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Advocacy, Leadership, Community Development

Derryl Block, Ph.D., MPH, M.S.N, RN
  • health workforce development
  • public health nursing
  • community development
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Audiology, Hearing/Noise Conservation, Deafness Rehabilitation

Danica Billingsly, Au.D., CCC-A
  • audiologic and tinnitus rehabilitation strategies
  • hearing assistive technology outcomes
  • supervision/clinical teaching techniques and student outcomes
  • audiologic care of persons in life transitions and second language learners
King Chung, Ph.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
  • optimization of hearing aid, cochlear implant and hearing protector performance
  • wind noise characteristics and reduction strategies
  • humanitarian services and research
Blythe Kitner, AuD, CCC-A
  • head injuries
  • noise-induced hearing loss
  • learning and language disabilities
  • tinnitus
  • vestibular and electrophysiologic measures in sports related injuries and blast injuries
  • impact of rehabilitation on the vestibular system and cognitive function
Diane Schecklong, AuD, CCC-A
  • hearing assessment of all ages, with a particular interest in the geriatric population
  • intervention with hearing aids and counseling for individuals, couples, and families for hearing related issues
  • community outreach
Matthew Wilson, Ph.D.
  • applicability of auditory electrophysiology to the study of sport- and blast-related concussions
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Balance

Hamid Bateni, Ph.D.
  • human balance
  • fall prediction and prevention
  • prosthetics and orthotics
  • amputation
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
  • balance and gait characteristics in individuals with disability
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Cancer/Chronic Illness and/or Pain, Pain Management

Laura Beamer, Ph.D., DNP, CNP, CNS, AOCNP, AOCNS, APNG
  • oncology
  • cancer genetics
  • patient reported outcomes
  • quality of life
  • cancer drug development
  • vulnerable populations/minorities
  • multisite international studies
Sarah Geiger, Ph.D.
  • cardiovascular effects of common environmental agents
  • sleep disorders and associated chronic disease outcomes
  • breast cancer and mammography-seeking behavior in Amish women
Masih Shokrani, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)
  • cancer
Josephine Umoren, Ph.D., RD
  • role of nutrition and physical activity in children and adolescents in prevention of chronic disease
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Caregiving/Self-Care

Maryann Abendroth, Ph.D.
  • informal and formal caregiver well-being and risk for strain
  • grounded theory and instrument development research methodologies
  • secondary traumatic stress (compassion fatigue)
  • nursing education research
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
  • Interdisciplinary Parent/Toddler Playgroup
Carol Wahlstrom, M.S.
  • caregiver stress
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Communicative Disorders, Language Development

Danai Fannin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • child language and the development of evidence-based autism treatment with a focus on providing the appropriate evaluation and intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse families
Allison Gladfelter, Ph.D., M.S., CCC-SLP
  • language development in children with autism spectrum disorder
  • word learning in children: phonological aspects of words, prosodic patterns, and the semantic richness of the learning context
In-Sop Kim, Ph.D.
  • neuromotor speech disorders
  • functional near-infrared optical brain imaging (FNIR) study
  • speech intelligibility and cognitive processing in bilingual populations
Jamie Mayer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • acquired neurogenic cognitive-communicative disorders with etiologies in progressive disease or stroke/brain injury
  • behavioral treatment protocols, including constraint-induced aphasia treatment, melodic intonation therapy, computerized treatment/computerized brain training, art therapy, physical activity, attention process training, phonological training
  • memory function in aphasia
Deborah McGee, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • pediatrics
  • language development
  • early childhood language development
Sherrill Morris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • assessment of phonological development
  • disorder prevention and treatment efficacy
Janet Olson, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP
  • early language acquisition
  • mother-infant interactions
  • gesture use
  • mothers' use of internal state language
  • speech processing in children with hearing loss
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Consumer Studies, Apparel

Sarah Cosbey, Ph.D.
  • social psychology of dress and appearance
  • body image disturbances
  • body image, body satisfaction, and the media
  • gendered appearances in the media
  • theories of fashion change
Hyun-Mee Joung, Ph.D.
  • brand loyalty
  • clothing disposal behaviors
  • fashion consumers
  • appearance management
Eunha Myung, Ph.D.
  • consumer choice
  • pricing
  • bundling
  • green meetings
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Disability, Autism Services

Bryan Dallas, Ph.D., CRC
  • postsecondary accommodations for students with disabilities
  • universal design in instructional settings
  • assistive technology
  • vocational evaluation
Danai Fannin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • child language and the development of evidence-based autism treatment with a focus on providing the appropriate evaluation and intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse families
Allison Gladfelter, Ph.D., M.S.N, CCC-SLP
  • language development in children with autism spectrum disorder
Jennifer Gray, Ph.D., MPP
  • long-term care workforce
  • health promotion behaviors of older adults and persons with disabilities
  • access to health services for persons with disabilities
Arlene Keddie, Ph.D., M.S.PH
  • disability in older adults
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
  • balance, coordination, gait and physical activity in children with autism spectrum disorder
  • exercise in children with autism spectrum disorder
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Disability, Parkinson Services

