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Sociology & Anthropology

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Kelly N. Foster Ph.D.

Assistant Professor/Director of Applied Social Research Lab (ASRL)
Sociology
Contact:
423-439-4374 /
Rogers-Stout Hall 223I

SOCIAL MEDIA

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COURSES TAUGHT

Data Analysis
Applied Sociology
Survey Research Methods
Applied Data Analysis
Program Evaluation
Medical Sociology
Health, Medicine, and Culture

CURRENT RESEARCH

Broadly speaking, my research interests are in social science research methodologies and also public and community health. On the methodologist side, I am particularly interested survey research methods and new technologies in research methodologies. I am active in the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and have served on the executive council for both AAPOR and SAPOR (the southern chapter of AAPOR). Currently my methods research focuses on the use of virtual environments for data collection and the viability of using social media as a data collection tool. My interest in public health focuses on health disparities, how individuals access health information technology, and the role that social media and individuals have on family healthcare decision making. I am interested in exploring the ways in which Appalachian families in particular are influenced by technology and social media in making healthcare decisions.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2011 Foster, Kelly N.  I don't smoke...but my avatar does! Understanding the unique opportunities and challenges when collecting health related data in virtual environments. Published proceedings of the 10th Annual Health Survey Research Methods Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

Foster, Kelly N. and Leah M. Christian. 2008. F-Test. Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods. Sage Publications.

Christian, Leah M. and Kelly N. Foster. 2008. Multi-Mode Surveys. Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods. Sage Publications.

SELECTED APPLIED REPORTS

2014    Foster, Kelly N and Morgan Jones. United Way of Bristol TN/VA: Community Needs Assessment 2014. Johnson City: Applied Social Research Laboratory, East Tennessee State University

2013     McCallister, Leslie, Kelly N. Foster, Stephanie Elliott and Reagan Barbee. Community & Business Surveys. Report on the Findings of the Annual Community & Business surveys conducted for the TCCRP grant. Johnson City: Applied Social Research Laboratory, East Tennessee State University

2014.    Foster, Kelly and Morgan Jones.  Report on Community Findings for Expanded Services in Erwin TN. Report delivered to Erwin Utilities to determine the extent to which the community supports expanding services. Johnson City: Applied Social Research Laboratory, East Tennessee State University

2014   Foster, Kelly. Annual report to State of Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs. Report on all outcomes measures for the 18 programs evaluated under the Targeted Community Crime Reduction Program (TCCRP) grant. Johnson City: Applied Social Research Laboratory, East Tennessee State University

2009    Byers, Jacqueline, Angela R. Fertig, Kelly N. Foster and Tamar Gabunia. 2009. County Health       Benefits Study. Prepared in cooperation with The National Association  of Counties. Athens: Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia.

 MEMBERSHIPS

American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), American Sociological Association (ASA), Southern Association for Public Opinion Outreach (SAPOR), Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO)

 SERVICE

2015    American Association for Public Opinion Research. Sponsorship Subcommittee Chair

2010    American Association for Public Opinion Research. Executive Council: Membership & Chapter Relations Chair

2009    American Association for Public Opinion Research. Executive Council: Membership & Chapter Relations Associate Chair

2008    Southern Association for Public Opinion Research. Executive Council: President.

2007    Southern Association for Public Opinion Research. Executive Council: Vice President

2006    Southern Association for Public Opinion Research. Executive Council: Conference Chair

2005    Southern Association for Public Opinion Research. Executive Council: Conference Vice-Chair

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