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Human development and education faculty publish, present

Several College of Human Development and Education faculty members and students gave presentations, published researched and received awards.

Elizabeth Roumell Erichsen, assistant professor of education, received the Commission of Professors of Adult Education 2013 Early Career Award. The award honors individuals who are in the early stages of their academic career, and who have made significant contributions in scholarship and service to the field. Beginning in 2000, the commission each year honors one individual at the assistant professor level or equivalent who demonstrates excellence in research and publication and potential capacity for leadership in the field. The award will be presented at the organization’s national meeting in November.

Brad Strand, professor of health, nutrition and exercise science, along with April Iverson and Gabe Strubel of West Fargo Public Schools and health, nutrition and exercise science graduate students had an article titled "Teaching expertise in physical education: From novice to expert" published in the Idaho Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Adam Gehlhar, NDSU social science education and educational leadership graduate, and Stacy Duffield, associate professor of education, had an article accepted for publication in the Middle School Journal. “Deconstruction Geography: A STEM Approach” describes the engineering design process used by the West Fargo STEM Center to create connected curriculum, and features a unit on geography that allows middle-level students to learn about the world through technological artifacts in an exploratory, challenging, relevant and integrated manner.

Jim Korcuska, associate professor of education, recently had a book chapter published. “The courage to Talk: A Relational Cultural Theory Perspective on Nondisclosure” is a chapter in the ebook “Elements of Supervision, edited by Betsy J. Page, Martin J. Jencius and Carol M. Smith.

Several counselor education faculty members and doctoral students attended the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision national conference in Denver Oct. 17-20. Brenda Hall, professor; Amber Bach-Gorman and Chasity Odden-Heide, doctoral students; and Jill Nelson, associate professor of education, had a poster session based on a seminar project called, “The Development of a Site Supervisor Training Curriculum: A Multi-Layered Approach.” Bob Nielsen, professor of education, and doctoral student Irene Harper had a poster session called, “Dynamics of Stress for Counselor Educators and Supervisors.” Nelson and Korcuska presented the preliminary results of their research study during the presentation, “Supervision of Post-master’s Degree Counselors: A Qualitative Study of Clinical Supervisors.”

At the conference, Bach-Gorman also presented a roundtable session called “Enhancing Your Counseling Practice Through Animal Assisted Therapy.” The work was based on her clinical experience and the extensive literature review she completed in preparation for her dissertation on the topic.

Faculty and students in attendance were Nielsen, Korcuska, Hall and Nelson and doctoral students Irene Harper, Bach-Gorman, Odden-Heide, Natalie Leer Reiter, and Jessica Brown. Several doctoral program alumnae also were in attendance. 

Anita Welch, Larry Napoleon, Elizabeth Roumell and Brent Hill, assistant professors of education, hosted a workshop at the International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology 2013, in Antayla, Turkey. The workshop was titled “Virtual Teaching Dispositions Scale (VTDS): A Multi-dimensional Instrument to Assess Professional Teaching Dispositions in Virtual Classrooms.” Welch and Napoleon hosted the workshop in person, while Roumell and Hill presented their sections virtually.

Jenny Linker, assistant professor of health, nutrition and exercise Sciences, and Kristen M. Hetland, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education at Concordia College, recently presented at the Physical and Health Education Canada 2013 National Conference "Fields of Plenty, Fields of Play" in Winnipeg. Their presentation, "SchoolsAlive!: How to Implement Let's Move! Active Schools at Your School" highlighted their work in the West Fargo Public School District and provided strategies for implementing schoolwide physical activity.

Susan Johnson, a couple and family therapy graduate, and Kristen Benson, assistant professor of human development and family science, had an article titled “It’s Always the Mother’s Fault: Secondary Stigma of Mothering a Transgender Child” accepted for publication in the Journal of GLBT Family Studies. Benson, also facilitated an open discussion session on “Working with LGBTQ Youth and Children” at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference in Portland.

Strand with Vicki Worrell of Emporia State University and Gale Weidow of Dakota State University had an invited article, titled "Why we (AAHPERD Leaders) do what we do," published in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Greg Sanders, associate dean, co-wrote two articles published in June in the Romanian journal, Journal of Gerontological Social Work. The first article, “Friends, Family, And Community Social Services: Supports Or Barriers For Non-Custodial Parents In Grand-Families,” was published with Leah A. Pigatti as first author. The second article, “Older Foster Parents: Supports And Resources,” was published with William A. Metcalfe as first author. Pigatti and Metcalfe are graduates of the doctoral program in human development: gerontology track and Sanders served as their adviser. 

Members of the health, nutrition and exercise sciences faculty have collaborated and had three articles published. Two are publications from graduate student research conducted at NDSU. The other publication used 12 years of National Health Nutrition Examination Survey data to assess trends of sugar-sweetened beverage intake and biomarkers for chronic disease risk. In addition, two posters were presented at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition in Houston. The conference was attended by approximately 6,000 registered dietitians and supporting personnel.

The publications follow:

  • K.A. Hert, P.S. Fisk II, Y.S. Rhee and A.R. Brunt, “Decreased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages improved selected biomarkers of chronic disease risk among U.S. adults: 1999-2010” in Nutrition Research.
  • L. Anenson, A. Brunt, D. Terbizan and B. Christensen, “Participation rates in a worksite wellness program using e-mail wellness messages” in Journal of Education and Training Studies.
  • N. Bezbaruah, S. Stastny and A. Brunt, “Does positioning of a spokes-character improve selection and consumption of vegetables among fourth grade school lunch participants?” in Journal of Human Nutrition and Food Science.
  • A Brunt, J. Keith, S. Stastny and N. Bezbaruah, “Does accompanying the primary grocery shopper increase requests for purchase of fruits and vegetables among third and fourth grade students?” in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • A. Brunt, L. Berdal and S. Stastny, “The relationships of eating mindfulness and demographic characteristics, physical activity and focus on academic major among college students” in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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