Major funded projects

African-American Alzheimer's Caregiver Training and Support Project 2 (ACTS 2). VALIC, Inc., 2013-2018. Co-I (PI: Dr. Robert L. Glueckauf, Florida State University College of Medicine). $75,000. My role in this project is to contribute my methodological expertise in collecting, managing, and analyzing qualitative research data. The project implements and evaluates telephone-based cognitive behavioral spiritual counseling for depressed African-American dementia caregivers.

HPV Vaccination Among Low-Income Hispanic Adolescents. National Cancer Institute (R21), 2014-2016. Co-I (PI: Dr. Mary A. Gerend, Northwestern University). $363,500. I consulted on managing and analyzing the qualitative data generated via interviews with research participants.

Telephone CBT for depressed African-American dementia caregivers. National Institutes of Health, 2007-2012. Co-I (PI: Dr. Robert L. Glueckauf, Florida State University College of Medicine). $688,000. My role in this project is to contribute my methodological expertise in collecting, managing, and analyzing qualitative research data over the telephone. The project implements and evaluates telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy for depressed African-American dementia caregivers.

Virtual scientific teams: Life-cycle formation and long-term scientific collaboration. National Science Foundation (VOSS), 2010-2012. Co-PI (PI: Dr. Kathleen Burnett). $380,000. This project develops and validates one or more lifecycle models of multidisciplinary scientific collaborations. Grounded in the theory of information worlds, this project analyzes social norms, social types, values and information behaviors to identify factors that best support the transition from discrete experiment-focused projects to long-term programs of scientific research. My primary role in this project is to apply my knowledge of group life-cycle models and my expertise in qualitative research.

Habitat Tracker: Learning about scientific inquiry through digital journaling in wildlife centers. Institute of Education Sciences, 2010-2013. Co-PI, 2012-2013 (PI: Dr. Paul F. Marty). $1,150,000. The goal of Habitat Tracker is to support the school-based science learning of fourth and fifth grade elementary students before, during, and after field trips to a local wildlife center. This project will help students gain experience planning and conducting scientific inquiries while making museums an integral part of classroom learning. [project website]

Southeast Florida library leaders: Building the next generation of service to underserved populations. Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2007-2010. PI. $560,000. This project provides scholarships and professional enrichment activities to students in Southeast Florida to earn MSLIS degrees and certificates with a focus in leadership and management. The project also serves as a testbed for a model of distance learning that includes geographically-centered cohorts and local/distant events. My primary role in this project is to share my topical expertise in online learning community building.

Participatory design and evaluation of STEER: A clinic-based tool to help health providers support breast cancer care needs in rural Florida. Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program, Florida Department of Health, 2007-2010. Co-PI (PI: Dr. Mia Liza A. Lustria). $348,000. My role in this project is to contribute my methodological expertise in collecting, managing, and analyzing qualitative research data collected in focus group environments as part of the participatory design process. The project develops and implements a system to provide resources to health providers and reminders to patients to help increase breast cancer screening adherence in rural Florida.

Libraries serving the public: Recruiting and educating librarians for the 21st century. Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2004-2008. PI. $680,000. This project provides scholarships and mentoring to students who will earn the MSLIS degree and subsequently work in public, school, and academic libraries in North and Central Florida. It also served as a testbed for implementing a system of professional mentors for online LIS students. My primary role in this project was to contribute my expertise in online course development and online community building, although as PI I also coordinated the project.

Smaller funded projects

Information behavior among rural dementia caregivers over the course of counseling interventions. Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity. Committee on Faculty Research Support, 2012. $14,000.

On-Campus student web-based instruction: Perceptions and emotional response. Information Use Management & Policy Institute, 2008. $11,500.

Graduates of online degree programs in Library and Information Science: Determining and characterizing the population. Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity. Committee on Faculty Research Support, 2007. $13,000.

How does Web-based distance education affect individuals' professional practice? A preliminary examination. Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity. Planning Grant, 2006-2007. PI. $10,000.

Research collaborations: Fostering future work through successful endings. Florida State University Council on Research Creativity. First-Year Assistant Professor Research Support, 2003. PI. $12,000.