First NIH Grant for SOE
Research Looks at Health Influences
Dr. Gary Elkins , Dr. Alex Beaujean, Dr. Rodney Bowden
Alex Beaujean (EDP), Rodney Bowden (HHPR), and Gary Elkins
(Psychology) recently received a two-year grant from the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a division of
the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The grant represents the first NIH grant received in the Baylor
School of Education and supports the study Individual differences
and health outcomes: A secondary data analysis in cognitive
The grant will help the investigators examine the influence of
psychological variables on health outcomes, such as mortality,
obesity/underweight, diabetes, and depression. Their initial
inquiries will focus on examining how personality and cognitive
ability relate to each other in producing different health-related
behaviors that may, in turn, influence long-term health outcomes.
The results may help inform public health by being able to better
specify the types of interventions that might be most effective in
reducing the incidence of preventable diseases and increasing
the overall quality of life.
In addition to Drs. Beaujean, Bowden, and Elkins, the grant will
fund a full-time research assistant for the Baylor Psychometric
Laboratory and support students working on their dissertations in
the area of individual differences and health outcomes.
The Baylor Psychometric Laboratory was founded in 2008 to
support the faculty and students at Baylor University in the
development, application, and analysis of measurement in
For more information, please contact Alex Beaujean at (254) 710-
1548 or Alex_Beaujean@baylor.edu, or visit http://homepages.