The Qualitative Research Lab (QRL) offers consultation and support for qualitative social scientific research at Augusta University.

The QRL is housed in the CSSR and operates as a Core research facility for the Augusta University research community. The director and affiliates assist faculty, graduate students, and administrators in the development and implementation of qualitative research, from the initial design of research protocols to implementation of protocols to data analysis. Common services include consultation on research design, conducting interviews, focus groups, ethnographic field-work and participant observation and data analysis. When applicable, the QRL, in conjunction with the CSSR, will organize and facilitate workshops on general qualitative research techniques.

Our Services
  • Consultation or research design
  • Conducting Focus Groups
  • Creating Interview Guides
  • Interviewing Participants
  • Data Analysis
  • Grant Development (where appropriate) 
  • Hosting Workshops and Trainings
Qualitative Research Working Group

The QRL will support and facilitate a working group designed to provide community and collaboration for qualitative researchers looking for peer-led support and guidance. While the goals and activities of the working group will be guided by group members, benefits of the group may include writing/editing support, theoretical and methodological guidance, and project collaboration. 

Workshops and Trainings

The QRL will host workshops and trainings through the CSSR for the Augusta University community. In addition to scheduled campus events, academic departments and administrative offices may request specialized training designed to fit their specific research needs.


As a Core facility the consultation fee is $120 per hour for faculty/staff/affiliates of Augusta University ($200 per hour for all others). An initial hour consultation meeting to discuss the project and scope of work is provided free of charge to all Augusta University investigators.

Grant Preparation support is offered to Augusta University researchers free of charge, provided that the QRL faculty affiliate is a co-investigator in the proposal with a funding request for significant percent effort.

After the initial consultation, a cost estimate is provided. Where meaningful intellectual contributions to research design, data analysis, and/or manuscript preparation will occur, possibilities for co-authorship on consequent publications and presentations for the QRL consultant will be negotiated at the initial consult and agreed to by the Faculty/PI, the QRL consultant, and the QRL Director.

Inquiries and Requests

If you are interested in using the services of the QRL or have a project you would like to discuss with the QRL, please fill out our QRL Request form to initiate a conversation!

* If you already have an iLab account you can request services directly through iLab.

Contact Us


Summerville Campus

Allgood Hall

Office N217

Dr. Melissa Powell-Williams

Dr. Dustin Avent-Holt

Lab Director


Dr. Melisssa Powell-Williams

Professor, Sociology, Dept of Social Sciences
Center for Bioethics and Health Policy
Director, Qualitative Research Lab
Center for Social Science Research

Dr. Powell-Williams is an expert in the areas of identity, social movements, and victimization.
Her research experience includes: Interviews, Focus Groups, Narrative Analysis, Qualitative Content Analysis, Participant Observation, Mixed Methods, Constructionism, Grounded Theory, and Critical Theory 

Dr. Melissa Powell-Williams

Faculty Affiliates

Review our list of faculty across Augusta University with expertise in various aspects of qualitative research and design. These affiliates are that consult with appropriate faculty on projects with the QRL.

Dr. Desiree Bertrand

Assistant Professor, Interim Chair - Department of Prelicensure, College of Nursing

Dr. Bertrand is an expert in the area of interpersonal violence, contraceptive use, and health disparities.

Her research includes phenomenology, focus groups and in-depth interviews.

Dr. Bertrand

Dr. Angela Bratton

Associate Professor of Anthropology- Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy, Pamplin College or Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Bratton is an expert in the areas of Identity, Gender, Sexuality, Reproduction, Ritual, Medical, and Folklore.

Her research experience includes: Ethnography Participant-Observation, Interviews, Qualitative Surveys, Focus Groups, and Photovoice


Dr. Bratton

Dr. Audrey Johnson

Assistant Professor- Department of Physical Therapy, College of Allied Health

Dr. Johnson is an expert in the areas of physical function and mobility during acute hospitalization (adults) and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

Her research experience includes: Case Studies, Mixed Methods, Phenomenology
Interviews, Focus Groups, and Observation

Dr. Johnson

Dr. Eunhye Kim

Assistant Professor - Social Work, Department of Social Sciences, Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 

Dr. Kim is an expert in the areas of Mental Health, Racial Discrimination, and Ethnic Minority Experiences.

Her research experience includes Grounded Theory, Community-Engaged Research, Interviews, Observation, and Analysis of Organizational Documents.

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Dr. Darla Linville

Associate Professor of Education, Department of Research, Counseling and Curriculum, College of Education

Dr. Linville is an expert in the areas of discourses of sexuality and gender in schools, adolescence, education policy, and young adult literature.

Her research experience includes: Youth Participatory Action Research, Participatory Analysis with Youth, Community Engaged Research Focus Groups, Interviews, Observations, Mapping, Social Constructivisim, Queer Theory, Decolonizing Methods, Critical theory, Feminist

Dr. Linville

Dr. Rhia Moreno

Assistant Professor of Education- Department of Research, Counseling and Curriculum, College of Education

Dr. Moreno is an expert in the areas of cultural studies, language instruction and learning, culturally sustaining pedagogy, qualitative research methods, arts-based pedagogies. 

Her research experience includes Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Design-Based Research (DBR), Case Study, Ethnographic Methods, Arts-Based Research, Focus Groups, Observation, Participant Observation, Photo Elicitation, Course-Related Artifacts, Artwork, Social Constructionism, Pragmatism, Dewey's Theory of Experience, Self-Efficacy Theory, Sensemaking Theory

Dr. Moreno

Dr. Taylor Walker

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Dr. Walker is an expert in the areas of Professional Socialization, Difference & Identity, Storytelling & Social Change, and Culture-Centered Health Interventions. 

Her research experience includes:  Ethnography,  Community-Engaged Research, Interviews, Narratives, Participant Observation, and Creative Analytic Methods
Narrative Theories, Post-Structural Feminism, and Place-Based Pedagogy 

Dr. Walker

Dr. Julie Zadinsky

Director, Center for Nursing Research and Associate Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Zadinsky’s clinical background is in pediatric nursing, and her primary research focus has been on health promotion in vulnerable populations, especially children and adolescents. She also has conducted research in other areas, such as perioperative nursing and education and training. She has experience with both mixed methods and qualitative research.

Dr. Zadinsky