Faculty and Staff Briefs: February 2019


Melessa Kelley, Ph.D. (Nursing) has been selected as a fellow for the 2019 IHART2 Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program beginning March 1. The IHART2 fellowship offers up to $20,000 in pilot project development seed funding as well as classes, seminars and other research training opportunities.

Marina Duque, Ph.D. (Political Science) won the International Studies Association Diplomatic Studies Section’s Award for the best paper on diplomatic studies in International Studies Quarterly in 2018 for her paper “Recognizing International Status: A Relational Approach.” The award will be presented at the International Studies Association 2019 meeting in Toronto in March.

Monica Hurdal, Ph.D. (Mathematics) and Alejandra Gutierrez, Ph.D. (Modern Languages and Linguistics) were named 2019 Trailblazers by the Oasis Center for Women and Girls for their pioneering work in bio-mathematics and humanities, respectively. The awards will be presented March 8, during the center’s Women’s History Month activities.

Samantha C. Paustian-Underdahl, Ph.D. (Business) received a 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to conduct research in Ireland in the spring of 2020 at Dublin City University.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (Education) received the Tom E. C. Smith Early Career Award from the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Root received the award at the 20th International Conference on Intellectual Disability, which took place in January.


Lara Perez-Felkner, Ph.D. (Education) is the lead editor of “Advancing higher education research on undergraduate women in STEM,” a collection of original higher education research. Perez-Felkner worked on editing the volume with former FSU faculty member Joy Gaston Gayles, and she wrote a chapter in the book and contributed to another. Several current and former FSU students also contributed to the volume.

Samantha Paustian-Underdahl, Ph.D. (Business) co-authored “Pushed Out or Opting Out? Integrating Perspectives on Gender Differences in Withdrawal Attitudes During Pregnancy,” recently published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.   

Joseph Gabriel, Ph.D. (History/Medicine) authored the book “Medical Monopoly: Intellectual Property Rights and the Origins of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry” and was featured in an article on the New York Review of Books.   

Bruce Thyer, Ph.D., Thomas Smith, Ph.D. and Jean Munn, Ph.D. (Social Work) currently have three articles in press: “Predatory doctoral programs: Warnings for Social Workers” in the Journal of Social Work Education; “The 100 most influential contemporary social work faculty as assessed by the h-index” in the Journal of Social Service Research; and “The relationship between perceived ageism and depressive symptoms in later life: Understanding the mediating effects of self-perception of aging and purpose of life, using structural equation modeling” in the journal Educational Gerontology.

Mostafa Papi, Ph.D. (Education) recently published two papers on the topics of language learners’ motivation and feedback-seeking behavior. The first article is “Rethinking L2 Motivation Research: The 2 x 2 Model of L2 Self-Guides” appeared in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and the second is “Feedback‐Seeking Behavior in Language Learning: Basic Components and Motivational Antecedents” and appeared in the Modern Language Journal.


Frank Wong, Ph.D. (Nursing) has launched the Viet Nam Initiative to identify opportunities and partnerships in Vietnam where FSU can be a key player in education, research and social enterprises. As part of the initiative, Wong invited Ms. Sandy Dang, former executive director of the Vietnam Education Foundation, an independent U.S. government agency, to deliver the inaugural public talk Feb. 27 at the Claude Pepper Center. Dang will discuss “Opportunities and Challenges: Exploring a Win-Win Partnership in Southeast Asia.”

Lydia Hanks (Hospitality) received an endowed professorship as the J. Willard Marriott, Sr. Professor in Hospitality at the FSU Dedman School of Hospitality.

Steven Pfeiffer, Ph.D. (Education) was mentioned in the British Psychological Society newsletter. In a conversation with Paul Curran, the psychologist mentioned that Pfeiffer’s “tripartite model” that looks at IQ, success, and ability is a good model to use.


Eileen Cormier, Ph.D. (Nursing) presented “Patient and Nurse Behaviors Associated with Outcomes of Care for Patients with Psychiatric Comorbidities in Medical Surgical Settings” at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Symposium Feb. 20 in Tallahassee.   

Sally Karioth, Ph.D. (Nursing) was the guest speaker for the Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Luncheon held Feb. 16 in Tallahassee.

John Lowe, Ph.D. (Nursing) spoke at Eastern Mennonite University’s Suter Science Seminar on his work to address educational, economic and health inequity Feb. 13 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

Graig Chow, Ph.D. and Nicole Gabana, Ph.D. (Sport Psychology) presented at the NCAA Convention in Orlando. The two presented “Tackling Stigma: A Pilot Program to Promote Mental Health and Help-Seeking in Student Athletes” on promoting mental health among student athletes.


Jessica Bahorski, Ph.D. (Nursing) was awarded the First Year Assistant Professor Grant from the Council on Research and Creativity to support her study on assessing maternal knowledge of infant feeding practices.  


Lauren Kendall, D.N.P. (Nursing) accompanied several College of Nursing students to Maryland Oaks where they collaborated with students from various disciplines at FSU and FAMU to serve medically underserved populations and to respond to community needs.

Wendy Plant, MBA (Entrepreneurship) has been elected to a two-year term as senior vice president of Operations and Finance for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.