- Who We Are
- What We Do
- Basic and Applied Research
- Sample Design
- Questionnaire Design
- Data Collection & Data Entry
- Web Surveys
- Telephone Surveys
- In-Person Data Collection
- Focus Groups & Interviews
- Data Analysis
- Assessment & Evaluation
- Community Needs Assessments
- Proposal Development
- Report Writing and Presentations
- What We Have Done
- Contact Us
Faculty & Staff
Kelly N. Foster, PhD, Director
Dr. Foster has 15 years experience as a survey research methdologist. 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 qualtiative 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 Jones, MA, Assistant Director
Ms. Jones graduated from the Masters of Sociology program at ETSU in 2014. She is trained and experienced in questionnaire design, conducting focus groups, web and paper survey programming, data analysis and statistics. She is also responsible for project management and logistics for projects at ASRL. Ms. Jones 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 member and attends conferences every year.
Jessie Arnold, MA, Program Manager
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.
Jesse Burkhalter, 2nd Year
My research interests include vulnerable populations, specifically sexual minorites.
Melody Russell, 2nd Year
My name is Melody Russell and I am a graduate student in the Applied Sociology Master’s program. My research interests include collective behavior within the Sociology of Sport and working on the various projects administered by the Applied Social Research Lab.
Karen Hoefer, 1st Year
Hello. My Name is Karen Hoefer. I am a first year graduate student in the Sociology Master's Program. I am doing the dual track in which I focus on both Applied Sociology and Thesis. My Interests are based in medical sociology with a focus on suicide and mental health. I hope to go on to get my PH. D after graduating in May 2019.
Shelly LaLonde, 1st Year
My name is Shelly and I’m a junior at ETSU studying Sociology. I’m currently interested in studying deviance and criminology. I’m originally from Kingsport and plan to graduate in Spring 2018.
Alex Sartain, 1st Year
My name is Alexandria Sartain, and I am a first year graduate student. I have already learned new skills sets and made novice connections in such a short time in the program. I am eager to learn even more from the wonderful professors helping guide me through my master’s degree. I am originally from Hillsboro, TN, and I look forward to moving to East Tennessee this summer! My goal is to graduate next May then hopefully continue on with my education.
Haley Metcalf, 1st Year
I'm Haley Metcalf, and I am a dual-track graduate student. I studied social epidemiology as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee. I am interested in the intersections of health and sociology with particular focus on complementary and holistic medicine and women's health. I hope to pursue a doctorate in medical sociology after I graduate.
Jashalund Royston, 1st Year
Jashalund Royston is a graduate student working on her MA in Applied Sociology. She completed her BS here at ETSU, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Her interests include deviance, juvenile delinquency, race, class, gender, and sexuality. She is enjoying learning research methodology in the sociology department, as well as the projects that she gets to work on in the Applied Social Research Lab.
My name is Sam Littleton. I am a senior majoring in English and I aspire to use my degree to become an editor.
Jerry Herron Jr.
My name is Jerry Herron Jr. and I was a Business Major at ETSU. Now that I’ve graduated, I plan to attend graduate school. I have worked at the Applied Social Research Lab for two years now.
My name is Oceane Tanny and I just graduated from ETSU studying Sociology and History. I would like to go to law school in the future because law has always fascinated me. My dream is to work in business law one day and practice in my country; Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
My name is Carmon and I am a junior at ETSU. I am a Psychology major, with a double minor in Women’s Studies and Human Development and Learning.
My name is Olivia and I just graduated from ETSU. I was a Clinical Psychology and Sociology Double Major and I hope to attend graduate school next fall and ultimately attain a Ph.D.
My name is Quiana and I am a Senior majoring in Clinical Psychology. After graduation, I plan to continue my education here at ETSU and get my Master’s Degree in Social Work.