Fall 2019: College of Health Sciences

Dr. Emily Slaven, associate professor in Krannert School of Physical Therapy, spoke with the Indianapolis Business Journal about legislation that would modernize the Physical Therapy Practice Act, making Indiana a more attractive state for physical therapists to practice. Slaven is the president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association and was instrumental in drafting and advocating for this legislation. She was also named the 2018-19 University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year. See p. 16.

Dr. Paul Salamh, assistant professor of physical therapy, was part of a research team that conducted a systematic review of the use of subacromial decompression surgery for adults with shoulder pain. Salamh, a recognized expert in shoulder injury and rehabilitation, was the only American selected to serve on the team. The group of researchers published their findings in the article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Salamh also was the lead author of a paper published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, served as a contributing author of an article published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and has been published recently in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

An interprofessional team from the School of Nursing and the College of Health Sciences published an article exploring student attitudes after an on-campus interprofessional exercise in Athletic Training Education Journal. The authors were: Briyana Morrell, assistant professor of nursing, Dr. Alison Nichols, assistant professor of occupational therapy, Craig Voll, athletic training adjunct, Dr. Kathleen Hetzler, associate professor of nursing, Dr. Jane Toon, associate professor of nursing, Dr. Elizabeth Moore, assistant professor of interprofessional health and aging studies, Dr. Shannon Moore, assistant professor of nursing, S. Kemery, assistant professor of nursing, and Dr. Jennifer Carmack, assistant professor of nursing.

Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch, director of public health programs in the Department of Kinesiology, Health & Sport Sciences, was elected to the Society of Public Health Education Board of Trustees as the advocacy and resolution trustee. She also authored several articles in Health Promotion Practice, including “Health Advocacy for Busy Professionals: Effective Advocacy with Little Time,” and “CHES, MCHES, and/or CPH? Selecting the Best Credential for You.”

Dr. Angelitta Britt-Spells, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Hancher-Rauch co-authored “Health Educator Perspectives on Seeking Medicaid Reimbursement in Indiana” in Health Promotion Practice.

Dr. Lori Breeden, assistant professor of occupational therapy, published “Older adults and photo-elicited perspectives on shopping for groceries in a changing community” in The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Heidi Ewen, director of healthcare management, was awarded Fellow status by the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America. She also published “Differences in conventional and seniors-oriented apartment management” in the journal Facilities and was a guest on Georgia Public Radio’s Second Thought program to discuss the concept of aging in place.

Dr. Brenda Howard, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Dr. Becky Barton, associate professor of occupational therapy, published an article in the Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.

Howard also published research in the Journal of Occupational Therapy Education and The Journal of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.

Dr. Katie Polo, assistant professor of occupational therapy, co-authored an article about performance deficits in patients receiving breast cancer-related surgical intervention in American Occupational Therapy Association: SIS Quarterly Practice Connections.

Georgene Nitzsche, associate adjunct faculty, was the recipient of the 2019 Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty Honor from the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Ed Jones, assistant professor in Krannert School of Physical Therapy, was the lead author of an article about soft tissue mobilization and stretching for the management of chronic plantar heel pain in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medicine Association.

Dr. Jim Bellew, professor in Krannert School of Physical Therapy, received the Award of Excellence from the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Jennifer VanSickle, director of the Sport Management program, was awarded the first University of Indianapolis Distinguished Professorship in Service-Learning.

Dr. Isabell Mills, assistant professor of kinesiology, and VanSickle presented research at the Conference on Sport Management Accreditation in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Michael Diacin, associate professor of kinesiology, presented at the Conference on Sport Management Accreditation and at the Applied Sports Management Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Jessica Jochum, associate professor, was named interim director of the athletic training program.

Dr. Stacey Gaven, assistant professor of athletic training, presented at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association conference in Wheeling, Ill.

Cassidy Bruner ’19 (health and physical education) received the Outstanding Future Educator Award by the Indiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators.

Taylor Drury ’21 (health and physical education) was one of six students in the state of Indiana to receive a scholarship from the Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing has obtained approval for a new entry option to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The BSN-DNP will give graduates from a BSN program direct entry into the DNP program. Graduates of this program will leave the University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice and will be eligible to sit for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) or a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). Graduates of the BSN-DNP will enter the workforce with more education, making them better prepared to assume the NP role in practice.

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