Research Seminar Series

Upcoming Research Seminars

Spring 2017 Research Seminar Series

January 27th, 2017

Dr. Adam King (KINE) Assessment of Drop Landing Adaptability: A Missing Link in Return-to-Play Criteria Following ACL Injuries (Kelly Alumni Center, Cox C)

February 24th, 2017

Dr. Tee Tyler (SOWO)  Social Identity Transitioning in the Context of Parent-LGBTG Child Relationships (Kelly Alumni Center, Cox C)

March 24th, 2017

Dr. James Petrovich (SOWO) It’s Housing but is it a Home? Experiences of Formally Homeless Individuals in Supportive Housing (Kelly Alumni Center Cox C)

Spring 2016 Research Seminar Series

February 26, 2016
12:00-1:30pm Harrison B&C Bass Conference Center
Dr. Jonathan Oliver (KINE) – The effect of docosahexaenoic acid on concussive biomarkers in american football athletes

March 18, 2016
12:00-1:30pm Smith 104A
Dr. Charles Walker, Dr. David Jenkins, & Dr. Harriet Cohen (NURS) – The lived experiences of older transgender individuals and their partners

April 1, 2016
12:00-1:30pm TBA
Dr. Debbie Rhea & Alex Rivchun (KINE); Dr. Emily Lund & Dr. Danielle Brimo (COSD) – The LiiNK Project: Public School Launch

Fall 2015 Research Seminar Series

September 18, 2015
12:00-1:30pm Tucker 139
Grant Development Roundtable – Learning about the process
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October 30, 2015
12:00-1:30pm Smith 104B
Dr. Dru Riddle (SOA) – Clinical Utility of Pharmacogenomic Testing Among Anesthesia Providers:  A Mixed-method Study

November 20, 2015
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A
Dr. Melissa Sherrod (NURS) – They came by the thousands:  The experiences of public health providers at Ellis Island from 1890-1920

Fall 2014 Research Seminar Series

September 19, 2014
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox C
Dr. Nada Elias-Lambert (SOWO) – Bystander Sexual Violence Prevention Programs: What Works for High-Risk University Males?

October 24, 2014
12:00-1:30pm Tucker, Room 139
Research Roundtable – Participants, Instruments, and the IRB. Click here for video

November 14, 2014
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox C
Dr. Debbie Rhea & Alex Rivchun (KINE) – Play a little, Learn a lot: The Liink Project in Motion. Click here for video

Spring 2015 Research Seminar Series

January 23, 2015
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox C
Dr. Kathy Baker, Dr. Suzy Lockwood, & Dr. Lisa Bashore (NURS) – Experiences of Pancreatic Cancer Survivors. Click here

February 13, 2015
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A
Phil Esposito – Health and wellness in children & adults with  intellectual disabilities

March 20, 2015
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A
Dr. Emily Lund – Maternal Input, Responsiveness and Word Learning in Children with and without Cochlear Implants

Fall 2013 Research Seminar Series


September 20, 2013

12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A or B
Dr. Petrovich (SOWO) – Critical Service System Use by People Who Are Homeless: Mental Health and Law Enforcement Sectors

October 25, 2013
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A or B
Dr. Barbara Ritzert, Dr. Jo Nell Wells (NURS) – The Department Review Board Process: New Steps for all Harris College Departments. Click here to view Pt 1 & Pt 2

November 15, 2013
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A or B
Dr. Meena Shah (KINE) -The Effect of Menu Labels on Calories Ordered and Consumed in Young Adults: A Randomized Controlled Study. Click here to view Pt 1 & Pt 2

Spring 2014 Research Seminar Series

January 25, 2014
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A or B
Dr. Danielle Brimo (COSD) – Evaluating the effectiveness of a morphological awareness intervention: A pilot study

February 28, 2014
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A or B
Dr. Jonathan Oliver (KINE) – As Big As, Faster, and Stronger: Evidence For The Use of Cluster Sets in Resistance Training

March 21, 2014
12:00-1:30pm Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A or B
Dr. Glenda Daniels, Dr. Janie Wells Robinson, & Dr. Charles Walker (NURS) – Prevalence of Nonadherence and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in African American with End Stage Renal Disease

Previous Research Seminar Series

March 22, 2013 Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A 12:00-1:30pm Dr. Janie Wells & Dr. Glenda Daniels – “African Americans with End Stage Renal Disease: A Multifocal Study”

The rate of cases of end stage renal disease (ESRD) has increased 25% since 2000 along with increased rates of African Americans and those aged 65 to 74.  Lack of knowledge, poor dietary practices and overall unhealthy lifestyles may contribute to the ESRD increase, while as many as 28-78% of patients with ESRD fail to adhere to the important aspects of care.  Another growing problem faced by those with ESRD is malnutrition due to decreased food intake as a result of gastrointestinal disorders. The purposes of this study were to 1) utilize a qualitative approach, phenomenology, to determine the African American older adult’s experience living with ESRD, 2) utilize quantitative methods to assess ESRD non-adherence in African Americans, and 3) to identify the role or significance of gastrointestinal symptoms in patients undergoing hemodialysis. Preliminary findings of this study showed that nearly 53% of the participants were married and 47.6 % were not married. Approximately 86 % completed high school and 14.3 % did not. Over half of the participants were diagnosed with hypertension as well as diabetes. All of the participants had adherent potassium level (< 6.0 mEq/L) and 76.2 % had adherent phosphorus levels (< 6.0 mg/dL). The other 23.8 % phosphorus levels were greater than 6.0 mg/dL. Nearly 48 % were adherent with interdialytic weight gain (weight gain between each hemodialysis session < 2.5 kg) while 52.4% were not adherent. Only 9.5% of the participants rated their overall health as being poor, while 90.5% rated their overall health as being fair or good.

