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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

One thing the past year has taught us is, to borrow a phrase, let nothing astonish you. Snow in late April, sure. But perhaps we finally will start seeing higher temperatures this week. Take heart, because May, and commencement, are right around the corner! Thank you for all your hard work this semester.

We still want to hear all about your 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.

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


You might ask yourself how a New York City guy who knew nothing about wheelchair basketball until he was 15 ended up at a wheelchair basketball powerhouse in the cornfields of Central Illinois. Find out in this interview with Steve Serio.

Our latest podcast features Department of Speech and Hearing Science Associate Professor Dan Fogerty, who talks about why he choose Illinois, teaching during a pandemic, and his research on the interaction between speech and noise.

2009 Community Health graduate Mike Poeta was named the Illini's head wrestling coach.


The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has announced that there are COVID-19 vaccination appointments available in our community, and all faculty, staff and students are eligible.


KCH Associate Professor Sean Mullen and colleagues found a relationship between fond memories of recess in childhood and being active in adulthood. Their study, “Memories of school recess predict physical activity enjoyment and social-emotional well-being in adults,” was published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

SHS Assistant Professors Laura Mattie and Marie Channell have a new publication in the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Through a multi-site collaboration with Emory University and Johns Hopkins University, this is one of the largest studies to date reporting on cognitive and behavioral characteristics among 314 individuals with Down syndrome. The authors identified sub-profiles among individuals with Down syndrome that will help to characterize samples in future research and treatment studies.  Congratulations, Laura and Marie!

KCH Assistant Professor Hyojung Kang, KCH Research Assistant Professor and Chez Veterans Center Assistant Director for Research Engagement and Educational Programming Jeni Hunniecutt, and Community Health Ph.D. student Laura Quintero Silva have a new publication entitled, "Biopsychosocial factors and health outcomes associated with cannabis, opioids and benzodiazepines use among older veterans" in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The work provides insights for clinicians and policy makers to consider whether cannabis can be a viable option to reduce or replace opioid and benzodiazepine use by older Veterans with chronic physical and mental health conditions.


Interim KCH Department Head Kim Graber was invited to give the Raymond A. Weiss Lecture as part of the SHAPE America Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture supports a scholar who is an outstanding leader in the field and has made contributions in the arts and sciences within the fields represented in the organization.  Congratulations, Kim!

SHS Doctor of Audiology student Morgan Potocki and SHS Assistant Professor Ian Mertes received a Professional Poster Award at the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) 2021 Virtual conference held on April 14–16. The presentation was entitled “Olivocochlear effects on otoacoustic emissions versus auditory steady-state responses.”


The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, in partnership with the Center for Social and Behavioral Science and with support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, is proud to introduce the 2021 Community-Academic Scholars. Several students are working with AHS faculty, including KCH Professor Wendy Rogers, KCH Associate Professors Laura Rice and Chung-Yi Chiu, SHS Associate Professor Raksha Mudar, KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, and RST Assistant Professor Sharon Zou. Read all about the students and their projects here


AHS is seeking applications for the position of Associate Director of the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability. The Associate Director of the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability is a research leadership position in the college. The Associate Director will work closely with the Director, Dean of the college, department heads, and faculty to support the mission of the Center. Please provide a one-page statement about why you are applying and what strengths you bring to the position. Also, provide an updated CV. Send application materials to Wendy Bartlo by April 30. Any questions can be directed to Jeff Woods


AHS is excited to highlight the impressive research work by our undergraduates. These students are expanding their academic experience by participating in faculty research in the College. Some of these students choose to present their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on campus from April 26-30. For students who participate in the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium, we will provide links to each presentation. Bookmark this page for more information.


On Friday, April 30, the Department of Speech and Hearing Science will hold a special event celebrating the contributions of Julie Hengst, Associate Professor Emerita, to the field of communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Hengst will share a lecture entitled "Situated Discourse Analysis (SDA): A Path to Rich Communicative Environments" as part of the SHS Proseminar (noon to 12:50 p.m.), followed by a virtual reception.  The presentation will draw from her new book, Understanding everyday communicative interactions: Introduction to situated discourse analysis for communication sciences and disorders (Hengst, 2020), connecting different lines of research and discussing how clinicians can function as communication partners and design communicative environments for therapeutic interventions.  To receive the the presentation zoom link and to sign up for a virtual reception, register here.


The Health Technology Education Program has launched a speaker series for Spring 2021. All talks are held on Zoom at noon. The next talk, titled “Hello World: Making Health Tech Innovation Real,” will be presented on April 30 by Janneke Ritchie, CEO of Orange Gate. You can register here.


SHS PhD student Rebekah Bosley was selected as an Illinois LEND trainee for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program is part of a national network of interdisciplinary training programs for the next generation of researchers and service providers to lead, advocate, and learn to implement evidence-based services for those with developmental disabilities such as autism. The Illinois LEND program includes allied health professionals, self-advocates, and family members to advance healthcare delivery by fostering community-based partnerships and enhancing cultural competence through family-centered care.


The Chez Veterans Center is looking for assistance in developing a new Veteran Community Health Education Program. This position is a part-time, hourly graduate student position designed to help CVC staff develop and pilot this new program. The position is for one year, with a start date of May, 2021. Read the job announcement and application instructions here.


Speaking of news, you can find more of our great content on faculty, staff, students, and alumni on the News & Feature tab on our website. Find our podcasts, AHS E-News, Moving Forward magazine, and more!


RST Assistant Professor Sharon Zou is seeking participants interested in a study of attitudes towards national parks. Participants will watch a VR video about a national park visit (five minutes) and take a survey about that experience (10 minutes) in a lab. All research procedures will follow COVID safety guidelines. Upon completion, you will receive an Espresso Royale coffee coupon. Click here for scheduling if you are interested in participating. You can also contact for more information.

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is seeking research participants for a study titled "A Holistic Understanding of Domestic Robot Acceptance Among Older Adults." This study aims to learn more about how older adults think about robots to assist them in their homes. Participants will be compensated $25. Potential participants must be 65 years old or older, have internet service and a computer, and able to use Zoom and read size 14 font on a computer screen. For more information contact Megan Bayles or KCH Professor Wendy Rogers.

The Voice Lab in SHS is studying the voices of cisgender people who are misgendered. You will be asked to do simple vocal exercises, read a short passage over Zoom, and answer questions about being misgendered. Participation requirements: 18 years of age or older, fluent in English, gender identity same as sex assigned at birth, and gender misidentified because of your voice. Contact Colleen Wilkes in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science for more information.

In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis and this ongoing, uncertain, and stressful time, the Center for Social and Behavioral Science is launching the Spring 2021 Mental Health and COVID-19 Research Study. Their goal is to monitor the well-being of Illinois students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in participating, please sign up to start the consent process.

KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo is seeking participants to learn about the needs and experiences of caregivers of veterans with TBI. Participants will be compensated for completing a virtual small group interview. Click here if you are interested in participating. You can also contact (217) 244-9363 or for more information.


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