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Applied Social Research Laboratory

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Our Team




Dr. Kelly N. Foster, Director

423-439-4374 /
cell: 706-540-0449

Dr. Foster has 15 years experience as a survey research methodologist. She came to ETSU in 2012 from The University of Georgia where she spent 7 years specializing in survey research at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and 3 years focusing on health-related survey methodology at The College of Public Health. She is primarily a quantitative researcher and has both education and expertise in research methodology, including survey research, questionnaire design, health-related survey methodology, new technologies in research methodology, and statistical analysis.

She is also trained and experienced in qualitative research including focus group moderation, in-person interviewing, and qualitative analysis. Dr. Foster served 2 years on the executive council for the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the leading organization for survey researchers in this country, and continues to be active with the organization. She is past-president for the Southern chapter of AAPOR. Dr. Foster has worked extensively with local and state governments on public opinion polling and citizen engagement.




Morgan Kidd, MA,  Assistant Director
office. 423-439-3751

Mrs. Kidd graduated from the Masters of Sociology program at ETSU in 2014. She is trained and experienced in questionnaire design, conducting focus groups, web, phone, and paper survey programming, data analysis and statistics. She is also responsible for project management and logistics for projects at ASRL. Mrs. Kidd is also Research Core Certified in Qualtrics survey software and serves on the Small Shops Outreach Group for the International Field Directors and Telecommunications Conference. She is also an active SAPOR and AAPOR member and attends conferences every year.



Candace Forbes_Bright

Candace Forbes-Bright, PhD 
office. 423-439-6653

My research focuses on social/cultural development and more specifically, on social learning processes. This had led me to researching the role of social networks and social capital in health disparities and quality of life, as well as an emphasis on the how culture is interpreted at racialized geographies. Methodologically, I am interested in the advancement of social network analysis for understanding social/cultural processes.




Leslie McCallister, PhD 
Senior Faculty Affiliate

Dr. McCallister has 15 years of experience conducting community-based research projects. Since her arrival at ETSU, she has worked with multiple community agencies such as the Church Hill Free Medical Clinic, Coalition for Kids, Project Access, the Johnson City Community Health Center (formerly the Downtown Clinic) to design and implement program evaluation strategies. Her areas of expertise include survey research, questionnaire design, focus groups, grant writing, and program evaluation. 




 Graduate Students


Oceane Tanny (2nd year student)

My name is Oceane Tanny. I am a graduate student and research intern in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), where I earned bachelors degrees in Sociology and History. My current research interests include medical sociology, medical law, social law and international law.



Makena Nail (1st year student)

My name is Makena Nail and I graduated with my bachelors degree from ETSU studying Sociology and History. I would like to graduate with my masters degree and continue on to get my Ph.D.





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