Alumni

John W. Apolzan, Ph.D., 2009
Department: Foods and Nutrition
Dissertation: The Effects of Training Status on Appetitive, Metabolic, and Endocrine Responses in Older Adults.
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Kathryn Berlin, Ph.D., 2012
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Why Older Women Continue to be Physically Active: A Mixed Methods Investigation of Older Women's Motivations for Engaging in Sports-Based Versus Exercise-Based Leisure Activity.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Health Sciences, Indiana State University.

Tamra Bireta, Ph.D., 2006
Department: Psychological Sciences
Dissertation: Age-related Differences in the von Restorff Isolation Effect.
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, The College of New Jersey

Kathryn Bojczyk, Ph.D., 2004
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Dissertation: Head Start Children's Literacy Experiences and Outcomes: Associations with Mothers' Beliefs.
Current Position: Senior Study Director, Westat

Justin R. Bryant, DO, MBA, Certificate Program, 2005
Current Position: Resident Physician in General Surgery, Oklahoma State University Medical Center

Andres Carrillo, Ph.D., 2010
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Does Vitamin D Supplementation Augment Exercise-Induced Changes in Health and Physical Performance?
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Chatham University

Connie Carunchia, DNP, 2014
Department: Health & Kinesiology

Wai Chan, Ph.D., 2014
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Dissertation: How Does Personality Contribute To Retirement Savings?
Current Position: Research Associate, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pei-Chun Chen, Ph.D., 2005
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: The Effects of Residential Relocation on Health among Very Old Community-dwellers
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow in Burton Blatt Institute, Centers of Innovation on Disability, Syracuse University.

Aleda Hess Chen, Ph.D., 2011
Department: Pharmacy Practice
Dissertation: Health Literacy and Self-Care of Patients with Heart Failure
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Cedarville University

Yen-Pi Cheng, M.S., 2011
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Current Position: Research Assistant, University of Texas-Austin

Emily Chan-Ching Chiang, Ph.D., 2011
Department: Nutrition Science
Dissertation: Studies on the Mechanisms of the Prostate Cancer Protective Effect of Dietary Selenium
Current Position: Research Assistant, Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation, Purdue University

Krista M. Clark Cline, Ph.D., 2007
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Dogs and People: Using Role Strain and Role Enhancement Theories to Predict Dog Owners' Well-Being
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Butler University

Don Crohan, Ph.D., 2005
Department: Educational Studies
Dissertation: The Utility of Holland Model with the Five Factor Model to Guide the Undecided Student Toward Academic Major Selection.
Current Position: Department of Sociology, ECPI University

Elizabeth A. DeYoung, M.S., 2009
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Current Position: Health Educator at Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia

Marquita Dill, M.S., 2010
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Current Position: Residency Program Coordinator, Department of Pathology, Howard University Hospital

Angela DeMano Doehring, Ph.D., 2012
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Does a Faith-Based Community Center Impact the Physical Activity Practices among Middle Aged and Older Adults?
Current Position: Visiting Professor, Millikin University

Nancy E. Edwards, Ph.D., 1996
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Dissertation: The Management of Parkinson's Disease as it Relates to Marital Quality, Perceived Support, Locus of Control, and Perceived Burden
Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Purdue University.

Margaret A. Favorite, M.S., 2004
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Current Position: Center Project Coordinator, Global Sustainability Initiative, Purdue University

Kathleen H. Gallant, Ph.D., 2010
Department: Nutrition Science
Dissertation: Predictors of Skeletal Calcium Accretion in Adolescents from Pooled Metabolic Balance Studies
Current Position: Assistant Professor and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University

Megan Gilligan, Ph.D., 2013
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Stretching The Ties That Bind: When Children Become Estranged From Their Mothers.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University.

Kimberly S. Hurley, Ph.D., 2005
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Comparison Types and the Physical Self in Older Adulthood
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Ball State University

Heidi B. IglayReger, Ph.D., 2006
Department: Nutrition Science
Dissertation: The Influence of Protein Intake during Resistance Training on Body Composition and Glucose Metabolism in Older Men and Women
Current Position: Laboratory Supervisor, Physical Activity Laboratory, Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center, University of Michigan

Shalon M. Irving, Ph.D., 2006
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: More Than Sticks and Stones: The Long-term Consequences of Reported Childhood Maltreatment on Health in Adulthood
Current Position: W.K. Kellogg Post-doctoral Fellow, Morgan State University

Lakshmi K. Josyula, Ph.D., 2008
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Examination of Physical Activity for Health Promotion, and Attitudes Towards Aging among Adults-Cross-Cultural Comparisons; Healthcare Provider Recommendations: Toolkit Evaluation
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health- Hyderabad, Public Health Foundation of India, India

