You@JCSU—The Transitions Project—is a landmark research project designed to explore the individual, interpersonal, and institutional factors that contribute to the development of healthy and fulfilling lives for students in college and beyond.

3500 Students at 4
Davidson Duke Furman JCSU
College Campuses
over 4 Years
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The Project

You@JCSU—The Transitions Project—is a collaborative effort between researchers and student affairs staff at Johnson C. Smith University, Davidson College, Duke University, and Furman University. Results from this cutting-edge research will be used to inform the development of campus programming designed to help students build healthy and fulfilling lives in college and beyond.

Students and parents of the incoming Class of 2019 have the unique opportunity to share their experiences and perspective, which will inform the development of campus programming and contribute to our scientific understanding of emerging adulthood.

Johnson C. Smith University is a community that works together to study, learn, and thrive, and we are counting on YOU to help us make your time at JCSU the best it can be!

You@JCSU—The Transitions Project—is funded by The Duke Endowment, a private foundation dedicated to strengthening communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds, and enriching spirits.

The Team

Anita Bledsoe-Gardner Principal Investigator

Anita Bledsoe-Gardner is an Assistant Professor in the Metropolitan College at Johnson C. Smith University. She received her B.S. (1995) in Psychology and her M.S. (1996) in Sociology/Criminology from Mississippi State University and her Ph.D. in Social Services/Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in Criminology from Berne University (2001). Dr. Bledsoe-Gardner’s research interests are in the areas of victimology, juvenile delinquency, and race.

Cathy Jones Dean of Student Success

Cathy W. Jones is Dean of Student Success at Johnson C. Smith University. Dean Jones assists with administrative, budgetary, planning, and supervisory functions within the Division of Student Success and provides strategic leadership for Counseling Services, Residence Life, Student Activities, Health Services, Student Support Services, and Upward Bound, Multi-Cultural Affairs, Judicial Affairs Appellate Officer, and Student Food Services. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Barber-Scotia College and a M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University.

Antonia S. Mead Principal Investigator

Antonia Mead is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health & Human Performance at Johnson C. Smith University. She received her B.S. (1996) in Biology and her M.S. (1999) in Human Movement Science from The University of Memphis and her Ph.D. in Health Education and Health Promotion from The University of Alabama (2004). Dr. Mead’s research interests are in the areas of preconception health, health disparities, and faith-based health initiatives.

Debra Terrell Principal Investigator

Debra Terrell is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Johnson C. Smith University. Dr. Terrell graduated from the University of Georgia with a Ph.D. degree in Physiological Psychology and completed a NIH-funded post-doctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Much of her research focuses on delineating the biobehavioral antecedents and psychosocial mediators of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Terrell is also interested in the differential impact of various forms of academic engagement on indices of student success.

Antonio Henley Co-Interim Dean of Metropolitan College

Antonio Henley is Co-Interim Dean of the Metropolitan College at Johnson C. Smith University and is responsible for the Biddle Institute, which is comprised of two first-year, liberal studies academic units and the advising center. He also oversees the Public Leadership Studies department and the Center for Applied Leadership and Community Development. Dr. Henley completed the M.S. degree in Behavioral Science with emphasis in Psychology at Cameron University and earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of New Hampshire. His research is concerned with the degree to which non-cognitive variables predict persistence.