In-Sop Kim, Ph.D.
  • Neuromotor Speech Disorders
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
  • LSVT BIG community exercise program for adults with Parkinson and Down Syndrome
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Epidemiological Studies: Environmental Hazards, Human Sexual Behavior and Health

Arlene Keddie, Ph.D., M.S.PH
  • social epidemiology
  • health disparities
  • aging
  • depression
  • obesity
  • metabolic syndrome
Tomoyuki Shibata, Ph.D.
  • evaluations of environmental risk factors (biological, chemical, physical, and socioeconomic) that potentially affect human health, especially children's health
Ping Yao, Ph.D.
  • biostatistics
  • application in health research
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Family and Marital Interactions, Parenting

Susan Bowers, Ph.D.
  • family day care
  • eldercare and widowhood
  • professional issues in early childhood education
  • caregiving across the lifespan
  • parenting
Sherry Fang, Ph.D.
  • acculturation process for immigrant families and children
  • parenting styles in various cultures
  • family strengths
  • early childhood development
Sophie Li, Ph.D., MED
  • diverse couple and family systems
  • systemic and ecological influence on child development
  • learned resilience and resourcefulness
Jane Rose Njue, Ph.D., CFLE
  • family strengths perspective in cross-cultural family functioning
  • adolescent resiliency across the diaspora
  • role of family functioning in coping with discrimination
Thomas Pavkov, Ph.D.
  • mental health services, outcomes, research, and policy
  • child and family serving systems, including mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, and education
  • family dynamics and atypical adolescent development
  • supervision in human service agencies
  • child maltreatment and delinquency
Lin Shi, Ph.D., LMFT
  • attachment and intimate relationship interaction
  • application of attachment theory in couple and individual therapy
  • trauma and trauma recovery
D. Scott Sibley, Ph.D., CFLE
  • couple relationships across the lifespan romantic relationship formation
  • decision making among the emerging adule (18-29 year olds)
  • marriage and family therapy theories
Florensia Surjadi, Ph.D.
  • family relationships
  • community and family influence on child health and well-being
  • quantitative research methods and longitudinal data analysis
Charline Xie, Ph.D.
  • Asian American family strengths
  • intergenerational relationships
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Fitness and Exercise

Lynn Herrmann, Ph.D., MPH
  • exercise and technology
  • social aspects of exercise how social norms and peers influence exercise perceptions and behaviors
Brynn Nahlik, DPT
  • exercises in persons with chronic neuromuscular conditions risk factors for injury in overhead athletes
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
  • LSVT BIG community exercise program for adults with Parkinson and Down Syndrome
  • use of wearable technology to analyze and complete exercise programs
  • pre-pregnancy exercise program for preventative women’s health
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Gerontology

Susan Bowers, Ph.D.
  • eldercare and widowhood
  • caregiving across the lifespan
Arlene Keddie, Ph.D., M.S.PH
  • health disparities
  • aging
  • disability and social factors in older Mexican Americans
  • metabolic syndrome
Jamie Mayer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • art therapy to augment quality of life for individuals with dementia
  • brain training to augment cognitive function/cognitive reserve across the lifespan
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Health Care and Treatment

Jaeyong Bae, Ph.D.
  • adoption of and outcomes from use of health information technology
  • health economics
  • medical errors and patient safety
  • physician incentives
  • medical decision making
Ilona Helin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • developmental caregiving
  • family-centered care in the NICU
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Health Disparities, Underrepresented/Diverse Populations

Priyanka Chakraborty, Ph.D., RDN
  • food environment and subsequent health effects
  • immigrant health disparities
  • nutrition and health needs
  • food insecurity
James Ciesla, Ph.D.
  • outcomes of treatment and services for people in disadvantaged populations or socially stigmatized groups through the application of human capital economics
Danai Fannin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • child language and the development of evidence-based autism treatment with a focus on providing the appropriate evaluation and intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse families
Kari Hickey, Ph.D.
  • health of vulnerable populations
Arlene Keddie, Ph.D., M.S.PH
  • racial and ethnic health disparities
  • socioeconomic status and health
  • social epidemiology
Jinsook Kim, Ph.D., M.P.H., D.D.S.
  • social ecology of health and health behavior
  • health disparities
Bette Montgomery, Ph.D.
  • cultural diversity in family and consumer science education
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Hospitality

Lan Li, Ph.D.
  • entrepreneurship in the hospitality and tourism industry
  • management skills for food and nutrition professionals
  • international hospitality operations
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Immunology

Masih Shokrani, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)
  • role of inflammation in autoimmunity/hypersensitivity
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Medical Laboratory Sciences

Jeanne Isabel, M.S.Ed, MLS, SH(ASCP)
  • student perspectives of learning in the clinical setting as related to competency building and professional socialization
  • study abroad programs for Health and Human Sciences
  • international MLS education
Masih Shokrani, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)
  • immunology/clinical microbiology and clinical biochemistry/hematology/cancer
  • study of autoimmune disorders; cytokines; diabetes; elucidation of signal transduction pathways
  • management of Diabetes Mellitus and its association with cardio-metabolic syndrome
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Mental Illness, Mental Health Services

