HPU Students and Faculty Recognized for Research and Innovation

Research Innovation

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 30, 2019 – Members of the High Point University community frequently conduct, publish and share research and creative works in a variety of ways. Below is a recap of recent research initiatives.

HPU faculty

Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, associate professor of psychology at HPU, is recognized for research in parental alienation.

HPU Faculty Research Findings Featured in International Publication

Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, associate professor of psychology, and researchers from Colorado State University, including Dr. Jennifer Harman from Colorado State University’s Psychology Department and Dr. Zeynep Biringen from Colorado State University’s Human Development and Family Studies Department, recently published their research examining the prevalence of parental alienation in the U.S. and Canada. Their article, entitled “Prevalence of Adults Who Are the Targets of Parental Alienating Behaviors and Their Impact,” was published in the journal, Children and Youth Services Review.

Broadly, their research examined parental alienating behaviors (described as strategies used to harm or destroy the relationship between a child and a parental figure) and parental alienation (a psychological condition in which a child allies themselves strongly with the alienating or preferred parent and rejects a relationship with the alienated parent without legitimate justification). Elder and her co-authors hoped to replicate and extend previous 2016 findings on the prevalence of parental alienation drawn from questions fielded by the HPU Survey Research Center.

Using three nationally representative online survey panels from the United States and Canada, their research revealed more than 40 million American parents (and 3 million Canadian parents) feel as if they are the targets of parental alienating behaviors. Further, research estimates that 29 million American parents (and 2 million Canadian parents) feel that the alienating behaviors of the other parent have damaged their relationship with their child or children, resulting in parental alienation. Their findings also revealed that alienated parents had high levels of depression, trauma symptoms and risk for suicide.

“Broadening the scope of our research revealed a higher prevalence of parents impacted than we originally estimated,” Elder says. “It appears that parental alienation is an international epidemic, and we hope that our work serves as an impetus for others to join us in examining the impact parental alienating behaviors and parental alienation have on individuals, families and our society.”

PA students

Physician assistant students welcome members of PAEA, a national association representing all of the accredited physician assistant programs nationwide, to High Point University during visit.

HPU Physician Assistant Program Selected for National Association Visit

The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) visited High Point University on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to learn more about the physician assistant program, which recently graduated its third class.

High Point University was selected for a site visit as one of 250 programs nationwide. Members of PAEA met with President Nido Qubein, enjoyed lunch on campus and received an overview of the physician assistant program.

PAEA is the only national association representing all of the accredited physician assistant programs in the United States. The organization provides education and professional development resources to members, from novice educators to seasoned faculty.

“We are honored to have a national organization highlight our program,” says Dr. Linda Sekhon, professor and founding chair of the department of physician assistant studies at HPU. “As we prepare future classes, we look to organizations like PAEA to provide continuous education for our educators to ensure we prepare students for the world as it is going to be.” 

HPU Professor Presents Lecture on Napoleon at Rowan Museum

Dr. Frederick C. Schneid, Herman and Louise Smith Professor of History and chair of the department of history, presented “’They Have Seen Nothing Yet…’ Young General Bonaparte and the Conquest of Italy” on Sept. 10 as part of Rowan Museum History Club’s fall programming.   

His presentation examined Napoleon’s lightning campaign to conquer Italy in 1796-1797.

Schneid teaches courses on the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Second World War and general European history. He is the author and editor of 11 books and has published more than 25 chapters and articles on military history. Schneid’s research focuses on wars of the 18th and 19th centuries. He is currently writing a book on the Wars of Italian Unification.

“It was a pleasure to share my research on Napoleon,” says Schneid. “My presentation was drawn from research in the French and Austrian archives that will appear in a forthcoming chapter in the Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars. This was a wonderful opportunity to introduce new perspectives to a general audience.”

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