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

Hello, all. It is amazing that midterms are already here. It is a testament to your resilience and hard work that we are progressing through the semester in a workmanlike manner. I appreciate all your work.

The next few months may prove challenging as the weather turns colder. You may have seen the email that all COVID-19 testing centers are moving indoors as of today.  Consult the testing webpage to find the testing facility that is nearest to you.  At the university level, progress is being made on plans for after the Thanksgiving break and for spring instruction. I will keep you posted on those developments.

We still want to hear about your projects, publications and plans! We are collecting information about 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.

Stay well!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


The M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Doctor of Audiology Programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Our M.A. and Au.D. programs are undergoing re-accreditation with a virtual site visit taking place on Oct. 26-27. You can participate via Zoom. Password: 877603. Meeting ID: 922 6097 6251.


Director of online learning Sara Shrader announced two new hires to her team last week. Frank Horger and Bradley Chatman were added as Instructional Media Specialists. Horger comes to AHS from the School of Music, where he spent 15 years working as a Senior Recording Engineer. At the School of Music he led multiple production and editing projects, which included managing the live streaming and recording of performance events at Krannert. Chatman comes to AHS from the private sector where he worked as a videographer, producer, and editor. Most recently Chatman worked at the Patterson Technology Center in Effingham, where he managed an instructional designed team that created instructional training videos and eLearning solutions for various clients. Horger and Chatman join recent hire Aine McVey, an instructional designer who joins us from CITL. Also welcome Joseph Reinhart, network administrator who joins us from the College of Media, and we welcome back Monica Campbell to our IT team.


Former KCH doctoral student Jason Cohen (now a postdoc at Washington University School of Medicine), in collaboration with his doctoral advisor KCH associate professor Sean Mullen and professors Wendy Rogers and Steve Petruzzello and former KCH assistant professor Linda Trinh (now at University of Toronto) is the lead author of "Acute Effects of Aerobic Exercise and Relaxation Training on Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Feasibility Trial," published in the journal Psycho-Oncology. The randomized controlled feasibility trial tested the acceptability and acute effects of aerobic exercise and technology‐guided mindfulness training on cancer‐related fatigue among breast cancer survivors. Forty breast cancer survivors were enrolled, and completed pre‐and post‐testing using established measures and were randomized to one of three groups (combined aerobic exercise with guided‐mindfulness relaxation, aerobic exercise only, relaxation only). More favorable post‐intervention evaluations were reported by the combined group, compared to aerobic exercise or relaxation only. Reductions in fatigue favoring the combined group showed a modest effect size compared to aerobic exercise only.

Congratulations to three SHS alumni for their publication entitled "Recommending Hearing Assessment for Individuals with Dementia: A Survey of Medical Professionals" in the journal SIG 15 Gerontology. Naomi Gurewich got her MA-SLP, Heidi Ramratan got her B.S. and AuD, and Mary Kubalanza got her PhD, all in SHS. 


Biniyam Melesse, a KCH doctoral student in the lab of KCH assistant professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, took second place in the poster competition at the International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health, which took place virtually this year. Melesse's presentation was entitled, "Associations Between Labor Pain and Management and Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Latinas." This was Melesse's first professional conference.


KCH professors David Strauser and John Kosciulek recently received grants to fund programs aimed at improving post-school employment outcomes for students with significant disabilities. 

New federal funding has permitted a team of researchers, including KCH professor Wendy Rogers, to seek to improve medication adherence rates in older adults with a new mobile app. 

Emily Grayburn, a KCH student, is also a Wellness Ambassadors. She talked to the AHS communications staff about her training and role in the fight against COVID-19.

Lakyn Wagoner is an RST graduate student who transferred from the University of Illinois-Springfield to join our great softball team. 


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.



RST assistant professor Suiwen Zou is seeking individuals who are interested in participating in a study of attitudes towards national parks. You will read a scenario about a visit to a national park and answer a few questions about it. Upon completion, you will be included in drawing for $25 Amazon gift cards. If interested, take our survey.


A new study seeks individuals 18 and older to assess nutrition status. The study aims to examine relationships between various nutrition assessment techniques. There is one in-person session lasting approximately one hour, and one remote/virtual visit.  In-person we measure your anthropometrics, cognitive tasks, and simple eye tests and a skin test to understand your habitual diet. You complete surveys about your diet and physical activity habits remotely. Compensation is $40 via Amazon gift card. Contact Monica Kashi in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.


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.


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