Center for Research & Scholarship Research-Active Faculty

CONHI Research Faculty

Patricia Allard, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, LMFT

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Undergraduate Nursing

Patricia Allard

Email: patricia.allard@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3394

Office: PKH 637

Research Focus: My research focus is on the investigation of Integration of Telehealth/Telemedicine training into a Family Nurse Practitioner program, does simulation debriefing increase self-perception of readiness to practice in Senior II BSN students, exploring the role of resilience, anxiety, depression, and stress on the mental health of newly graduated nurses transitioning to practice and the identification and assessment of entry-level nursing competencies.

Cheryl Anderson

Associate Professor

Nursing Department

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Research Focus: My research focus is on the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among mothers of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) infants with the evaluation of expressive writing.

Marion Ball

Presidential Distinguished Professor and Executive Director/ Chair of MICHI

CONHI Graduate Nursing

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Email: marion.ball@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1878

Office: SEIR 419

Research Focus: My research focuses are in health informatics, curriculum design, education and research towards bringing enabling technology to the point of use.

Donelle Barnes, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor

CONHI Graduate Nursing

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Email: donelle@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0108

Office: PKH 521

Research Focus: My research focus is working with Dr. Yaewon Seo on her symptom management studies of heart failure patients. Specifically, we are testing an intervention for shortness of breath in heart failure outpatients, with the goal of limiting their shortness of breath, and increasing their activities of daily living and physical activity.

Deborah Behan, PhD, RN-BC

Associate Clinical Professor

CONHI Graduate Nursing

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Email: dgreen@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-4860

Office: PKH 522

Research Focus: My research focus is on the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among mothers of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) infants with the evaluation of expressive writing.

Ziyad Ben Taleb, PhD, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Ziyad Ben Taleb in front of the S E I R Building.

Email: ziyad.bentaleb@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3288

Office: MAC 115

Research Focus: My research focus is on smoking cessation and the epidemiology of tobacco use with a focus on investigating the health effects associated with exposure to emerging tobacco products, such as hookah and electronic cigarettes. My research involves the use of clinical laboratory models, epidemiological surveys, behavioral science and social media to guide the development of tobacco control policies.

Godfred Boateng, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: godfred.boateng@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3288

Office: MAC 148

Research Focus: My research focus is on the interconnections that exist between household food, water, and energy insecurity and associated implications for maternal, infant and child health. I am interested in understanding the proximal, distal and contextual factors that shape resource insecurity, particularly those that produce health disparities and inequities. One of the ways this is done is through the development of scales that enable the measurement and monitoring of resource insecurity and facilitates the implementation of sustainable solutions.

R. Matthew Brothers, PhD

Associate Professor; Associate Chair of Graduate Programs in Exercise Science

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: matthew.brothers@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3156

Office: SEIR 161/Lab SEIR 124

Research Focus: My research focus is on the investigation of mechanisms of impaired peripheral and cerebral vascular function in selected at-risk/diseased populations. In addition, I examine the impact of various acute interventional approaches on these mechanisms. This research bears implications for various physiologic conditions including thermoregulatory capacity, orthostatic tolerance, and risk for cardiovascular, neurological, and metabolic diseases.

Marco Brotto, PhD

Professor; George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professorship; Director of PhD in Nursing Program

Area of Specialization: Muscle Physiology; Muscle Health & Disease

CONHI Graduate Nursing

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Email: marco.brotto@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7315

Office: SEIR 270

Research Focus: My research focus is on aging; bone-muscle crosstalk; sarcopenia and osteoporosis; biomarkers of musculoskeletal diseases; and muscle physiology.

Kyrah K. Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: kyrah.brown@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3288

Office: MAC 227

Research Focus: My research focus is on racial/ethnic disparities in maternal health (e.g., maternal mortality and morbidity) and birth outcomes (e.g., infant mortality, prematurity). I am interested in examining the social and systems-level factors that influence the health status (e.g., cardiovascular health, reproductive health, mental health) of women of color across the life course. I am also interested in women’s/maternal health care quality and safety.

