Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services (OHARES)

Research Affiliates

The Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services (OHARES) at East Carolina University currently houses over 30 research affiliates across numerous departments, schools, and colleges.  OHARES affiliates collectively work to advance transdisciplinary research, education, and community service initiatives to promote healthy aging.  Our affiliates are trained in a multiplicity of disciplines to include (but not be limited to) emergency medicine, geriatric medicine, geriatric nursing, dentistry, pharmacology, kinesiology, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, nutrition, public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, health education, behavioral and cognitive psychology, gerontology, sociology, social work, and criminal justice.  For more information regarding each of our affiliates, please see the affiliate listing below for brief biographical sketches, contact information, and curricula vitae.

Paige Averett Full Name: Paige Averett, MSW, PhD
Title(s): Associate Professor
Department or School: Social Work
College: Human Ecology
Office Address: Rivers 222
Telephone: 252-328-4193
Email: averettp@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) sexuality; 2) LGBT issues; 3) pedagogy; 4) attitudinal studies; 5) experimental qualitative methods.
Curriculum Vitae

Babatunde Full Name: Oyinlola Toyin Babatunde, MPH, PhD
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: Department of Nutrition Science
College: College of Human Ecology
Office Address: RW-331 Rivers Building
Telephone: 252-737-1855
Email: babatundeo@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Promoting healthy aging in older adults and optimal health in minority low-income populations to reduce health disparities; 2) Bone health education and intervention to prevent/delay osteoporosis in minority population groups; 3) Addressing nutritional health issues and food insecurity in vulnerable populations; 4) Using community-based nutrition intervention to promote optimal health, prevent and/or delay disease and improve quality of life in older adults and minority population groups.
Curriculum Vitae

Eric Bailey Full Name: Eric J. Bailey, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Title: Professor
Departments: Anthropology and Public Health
Colleges: Harriot College of Arts & Sciences AND Brody School of Medicine
Office Address: 209 Flanagan Bldg.
Telephone: 252-328-9448
Email: baileye@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities; 2) Cultural Competency; 3) Global Public Health; 4) Hypertension, Cancer, HIV/AIDs, and Obesity Disparities; 5) African American and Multiracial elderly care.
Curriculum Vitae

Jo Anne Balanay Full name: Jo Anne G. Balanay, PhD, CIH Title: Assistant Professor
Department or School: Department of Health Education and Promotion
College: College of Health and Human Performance
Office Address: 3407 Carol Belk Building
Telephone: 252-737-1474
Email: balanayj@ecu.edu
Research interests: 1) assessment of occupational exposure to physical; chemical and biological hazards; 2) personal protective equipment and clothing for worker protection; 3) activated carbon fibers for application in respiratory protection; 4) environmental exposures of understudied populations; 5) ambient and indoor air pollution
Curriculum Vitae

Tony Cellucci Full Name: Tony Cellucci, PhD, ABPP
Title: Clinical Professor and Director of ECU Psychological Assessment and Specialty Services (PASS) Clinic
Department or School: Psychology Department
College: Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Office Address: Rawl 344a
Telephone: 252-737-4180
Email: celluccia@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors including motivational interviewing and secondary prevention, cognitive- behavioral treatment, comorbidity issues, and recovery; 2) Psychosocial Issues in HIV disease; 3) Training and supervision in CBT therapy; 4) Clinical assessment measures and psychological measurement.
Curriculum Vitae

Craig Becker Full Name: Craig M. Becker, PhD, CWP
Title(s): Associate Professor
Department or School: Health Education & Promotion
College: Health & Human Performance
Office Address: Carol Belk 3207
Telephone: 252-328-5312
Email: beckerc@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) health promotion; 2) salutogenesis; 3) health professional competencies
Curriculum Vitae

Okmyung Full Name: Okmyung "Paul" Bin, PhD
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Department of Economics
College: Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Office
Address: Brewster A-435
Telephone: (252) 328-6820
Email: bino@ecu.edu Research
Interests: 1) environmental valuation; 2) coastal resource management; 3) natural hazards; 4) behavioral economics; 5) applied welfare analysis
Curriculum Vitae

