Projects

Current Studies

 Psychology and Health Risks Study: The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of health behaviors, perceptions, and risks in college students. This study is completed in two phases. In the first phase participants visit the HBCL lab for a 1.5 hour session to complete a series of online questionnaires about health history, health behaviors (such as smoking, sleep, diet and exercise), and health related thoughts. Additionally, participants will complete a brief physiological assessment. In the second phase, participants will complete additional self-report measures online two weeks following completion of phase one. Participants who complete both phases of the study will earn a total of 2 research credits through SONA and a free pedometer. Eligibility Requirements are as follows: *Men and women 18 to 25 years of age* *Family History of Diabetes (biological relative --e.g. a parent, sibling, grandparent, cousin)* *Do NOT exercise for 2.5 hours or more per week* *Do NOT have a diabetes diagnosis* *Are able to engage in physical activity**Can read, write and understand English* *Are not pregnant or nursing*

Perspectives on community environment and perceived health risks and behavior: We are currently initiating an assessment study in community and worksite settings, aimed at evaluating community member’s perceived health risks in the context of their neighborhood and social characteristics and their dietary and physical health care behavior patterns.   The will allow greater understanding of community chronic disease development at both individual and social contextual levels. The information obtained from this study will better able us to develop targeted health promotion interventions to meet the needs of the greater Louisville community. 


 

Lab dissertations   

Social Comparison Processes as Contributors to Consistent Physical Activity. Holly Knight (Defended, June 2015)

Self-Regulation Theory and Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Behavior in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Jennifer Floyd Ward (Defended, October, 2014).

Social-cognitive   predictors of physical activity initiation in type 2 diabetes following diabetes self-management education: Application and evaluation of the Health Action Process Approach. Jason Bonner (Defended, September, 2010). 

Emotional Distress as a key construct in The Personal Model of Diabetes Management:  Associations of Fatigue, Diabetes-specific Distress, and Depressive Symptomatology with Self-Management and Quality of Life in Type 2 Diabetes MellitusChelsea Rothschild  (Defensed, May, 2010).

Integration of the Avoidance Cycle with the Schema Enmeshment Model of Pain to Explore Relationships between Chronic Pain, Disability, and Quality of Life in Chronic Pain Patients.  Jeff Meyer (Defended March, 2009). 

Mindfulness As A Moderator Of Coping Response And The Abstinence Violation Effect:  A Test Of The Role Of Mindfulness In The Relapse Prevention Model For Exercise. Christi Ulmer  (Defended, 2006).