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 email@example.com
- Erin Bouldin firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bryan Belcher email@example.com
For information on Healthy Aging Assessments and other clinical research collaborations, visit: https://ihhs.appstate.edu/clinical-services-training
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.
- Denise Levy, Social Work firstname.lastname@example.org
- Heather Thorp, Social Work email@example.com
- Karen Caldwell, Human Development and Psychological Counseling firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Rich Christiana, Public Health firstname.lastname@example.org
- Becky Battista, Health & Exercise Science email@example.com
- Joy James, Recreation Management firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Steve Seagle, Biology email@example.com
- Maggie Sugg, Geography & Planning firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adam Hege, Public Health email@example.com
- Maureen MacNamara, Social Work firstname.lastname@example.org