Here is a sample of the many exciting, engaging, and life-changing research activities that are happening EVERY DAY at UCA!
UCA Concussion Management Program
This program was created by Rock Lee (from EXSS) and Richelle Weese (from CSD). As part of the CHBS Center for Healthcare Research, it was designed to provide evidence-based diagnosis and treatment opportunities for individuals with concussions, and to facilitate interdisciplinary research and practice opportunities for faculty and students.
The inter-professional education (IPE) committee in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences is developing, implementing, and investigating a model for inter-professional education where students progress from exposure to immersion to competence while learning about, from, and with each other to improve their preparedness to engage in team based healthcare.
This group in the UCA Physical Therapy department, in collaboration with the Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is investigating the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to influence cortical excitability and enhance rehabilitation in individuals with neurological injury.
ACRE is a research center housed in the College of Business. ACRE scholars and policy analysts use research and analysis to educate the public on important issues of public policy in Arkansas. Our research focuses on barriers to employment, taxes and subsidies, public education, and good governance. We have ongoing projects on the scope of practice laws for nurse practitioners, the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund, Arkansas state tax policy, and the history of Arkansas state debt. Pictured are: ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell and Policy Analysts Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and Mr. Jacob Bundrick visited the Capital City Lighthouse Charter School in North Little Rock to witness another example of a charter school making a difference in the lives of Arkansas kids.
Outcome informed therapy (i.e., the use of standard measures to monitor progress in treatment) has been shown to be beneficial for clients in therapy (Lambert et al., 2005) and student therapists in training (Reese et al., 2009). Our research program focuses on one feedback system called, The Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS). It’s impact has been empirically supported through multiple RCTs (Miller, 2006; Reese, 2009; Anker, 2009; Reese, 2010), a meta-analysis (Lambert, 2011), and has been successfully utilized with children (Duncan, 2006; Cooper, 2013), groups (Quirk, 2012), and a variety of public behavioral health settings (Reese, 2014).
For more information, see:uca.edu/psychology/faculty-research/
Corrections, Culture, and Career Lab
We conduct research on juveniles and adult offenders, the role of work on the life of criminals, and risk and protective factors in criminal behavior. We have been developing an innovative career intervention for offenders. We also do research on telepsychology as well as Asian Indian psychology and philosophy.