Qing Cao Full Name: Qing Cao, MD
Title(s): Clinical Assistant Professor
Department or School: Family Medicine Department, Geriatric Division
College: Brody School of Medicine
Office Address:
Telephone: 252-744-2597, 252-744-2679
Email: caoq@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Education for service providers; 2) Polypharmacy; 3) Fall prevention; 4) Education for case managers; 5) Promotion of exercise among older people; 6) Understanding and use of MOST (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) Forms and goal-oriented treatment options in patients with life-limiting illnesses; 7) Partnerships with local churches to provide geriatric, hospice, and palliative care education; 8) Caregiver burnout.
Curriculum Vitae

InSoo Chung Full Name: InSoo Chung, PhD, MSW
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: Social Work College: College of Health and Human Performance
Office Address: Rivers 115
Telephone: 252-328-5699
Email: chungi14@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Retirement Planning and Retirement Satisfaction; 2) Developing and Engaging the Older Workforce; 3) Asset Building Strategies for the Middle & Low Income Families; 4) Elder Poverty; 5) Effective Social Service Delivery for the Ethnic Minority Groups
Curriculum Vitae

Patricia Crane Full Name: Patricia Ann Crane, RN, MSN, PhD.
Title(s): Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activities Richard R. Eakin Distinguished Professor of Nursing
College: Nursing
Office Address: 4210C Health Sciences Building, Mail Stop 162
Telephone: 252-744-6453
Email: CRANEP14@ECU.EDU
Research Interests: 1) cardiovascular disease; 2) secondary prevention; 3) bio-behavioral measures including cytokines; 4) physical activity in aging populations.
Curriculum Vitae

Bhibha Das Full Name: Bhibha M. Das, PhD, MPH
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: Department of Kinesiology
College: College of Health & Human Performance
Office Address: 172 Minges Coliseum
Telephone: 252-328-0009
Email: dasb@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Chronic disease prevention and management; 2) Weight management; 3) Physical activity in worksites; 4) Physical activity in under-served populations; 5) Physical activity program evaluation.
Curriculum Vitae

Shawn Desmond Full Name: Shawn M. Desmond, RN, MSN, CPNP
Title: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Agency: Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health
Office Address: 198 NC Hwy. 45 N, Plymouth, NC 27962
Telephone: 252-793-3023
Email: shawn.desmond@mtwdh.org
Research Interests: Research Interest: pediatric primary care in rural areas
Curriculum Vita

Paul Devita Full Name: Paul DeVita, MS, PhD
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Kinesiology
College: Health & Human Performance
Office Address: 332 Ward Sports Medicine Bldg
Telephone: 252-737-4563
Email: devitap@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Locomotion biomechanics; 2) Mechanical plasticity with aging; 3) Biomechanics in knee osteoarthritis; 4) Biomechanics in obesity; 5) Knee joint modeling and loads in locomotion
Curriculum Vitae

Anne Dickerson Full Name: Anne E. Dickerson
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Occupational Therapy
College: Allied Health Sciences
Office Address: 1330 Health Sciences Building
Telephone: 252-744-6190
Email: dickersona@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Older adult drivers; 2) Transportation; 3) Driver evaluation; 4) Community mobility.
Curriculum Vitae

Daniel Everhart Full Name: Daniel Erik Everhart, MS, PhD, ABPP
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Psychology
College: Arts & Sciences
Office Address: 238 Rawl Building
Telephone: 252-328-4138
Email: everhartd@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Adherence; 2) Insomnia; 3) Neurocognitive dysfunction associated with aging and dementia; 4) Decision making and aging; 5) Traumatic brain injury.
Curriculum Vitae

Wendy Harris Full Name: Wendy B. Harris
Title(s): Clinical Coordinator
Agency: Hookerton Family Practice
Office Address: 516 South William Hooker Dr, Hookerton, NC 28538
Telephone: 252-754-4908
Email: wenwayharris@gmail.com
Research Interests: 1) Chronic Disease Self-Management Education; 2) Homeopathic approach to chronic disease; 3)Meditation in stress reduction and hypertension
Curriculum Vita

