Student Research

One of the most exciting aspects of being as a university is the opportunity for independent study and to immerse oneself in a topic of personal interest; often this is accomplished through involvement in research projects with faculty. Graduate students are engaged in research in RCLS as research assistants to faculty (where they assist faculty with ongoing projects), in classes, when working on independent studies, and when completing their final project or thesis as part of their degree. Undergraduate students may engage in research as part of an Honors Program project, working in a particular lab (e.g., Biofeedback lab), a service-learning activity, or an internship project.

These opportunities help students to learn in depth on a topic of personal interest, provide a 'leg up' on others in the workforce, and advance the department, ECU, and the profession. We strongly encourage students to engage in research while in the RTA or RPA graduate programs. the following list provides a sampling of recent graduate student projects.

Brown-Bochicchio, C. (2011). The Use of the Smartwheel® to Examine the Efficacy of Wheelchair Use.

Burgess, L. (2012). Comparative Study on the Effects of Tai Chi and Matter of Balance® on Measures of Balance and Fall-Efficacy in Older Adults.

Chadwick, K. (2011). Increasing awareness about water quality with the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation.

Fish, M. (2012). A Randomized Controlled Study of the Effectiveness of Casual Video Games in Reducing Symptoms of Anxiety in a Depressed Population.

McAlister, J. (2012). Will They Come Back? An Examination of What Motivates Campers to Return in Subsequent Years.

Miller, Sara (2012). The Effects of a Supplemental Therapeutic Aquatic Exercise Program on the Physical Fitness Levels of Special Olympic Athletes.

Paton, H. (2012). The Efficacy of Virtual Reality as a Treatment Modality for Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sauter, W. (2011). An Examination of Exergaming With Wii® to Enhance Fitness in the Elderly.

Sovacool-Bell, Jennifer (2012). Exploring Adapted Sports and Competence, Relatedness, and Autonomy in Children with Physical Disabilities.

Styron, R. (2011). Utilizing General Biofeedback Modalities When Working with Children with Behavioral and Emotional Disorders.