Dr. Harver’s research program results from a blend of training and interests in experimental psychology, respiratory physiology, and pulmonary medicine. His work examines the perception of dyspnea and the impact of symptoms on the management of obstructive lung disease. He has published 2 books and over 60 book chapters and journal articles; and presented about 150 abstracts, talks, and workshops at regional, national, and international scientific meetings. He has consistently involved students at all levels – high school, undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral – in his research activities. Harver has keen interest in the Responsible Conduct of Research. The university secured Federal-Wide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research during his term as Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects in 2001, and since 2002 he has been a Faculty Associate in the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics.
Harver was an invited member of the American Thoracic Society Committee on Dyspnea (1995-1998), elected Chair-elect and Chair of the Program Committee for the Behavioral Science Assembly (1998-2000), and selected for the ATS Membership Committee (2001-2003). He was appointed to the Editorial Boards of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Chest, Scientific World Journal, Journal of Asthma (current), and the AAEEBL ePortfolio Review (current). He previously served as President of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (1999-2000) and as a member of the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (2007-2012). Harver is a founding participant in the development and implementation of the North Carolina Thoracic Society; and an At-Large Board Member of the Mecklenburg County Asthma Coalition.
For over 20 years Harver has been an advocate of “writing to learn” and incorporates substantive writing activities in all of his courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He is active in the university’s Communication Across the Curriculum initiatives, and an adopter of eportfolios to evidence integrative learning experiences. Harver served as co-editor of The Field Guide to ePortfolio, a publication driven by AAEEBL and released in fall 2017 from AAC&U Publications involving over 60 authors from the eportfolio field.