After extensive and careful consideration, the NIRSA Foundation and the NIRSA Research and Assessment Committee are excited to announce that Gabriella Sciacchitano, Fitness Coordinator at Kennesaw State University, has been selected to receive a 2019 NIRSA Research Grant!

This year, many exceptional proposals were received and identifying the most deserving recipients was a challenging task. The NIRSA Foundation and the NIRSA Research and Assessment Committee are grateful for all the applicants and their continued support of our mission and passion for research within the field of campus recreation.

Gabriella’s research seeks to evaluate the efficacy of a multidisciplinary treatment approach at improving health outcomes in college students with eating disorders/disordered eating. The potential results may inform best practices in establishing similar multidisciplinary treatment approaches across campuses.

This project is supported by the NIRSA Foundation

The NIRSA Foundation continues to support research that broadens the knowledge base in the field of campus recreation. The NIRSA Research Grant Program funds original, scholarly research that advances the knowledge base and practices of our profession. Previously-funded research projects and the recipients can be found on the NIRSA Research Grant webpage and many of their contributions to the literature can be found in the Recreational Sports Journal, the scholarly publication from the NIRSA Foundation dedicated to publishing empirical, theoretical, and applied research in the field. NIRSA members have free access to current and archived issues of the RSJ.

The results of this project will be shared at an upcoming NIRSA Annual Conference and may also be featured in a future issue of the RSJ.


  • For more information, please contact NIRSA Research Coordinator Ruben Guzman.

Adrienne Ansel is currently the Student Supervisor of Fitness at Bowling Green State University and a member of NIRSA's Research and Assessment Committee; she can be reached at