2014-15

PhotoKatie Harman, Amanda Miller, Christina Cornick, Ashlee Walsh, Hannah Whittaker, and Danielle Boyd (Occupational Therapy) presented a 2-hour workshop “The Benefits of Therapeutic Gardening in Occupational Therapy” at the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association Conference in October, 2014. Pictured are Katie Harman, Amanda Miller, Program Director Dr. Twylla Kirchen, Christina Cornick, Ashlee Walsh, Hannah Whittaker and Danielle Boyd.

Clement Acevedo, Aaron Agulay, Sebastian Haboczki and Melissa McCann (Music Doctoral Program) performed at the spring JMU conference titled “Tolerance: A Global Necessity from Ancient Times to the Present”

PhotoHaley Athey (Audiology) presented “The Effect of Signal to Noise Ratio on Reaction Time Before and After Effortful Listening” at the American Academy of Audiology Annual Convention: AudiologyNOW 2015 in San Antonio, Texas in March, 2015.

carrollJaclyn Carroll (Communication & Advocacy) presented “Letting Her Know She Still Had Power: Out-of-Hospital Birth-Workers and Juxtapositional Rhetoric” at the 2015 DC Health Communication Conference in Fairfax, VA, April 2015.

Jason Cha (Combined-Integrated Clinical and Social Psychology) presented “Digital Media and Children: Implications for School Psychology Practice” at National Association of School Psychology (NASP) in Orlando, Florida in February, 2015.

Brooke Covington (Writing Rhetoric & Technical Communication) presented “According to the North: Larry Brown Country as Third World America” at the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans in April, 2015.

Brian Davis (Occupational Therapy) presented “Caregiver Perceptions of the Value of Support Networks in a Pediatric Clinic” at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee in April, 2015.

DruliaTeresa Drulia (Communication Sciences and Disorders) was recently awarded the Council for Academic Programs in CSD PhD Research Scholarship. This scholarship was the result of a national, competitive grant application and conveys a $20,000 contribution to the student’s research. Teresa is studying the interactions between swallowing and respiration with particular emphasis on the changes in these systems in the presence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Barry Edgar (Biology) presented “The Effect of Controlled Burns on Abundance of Woody Species at Buck Mountain, West Virginia” at the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Chattanooga, Tennessee in April, 2015

ElYaoutiNadia El-Yaouti (Secondary Education) presented “Looking Back to Looking Forward, Reflecting on our Best Practice Lessons and Ideas: How my Teacher Preparation Program Addresses Reflection & Incorporates ‘old’ and ‘new’ Best Practices” at the Virginia Association of Teachers of English in Williamsburg, Virginia in October, 2014.

EszenyiMarie Eszenyi (School of Communication Studies) presented “A Rhetorical Analysis of the College Housing Brand Aspen Heights as it Employs Particular Strategies to Attract Both Students and Parents” at this year’s Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Baltimore, Maryland in November, 2014

Gately-SheppardHeather Gately and Sarah Sheppard (Sport and Recreational Leadership) presented “The Emotionally Intelligent Team” at the 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference and Rec Sports Expo in Dallas, Fort Worth and Grapevine, Texas in April, 2015. Heather Gately and Sarah Sheppard are pictured.

GerringerMichelle Gerringer (Audiology) presented her research poster “The Effect of EphA4 Mutations on Auditory Function” at the American Auditory Society 2015 Annual Scientific and Technical Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in March 2015.

GilbertsonNicole Gilbertson (Clinical Exercise Physiology) presented “Sprint Interval versus Moderate Intensity Training and Body Composition in Prediabetics: A Pilot Study” at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, in San Diego, California, May 2015.

Golden-BennettTeal Golden and Dakota Bennett (College Student Personnel Administration)presented “Using Brief Counseling in Appreciative Advising: Techniques and Resources for the New Advisor” at the NACADA Conference in Richmond, Virginia, March 2015.

PhotoDavid “AJ” Good (Public Administration) presented “Predicting Success: Perceived Cohesion Among Graduate Students” at the American Education Research Association in Chicago, Illinois, April 2015.

Nicole Hudak and Ethan Smith (Communication & Advocacy) presented “Sex Talk: Rape Myth Acceptance and Willingness to Communicate About Sex” at the 2015 DC Health Communication Conference in Fairfax, Virginia, April 2015.

IskandarovaSevinj Iskandarova (Adult Education and Human Resources Development) presented “Diversity and Difference: A Study of International Students Attending US Graduate Programs” at the Graduate Research Symposium at the College of William and Mary in March 2015.

Joshua Kingett (Public Administration) presented “STEP IT UP: Improving Health & Nutrition Outcomes for At-Risk Youth at the Beyond School Hours National Conference in Orlando, Florida February 2015.

