UC Blue Ash College

Research on Behavioral Science

The Behavioral Science Department faculty engage in scholarly work within their discipline (Criminal Justice, Education, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology) and collegiate teaching. Thus our faculty are knowledgeable in the latest trends in their original fields of study and best practices in college teaching. There are even opportunities for students to be research assistants, working alongside faculty on projects and presenting findings in a number of conference outlets. Below is a broad sample of the type of scholarly activity our faculty pursue:

College Teaching

  • Harte, H.A., Jones, M. M. & Wray, F. (2015). Little by little the bird builds its nest: first steps in cross cultural curriculum training. Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 6 (2) 119-137 Available in Issue 2, Vol. 6 of Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education
  • Bowman, M., Frame, D. L., & Kennette, L. N. (2013). Enhancing teaching and learning: How cognitive research can help. Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, 24(3), 7-28
  • Calaway, W. (2021). Lessons Learned During Pandemic Teaching, Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching, 6(2).
  • Cummins-Sebree, S. (2018). Necessity is the mother of invention. Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching, 3, 34-38.
  • Cummins-Sebree, S. E. (2015). Killing multiple birds with a single stone: Using the flipped classroom structure to go beyond course content. It Works for Me, Flipping the Classroom. New Forums Press.
  • Frame, D. L., & Cummins-Sebree, S. (2017). A case study on proactive (intrusive) faculty contacts’ influence on DFW rates in Introductory Psychology courses. Association of University Regional Campuses of Ohio Journal, 23, 49-72.
  • Gilbert, J.L. & Harte, H.A. (2013). Promoting Excellence within Early Care and Education Providers: A Teacher Education Program Story. The Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning, 11, 56-67.
  • Guzman, T., *Meehan, A., *Bissmeyer, E., *Schornak, L., & Wadian, T. (2021).  Inquiry-based research experiences within the psychology curricula: A student’s perspective and recommendations. Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio Journal, 27, 8-29. https://aurco.org/Journals/AURCO_Journal_2021/ Guzman_AURCO_21.pdf (* denotes UC Blue Ash undergraduate student).
  • Harte, H.A., Jones, M. M. & Wray, F. (2015). Little by little the bird builds its nest: First steps in cross cultural curriculum training. Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 6 (2) 119-137 Available in Issue 2, Vol. 6 of Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education.
  • Miller-Hargis, A. & Harte, H.A. (2022). Creating an Equitable Learning Community for Preservice Early Childhood Teachers. In D. A. Bender-Slack & F. Godwyll (Eds.), Towards anti-racist educational research: Radical moments and movement (pp. 21-36). Lexington Books.
  • Miller-Hargis, A., Odum, T., Wadian, T. W., & Harte, H. (2021). Perspectives of Inclusion in the Social Sciences. In R. Kumar & B. Refaei (Eds.), Equity and Inclusion: Strategies for the Classroom (pp. 58 - 70). University of Cincinnati Press.
  • Vilvens, H., Frame, D. L., & Owen, P. (2020, June). Promoting the Inclusion of Mindfulness & Contemplative Practices in the College Classroom. Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 1-11. doi. 10.1177/2373379920925849

Criminal Justice

  • Calaway, W., United States of America v. Jamael White, United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Case No. 21-3209
  • Calaway, W., Kinsley, J., & Wadian, T., “The Role of Judicial Political Affiliation in Criminal Sentencing Outcomes,” Wayne Law Review, Spring 2021.


  • Bender-Slack, D., Miller-Hargis, A., Young, T. (2022). Simple view, science, and the state: A critical reading of the Ohio Literacy Plan. Ohio Journal of Teacher Education, 36(1), 4-34
  • Miller-Hargis, A. & Bender-Slack, D. (anticipated publication 2023). Planning Critical Literacy Lessons in An Equity-Oriented Curriculum: Sharing Power. Rowman and Littlefield Publishing.


  • Depretis, R., Sonnentag, T. L., Wadian, T. W., & Saeed, Z. (2021). Effects of emotion-related stereotype messages on females’ experience and expression of emotion. SN Social Sciences, 1(7), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s43545-021-00174-x
  • Fragaszy, D., Simpson, K., Cummins-Sebree, S., & Brakke, K. (2016). Ontogeny of tool use:  How do toddlers use hammers? Developmental Psychobiology, 58, 759-772.
  • Kiefer, A. W., Armitano-Lago, C. N., Cone, B. L., Bonnette, S., Rhea, C. K., Cummins-Sebree, S., & Riley, M. A. (2021). Postural control development from late childhood through young adulthood. Gait & Posture, 86, 169-173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2021.02.030
  • Sonnentag, T. L. & Wadian, T. W. (2022). Moral Rebels: Measuring individuals’ tendency for principled resistance to morally compromising situations.  Personality and Individual Differences, 184, 111210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2021.111210
  • Weast-Knapp, J. A., Shockley, K., Riley, M. A., Cummins-Sebree, S. Richardson, M. J., Wirth, T. D., & Haibach, P. C. (2019). Perception of another person’s maximum reach-with-jump height from walking kinematics. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1-14. doi.org/10.1177/1747021818821935

Social Work

  • Singleton, J.L., Waldeck, N., & Houlette, M. (Spring 2020). *Students Helping Students in Need: A Class Project. Academic Exchange Quarterly. Vol. 24, 1, pp. 1-7.  *Editor’s Choice award


  • Heyman, O, Odum, T and Bessett (2022) “Selecting an Abortion Clinic: the role of social myths and risk perception in seeking abortion care," Journal of Health and Social Behavior. JHSB
  • Odum, T (2018) “Why Understanding Black Women’s Beliefs about Motherhood can Help Improve Reproductive Health Care.” Scholars Strategy Network: Issue Brief
  • Odum Tamika, Heymann O, Turner AN, Rivlin K, Bessett D. (2022) “Assessing psychosocial costs: Ohio patients' experiences seeking abortion care.” Contraception. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2022.08.007


Contact Information

Behavioral Science Department Program Manager
Phone: 513-558-7833
Email: carrerek@ucmail.uc.edu