Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CSALT )
A center that focuses on the pre-eminence of learning and the vital role of engagement and teaching.

Diversity Related Research, Scholarship and Teaching

Faculty and their Areas of Research
Faculty Name

Research Area

Prof. Bush, Jason
Biology Department

Breast Cancer Among African American Women

Prof. Garcia, Betty
Social Work Department

Standards for cultural competence in clinical practice; social work practice with Latinos; diversity teaching

Prof. Jendian, Matthew
Sociology Department

Armenian Culture

Profs. Krenz Eric and Krenz Vickie
Public Health Department

Tobacco use among under-served populations

Profs. Kotkin-Jaszi,Suzanne and Perez,Miguel A.
(with colleagues in the Dominican Republic)
Public Health Department

Behavioral risk factors among college students

Prof. Lin, Cui and Gao Yonshent
Computer Science Department

ATLAS experiment at Fresno State

Prof. Lowe, Mitzi
Social Work Department

GLBTQ curriculum development

Prof. Magdaleno, Keneth
Educational Research and Administration Department

Mentoring Latina/o students

Prof. Miltiades, Helen
Gerontology Program

Older Mexican American women; pet attachment for older Latinos

Profs. Moghaddam, Peyvandi, Ali and Wang, Jia
Management Department

Impacts of language barriers on students openness to diversity attitudes.

Prof. Scott Moore
Continuing & Global Education

Socioeconomic & Cultural disparities in Health Care and medical access

Prof. Nisbett, Nancy
Department of Recreation Administration

Inclusive recreation

Prof. Petrovich, Anne and Lowe, Mizti
Social Work Department

Cultural competence: Student and Alumni Perspectives

Prof. Salsgiver, Richard
Social Work Department

People with physical disabilities

Prof. Trueblood, Peggy
Physical Therapy Department

Implements fall prevention screenings to under-served older adults in the Central Valley through a grant from the California Wellness Foundation

Prof. Vungkhanching, Martha
Social Work Department

Diverse learning needs of students

Prof. Weston, Lisa
English Department

Same sex desire and lesbian texts in early medieval Europe

Prof. Fu, Xuanning
Sociology Department

Interracial marriage

Prof. Herrera, Cristina
Chicano and Latin American Studies Department

Contemporary Chicana/Latina literature, theory and criticism

Prof. España-Nájera, Annabella
Chicano and Latin American Studies Department

Voter Turnout in Latin America

Prof. Hansen, Kenneth
Political Science Department

American Indian Politics

Prof. Torres, Victor
Chicano and Latin American Studies Department

Los Danzantes de Aztlán

Prof. Fields, Jill
History Department

Fasion in world history; Jewish women

Prof. Kytle, Ethan
History Department

Slavery and abolition

Prof. Reese, De Anna
Africana/History Department

Gender and identity in African American culture and history

Prof. Skuban, William
History Department

Latin American international relations and cultural history

Prof. DenBeste, Michelle
History Department

Russian women's history; history of medicine

Prof. Owen, Barbara
History Department

Thai women in prison

Prof. Hammons, Amber
Child, Family and Consumer Sciences Department

Cultural influences on mealtime interaction and behaviors

Prof. Herzig, Lisa
Food Science and Nutrition Department

Obesity issues in impoverished communities; foods without borders; menopause

Prof. Gilbert, Jenelle
Kinesiology Department

NCAA Division II Coach's Use of and Desire for External Assistance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.The Psychological Uniform: A Sport Psychology/Life Skills Program with Inner City High School Student-Athletes

Prof. McMillen, John and Mahoney, Michael
Kinesiology and Recreation Administration Department

Disability Access at the Super Bowl XLVI

Prof. McMillen, John
Kinesiology Department

Quality of Life and Wellness: The ADA's Impact on Venue Access for Aging and Older Adults

Prof. Coles, Michael
Kinesiology Department

Comparison of Air-Displacement Plethysmography, Hydrostatic weighing, and Skinfold Analysis for the estimation of Body Density in Female Cross Country Runners

Prof. Baldis, Mark
Kinesiology Department

Comparisons of Body Composition and Body Image in Racially Diverse Male and Female College Students

Prof. Lowe, Mitzi
Social Work Education Department

Culturally Competent Mentoring Practices with Incarcerated Youth

Prof. Lowe, Mitzi and Petrovich, Anne
Social Work Education Department

The Phenomenology of LGBT Older Adults: A Developmental and Social Justice Perspective

Prof. Lowe, Mitzi and Nesbitt, Nancy and Berrett, Bryan
Social Work Education, Recreation Administration, and Deaf Studies Department

A Collaborative and Culturally Competent Approach to Faculty Mentoring

Prof. Betty, Garcia
Social Work Education Department

Garcia, B., Lu, Y.E. & Maurer, K. (2012). Cultural empathy: Implications from social work
objective-structured clinical observation for field education. The Field Educator: A
Scholarly Journal from the Simmons College School of Social Work. Boston, MA.

