Michele Kroll

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Extension Field Specialist, Health & Well-Being
Behavioral Health & Well-being
Phone: (603) 863-9200
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Michele Kroll, Ph.D. is a Behavioral Health and Well-Being Field Specialist with the University of New Hampshire Extension. She works in partnership with communities to provide educational programs and resources based on research-based best practices. Current direct educational programs include the Eight Dimensions of Wellness Interactive Online Assessment, Boost Your Brain and Memory, Mental Health First Aid and Rural Telehealth Accessibility and Applications using VR simulations. Michele is currently developing an online self-study course for Boost Your Brain and Memory. Michele uses a cross-disciplinary approach to understand and address the challenges that rural communities face with accessing mental health care and healthy living resources. She is excited to delve into AARP aging friendly communities as a way to address policies and system changes that occur as we age well together. She has 30 years’ experience previously with University of Missouri Extension working at regional, state and national levels and is a member of the leadership team as the Health and Wellness Sub-Committee chair for the Greater Sullivan Public Health Advisory Committee. Education: B.S. Human Development and Family Studies M.S. Adult and Continuing Education EdS Online Design and Educator Ph.D. Learning Technologies and Design Research background - Online pedagogy and VR/AR/Mixed realities.

Physical Office Address: 24 Main St, Newport, NH 03773


Research Interests

  • Online learning
  • Online teaching
  • Virtual Reality
  • Information Science/Systems
  • Design history and pedagogy
  • Stress processes and mental health
  • Brain research
  • Community Health
  • Aging in Place
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Aging/Gerontology

Selected Publications

  • Jahnke, I., Meinke-Kroll, M., Todd, M., & Nolte, A. (2022). Exploring Artifact-Generated Learning with Digital Technologies: Advancing Active Learning with Co-design in Higher Education Across Disciplines. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 27(1), 335-364. doi:10.1007/s10758-020-09473-3

  • Jahnke, I., & Meinke Kroll, M. (2018). Exploring students' use of online sources in small groups with an augmented reality-based activity - group dynamics negatively affect identification of authentic online information.. Heliyon, 4(6), e00653. doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00653