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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hi, all. I hope many of you got some well-deserved rest this week or at least a break from the usual routines. I took the week off but between painting and garage cleaning, I didn’t rest. However, the change in the tasks to be done was an excellent “brain break.”

I am happy to report that our work continues apace. Our hard work and successes are demonstrated by the grants, publications and news articles below on our faculty, staff, students and alumni.

The university is always a place of change. That change includes people arriving and people leaving. You will meet our newcomers at the fall college meeting. At this time I’d like to thank those who are leaving, especially those who have retired or are retiring this year. Over the years, all you have worked hard to serve the mission of the college. Thank you for all you have done. We will miss you and wish you the best.

I encourage you to continue sharing your accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. 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


Briana Aldama, who graduated in May with a B.S. in Community Health, talks about the changes she saw on campus before and during COVID-19.

WCIA-TV profiled our great Paralympians training for Tokyo, including Daniel Romanchuk, Tatyana McFadden and Kaitlyn Eaton.

Amazon Prime's "The College Tour," featuring AHS students Kennedy Campbell and Sydney Brown, is available on the UIUC Admissions YouTube page. You can watch them here.


KCH Professor Wendy Rogers, SHS Associate Professor Raksha Mudar and KCH Assistant Professor Mina Raj have received $144,258 in funding from the RRF Foundation for Aging for their project entitled, “Video Technology-based Social Engagement Intervention for Family Care Partners of Persons with Dementia." The overall objective of our project is to test the benefits of a video technology-based social engagement intervention for family care partners of persons with dementia (PwD).

Kinesiology doctoral student Madhura Phansikar received the $2,000 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) dissertation award to assist with participant incentives for the last half of her study sample. The title of her dissertation is “Testing the impact of flow-based, moderate-intensity yoga on executive functioning and stress among low active working adults with symptoms of stress.” She is conducting a randomized controlled trial testing the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a remote-streamed yoga intervention for reducing psychosocial stress and improving cognitive functioning. 


KCH Teaching Assistant Professor Caitlin Clarke has a new publication entitled, "A syndemics approach to exercise is medicine," in the journal Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness, and Medicine. Clark and her collaborator argue that medicalized exercise promotion paradigms both ignore the social conditions that can contribute to mental illness and can contribute to mental illness via discrimination and worsening self-concept based on disability.


Congrats to Lisa Lemajeur and Kelsey Libert, two students of SHS Assistant Professor Mary Flaherty, for winning a 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium Award. They received recognition for their paper "Effects of Different Types of Face Masks on Speech-in-Speech Recognition in School-Aged Children." Read more about the awards here.


Join us as we celebrate SHS Undergraduate Adviser Kathi Ritten as she heads off into a well-deserved retirement. Join us via Zoom on June 21 from 3-4 p.m. to share some of your favorite memories of Kathi from her time on campus. Good luck, Kathi!


If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the campus encourages you to upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal by taking a few simple steps, which are outlined on our Vaccination Record Card upload page.


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. Most START students recently presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Noteworthy, Chloe Maghinang from SHS who worked this year in the Aging and Neurocognition Lab, in collaboration with Human Factors and Aging Lab, received an award for Outstanding Presentation for her poster presentation titled Relationship Between Strategic Attention and Inhibition in Older Adults with Varying Hearing Ability.

AHS Faculty members: The program is now accepting applications for 2021-2022.  Train the next generation of aging researchers through the START Program. If you are interested in mentoring a START student, please complete this short surveyEncourage your undergraduate students to get involved and they can earn 2 credit hours per semester.  Students may apply to be a part of the START program here.


The Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Clinic is offering group and individual therapy this summer. Illinois residents can receive telepractice services over Zoom from June 14 to Aug. 6. For more information, visit, email, or call 217-333-2205.


Are you/were you a caregiver to a veteran with brain-related disorders, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or any other neurocognitive disorders? Are you 60 years of age or older? If the answer is yes, now is your chance to be part of the first-ever study that is trying to understand the needs and experiences of older caregivers of veterans with brain-related disorders to provide recommendations for new programs and services.  If you are interested in participating, please use any of the following options to complete the brief online screener to determine if you are eligible. The online screener can be found here.

We are looking for 55- to 79-year-old adults who are looking to become more physically active. Join a free, six-month activity program consisting of stretching-toning, aerobic exercise and yoga. Participants will engage in free, supervised exercise classes and receive free exercise equipment. Researchers will gather data as part of the program, which begins Aug. 30, and you can earn up to $240. For more information, go to the Say Exercise website.

We are recruiting children for a paid research study about how facemasks impact speech understanding in noisy environments. We’re looking for children 8-12 years old who speak English as their first language. The study lasts one hr. Participants are paid $15. Free parking. Daytime, evenings, and weekends available. Email

Twenty-one-to-seventy-year-old adults with hearing loss  or normal hearing are sought for a two-hour behavioral study and one-hour brain imaging (MRI) study. If you are not sure about your hearing, you may still be able to participate. We will do a free hearing screening. Free parking and compensation provided. Email or call 333-7561.


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