Prof. Betty, Garcia
Social Work Education Department

Ortiz, L., Garcia, B. & Hernandez, S. (2012). Guest Editorial: Why it is important for social work
educators to oppose racist-based anti-immigration legislation. Journal of Social Work
Education, 48(2), 197-203.

Prof. Betty, Garcia
Social Work Education Department

Garcia, B. & Petrovich, A. (2011). Strengthening the DSM: Incorporating resilienceand cultural competence. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Prof. Betty, Garcia
Social Work Education Department

Lu, E., Chamorro, C., Chang, C., Feng, J., Fong, R., Garcia, B., & Hawkins, R., et. al.(2011). A new methodology for assessing social work practice: The adaptationof the Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (SW-OSCE). Social WorkEducation, 30(2), 170-185.

Prof. Betty, Garcia
Social Work Education Department

Garcia, B. (2011). Cultural competence with Latino Americans. In Lum, D. (Ed.),Culturally competent practice: A framework for understanding diverse groupsand justice issues. (4th ed.), pp. 302-332. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Prof. Whiting, Jason
Recreation Administration Department

Whiting, J.A., Larson, L. R., & Green, G. T. (2012). Monitoring visitation in Georgia state parks using the system for observing play and recreation in communities (SOPARC). Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 30(3), 21-37.

Prof. Nisbett, Nancy
Recreation Administration Department

Nisbett, N. & Gray, H. J. (2010). Leisure for all. In Dimensions of leisure for life: Individuals and Society (pp. 271-288). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Nisbett, N. (2010). Designing inclusive experiences. In Inclusive recreation: Programs and services for a diverse population (pp.159-174). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Prof. Hickey, Cheryl
Physical Therapy Department

Dr. Cheryl Hickey has been working in the area of language barriers in clinical practice and recently published the following article: Physical Therapists' Perceptions Regarding Language and Language-Related Barriers in Clinical Settings, in Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration, and Leadership and was published in the 3rd volume (quarterly publication) 2012.

Prof. Lentell, Gary
Physical Therapy Department

Dr. Gary Lentell's Robinson Elementary project is an ongoing project working with K-6th graders to improve physical wellness and manage childhood obesity at Robinson Elementary School in Fresno, California. The Robinson neighborhood is a diverse population of school aged children across the socio-economic spectrum. This past year Dr. Lentell received $10,000 from the California Endowment Foundation in support of this project.

Prof. Trueblood, Peggy
Physical Therapy Department

Dr. Peggy Trueblood has been working in the area of fall prevention for the last 15 years with emphasis on the low socioeconomic, underserved older adult population with multiple ethnic groups including Hispanic and Hmong. The California Wellness Foundation has provided $300,000 within the last 5 years to support these efforts.

Prof. Pérez,Miguel A.
Department of Public Health

Pérez, M.A., & Luquis, R. (2012). Getting to know US Latinos: A step toward cultural competence. Californian Journal of Health Promotion.

Prof. Pizon-Perez, Helda
Department of Public Health

Pinzon-Perez, H.,Alonso, L., & Fajardo, E. (2012).Complementary and Alternative Medicine:A New Professional Arena for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Health Educators.Revista Cientifica Salud Uninorte, 28(1): 162-170.Available online at Reviewed.

Prof. Pizon-Perez, Helda
Department of Public Health

Miller, Sylvia& Pinzon-Perez, H. (2011).Nursing’s Role in Advance Care Planning for Hispanic / Latino Individuals.Revista CientificaSalud Uninorte, 27(1).Available online at Reviewed.

Prof. Wielicki, Tomasz
Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences

Dr. Tomasz Wielicki has conducted extensive research on the Business Digital Divide. The research is important for economic development in less developed economies and areas of minority concentration in developed economies. The term Digital Divide refers to the economic inequality between those who have and don't have information and communications technology whether it be infrastructure, knowledge, access, training or use.

Prof. Jill Bradley Geist
Department of Management

Dr. Jill Bradley Geist was co-author on the article, "Showcasting and subjugating minorities and women: Assignment to visible but trivial committees" published in theJournal of PsychologicalIssues in Organizational Culture (2011).

Prof. James Schmidtke
Department of Management

Dr. James Schmidtke co-authored the article "Theoretical Traditions and the Modeling of Sexual Harassment within Organizations: The Military as Data."Armed Forces &Society, 36, 193-222. (2010).Jim also co-authored The effects of specific diversity training on general multicultural attitudes, Multicultural Education and Technology Journal, 2(2), 87-106, 2008.

Prof. Moghaddam, John and Wong, Jia and Peyvandi Ali
Department of Management and Department of Accountancy

Drs. Moghaddam, Wong, and Peyvandico-authored “Impacts of language barriers on students’ openness to diversity attitude”, International Journal of Business and Social Sciences, 2 (6), 52-58, 2011.

Singh, Dulawar

Risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease in the Punjabi population in Fresno.

Long, Soathevy

Quality of Life among Caregivers of children with speech challenges.

Martinez, Audrey

Educational needs of caregivers of children with Asthma in the Central Valley.

Rothford, Tara

Risk factors associated with teenage pregnancy in the Central Valley.