Daisha Cipher, PhD

Associate Professor

Nursing Department

CONHI Graduate Nursing

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Email: cipher@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1139

Office: PKH 529

Research Focus: My research focuses are on: 1) quantitative quality indicators of nursing education, 2) outcomes research in clinical and medical settings, and 3) analyses of population-based survey health databases. My research in nursing education involves identifying factors associated with persistence in our undergraduate and graduate programs within the CONHI using regression modeling. My research in medical settings involves identifying factors associated with treatment success and extended survival using regression models and survival analysis. My research with survey health databases involves the generation of weighted estimates to report health statistics on the national level.

Kathryn Daniel, PhD, RN, A/GNP-BC, GS-C, AGSF, FAAN

Associate Professor; Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Nursing (ADN)

CONHI Nursing Department

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Email: kdaniel@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7085

Office: PKH 604

Research Focus: My research focus is on frail, multimorbid older adults and the technology applications, such as a prototype laboratory apartment environment with embedded sensor technology and robots, to support independence and safety in this population. I am also part of other investigator’s work with older adults in medication safety (Xiao) and exercise interventions in heart failure (Haykowsky) where I bring my clinical skills and connections with older adults in the community.

Thomas Dombrowsky, PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

CONHI Undergraduate Nursing

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Email: adthomas@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6881

Office: PKH 654

Research Focus: My research focus is on the factors that affect the functional status of older adults, professional identity formation of student nurses and new nurses, and the evolution of social networks among nursing students and new nurses.

Paul Fadel, PhD

Professor; Associate Dean for Research; Director, Clinical Translational Research

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: paul.fadel@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6734

Office: PKH 504

Research Focus: My research focus is on the investigation of neural control of circulation at rest and during exercise in human health and disease with a specific emphasis on the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system.

Becky Garner, DrPH, CPH

Clinical Assistant Professor; Program Director - Bachelor of Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

Rebecca Garner

Email: beckyg@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1705

Office: MAC 114

Research Focus: My research focus is centered on development of strategies that further student engagement, provide opportunities for students to develop a sense of connection and belonging, and enable them to engage in practice-based activities designed to promote personal growth and professional development. The aim of these efforts is to implement evidence-based practices to support student success during the undergraduate career and beyond.

Kristen Gigli, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC

Assistant Professor

CONHI Graduate Nursing

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Email: kristin.gigli@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-4876

Office: PKH 534

Research Focus: My research focus is in pediatric critical care and examines a broad range of issues related to pediatric hospital care, including the utilization of nurse practitioners in hospital-based care and the influence of health policy on the outcomes of hospitalized children.

Jody Greaney, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Integrative and Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: jody.greaney@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7891

Office: SEIR 159/Lab SEIR 118

Research Focus: My research focus is on investigating the mechanisms underlying neurovascular dysfunction in human depression, with the ultimate goal of identifying novel therapeutic intervention strategies to prevent, slow, or reverse depression-associated cardiovascular disease. Our laboratory utilizes a multidisciplinary, integrative, and translational research strategy that combines a variety of experimental techniques that enable the interrogation of physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of neurovascular function in humans.

Xiangli Gu, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Motor Behavior and Physical Activity/Education

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: xiangli.gu@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3288

Office: MAC 147

Research Focus: My research focus is on physical activity and motor behavior in minority and underserved children and emerging adults, with the aim to understand physical activity and health disparities through behavioral and neuropsychological levels of assessment. My research laboratory is conducting empirical research projects to investigate the effects of emerging technology-based (i.e., virtual reality) physical activity interventions on individual’s brain health (i.e., depression, cognition, health-related quality of life) and movement behaviors (i.e., sedentary behavior, sleep, and physical activity) in the home, school, and community settings.