Sharon Gordon Full Name: Sharon M. Gordon, DDS, MPH, PhD
Title(s): Associate Dean for Research; Chair, Department of Foundational Sciences
Department or School: School of Dental Medicine
College: East Carolina University
Office Address: 1851 MacGregor Downs Road; Greenville, NC 27834
Telephone: 252-737-7153
Email: gordons@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Pain; 2) Temporomandibular joint dysfunction; 3) Oral complications of cancer therapy; 4) Access to oral health care; 5) Dental anxiety/fear.
Curriculum Vitae

Victoria Grimes Holsinger Full Name: Victoria Grimes-Holsinger, DPN, RN, PHN, CRNI
Title: Registered Nurse
Department or School: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Email: vikies@aol.com
Research Interests: 1) The effects of stress on the health of nurses; 2) the development of interventions that address workplace stress for medical staff to prevent burn-out, reduce errors, increase coordination among care teams, and improve the quality of care; and (3) the development and evaluation of implementation strategies for organizational uptake of interventions that promote provider well-being and team building.
Curriculum Vitae

grzybowski Full Name: Marysia Grzybowski, MPH, PhD
Title(s): Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Department or School: Department of Public Health
College: Brody School of Medicine
Office Address: 600 Moye Road, Lakeside Annex 8
Telephone: 252-744-5357
Email: grzybowskim@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Biostatistics; 2) Epidemiology of aging; 3) Cardio-vascular disease and aging; 4) Health disparities and aging; 5) Cardiac medications; 6) Clostridium difficile (aka, C. diff)bacteria and infection among older adults.
Curriculum Vitae

Sonya Hardin Full Name: Sonya Renae Hardin, MBA, MHA, MSN, PhD
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Graduate Divisions
College: College of Nursing
Office Address: 3130 Health Sciences Building
Telephone: 252-744-6473
Email: hardins@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Ethnogeriatrics; 2) Cardiovascular Health; 3) Informatics/Technology; 4) Healthcare Quality; 5) Symptoms Management among Older Adults
Curriculum Vitae

Candace Harrington Full Name: Dr. Candace Harrington, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC
Title(s): Clinical Associate Professor
Department or School: Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
College: College of Nursing
Office Address: 3185-G Health Sciences Building
Telephone: 252-744-0270
Email: harringtonc@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Reduction in potentially avoidable hospital readmissions; 2) Heart failure management for those in long term care settings; 3) Reduction in and avoidance of psychotropic medication use in frail elders; 4) Use of appropriate logical prescribing practices for older adults to reduce potential iatrogenic harm; 5) The benefits of inter-professional team and evidence-based programs in geriatric primary care settings
Curriculum Vitae

Misun Hur Full Name: Misun Hur, PhD
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment
College: Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Office Address: Brewster A-212 Telephone: 252-328-1270
Email: hurmi@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) quality of life; 2) aging farmworkers in eastern North Carolina; 3) access to services; 4) social equity; 5) Geographic Information System
Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Hodgson Full Name: Jennifer Hodgson, PhD, LMFT
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Child Development & Family Relations and Family Medicine
College: Human Ecology
Office Address: Redditt House- MFT-114
Telephone: 252-328-1349 (CDFR) and 252-744-5454 (Family Medicine)
Email: hodgsonj@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Integrated care models for working with older adults; 2) Parkinson's Disease and the Psychosocial Impacts and Interventions; 3) The biopsychosocial spiritual health of older adults; 4) Chronic Illness and older adults; 5) Family dynamics and caring for an older adult
Curriculum Vitae

