The HEHD Research Forum showcased faculty, staff and student research.

The HEHD Research Forum showcased faculty, staff and student research.
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Just before the end of the spring semester, the College of Health, Education and Human Development (HEHD) sponsored its annual HEHD Research Forum, showcasing student and faculty research throughout the college.

“This forum gives students, faculty and staff the avenue to talk about their research and develop networking opportunities,” stated HEHD Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Kathy Headley.

The forum was originally created by HEHD Dean Larry Allen in 1999 to showcase the faculty within the college, but has since then grown into a research event that promotes and empowers faculty, staff, students and collaborative partners.

During the forum, faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students displayed their research during an interactive poster presentation. The 2013-2014 Research Committee graded the posters on both verbal appearance and content.

Topics covered at the forum included the protective effects of red raspberry consumption on chemo brain in breast cancer patients, the impacts of community-based eco-tourism on poaching reduction and livelihood change in Rwanda, the perceived barriers to international student transitions in higher education, the effects of cyber-bullying on male and female adolescents, and the impact of breast milk on obesity.

Hattie Hammonds, a Ph.D. student in educational leadership at the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, was one of the many participants. Her research was on “Leading Innovation: The Role of Principals and Early College High Schools.”

Hammonds said that one issue facing educators today is how to ensure that high school students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are college- and career-ready. Her review discusses implications for leadership preparation programs and provides suggestions for future research on principals in innovative environments.

“My research has helped inform those in K-12 and higher education about early college high schools and what their impact has been on the achievement and success of minority, first-generation and low-income students, both while at the school and afterwards in college. I enjoyed sharing my research on a timely and relevant topic and want to continue spreading the word about these schools,” stated Hammond.

Those winning poster awards were undergraduates Myron W. Green, Harrison Luttrell, Katherine Babinski and Justin Parker and graduate student John T. Mgonja.

The complete HEHD Research Forum booklet with detailed abstracts can be found at

— Mary Pat Kiser ’14