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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 &
Physical Training

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.

Military Funding

Student Research

  • 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

Last updated: 8/9/2022