Faculty Research Affiliations

Research Affiliates

Associate Dean for Academic Support, Beaver College of Health Sciences Associate Professor, Department of Social Work

How LGBTQ individuals with a Christian upbringing resolve conflict between sexual/gender identity and religious beliefs

B.S.Ed., M.S.W., and Ph.D., The University of Georgia

Additional information on Denise Levy can be found at: https://socialwork.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/denise-levy

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Simulation-based learning, innovative nursing educational strategies, bias surrounding persons living with obesity

Post-doctoral fellowship, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
DNP, Duke University School of Nursing
MSN-ACNP, Duke University School of Nursing
BSN, Lenoir Rhyne University

Additional information on Gregory Marler can be found at: https://nursing.appstate.edu/directory/gregory-marler-dnp-acnp-rn

Professor, Department of Biology Director, Human Performance Lab, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis

Exercise immunology and nutritional products as countermeasures to exercise, and obesity-induced immune dysfunction, inflammation, illness, and oxidative stress

Dr.PH, Loma Linda University

MPH, Loma Linda University

BS Physical Education, Pacific Union College

Additional information on David Nieman can be found at: https://ncrc.appstate.edu/directory/dr-david-c-nieman-drph-facsm

Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Foods Program

How nutrition knowledge and access to resources translates into behavior in the perinatal period. Examining life course theory and how stressors and environment impact nutrition intake and therefore health outcomes for mother and baby.

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Nutrition
M.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Nutrition
B.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Additional Information on Danielle Nunnery can be found at: https://nutrition.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/danielle-nunnery


Associate Professor, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies

Curriculum theory; arts-based, autobiographical, resolutely qualitative approaches to issues; social foundations of education to undergraduates; preparation of caring professionals for long, thriving careers, especially teachers

Ph.D., Culture, Curriculum, and Change, School of Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, School of Education, Stanford University
B.A., English and Spanish, Wesleyan University

Additional information on Christopher Osmond can be found at: https://les.appstate.edu/directory/dr-christopher-osmond


Assistant Professor, Health Care Management

Healthcare quality topics such as patient experience in long term care settings, performance improvement, healthcare workforce preparation and mentorship, mental health, information technology, and telehealth. Healthcare administration workforce development, professional preparation, mentorship, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

DrPH, Health Services Leadership, University of California, Los Angeles
MBA, Business Administration, Quantic School of Business and Technology
MTech, Technology Management and Analytics, Georgetown University
MPH, California State University Fresno
BS, Health Science, California State University Fresno

Additional information on Ashley Parks can be found at: https://hcm.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/ashley-parks

Professor, Social Work

Adverse childhood experiences, child welfare workforce issues, family support/family preservation, Latino health, Social Welfare Policy, needs assessment, community-based participatory research, rural practice.

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MSW, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.S., Political Science, Central Michigan University

 Additional information on Dr. Reed Ashcraft can be found at: https://socialwork.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/kellie-b-reed-ashcraft.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, Appalachian State University Research Scholar, North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, North Carolina State University

Examining the effects of environmental exposures on human health with a particular focus on vulnerable populations and identifying community-level pathways to resilience 

Postdoctoral fellow, Environmental and Occupational Health, Emory University
PhD, Environmental Epidemiology, University of South Carolina
MSPH, Cancer Epidemiology, University of South Carolina

Additional information on Jennifer Runkle can be found at: https://ncics.org/people/jennifer-runkle/


Associate Professor, Health Care Management

Health care delivery process improvement and the value of process redesign. Her work spans two domains: estimating the costs of complex health services delivery activities that span multiple departments and the implementation, optimization and outcomes of health services delivery innovations. 

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of California San Francisco
PhD, Economics, The University of Houston
MA, Economics, The University of Houston
BS, Management with a concentration in Finance, Case Western Reserve University

Additional information on Julie Sakowski can be found at: https://hcm.appstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/julie-ann-sakowski

Assistant Professor, Department and Health and Exercise Science

Autonomic (neural) control of circulation (e.g., blood pressure, blood flow) and vascular function under conditions of health, stress (e.g., pregnancy, exercise), and disease, sex differences in cardiopulmonary physiology, and relationships between kinematics and ventilatory, cardiovascular, and metabolic parameters during exercise

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, Dallas
Ph.D., Indiana University, Human Performance-Exercise Physiology
M.S., Indiana University, Exercise Physiology
B.A., DePauw University, Kinesiology

Additional information on Abigail Stickford can be found at: https://hes.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/abigail-stickford