Faculty Research

Dr. Amy Joy Lanou is Chair of the Health and Wellness Department and Executive Director of the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW). She teaches courses in nutrition, nutrition policy, and health communication. Dr. Lanou researches nutrition for the prevention of chronic disease, nutrition and bone health and how experiential food education impacts what individuals know, think and do with respect to dietary choices. Along with the NCCHW team, she supports regional efforts to expand access evidence-based health promotion programs and to promote health equity and food security in western North Carolina.

Dr. Ameena Batada is an Associate Professor in Health and Wellness and teaches courses in public health, community health, and health communication. Dr. Batada was recently recognized with the North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. She conducts community-driven research with partner organizations, including program evaluations and research for public health policy advocacy. She also is involved in research on the impact of structural racism on health in rural Western North Carolina.

Dr. Laura Jones is an Assistant Professor in Health and Wellness and teaches courses in mental and emotional health, addictions, sexual health, biofeedback, and stress management. Dr. Jones researches the integration of neuroscience into clinical mental health training and practice, the role of mental health in the peak performance of athletes, the use of biofeedback in enhancing wellbeing and performance, and conceptualizations of safety in trauma survivors. She was recently recognized with UNC Asheville’s Scholarship and Creative Achievement Award.

Dr. Aubri Rote is Associate Chair of the Health and Wellness Department and teaches courses in chronic disease, exercise science, and body image. Dr. Rote conducts research on body composition and health, weight bias, and pedagogical strategies in health sciences. 

Dr. Jason Wingert is an Associate Professor in Health and Wellness and teaches courses in physiology as well as genetics and evolution of human health and disease. Dr. Wingert researches sensory and motor function in older adult fall prevention and cognitive biases impacting the student learning of evolution.