Megan Christine Janke Full Name: Megan Christine Janke, MS, PhD
Title(s): LRT/CTRS
Department or School: Recreation and Leisure Studies: Recreational Therapy
College: Health and Human Performance
Office Address: 1406 Carol Belk Building
Telephone: 252-328-5435
Email: jankem@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Chronic disease management; 2) Falls prevention; 3) Dementia; 4) Recreational therapy; 5) Long-term care
Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Jolley Full Name: Jennifer M. Jolley, MSW, PhD
Title(s): Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology Affiliate Faculty Member, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
College: Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences & Brody School of Medicine
Office Address: 330 Rivers West
Mail Address: Box # 44, RAWL Building (Room 102)
Telephone: 252-328-5546
Cell: 850-212-1291
Email: jolleyj15@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Older prisoner care and custody; 2) Older offender reentry; 3) Offender and inmate healthcare across the life course; 4) Age-graded desistance in criminal behavior; 5) Risk-informed treatment matching and victimization prevention (i.e., in juvenile justice, criminal justice, and child welfare systems).
Curriculum Vitae

Timothy Kelley Full Name: Timothy R. Kelley, MEd, PhD
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Environmental Health Sciences Program, Department of Education and Promotion
College: Health and Human Performance
Office Address: 3409 Carol Belk Building
Telephone: 252-327-0962
Email: kelleyt@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Applied Environmental Health Microbiology; 2) wastewater management; 3) solid waste management; 4) hazardous waste management.
Curriculum Vitae

John Kerbs Full Name: John J. Kerbs, MA, MSW, Joint PhD
Title(s): Associate Professor & Director of the Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services
Department or School: Department of Criminal Justice
College: College of Human Ecology
Office Address: RW-330 Rivers Building
Telephone: 252-328-5546
Email: kerbsj@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Older Prisoners; 2) Correctional Health Care Systems; 3) Age Segregation in Federal and State Prisons; 4) Disability Rights for Prisoners; 5) Age-Graded Desistance from Crime
Curriculum Vitae

Sitawa Kimuna Full Name: Sitawa R. Kimuna
Title(s): Associate Professor
Department or School: Department of Sociology
College: Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Office Address: A-408 Brewster Building
Telephone: 252-328-5768
Email: kimunas@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Aging in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA); 2) Gender Based Violence; 3) International Migration; 4) Social Demography; 5) Sexual Behavior and Reproductive Health in SSA.
Curriculum Vitae

Brandon Kyle Full Name: Brandon N. Kyle, PhD
Title: Assistant Professor
Department or School: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
College: Brody School of Medicine
Office Address: 600 Moye Blvd, Mail Stop 635
Telephone: 252-744-1406
Email: kyleb@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Chronic pain; 2) Pain management; 3) Health behaviors
Curriculum Vitae


Larson Full Name: Kim L. Larson, PhD, MPH, RN, FNAP
Title: Associate Professor,
Department: Nursing Science
College:
Nursing
Office Address: 3135 Health Sciences Bldg.
Telephone: 252-744-6527
E-mail: larsonk@ecu.edu
Research Interests: a) sexual and reproductive health; b) primary and secondary prevention; c) community-based participatory research; d) global and cultural issues; f) Latino populations
Curriculum Vitae

Angela Lamson Full Name: Angela L Lamson, PhD, LMFT, CFLE
Title(s): Professor; Program Director -Medical Family Therapy Doctoral Program; Director of Redditt House: MedFT Research Academy
Department or School: Child Development and Family Relations
College: College of Human Ecology
Office Address: 112 Redditt House: MedFT Research Academy
Telephone: 252-737-2042
Email: lamsona@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Integrated care; 2) Military couples; 3) Compassion fatigue; 4) Medical Family Therapy; 5) Bio-psycho-social-spiritual health
Curriculum Vitae

Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan Name: Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, DPN
Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Graduate Studies
College: Nursing
Office Address: 3185G Health Sciences Building
Phone: 252-744-6452
Email: lavoievaughann@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Dementia; 2) Management of Behavioral Problems in Dementia; 3) Caregiving; 4) Education of Long-term care staff for quality patient care; 5) Advanced care planning.
Curriculum Vitae

Joseph Lee Full Name: Joseph G. L. Lee, PhD, MPH
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: Health Education and Promotion
College: Health and Human Performance
Office Address: 3104 Carol Belk Building
Telephone: 252-328-4661
Email: leejose14@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) LGBT health and health disparities across the life course; 2) tobacco prevention and control; 3) spatial analysis; 4) diffusion of public health policies; 5) evidence synthesis/systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
Ruth Little Name: N. Ruth Gaskins Little, MPH, EdD,
Title: Vice Chair & Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Public Health
College: Brody School of Medicine
Office Address: Lakeside Annex 7
Phone: 252-744-3123
Email: littlena@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Diabetes & heart disease community education; 2) Substance abuse prevention; 3) Aging & Long Term Care; 4) Public health education; 5) Health literacy
Curriculum Vitae

