University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2019

Spring 2019: College of Health Sciences

Athletic Training

Long-time head athletic trainer Ned Shannon and faculty member
Dr. Connie Pumpelly were honored with the establishment of the Ned Shannon and Connie Pumpelly Athletic Training Fund to help students with costs related to taking the Athletic Training Board of Certification exam.

Nick Voelker ’14 (athletic training) was named Athletic Trainer of the Year for the Dominican Summer League in Minor League Baseball. Voelker is a trainer for the Oakland Athletics Dominican Republic team.

Interprofessional Health & Aging Studies

Leading the Way in Gerontology

Dr. Sharon Baggett, associate professor of aging studies, is the author of a chapter, “Training Advocates to Undertake Livable Community Initiatives: A Pilot Program,” published in “The Global Age-Friendly Community Movement: A Critical Assessment” (Stafford, 2018).

Dr. Lisa Borrero, assistant professor in the Doctor of Health Science and the graduate gerontology program, has been appointed editor of AGHExchange, which is published by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education. Dr. Borrero received the Outstanding Faculty Award at the annual Faculty/Staff Institute.

Taylor Etchison ’18 (M.S., gerontology) presented “House Call Primary Care: If We Are to Rise to Meet the Future, Gerontology is the Best Medicine” at the Indiana Geriatrics Society Annual Fall Conference. Etchison’s presentation was a summation of her capstone and practicum experiences with Grace at Home, a primary care house calls provider.

Dr. Heidi Ewen, associate professor and director of the Master of Science in Healthcare Management Program, was the lead author of a poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America: “The influence of religious beliefs: Is aging punishment for sin?”

Dr. Laura Santurri and Dr. Elizabeth Moore, assistant professors, received an InQuery Collaborative Grant for their research, Interstitial Cystitis Hope Project. Dr. Santurri was also featured in a Runner’s World magazine article about how she uses training for and running in ultra-marathons as a way to cope with her diagnosis of interstitial cystitis.

Dr. Moore was a co-presenter of a poster at the American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT 2018 Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida. The lead author of the poster, “Can lower extremity strength and lower extremity blood flow predict the score on the Functional Gait Assessment?” was Marcia Himes ’17 (DHSc).

Kinesiology, Health & Sport Sciences

The former Department of Kinesiology is now the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Sciences (KHSS).

KHSS hosted a statewide clinic for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Presenter Trent Cayot, assistant professor, was instrumental in the planning and execution of the event, which was attended by strength and conditioning professionals from across the Midwest. KHSS instructor Chad Odaffer was also a presenter at the day-long clinic.

Growing Programs & Experience

Dr. Riggs Klika joined UIndy as the new director of the undergraduate and graduate exercise science programs. Under Klika’s direction, UIndy will launch a new Master of Science in Exercise Science degree in August 2019. Students who enroll in the program will choose a concentration in human performance, which has an athletic focus, or clinical exercise physiology.

Dr. Brian Reagan, assistant professor, earned his designation as a registered dietitian (RD). To achieve this status, Reagan completed 1,200 hours of clinical work, advanced education and passed a national certification exam. His eligibility was made possible through the partnership with Community Health Network.

Advocating on Important Public Health Initiatives

The Master of Science in Sport Management program, under the direction of Dr. Jennifer VanSickle, professor and program director, welcomed nearly two dozen new students this fall – double any previous cohort.

Dr. Heidi Hancher Rauch, director of the public health program, and students Any’e Carson ’18 (Master of Public Health) and Yordanos Gebru ’18 (Master of Public Health) published “Building Advocacy Capacity and Skills Through a Statehouse Advocacy Day: Indiana SOPHE Experience” in Health Promotion Practice.

Yordanos Gebru also earned the Stephen Jay Award for Leadership in Public Health at the 2018 Indiana Public Health Association Annual Dinner. The award recognizes current MPH students across Indiana who have contributed to the improvement of public health in the state.

Public health students and faculty presented advocacy strategies to reduce gun violence at the Society for Public Health Advocacy (SOPHE) Advocacy Summit in October, held in Washington, D.C. The UIndy delegation included Master of Public Health students Yordanos Gebru and Shawn Schweitzer ’19 (PHEP) ’20 (MPH), undergraduate Megan Davish ’19 (PHEP) and Dr. Hancher Rauch. Their presentation, “Strategies for the Novice Advocate: Creating Advocacy Plans to Fight Gun Violence,” provided a toolkit for professionals to make a difference in their community.

