Faculty Research Affiliations

Research Fellows

Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Autism, early intervention, preschool language disorders, interprofessional practice, and service delivery models in speech-language pathology

Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Florida State University
M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Florida State University
B.S., Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts

Additional information on Emily Lakey can be found at: https://comdis.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/emily-lakey-ccc-slp

Professor & Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education, Beaver College Health Sciences Director, Blue Cross NC Institute for Health & Human Services

Adult swallowing & voice disorders; adult neurogenic disorders; interprofessional research & education development; and rural health education, research & development

Ph.D., Hearing & Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.A., Journalism & Religion, Washington and Lee University

Additional information on Gary McCullough can be found at: https://comdis.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/gary-h-mccullough-ccc-slp

Professor & Assistant Department Chair, Department of Psychology

Child and adolescent psychopathology, school mental health, suicide prevention, rural service delivery, depression and anxiety, substance abuse disorders, meta-analysis, psychotherapy outcome

Clinical Psychology Internship, 1999, Duke University Medical Center
Ph.D., Utah State University, Psychology
M.S., Utah State University, Psychology
B.A.,, University of Colorado at Boulder, Psychology

Additional information on Kurt Michael can be found at:https://psych.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/kurt-d-michael


Research Associates

Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Human Development Psychological Counseling

Interrelationship between the mind and the body

Ph.D., Family and Child Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
M.A., Pastoral Care, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., Music, Mars Hill College

Additional information on Karen Caldwell can be found at: https://hpc.appstate.edu/directory/dr-karen-caldwell

Director of Counseling for Faculty and Staff, Blue Cross NC Institute for Health & Human Services

Areas of Interest

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (health psychology), University of Miami

Additional information on Tandrea Carter can be found at: https://cfs.appstate.edu/counseling-staff

Assistant Professor, Recreation Management

Leisure, aging, and health: couples, family leisure, social engagement, tourism, intergenerational travel, encore adulthood, retirement time use, community based participatory research, qualitative methods, study abroad, university and community relationships

Ph.D. Human Development & Family Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
M.S.  Recreation and Park Administration, East Carolina University, Greenville
B.S. Recreation Management, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
B.A. French, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Additional information on Dr. Naar can be found at: https://rmpe.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/jill-naar.

Associate Professor in the department of Nutrition and Health Care Management

The effects of IT adoption in the healthcare industry; performance effects of the automation of business processes; patterns of adoption and automation; integration of information systems. Economics and efficiency of online auctions; thin markets; collectables; automated data collection using Internet enabled software agents.

Ph.D., Arizona State University, Computer Information Systems
M.S., Brigham Young University, Master's in Information Systems Management
B.S., Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

Additional information on Trent Spaulding can be found at: https://hcm.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/trent-spaulding

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work

Screening for Substance Abuse


Additional information on Annette Ward can be found at: https://socialwork.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/annette-ward

Professor, Health Care Management & Undergraduate Program Director

Biopharmaceutical & healthcare IPOs, economic amalgamation in healthcare, mergers & acquisitions in healthcare, and real option reasoning

Ph.D., Administration—Health Services, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Master of Health Administration, Georgia State University
Master of Business Administration, Georgia State University
B.A. English Literature, Wofford College

Additional information on David Williams can be found at: https://hcm.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/david-williams

Research Affiliates

Associate Professor, Social Work

Adult homelessness & substance abuse, crisis assessment and intervention, spatial & longitudinal research, Bayesian methods, and systems science and complex service systems.

Ph.D., Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis
MSW, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., Biology, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Additional information on Dr. Alexander-Eitzman can be found at: https://socialwork.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/ben-alexander-eitzman