Naomi Kariuki, M.S., 2013
Department: Veterinary and Clinical Science
Current Position: Graduate student in College of Pharmacy, Purdue University

Jessica Kelley-Moore, Ph.D., 2002
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: The Disability Gap: Risk for Life Course Disability Trajectories for Black and White Older Adults
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University

Sara Kubik, Ph.D., 2008
Department: Computer Graphics Technology
Dissertation: Older Adults and Cell Phones: A Mixed-Methods Usability Study
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Journalism, Central Michigan University

James M. Larkin, Ph.D., 2004
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Psychosocial Determinants of Exercise in People 65 and Older: Recruitment and Population Campaign Strategies
Current Position: Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, Eastern Kentucky University

Min-Ah Lee, Ph.D., 2007
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Social Forces and Health among Hispanic Americans: Adverse Effects of Residential Segregation and Discrimination?
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.

Yunqing Li, Ph.D., 2004
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Volunteering and Mental Health: Benefits of Engagement or Social Selection
Current Position: Research Scientist; Office of Research, Planning and Evaluation; New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Peter MacLean, Ph.D., 2001
Department: Psychological Sciences
Dissertation: Attachment in Marriage: Predicting Marital Satisfaction from Partner Matching using a Three-group Typology of Adult Attachment Style
Current Position: Private practice, Ottawa, Canada

Megan K. MacPherson, Ph.D., 2013
Department: Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Dissertation: Cognitive and Autonomic Factors in Speech Motor Control: Effects of the Aging Process
Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Communication Science and Disorders, Florida State University

Brian McFarlin, Ph.D., 2003
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Pro-inflammatory Cytokines and Toll-like Receptor 4: A Regulatory Link?
Current Position: Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, University of North Texas

Steven P. McKenzie, Ph.D., 2011
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Laura M. Miller, M.S., 2007
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Current Position: Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Analysis, Messiah College

Tariqah A. Nuriddin, Ph.D., 2007
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Weathering the Storm : Self-efficacy, Social Support Processes, and Health-related Coping Strategies among the Detroit-area Widowed
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Howard University

Ahmad Othman, Ph.D., 2000
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Factors of Breast Self-examination Behavior among Malaysian Women
Current Position: Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University Sains Malaysia

Stephen Owens, Ph.D., 2000
Department: Psychological Sciences
Dissertation: The Effects of Dementing and Nondementing Illnesses on Long-term Marriages
Current Position: Staff Psychologist, Chillicothe, Ohio Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Wilma Phillips, M.S., 1997
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Deceased, September 11, 2002

Lindsay Pitzer, Ph.D., 2009
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Dissertation: Childhood Abuse and Adulthood Well Being
Current Position: Methodologist, Pittsburgh Medical Center

Kimberly S. Plake, Ph.D., 1999
Department: Pharmacy Practice
Dissertation: Impact of Interdisciplinary Health Care on Elderly Patients' Health-related Quality of Life, Patient Satisfaction, and Health Care Utilization
Current Position: Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Faculty Associate of Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University

Mari Plikuhn, Ph.D., 2010
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Exploring Patterns of Reciprocal Influence Between Mothers and Daughters when Daughters Return to School in Midlife
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Evansville

Karis Pallone Pressler, Ph.D., 2014
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: “They’ll Think It’s a Good Thing”: Examining the Dynamics of Walker, Cane, and Wheelchair Use Among Older Adults and Their Social Ties.

Dan M. Ritchie, Ph.D., 2009
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Effect of Two Doses of an Exercise Intervention on Mobility and Function in Older Adults
Current Position: Owner of Miracles Fitness in Lafayette and West Lafayette, Indiana

Alicia Rodriguez Rubio, Ph.D., 2007
Department: Consumer Sciences and Retailing
Dissertation: The Effect of Health and Health Risk Factors on Household Wealth
Current Position: Assistant Professor, HEB School of Business, University of the Incarnate Word

Hee Seung Roh Ryu, Ph.D., 1999
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Factors Associated With Weight Concerns and Unhealthy Eating Patterns among Korean Females

Markus H. Schafer, Ph.D., 2011
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Does Health Divide? Social Networks and Emergent Social Boundaries in a Retirement Community
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Michelle M. Schwartz, M.S., 2005
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Current Position: Chastity Educator

Jori Sechrist, Ph.D., 2008
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Affection across Generations: A Within-family Test of the Intergenerational Solidarity Model
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Texas-Pan American

Amber Seidel, Ph.D., 2012
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Dissertation: Spouse Involvement and Diabetes Management in Later Life Couples
Current Position: Research Associate, Center on Aging and Life Course, Purdue University

Minjung Seo, Ph.D., 2007
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Exercise Correlates of Personality and Self-Determination in Older Adults
Current Position: Assistant Professor, State University of New York - Oswego

