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Affiliate Faculty

The AMES Research Center performs research that is collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. AMES Affiliate faculty perform research that supports the mission of AMES, bringing expertise from their discipline and enabling a broader reach and impact.

Mari-Amanda Dyal (Aimee), PhD           
Program Coordinator & Associate Professor of Public Health Education    
Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education 
Gerald T. Mangine, PhD, NSCA-CSCS*D        
Associate Professor 
Exercise Science and Sport Management 
Sarah Young, PhD 
Associate Professor 
School of Government & International Affairs 
Bridget Melton, Ed.D., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D, CEP, cPT, FMS 2 
Professor of Exercise Science 
Georgia Southern University 
Logan Somers, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology 
Georgia Southern University  
*If you are interested in becoming an affiliate faculty member of the AMES Center, please email Dr. Brian Moore and include a copy of your CV and a brief statement on your interest in collaborating with AMES. 

Student Collaborators

The work of the AMES Research Center is made possible through the effort and dedication of several students. Our student collaborators bring expertise from multiple disciplines and assist in data collection, data analysis, and the presentation and publication of research projects.  

Thomas Hodges is a Ph.D. candidate in International Conflict Management at the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development, Kennesaw State University. He designs, implements, and evaluates conflict resolution workshops for AMES' partner organizations.  

Edwin Trejo-Rivera is an undergraduate majoring in Psychology at Kennesaw State University. He is an intern assisting AMES in research core related tasks.

Sophie Vincent is an undergraduate Biology major at Kennesaw State University. She is an intern at AMES who assists in research and clinical practice projects.  

Former Student Collaborators

The AMES Research Center is incredibly proud of their former student collaborators. These students contributed to the work of the AMES Research Center during their time as students at Kennesaw State University. They have now graduated and are continuing their educational and professional endeavors.  

Kimberly D. Gomes is a graduate student in the Master’s in Experimental Psychology Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Kimberly majored in Psychology and graduated from Kennesaw State University in May 2023.  During her time at the AMES Research Center, she assisted with research studies, grant proposals, and events. 

Madison Kemp graduated from Kennesaw State University in May 2023 with a Master’s in Social Work. During her time at the AMES Research Center, she was an intern with the Research Clinical Core. She assisted by creating presentations, creating infographics, and public speaking about military personnel’s mental healthcare. 

Michael Schlenk is a graduate student in the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Michael majored in Psychology at Kennesaw State University and graduated in May 2022. After graduating, Michael continued to work with the AMES Research Center in a Project Manager role from 2022-2023. During his time working with the AMES Research Center, he managed a variety of research and clinical practice projects related to behavioral health in first responder and military populations. He performed data analytics, assisted with wellness checks for public safety personnel, and conducted organizational health assessments for first responder organizations. 

Research Partners and Sponsors

Acworth Police DepartmentArmy Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Science 
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation 
Cartersville Fire Department
Center for Disease Control 
Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program 
City of Monroe Fire Department
City of Smyrna Police Department 
City of South Fulton Fire and Emergency Services 
Cobb County Fire
Community Building Art Works 
Conyers Police Department
Covington Fire Department
Department of Veterans Affairs 
Fayetteville Fire Department
Florida Institute of Technology 
Georgia Department of Public Health – Injury Prevention Program 
Georgia Department of Public Safety – Office of Public Safety Support 
Georgia Department of Veterans Service 
Granger-Williams Family Foundation 
Griffin Fire-Rescue 
Highland Rivers Behavioral Health 
Kennesaw State University Military and Veteran Services
Loganville Police Department
Marietta Fire Department
Marietta Police Department
Peachtree City Fire and Rescue Department
Perry Fire Department 
Richmond County Sherriff's Office
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers
Smyrna Police Department
Stephens County E-911 Center
Walton County Emergency Medical Services
Walton County Fire Rescue

*Any donations or gifts to the AMES Research Center do not directly go to the partners listed on this site.