Below are some of the current research projects I am working on this Fall 2022 :

An Intensive Longitudinal Study of the Theory of Resilience and Relational Load

This 30-day intensive longitudinal study uses dynamic structural equation modeling to determine if relational maintenance builds up emotional reserves that buffer against daily stressors and relationship difficulties.

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

This applied and ongoing 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).

A Person-Centered Approach to Understanding the Health Literacy of Deployed Veterans

This study examines deployed veterans' health literacy and communication with primary care providers.