Accolades: January 2014

Dr. Don Davis received a two-year, $250,000 grant from the Templeton Foundation for his Behavioral Measures of Humility in Couples project, which will fund multiple graduate students in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services.

Dr. Janet Burns and Ms. Carla Tanguay were invited speakers and presented two sessions on teaching and assessing ethics at the 2013 GaPSC Annual Certification and Program Officials Drive-In Conference, which was held on Nov. 12, 2013, at Macon State College.  Burns presented the learning module she developed and Tanguay presented disposition assessment as tied to the Georgia Code of Ethics for teachers.

Dr. Rachel Gurewicz received the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 2013 College/University Physical Education Teacher of the Year award. This award recognizes the outstanding performance of physical educators at the college/university level.

Dr. Tisha Y. Lewis received a $3,250 National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation grant for a project entitled, “Dig-A-Fam: Digital Storytelling Project.” Lewis’s research will explore the digital stories, practices and experiences of African American parents of school children and youth.

Dr. Walt Thompson was interviewed for an article entitled, “Gyms prepare for busy season as CrossFit leads fitness trends,” which was published in The Augusta Chronicle.

Dr. Chara Bohan and Katherine Perrotta had their manuscript, “Nineteenth century Rosa Parks? Assessing Elizabeth Jennings’ legacy as a teacher and civil rights pioneer in antebellum America,” accepted for publication in Vitae Scholastica: The Journal of Educational Biography.

Dr. Mona Matthews has been invited to serve on the Reading Research Quarterly editorial advisory board for a second term.

Drs. Brenda Pitts and Beth Cianfrone delivered multiple presentations at the Sport Marketing Association XI conference, which took place Oct. 23-27, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Dr. Christine Thomas was elected 2014 president-elect of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore and her colleagues receive funding from the Healthcare Innovation Program/Atlanta Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant Program to study using speech analysis to explore the clinical effectiveness of stress and depression assessment in adults with aphasia.

Dr. Eva van Leer received funding for her research on an interactive mobile iOS application for improving voice therapy outcomes. The app increases patient adherence to practice in behavioral voice therapy that limits treatment effectiveness.

Dr. Walt Thompson was interviewed for an article entitled, “Get fitter faster with a seven-minute workout,” which was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dr. Tisha Y. Lewis had the following published:

  • Lewis, T. Y. (2013). “‘We txt 2 sty cnnectd:’ An African American mother and son communicate: Digital literacies, meaning-making, and activity theory systems.” Journal of Education. Technology in Education Issue.

Drs. Daphne Greenberg and Peggy Gallagher gave a presentation entitled, “Early identification of developmental delays and connection to services among low-income, low literacy urban parents,” on Jan. 10 with faculty from the University of Georgia and the University of Kentucky.

Graduate student Jennifer Smith was selected as one of the Association for Specialists in Group Work’s 2014 Emerging Scholars. As part of the program, she will receive a $150 stipend to attend the association’s research institute and a luncheon with board members on Feb. 6.

Brittany Ferrell, a Sports Medicine program graduate, made the local news in Miami, Fla., for saving a baby’s life. Ferrell, who provides training and treatment to student-athletes at the University of Miami, saved a two-year-old baby who was choking on a quarter. She is a nationally certified athletic trainer and also holds a certification in CPR/AED from the American Red Cross.

Drs. Lydia Mays and Caitlin McMunn Dooley had the following published:

  • Caitlin McMunn Dooley and Lydia Criss Mays (2014). “Literacy teachers engage in service-learning via community organization involvement.” The Teacher Educator, 49:1, 44-60.

Dr. Walt Thompson was interviewed for an article entitled, “A workout tribe for city dwellers,” which was published in The Christian Science Monitor.