Tetyana P. Shippee, Ph.D., 2008
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Social Cohesion in Communities with High Residential Mobility
Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

John E. Spruill III, Ph.D., 2010
Department: Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Dissertation: Working Memory and Inhibition Performance Predicts Phonological Processing in Elderly Women: Evidence from Behavioral and Electrophysiological Indices
Current Position: Faculty, California State University - Los Angeles

Michael Steinhour, PhD, 2013
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: The Role of Traditionalism in Patterns of Support from Adult Children to Fathers in the Later Years
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana

Sean Stickney, Ph.D., 2006
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Physical Self-Perception, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Health Behavior
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University

April Stull, Ph.D., 2007
Department: Nutrition Science
Dissertation: Relationships among Inositols, Glucose Tolerance, Insulin Sensitivity, and Tyrosine Phosphorylation of the Insulin Receptor
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Diabetes and Nutrition, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Ya-ping Su, Ph.D., 1999
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: A Twenty-year Illness Trajectory of Hypertensive Patients: Hospitalization and Mortality among the U.S. Black and White Adults
Current Position: Director, Research & Analytic Services, Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc., East Brunswick, New Jersey

Chiung-Ya Tang, Ph.D., 2006
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Dissertation: The Relationship between Marital Commitment and Housework
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State - Shanango

Lionel M. Thomas Jr., Ph.D., 2007
Department: Consumer and Family Sciences
Dissertation: Nutritional Intervention in Older Populations: Modeling the Dietary Behavioral Intentions of Congregate Meal Site Participants
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management, North Carolina Central University

Roland J. Thorpe, Ph.D., 2004
Department: Veterinary Pathobiology
Dissertation: Relationships between Pet Ownership, Physical Activity, and Human Health in Elderly Persons
Current Position: Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Stephanie A. Thurman-Edwards, M.S., 2002
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Current Position: Hospital & Health Care Professional, Indianapolis, Indiana, Area

Kyle L. Timmerman, Ph.D., 2007
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Mechanism for the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Exercise Training
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch

Nicholas Turiano, Ph.D., 2012
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Dissertation: The Health Behavior Model of Personality
Current Position: Assistant Professor , Department of Psychology, West Virginia University

Lisa A. Farley VanWormer, Ph.D., 2006
Department: Psychological Sciences
Dissertation: Irrelevant Speech Effects in Implicit Sequence Learning
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of West Florida

Yun Wang, Ph.D., 2005
Department: Statistics
Dissertation: Methods for Missing Values in Dichotomous Response Variables
Current Position: Senior Principal Biostatistician, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Lori M. Ward, Ph.D., 2013
Department: Pharmacy Practice
Dissertation: Patient Perceptions of Physicians and Medication Adherence Among Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

Eileen Weinheimer, Ph.D., 2011
Department: Nutrition Science
Dissertation: Effects of Whey Protein Supplementation and Exercise Training on Body Composition and Indices of Metabolic Syndrome in Middle-aged Overweight and Obese Adults
Current Position: Post-doctoral fellowship at University of Illinois-Chicago

Oliver Wendt, Ph.D., 2006
Department: Educational Studies/Special Education and Speech, Hearing, and Language Studies
Dissertation: Effectiveness of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Special Education; Assistant Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; Faculty Associate Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University

Hui-Ching Weng, Ph.D., 1997
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: The Impact of Gatekeeping on Physician Practice Patterns
Current Position: Professor in Institute of Gerontology, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan.

Stacy Presley Whirl, Ph.D., 2005
Department: Consumer Sciences and Retailing
Dissertation: Examining Veterans' Generativity and Legacy Behavior using a Qualitative Phenomenological Approach
Current Position: Psychologist/Research Operations Manager, Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk

Jody Wilkinson, Ph.D., 2000
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Intergenerational Inter Vivos Transfers: What is the Pattern and Level of Financial Support Parents Provide Their Adult Children

Lindsay Rinaldo Wilkinson, Ph.D., 2014
Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Financial Strain and the Health of Black, White, and Hispanic Older Adults: Lingering Effects of the Great Recession?
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Baylor University

Tim Wright, Ph.D., 2008
Department: Health and Kinesiology
Dissertation: Principal Barriers to Health Promotion Program Participation by Older Adults
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Health Education, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Meifang Xiang, Ph.D., 2008
Department: Consumer Sciences and Retailing
Dissertation: Three Essays on International Finance
Current Position: Assistant Professor, College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Ting-Ying Yang, Ph.D., 2012
Department: Consumer Sciences and Retailing
Dissertation: Determinants of the Retirement Assets and the Amount in Stock Within Retirement Assets: Evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances and the Health and Retirement Study.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Asia University