Research and Creative Inquiry Activities


My research focuses on two primary areas: (1) sedentary behavior and (2) sleep. I am interested in how sedentary behavior and sleep affect our ability to function, our health, and our well-being. More broadly I am interested in the effects of stress and fatigue on humans. Almost any topic that relates to stress and fatigue can capture my interest. For example, I have in the past and am again working on research examining the effects of cold stress on humans. My research team and I use a wide range of measures including performance, physiological, subjective, and emotional cognition measures. My goal is to develop and test potential countermeasures that can help individuals adapt to work and life demands in modern society.

I also work with a Creative Inquiry team (Brain Tips team) that uses social media to share information about the human brain, how the brain works, and how it affects our daily lives, behaviors, and choices.

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Student Involvement

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in learning more about the research process and in gaining research-related skills are welcome to join my research team.  Graduate students can participate through course credit (i.e., independent research, thesis, and dissertation credit) or as volunteers.  Undergraduate students participate through Clemson University's Creative Inquiry program and register for course credit through PSYCH H4900, H4910, 4980, or H4980.  I encourage interested undergraduate students to join our research team no later than their junior year.  Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to stay involved in the research team for multiple semesters to take full advantage of the learning opportunities intrinsic in our research team and effort.  Students can be involved in any of my research projects, depending on their interest and our current research topics.

Students have the opportunity to be involved in several stages of the research process depending upon the number of semesters that they remain on the team including: literature searches to find necessary background information, reading and critically evaluating background literature, data gathering, data management in Excel, data analyses in SPSS, and data presentation and publication. Students involved in my research team during the spring semesters will also complete a poster presentation at the research exhibition on campus. Because of the on-going nature of our research effort, students have the opportunity to become immediately involved in the research process beginning in their first semester. Furthermore, students who work for a minimum of 3 semesters on our research team have the opportunity to attend regional and national research conferences to give presentations about our work.

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Students also work on the Brain Tips team. This group works to identify interesting and pertinent scientific articles about a wide range of productivity, health, and well-being that would be of interest to other students. The students write a short summary of the topic and then promote their ideas using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This team provides in-depth experience in reading scientific literature and applying the ideas in ways that will interest others. They also practice summarizing the ideas in a meaningful way and write multiple posts for our Facebook page. Students work on my Brain Tips team for a minimum of 2 semesters and complete a poster presentation at the research exhibition on campus each spring semester.

The students who join my creative inquiry teams are very successful as they move to the next steps in their careers. My creative inquiry students have been successful in gaining entrance to many different types of graduate programs including: MD program at the Medical University of South Carolina, DDM (doctor of dental medicine) at the Medical University of South Carolina, MD program at St. George's University, Ph.D. program in Behavior and Brain Sciences at the University of Georgia, Ph.D. program in Anatomy and Neurobiology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Ph.D. program in IO at Clemson University, Ph.D. program in Sports and Excercise Psychology at University of Florida, Ph.D. program in Physical Therapy at Emory University, PsyD program at Adler University, PA (Physician Assistant) program at Duke University, MA program in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, MA program in Sports Psychology at Temple University, MA program in School Counseling at University of Kentucky, and MMR program in Marketing Research at the University of Georgia.

Please contact me if you are interested in joining any of my Creative Inquiry and research teams.

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