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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

We've made it! A challenging academic year is over, and I'm glad to report that we finished strongly, including our virtual convocation. If you haven't viewed our videos congratulating students, please make sure to do so.

We end the semester with some excellent news. The following faculty have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor: Marie Channell, SHS; Neha Gothe, KCH; Naiman Khan, KCH; Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, KCH, and Laura Mattie, SHS. Congratulations, all! These promotions are well-earned.

We still want to hear all about your accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. Be sure to submit your information. To ensure inclusion in Monday's email, we ask that you send information by 5 p.m. the previous Friday to Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


Emma Boat, who is graduating in May with a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, talks about being a member of the Class of 2021 during the time of a global pandemic.

KCH Teaching Assistant Professor Jamie O'Connor has her final podcast of the semester as she speaks with Jennifer Werner of Wentzville Middle School in Missouri.

Paralympian Susannah Scaroni reflects on her 'why' and the impact she hopes to have on female athletes. 

News-Gazette sports writer Bob Asmussen named his top 30 Illinois coaches and retired volleyball coach and RST adjunct professor Don Hardin ranked No. 22 on the list.

Congratulations to Kyley Simmons, online MS in RST graduate, for her recent appointment to assistant women's basketball coach at Southern Methodist University. 


If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the campus encourages you to upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal by taking a few simple steps, which are outlined on our Vaccination Record Card upload page.


START, a research program focused on aging intended for AHS undergraduate students, has a website designed to showcase the program. AHS faculty members played a critical role in training these students. We encourage you to take a look at some of the fantastic research being undertaken through this program. Most START students recently presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Noteworthy, Chloe Maghinang from SHS who worked this year in the Aging and Neurocognition Lab, in collaboration with Human Factors and Aging Lab, received an award for Outstanding Presentation for her poster presentation titled Relationship Between Strategic Attention and Inhibition in Older Adults with Varying Hearing Ability.

AHS Faculty members: The program is now accepting applications for 2021-2022.  Train the next generation of aging researchers through the START Program. If you are interested in mentoring a START student, please complete this short surveyEncourage your undergraduate students to get involved and they can earn 2 credit hours per semester.  Students may apply to be a part of the START program here.


KCH Assistant Professor K. Andrew R. Richards has a new publication entitled, "Developing Resilience and Enhancing Appraisals of Mattering: A Conceptual Framework for Elementary Level, Non-core Subject Teachers" in the journal Quest. Although much is known about teachers’ workplace experiences, lives, and careers through socialization research, few efforts have been made to apply this body of knowledge to develop conceptual frameworks to guide research and practice. Grounded in role socialization theory, the purpose of this paper is to propose the Developing Resilience and Enhancing Appraisals of Mattering conceptual framework. Richards' collaborators include KCH Interim Dept. Head Kim Graber, and KCH doctoral students Shannon Pennington and Alyssa M. Trad

KCH Assistant Professor Mina Raj authored a book chapter on India's response to COVID-19. The free e-book can be found here.


Kaustubh Parab, a doctoral student in community health studying with Dr. Chelsea Singleton, has received the 2021-2022 Britta and Charles J. Wolfe Award for Diabetes Research from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  The award recognizes those who are conducting research related to diabetes in humans in the fields of medicine, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, bioengineering or other relevant fields. Congratulations, Kaustubh!

As this academic year closes, we would like to acknowledge our graduating AHS James Scholars. Please take a moment to view our James Scholar Senior Recognition page showing where our seniors are heading next, some senior quotes, and words of wisdom for other James Scholars.  In addition, visit our 2021 James Scholar Award page to learn about our senior and faculty award winners. Congratulations to all our graduating James Scholars!


The Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Clinic is offering group and individual therapy this summer. Illinois residents can receive telepractice services over Zoom from June 14 to Aug. 6. For more information, visit, email, or call 217-333-2205.


The College of Applied Health Sciences is excited to highlight the impressive research work by our undergraduates. These students are expanding their academic experience by participating in faculty research in the College. Some of these students choose to present their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on campus. Please check out their great work!


Speaking of news, you can find more of our great content on faculty, staff, students, and alumni on the News & Feature tab on our website. Find our podcasts, AHS E-News, Moving Forward magazine, and more!


The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is conducting a research study to understand older adults’ opinions about using Smart Technology products. Participants, individuals 65 and older, will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 1 hour. Participants who complete the survey will be eligible to win a $25 Amazon gift card through a raffle for their participation. Click here to complete this survey.  For more information, please contact Maurita Harris at

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is seeking research participants for a study titled "A Holistic Understanding of Domestic Robot Acceptance Among Older Adults." This study aims to learn more about how older adults think about robots to assist them in their homes. Participants will be compensated $25. Potential participants must be 65 years old or older, have internet service and a computer, and able to use Zoom and read size 14 font on a computer screen. For more information contact Megan Bayles or KCH Professor Wendy Rogers.

The Voice Lab in SHS is studying the voices of cisgender people who are misgendered. You will be asked to do simple vocal exercises, read a short passage over Zoom, and answer questions about being misgendered. Participation requirements: 18 years of age or older, fluent in English, gender identity same as sex assigned at birth, and gender misidentified because of your voice. Contact Colleen Wilkes in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science for more information.

In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis and this ongoing, uncertain, and stressful time, the Center for Social and Behavioral Science is launching the Spring 2021 Mental Health and COVID-19 Research Study. Their goal is to monitor the well-being of Illinois students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in participating, please sign up to start the consent process.



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