Skip to main content

and Staff

Faculty Research Spotlight

CEHS faculty are driven to engage in active research so that they might expand and/or hone their expertise in their respective fields and be even better equipped to help prepare students to enter those fields as professionals. Follow the links below to view a few spotlights on some of our faculty's research projects. 

Dr. Jeffrey Carver

Associate Professor of Science Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies

Associate Professor Jeffrey Carver, Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies, began his education endeavoring, as many young students do, to become a famous vocalist for a rock band; and, like many educators, Carver’s love of science stems from former teachers who made the subject interesting for him. After several years teaching chemistry, physics and physical science in high schools in IL, Carver thought teaching post-secondary science courses would be his career path. While pursuing his doctorate, a change in the program required that he transition his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from an area of emphasis in post-secondary education to an area of emphasis in teacher education. Since then, he has made his career instructing future science educators and conducting research in the improvement of teaching and learning in science.

Read more about Dr. Carver's research.

Dr. Jeremy Donai

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

An audiologist by trade, a speech perception and science researcher by nature; Dr. Jeremy Donai, Assistant Professor of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has made a swift transition from the work of clinical audiology: which primarily deals with diagnosing and treating hearing loss and balance problems, into a boundless field of hearing science research opportunities. In 2012, he began his dissertation, the forefront of his current academic research: studying an understudied region of the speech signal.

Read more about Dr. Donai's research.

Dr. Monica Leppma

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology

Many people with and without psychological disorders struggle to cope with the overwhelming stressors and emotions associated with everyday life. One approach to solving that problem that is gaining traction among clinicians is a practice called mindfulness. Rather than change or ignore stressful feelings, counselors teaching mindfulness encourage clients to acknowledge and accept their thoughts and feelings without passing judgement on them. Dr. Monica Leppma of West Virginia University’s Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology is an avid proponent of mindfulness, and it has played a key role in both her career as a mental health counselor and as an educator and researcher at WVU.

Read more about Dr. Leppma's research.

Dr. Kristin Moilanen

Associate Professor
Department of Learning Sciences and Human Disorders

As a high school student, Dr. Kristin Moilanen wondered what led some of her peers to engage in risky sexual behaviors (specifically, having sex without contraception and/or with more than one partner in a committed relationship) while others chose not to. This question led her to pursue degrees in developmental psychology and become a “scholar of adolescence,” as she puts it, and it has been the driving force of her research ever since, as she has strived to uncover developmental predictors for risky behaviors in adolescents and young adults.

Read more about Dr. Moilanen's research. 

Dr. Michelle Moore

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Michelle Moore, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has taken the study of language and literacy skills to a new level with a novel alphabet called “FaceFont”. Published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience in April 2014, Moore and co-authors discuss the brain’s ability to recognize orthographic stimuli. The implications of their findings may change the way we treat some patients with dyslexia and acquired alexia.

Read more about Dr. Moore's research.

Dr. Aimee Morewood

Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

When higher education institutions collaborate with public schools, all schools, teachers, and students can benefit. As part the College of Education and Human Services’ Professional Development Schools (PDS) Network, Associate Professor Aimee Morewood has been able to prove just that. From 2009 to 2011, Morewood worked as a collaborative faculty member in residence (CFIR) at Mason Dixon Elementary School, in Blacksville, W.Va., which allowed her to conduct insightful research and create lasting relationships with classrooms.

Read more about Dr. Morewood's research.

Dr. Nathan Sorber

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Higher Education Administration Program
Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Nathan Sorber, an assistant professor in higher education administration in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies, was an advocate for the land-grant mission long before coming to West Virginia University, which is responsible for educational outreach and community service in many parts of the Mountain State. At Pennsylvania State University, Sorber’s doctoral studies focused on the impact of the rise of American capitalism on small farmers and rural communities, which inevitably led to studying land-grant colleges. He found that the land-grant mission is crucial to providing the resources necessary to solve economic and social problems.

Read more about Dr. Sorber's research.