Faculty Research Affiliations

Research Fellows

Associate Professor, Social Work

Public Policy, Asset Development, Economic Justice, Universal Basic Income

Ph.D. of Public Policy, University of Arkansas
MSW, University of Denver
BSW, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Additional information about Leah Hamilton can be found at https://socialwork.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/leah-hamilton

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

Blue Cross NC Distinguished Endowed Professor & IHHS Director of Community Research

Risk factors and consequences of violence, as well as risk factors for suicidal behavior. She has published over 100 articles on these topics and her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  

Ph.D., Community Psychology, Georgia State University
M.A., Community Psychology, Georgia State University
B.A., Psychology, Georgia State University

Additional information on Martie Thompson can be found at: https://phes.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/martie-thompson


Research Associates

Director, Interprofessional Clinic

Interprofessional education and rural health community based practice.

MPH, University of South Carolina, Columbia
BS, Appalachian State University

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, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Swallowing and swallowing disorders in adults, physiologic measures of swallowing, and patient-reported outcome measures and quality of life. Additional interests in voice and resonance disorders, interprofessional education, and clinical research ethics.

Ph.D. Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina

M.Ed. Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Georgia

B.S. Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of Illinois

Additional Information on Jordan Hazelwood can be found at: https://comdis.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/r-jordan-hazelwood-ccc-slp-bcs-s-ccre

Associate Professor and Public Health Program Director

Research interests are broadly on health disparities and social and environmental determinants of health. Specifically, this has included examining disparities among rural populations in the surrounding Appalachia communities of western NC, on issues such as food insecurity, adverse childhood experiences, access to care, and other factors related to quality of life. In addition, his work examines systems-level and policy-oriented occupational health disparities experienced among U.S. long-haul truck drivers, a highly vulnerable working population.

PhD, Community Health Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
MPA, Public Management, Appalachian State University
MS, Sport Studies, High Point University
BA, Athletic Training, University of North Carolina, Wilmington  


Additional information on Adam Hege can be found at: https://phes.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/adam-hege

Assistant Professor, Recreation Management

Intergenerational programming, Community based programs for older adults, University and community partnerships

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

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