Article by Augusto De Venanzi and Donna Holland published in Venezuelan Journal of Social Indicators

The article “The Application of Multidimensional Poverty Maps to High-Income Countries: A Project Proposal for Allen County, Indiana, USA,” by Augusto De Venanzi, professor of sociology, and Donna Holland, director of social research and associate professor of sociology, was recently published in Venezuelan Journal of Social Indicators.

From the abstract:

In high-income countries poverty maps are typically applied to represent concentrations of poor populations according to a single demographic variable, such as race. Notwithstanding, in low to mid-income countries these maps are used to maximum effect gradations of adverse living conditions understood as unmet basic needs. Our aim in this paper is to offer a model for the study of multidimensional poverty in high-income countries -Allen County, Indiana – that is able to capture the ways in which problems of need in housing, education, health, employment, nutrition, and environmental safety combine to produce households with joint disadvantages. We believe that multidimensional poverty maps constitute a superior way to grasp the needs of populations than single variable maps or poverty line methods. Data gathering will proceed by mailing a questionnaire to a sample of 3500 households in Allen County. Data will be processed through the application of cluster analysis and GIS mapping techniques. The presentation of these detailed estimates in the form of maps is a powerful communication tool that is readily understandable by a wide audience; further, mapping creates an important opportunity for different actors to join in the public debate on poverty.

Dina Mansour-Cole and Linda Wright-Bower present at NCCA Conference

Dina Mansour-Cole, associate professor of organizational leadership and supervision, and Linda Wright-Bower, assistant professor of music therapy, presented at the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) Conference, The Creative Age: Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging. The even took place in Washington, D. C., on September 24-28.

From the session description:

Wright-Bower and Mansour-Cole will guide participants through a multi-arts experiential session where participants will assess their own leadership gifts based on the premise that leadership skills of the future are the necessary foundation to launch and sustain creative aging programs. Overall, the conference and leadership exchange will immerse participants via a global perspective that informs and empowers international, national, regional and local expression of creative aging.


Dissertation research by Tao Yang earns recognition from Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Dissertation research by Tao Yang, assistant professor of organizational leadership and supervision, received the S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award Honorable Mention from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

The award is given for the best doctoral dissertation research germane to the field of industrial and organizational psychology.

He will be presented with the award at the 2017 SIOP Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.


This dissertation develops and tests a theoretical model of the role of a mindfulness intervention in promoting job performance in service settings. I examine the client-focused mechanisms—attentiveness, perspective taking, and response flexibility—and individual (i.e., employee agreeableness), social (i.e., perception of workgroup service climate), and job (i.e., work overload) contingencies of the relationship between a mindfulness intervention and job performance. I conducted a pretest-posttest field experiment of 72 health care professionals in a health care organization with intervention (i.e., mindfulness meditation) and active control (i.e., wellness education) conditions and repeated measures from health care professionals and their patients over 15 days. Confirmatory factor analyses suggest that the three client-focused mechanisms were represented by a higher-order construct of patient-centered behavior. Multilevel modeling and latent growth modeling suggest that the two conditions are distinct; compared with active control, the intervention yields pre-to-post increases in daily mindfulness and work behaviors including self-ratings of job performance and proactive patient care and patient ratings of patient-centered behavior. Multilevel mediation analysis suggests that patient ratings of patient-centered behavior fail to mediate the effect of a mindfulness intervention on patient satisfaction with job performance. Multilevel moderated mediation analyses suggest that agreeableness, perceived workgroup service climate, and work overload do not moderate the effect of a mindfulness intervention (via patient ratings of patient-centered behavior) on patient satisfaction. Nonetheless, compared with active control, the mindfulness intervention yields higher patient rated patient-centered behavior for health care professionals who have a higher level of agreeableness.

Rama Cousik Co-authors Chapter in Autism Book

bookRama Cousik, assistant professor of special education, co-authored the chapter “Global Perspectives: Autism Education and Treatment in other Nations” in the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education & Treatment published by Routledge.

From the publisher:

The fourth edition of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education, and Treatment continues the mission of its predecessors: to present a comprehensive, readable, and up-to-date overview of the field of autism; one that links research, theory, and practice in ways that are accessible to students, practitioners, and parents. The structure, content, and format of Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4th Edition have been revised to accommodate changes in the field and to illuminate the current state of the art in the study of autism. New information on early identification, transition education from adolescence through to adulthood, neurobiological research, and technology-based solutions is included.


Aleshia Hayes Presents at Purdue West Lafayette Technology Conference

unknownAleshia Hayes, assistant professor of computer science, presented a session titled “The Future of Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality” at Purdue West Lafayette’s Dawn or Doom Conference on October 3-4.

The conference examines the future of technology and whether it represents a bright dawn or humanity’s doom.

From the presentation abstract:

There are so many emerging technologies that promise to revolutionize our lives. The application of VR/AR/and MR technology had significant potential to progress and even revolutionize education. How will this manifest itself? Should we embrace this? What are the benefits and the unintended consequences.

Patricia Eber Receives Community Service Award

Patricia Eber, chair and assistant professor of human services, was honored with the Rolland Community Service Award from the East Wayne Street Center. The award recognizes her service and long-time support of the center, as well as her commitment to education both in the classroom and the community.

The award was presented during the center’s 2016 Ian & Mimi Rolland Service Awards Banquet on September 22.

The award is given annually to those in the community who exemplify the vision created by Ian and Mimi Rolland. They assisted in creating programs and services that focused on strengthening families and individuals and empowering them to become self-sufficient.

The East Wayne Street Center offers a full range of human services to support and strengthen families including Bright Point Head Start, Family Literacy, Active Parenting, Project Solve and a food bank that serves over 4,000 meals annually.