Below are some of the current research projects I am working on this Spring 2022 (on sabbatical) :

Rural Crisis Decision-Making: Risk Information Management and Reactions to Precaution Recommendations during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Appalachia

This is a grant (awarded $109,400) from the National Science Foundation to study how rural populations in Appalachia are adapting to the pandemic. It is a large sample longitudinal study following changes over 4 time periods using latent growth curve modeling with time-invariant and time-varying covariates.

A Longitudinal Assessment of Veterans' Psychosocial and Communication Benefits from Service Dogs

This study tracks the longitudinal benefits of veterans who receive a service dog. 

A Dyadic Test of Relational Turbulence Theory in Marriages

Using the actor-partner interdependence mediation model (APIMeM), this study tests propositions of Relational Turbulence Theory in married couples. This study aims to demonstrate that partner-defined processes of relational uncertainty and interdependence contribute to chaotic marital states. 

Using Completed Examples to Manage Students' Cognitive Load while Learning Stitching and Suturing

Through a partnership with WVU Surgical Oncology, this is a medical education simulation designed to help medical students learn how to complete simple interrupted, simple running, horizontal mattress, vertical mattress, deep dermal, and running subcuticular stiches (on pig's feet).