Research

Faculty and Students at SEACSM Spring 2017

Faculty and Students at SEACSM Spring 2017

Health Promotion

Health Promotion

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.

Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology

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.

Teaching Emphasis

Teaching Emphasis

Feasibility of Sit-to-Stand Desks in a Middle School Classroom
This study examines the feasibility of using sit-to-stand desks in a middle school health classroom by measuring student behavior and activity, student perceptions of the desks, and teacher perception of the desks via systematic observation and interviews.
Principal Investigator: Heather Erwin, Ph.D.

Measuring the Use of and Barriers to Connection Building among Educators and Other School-based Personnel
The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which school staff report using connection building strategies to positively connect students to school.  An additional purpose of this study is to identify and rank barriers to using connection building strategies in the schools.
Principal Investigator:  Elizabeth Fettrow, Ph.D.

Child Abuse/Neglect (CAN) Training Study
The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which pre-service educators valued training related to the topic of child abuse/neglect during their pre-professional coursework experience.
Principal Investigator:  Elizabeth A. Fettrow, Ph.D., Co-I: Rebecca L. Sanford, MSSA, LCSW, Co-I: Stephanie Bennett, Ph.D.

Health Education in the Out-of-School Setting
The purpose of this study is to assess the extent to which a four-week healthy eating program affected nutrition-related knowledge and behaviors related among youth ages 8-11 enrolled in a summer day camp.
Principal Investigator:  Elizabeth A. Fettrow, Ph.D.

Crisis Response and Teacher Education
The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which pre-service educators valued training related to the topic of school crisis response during their pre-professional coursework experience.
Principal Investigator:  Elizabeth A. Fettrow, Ph.D., Co-I: Stephanie Bennett, Ph.D.

Student Choice in Physical Education
The purpose of this study is to determine whether student choice during physical education impacts their activity levels and motivation.
Principal Investigator: Heather Erwin, Ph.D.

After School Physical Activity Programs
The long-term aim of this project is to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of a school-based physical activity program.
Principal Investigator: Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.

Getting Kids Physically Active (GKPA)
GKPA is designed to train adults who work with children (K-8th grade) in a physical activity setting.
Principal Investigator: Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.

UK PAWS (Physical Activity and Wellness Schools)
The purpose of this research is to establish model healthy schools in the Fayette County Public School district.
Principal Investigator: Melody Noland, Ph.D.

Integrating Physical Activity in the Classroom
Promoting children’s health through physically active math classes.
Principal Investigator: Heather Erwin, Ph.D.

Children’s Perceptions of Physical Activity
The purpose of this research is to examine and describe the relationships between children’s perceptions of their access to physical activity environments, their physical activity preferences and attitudes, social influences from family and peers, and objectively measured physical activity levels.
Principal Investigator: Heather Erwin, Ph.D.

Biomechanics

Biomechanics

Multi-Segment Foot Kinematics: A Gender Comparison
The purpose of this study is to determine whether sex differences exist in terms of both structure and biomechanics of the foot.
Principal Investigator: Michael Pohl, Ph.D.

Hip Abductor Fatigue During Walking and Running
This project aims to investigate the effects of reduced hip abductor strength on the frontal plane kinematics of the hip and pelvis during walking and running.
Principal Investigator: Michael Pohl, Ph.D.

The Effects of a Hip Flexor Stretching Program on Running Kinematics The study aims to determine whether a hip flexor stretching program results in biomechanical alterations at the hip, pelvis, and lumbar spine during a running task.
Principal Investigator: Michael Pohl, Ph.D.

A Biomechanical Analysis of Running in Postpartum Women
The goal of this study is to investigate the relationship between strength and biomechanics during running in postpartum women.
Principal Investigator: Michael Pohl, Ph.D.