Below are some of the current research projects I am working on this Spring 2021 :
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 Latent Profile Analysis of Relational Turbulence Theory
Using a national panel sample, this study takes a person-centered approach to studying profiles of spouses in turbulent marriages characterized by uncertainty and interdependence parameters.
Relational Uncertainty within Relational Turbulence Theory: The Bifactor Exploratory Structural Equation Model
Guided by Relational Turbulence Theory, this study examines the construct of relational uncertainty in a bifactor ESEM. By examining the multidimensional nature of relational uncertainty as a general factor controlling for residualized factors (self uncertainty, partner uncertainty, relationship uncertainty), relational uncertainty can be statistically modeled as a latent variable in line with early theorizing about uncertainty.
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. It provides direct tests of 3 propositions using contemporary analyses of dyadic mediation.
Clarity and Cognitive Load in Medical Simulations
Through a partnership with WVU medicine (surgical oncology), this is an ongoing assessment of medical students' learning in a simulation center.
*A few more projects are in the works including several methods and statistics primers for communication science.