Haiyong Liu Full Name: Haiyong Liu, PhD
Titles: Chair and Associate Professor of Economics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health
Department: Department of Economics
College: Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Office Address: Brewster A428, 10th Street, Greenville NC 27858
Phone: 252-328-1083
Email: Liuh@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) health economics; 2) labor economics; 3) econometrics and quantitative methods; 4) structural modeling; 5) cost benefit analysis
Curriculum Vitae

Kathy Lohr Full Name: Kathy D. Lohr, MS, Med, EdD
Title(s): Teaching Assistant Professor
Department/School: Adult Education Program Area
College: Education
Office Address: 227 Ragsdale
Telephone: 252-328-6825
Email: lohrk@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) narrative gerontology; 2) older adult education; 3) lifelong learning; 4) life-story writing; 5) cognitive health
Curriculum Vitae

Bobby Lowery Full Name: Dr. Bobby Lowery, MN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Title(s): Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Department or School: Nursing Practice Program
College: College of Nursing
Office Address: 3131 Health Sciences Building
Telephone: 252-744-6363
Email: Lowerybo@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) health Policy; 2) Regulation; 3) Inter-professionalism; 4) Distance Education; 5) Rural Health
Curriculum Vitae
Christopher Mansfield Full Name: Christopher J. Mansfield, M.S., Ph.D.
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Department of Public Health
College: Brody School of Medicine
Office Address: Lakeside Annex #8, MAIL STOP 660
Telephone: 252-744-2952
Email: MANSFIELDC@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Predictors of premature mortality in populations; 2) Active men's decisions on timing of joint replacement.
Curriculum Vitae

Juan March Full Name: Juan March, MD, FACEP
Title(s): Professor, Professor and Chief, Division of Emergency Medical Services
Department or School: Department of Emergency Medicine
College: Brody School of Medicine
Office Address: 1705 W. 6th Street, Physician's Quadrangle, Building M
Telephone: 252-744-2154
Email: marchj@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) EMS (out-of-hospital care); 2) Healthcare disparities among racial minorities; 3) Automated external defibrillation/CPR; 4) Procedural Sedation
Curriculum Vitae

Ryan Martin Full Name: Ryan J. Martin, PhD
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: Health Education & Promotion
College: Health & Human Performance
Office Address: Carol Belk 3106
Telephone: 252-737-1939
Email: martinry@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) addictive behaviors; 2) mental health; 3) gambling disorder; 4) co-morbid conditions.
Curriculum Vitae

Jonathon Maskaly Full Name: Jonathan Maskaly, MA, PhD
Title(s): Visiting Assistant Professor
Department or School: Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice
College: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office Address: 1007 W. Harrison St., M/C 141, Chicago, IL 60607
Telephone: (312) 413-3030
Email: jmaskaly@uic.edu
Research Interests: 1) older prisoners; 2) correctional healthcare; 3) access and utilization of correctional healthcare; 4) geographic studies of crime and criminal justice; 5) behavior of law enforcement officers.
Curriculum Vitae

Holly Matthews Full Name: Holly F. Mathews, PhD
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Anthropology
College: Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Office Address: 217 Flanagan Building
Telephone: 252-328-9452
Email: mathewsh@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Culture, illness beliefs and medical decision making; 2) health needs and service provision for the rural elderly; 3) health disparities in minority populations; 4) breast cancer prevention; 5) ethnographic and qualitative methods.
Curriculum Vitae


Hunt McKinnon Full Name: Hunt McKinnon, MArch
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: Center for Sustainable Tourism
College: College of Engineering
Office Address: 203 Rivers West
Telephone: 252-737-4312
Email: mckinnonw@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Declining vision due to age; 2) Home-based care as an alternative to institutional care; 3) Transportation as a restraint to independent living; 4) International comparisons to American practices in care of the aging; 5) Surveys of assisted living facilities based on ADA and other standards of providing quality care.
Curriculum Vitae

