Department of Health and Kinesiology

Graduate Student Researchers

Ezinne UdumaEzinne 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 AsgariNarjes 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 GalvanPedro 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 SwindallRebecca 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_BoyleJulianna 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.