University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2020

Spring 2020: College of Health Sciences

Dr. Jim Bellew, professor of physical therapy, and Dr. Trent Cayot, assistant professor of exercise science, published an article, “Changes in microvascular oxygenation and total hemoglobin concentration of the vastus lateralis during neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES),” in the August 2019 issue of Journal of Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Dr. Cayot was elected to serve a three-year term as a Member at Large for the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Board of Directors.

Cayot and fellow exercise science faculty Dr. Mindy Mayol, Dr. Riggs Klika, Dr. Chad Odaffer, and Dr. Rich Robinson co-authored three posters presented at the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Meeting with Master of Science in Exercise Science students Brooklyn Herbert ’19 ’23 and Tyrah Brewer ’23.

Dr. Heidi Ewen, associate professor and director of the master’s in healthcare management, published “Social lives and cliques within senior housing communities,” in Housing & Society.

Dr. Connie Fiems, assistant professor in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, took second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students to an interprofessional education event with students from Butler University’s Pharmacy, Communications Disorders, and Physician Assistant programs. Fiems and colleagues shared the model and its advantages at the Heartland Interprofessional Educational Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, last summer.

Dr. Riggs Klika, associate professor and director of exercise science programs, is serving as co-principal investigator on a cancer survivor wellness study based at the newly formed Indiana Cancer Wellness Center. The study is evaluating physical outcomes and quality of life experienced by people ages 15–37 who complete an individualized plan of treatment.

Dr. Anne Mejia-Downs, adjunct faculty in the public health program, published an article, “An Intervention Enhances Resilience in Entry-Level Physical Therapy Students: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial,” in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. The study assessed the impact of a resilience curriculum on stress levels, resilience, and protective factors among physical therapy students during academic stress.

Dr. Isabell Mills, assistant professor of kinesiology, health and sport sciences, published a paper, “Branding in women’s sports: A literature review,” in the Sport Journal.

Dr. Paul Salamh, assistant professor of physical therapy, co-authored an article published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal. The article, “Stem Cell Injections for Musculoskeletal Pathology: An Overview for Sports Medicine Professionals,” discusses the use of stem cell injections for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in sports medicine.

Dr. Laura Santurri, chair of the Department of Interprofessional Health & Aging Studies and director of the Doctor of Health Science Program, ran 100 miles in 30 hours to raise money in support of retired greyhound dogs. In October, Santurri participated in the Indiana Trail 100 to raise $1,000—enough to provide 10 greyhounds transportation by Victory Lap Greyhound Transport to new forever homes.

The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy (SOT) is pleased to announce three new faculty members this year. All three are familiar faces at UIndy:

Dr. Penny Moyers, founding School of Occupational Therapy Dean, has made a return to teaching, accepting a position as professor of occupational therapy.

Dr. Christine Kroll ’89 (occupational therapy) has joined the faculty as an assistant professor and doctoral capstone coordinator.

Dr. Kristina Watkins, who received undergraduate and graduate degrees at UIndy, also joins the faculty as an assistant professor and OTD academic fieldwork coordinator.

Dr. Carla Brown, assistant professor in the public health program, was elected to the Indiana Society for Public Health Education Board of Directors as director of health education advocacy.

Dr. Lisa Borrero, associate professor of gerontology, was a panelist at the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education’s 9th Annual Teaching Institute—“From 18 to 108: What Teaching and Training Could Look Like at an Age-Friendly University.”

Dr. Kathy Martin, Krannert School of Physical Therapy professor, presented “Putting Your Best Foot Forward: The PT-Orthotist Team” at the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy’s Annual Conference in November. Martin also offered a seven-hour workshop on pediatric orthoses at the Utah chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association’s fall conference.

Dr. Emily Slaven and Dr. Ed Jones, physical therapy faculty, presented “Generation Z, What Do You Want from Me? Manual Therapy and Today’s Physical Therapy Student” at the American Association of Manual Physical Therapy annual conference in October.

Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch, director of the Public Health Program, presented on the importance of credentialing in relation to the current opioid crisis at the Society of Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) Annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. She serves as the SOPHE advocacy and resolutions trustee.

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