Risky Health Behaviors in College Students
This study is being conducted in collaboration with University Health Service to investigate the health behaviors of college students. Current variables of interest include stress and coping mechanisms, sexual health, tobacco use, and factors related to overweight/obesity.
Principal Investigator: Joanne Brown, Co-Investigator: Melinda Ickes, Ph.D.

Tobacco-free Take Action!: Improving Compliance on a College Campus
This longitudinal study aims to determine the effects an Ambassador program can have on compliance with tobacco-free policies on college campuses.
Principal Investigator: Melinda Ickes, Ph.D.

Campus Readiness for Tobacco-free
The study aims to develop a novel campus readiness measure to implement smoke- and tobacco-free policies. Results from this study strive to strengthen the policy adoption and implementation process across campuses nationwide.
Principal Investigator: Melinda Ickes, Ph.D.

Promoting Responsive Smoke- and Tobacco-free Policy Adoption and Implementation
This project aims to promote smoke- and tobacco-free policy adoption and effective implementation through advocacy, policy analysis and monitoring,and stakeholder engagement.
Principal Investigator: Ellen Hahn, Ph.D., Co-Investigator: Melinda Ickes, Ph.D.

CDC Tips from Former Smokers PSAs
The purpose of this study is to determine the impact the CDC Tips from Former Smokers PSAs had on college student tobacco use, quit attempts, and attitudes. Additional data are available to highlight emerging tobacco use, social norm influences and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Principal Investigator: Melinda Ickes, Ph.D.

Evaluation of Time to Change
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the Time to Change program, a 12-week weight loss and healthy living intervention for obese college students. In addition, health promotion students will be trained as health coaches to determine impact on related skills and self-efficacy.
Principal Investigator: Melinda Ickes, Ph.D.

An Examination of the Societal and Cultural Factors Contributing to Obesity among Kentucky Youth
This project seeks to obtain formative data necessary for the development and implementation of a culturally appropriate intervention targeted at children and their parents to reduce the occurrence of obesity across Kentucky.
Principal Investigator: Don Helme, Ph.D., Co-Investigator: Melinda Ickes, Ph.D.


Sexual Health Promotion

The Couples Study
A longitudinal study examining sexual health in couples.
Principal Investigator: Kristen Mark, Ph.D.

Women’s Desire Study
A study examining sexual desire in women.

Rectal Cancer and Couple Well-being Study
Sexual and relationship functioning in the context of rectal cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Principal Investigator: Kristen Mark, Ph.D.

HIV Serodiscordant Couples Study
Risk reduction and pleasure-based examination of couples in HIV-serodiscordant relationships.
Principal Investigator: Kristen Mark, Ph.D.

Sexual Values Study
Examination of the value placed on sex and developmental significance.
Principal  Investigator: Stephanie Bennett, Ph.D.

Sexual Desire and Attachment Study
Study examining the link between desire, attachment, and mindfulness.
Principal Investigator: Kristen Mark, Ph.D.

Attitudes toward Monogamy Study
Examination of attitudes toward monogamy in diverse populations.
Principal Investigator: Kristen Mark, Ph.D.

Healthy Firefighters Project
A study designed to improve the health, fitness, and performance of firefighters.
Investigator: Mark Abel, Ph.D.

Physical Activity Assessment
Research designed to assess the validity of pedometers and accelerometers in measuring physical activity.
Principal Investigator: Mark Abel, Ph.D.

Physical Activity and Children’s Academic Performance
This study examined the effect of additional physical education on children’s academic achievement (e.g., test scores), behavior, and cognition. Additionally, physical activity as a predictor of cognitive functioning is explored.
Faculty Mentor: Heather Erwin, Ph.D.

Student and Teacher Perceptions of Two Recess Periods
The purpose of this study was to examine both teacher and student perceptions of a school implementing two recess periods per school day. This was a mixed methods study incorporating questionnaires and interviews.
Principal Investigator:  Heather Erwin, Ph.D.

Walking Classroom
This study compared traditional sedentary learning and a Walking Classroom content-based curriculum on elementary students’ learning and mood. This was a mixed methodology study with physical activity, questionnaires, and interviews.
Collaborator:  Heather Erwin, Ph.D.

Gait Training in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
This study investigates the effectiveness of anti-gravity treadmill gait training on neuromuscular function, dynamic balance and gait in the population with Multiple Sclerosis.
Principal Investigator: Fan Gao, Ph.D.

Effects of Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome on Hip Joint Mechanics and Health
This study utilizes gait analysis and advanced quantitative imaging techniques to assess the effects of Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome and corresponding surgical treatment on hip joint mechanics, bone and cartilage health.
Principal Investigator: Michael Samaan, Ph.D.

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