Faculty Research Affiliations

Research Associates

Cardiovascular disease prevention in high risk populations; Sex differences and effects of aging on cardiovascular function; Exercise and endothelial function; Oxidative stress and disease

Ph.D. Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
M.S. Exercise Science, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
B.S. Biology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Additional information on Becka Kappus can be found at: https://phes.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/rebecca-kappus


Associate Professor, Health Care Management
Director, Masters of Health Administration

Impact of health system structure, policy and financing on quality of care, the structure and management processes that contribute to successful implementation of new policies and processes, and the pedagogies that contribute to student learning health care management competencies and their perception of being competent.

Ph.D., Health Services Research University of North Carolina
M.S. Health Care Administration, University of New Haven
B.S., Health Care Management, Southern Illinois University

Additional information on Sandi Lane can be found at: https://hcm.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/sandi-lane

Professor, Speech-Language Pathology

Adult neurogenic communication disorders; Mild cognitive impairment & dementia; Aging and cognitive-communicative decline in rural populations; Interprofessional education

Ph.D. Speech and Hearing Science, University of Tennessee
M.S.  Speech Pathology, Baylor University
B.A.  Communication Disorders, Baylor University

Additional information on Kim McCullough can be found at: https://rhs.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/kimberly-mccullough-ccc-slp


Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science Injury Neuromechanics Laboratory Director

Neuromechanical implications of joint injuries, impact of attention and cognition on joint stability, central nervous system adaptations to training and rehabilitation, data processing & analysis in exercise science & sports medicine

Ph.D., Biomechanics & Movement Science, University of Delaware
M.S., Exercise Science / Sports Medicine, University of Delaware
B.S., Athletic Training, Boston University

Additional information on Alan Needle can be found at: https://hes.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/alan-needle

Assistant Professor, Health Care Management

Assessing the differential mobility of racial groups across the food insecurity spectrum, and the effects of low health literacy and adverse childhood events on health behavior and food insecurity. Contributions of cognitive and non-cognitive factors to adult health and socio-economic outcomes.

PhD, Economics, Southern Methodist University
MA, Economics, Southern Methodist University
MA, Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India
BSc, Economics, Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India

Additional information on Manan Roy can be found at: https://hcm.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/manan-roy


Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Medical Sociology, Aging & the Life Course, Sociology of Stress and Mental Health, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods.

Ph.D. Sociology, Florida State University  
M.S. Applied Social Research, Florida State University
B.S. Political Science, Florida State University

Additional Information on David Russell can be found at:  https://soc.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/david-russell-phd


Assistant Professor, Exercise Science

Enhancing the quality of life in older and diseased populations through physical rehabilitation and neurorestoration, including:1) biomechanical analysis of gait and activities of daily living, 2) neural control of movement, and 3) clinical symptoms and treatment of movement disorders. 

Geriatrics Advanced Fellowship, Malcom Randall Veterans Hospital, Gainesville, FL, Emphasis: Neurorehabilitation
Ph.D.,  University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – Applied Physiology and Kinesiology - Biomechanics
M.S., Appalachian State University, Boone, NC – Exercise Science, Research
B.S., Appalachian State University, Boone, NC – Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning

Additional information on Jared Skinner can be found at: https://phes.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/jared-skinner


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

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning

Patiotemporal patterns of environmental health illnesses and how these patterns relate to environmental, socioeconomic, and climatic determinants.

Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S., Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Additional information on Maggie Sugg can be found at: https://geo.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/maggie-sugg

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