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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences
Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello, everyone. Even in a year fraught with uncertainty, we find ourselves ready to welcome back our students and begin another semester. Chancellor Jones last week sent out an email in which he outlined some of the requirements and protocols for returning to campus this fall. If you missed it, here are two main points.

  • Faculty, staff, and students participating regularly in any on-campus activities—such as in-person teaching, taking classes, and working in campus offices—will be required to take the free saliva test twice a week.
  • Faculty, staff or students visiting the campus only occasionally (for example, picking up something from their office) will be required to go to a testing center, get tested and have test results dated no more than four days prior to entering any university facility.

There are several on-campus testing sites. As the chancellor said, we realize there still might be questions, and the college and university will do their best to address them. I urge you all to sign the Illinois Pledge and follow its guidelines for a safe return to campus. Also, take advantage of the video briefings university leaders have given, including ones on University Life and Facilities, Cleaning and Safety. We must all commit to ensuring that AHS faculty, staff, and students are entering a safe and healthy environment. 

Remember, we are still collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. We still have many successes to celebrate! 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.

Stay well!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


The College of AHS has created an informational page that includes a collection of campus resources to help with migrating instruction online.  If you have suggestions for other resources to add to this page, please send a note to

Tomorrow, Aug. 11, is the next in the COVID-19 briefing series. Chancellor Jones leads a conversation about what faculty and staff need to know about the Fall 2020 semester. You can catch the livestream at this link.


KCH assistant professor Chelsea Singleton was awarded an NIH grant for $689,210 for her project entitled “Community Violence and its Impact on Food Retail, Food Purchasing Behavior, and Dietary Intake among Low-income African Americans." This research will greatly increase our understanding of how violence affects community nutrition.


KCH associate professor Synthia Sydnor, KCH doctoral candidate Doo Jae Park, Texas Tech University assistant professor and RST alumnus Nari Shin, and Caitlin Clarke, assistant professor in sociology and KCH alumnus, are co-authors of the recently publushed article, "Ice Dancing to Arirang in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games: The Intersection of Music, Identity, and Sport" in the Sociology of Sport Journal. This cultural-interpretive essay offers critical commentary on Koreanness, racial ideology, hegemonic racial power, and racialized cultural taste with the aim of interpreting the sport–music nexus by examining a case of the interface between music and sport.

KCH assistant professor Laura Rice had a poster entitled, "Process Evaluation of a Fall-Management Program for Full-Time Wheelchair and Scooter Users With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)" that was accepted for the American Occupational Therapy Association conference, which was cancelled because of COVID-19. The poster was later published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

KCH associate professor Yih-Kuen Jan, working with students Ting Zhu and Yana Wang, had a publication in Wound Management and Prevention entitled “Effect of Local Vibrations on Plantar Skin Blood Flow Responses During Weight-bearing Standing in Healthy Volunteers.” The students worked with Dr. Jan in the International Graduate Mentors Program.


Michelle Nutlis, a senior studying psychology, was part of the 2020 Community Academic Scholars program and worked with Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, an assistant professor in KCH, to conduct a literature review, engage in conceptual work on focus group interview development, and process and analyze brain imaging data collected from a brain imaging study exploring associations between postpartum depression and pain perception. Here is a video Michelle made explaining Dr. Lara-Cinisomo's research.


Congratulations to AHS social media specialist Courtney Malcolm on the birth of her son!  Findlay Joseph Malcolm arrived on Saturday, August 8, at 5:05 p.m.  Courtney reports that all is well, and that all are overjoyed!  


MPH student Shivani Shah talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed her Applied Practice Experience and gives fellow students advice on how to adjust on the fly.

MPH student Kelly Licata talked about her APE change, and working at Aging Care Connections.

Alex Yi was supposed to work at a law firm, but instead was part of the inaugural Illini RST Undergraduate Consulting (IRUC) program, created by RST department head Carla Santos and clinical assistant professor Mike Raycraft.



The Exercise Psychology Lab is committed to promoting exercise as an easy, fun and safe way to improve health and well-being. During this time when COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, we are offering free, Zoom-based group exercise sessions led by our research staff. Exercises are tailored toward middle-aged and older adults with moderate levels of fitness. Sign Up Here! Exercise classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.


Clinical faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science are working hard to offer telepractice services to meet the needs of graduate students and the community. SHS students need to gain as many telepractice hours as possible this summer in order to be able to graduate on time. The goal is to recruit as many clients as possible, with services offered through Aug. 16. Please share this information with people you know who might need speech-language pathology or audiology clinic services. You can find more information here.


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.


The Motor Control Research Lab in partnership with the Illini Fall Prevention Clinic is conducting an online survey to explore how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected physical function, and fall-risk in the U.S. population. The ultimate goal of this survey will be to understand the circumstances (i.e. location, timing, precipitating factors, etc.) and risk factors of falls during the COVID-19 lockdown to ensure that we can learn valuable lessons in terms of behavioral and environment modifications to prevent fall-related injuries in times of enforced self-isolation at home. You are invited to complete this survey if 1) you are at least 18 years or older, 2) you understand written English, 3) you live in the U.S. The survey will close on Aug. 30. You can find the survey here.


If you are conducting research related to COVID-19, or are otherwise helping to solve the coronavirus pandemic, we'd like to know about it.  Please send a brief description of your involvement to

We are also asking our alumni to share information related to how they may be helping to mitigate the pandemic.  We will continue to share these stories as we learn of them.

The Dean's List is delivered on Monday. To ensure inclusion of your announcement, submit information by 5 pm the previous Friday. Please submit your announcements or calendar items to Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

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