Christopher Lenox (Occupational Therapy) presented “Caregiver Perceptions of the Value of Support Networks in a Pediatric Clinic” at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in April, 2015.

MandelsonJoan Mandelson (Nutrition and Physical Activity) presented “Sprint Interval versus Moderate Intensity Training and Body Composition in Prediabetics: A Pilot” at the ACSM Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, May 2015.

Sarah McClements (Communication Sciences and Disorders –Audiology) presented “Release from Masking: Behavioral and Physiological Masking Level Differences” at the American Auditory Society’s Annual Scientific and Technology Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in March of 2015.

McGrathAllison McGrath (Audiology) presented “Variability in Clinically Measured Wideband Absorbance over Time in Young and Old Adults” at AudiologyNOW 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.

McKenzie-RobertsonAlec McKenzie & Paul Robertson (Kinesiology) presented “Effects of Protein Supplementation during Intensified Cycling Training on Cardiorespiratory Adaptations and Body Weight and Effects of Protein Supplementation during 10 Days of Intensified Cycling Training on Indices of Muscle Disruption and Performance” at the American College of Sports Medicine Integrative Physiology of Exercise Conference in Miami in October 2014. Alec McKenzie and Paul Robertson are pictured.

Daisha M. Merritt (Strategic Leadership) attended the 2014 Academy of Management’s Doctoral Student Professional Development Consortium of the Public and Nonprofit (PNP) Division in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 2014. Daisha worked with top faculty in the field on her dissertation topic of nonprofit governance and networking with other doctoral students from around the county. Her quantitative nonprofit governance study seeks to understand different structural measures of governance.

Jennifer Mills (Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology) and Lindsay Anmuth (Combined-Integrated Clinical and Social Psychology)presented the symposium “Assessing and Addressing the ‘College Student Mental Health Crisis’” and presented a poster entitled “What Works: Evidence-Based Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs for Children and Adolescents” while attending the Easter Psychological Association’s annual convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March 2015. Pictured are Jennifer Mills, Lindsay Anmuth, Kelly Atwood, and Mandi Eggenberger

Endress Nawabi (Writing Rhetoric & Technical Communication) presented “The Monstering of Diabetes: An Alternative Rhetorical Analysis” at the Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC) in Tampa, Florida in March 2015.

Aaron Noland (Strategic Leadership), with Keith Richards of Eastern Carolina University, have an article in press entitled “The Relationship among Transformational Teaching and Student Motivation and Learning” in the Journal of Effective Teaching.

Ott-DrummondTara Ott and Patricia Drummond (Studio Art, Photography) presented “Adult ‘Tamper’ Tantrum” at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference in New Orleans, March of 2015. Pictured are Tara Ott and Patricia Drummond.

PatakyMark Pataky (Kinesiology) presented “The Influence of Caffeine Ingestion and Mouth Rinsing on 3km Cycling Performance” at the SEACSM conference in Jacksonville, Florida in February 2015. Pictured are Gabrielle Giersch, Paul Roberson, Mark Pataky, and John Chase.

Ryan Prusator (Political Science: European Union Policy Studies) presented “A Portrait of the New Italian NEPs: Women, Young and …Revolutionary?” at the European Union Studies Association Conference in Boston, MA, March 2015.

Linell Patterson (Nursing) was invited to participate in the disaster relief workshop in Japan. Full story

Swain, Pyburn, FoelberElisabeth Pyburn (Psychological Sciences) presented “A Psychometric Evaluation of the Miami University Diversity Awareness Subscales” and International Student Success: An Application of Cluster Analysis to Predict GPA” at the Northeastern Educational Research Association 44th Annual Conference in Trumbull, CT in October 2014. Pictured are Matt Swain, Elizabeth Pyburn and Felly Foelber.

Christopher J. Rehm (Strategic Leadership) published “An evidence based practitioner's model for adolescent leadership development" in the Journal of Leadership Education. The article focuses on the need for future research in leadership development to be made applicable to appropriate stages in development, emphasizing differentiating character education from leadership development. Link to article

PhotoErin Rider (Writing Rhetoric and Technical Communication) presented “Public Scholars, Public Scholarship: Internet Culture in the Classroom” at the MAPACA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, November 2014.

Carrie Rountree (Communication Sciences and Disorders) presented “Comparing Speech Functions in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease in Clinical and Home Environments” at Advances in Qualitative Laryngoscopy, Voice & Speech Research in London, England April 2015.

Courtney Sanders (Assessment and Measurement Ph.D.) was invited to be a Fellow at the 2014 Testing, Evaluation, Assessment & Measurement (TEAM) Institute at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ in October 2014.

Margaret Schmelzinger (Political Science: European Union Policy Studies) presented “Exploring Variation in MEPs Adoption and use of Twitter as a Representational Tool” at the European Union Studies Association Conference in Boston, MA, March 2015.

