The faculty research team is composed of faculty in the Waters College of Health Professions, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. The faculty work in a collaborative effort to take on health and wellness in a holistic approach by implementing programming, presenting and publishing research, and preparing grants geared toward improving the health of our first responders.
Grant Funded Projects
Improving De-escalation Skills Among Recruits Through Mental &
The integrated mental health initiative creates a wellness curriculum for use with cadets that frames officer mental health through the perspective of resiliency, mindfulness, awareness, physical training, injury-prevention and occupational task preparedness.
Sponsored By: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Grant in partnership with Georgia Public Safety Training Center GPSTC
Principle Investigator: Bridget Melton, Ed.D.
Rural Regional Mental Health & Wellness Training Program
The goal of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Rural Regional Mental Health & Wellness Training Program is to increase awareness and access to mental health and wellness resources for law enforcement officers and non-sworn personnel.
Sponsored By: Department of Justice Community Office of Policing COPS grant in partnership with Statesboro Police Department
Principle Investigator: Richard Cleveland, Ph.D.
- Nicholas Hunt (in progress): “Occupational Apparatus and Fatigue Among Firefighters”
- Petra Kiss (in progress): “Occupational Task in Firefighters and Blance”
- Alyssa Fail (in progress): “Chronotypes and Law Enforcement Officers”
- Kayden Lowe (in progress): “Hypertension Among Municipal Workers”
Completed Student Research
- Tom Nagel, 2022: “The Role of Cardiorespiratory Fitness to Attenuate Arterial Stiffness in Firefighters”
- Marissa Villafuerte, 2021: “Firefighters Self-Efficacy of Injuries and Willingness to Report Injuries with the Southeastern Region of the United States“
- Catherine Gallagher, 2021: “The Relationship Between Emotion Regulation and Health Status in Southeast Rural Firefighters“
- Brandon Loewen, 2020: “Cardio-Metabolic and Perceived Demands Comparison of Circuit Training and Fireground Suppression Tasks“
- Macy Weeks, 2020: “Effectiveness of Wellness Programming to Improve Health and Fitness Metrics in Rural Firefighters“
Last updated: 8/9/2022