Leslie Jennings, MSN/Ed, RN

Clinical Instructor

Department of Undergraduate Nursing

Leslie Jennings

Email: lesliej@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6819

Office: PKH 613

Research Focus: My research focus is on factors related to the persistence and retention of nursing students, starting in their pre-clinical courses. I am currently investigating both stress and resilience as well as other predictors of success, including interventions that help pre-nursing students succeed.

Florence Haseltine, M.D., PhD

Professor; Executive Director of Health Research and Presidential Distinguished Professor

Medical Director, North Texas Genome Center

Department of Graduate Nursing

Florence Haseltine

Email: fhaseltine@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-9998

Office: SEIR Bldg

Research Focus: Our research focuses on differences related to innate immunity and genomic expression differences between males and females.

David Keller, PhD

Associate Dean, Chair and Professor

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology.

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: kellerd@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0083

Office: MAC 231

Research Focus: My research focus is on cardiovascular physiology. Projects include: dynamic blood pressure control in African Americans, exercise-thermoregulation following prolonged exposure to simulated Lunar gravity and baroreflex function in patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Additional Lab: Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory

Yeonwoo Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: yeonwoo.kim@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3186

Office: SEIR 142

Research Focus: My research focuses on social determinants of health to explain social disparity in health. Specific areas of her research include neighborhood impacts on (1) obesity and obesity-related behaviors and (2) cardiovascular disease. I have published my work in public health and medical journals, including Preventive Medicine, Journal of Urban Health, Obesity Reviews, and Social Science & Medicine.

Tiffany Kindratt, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: tiffany.kindratt@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7917

Office: MAC 113

Research Focus: My research focus is on evaluating factors within and expanding Anderson’s model of health services utilization to include the patient experience (specifically patient-provider communication and patient/family centered care). My current studies focus on unmasking disparities in health services among underrepresented minority groups (e.g. Arab Americans) and evaluating what qualities and modes of patient-provider communication are associated with health outcomes across the lifespan using national health surveys (e.g. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey).

Yue Liao, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Public Health

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: yue.liao@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-8529

Office: SEIR 137

Research Focus: My current research focuses on the development of personalized, adaptable, and timely interventions using real-time data from wearable biosensors to promote physical activity in overweight and obese individuals to reduce the risk of obesity-related cancers (e.g., breast cancer, colorectal cancer), as well as in sedentary cancer patients to improve their quality of life after cancer and cancer outcomes.

Elizabeth I. Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor

CONHI Dean

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Phone #: 817-272-4793

Office: PKH 669A

Research Focus: My research is focused on improving care for underserved and rural populations, particularly minorities and those from rural communities. My research centers on improving access and outcomes of care, reducing shortages of health professionals in rural and underserved areas and identifying strategies to increase the diversity within the health field.

ChengLin Mo

Research Assistant Professor

Nursing Department

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Research Focus: My research focus is on investigating signaling of lipid mediators, especially prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and related lipid metabolites through cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 pathways, in skeletal muscle. In addition, my research also will cover the functions of Numb, an adaptor protein, in skeletal muscle.

Larry Nelson, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Pedagogy

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Larry Nelson in the Maverick Activity Center gymnasium

Email: lnelson@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1102

Office: PEB 304

Research Focus: My research focus is on the affective and physiological outcomes of a variety of physical education and youth development programs. My work has advanced service-learning models and active-learning strategies that cultivate adolescents’ ability to think critically, solve-problems and grow self-awareness/self-control.

Michael Nelson, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Physiology and Biomedical Imaging

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: michael.nelson3@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6780

Office: SEIR 144

Research Focus: My research focus is on three common themes: (1) cardiac mechanics and ventricular function; (2) the cardio-metabolic syndrome; and (3) vascular regulation and neurovascular coupling.

Felicia Ogidan, MSN, RN, CCRN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Undergraduate Nursing

Adejoke (Felicia) Ogidan

Phone #: 817-272-6703

Office: PKH 553A

Research Focus: My research focus is the investigation of the best innovative educational approach that will prepare the pre-licensure nursing students in delivering quality end-of-life care to the elderly population, especially the aged population with multiple chronic health conditions such as dementia, diabetes, and chronic heart diseases.

