Fall 2013University Updates

Fall 2013: School of Nursing, School of Business, School of Occupational Therapy, School of Psychological Sciences, Social Sciences

School of Nursing: Studying midwifery down under

In March Barb Winningham spent several weeks in Australia as part of her sabbatical and was able to experience the higher education system at the University of Western Sydney in Australia. She gave several presentations about American midwifery to the midwifery students at the university. She also presented at Blacktown and Westmead hospitals to about 60 midwives and administrators.

Janice Surina Cise was awarded board certification in neurofeedback (brainwave biofeedback) from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Cise is one of seven certified biofeedback specialists in Indiana and one of only two certified in both general biofeedback and neurofeedback.

In March Karen Hirsch ’91 completed her research study for her dissertation, “The Impact of Differentiated Instructional Techniques on Nontraditional Adult Learners in an RNBSN Completion Program Course.”

In May Kathy Hetzler received her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Southern Indiana. Her project, “Growing Your Health through Gardening,” was conducted over a 12-month period in partnership with Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis. In the summer of 2011, students of the Excel Summer Program participated in a garden project by planting, cultivating, and harvesting vegetables. During the project, the children participated in interactive learning modules related to healthy lifestyle behaviors such as nutrition, exercise, environments, sleep hygiene, and overall health. Nine months after the completion of the garden project, second graders participated in a focus group for sustainability. The results revealed improved nutrition, maintainance of healthy lifestyle behaviors, and the children starting gardens at home with families. Hetzler was named 2013 president-elect for the Central Indiana Oncology Nursing Society and will serve as president in 2014. In July she attended the Oncology Nursing Society’s Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh, Penn.

During UIndy’s spring break, Hetzler and Becca Cartledge ’06 ’12 led 13 nursing students to Belize for a healthcare mission trip. The team partnered with organizations working with physically challenged children and women who are victims of domestic abuse. This was the first time for the School of Nursing to take a mission team to Belize. Hetzler and Cartledge also led a spring term service-learning trip to Ecuador in May.

Connie Wilson spent four months of her sabbatical with the National League for Nursing, developing a series of tool kit documents on finance, fundraising, board development, and membership engagement to guide best practices for the 26-state constituent leagues. She also presented three sessions at the annual Higher Learning Commission Meeting in April where she discussed the Academic Quality Improvement Program. Mary Moore copresented one of the sessions. Wilson’s paper “Best Practices in Dissemination Systems Portfolio Feedback” was also accepted.

School of Business: Providing excellent customer service

In May Terry Schindler ’84 presented “The Customer Event Diagram” at the 2013 Customer Service Summit. He facilitated a “Future Search Conference” for the UIndy School of Nursing to integrate multiple mission statements. He also presented “Emotional Intelligence & Leadership” for Arrows Young Professionals of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce. In July he facilitated a strategic planning evaluation session for the Indiana Association of Hospital & Hospice Care, and in August he presented “Professionally Navigating New Territory” at the Indiana Society of Sleep Professionals Sleep Summit.

School of Occupational Therapy: Gaming for health

In June Beth Ann Walker ’01 presented at the annual Games for Health Conference in Boston, Mass., on exploring occupational therapists’ use of virtual gaming as an intervention strategy with older adult clients.

School of Psychological Sciences: Researching sibling relationships

Professor emerita Victoria Bedford and Rosemary Blieszner edited the second edition of Handbook of Families and Aging. In addition she authored two chapters in the book: “Siblings in Middle and Late Adulthood” and “Where Do We Go from Here?” She was the second author on the chapter “Introduction to Handbook Chapters.” In November Bedford and coauthor Paula S. Avioli presented “New Frontiers in Sibling Relationships: Challenges from Twin Research” at the Gerontological Society of America in San Diego, Calif. She also chaired and organized the symposium “Charting New Frontiers in Aging Family Research: Addressing Societal and Familial Transitions.” In May she presented “Newer Frontiers in Adult Sibling Relationships: More challenges from Twin Research” as part of the Nineteenth-Century Club lecture series in Bloomington, Ind. In June she presented “Ambivalence in Twin Relationships in Middle and Late Adulthood” at the University of Chicago at the Bertham Cohler Memorial Conference.

With Crystal Cederna-Meko ’07 ’09 serving as lead author and Steven Koch (adjunct faculty), Jacqueline Wall was a coauthor on an article published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. This manuscript described youth diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder who were placed into out-of-home care or received outpatient services for mental health conditions, as well as examining factors associated with placement into care.

Wall and Koch prepared two reports for IARCCA, a statewide organization of more than 100 private agencies that offer treatment services to children, youth, and their family members. These reports present findings from the IARCCA Outcome Measures Project, an ongoing effort that investigates the effectiveness of services provided to youth across the state of Indiana. This is the fifteenth year that Wall has served as an external evaluator on this project. Wall was involved in three national conference presentations. With psychologists from Palo Alto and Stanford universities, she presented at the APA convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, on issues surrounding training of clinicians to identify and treat suicidal behaviors seen in active-duty and military veterans. She and David Wall and Jeremy Davis ’06 ’09 presented a research paper at the convention that was recognized by APA Division 40—Clinical Neuropsychology for excellence in research. She also assisted Greg Manship (Institutional Review Board) and Michael Tai on a workshop addressing evaluation of incomplete disclosure and deception at the 2012 PRIM&R conference in San Diego last December. Wall was an author on eleven research posters during the last six months. She coauthored these presentations with Davis and Cederna-Meko, Koch, and David Wall, in addition to six doctoral students. Nine of these posters were presented at the convention of the American Psychological Association, one at the annual National Academy of Neuropsychology meeting, and one at the MCH LEND program at IU School of Medicine. One of the poster presentations, with David Wall and Davis, received recognition from the APA Division 40—Clinical Neuro-psychology, for excellence in research.

Wall serves on the American Psychological Association Continuing Education Committee and is a site visitor for the APA Commission on Accreditation. She was invited to chair a site visit review for a doctorate program in clinical psychology. She was also recently accepted to serve as a site visitor for the Higher Learning Commission. Wall completed her term as president of Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18 of the APA), and is serving as past-president of this APA division. In addition, she continues to sit on the editorial board of Psychological Services and is a research committee member for the Foster Family Treatment Association. She also is a guest reviewer for the Journal of Head Trauma  Rehabilitation and has worked with Worth Publishers reviewing materials. Wall continues to consult with IARCCA and has worked with the Allen County Community Corrections, conducting outcomes evaluations for both organizations.

Social Sciences: Crime doesn’t pay

Kevin Whiteacre and two graduate research assistants recently published a study funded by the Indiana Department of Correction on the Wee Ones Nursery at the Indiana Women’s Prison (see the 2013 issue of 1400 at 1400.uindy.edu for the full story). Whiteacre also published an encyclopedia entry on Indianapolis with recent graduate student Colin Hammar ’12 and an entry on metal theft in the Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America.

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