Krannert School of Physical Therapy

Dr. Connie Fiems, assistant professor, received an InQuery Collaborative Grant from UIndy for her research on the “Reliability of Recumbent Stepper Submaximal Exercise Tests After Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Several Krannert School of Physical Therapy faculty participated in the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr. Emily Slaven, associate professor and president of the Indiana Physical Therapy Association, met with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. Dr. Stephanie Kelly, College of Health Sciences dean, participated in a panel presentation geared toward new and developing faculty.

Dr. Paul Salamh, assistant professor, received the University’s Emerging Scholar Award at the annual Faculty/Staff Institute.

Dr. Slaven and Dr. Nathan Eckert, assistant professor of kinesiology, were awarded a grant from the American Association of Manual Physical Therapy for a study titled, “The impact of a thrust manipulation to the hip joint; A biomechanical or neurophysiological response, or both?”

Dr. Slaven and Dr. Renee Van Veld, assistant professor and director of clinical education, published a study, “First-Year Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Demonstrate Change in Coping with Stress,” in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2016 alumni Ben Reynolds, Paul Shupe and Creola Woolery were co-authors on the publication.

Occupational Therapy

Leading Edge Research Published

Dr. Brenda Howard, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and several 2016 master of occupational therapy alumni published an article, “Investigating Older Adults’ Expressed Needs Regarding Falls Prevention,” in the Journal Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.

Dr. Beth Ann Walker, associate professor of occupational therapy, published “Establishing the reliability and validity of Health in Motion automated falls screening tool” in Advances in Aging Research. Co-authors included Krista Hoke and Molly Manley, MOT Class of 2016 alumni.

Dr. Alison Nichols, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and several doctor of occupational therapy (OTD) alumni published an article, “Differences in the Use and Perceptions of Evidence-Based Practice between Occupational Therapy Students and Practitioners,” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational Therapy Education. Co-authors are 2018 graduates of the UIndy OTD program: Paige Creighton, Annie DeRolf, Shelby Hale, LeAnn VanDeman, Kersten Laughlin and Kelsie Long, who are all registered occupational therapists.

Dr. Nichols published “Parental perceptions: Raising a child with a feeding and eating disorder” in the Special Interest Section Quarterly Practice Connections publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Co-authors of the publication were School of Occupational Therapy adjunct professor Colleen Wasemann and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Class of 2017 alumni Danielle Coatie, Erica Moon and Jennifer Weller.

Dr. Erin Peterson, assistant professor of occupational therapy, earned her Certified Hand Therapist credential, which requires a minimum of three years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy and a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation.

Mandy Fabry ’19 (OTD) was named the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association OT Student of the Year.

School of Nursing

Faculty & Student Achievements

Stephanie Kemery, assistant professor of nursing, was invited to speak at the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Leadership Weekend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in July about LGBTQ Inclusive Principles for Hospice and Palliative Care. Based on that conference work, they have accepted two other opportunities to speak on the topic in early 2019.

Kemery has research in press with co-author Briyana Morrell, “Differences in psychomotor skills teaching and evaluation practices in undergraduate nursing programs,” Nursing Education Perspectives.

Morrell has additional papers in press, including “Emergency on campus!: Quantitative analysis of the effects of an interprofessional simulation on healthcare students” and “Care across campus: Athletic training, nursing, and occupational therapy student experiences in an interprofessional simulation,” Athletic Training Education Journal. For a full list of co-authors, visit

Krista Searles, assistant professor of nursing, presented a juried poster, “Concept Mapping to Teach Clinical Reasoning During Problem-Focused Assessment.”

Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning

The Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN), an initiative of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL), granted $15,000 to three community partnerships and provided technical support for each to develop career pathways in their regions of Indiana. EWIN finished its work with these partnerships at the end of 2018, including facilitating collaboration within their communities, researching promising models, site visits to explore innovative approaches and development of plans customized to each area’s needs and resources. Each partnership involved K-12 education, postsecondary, businesses/industry, and other community agencies such as workforce development. Read more at

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