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Dr. Gay James 

  • Research Interests:  High risk areas (alcohol/tobacco/HIV, etc.); School health; Worksite health
  • Target Populations/Demographic: Adolescents; Adults
  • Research Methodology: Mixed-methods

Active Research:  Dr. Gay James, Professor of Health Studies, conducts research with school professionals in health and physical education focusing on role modeling and self-perceptions of weight and body mass index (BMI).

Dr. Marilyn Massey-Stokes

  • Research Interests:  Child & adolescent health; Body image & eating disorder prevention; Obesity prevention; Health literacy; Health communication and health promotion for deaf adolescents; Women's health
  • Target Populations/Demographics:  Children and adolescents; Deaf adolescents; Women
  • Research Methodology: Mixed-methods

Active Research: Dr. Marilyn Massey-Stokes, Associate Professor of Health Studies, is collaborating with Dr. Mandy Golman and the Elisa Project (Dallas) on implementing and evaluating the Healthy Body Image curriculum with elementary school-aged students in Dallas. She also is working with Drs. Chad Smith and Ann Lieberth (TWU, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders) on a project with a two-fold purpose: (1) examine where deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescent females obtain health information; and (2) set up an online repository of quality health information specifically designed for that population. In addition, Dr. Massey-Stokes is working on a grant proposal that involves developing and piloting a survey for teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents. The survey is intended to measure the extent to which health education is being taught in schools that serve this special population.

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Dr. Thomas Coyle

Dr. Thomas Coyle
  • Research Interests:  Professional preparation (health educators); Health literary (young adults); Preparedness (lay persons)
  • Target Populations/Demographics: Health educators; Young adults
  • Research Methodology:  Mixed-methods

Dr. Katie Crosslin

  • Research Interests:  Violence prevention; Acculturation in Hispanics and effects on health; Medically underserved populations; Chronic diseases/quality of life 
  • Research Methodology: Quantitative; Mixed-methods

Active Research: Dr. Katie Crosslin, Assistant Professor of Health Studies, is conducting a qualitative study examining how immigrant Mexican women perceive medicines/household cleaners as dangerous to children, what they consider to be meds/cleaners, and where they store these chemicals, which is assessed by a home visit. In addition, she is looking at cyberbullying among college students to assess the prevalence and identify relationships between self-esteem and cyberbullying victim/bully behaviors.

Dr. Kimberly A. Parker

  • Research Interests:  HIV/AIDS; Sexual behaviors that influence STI transmission; Minority health; Women's health
  • Target Populations/Demographics:  Minority populations; African American men and women; Women
  • Research Methodology:  Qualitative; Mixed-methods; Needs assessments; Evaluation research
  • Theoretical Framework:  Feminist Theory; thematic coding; grounded theory, phenomenology, qualitative research theories

Active Research:  Dr. Kimberly A. Parker, Assistant Professor of Health Studies, conducts qualitative and mixed-methods research involving sexual behaviors that influence STI and HIV transmission in African American men and women. Dr. Parker is the Principle Investigator of a qualitative study which examines the lived experiences of HIV positive African American women in the Deep South. She also serves as the qualitative researcher/evaluator for a HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) grant in the Atlanta-Metropolitan area. The HIV SeroIncidence Study (ISIS-HSTN 064) was awarded $750,000 for two years and is a prospective study to estimate the overall HIV type 1 incidence rates in African American women at risk for HIV acquisition.

Dr. Parker recently served as the qualitative evaluator for a Phase I clinical trial to assess safety, tolerability, and product acceptability of a vaginal mircobicide gel (UC781) being studied to prevent HIV transmission. The two-year grant was funded primarily by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Parker also plans to spearhead a needs assessment project which will analyze social, political and cultural variables that impact the health of women and children in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Jody Terrell

  • Research Interests: Environmental health; Queen conch and coral reefs
  • Target Populations/Demographics:  Marine Biology; Community; Aviation; Population Health 
  • Research Methodology: Qualitative; Mixed-methods 

Active Research:  Dr. Jody A.C. Terrell, Assistant Professor of Health Studies, conducts qualitative and scientific marine research involving the coral reefs in Belize, Central America.  Dr. Terrell is currently setting up a Queen Conch Research Refuge Ranch at the Belize Barrier Reef. This research has a threefold purpose:  1) marine environmental education; 2) protection of the queen conch from fishing practices; and 3) teaching sustainable measurements to help an endangered species in the Caribbean area gain sustainability. Every summer, Dr. Terrell takes undergraduate and graduate students to Belize to pursue active research learning in a real world situation. 

Her other interests include environmental compliance and auditing, environmental diseases and health issues, stress management and risk management.

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