Trena M. Paulus, Ph.D.
Dr. Paulus has 17 years of experience as a qualitative research methodologist and instructional designer. She specializes in the design and analysis of online conversations and the impact of digital technologies on research design and implementation. Her areas of expertise include observational methods, both online and offline, interview and focus group design, qualitative social media analysis and narrative and conversation analysis techniques. Dr. Paulus is a certified professional trainer for ATLAS.ti data analysis software.
Most recently a professor in the University of Georgia’s Qualitative Research program, Dr. Paulus moved to the research division of Family Medicine in the Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU in 2019. Prior to her time at UGA, she spent 11 years at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville coordinating the instructional design program and graduate certificate in qualitative research methods. Her publications include Looking for Insight, Transformation and Learning in Online Talk (Paulus & Wise, Routledge, 2019) and Doing Research with Digital Tools (Paulus & Lester, Sage, forthcoming in 2020).