Research Interest Groups
Health Information Technology & Simulation Lab
Dr. Tami Wyatt and Dr. Xueping Li
The primary goal of the Health Information Technology and Simulation (HITS) lab is to advance the science of health information technology and ways HITS enhance consumer health and professional health education. The HITS lab is a partnership between the Colleges of Nursing and Engineering. HITS is engaged in research with Y-12 National Security Complex and Wolters Kluwer Health. Simulation is a key aspect of training and research and has included partners from Kennesaw State University, Kent State University and Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Tennessee. For more information, please visit: HITS website
The Phenomenology Group
Dr. Sandra Thomas and Dr. Howard Pollio
This interdisciplinary research group includes faculty and graduate students from nursing, psychology, education, exercise and sports sciences, political science, geography, and child and family studies. The common link among these diverse group members is the use of the phenomenological research method. Our approach is based largely on the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. The group members meet weekly to thematize interview transcripts. Recent research topics of group members have included the experience of parental divorce; responses of disabled human service workers to Hurricane Katrina; use of imagery in competitive gymnastics; the meaning of Freemasonry; and everyday experiences of power.
The Grounded Theory Group
Dr. Jan Brown
The grounded theory research group meets every other week during the academic year. It is open to students and faculty from all disciplines. The group uses grounded theory methodology in a variety of studies. Faculty and students may bring transcripts for group analysis, obtain assistance with writing grounded theory IRB proposals or grants and/or have the group assist with reflexive interviews and analysis. Depending upon stage of ongoing studies, opportunities for participating in data collection, developing research study protocols, or preparing presentations for conferences may exist.
The Community of Gerontological Scholars
Dr. Jan Brown
Created in the fall of 2005, the COGS brings together gerontology faculty, researchers, clinicians and students with common interests in the aging process and health of older adults. The mission of the COGS is to advance knowledge in the fields of gerontology and health sciences by facilitating research and innovative work. This mission is achieved through excellence in research, teaching and service.
Website: http://cogs.utk.edu. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Body-Mind-Spirit Research Interest Group
Dr. Ken Phillips
The focus of the Body-Mind-Spirit Research Group is the mysterious and wonderful ways that the body, mind, and spirit are interrelated. In particular, the research conducted by this group focuses on psychoneuroimmunology and symptom management. While we value Western Medicine, our studies will examine Eastern therapies and other complementary and alternative therapies. Members of this group participate in all aspects of the research process. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are used.
The Nutrition in the Elderly Research Group
Dr. Bonnie Callen
The Nutrition Research in Older Adults group is an international collaborative team researching issues of obesity in older adults.
The Children’s Research Group
Drs. Nan Gaylord and Tami Wyatt
The Children’s Research Group is a cooperative between researchers and clinicians at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The mission of the group is to examine best practices and improve overall quality of care of children and families. A variety of research topics have been examined including emergence delirium, certification, reliability of bedside equipment, and obesity.
Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nursing Education Research Group
The nursing education research group includes persons interested in the study of nursing education. Members to date include faculty and doctoral students. The mission of the group is to examine nursing education best practices and trends, and effective teaching/learning modalities. A variety of topics are being examined including dedicated education units, academic electronic health records, and faculty development programs.
Contact: email@example.com for meeting schedule
The Schizophrenia Health Improvement Group (SHIP)
Dr. Lora Beebe
The Schizophrenia Health Improvement Group conducts investigations of motivational interventions designed to increase exercise self-efficacy, motivation and behavior in persons with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSDs), in order to improve their overall health and quality of life. The group completed a federally funded study (R03MH79047-2) testing the effect of a motivational intervention upon exercise attendance, persistence and compliance in SSDs in December 2009. A proposal for a larger, longitudinal multisite study with additional variables, including examination of physical activity levels using pedometer data is in review at NIH.
- UT Office of Research
- UT Preston Medical Library
- National Institutes of Health
- RePORT Expenditures and Results (RePORTER)
- NIH Office of Extramural Research
- MedLine Plus
- International Institute of Qualitative Methodology
- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
- Southern Nursing Research Society
- Nursing Conference Worldwide
- CITI Training
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