Burrell Montz Full Name: Burrell E. Montz
Title(s): Professor and Chair
Department or School: Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
College: Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Office Address: Brewster A-227
Telephone: (252) 328-6086
Email: montzb@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) environmental planning; 2) natural hazards; 3) environmental impact analysis; 4) water management; 5) hazard mitigation and policy
Curriculum Vitae

Ann Nye Full Name: Ann Marie Nye, PhD
Title(s): Affiliate Associate Professor
Department or School: Department of Family Medicine
College: Brody School of Medicine
Office Address: Monk Geriatric Clinic 2414C
Telephone: 252-744-2612
Email: nyea@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Medication related falls; 2) Medication adherence; 3) Assessing patients with dementia to determine medication taking capacity; 4) Minimizing polypharmacy; 5) Transition in care; 6) Use of medications in the elderly; 7) Diseases of interest to include diabetes, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, insomnia, hypercholesterolemia, heart failure, prevention of MI/stroke, dementia, depression, psychosis.
Curriculum Vitae

Balaji Pabu Full Name: Balaji Pabu, MD
Title(s): Clinical Assistant Professor in Geriatrics
Department or School: ECU Family Medicine-Geriatrics
College: BSOM (though I do not actively participate in BSOM activities)
Office Address: 101 Heart Dr, Monk Geriatrics Center, Greenville, NC, 27834
Telephone: 252-744-2045
Email: pabbub@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Changes in musculo-skeletal system and resultant frailty and its consequences in older adults; 2) Changes in nervous system and resultant neurodegenerative diseases in older adults; 3) Changes in cardio-vascular health and resultant diseases of CVS in older adults; 4) Effects of multiple medication usage in older adults; 5) Preventive services that would ultimately result in improved quality of life in older adults
Curriculum Vitae

Jane Patton Full Name: Jane Patton, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Occupational Therapy
College: College of Allied Health Sciences
Office Address: College of Allied Health Sciences, 600 Moye Boulevard, Room 3305F, Mailstop 668 Greenville, NC 27834
Telephone: 252-744-6194
Email: pattonja@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Fall prevention among community-dwelling older adults; 2) Fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults; 3) Effectiveness of the Tai chi in relation to activity engagement among community-dwelling older adults; 4) Effectiveness of the Interactive Metronome in relation to activity engagement among community-dwelling older adults
Curriculum Vitae

Donald Ribeiro Full Name: Donald Ribeiro, MD
Title: Medical Director
Organization: Multiple Healthcare Practices to Include a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
Address: Hookerton Family Practice, 516 South William Hooker Dr, Hookerton, NC 28538
Telephone: 252-747-2089
Email: dribeiro@metrocommunityhealth.org
Research Interests: 1) Family Medicine; 2) Rural Health Disparities; 3) Chronic Disease Self-Management ; and 4) Chronic Care Management (CCM) in Federally Qualified Health Centers and rural health care systems that provide primary care with patients who present multiple chronic conditions (MCCs).
Curriculum Vitae

Sharon Rogers Full Name: Sharon D. Rogers, MS, PhD
Title(s): Associate Professor
Department or School: Department of Health Education and Promotion
College: College of Health and Human Performance
Office Address: 246 Ward Sports Medicine Building
Telephone: 252-737-2982
Email: ROGERSSH@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Dementia; 2) Exercise programs for adults with dementia; 3) Exercise for Older Adults; 4) Exercise and cognitive functioning among older adults; 5) Cognitive impairments as predictors of strength in older adults
Curriculum Vitae

Nicholas Rupp Full Name: Nicholas Rupp, MA, PhD
Title(s): Professor
Department or School: Economics
College: Arts and Sciences
Office Address: A-437 Brewster Building
Telephone: 252-328-6821
Email: ruppn@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) airlines; 2) educational economics; 3) economics of crime.
Curriculum Vitae

