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  Dr. Catherine Spann

  Research Scientist, Social and Affective Computing

  University of Texas at Arlington

 Dr. Catherine Spann serves as Research Scientist: Social and Affective Computing in LINK Research Lab ​ at the University of    Texas at Arlington​ . She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2010 and her Ph.D. in    Experimental Psychology from UTA in 2016. Catherine’s research focuses on the role of contemplative practices in mental and    physical health and general well-being, exploring the psychophysiological impact of such practices. She has led numerous    research studies in controlled lab settings, museums, and classrooms with both children and adults on the topic of mindfulness    and self-regulation. Her research engages in wearable and mobile technologies in order to increase understanding of the      physiological and psychological factors that lead to wellness and successful learning.

 Dr. Carol Howe


Texas Christian University

Dr. Carol Howe is a nurse scientist and teacher at Texas Christian University.  She earned her Bachelor and Master in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in Nursing from UTA in 2014.  Carol’s research focuses on diabetes prevention, how children and parents learn about health, and how health care providers communicate health information. 






Dr. Gina Alexander


Texas Christian University

Dr. Gina Alexander is a nurse scientist and teacher at Texas Christian University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University, her Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Virginia in 2009. Gina's research focuses on health promotion, complementary and alternative therapies, and environmental health.



Dr. Jada Stevenson


Texas Christian University

 Dr. Jada Stevenson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Christian University where she directs the Obesity Prevention Laboratory. Dr. Stevenson received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University. Dr. Stevenson has worked as a clinical dietitian for a number of facilities, and her research interests range from human obesity to exercise performance to the effects of macronutrients upon hunger, satiety and metabolism. In 2013, Dr. Stevenson was honored as a Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has also been honored with several distinguished teaching awards.

Fun Fact

Five of the movies shown in the Omni Theater have been nominated for Academy Awards: The Living Sea, Dolphins, Cosmic Voyage, Alaska: Spirit of the Wild, and Special Effects: Anything Can Happen.  

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