Collaboration to Further Public Education and Public Health

The research of Professor Joan Mazur, Ph.D., is located at the intersection of public education and public health. Her conceptual focus employs trans-disciplinary research to practice and research and development strategies to address persistent issues that face youth in rural farming communities.​ With over 20 years of research funding from … Read More

High-Leverage and Evidenced-Based Practices in Collaborative Settings

Kera Ackerman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling, studies teachers’ use of high-leverage and evidenced-based practices in collaborative settings and the impact these strategies have on student achievement and behavior. She is currently collaborating with doctoral student Mark Samudre and master’s students … Read More

Preparing Future Faculty through Human Performance Research

Haley Bergstrom, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, and her graduate students are exploring research questions related to two primary areas of focus: 1) the non-invasive assessment of muscle function and fatigue; and 2) mathematical modeling of human performance. These methodologies are used to examine … Read More

Measuring Confidence in Teaching: Lessons from One University Health Course

Elizabeth Whitney, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, teaches a health course for elementary education majors in the College of Education. The purpose of this course is to prepare pre-service teachers to recognize and respond to a wide-range of health risk behaviors confronting children. Because … Read More

Effectiveness of Mandated Alcohol and Cannabis Intervention Courses

Use of alcohol and drugs by college students affects academic performance, class attendance, retention, and is associated with many health effects. Students at the University of Kentucky who violate alcohol and drug policies are often assigned to mandated alcohol and drug classes. The purpose of this dissertation study by Ben … Read More

Tracking teacher stress and coping skills

This research focuses on correlations between stressful work-related events and the data provided by the FitBit in order to support future teachers experiencing stress in their teaching careers. Molly Fisher, Ph.D., an associate professor in STEM Education, is conducting research with two undergraduate elementary education majors, Shelby Haarman and Natalie … Read More


This research project explores how students engage in problem-based learning and community action through integration of critical literacy and mathematics learning. Cindy Jong, Ph.D., an associate professor in STEM Education, and Kristen Perry, Ph.D., an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Curriculum and Instruction, along with two undergraduate … Read More