Grants & Projects

"The part can never be well unless the whole is well." Plato

"Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur." Michael J. Fox

Research is the creative seed that fosters innovation, knowledge, and change. It drives how we interact with clients and patients, fortifies our expertise as providers, and expands the horizons of what is possible. Our goal is to bring researchers, community partners, and the people of our region together to build a sustainable culture of health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of evidence-based knowledge. Groups of faculty with expertise in areas ranging from basic science to the environment to areas of mental and physical health are collaborating to address regional health issues through acquisition of external funding, project development, and programmatic research.


  • Wake Forest
    Rural Health Outreach Collaborative
  • Appalachian Regional Health System
  • Watauga High School

Current & Recent Funding

Appalachian SBIRT Student Training

  • PI/Directors: Gary McCullough, Annette Ward, Heather Thorpe
  • Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Collaborations: Beaver College of Health Sciences
  • Award amount: $105,873.00
  • Project dates: 7/01/2015 to 6/30/2018 

Appalachian State University College of Health Sciences Rural Health Outreach Collaborative Planning

  • PI/Directors: Gary McCullough
  • Sponsor: Golden LEAF Foundation
  • Collaborations: Area Agency on Aging, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Award amount: $175,000.00
  • Project dates: 5/01/2015 to 1/02/2017

Healthy School Nutrition Environment

  • PI/Directors: Gary McCullough, Melissa Gutschall
  • Sponsor: Davidson County Health Department
  • Collaborations: NC School Health Training Center
  • Award amount: $78,545.78
  • Project dates: 5/13/2014 to 6/30/2015

Factors Affecting HIV Risk Behaviors and Mental Health in Sexual Minority Women

  • PI/Directors: Tandrea Carter
  • Sponsor: HIV Prevention Trials Network
  • Award amount: $20,926.00
  • Project dates: 5/01/2013 to 11/30/2014

Factors Affecting HIV Risk Behaviors and Mental Health in Sexual Minority Women

  • PI/Directors: Tandrea Carter
  • Sponsor: HIV Prevention Trials Network
  • Award amount: $43,466.00  
  • Project dates: 5/01/2013 to 11/30/2014

Treating Laryngeal Hyperfunction with Flow Phonation

  • PI/Directors: Gary McCullough, Towino Paramby, Hylan Pickett
  • Sponsor: NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
  • Collaborations: University of Central Arkansas, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Award amount: $308,591.00
  • Project dates: 9/19/13 to 8/31/16

Effects of tai chi chuan on psychobiological indicators of anxiety and sleep quality in young adults

  • PI/Directors: Karen Caldwell
  • Sponsor: NIH
  • Collaborations: Institute for Health & Human Services, IHHS
  • Award amount: $393,140.00  
  • Project dates: 9/1/12 to 8/31/15