2016 Grant Recipients

Dr. Wendy Gray, Department of Psychology, Dr. Gray received a B.S. (double major in Psychology and Biological Anthropology & Anatomy) from Duke University in 2004. She received both her M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida, with a specialization in clinical child/pediatric psychology. Dr. Gray completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Her post-doctoral fellowship at the CCHMC Center for Adherence Promotion and Self-Management provided her with advanced training in adherence research across a number of chronic illness populations. Dr. Gray is currently an assistant professor in psychology. Her research is primarily focused on interventions to promote adherence to medical treatment among youth with chronic illness, particularly adolescents. She has a Career Development Award underway focused on improving self-management and the transition to adult care among adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Secondary research interests include family and peer influences on health management, illness stigmatization, and psychosocial functioning in chronic illness.

Dr. Keith Hebert, Department of History, Dr. Hebert (Assistant Professor) was educated at University of West Georgia (BA, 1998), Virginia Tech (MA, 2001), and Auburn University (PhD, 2007).  Previously, Hebert worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division as the state historian.  His research focuses on the Confederate home front during the American Civil War and 20th century American visionary art environments.  He has published an essay in the Georgia Historical Quarterly and book chapters in Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath, Breaking the Heartland: The Civil War in Georgia, and World and National Registers of Historic Places: Stewardship in Perspective.  Hebert also co-curated an exhibit “With Georgia’s Best Interest at Heart: Thomas B. Murphy,” on permanent display at the University of West Georgia Ingram Library, and co-curated and designed the Leake Mounds Interpretive Trail website.  He has written numerous successful applications for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, including nominations for Paradise Garden and Pasaquan-two nationally significant examples of American visionary art environments.  Hebert also served as Bremen, Georgia, site director for the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” traveling exhibit.  During the exhibit’s stay in Bremen, Hebert coordinated dozens of concerts, workshops, and lecture programs that drew over 27,000 visitors. Currently, Hebert is finalizing his manuscript, In Sherman’s Wake: Bartow County, Georgia’s Civil War, and preparing a national historic context for American visionary art environments to assist with future preservation planning efforts.  He is also on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Advisory Board.  

Dr. Yunmi Park, Department of Political Science, Dr. Park is an assistant professor in Auburn University’s Community Planning Program, specializing in urban design and policy, neighborhood planning, land use planning, and urban revitalization. Her current research focuses on contemporary land use practices (e.g., smart growth, new urbanism, form-based codes, and transect zoning) and seeking ways to retrofit and reclaim declining and shrinking neighborhoods. She teaches urban design methods, studio, introduction to urban planning, and land use planning. Before joining Auburn, she also taught research design, urban issues, site planning, and sustainable communities at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She completed her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science at Texas A&M University, a Master’s degree in Urban Design and Planning at Kyunsung University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning at Pusan National University in South Korea. She also has six years of professional planning experience in South Korea. She worked for two years as a researcher at Pusan Development Institute, which is a research institute affiliated with the city of Busan, and for four years as a partner at SitePlanning Urban & Architecture Design. She is still a director of the company and participates on projects on occasion. Most of the work done at the two institutions were related to historic preservation, comprehensive plans, site plans, urban design policy, and neighborhood planning. These professional experiences gave her the opportunity to become a Certified Planner in the U.S. (AICP) as well as in South Korea.

Dr. Derek Ross, Department of English, Dr. Ross received his Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University. His current research interests include environment-related rhetoric in popular and modern culture, investigation of modern perceptions and use of commonplaces in environment-related rhetoric, and audience analysis techniques related to understanding perceptions of environment-related communication. Some of his publications include: Ross, D. G. (2012). Ambiguous weighting and nonsensical sense: The problems of "balance" and "common sense" as decision-making heuristics in environmental rhetoric. Social Epistemology, 26(1), 115-144. Schwartzman, R., Ross, D. G., & Berube, D. M. (2011). Rhetoric and Risk. Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI), 7(1). http://ir.uiowa.edu/poroi/vol7/iss1/9/. Ross, D. G. (2011). Against fear: Barry Lopez and lessons for communicators. Mother Pelican, 7(7). http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv07n07page2.html. Ross, D. G. (2011). Environmental rhetoric, ethics, and policy: Teaching engagement. Present Tense, 2(1). http://www.presenttensejournal.org/. Ross, D. G. (2009). Ars Dictaminis perverted: The personal solicitation email as a genre. The Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 39, 25-41.

Last Updated: October 31, 2016