College of Applied Arts
Undergraduate research mentors in the applied arts:
Dr. Ryan Anderson - Department of Agricultural Sciences
Research Interests: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Mechanics, STEM, Virtual Reality in Teaching & Learning and Laboratory Safety
Bio: Dr. Anderson is an award winning researcher who has been recognized for his innovative research in agricultural education and agricultural mechanics. He has received over forty research awards for outstanding journal article, paper, and poster presentations. He has published over forty journal articles, many with undergraduate researchers, and has secured over $2,000,000 in external funding.
Dr. Merritt Drewery - Department of Agricultural Sciences
Research Interests: Ruminant Nutrition, Animal Nutrition, Regenerative Livestock Production, Underrepresented Students.
Dr. Reagan Sims - Department of Agricultural Sciences
Research Interests: Reproductive physiology, genetics, and immunology in beef cattle.
Dr. Pratheesh Sudhakaran - Department of Agricultural Sciences
Research Interests: Agricultural Production Economics, Aquaculture Economics, Fishery Economics, Food Safety Economics, Consumer Behavior
and Environment and Natural Resource Economics.
Dr. Ashley Arnio - Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Communities and Crime, Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Criminal Justice Outcomes
Dr. H. Jaymi Elsass - Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Juvenile justice, delinquency, media coverage of crime, mass episodic violence, deterrence theory.
Bio: Dr. H. Jaymi Elsass earned her B.S. in Sociology in 2008 from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.S. in Criminal Justice in 2010 as well as Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in 2015 from Texas State University. While completing her Ph.D., Dr. Elsass received the Student Paper Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for her coauthored work on the Boston bombing. During graduate school, she published research in a number of academic journals and edited volumes as well as a co-authored book entitled "Mass shootings: Media, myths, and realities." The book received a Choice Award as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2016 from the American Library Association and received an "essential" designation, which is their highest ranking. Her dissertation, entitled "Juvenile delinquency outliers: An analysis of high-rate offenders and pure conformists," was chaired by Dr. Mark Stafford and committee members included Drs. Donna Vandiver, Daniel Mears, and Wayman Mullins. She is currently a lecturer in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University and serves as program coordinator for the Round Rock campus.
Dr. Angela M. Jones - Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Wrongful Convictions, Eyewitness Identification, Juror Decision Making, Expert Testimony, Judicial Instructions, Procedural Justice.
Dr. Sean Patrick Roche - Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Dr. Roche’s research interests include offender decision-making, policing, the impact of social technologies, criminological and sociological theory, and public opinion on crime and criminal justice issues. He also specializes in survey design and implementation, particularly in online contexts.
Bio: Sean Patrick Roche, Ph.D., joined the faculty in 2017 after earning his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, SUNY. His work has appeared in Social Psychology Quarterly, Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
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Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt - Fashion Merchandising
Research Interests: Textile Dyeing, Textile Design, Fashion Product Development, Ethical Consumption, Sustainability.
Dr. Jiyun Kang - Fashion Merchandising
Research Interests: Sustainability: Corporate Social Responsibility and Transparency; Trust/Crisis Management; Sustainable Businesses; Environmental Sustainability; Sustainable Consumption; Consumer Emotion and Well-Being; Well-Aging
Bio: Dr. Kang’s research focuses on sustainable decision-making by consumers and firms. Dr. Kang has strong expertise in data science using powerful data mining algorithms and in quantitative research methods including modeling, multi-dimensional scale development, and Big Data analytics. Dr. Kang has published an extensive number of peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Brand Management, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, and The Gerontologist. Dr. Kang is also an internationally known scholar in the discipline of apparel and textiles, as recognized with a number of prestigious research awards from the International Textile and Apparel Association, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and others. When mentoring her students, Dr. Kang makes the students’ academic and professional success her top priority, which has resulted in fruitful outcome s. Under Dr. Kang’s guidance, her thesis students have made substantial academic and scholarly achievements including receiving thesis support grants from the university, co-authoring publications in top-tier journals, and winning many research awards from international conferences. As a recognition of her teaching and mentoring excellence, she received the Teaching Award of Honor from the Texas State Alumni Association as well as Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Kang was also named to the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas.
Dr. Ramona Salcedo Price - Nutrition
Research Interests: Obesity, Nutrition, Liver Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Inflammation.
Bio: Dr. Price is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Texas State University. Dr. Price earned her B.S. in Dietetics and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Thereafter, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at UT Austin to continue her research on dissecting the obesity-cancer link.
Dr. Price’s research focuses on the impact of obesity on prostate cancer, liver cancer, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Understanding these relationships is critical due to the higher incidence rates of obesity and cancer among individuals in Central and South Texas. Dr. Price’s research integrates basic science and translational research by employing cell culture, animal models, and biospecimen analysis as it relates to obesity, cancer, and fatty liver disease. The goal of this work is to optimize nutritional strategies to reverse the impact of obesity on cancer progression.
Dr. Krystle Zuniga - Nutrition
Research Interests: Nutrition, physical activity and cognitive health in cancer survivors and older adults.
Dr. Omar S. Lopez - Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies
Research Interests: Social Sciences, including early childhood education, public education (K-12), higher education, entrepreneurship, leadership, workforce development, STEM; Populations include: first-generation college students, teachers (pre-K through college), families and students with the following demographics: migrant, immigrant, refugee, low-income, special education, gifted, gender (male/female/other), race/ethnic minority groups, and bilingual/ELL. Studies include quantitative and qualitative research designs. Research types: scholarship (e.g., for peer-review journals), program evaluation (e.g., formative and summative), and best practices of high performing sub-units within a research population.
Dr. Yishan Shen - School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Research Interests: In general, my research focuses on exploring how culture and contexts influence the socio-emotional, behavioral, and academic well-being of immigrant and racial/ethnic minority adolescents. Guided by the integrative model of human development and the intersectionality theory, my current research interests center on exploring how the intersection of different social positions and identities affect both universal and unique processes, which in turn conjointly influence the academic and psychosocial development of immigrant and minority youth.
Dr. Christine Lynn Norton - Social Work
Research Interests: Social work; wilderness/adventure therapy; outdoor behavioral healthcare; experiential education; international human rights and social justice; nature and the outdoors.
Dr. Hyunwoo Yoon - Social Work
Research Interests: Health disparities; gerontology; minority aging; mental health service utilization; technology-based educational intervention; advanced statistical methodologies (e.g., HLM, SEM and longitudinal data analysis).