March 1, 2013
Bass Living Room 12:00-1:30pm
Dr. Penny Moore (NURS) – “Concernful Practices and Converging Conversations: The New Nurse Experience”

New nurse internships or residency programs represent one evidence-based strategy to increase new nurse recruitment and readiness for practice. This qualitative study examined the phenomenon of being a new nurse in an internship program and explored ways that concernful practices (Diekelmann & Diekelmann, 2009) present themselves in that program. Heideggerian phenomenology was used to structure the study of seven nurse interns. Transcripts were made from audiotaped conversations of each new nurse and the primary investigator. Hermeneutic analysis was used to identify study themes across narratives. Sequential transcript analysis was used to connect individual excerpts to create a converging conversation of new nurses’ lived internship experiences. Three study themes defined the meaningfulness of the preceptor-new nurse relationship. A converging conversation of new nurse stories linked themes, concernful practices (patterns), and interpretation of the experience of being a new nurse in an internship program. This study amplifies the importance of the new nurse-preceptor relationship that supports new nurses’ transition to practice.

January 25, 2013
Kelly Alumni Center, Cox B
12:00-1:30pm
Dr. Debbie Rhea (KINE) – “Racing to the Finnish Line”

There has been much publicity since 2011 about Finland and their ability to go from an F to a A+ in the past decade on the PISA assessments (Global math, science, & reading assessments). They are ranked 2nd, 3rd, & 6th in those three areas as a result of some changes they made 10-20 years ago.  As a result of a six week leave of absence in Finland to learn from the best in K-12 education during the Fall, 2012 semester, the purpose of this presentation was to discuss the four fold initiative from the Finland visit: 1) observe, interview, and collect data from teachers, administrators, government officials, students, and the community; 2)  develop a model based on the most necessary Finnish strategies in order to create a successful public school system  in Texas; 3) contact school district superintendents to identify interested parties for a pilot project to test the proposed model; and 4) integrate/test the model in a pilot program in three school districts of committed superintendents.  The four step model developed from Finland education was also introduced: 1. Increase the amount of physical activity/recess in the schools;  2.  Create equality across content areas/ Add ethics as a content area, 3. Assess students differently,  4.  Restructure the school day (less hours in classroom for K-6 students – extra time in play/creativity).

November 16, 2012
Kelly Alumni Center, Cox C
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Dr. Joel Mitchell (KINE) – “The effect of a single bout of exercise on postprandial lipemia and inflammatory responses”

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effects of a single bout of resistance exercise in lean and obese young women on metabolic and inflammatory responses following a high-fat test meal.  Specifically, we measured blood levels of insulin, glucose, triglycerides, lipoprotein lipase, interleukin-6, leukocytes, and C-reactive protein 24 hours after a 60-min weight lifting session.  The results indicated that young (23 years old), obese women have reduced insulin sensitivity; however, there was only a tendency (not statistically significant) for exercise to improve this response.  The obese women also had elevated fasting triglycerides, and resistance exercise also did not improve this response.  The results did indicate, however, that resistance exercise can reduce the inflammatory state induced by a high fat meal as indicated by reductions in the postprandial interleukin-6 and circulating leukocytes observed after the resistance exercise condition.  Collectively, these results indicated that we should be aware of the increased health risks already present at a young age in those who are obese, and that single sessions of weight lifting exercise can provide some improvements, especially in the inflammatory response.

October 12, 2012
Tucker Technology, Room 139
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Dr. Maria Muñoz (COSD) & Dr. Kindra Santamaria (Modern Language Studies)- “Use of Processing Instruction to reteach “a” comprehension in Spanish speakers with aphasia”

Processing instruction (PI) is an educational approach to teaching specific skills to adult learners of a second language. PI alters learners’ processing strategies by teaching learners to make better form-meaning connections. The purpose of this study was to use a curriculum designed on PI principles to train “a” comprehension in adult learners of Spanish and re-establish “a” comprehension in persons with aphasia. Sixty college-students enrolled in first semester Spanish participated in the “a” training experiment. Comprehension of “a” improved on post-test for the trained groups. Case studies of three participants with aphasia who completed the training demonstrate varying responses.

September 14, 2012
Kelly Alumni Center, Cox A
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Dr. Meena Shah (KINE) – “The Effect of Changing the Eating Speed on Energy Intake: A Randomized Cross-over Study”

The purpose of the study was to investigate whether eating a meal slowly compared to eating the same meal more rapidly would lead to lower meal energy intake, lesser feelings of hunger and desire to eat, and higher levels of fullness. Also investigated was if the response to the two meal conditions was different between normal and overweight or obese individuals.

April 20, 2012
Kelly Alumni Center, Cox C
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Dr. James Petrovich (SOWO) – “The use of critical services by people who are homeless before and after placement in supportive housing”


March 30, 2012

Tucker Technology, Room 139
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Dr. Melody Phillips (KINE) – Exercise is good for you, but HOW does it work?  Mechanisms of exercise-induced reductions in disease risk
Click here to watch Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four


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