Improving Hip Pain and Bone Health for Osteoarthritis Patients

Aerobic exercise is prescribed to conservatively treat hip osteoarthritis, yet there is no scientific evidence to demonstrate the effects of aerobic exercise, such as walking, in reducing hip osteoarthritis-related symptoms. Kinesiology and Health Promotion faculty Dr. Michael Samaan, Dr. Jody Clasey, and their team are assessing the effects of a … Read More

Enhancing Education Opportunities for Students in Peru and Beyond

Dr. Kayla Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, works collaboratively with Indigenous students and communities in the Peruvian Andes to align educational opportunities to their needs, values, and goals. Her team founded and operates an in-community education center where they put much of their … Read More

Educational Equity Audits 

  The Educational Equity Audit process uses multiple methods (surveys, focus groups, policy analysis) to assist schools and districts with the identification of institutional policies and procedures that result in disparate and discriminatory impacts on students’ educational opportunity and experience.  As part of this research, Gregory Vincent, J.D., Ed.D., Professor, … Read More

Leadership Practices of Preschool Administrators

Drs. Beth Rous, Victoria Sherif, and Kathryn Chapman are currently implementing a national survey focused on leadership beliefs and practices of U.S. early childhood program and public preschool administrators. Initial findings indicate a gap between administrator beliefs in the importance of leadership-based practices (e.g., mentoring teachers, listening to staff concerns, … Read More

Capturing Problem-Solving Skills of Students with Math Disabilities

The Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) awarded Professor Brian Bottge in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education a supplemental grant to design a hybrid form of assessment that combines an oral questioning component with a technology-based platform. The need for the new assessment surfaced in two … Read More

Helping Police, Firefighters Meet Physical Demands of Job

Mark Abel, associate professor of exercise physiology in the UK College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, conducts research to enhance the safety, health, and occupational performance of structural firefighters. As a former firefighter, he understands the demands of the job.  As a researcher, his lab is identifying … Read More

Youth Influence Tobacco Use and Policy in Appalachia

Dr. Melinda Ickes, associate professor of health promotion in the UK College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, trains youth in Appalachia as advocates to promote tobacco control policies in Kentucky. Kentucky communities suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related diseases such as lung cancer. Training youth to become advocates is … Read More

Role of Body Weight in Biomechanics of Obesity

Obesity alters muscle recruitment and joint kinematics during gait.  However, it is unclear whether these changes are due to excess body weight itself or differences in limb volume. Dr. Lance Bollinger, a faculty member in the UK College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, is currently using wireless electromyography, … Read More

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