College of Health and Human Sciences Research Day provides important forum for sharing ideas

On March 10, the Colorado State University Lory Student Center was buzzing with new ideas and interdisciplinary research opportunities. The first annual College of Health and Human Sciences Research Day showcased the variety and quality of research and creative scholarship by students, faculty, and staff.

“We are so excited about the success of the inaugural CHHS Research Day,” said Dean Lise Youngblade, who envisioned the event as a way to spotlight innovative research happening in the college. “I heard lots of great ideas being shared and many new connections being formed. The enthusiasm was amazing.”

Poster session and faculty talks

The event included a morning poster session featuring 142 submissions. Each presenter was responsible for creating a compelling three-minute talk which summarized their ideas and highlighted the important aspects of their research. A lunch followed sponsored by CSU Ventures, with faculty “lightning” talks about their research innovation, integration, and impact. One award-winning faculty member from each academic unit presented a six-minute talk followed by a short Q and A session. Thank you to the following faculty for presenting their research:

Construction Management: Svetlana OlbinaAssociate Professor 
Design and Merchandising: Jennifer OgleProfessor
Food Science and Human Nutrition: Chris Gentile, Associate Professor
Health and Exercise Science: Josie Broussard, Assistant Professor
Human Development and Family Studies: Lauren Shomaker, Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy: Andy Persch, Assistant Professor
School of Education: Jill Zarestky, Assistant Professor
School of Social Work: Samantha Brown, Assistant Professor

Keynote speaker

John Schulenberg, Ph.D., professor of developmental psychology at the University of Michigan, gave the keynote address for the CHHS Research Day. “Development Matters: Taking the Long View on Substance Use across Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood” covered substance use from adolescence through adulthood and focused on how individual differences in trajectories of substance use and misuse impact the way that individuals function and adjust as an adult.

“It would be so awesome if social policy was based on all that we know about adolescent development,” Schulenberg said, quoting a student he’d had in class. He continued, “But how prepared are we as researchers to help inform social policy?”

In his talk, Schulenberg looked at this question and how life course pathways and connections can impact our behavior and the people around us. Data from the national Monitoring the Future study, on which Schulenberg is the Principal Investigator, illustrated differences in youth’s substance use patterns since the 1970s and as a function of multiple contextual factors.

Recognizing excellence in scholarship

CHHS awarded 15 research poster submissions for their contributions to their fields and the quality of their presentations. Please join us in commending the excellence of the following work.

Top Honors – Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Samantha Scott, Human Development and Family Studies

The Association Between Coping Strategies and Sleep: How Age May Make this Association Stronger

Clinical Science Category – Distinction in Research

Lauren Gulley, Human Development and Family Studies

Examining Therapeutic Components of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Adolescent Girls at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Clinical Science Category – Distinction in Graduate Research

Nate Bachman, Health and Exercise Science

Acute Systemic Rho-kinase Inhibition Reduces Blood Pressure in Healthy Older Adults

Applied Science Category – Distinction in Research

Marcia Moraes, School of Education

U-Behavior App: Generating Visual-Form Learning Analytics from Quiz Usage Data

Applied Science Category – Distinction in Graduate Research

Nate Deming, Health and Exercise Science

Change in Physiological Strain and Cognitive Processing Following Electrolyte and Carbohydrate Supplementation

Basic Science Category – Distinction in Research

Patti Davies, Occupational Therapy

Contributions of State- and Trait-Based Variance in ERP Measurements in Two Visual Go/NoGo Task Sessions

Basic Science Category – Distinction in Graduate Research

Scott Wrigley, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Eating for Two – Your Microbes and You

Community Engagement Category – Distinction in Research

Jessica Gonzalez-Voller, School of Education

Brief Meditation Intervention for Family Caregivers

Community Engagement Category – Distinction in Graduate Research

Ana Altares, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Youth CAN: Cultivating Community Change through Youth-Driven Health Initiatives

Distinction in Creative Scholarship

Diane Sparks, Design and Merchandising

Exploration of Meaningful Integration of Digital Technology with Traditional Surface Design Techniques

Distinction in Creative Scholarship – Graduate Student Award

Kayna Hobbs, Design and Merchandising

Custom Paralympic Shooting Jacket: A Single-Case Product Development Project

Public Health Category – Distinction in Research

Chris Melby, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Nutritional Issues Among Female Small Holder Farmers in the Andes Highlands of Ecuador

Public Health Category – Distinction in Graduate Research

Shivani Kaushik, School of Social Work

End-of-Life Care in Correctional Settings

Social Justice Category – Distinction in Research

Samantha Brown, School of Social Work

Caregiver Behavioral, Mental, and Physical Health Risk as Determinants of Health Outcomes Among Children Investigated for Maltreatment: Implications for Health Screening and Integrated Health Care

Social Justice Category – Distinction in Graduate Research

Nicole Tarcha, School of Social Work

Intergenerational Transmission of Maternal Adversity: Effects on Children’s Exposure to Early Life Stress and Development

Congratulations to all of the CHHS Research Day participants! Please visit our Flickr album to see all the photos from the research day.