The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers many opportunities for you to engage in research.  Whether you would like to be a participant in one of our studies or you would like to help conduct a study, we have the resources you need to get plugged into research.

Participate in Studies

If you are interested in participating in social sciences research, please click here and request an account from the administrator.  If you already have an account, you may log in and sign up for any available studies.  Please contact the system administrator if you have any questions about participating in our research opportunities.

Research Opportunities

Psychology Research

Dr. Bryan Poole teaches multiple courses that give students an opportunity to explore their interests and gain experience in research.  He is always accepting new students in his research lab, which primarily focuses on (1) testing the relationship between emotion and time perception; (2) examining the effect of motivation on cognitive breadth/load; and (3) assessing empirical ways to teach psychology and enhance self-efficacy toward research methods and statistics.  If you would like more information about conducting research with Dr. Poole, you may contact him via email at [email protected] or visit his website here.

Dr. Heather Quagliana is the director of Graduate Programs in Counseling play therapy and is always accepting new students in her research lab. Her research focuses on parenting from a theological perspective, childhood trauma, burnout, integration of faith and psychology, and how to best integrate Christian faith and scholarship. If you would like more information about conducting research with Dr. Quagliana, you may contact her via email at [email protected].

Sociology Research

Students in sociology are conducting research on broad areas, ranging from crime and deviance, inequalities (race, sex, and gender), identity, and identity formation to more pragmatic research such as community development, need assessments, and quality of life (QOL) assessment. Most students in sociology have presented their research during Lee's Ollie J. Lee Symposium, regional conferences, and national conferences. Several students have focused their research agenda on class and racial dynamics in Appalachia, Christian university settings, global trends, and various organizations (single motherhood, aging gang members, assimilation of international students, dorm life, etc.). In addition, students learn to do both quantitative and qualitative research looking at social phenomena that relate to themselves via their post-Cold War and Post 9-11 geopolitical experiences, as well as via the ongoing transformations of current larger historical and structural backdrops.


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