Arlene Keddie, Ph.D., M.S.PH
  • depression suicide
Kathleen Musker, Ph.D.
  • life patterns - women transitioning through menopause
  • human rights of persons with mental illnesses
Thomas Pavkov, Ph.D.
  • mental health services, outcomes, research and policy
  • child and family serving systems, including mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare and education
Carol Wahlstrom, M.S.
  • stigma of mental illness
  • caregiver stress
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Neonates, Infants, and Children

Priyanka Chakraborty, Ph.D., RDN
  • promoting dietary practices through nutrition education
  • nutrition issues and needs of children with special needs, physical disability, interdisciplinary play group
  • infant and young child feeding practices in developing countries
  • global development, physical activity and nutritional status in children
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
  • Interdisciplinary Parent/Toddler Developmental Playgroup
  • global development and physical activity in young children
Janet Olson, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP
  • early language acquisition mother-infant interactions gesture use mothers' use of internal state language speech processing in children with hearing loss
Thomas Pavkov, Ph.D.
  • child maltreatment and delinquency child welfare
Susan Schaub, M.S.
  • maternal newborn health with focus in labor and delivery
  • childbirth and postpartum education
  • human patient simulation
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Neuroscience

Allison Gladfelter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • interactions between language and motor systems during tasks of memory
  • learning in children with typical and atypical language development
Jamie Mayer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • acquired neurogenic cognitive-communicative disorders with etiologies in progressive disease or stroke/brain injury
  • behavioral treatment protocols, including constraint-induced aphasia treatment, melodic intonation therapy, computerized treatment/computerized brain training, art therapy, physical activity, attention process training, phonological training
  • memory function in aphasia
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
  • LSVT BIG community exercise program for adults with Parkinson and Down Syndrome
  • balance, coordination, gait and physical activity in children with autism spectrum disorder
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Nursing

Cathy Carlson, Ph.D.
  • pain management
  • evidence-based nursing practice
Jie Chen, Ph.D. nursing work efficiency acute fatigue extended shifts magnet work environment patient satisfaction
Manju Daniel, Ph.D., M.S.N, RNC immigrant health physical activity
Jeanette Rossetti, Ed.D., RN teaching and outcome assessment including nursing education inspiration in teaching portfolio assessment issues in mental health nursing including patient rights, cultural influences, and pet therapy interventions
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Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diabetes

Sheila Barrett, Ph.D.
  • evaluation of food intake of school children who eat the National School Lunch Meals
  • validated photography as a tool for collecting food intakes; comparison of macro nutrients of school meals with meals eaten away from school
  • assessment of risk factor of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases among adolescents
Arlene Keddie, Ph.D., M.S.PH
  • Obesity
  • metabolic syndrome
Judith Lukaszuk, Ph.D., RD, LDN
  • sports nutrition
  • ergogenic aids
  • herbal medicine
  • dietary supplements
Amy Ozier, Ph.D., RD, LDN, CHES eating and appraisal due to emotions and stress how spirituality and religiousness impact coping and eating behavior impact of nutrition education in food pantries
Masih Shokrani, PHD, MT(ASCP) diabetes management of Diabetes Mellitus and its association with cardio-metabolic syndrome
Josephine Umoren, Ph.D., RD lifestyle factors affecting nutritional status role of nutrition and physical activity in children and adolescents in prevention of chronic disease
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Rehabilitation Process and Outcomes, Patient Rights

MJ Blaschak, Ph.D.
  • management of individuals with neuromuscular problems
  • efficacy of physical therapy treatments
  • alternative models of patient management
  • biomechanics and motor control
Natalie Maurin Koop, M.A., CRC, LPC
  • worker's compensation
  • private sector rehabilitation
  • social security disability
  • forensic rehabilitation
Jamie Mayer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • working memory and aphasia
  • Brain-Age: can video games improve cognition in stroke survivors?
  • attention process training after stroke treatment of reading skills in stroke survivors
Amanda McCarthy, Ed.D., CRC, CVE, LPC, PVE
  • clinical and administrative supervision of rehabilitation counseling professionals
  • preparation of rehabilitation counseling graduate students
  • vocational assessment in rehabilitation populations
Matthew E. Sprong, Ph.D., CRC, LCPC, CADC
  • service delivery issues for persons with disabilities
  • emergency preparedness and persons with disabilities
  • persons with disabilities and co-existing substance related disorders
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Teaching Methods

Beverly Henry, Ph.D., RD, LDN
  • interprofessional education
Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D.
  • improvement and evaluation of teaching methodologies
  • faculty development
  • feminist teaching methods and theories
  • cognitive and relational development of college students
Bette Montgomery, Ph.D.
  • curriculum change and reform
  • professional development
Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
  • clinical decision making of 3rd year DPT students: intervention or referral?
  • comparison of clinical decision making of 3rd year DPT students with physicians and licensed physical therapists
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Wearable Technology

Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
  • Use of wearable technology to analyze and complete exercise programs
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