Fall 2021 - Faculty & Staff Accolades

Jan 18, 2022

Highlighting the fall 2021 achievements of faculty and staff in the College of Education and Human Service Professions.

Publications

Jessica Hanson, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and colleagues recently published a paper titled, "Alcohol Consumption during COVID among Women with an Existing Alcohol-Use Disorder." The focus of this work was to better understand drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic among a group of women enrolled in an alcohol-exposed pregnancy prevention program. Undergraduate student Amy Harris, a double major in public health and biology, helped structure the background of the paper and is a co-author. 

Hanson also published two papers in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way? Strategies to reduce or abstain from alcohol use developed by Northern Plains American Indian women participating in a brief, alcohol-exposed pregnancy preconceptual intervention” and included data from previous work on the CHOICES intervention with tribal communities; and “Preconception interventions to reduce the risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies: A systematic review,” which is the result of a collaboration with international partners in fetal alcohol syndrome prevention research. 

Lara LaCaille, associate professor in the Department of Psychology; Stephanie Hooker (UMD psychology alum from 2009); Elaine Marshall (recent MAPS grad); Rick LaCaille, professor of psychology; and Rhea Owens, associate professor of psychology, published a paper, “Change in Perceived Stress and Health Behaviors of Emerging Adults in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Their research was part of a longitudinal study at UMD on some changes among first-year undergraduate students during the onset of the COVID pandemic.

Rick LaCaille, professor in the Department of Psychology, and Eric Hessler, associate professor of psychology, published a chapter in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's ebook, Psychological Myths, Mistruths and Misconceptions.

The chapter, "To Refute or Not Refute, That is the Question: The Case for Creating Myth Debunking Posters with Psychology Students," presents and evaluates a myth debunking assignment to help student correct some common misperceptions about mental health, and it features a myth debunking poster from former student, Rhianna Rinke.

Jung Eun (June) Lee, associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and colleagues published "Racial difference in children's physical activity and psychosocial beliefs in physical education" in the Journal of Media, Technology, and Research in Kinesiology

Lee and colleagues also published:

"Bidirectional relationships among children’s perceived competence, motor skill competence, physical activity, and cardiorespiratory fitness across one school year" in Biomedical Research International.

“Investigating relationships among preschool children’s perceived competence, motor skills and physical activity: A cross-lagged panel model” in the Journal of Clinical Medicine

Jennifer McCleary, associate professor in the Department of Social Work, and Estelle Simard, instructor in social work, published “Honoring Our Ancestors: Using Reconciliatory Pedagogy to Dismantle White Supremacy” in Advances in Social Work.

Viann Nguyen-Feng, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Mind-Body Trauma Care Lab, published an article with collaborators from the Twin Cities entitled, "Relations among daily stressors, childhood maltreatment, and sleep in college students" in the Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Nguyen-Feng also published an article with collaborators at Utah, Duke, and the UMTC campus entitled "Perceived control, voice handicap, and barriers to voice therapy" in the Journal of Voice (Journal of the International Association of Phonosurgery and The Voice Foundation).

Catherine Reich, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, published an article “Types of trauma-related blame following interpersonal trauma” in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy with former MAPS graduate students Kelly McKnight and Jeremy Jamieson, current MAPS graduate student Grace Pegel, and former undergraduate students Naseem Farahis and Tanya Mulzon.

Ashley Thompson, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, and colleagues published:

“Sex on the screen: A content analysis of free online pornography depicting mixed-gender threesomes across eight years” in the European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology, and Education

“Examining variations in participation and outcomes of consensual and nonconsensual extradyadic behavior among Ashley Madison users” in the Journal of Sex Research.

“Introduction to the special section on consensual non-monogamy” in Archives of Sexual Behavior.

“An experimental investigation of variations in judgements of hypothetical males and females initiating mixed-gender threesomes: An application of sexual script theory” in Archives of Sexual Behavior

“Exploring variations in North American adults’ attitudes, interest, experience, and outcomes related to mixed-gender threesomes: A replication and extention” in Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Ladona Tornabene, associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and UMD public health student research assistant Mary Pelletier published “Annotated Literature Review for the Importance of the Arts to Teaching and to Health.”

Michael Young, assistant professor of education, published "Not Allowed: Power and Practice in Literacy Teaching as Defined by the State" in Language Arts

Grants

Daehyoung Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, was awarded the 'U' is for You Grant from the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This grant will help him develop and implement the Inclusive Adapted Physical Activity program for K-12 students of all abilities in Northern Minnesota and examine the teacher readiness and self-efficacy of pre-service teachers towards inclusive physical education.   

