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

Our plans for a return to campus for faculty, staff and students continue to be crafted at all levels as we strategize for a safe and healthy semester. Important work is being done across the campus to ensure we can work through this pandemic with as few issues as possible.

Even as this work is ongoing, just as important is the work faculty and staff have undertaken this summer to be ready to engage students in a unique learning environment. Faculty is undergoing training on how to prepare online modules, as well as hybrid classes. Procedures are also being put in place for a safe return to research, including updated IRB guidelines.

Although Gov. Pritzker has moved the state to a Phase 4 reopening, we must continue to be vigilant in our effort to keep everyone healthy. Please wear a mask if you are outside of your office or might encounter other people, maintain a safe distance from others, and please, wash your hands vigorously or use hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean. As more of you are returning to work on site, I want to encourage you to take time to learn about new procedures for moving around campus.

Finally, 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


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.


KCH assistant professor Susan Aguinaga is highlighted in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute's Research Spotlight. Check out the interview here.


SHS assistant professor Pasquale Bottalico is investigating the effect of wearing masks on speech intelligibility in classrooms. The participants will receive an Amazon gift certificate for $15. Follow this link for the online listening test.


In partnership with the Beckman Institute and the Chez Veterans Center, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute unveiled the first cohort of the Scholars for Brain Health. There are four students, including one, Maya Malecki, who is in the Community Health program in KCH. Maya will work with KCH professor Wendy Rogers. Read more about the 2020 Community Academic Scholars 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.


A new publication from Kinesiology and Community Health assistant professor Manuel Hernandez looks at how use of a wearable device combined with physical therapy can improve patient results. The paper, entitled, “Design of a Low-Cost, Wearable Device for Kinematic Analysis in Physical Therapy Settings,” was published in the June 2020 edition of Methods of Information in Medicine.

RST assistant professor Sharon Zou has a conference abstract entitled "Financial Implications of Customer Engagement Behavior (CEB) on Business Profitability." The abstract, submitted to the 2020 Travel and Tourism Research Association International Conference, examined financial value of hotel online reviews, an important customer engagement behavior, and found evidence linking CEB and business profitability.

KCH doctoral student Michelle Pebole collaborated with KCH assistant professor Robyn Gobin to co-author a new commentary entitled, "Trauma-informed exercise for women survivors of sexual violence," in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine. The purpose of this paper is to comment on the importance of incorporating women-specific and trauma-informed principles in the content and delivery of exercise interventions designed for trauma-affected populationsparticularly as it relates to sexual violence.


Students in the College of Applied Health Sciences have had to adjust their internships because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This week we spoke to RST senior Brendan Ross about being part of the inaugural Illini RST Undergraduate Consulting (IRUC) program.

Ross also appeared on WCIA-TV to talk about his alternate internship.

And students in our Master of Public Health program are dealing with changes in their Applied Practice Experience. Edson Flores discussed that.


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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