Health-Related Interdisciplinary Research Groups
Interdisciplinary Research Groups provide enhanced information sharing, collaboration, and research and grant development opportunities for faculty involved in related research in areas of health and wellness.
Aging and Adult Health
The Aging and Adult Health Interdisciplinary Research Group comprises faculty from multiple disciplines interested in all aspects of healthy aging and age-related diseases. Areas of faculty expertise include basic physiology and muscle development across the lifespan, the impact of nutrition and exercise on muscles and health, mild cognitive impairment and dementia, social aspects of aging, and more. Collaborations include the IHHS Interprofessional Clinic and community partners such as the Area Agency on Aging and the High Country Caregivers Foundation.
- Kim McCullough firstname.lastname@example.org
- Erin Bouldin email@example.com
- Bryan Belcher firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on Healthy Aging Assessments and other clinical research collaborations, visit: https://ihhs.appstate.edu/clinical-services-training
Public Health Think Tank
What is Public Health? Combining the definition with the WHO, APHA, and CDC, public health refers to all organized measures (public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole where they live, learn, work, and play.
What is a Think Tank? A body of people providing advice and ideas on specific problems. This particular think tank aims to provide public health support to all entities so they can be responsive to the needs of their communities. This group defines a think tank as “multi-disciplinary, collaborative, idea generating, and open to all interested.
Drivers of the Think Tank include:
• Social Determinants
• Scientific Data
• Resiliency Building
• Quality Improvement
• Systems Thinking
• Inclusive Messaging
The healing expressive arts are creative practices that promote health, wellness, and transformation for individuals, groups, and communities. Healing arts often layer multiple modalities, including contemplative practices/meditation, sound/music, visual art, dance/movement, poetry/writing, ecotherapy, working with clay, and drama. These approaches combine artistic expression with psychological awareness and communication, and are led by therapists and expressive artists experienced in both areas. The Creative/Healing Arts Interdisciplinary Research Group shares research and works to develop research collaborations to examine ways to support transformation, inner healing, and social and environmental justice for individuals, groups, and communities through various forms of artistic expression and exploration of the whole person--mind, body and spirit.
Faculty Research Calendar
Stress and Resilience Related to Maternal/Child Health
The maternal/child IRG is a new, collaborative effort to bring together researchers and clinicians who aim to improve outcomes for mothers, infants, and children. An interdisciplinary lens is needed to better understand the intersectional factors that impact these vulnerable populations. Our goal is to provide a space for researchers and clinicians to work synergistically across disciplines to bridge the work aimed at improving outcomes in maternal/child health.
Amber Welborn, Nursing email@example.com
The HOPE Lab
The HOPE Lab ((Healthy Outdoor Play & Exercise)) was established to bring together researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and fields to promote health through spending time in the outdoors engaged in physical activity, exercise, and play.
Environmental Health (Collaborative with RIEEE)
Environmental health is the branch of public health that: focuses on the relationships between people and their environment; promotes human health and well-being; and fosters healthy and safe communities. Environmental health is a key part of any comprehensive public health system. The field works to advance policies and programs to reduce deleterious physical and biological exposures in air, water, soil and food to protect people and provide communities with healthier environments.The Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Research Group is a collaborative group cross listed as an IHHS IRG and an RIEEE Research Cluster.