Ashley Scott (Speech-Language Pathology) presented “Effect of Raters’ Clinical Experience in Measuring Treatment Fidelity in Research Investigating Efficacy of Autism Intervention: A Pilot” at the Symposium for Research in Child Language Disorders in Madison, Wisconsin June 2014.

ScottWilliam K. Scott (School of Communication and Advocacy) presented “Preparing Local Candidates for Public Forums & Debates” at RootsCamp in Washington, DC, December 2014.                                                             

John Sessoms (Psychological Sciences) presented “Predicting Change in Examinee Effort on Low-Stakes Tests” at the Northeastern Educational Research Association 44th Annual Conference in Trumbull, CT in October 2014.

Elizabeth Simons, Mariel Cannady, Alicia Faller, Jessica Rossi, Andrew Tiry , Heather White, Jennifer Vetter (Psychological Sciences) with faculty Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Dr. Marsha Longerbeam and Dr. Trevor Stokes presented “Developing merged multidisciplinary treatment protocols at an inter-professional autism clinic” at the Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis Conference in February 2014.

ShortAlexandra Short (Audiology) presented “Relative Weight of Temporal Envelope for Speech Perception Across Speech Frequency Regions in Children and Adults” at the Association of Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Mid-Winter Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, February 2015. Pictured are Dr. Yingjiu Nie and Alexandra Short

PhotoEthan Smith and Nicole Hudak (Communication & Advocacy) presented with Dr. Heather Carmack (School of Communication Studies) “College Students’ Attitudes, Subjective Norms, and Perceived Control about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines: Factors for Promotion and Campaign Design” at the 2015 DC Health Communication Conference in Fairfax, Virginia, April 2015. Pictured are Dr. Heather Carmack, Ethan Smith and Nicole Hudak

PhotoLeanna Smithberger (Communication and Advocacy) presented “Framing the Public Discourse Across Time: National Issues Forums Issue Guides on Immigration the US (198-2013)” at the 106th Annual Eastern Communication Association Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April, 2015.

StriteAngie Strite (Psychology, School Counseling) presented “The More We Get Together, The Happier We’ll Be: Successful Collaboration Between School Counselors and The Community” at the Virginia Counselor’s Association’s Annual Convention. Pictured are Angie Strite and Hanna Foster

Wilson-Sessoms-SwansonMandalyn Swanson, M.S. (Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. program) presented “But It Doesn't Count: A mixed-Methods Investigation of Student Test-Taking Motivation in Low-Stakes Testing” at the Northeastern Educational Research Association 44th Annual Conference in Trumbull, CT in October 2014. Pictured are Laura Wilson, John Sessoms and Mandalyn Swanson.

Matt Swain (Assessment and Measurement, Ph.D. program) interned at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ in summer 2014.

TealAmeera Noelle Teal (Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology) participated in the 2015 NCAA Emerging Leadership Seminar in Indianapolis, Indiana in January 2015.

PhotoLaura Trull (Strategic Leadership Studies) presented “Are Head Start Family Service Worker Qualities Related to Family Service Utilization? A Research Report” at the Virginia Head Start Association Annual Conference in Abingdon Virginia, March 2015.

Julie Vest (Speech Pathology), with JMU faculty member Dr. Rory DePaolis and faculty from the University of York, Drs. Marilyn Vihman and Tamar Keren-Portnoy, presented a “Comparison of linguistic input in British and American Mother Infant-Direct Speech” at the International Congress for the Study of Child Language in Amsterdam during summer 2014.

Joyce Vivian (Nursing) has been selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to serve as a liaison to the Graduate Nursing Student Association.

Katelyn Walters (Biology) presented “The Effect of Slope Aspect on the Efficiency of Treating Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga Canadensis) Tree with Imidacloprid for the Suppression of the Invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid” at the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Chattanooga, Tennessee in April, 2015.

Raychel Whyte (Health Sciences) and Kim Johnson (Psychological Sciences) were invited to the White House on three separate occasions during Spring 2014 semester to advise President Obama’s White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault. Full story

WilliamsMandy Williams (Audiology) presented “Wideband Immittance and DPOAE changes in older adults” at the American Academy of Audiology Annual Convention: AudiologyNOW 2015 in San Antonio, Texas in March, 2015.

Jon HenryJon Henry William (Studio Art MFA Program) presented his ongoing research and practice of the “Old Furnace Artist Residency" at the recent Imagining America Conference in Atlanta in October 2014.

Students and alumnae from the Clinical Doctoral Program in Audiology (AuD) and MS in Speech Pathology volunteered to provide hearing screenings and medical/health/hearing aid referrals to over 100 athletes at the Virginia State Games for the Special Olympics in June 2014.

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