Research & Discovery
Texas Woman’s University’s approach to research is unique. We focus on the changes that research can make in everyday lives– how community challenges can be addressed, business problems can be solved, and quality of life can be improved. In workplaces, hospitals, schools and communities, our research is put to practical use every day.
TWU faculty and students analyze data and apply research that:
- Improves professional practice and patient outcomes in health fields such as nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy;
- Optimizes quality classroom teaching and technology;
- Addresses operational and organizational opportunities for area businesses;
- Develops better tasting food through flavor chemistry; and
- Evaluates marketing findings to benefit nonprofits.
As a Carnegie-classified doctoral research university, TWU encourages our undergraduate and graduate students to actively participate in faculty-led research — whether it’s developing programs to reduce violence against women, working with veterans and their families, expanding access for children with autism or identifying more effective ways to treat cancer cells. From basic to applied research, our faculty and students focus on finding innovative ways to solve problems at state, national and international levels.
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Xiofen Du and Shanil Juma (nutrition and food science) have been awarded a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their project to develop mushroom egg white blends and investigate their palatability and satiety promotion. Consumer tests will investigate the preference and acceptance of the blends, and clinical trials will investigate effects of the target blends on body weight management and satiety.
Stephanie Brown and Stephanie Krauth (Student Life) and Amy Allison (Student Health Services) have been awarded an $88,00 grant from the Office of the Governor — Homeland Security for their project that provides victims assistance services to TWU community members affected by sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, or stalking.
- Laura Moorer-Cook and Erika Armstrong (communication sciences and disorders) are addressing the continuing shortage of master's-level speech/language pathologists in Texas with the help of a $141,000 Texas Education Agency grant. Their project offers a master's degree program for qualified applicants who want to practice in Texas schools. Courses are delivered via distance technology with practicums in the students' local schools and medical facilities.