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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

It is hard to believe we are less than a month from graduation!  You all have worked hard to ensure our students reach this outcome as successfully as possible.  You have worked especially hard this year, given the extremely difficult circumstances under which we have been functioning.  Thank you, everyone, for remaining committed to our students, research, and community engagement activities.  Your work makes a difference in the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

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


Community Health senior Nick Olivieri is an EMT who is administering COVID-19 vaccines through his internship. He talked about his initial hesitation about giving shots, but his confidence in the vaccine efficacy.

UIUC alum and Montgomery County (Md.) Chief of Public Health Services Travis Gayles appeared on WCIA-TV to talk about his recent invited lecture regarding COVID-19 and health disparities.

The new Alumni Spotlight this week focused on Eric Seper, who graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science, and in 2013 with a Doctor of Audiology degree. He is currently a clinical audiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine.

The number of youths who are caregiving for older relatives may be much higher than estimated, according to a new study led by KCH Assistant Professor Mina Raj.


The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has announced that there are COVID-19 vaccination appointments available in our community, and all faculty, staff and students are eligible.


RST Associate Professor Liza Berdychevsky has authored a chapter in the book Sex and Leisure entitled, “Reflexivity and ethical considerations in investigating the links between sex and leisure.” The book uses the emerging and cutting-edge area of leisure research to highlight the importance of sexuality and sexual activity and its relevance to leisure studies. It brings to the fore some complex issues associated with this topic using a range of substantive, epistemological, theoretical and methodological approaches. It can be purchased here.


KCH Associate Professor Chung-Yi Chiu, along with colleagues, received a Jump ARCHES grant for a proiject entitled, "Building a motivational, interviewing conversational agent (MintBot) for promoting COVID-19 vaccination among people with multiple sclerosis." Individuals with multiple sclerosis are likely to be hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to their compromised health condition. This concept aims to develop an accessible, generalizable, and efficient digital health solution for promoting COVID-19 vaccination among vulnerable populations, such as people with disabilities. The Jump ARCHES program is a partnership between OSF HealthCare and the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the College of Medicine in Peoria.


Jeannette Elliott, who has served as the full-time physical therapist for the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services since 2004, is among the 12 academic professionals honored this week with the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence award for 2020 and 2021. Congratulations, Jeannette!


On April 30, the Department of Speech and Hearing Science will hold a special event celebrating the contributions of Julie Hengst, Associate Professor Emerita, to the field of communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Hengst will share a lecture entitled “Situated Discourse Analysis (SDA): A Path to Rich Communicative Environments” as part of the SHS Proseminar (noon to 12:50 p.m.), followed by a virtual reception. To receive the the presentation zoom link and to sign up for a virtual reception, register here.


The Health Technology Education Program has launched a speaker series for Spring 2021. All talks are held on Zoom at noon. The next talk, titled “Hello World: Making Health Tech Innovation Real,” will be presented on April 30 by Janneke Ritchie, CEO of Orange Gate. You can register here.


The Chez Veterans Center is looking for assistance in developing a new Veteran Community Health Education Program. This position is a part-time, hourly graduate student position designed to help CVC staff develop and pilot this new program. The position is for one year, with a start date of May, 2021. Read the job announcement and application instructions here.


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!


RST Assistant Professor Sharon Zou is seeking participants interested in a study of attitudes towards national parks. Participants will watch a VR video about a national park visit (five minutes) and take a survey about that experience (10 minutes) in a lab. All research procedures will follow COVID safety guidelines. Upon completion, you will receive an Espresso Royale coffee coupon. Click here for scheduling if you are interested in participating. You can also contact for more information.

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 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.

KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo is seeking participants to learn about the needs and experiences of caregivers of veterans with TBI. Participants will be compensated for completing a virtual small group interview. Click here if you are interested in participating. You can also contact (217) 244-9363 or for more information.


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