Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Instructor, School of Education
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
Chad has a strong preference for inter-disciplinary research. Specifically, he is interested in applying principles from dynamic systems theory to understand how various developmental domains (e.g., physical, socio-emotional, cognitive) interact to affect motor behavior and participation in children with and without disabilities. Most recently, Chad investigated the impact of socio-emotional and physical factors on gross motor skills and physical activity in school-aged children with and without Down syndrome. Dr. Tiernan is also interested in pursuing inter-disciplinary research to further understand and promote physical activity and well-being in older adults.
A. Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts
Tiernan, C., Lysack, C., Neufeld, S., & Lichtenberg, P.A. Community engagement: An essential component of well-being in older African American adults. Revised submission to International Journal on Aging & Human Development (March 2012).
Tiernan, C., Lysack, C., Neufeld, S., Goldberg, A., & Lichtenberg, P.A. Falls efficacy and self-rated health in older African American adults. Revised submission to Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics (March 2012).
Angulo-Barroso, R.M., Tiernan, C., Chen, L-C, Valentin-Gudiol, M., & Ulrich, D. Minimal effects of treadmill training in infants at mild risk for neuromotor delay. Initial submission to Australian Journal of Physiotherapy (March 2012).
Ulrich, D.A., Burghardt, A.R., Lloyd, M., Tiernan, C., & Hornyak, J. (2011) Physical activity benefits of learning to ride a two-wheel bicycle in children with Down syndrome: A randomized trial. Physical Therapy, 91(10), 1463-1477.
Angulo-Barroso, R.M., Tiernan, C.W., Chen, L., Ulrich, D., & Neary, H. (2010). Treadmill responses and physical activity levels in infants at risk for neuromotor delay. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 22(1), 61-68.
Tiernan, C.W., Angulo-Barroso, R.M. (2008). A constrained motor-perceptual task in infancy: Effects of sensory modality. Journal of Motor Behavior, 40(2), 133-42.
Ulrich, D.A., Lloyd, M.C., Tiernan, C.W., Looper, J.E., & Angulo-Barroso, R.M. (2008). Effects of intensity of treadmill training on developmental outcomes and stepping in infants with Down syndrome: a randomized trial. Journal of Physical Therapy, 88(1), 114-22.
Wu, J., Ulrich, D., Looper, J., Tiernan, C.W., & Angulo-Barroso, R.M (2008). Strategy adoption and locomotor adjustment of newly walking toddlers with Down syndrome following different treadmill interventions. Journal of Experimental Brain Research, 186(2), 261-72.
B. Book Chapters
Angulo-Barroso, R.M. & Tiernan, C.W. (2008). Motor systems development. In C. Nelson & M.
Luciana (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, (pp.147-160), Cambridge, MA:MIT Press. Recent presentations
Tiernan, C., Neufeld, S., & Lysack, C. (March 2012). How are neighborhood conditions related to participation and well-being in older African Americans in Detroit? Paper presented at the Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship Conference, Detroit, Michigan.
Tiernan, C., Neufeld, S., & Lysack, C. (June 2012). The effects of neighborhood conditions and disability on community participation in African American seniors living in Detroit. Poster presented at the International Conference on Aging, Mobility, & Quality of Life, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Angulo-Barroso R, Chen, L.C., Looper, J., Tiernan, C., & Ulrich, D.A. (June 2009). Treadmill training & gait patterns in infants at moderate risk for neuromotor disabilities. Paper presented at the biannual conference of the International Society for Posture & Gait Research, Bologna, Italy.
Tiernan, C., Angulo-Barroso, R., Lloyd, M., Neary, H., & Ulrich, D. (September, 2008). Examining effects of treadmill training in infants at risk for neuromotor deficits. Poster presented at the annual North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium, Indianapolis, IN.
Hornyak, J.E., Tiernan, C., Lloyd, M., & Ulrich, D.A. (September, 2008). The benefits of learning how to ride a two wheel bicycle in children with Down syndrome. American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/acadaME Podcast. www.me.aapmr.org
Ulrich, D., Burghardt, A., Lloyd, M., & Tiernan, C. (September, 2008). The relationship between anthropometric and fitness variables and physical activity level in youth with Down syndrome. Paper presented at the annual North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium, Indianapolis, IN.
Tiernan, C.W., Angulo-Barroso, R.M., Ulrich, D.A., & Burghardt, A. (June, 2007). Treadmill
performance and physical activity in infants at risk for cerebral palsy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA.
Tiernan, C.W., Ulrich, D., Burghardt, A., and Hornyak, J. (October 2006). The benefits of learning how to ride a two-wheel bicycle in 8-15 year-old children with Down syndrome. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.
Ulrich, D.A., Tiernan, C.W., Burghardt, A., and Hornyak, J. (February 2006). The benefits of learning how to ride a two wheel bicycle in 8-15 year old children with Down syndrome. An Invited Paper presented at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway.
