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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello, everyone. I hope your summer is going well, and that you are setting yourselves up to succeed for a Fall semester that will look more like 2019 than 2020. I expect most of you will be returning to your offices full-time next month, so I encourage you to take time for yourselves in the next few weeks before ramping up for what will be a busy-but-great semester.

I love seeing all the updates about media coverage, grants and publications, so I encourage you to continue sharing your accomplishments to publish in The Dean’s List. 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


The News-Gazette asked the experts: What will college sports look like five years after the name, image and likeness (NIL) rights decision? RST Clinical Associate Professor Mike Raycraft was among those who weighed in.

KCH Assistant Professor Manuel Hernandez received a $30,000 pilot grant from the Center on Health, Aging & Disability to study the use of wearable sensor data to predict fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis.

AHS students have the opportunity to do their internships in a variety of fields. This week, we spoke with Mia Mangialardi, who is a rising junior in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, about her internship.

RST Assistant Professor Sharon Zou was quoted at about the best cities for summer "vaxcation." 


SHS Assistant Professor Brian Monson (PI) and his colleagues from the University of North Carolina and Boys Town National Research Hospital have been awarded a five-year, $2 million R01 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for a project “The ecological significance of extended high-frequency hearing in humans.” The objective of this project is to assess how extended high-frequency hearing loss affects one's speech understanding in noisy environments and one’s awareness of their spatial surroundings. Studies will focus on individuals who have clinically-defined normal hearing, but who may have impairments due to undiagnosed hearing loss at extended high frequencies (> 8 kHz) that are typically not tested in the clinic. Congratulations, Brian!


KCH Emeritus Professor Eddie McAuley and KCH Associate Professor Neha Gothe have a new publication called “White matter plasticity in healthy older adults: The effects of aerobic exercise,” in the journal NeuroImage. Their findings suggest that white matter regions that are vulnerable to aging retain some degree of plasticity that can be induced by aerobic exercise training.

KCH Professor David Strauser has two new publications. The first is entitled “Examining the validity and reliability of the revised developmental work personality scale (RDWPS) traditional Chinese version,” in the Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy. The results of this study provided initial evidence that the traditional Chinese version of the RDWPS can be readily applied to research related to work behavior for those whose primary language is traditional Chinese, with adequate reliability and validity.

The second is entitled, “Understanding the impact of functioning on career factors for individuals with disabilities and criminal backgrounds,”in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Results from this study can better inform reentry and rehabilitation professionals on how to provide support to individuals with disabilities and criminal backgrounds in gaining meaningful employment upon release. Strauser collaborated with KCH Professor John Kosciulek and his doctoral student, D. George Strauser; Center for Health, Aging, & Disability Research Biostatistician Sa Shen, and Chelsea Greco, a postdoc fellow for Strauser's Quality Employment project funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.


You are consistently using the Internet for your research needs, but did you know AHS has an Intranet? Using the AHS Intranet, you can get answers to questions such "How do I access resources from the Center on Health, Aging & Disability?"


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.


We are looking for adults aged 21-55 years with high weight for height to participate in a study into prolonged sitting and how adults think. The study involves three visits to Freer Hall, three Zoom calls, wearing activity monitors, and screening procedures. Measures include cognitive tests, electroencephalography, a body scan, maximal exercise test, and blood draws. Compensation up to $250. For more information, email Dominika Pindus.

Investigators of the VetCareMind study are seeking a graduate hourly student certified to lead mindfulness-based training classes to help modify the curriculum from in-person to live stream. Investigators of the VetCareMind study will interview caregivers of veterans with neurocognitive disorders and/or posttraumatic stress disorder to ensure the modified training is responsive to caregivers’ technological needs. Please contact Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo if you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity.

Are you/were you a caregiver to a veteran with brain-related disorders, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or any other neurocognitive disorders? Are you 60 years of age or older? If the answer is yes, now is your chance to be part of the first-ever study that is trying to understand the needs and experiences of older caregivers of veterans with brain-related disorders to provide recommendations for new programs and services.  If you are interested in participating, please use any of the following options to complete the brief online screener to determine if you are eligible. The online screener can be found here.

Are you interested in learning martial arts techniques? Participants (aged 18-45), who are low-active will be asked to complete a brief martial arts training plan, exercise plan or educational videos plan as part of our study into the effects of exercise on brain health. For more information, please visit or call 217-300-7484.

We are recruiting mothers and their children (8 to 12 years old) for a study about benefits of familiar voices in noisy places. Requires two, one-hour lab visits. Mothers record a list of sentences. Then children are tested on their ability to recognize the sentences in noise. Participants are paid $15 an hour. Daytime/evening/weekend availability. Free parking. Email: or call 217-300-8336.


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