Undergraduate research mentors in the applied arts:
Dr. Elizabeth Benavides - Agriculture
Research Interests: Goat production, animal physiology, reproduction and endocrinology.
Dr. H. Jaymi Elsass - Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Juvenile justice, delinquency, media coverage of crime, mass episodic violence, deterrence theory.
Bio: Dr. H. Jaymi Elsass earned her B.S. in Sociology in 2008 from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.S. in Criminal Justice in 2010 as well as Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in 2015 from Texas State University. While completing her Ph.D., Dr. Elsass received the Student Paper Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for her coauthored work on the Boston bombing. During graduate school, she published research in a number of academic journals and edited volumes as well as a co-authored book entitled "Mass shootings: Media, myths, and realities." The book received a Choice Award as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2016 from the American Library Association and received an "essential" designation, which is their highest ranking. Her dissertation, entitled "Juvenile delinquency outliers: An analysis of high-rate offenders and pure conformists," was chaired by Dr. Mark Stafford and committee members included Drs. Donna Vandiver, Daniel Mears, and Wayman Mullins. She is currently a lecturer in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University and serves as program coordinator for the Round Rock campus.
Dr. Ramona Salcedo Price - Nutrition
Research Interests: Obesity, Nutrition, Liver Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Inflammation.
Bio: Dr. Price is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Texas State University. Dr. Price earned her B.S. in Dietetics and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Thereafter, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at UT Austin to continue her research on dissecting the obesity-cancer link.
Dr. Price’s research focuses on the impact of obesity on prostate cancer, liver cancer, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Understanding these relationships is critical due to the higher incidence rates of obesity and cancer among individuals in Central and South Texas. Dr. Price’s research integrates basic science and translational research by employing cell culture, animal models, and biospecimen analysis as it relates to obesity, cancer, and fatty liver disease. The goal of this work is to optimize nutritional strategies to reverse the impact of obesity on cancer progression.
Dr. Omar S. Lopez - Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies
Research Interests: Social Sciences, including early childhood education, public education (K-12), higher education, entrepreneurship, leadership, workforce development, STEM; Populations include: first-generation college students, teachers (pre-K through college), families and students with the following demographics: migrant, immigrant, refugee, low-income, special education, gifted, gender (male/female/other), race/ethnic minority groups, and bilingual/ELL. Studies include quantitative and qualitative research designs. Research types: scholarship (e.g., for peer-review journals), program evaluation (e.g., formative and summative), and best practices of high performing sub-units within a research population.
LinkedIn Profile: http://https://www.linkedin.com/in/omar-s-lopez-ph-d-6378a134/
Dr. Christine Lynn Norton - Social Work
Research Interests: Social work; wilderness/adventure therapy; outdoor behavioral healthcare; experiential education; international human rights and social justice; nature and the outdoors.