura Morris, EdD. Assistant Professor, SHAHS, Recreation, Sport Leadership & Tourism Management

Multi-institutional assessment of the relationship between campus recreation participation and psychological well-being (happiness)

National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association

 $2,000

Justine Reel, PhD. Associate Dean for Research and Innovation & Professor, SHAHS 

STTR: Development of user-friendly fluorescence based assays for marine toxins

NIH National institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

$355,321

Justine Reel, PhD. Associate Dean for Research and Innovation & Professor, SHAHS 

Leah Mayo, Center for Healthy Communities Coordinator 

Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Program Community-Based Training Partnership

Emory University

$25,000

Eric Richardson, PhD. Assistant Professor, SHAHS, Public Health

Deciphering competency assessment in online courses: Individualized-student experience, assessment, and development plan integration

Academic Partnership Grant

$4,500

Kerry Whipple, PhD. Associate Professor, SHAHS, Public Health

Tobacco free UNCW American Cancer Society $20,000

Kerry Whipple, PhD. Associate Professor, SHAHS, Public Health

Jorge Figueroa, PhD. Lecturer, SHAHS, Public Health.

Lenis Chen-Edinboro, PhD. Assistant Professor, SHAHS, Public Health

Public Health Sessions at Camp Lejeune DOD USMC Camp Lejeune $4,450

 School of Nursing

Principal Investigator(s)

Project Title

Sponsor

Amount

Julie Hinkle, PhD. Assistant Professor, SON

Adapting an online Pathophysiology course to increase student engagement

Academic Partnership Grant $11,000

Julie Hinkle, PhD. Assistant Professor, SON

Chris Lantz, EdD. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & SHAHS

Mark Forbes. Student Success Center Advisor

Fostering belonging and institutional affinity in the adult on-line learner Academic Partnership Grant $7,797

Debra Hrelic, PhD, RNC. RN-BSN Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor, SON

Knowledge of environmental and global health concerns and the impact if any on RN-BSN students Academic Partnership Grant $5,000
Barbara Lutz, PhD. McNeill Distinguished Professor, SON

Early supported discharge for improving functional outcomes after stroke: A pragmatic trial

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

$132,692

Barbara Lutz, PhD. McNeill Distinguished Professor, SON

Implementation of an evidence-based chronic disease care model: Identifying individual, organizational, and community facilitators

Wake Forest Baptists Medical Center Clinical and Translational Science Institute $15,665
April Matthias, PhD. Associate Professor, SON

Early 20th century correspondence courses in nursing: Questionable or quality education?

American Association for the History of Nursing

$3,240

April Matthias, PhD. Associate Professor, SON

Early 20th century correspondence courses in nursing: Questionable or quality education?

Karyn and Terrance Holm Visiting Scholar Award-UIC College of Nursing

$1,500

Jennifer McCall, PhD. Assistant Professor, SON, Clinical Research

Partnership for workforce development in the BioPharmaceutical industry Department of Commerce $282,939

Penny Sauer, PhD. Assistant Professor, SON

Workplace violence in nursing The Foundation of the National Student Nursing Association $2,500
Stephanie Smith, PhD. Assistant Professor, SON

Building a research partnership with federally qualified community heath centers to address chronic conditions in vulnerable populations

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) $46,602

Stephanie Turrise, PhD. Assistant Professor, SON

Elise Thompson, PhD. Assistant Professor, SON

Martha Hepler, Lecturer, SON

The effect of virtual simulation on critical thinking and student satisfaction with learning in accelerated online RN-BSN students

Academic Partnership Grant $7,618

School of Social Work

Principal Investigator(s)

Project Title

Sponsor

Amount

Kristin Bolton, PhD. MSW Coordinator & Associate Professor, SSW

Tracking experiential learning outcomes across three CAA campuses Colonial Academic Alliance $12,334


College of Health and Human Services

Principal Investigator(s)

Project Title

Sponsor

Amount

Ashley Wells, PhD. Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, College of Health and Human Services

Health Transformation Lecture Series South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) $11,350