Zui Pan, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Pathophysiology of Cancer, Muscle and Heart Disease

CONHI Graduate Nursing

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Email: zui.pan@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2596

Office: SEIR 246

Research Focus: My research focus is on calcium signaling in cancer, muscle and other diseases. In particular, we study the pathophysiological role of store-operated calcium entry in these diseases and thus identify drug targets for novel effective treatments.

Rhonda Prisby, PhD

Professor

Areas of Specialization: Microcirculation, Exercise Physiology, Bone Biology

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: rhonda.prisby@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6786

Office: SEIR 200/Lab 203

Research Focus: My research focus is on microvascular physiology and pathophysiology and its impact on bone biology. My lab examines the integrative nature of the vascular and skeletal systems in health and disease (e.g., advancing age, intermittent parathyroid hormone administration, surgical and drug intervention, etc.).

Jaquetta Reeves, PhD, RN, NP-C

Assistant Professor

Department of Graduate Nursing

Jaquetta Reeves

Email: jaquetta.reeves@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0172

Office: PKH 535

Research Focus: My research focus is on addressing disparities and health inequities related to sexual health and consistent condom use among urban minority youth and young adults.

Mark Ricard, PhD

Professor

Area of Specialization: Biomechanics

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: ricard@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0764

Office: MAC 230

Research Focus: My research focus is on improving human health by investigating the effects of joint movements and forces acting on the human body and how joint moments and forces can be modified to minimize the likelihood of injury or induce positive health outcomes.

Meagan Rogers, PhD, RN, MSN, NPD-BC

Associate Chair and Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Undergraduate Nursing

Meagan Rogers

Email: meaganr@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5772

Office: PKH 649

Research Focus: My research focus is nursing education pedagogy and persistence and attainment among undergraduate nursing students.

Jennifer Roye, MSN, RN, CHSE, CNE

Assistant Dean for Simulation and Technology

CONHI Smart Hospital

Jennifer Roye

Email: roye@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0022

Office: UH 551

Research Focus: My research focus is healthcare simulation. My primary areas of interest are evaluation, innovation, and learning theory related to simulation education.

Yaewon Seo, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Department of Graduate Nursing

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Email: yaewon.seo@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7342

Office: PKH 528

Research Focus: My research focuses on symptom management (particularly, dyspnea), breathing pattern, functional status, quality of life, use of health care utilization and underlying bio-physiological mechanisms of how deep and slow breathing training to reduce dyspnea and improve functional status (e.g., cardiac baroreflex sensitivity, pulse wave velocity, etc.) in patients with heart failure.

Jessica Grace Smith

Assistant Professor

CONHI Undergraduate Nursing

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Email: jessica.smith2@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-4824

Office: PKH 611

Research Focus: My research focus is on understanding how nursing education, nursing skill mix, staffing ratios, and nurse work environments might be associated with patient outcomes and nurse job outcomes in rural hospitals. I also collaborate with colleagues to study antecedents and consequences of missed nursing care in NICUs. These relationships need to be understood to guide policy recommendations for safer healthcare.

Priscila Tamplain, PhD

Associate Professor; Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs

Area of Specialization: Developmental Motor Cognition

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: priscila.tamplain@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6320

Office: MAC 228

Research Focus: My research focus is on assessment, mechanisms, and interventions for motor development in typical and atypical populations, with a particular interest in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and associated conditions (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorders).

Daniel Trott, PhD

Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization: Integrative and Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: daniel.trott@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-8719

Office: SEIR 262

Research Focus: My research focus is on the integrative physiology of vascular function in health and disease and how the immune system, adipose tissue and blood vessels interact to mediate vascular dysfunction with hypertension, aging and metabolic abnormalities. Also, in how physical activity influences these systems to promote vascular health.

