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Wolfpack Wellness

Join us the third Friday of every month at 2 p.m. for a series of short talks (30 minutes on average) about the research conducted by NC State faculty and staff, and its connection to health and well-being.

Each talk will be recorded and available on the Wolfpack Wellness YouTube channel.

2022 Speakers

July 15 | Jocelyn Taliaferro

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Work

Wellness Focus: Black Women’s Mental Health Study
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Dr. Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro is an Associate Professor in the North Carolina State University School of Social Work. Dr. Taliaferro’s current research interests include nonprofit lobbying and teaching using contemporary television. Her work appears in the Journal of Child and Family Social Work, Journal of Policy Practice, Administration in Social Work and Education and Urban Society. She recently completed a book on teaching social policy using the HBO special The Wire. She currently serves as Principal Investigator for the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program grant where students are provided addiction prevention and treatment training and education and receive a $10,000 stipend. Dr. Taliaferro has served the NC State School of Social Work as faculty but also held the administrative positions of Director of the Graduate Program (DGP), Director of Field Instruction, and Interim Associate Department Head. In addition to her work in academia, she spent more than 25 years in the field of social work and nonprofit administration, which included Middle and Senior Management positions. Dr. Taliaferro has been an active member on several nonprofit boards of directors in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina. She has been teaching face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses since 2003.

August 19 | Matthew Bahnson

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Wellness Focus: Discrimination and Wellness
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Matthew Bahnson completed his Ph.D. in the Applied Social and Community Psychology program in at North Carolina State University. His previous training includes a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Matthew’s research focuses on sociocultural inequality in engineering graduate education with the intention of increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in STEM graduate education. He is currently a postdoctoral research scholar in engineering education with the Engineering Cognitive Research Laboratory with Dr. Catherin Berdanier at Pennsylvania State University.

September 16 | Jonathan Casper

College of Natural Resources
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Wellness Focus: Athletics and Sustainability Initiatives
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Jonathan Casper is an Associate Professor and Sport Management Program Coordinator in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Casper’s research focuses on healthy, happy people and the natural environment. He has one research line related to sport and environmental sustainability and another on sport psychology and marketing.

Dr. Casper is an internationally recognized researcher on sport and the natural environment. His research seeks to help sport organizations integrate sustainability efforts into organizational operations, marketing, and fan engagement. His expertise lies in leveraging sport events as informal educational settings (or platforms) and influencing sustainable behavior change. He has worked extensively with collegiate athletic departments, professional sport teams, and corporate sponsors on implementation and evaluation strategic sustainability efforts. He is also a founding member of The Sport Ecology Group.

October 21 | Robert Clark

Poole College of Management
Economics; Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Wellness Focus:
Financial Literacy; Pensions and Retirement
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Robert Clark is Professor of Economics and Professor of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University. He is also Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the Pension Research Council Advisory Board. Professor Clark has conducted research examining retirement decisions, the choice between defined benefit and defined contribution plans, the impact of pension conversions to defined contribution and cash balance plans, the role of information and communications on 401(k) contributions, and government regulation of pensions. He has completed a series of studies examine employer-provided financial literacy and retirement planning programs and how these plans affect worker decisions.

November 18 | Traci Rider

College of Design
Wellness Focus:
Sustainability and Health
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Dr. Traci Rose Rider is Assistant Professor of Architecture at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. She is an Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working to advance health and equity toward RWJF’s Culture of Health. Her research focuses on how the built environment of a hybrid elementary school/ community center in an underserved community can increase positive health outcomes for students, staff, parents, and the larger community, framing the built environment as a health intervention. She has two books (2010, 2013) with W.W. Norton on green building guidelines and green materials, and another with Routledge on healthy building guidelines (2021). She teaches courses focusing on sustainability and beyond, addressing existing buildings and operations, the WELL Building Standard, and Living Building Challenge. Her professional experience over the past twenty years has included work in international design firms, green building non-profits, university extension, and sustainability consulting.

December 16 | Michelle Schroeder-Moreno

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Crop and Soil Sciences; Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Wellness Focus:
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Dr. Schroeder-Moreno, founder and director of the NC State Agroecology Education Farm, provides leadership and teaches for the agroecology education programs and courses. Agroecology integrates ecology with agriculture for the development of sustainable agricultural practices and food systems. In other words, agroecology is the science behind sustainable agriculture. Dr. Schroeder-Moreno’s goal is to train students as ‘future food system leaders’ that can critically analyze agriculture and food challenges from a multidisciplinary and holistic lens and develop sustainable solutions that are environmentally sound, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable.

Dr. Schroeder-Moreno also serves as the Assistant Director of Educational Programs for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), as a NC State Community Engaged Faculty Fellow, and was one of the founders and served as a previous chair of the national Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA). She has been recognized for her innovation in teaching and received the NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010, Teacher Fellow award from the North American College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) in 2014, NC State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award in 2016, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Croatia in 2015.


Speaker: Lindsey Haynes-Maslow (November 2021)

Speaker: Bob Patterson (December 2021)

Speaker: Cheri Granillo (February 2022)

Speaker: Carli Arendt (April 2022)

Speaker: Vanessa Volpe (May 2022)

Speaker: Annie Hardison-Moody (June 2022)


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