The Department of Social Work received a $900,000 Health Resources and Services Administration grant to provide clinical training for social work graduate students. The funding will support training stipends for up to 48 MSW students over the next four years. Lake Dziengel, associate professor, is the principal investigator and project director for the Providing Advanced Clinical Training (PACT) grant. Wendy Anderson, assistant professor, serves as curriculum director, Sara Lien is the field director and Karen Nichols manages the budget. 

Awards & Achievements

In a competitive process, with help from Bree Bussey, Mark Erickson, Jeri Jasken and Karen Nichols, the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies was named the Northeast Regional Learning Center—one of five regional sites in Minnesota that will provide training for public child welfare workers. All in-person training for public (county) child welfare workers in the Northeast Region will take place at the CRTCWS site at the Duluth Technology Village, bringing in hundreds of people each year for training. This is a partnership between UMD, St. Louis County, the MN Department of Human Services and the Child Welfare Training Academy. 

Daehyoung Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, was selected for the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Network of Early Career Researchers and Students As A Communication Committee Member.

Viann Nguyen-Feng, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Mind-Body Trauma Care Lab, received the Jean Lau Chin Early Career Professional Award for Academic Scholarship at the 2021 APA Convention.

Ladona Tornabene, associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, had a photograph, “Tears of the Sun,” selected for exhibit in International Juried competition at Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis. Another photograph by Tornabene, “Symphony of Color,” was chosen by a peer-reviewed committee as a gift to NOAH’s 2021 conference sponsors and will be printed as an 8x10 on cardstock. 

Tornabene also was a book reviewer for Build Your Professional Development Plan Workbook- The Ultimate Career Planning Tool by Chrissy Scivicque. 

Presentations

David Beaulieu, Ruth Myers Endowed Professor of American Indian Education, gave the opening keynote presentation at the 2021 National Indian Education Association Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.

Marzell Gray, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, presented at DePaul University’s Global Conversations week. The weeklong event includes participants from all over the world. Gray's presentation was on “The Political Economy in Global Health.” Participating partners were from Nottingham Trent University and Makerere University. 

Daehyoung Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, presented a virtual poster titled “Concordance between Accelerometer-Derived and Self-Reported Physical Activity and Sedentary Time in Adults with Autism” at the American College of Sports Medicine 2021 Annual Meeting.

Lee presented a virtual poster titled “ A Gamified Mobile App for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Anxiety in Adults with Autism” at the American College of Sports Medicine 2021 Annual Meeting. 

He also presented “Association between Motor and Language Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Scoping Review” at the International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity 2021. 

Amy Versnik Nowak, associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, public health alum Kourtney Dobmeier, and student Cassie Mohawk presented “Empowering Public Health Undergraduates to Innovate & Lead “Virtually” Through COVID-19” at the 2021 ASPPH Undergraduate Conference for Education in Public Health. 

Versnik Nowak, Associate Professor Ladona Tornabene, Assistant Professors Jessica Hanson and Marzell Gray (Department of Applied Human Sciences) and student Cassie Mohawk presented “Promoting Social Integration in Undergraduate Public Health Students through Creative Academic-Practice Partnerships” at the 2021 ASPPH Undergraduate Conference for Education in Public Health.

Ladona Tornabene and Amy Versnik Nowak, associate professors of public health in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, presented “Leveraging the Competencies of the Health Education Specialist for Arts & Public Health Partners” at the Culture, Health, and Wellbeing International Conference.

Tornabene also presented:

“Importance of the Arts to Health and Education” as an invited keynote for National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Professional Development Day.

“Visibility Between Arts Engagement and Their Link to Health Through Partnerships” at the Minnesota SOPHE Summit along with MN Extension SNAP educator Donna Anderson and UMN public health students enrolled in the Arts in Public Health course, Donovan Doffing, Bailey Soma, Kelly Christopher, Mary Pelletier, and Emily Iverson. 

“Go Wild with Art & Health” as an invited webinar presentation at the University of Minnesota Extension along with SNAP Educator Donna Anderson and UMN public health students enrolled in the Arts in Public Health course, Donovan Doffing, Bailey Soma, Kelly Christopher, Mary Pelletier, and Emily Iverson. 

Michael Young, assistant professor in the Department of Education, presented "(Re)Connecting to our North Star: State-Defined Literacy, Teacher Learning, and Connection in Literacy Teaching" at the 2021 Languages and Literacies for All (LLA) Summer Institute. 

Young also presented:

"Not Allowed: Power and Practice in Literacy Teaching as Defined by the State" at the 2021 Convention for the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE).

"The State and the 'Science' of Reading: Ideology and Struggle for Teachers in Conflict" at the 2021 Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Conference.