Abby Schwartz Full Name: Abby Schwartz, MGS, MSW, PhD
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: School of Social Work
College: College of Health and Human Performance
Office Address: Rivers 114
Telephone: 252-328-4209
Email: schwartza15@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Informal caregivers of older adults; 2) Community-based and participant-directed services for older adults and their families; 3) Health care reform; 4) The experiences of caregivers transitioning loved one's from hospital to home; 5) Older prisoners
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Samuel Sears Full Name: Samuel F. Sears, Jr., M.S., Ph.D.
Title(s): Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies
Department or School: Psychology
College: Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Office Address: Rawl 132
Telephone: 252-328-6118
Email: searss@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Shock Acceptance Strategies: Sedation in DFT Testing; 2) The Female Perspective: Women & ICDs; 3) Peri-Operative ICD Patient Education; 4) Pros and Cons of Receiving an ICD; 5) Psychosocial Adjustment of Young ICD Patients; 6) Acute Patient Response to ICD Shocks; 7) Patient Perceptions of ICD-OptiVol Technology in the Treatment of Heart Failure; 8) Sleep Quality and ICD Patients

Alan Taylor Full Name: Alan C Taylor, MS, PhD, CFLE
Title(s): Assistant Professor; Director of CDFR Graduate Programs
Department or School: Family and Community Services Program - Department of Child Development & Family Relations
College: College of Human Ecology
Office Address: Rivers 340
Telephone: 252-737-2414
Email: tayloral@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships; 2) Grandfathering; 3) Family Life Education, Family Theory; 4) Men's Health and Relationships
Curriculum Vitae

Essie Torres Full Name: Essie T. Torres, PhD, MPH
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: Health Education and Promotion
College: Health and Human Performance
Office Address: 3202 Carol Belk Building
Telephone: 252-328-1818
Email: torrese@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) Breast and Cervical Cancer Disparities among racial/ethnic minority women and medically underserved women; 2) Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Across the Cancer Control Continuum; 3)Developing Community-Based Strategies to Increase Capacity Building Opportunities in local communities via Health Promotion Efforts; 4) Engaged Scholarship Around Health Education and Promotion; 5) Community-Based Participatory Research and Mixed Methods.
Curriculum Vitae

Matthew Whited Full Name: Matthew C. Whited PhD.
Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department or School: Psychology Department: Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Office Address: Rawl 239
Telephone: 252-328-6308
Email: whitedm@ecu.edu
Research Interests: Broadly: 1) behavioral risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD); 2) primary and secondary prevention interventions for cardiovascular disease to specifically include (a) the association between depression and CVD, and the role of heart rate variability and health behaviors in this association, and (b) mood, weight management, and health behaviors among emerging adults.
Curriculum Vitae

Tomika Williams Full Name: Tomika Williams, PhD, AGPCNP-C, RN
Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Graduate; DNP Concentration
College: Nursing
Office: 3163 Health Science Building
Phone: 252-744-0272
Email: williamstomi14@ecu.edu
Research Interest: 1) Nursing Homes; 2) Older Adults; 3) Physical Activity; 4) Video Gaming; 5) Health Promotion
Curriculum Vitae

Heather Wright Full Name: Heather Harris Wright, MA, PhD, CCC-SLP
Title(s): Associate Dean for Research
Department or School:
College: College of Allied Health Sciences
Office Address: 3206F Health Sciences Building
Telephone: 252-744-6088
Email: wrighth@ecu.edu
Research Interests: 1) aphasia; 2) cognitive-linguistic processing in aging; 3) age-related acquired neurogenic communication disorders
Curriculum Vitae

Xiaoming Zeng Full Name: Xiaoming Zeng
Title: Professor and Chair
Department or School: Health Services and Information Management
College: College of Allied Health Sciences
Office Address: 4340D Health Sciences Building
Telephone: (252)744-6176
Email: zengx@ecu.edu
Research Interest: 1) Web accessibility to persons with disabilities; 2) Web 2.0 technologies and its impact in health care and higher education; 3) Consumer Health Informatics; 4) Medical practices in a digitized environment.
Curriculum Vitae