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

Hello, AHS family. We are one week into our new semester, and I am sure we are all still figuring out the best way to conduct classes, meetings and research. I urge you to be patient as we work to normalize what is anything but a normal time.

Hopefully, you have all downloaded the the Safer in Illinois app, and have received schedules for your COVID-19 testing days. Remember, you will need to have up-to-date test results in order to gain access to your building. You may use the app, your I-Card, or have a printout of testing results as your evidence. Wellness Safety Ambassadors are stationed at each building to check your results, so please be patient, and be mindful of any delays. As always, I remind you to wear a mask, practice good hygiene and maintain social distance requirements when conducting meetings.

As different as the past six months have been, I have been gratified to see how productive this college has remained. To that end, 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



AHS has a new embedded clinical counselor, Kim Peters, who is located in Huff Hall, Room 245. As a Counseling Center employee, Kim offers time-limited counseling, connection to group counseling, referrals to community therapists, and outreach and prevention services. Students, faculty and staff can schedule appointments directly with Kim at or 217-333-3704.  More information about services provided by the Counseling Center can be found on this website.


Beginning Aug. 13, Zoom cloud recordings will automatically transfer to a user's “MyMedia” within Illinois Media Space (Kaltura) at the end of the recording session. The integration drastically streamlines the process of uploading Zoom recordings into Media Space. For more information about integrating Zoom recordings into Media Space, check this out, and for questions about this integration and how it will impact your Fall 2020 live Zoom sessions, please contact Sara Shrader: 


KCH professor Jeff Woods, Director of the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, received a grant from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Future Interdisciplinary Research Explorations mechanism to to study the effects of exercise and diet on outcomes related to COVID-19 in mice. The study, entitled, “Lifestyle strategies to reduce disease pathogenesis of SARS-CoV,” is funded for two years, with a budget of $60,000. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the ability of two modifiable lifestyle factors, diet and exercise, to independently influence the pathogenesis of disease in an established preclinical animal model of COVID-19. Woods and ACES associate professor Andrew Steelman are co-principal investigators on the study. 

KCH professor David Strauser, in collaboration with College of Education professor Stacy Dymond, has received funding for the Center on Transition and Work. The Center will offer state-wide training and technical assistance to school personnel, rehabilitation counselors, and families to improve post-school employment outcomes for students with significant disabilities (e.g., intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, autism). Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, this five-year, $5 million project is a collaboration between the College of Education and AHS.

Strauser, Dymond and KCH professor John Kosciulek were awarded a Vocational Training Grant. This project will provide statewide training to vocational rehabilitation counselors who prepare individuals with disabilities for employment. Funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, this five-year, $1.5 million grant is an interdisciplinary project between AHS and the College of Education.

KCH associate professor Sean Mullen has received a $20,000 grant from the Center for Social & Behavioral Science to conduct preliminary testing of a Therapeutic Integration of Peer-Sharing, Technology, Aerobic+Resistance Training (TIPSTART) program to improve the college experience for first-generation, undergraduate students. Mullen will be conducting a 12-week study to evaluate the preliminary efficacy and feasibility of a 10-week program. The primary aim is to improve mental health with secondary aims of increasing physical activity, social engagement and academic outcomes.


Anna Flanagan of our communications staff reached out to incoming AHS students to find which major they chose and why.

KCH professor emeritus Thomas O'Rourke suggests that it is unrealistic to expect a vaccine to fully resolve the current coronavirus health crisis.

Eleven students in the Master of Public Health program saw their Applied Practice Experiences this summer upended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They talked about how they adapted and adjusted.



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.


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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