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  • Evelina Sterling

    Dr. Evelina Sterling

    • Director of Research Development & Strategic Initiatives
    • Associate Professor of Sociology

    Email:     Phone: (470) 578-2268

    • Dr. Sterling became director of the Office of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives in spring 2019 when the unit was created within the Office of Research. Dr. Sterling’s main role is to support productive and engaged faculty and grow research at Kennesaw State University through various programs and resources. Specific programs that Dr. Sterling oversees include the OVPR Research/Scholarship Seed Grants, the Summer Research Fellows Program, the PI Academy, faculty learning communities around research, interdisciplinary networking opportunities, grant-writing workshops, and new faculty initiatives.  

      Dr. Sterling joined KSU in 2014 after a 20+ year career as a public health researcher.  She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Georgia State University, a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. degree in Biology from Mary Washington College.  She is also a master certified health education specialist (MCHES).

      Dr. Sterling’s expertise includes women’s and reproductive health, maternal and child health, rural health, mental health, substance use disorders, chronic diseases, medical ethics, and health equity.  She has published dozens of articles on these topics as well as co-authored six consumer health books. She currently has funding from the National Institutes of Health to focus on chronic disease self-management among African- American men.  She also just completed a grant-funded project from the Georgia Health Foundation to address the needs of pregnant women who use opioids in rural North Georgia. 

    • Ms. Amanda DesLauriers

      • Assistant Director

      Email:   Phone: (470) 578-3689

      • Ms. DesLauriers has worked in the Office of Research at Kennesaw State University since 2017. She first served as a pre-award grants and contracts specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration. In spring 2021, she  began her tenure as assistant director in the Office of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives.

        Ms. DesLauriers is responsible for guiding KSU faculty members through the proposal development process as they pursue external funding for their research activities. Among her duties, she disseminates funding information, performs outreach activities to the campus, works with faculty to identify potential funding sources and develops individualized strategic plans to obtain external funding. Ms. DesLauriers earned a BA degree in History and French from Marquette University and an MA degree in History from Western Michigan University.   

      • Mrs. Tamia McFarland

        • Administrative Assistant

        Email:   Phone: (470) 578-3650

        • Mrs. McFarland joined the Office of Research in 2021 as an administrative assistant for the Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement and the Office of Research Development and Strategic Initiatives. She has four years of administrative experience, including organization and correspondence. Mrs. McFarland holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Columbus State University.  She is credited with establishing a distinguished Air Force Junior Reserve Training Corps unit at Jonesboro High School from 2011-2015. In April 2015, she was awarded the Air Force Association Award for her efforts.