The College of Health at Ball State University began a new series of research lectures called the “Focus on Scholarship.” These presentations serve to highlight the work of scholars within our college. Dr. Glenn Stone, Associate Dean for Scholarship and Faculty Development hosted these events. If you weren’t able to join the college for the live events, you can view the playback of the Spring 2022 scholars below. This series will begin again in Fall 2022 with the next installments.  To learn more about the College of Health, and our academic units visit our website.

March 21 – Dr. Mengxi Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Health Science

Dr. Mengxi Zhang

“The application of geospatial analysis for public health research – lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In this presentation, Dr. Zhang will share the results of her exploration of human mobility and mental health changes during the COVID-19 pandemic through geospatial inquiry.
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March 31 – Dr. Jerry Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work

Dr. Jerry Reynolds II

“Capturing the Lived Experiences of Parent Spectators During The COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Sport-Based Professionals”
As aesult of COVID-19, the role of youth sports parents, especially as spectators, shifted to virtual contexts. Dr. Reynolds will discuss the physical and psychosocial elements which impacted their experience.
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April 19 – Dr. Henry Wang – Professor, School of Kinesiology

Dr. Henry Wang

“Clinical Gait Analysis in Individuals with Autism”
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder among children and adolescences. While it is well known that individuals with ASD have deficiencies in communication and impairment in social interaction, individuals with ASD in fact also encounter delayed motor skill development and physical inactivity. Dr. Wang will discuss the results of his study that sought to quantify the effect of ASD on individual’s walking patterns and leg muscle strength in order to better understand whether and how ASD alters individual’s physical function.
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April 27 – Dr. Kristin Trainor – Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work

Dr. Kristin Trainor

“Improving Health Outcomes through Community Based Participatory Research”
Dr. Trainor’s presentation will focus on utilizing a community-engaged approach to gain greater understanding of the needs, strengths, and health priorities impacting residents. Specifically, this research will explore maternal health, health literacy, access to care, and overall health and well-being.
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