Research Initiatives

Johnson C. Smith University has a rich foundation of past and current research in health and wellness related to minority disparities, elderly care and community awareness/outreach. The University is committed to serving the African-American community, and the increasingly diverse populations of Hispanic, Asian and Caucasian students.

Johnson C. Smith University is currently providing student, faculty and staff research opportunities through working community collaborations and innovation partnerships to advance research education within the Charlotte region, as well as local, state and federal governments. 

Applied Health, Human Performance and Sport Research


Current Research

GetFruved: USDA grant targeting students and their stress, physical activity, and nutrition though wellness programming.

Published Research

Identifying Corners Stores as the Future of Healthy Food Access in African American Communities published to Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.

Seed-to-Feed: A 16-Week Sustainability Food Program for Youth: The North Carolina Journal, 49(1), 36-42.

Conference Presentations

Podium- Using Pulse Oximetry in Determining VO2max in Competitive Swimmers (2017 NCAAHPERD-SM Convention, Healthy, Active, & Fit: Because Nothing Can Be Finer than Being Healthy, Active and Fit in North Carolina)

The Importance of Gender, Age, and Income in Health Adherence (presented at 9thHealth Disparities Conference, New Orleans, LA)

Podium-Identifying Corners Stores as the Future of Healthy Food Access in African American Communities (presented at 9thHealth Disparities Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2015)

ACT NOW! An Integrated Nutrition Physical Activity Partnership Program. Presented at the 2016 Hawaii University International Conferences on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, & Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The importance of gender, age, and income in health adherence (presented at 67th Annual North Carolina American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management, 2015)

Seed-to-Feed: A 16-week sustainability food program for youth (poster presentation at 8th Health Disparities Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2015)

Completed Research

A Multidimensional Study of Wellness on the Student Population at Johnson C. Smith University

A Multidimensional Study of Wellness within a University Setting

The Effects of Kinesio Taping on Overuse Injuries of the Lower Extremities in Collegiate Athletes

The Evaluation of Health Coaching Intervention within a HBCU

A Perspective View of Health and Wellness - A Community Forum Approach

Study of Cardiorespiratory Response and Exercise Modality Treadmill vs. the Krankcycle in Adults

The Relationship of Gender, Age, and Socioeconomic Status in Wellness Program Adherence

Seed-to-Feed: A Youth Sustainability Food Program