Listing of CARHS Research Events
The Role of Biofeedback Lab in Research and Teaching
Dr. Susan Ross, Assistant Professor, Health Science & Recreation
Recreation Therapy and the SJSU Wellness Center partnered in Spring 2016 to create a Biofeedback Lab for all students. The purpose of the lab is to provide students with opportunities to use biofeedback equipment and to apply practices to improve health. Dr. Susan Ross talked about her work with the lab, her current research using biofeedback with children in a coma state, and discussed the implications for CASA faculty’s research and teaching.
Grant Seeking Lessons from the University Grants Academy
Dr. Amy D'Andrade and Dr. Meekyung Han, Professors, Social Work
Drs. Amy D'Andrade and Meekyung Han shared grant-writing lessons based on their involvement in the University Grants Academy. Their personal reflections and insights may help CASA faculty enhance their understanding of the grant seeking process and become more prepared for it.
Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: Exposure to Victimizing Events and Use of Substances
Dr. Satu Larson, Assistant Professor, The Valley Foundation School of Nursing
Exposure to trauma increases students’ risk for mental health disorders and school failure. Dr. Larson talked about her analysis of California Healthy Kids Survey 2010 and discuss victimization on school grounds, substance use, and symptoms of depression and eating disorders among a sample of 6-12th graders. The talk also discussed the larger context of exposure to childhood trauma, mental health, and academic success.
Netnographic Research and Teaching Virtual Fieldwork
Dr. Kristen Rebmann, Associate Professor, School of Information
Netnography, or digital ethnography, focuses on understanding social interaction in contemporary digital communications contexts. Dr. Rebmann shared her experience in netnographic research and teaching, and discussed this method’s implications for qualitative researchers.
Threshold Concepts: Implications for Education and Research
Dr. Virginia Tucker, Assistant Professor, School of Information
Dr. Tucker discussed her research related to Threshold Concepts, a theoretical framework related to teaching and learning. A threshold concept can be considered as akin to a portal, opening up a new and previously inaccessible way of thinking about something. It represents a transformed way of understanding, or interpreting, or viewing something without which the learner cannot progress. Implications of Threshold Concepts for education and research were also be discussed.
Impacts of the SJSU Community Garden on Student Welfare
Dr. Joshua Baur, Assistant Professor, Health Science & Recreation
Dr. Baur talked about a case-study that looked at how volunteering at the SJSU Student Garden impacts students. Both current and former volunteers were asked about dietary habits, food insecurity, health, and general wellbeing. Dr. Baur also shared how their volunteering experience has impacted these health indicators.
Parents’ Perceptions of Risk and the Influence on Children’s Everyday Occupations
Dr. Anita Niehues, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
When parents are asked what they want most for their children, most say, “I just want them to be happy!”. Many things contribute to children’s happiness and well-being. Children love to play outdoors, setting and meeting physical challenges for themselves and playing with friends. Dr. Niehues shared findings of a qualitative study of parents’ perceptions of risk and some of the dilemmas and strategies they used to offer children age-appropriate risk taking opportunities including occupations with gradually increasing challenge and responsibility.
What is Social Network Analysis and How Does it Apply to My Work?
Dr. Bryce Westlake, Assistant Professor, Department of Justice Studies
Dr. Bryce Westlake introduced attendees to Social Network Analysis by providing a brief overview of what it is and how it is used in research. He then provided examples of its use in his own research as well as in other disciplines with CASA. He concluded with a set of resources that can help attendees learn more about Social Network Analysis.