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Applied Social Research Laboratory

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Our Team

Faculty & Staff

Dr. FosterKelly N. Foster, PhD, Director
office. 423-439-4374
cell. 706-540-0449
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.


morganMorgan Jones, MA,  Assistant Director
office. 423-232-3751
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.



jessieJessie Arnold, MA, Program Manager
office. 423-439-4926





Candace Forbes_BrightCandace Forbes-Bright, PhD 

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.




leslieLeslie 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


 KarenKaren Hoefer, 2nd 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.






shelleyShelly LaLonde, 2nd 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, 2nd 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.




haleyHaley Metcalf, 2nd 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 Jashalund Royston, 2nd 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. 






oceaneOceane Tanny
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).



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