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The University of Mary Hardin–Baylor is a Christian co-educational institution of higher learning located in Belton, Texas, United States. UMHB was founded by the Republic of Texas in 1845 as "Baylor Female College," the female department of what is now Baylor University. It has since become its own institution and grown to approximately 2,700 students and awards degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate levels. It is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.The university is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools . UMHB's first doctoral program, leading to the Doctor of Education , officially began in June 2007 with twenty-one students in the inaugural class. The university's overall student/faculty ratio is 16:1. Wikipedia.

Morgan G.B.,Baylor University | Hodge K.J.,Baylor University | Baggett A.R.,University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Computational Statistics and Data Analysis | Year: 2016

The performances of fit indices used for model selection in cross-sectional mixture modeling with nonnormally distributed indicators were examined in two studies using Monte Carlo methods. Simulation conditions were selected to mirror conditions found in educational and psychological research. The design factors under investigation were: indicator distribution, number of indicators, sample size, and profile prevalence. All models contained five, ten, or 15 continuous indicators with varying departures from normality. The fit indices examined were Akaike's information criterion (AIC), corrected Akaike's information criterion (AICc), consistent Akaike's information criterion (CAIC), Bayesian information criterion (BIC), sample size-adjusted Bayesian information criterion (SSBIC), Draper's information criterion (DIC), integrated classification likelihood criterion with Bayesian-type approximation (ICL), entropy, and the adjusted Lo-Mendell-Rubin likelihood ratio test (LMR). In the first study, nonnormally distributed data were used to estimate the mixture models. No fit index uniformly identified the simulated number of profiles using nonnormal indicators. The fit indices that tended to identify the simulated number of profiles more frequently than others were BIC, SSBIC, CAIC, and LMR although the condition(s) in which this was observed varied. In the second study, the raw data were transformed using van der Waerden quantile normal scores. Despite deflating the indicator variances, the use of normal scores increased the frequency with which fit indices identified the simulated number of profiles across most conditions. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

Alfonzo P.M.,University of Mary Hardin-Baylor | Sakraida T.J.,University of Colorado at Denver | Hastings-Tolsma M.,University of Colorado at Denver
Online Journal of Nursing Informatics | Year: 2014

Nurse scientists commonly weigh the impact oftheir work on the discipline ofnursing as well as within the larger healthcare arena. Bibliometrics, a statistical method used in citation and content analysis, is a quantitative approach for calculating output and for analyzing value and merit ofscientific output. Bibliometric mapping is a method for visually representing bibliometric data. A synthesis between creative design and information visualization, bibliometric mapping highlights the impact ofgiven research on a discipline and has the potential to foster increased data comprehension. Widely used in the field ofinformation science, bibliometrics has received less attention in nursing and healthcare. This paper describes the methodological considerations for bibliometrics, software that could be considered for citation analyses, and an exemplar that shows the visual richness ofbibliometric mapping. Recommendations are made for facilitating bibliometric analyses. Source

Garrett M.,University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health | Year: 2015

This article details a year-long project in which the author created a series of 365 sandtrays and journaled about them as a professional and personal growth project. The author shares professional and personal lessons learned from this experience and describes how reflective practices can be used as a method to improve clinical work. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Tinsley G.M.,Baylor University | La Bounty P.M.,University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nutrition Reviews | Year: 2015

Intermittent fasting is a broad term that encompasses a variety of programs that manipulate the timing of eating occasions by utilizing short-term fasts in order to improve body composition and overall health. This review examines studies conducted on intermittent fasting programs to determine if they are effective at improving body composition and clinical health markers associated with disease. Intermittent fasting protocols can be grouped into alternate-day fasting, whole-day fasting, and time-restricted feeding. Alternate-day fasting trials of 3 to 12 weeks in duration appear to be effective at reducing body weight (≈3%-7%), body fat (≈3-5.5 kg), total cholesterol (≈10%-21%), and triglycerides (≈14%-42%) in normal-weight, overweight, and obese humans. Whole-day fasting trials lasting 12 to 24 weeks also reduce body weight (≈3%-9%) and body fat, and favorably improve blood lipids (≈5%-20% reduction in total cholesterol and ≈17%-50% reduction in triglycerides). Research on time-restricted feeding is limited, and clear conclusions cannot be made at present. Future studies should examine long-term effects of intermittent fasting and the potential synergistic effects of combining intermittent fasting with exercise. © The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Life Sciences Institute. All rights reserved. Source

Frederick K.E.,University of Mary Hardin-Baylor | Ivey Hatz J.,Baylor University | Lanning B.,Baylor University
Community Mental Health Journal | Year: 2015

Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential modality which utilizes horses to provide a unique learning experience for personal growth. Research by Damon et al. (Appl Dev Sci 7:119–128, 2003) suggests a positive relationship between hope and positive developmental trajectories. Hagen et al. (Am J Orthopsychiatr 75:211–219, 2005) showed hope to be a protective factor associated with adaptive functioning in at-risk youth. Ashby et al. (J Couns Dev 89:131–139, 2011) found a significant inverse relationship between hope and depression: as hope increases, depression decreases. The current study investigates the impact of a non-riding EAL curriculum entitled L.A.S.S.O. (Leading Adolescents to Successful School Outcomes) on levels of hope and depression in at-risk youth. The study uses an experimental design with longitudinal, repeated measures. Participants were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups. Participants in the treatment received 5 weeks of EAL, while participants in the control group received treatment as usual. Repeated measures ANOVA of participants’ levels of hope and depression showed statistically significant improvements in the treatment group as compared with the control group. Even a brief (5-week) intervention of EAL had a positive impact on the lives and attitudes of at-risk adolescents, with increased levels of hope and decreased levels of depression. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Source

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