My research centers on identifying lifestyle and psychosocial factors that impact health, well-being, and quality of life across the life span among individuals with, and at risk for, chronic illnesses and disabilities.
Older adults and individuals with mobility disabilities (i.e., arthritis and chronic pain) are my primarily populations of interest. My scholarship is grounded in theories and models in the fields of social and health psychology and health promotion.
I have three research areas within my overall program of research: 1) Constraints to, and negotiation of, valued life activities (e.g., physical activity and exercise, recreation and leisure, work, social participation, and basic and instrumental activities of daily living); 2) Exercise adherence, lifestyle factors & management and prevention of chronic illness; and 3) Methodological, measurement, and statistical issues related to my overall research program.
I am a survey researcher and conduct primary studies as well as analyses of secondary data. I have expertise in scale development, experience sampling method, and repeated measures experimental design. My statistical expertise includes exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modeling, latent growth modeling, multiple and logistic regression models, and analysis of variance (one-way, mixed, repeated measures).