CHSS Connection: Publications

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

November/December 2020 issue

Chronister publishes findings about meaning of social support for persons with mental illness

Professor of Counseling Julie Chronister is disseminating findings from her larger NIH-funded study investigating the meaning and measurement of social support for those living with serious mental illness. Her recent article, “The Meaning of Social Support for Persons with Serious Mental Illness: A Family Member Perspective,” will be published in the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 22, flagship journal, Rehabilitation Psychology in February 2021. This follows her 2015 publication, “The Meaning of Social Support for Persons with Serious Mental Illness,” also published in Rehabilitation Psychology. Both studies inform her current study (under review in APA’s Psychological Assessment Journal), titled “Social Support Scale for Persons with Serious Mental Illness: Scale Development and Initial Validation.”

Final papers by Counseling students Colver, Ulibas accepted for publication

Counseling graduate students Katherine Colver and Vanessa Ulibas had their COUN 704 final papers accepted for submission to the Counselors for Social Justice Newsletter (a division of the American Counseling Association). Colver’s piece, “Disability Justice in Counseling: Combating Ableism Through Disability Identity Development,” will be in the January issue, and Ulibas’ paper, “The Intersectionality of Older Adults and Healthcare During the Global Pandemic,” will be published in the issue to follow.

Morgan, Wilson examine summer-camp counselors’ use of sun protection

illustration of sunscreen tubeAn article by Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Jackson Wilson and his former graduate student, Jason Morgan, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. Titled, “Occupational solar exposure at summer camp: The failure to protect from a known hazard,” the work looks at sun protection behaviors of summer-camp counselors and their attitudes about providing sun protection to themselves and their campers. Morgan is currently working on his doctorate at Clemson University.

Park publishes study of children’s participation in robotics curriculum

Professor of Child and Adolescent Development Soyeon Park and her co-author recently published an article in the Korean Journal of Childcare and Education. Titled, “The effect of STEAM-based unplugged play activities using robots on the improvement of children’s creative and social personalities,” the study investigated whether participation in a robotics curriculum with play activities over five weeks can improve five-year-old children’s creative and social personalities. Findings revealed that children in the experimental group showed improvement in all domains of social personality and in three domains of creative personality, implying that implementing STEAM-based unplugged robotic activities in early childhood classrooms positively contributes to children’s development of creative and social personalities. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea grant funded by the Korea government.

Peper offers solutions for reducing screen-related eyestrain and muscle tension

Professor Erik Peper, professor of Holistic Health in the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, authored an article, "Resolve eyestrain and screen fatigue," in the Winter 2021 issue of Well Being Journal. In the article, he discusses evolutionary reasons for our physiological responses to screen use and offers ways to reduce symptoms and increase comfort while working on a screen.

Peper, Harvey publish checklist for identifying computer-related health issues

Professors Erik Peper and Richard Harvey of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies and the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism coauthored “Checklist: Fatigue or Pain Related to Computer Use” in the January 2021 issue of Townsend Letter–The Examiner of Alternative Medicine. This checklist helps identify computer-use issues that contribute to fatigue and pain, and offers solutions to these issues.

Thoyre publishes research on negawatts and investor-owned electricity companies

Autumn Thoyre, assistant professor of Environmental Studies in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, published an article, “Negawatt resource Frontiers: Extracting energy efficiency from private spaces,” in the journal Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space in November. The research uses a case study of a U.S. state alternative energy portfolio standard under which negawatts have been turned into new sources of profits for investor-owned electricity companies. Using archival policymaking data and analytical tools commonly used in the study of more traditional subsurface resources like fossil fuels, Thoyre’s paper analyzes how such companies have come to profit from negawatts. She shows that, under this portfolio standard, negawatts are largely embedded in electricity customers’ private spaces, presenting a private property problem for capital accumulation similar to the challenge faced by capital seeking to extract more traditional subsurface resources.