Department of Health and Kinesiology
Graduate Student Researchers
Ezinne Uduma is a student in the Health Sciences program at UT Tyler. She is currently researching
and writing her thesis about stress management. By doing this she is determined to
explain how African international students cope and how they manage their stress levels.
After graduating, she plans to go to medical school and learn more in the mental health
area. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Houston.
Ms. Uduma is from Nigeria.
Narjes Asgari is a student at UT Tyler in the Kinesiology program. She holds a Master’s degree
in Orthotics and Prosthetics and has worked on topics such as "The effect of textured
insoles on balance in elderly with plantar callus". She is currently working in a
biomechanics lab at UT Tyler as a Research and Teacher assistant. Her current research
project is focused on “Rehabilitation biomechanics in Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
reconstruction”. She also works in the Fitsteps For Life program as an exercise specialist.
Her long-term plan is to open an athletes’ orthotics and prosthetics clinic, because
she loves working with people and helping them feel better.
Pedro Galvan completed his Bachelor’s in Health Sciences in the of Spring 2019. As a graduate
student in the Health Sciences program he is currently researching shrimp fisherman
safety as well as sleep outcomes in university students. Pedro is interested in finding
a career in health care settings as a researcher. Pedro plans to go to medical school
after graduation. Mr. Galvan is from Athens, Texas.
Rebecca Swindall is a student at UT Tyler in the Health Sciences program. She is currently researching
Blastocystis: A previous study on soil transmitted helminths found a high prevalence
of Blastocytis in stool samples in the northeast Texas. After data analysis, the age
of children and size of the household showed a relationship to Blastocystis infection.
It is not known if it is pathogenic, neutral or beneficial microbe. After receiving
her CHES certification in the spring of 2019, Ms. Swindall plans to use her new skills
in health education to improve health outcomes in east Texas.
Julianna Boyle is a student at UT Tyler in the Health Sciences program. She is currently researching
smoking behavior in Brazilians who are HIV positive, and perceptions on breastfeeding
behaviors in mother-infant relationships. She received her Bachelor of Science in
Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma. After Graduation she
hopes to teach and use her skills to improve the health outcomes of children and adolescents.
Ms. Julianna Boyle is from Houston, Texas.