Cynthia Trowbridge, PhD, ATC, LAT

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Therapeutic Interventions for Musculoskeletal Injuries and Youth Sport Concussion Education

Department of Kinesiology

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Phone #: 817-272-3134

Office: PEB 112D

Research Focus: My research focus is on the role of therapeutic interventions including but not limited to exercise, manual therapy, superficial and deep heating/cooling, electrical nerve stimulation, laser, and dry needling on the biopsychosocial improvement of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. I am also interested in sport concussion education and knowledge transfer among stakeholders.

Venu Varanasi, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Biomaterials and Bone, Muscle, Tissue Recovery

Department of Graduate Nursing

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Email: venu.varanasi@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1743

Office: SEIR 238

Research Focus: My research focus is on the development of novel in situ methods of 3D printing to rebuild and reconstruct missing defects in bone and muscle. Our goal is to induce rapid bone healing such that these procedures can thought of as the same severity as dental fillings and make this current in-patient and long hospital stay procedure into an out-patient and heal at home procedure.

Jing Wang, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Graduate Nursing

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Email: jing.wang@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-4844

Office: PKH 531

Research Focus: My research focus is on statistical methodology and machine learning, multilevel models, and Bayesian statistics.

Jon Weidanz, PhD

Professor; Associate Vice President for Research

Department of Kinesiology

Jon Weidanz

Phone #: 817-272-6831

Office: SEIR 370

Research Focus: My research focus is on immune regulatory checkpoints in health and disease with a specific interest on the NKG2A-Qa-1b inhibitory axis. To study this axis, my team has generated a T-cell receptor-like antibody that specifically binds to the Qa-1b/Qdm peptide complex in mice and disrupts the NKG2A-Qa-1b axis leading to anti-tumor immunity. The immediate focus is on understanding the function of this pathway in cancer and its role in modulating anti-tumor responses by macrophages, Natural Killer cells and CD8+ T-cells.

Gabriela Wilson, PhD, MSc, FHIMSS

Professor and Co-Director, Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics (MICHI)

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: gabriela.wilson@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1853

Office: SEIR 418

Research Focus: My research interests are in assessing whether and to what extent health information technology applications increase efficiency in clinical settings as well as finding and understanding the connection between molecular targets to disease, and to exploit these connections for the development of therapies, and the subsequent benefit in terms of human health outcome. With several trends affecting our health care and well-being of all citizens, the area of Health Informatics will continue to play a vital role in facilitating systemic improvements. I am currently focusing my research on studying how Social Determinants of Health, Health Literacy, Health Information Exchange, Artificial Intelligence can improve the quality of care and have a positive impact on our communities.

Judy Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology

Department of Kinesiology

Portrait of Judy Wilson in the Physical Education Building gymnasium

Email: jrwilson@exchange.uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3128

Office: MAC 229

Research Focus: My research focus is on the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a tool to improve clinical outcomes, specifically stroke. I am also interested in the physiological responses of wheelchair athletes and able-bodied athletes, their differences and similarities.

Sharon Wilson, PhD, RN, FCN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Undergraduate Nursing

Sharon Wilson

Email: sharon.wilson@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6679

Office: PKH 640

Research Focus: My research focus is exploring the connection between spirituality and health with the primary objective of examining the impact of faith-based physical activity strategies on health-related behaviors in African Americans.

Yan Xiao, PhD

Professor

CONHI Undergraduate Nursing

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Email: yan.xiao@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5781

Office: PKH 615

Research Focus: My research focus is on developing high impact innovations to improve the safety and reliability of healthcare through human factors methods and principles.

Jingsong Zhou, PhD

Professor

Area of Specialization: Integrative and Exercise Physiology and Neuromuscular Diseases

Department of Kinesiology

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Email: jingsong.zhou@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5854

Office: SEIR 240

Research Focus: My research focus is on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the neuromuscular dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) progression and to develop potential therapeutic means to treat ALS.