Tiernan, C., Angulo-Barroso, R.M., & Ulrich, D.A. (October, 2004). Treadmill response in infants at risk for cerebral palsy. Paper presented at the 7th annual North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Tiernan, C.W. & Angulo-Barroso, R.M. (June, 2004). Examining 3-month-old infants’ abilities to increase alternating kicks. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tiernan, C.W. & Angulo-Barroso, R.M. (May, 2004). Examining 3-month-old infants’ abilities to increase alternating kicks. Poster presented at annual meeting of the International Society of Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.
Angulo-Barroso, R.M., Ulrich, D., Tiernan, C., Rosebrough, A., & Ehn, L. (May, 2004). Clearing an obstacle during gait: A problem to solve in new walkers with Down syndrome. Paper presented in a symposium (Anderson, D.I. & Corbetta, D. chairs) titled Learning to walk as an illustration of and catalyst for infant problem solving at the International Society of Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.
Angulo-Barroso, R.M., Ulrich, D.A., & Tiernan, C.W. (March, 2004). Adaptive treadmill stepping patterns in infants at risk for cerebral palsy. Paper presented in a symposium (Ulrich, D. chair) titled Motor Behavior in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities: Theory, Modeling, & Evidence-based Intervention at the 37th Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research & Theory in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, San Diego, CA.
Interim Dean, College of Health & Education
Director of WebMedia Program, NESCOM
Mathematics Instructor, Science and Humanities
Director of Institutional Research, Academic Administration, Provost's Office
Professor *Administrator with Faculty Rank, Mathematics/Statistics
Gail has been consulting with health professionals for over 20 years. Her expertise is in clinical trials, categorical data analysis and online instruction. She currently consults with medical professionals and faculty from the University of New England, University of Maine, University of North Carolina and Eastern Maine Medical Center on a regular basis. Gail has successfully collaborated with 12 different principal investigators on 15 grants over the last 20 years. As a public health professional she is particularly interested in research that concentrates on affordable ways to get a large amount of individuals to change their behavior in a positive way. Studying the relationship between providers and patients is an effective way to do this as patients with chronic disease visit their health care provider regularly and the provider can use these visits to educate their patients.
Sample of Refereed articles (published)
* Sleath, BL, Carpenter, DM, Slota C, Williams, DM, Tudor, G, Yeatts, K, , Davis, S and
Ayala GX (2012). Communication during pediatric asthma visits and self-reported asthma
medication adherence, Pediatrics, In print.
* Sleath B, Ayala GX, Williams D, Davis S, Yeatts K , Tudor G, Washington D, and
Gillete C (2011). Caregiver rating of provider participatory decision-making style and caregiver
and child satisfaction with pediatric asthma visits. Patient Education and Counseling. Vol. 85,
Issue 2, pp 286-289.
* Murphy, L, Helmick, CG, Schwartz, T, Renner, JB, Tudor G, Koch G, Dragomir A,
Kalsbeek WD, Luta G, Jordan JM (2010). One in four people may develop symptomatic hip
osteoarthritis in their lifetime. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. Vol 18 (11), pp. 1372-1379.
* Sleath B, Ayala GX, Davis S, Williams D, Tudor G, Yeatts K, Washington D, Gillete
C (2010). Child- and caregiver-reported problems and concerns in using asthma medications. J
Asthma. 47(6): 633-8.
* Beard AJ, Sleath B, Blalock SJ, Roth M, Weinberger M, Tudor G, and Chewning B.
(2010). Predictors of rheumatoid arthritis Patient-physician communication about medication
costs during visits to rheumatologists. Arthritic Care and Research, Vol. 62. No. 5, pp 632-639.
* Sleath, BL, Krishnadas, R, Cho, M., Robin, AL, Mehta, R., Covert, D., Tudor, G.
(2009) Patient-reported barriers to glaucoma medication access, use, and adherence in southern
India Indian J Ophthalmol: 57:69-74
* Sleath B, Chewning B, Devellis B, Weinberger M, Devellis R, Tudor G and Beard A.
(2008). Communication about depression during rheumatoid arthritis patient visits. Arthritis
Care & Research. Vol 59, Issue 2, pp 186-191
* Nusbaum MRH, Frasier PY, Rojas F, Trotter K, and Tudor G. (2008). Sexual
Orientation and Sexual Health Care Needs: A Comparison of Women Beneficiaries in Outpatient
Military Health Care Settings. Journal of Homosexuality, 54(3): 259–276.
* Tudor, GE. (2006). Teaching Introductory Statistics Online – Satisfying the Students.
Journal of Statistics Education Volume 14, Number 3, www.amstat.org/publications/jse/v14n3/
* Potthoff, RF, Tudor, GE, Pieper, KS, and Hasselblad, V. (2006). Is it safe to assume
MAR for missing data in medical studies? Statistics in Medical Research. Vol. 15: 213-214
* Tudor GE and Koch GG (2000). Statistical methods for crossover designs in bioenvironmental
and public health studies. Handbook of Statistics, Vol. 18: Bio-Environmental and Public Health
Statistics, pp. 571-614.