University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2021

Winter/Spring 2021: College of Health Sciences

Students and Gurinder Hohl, former Community Health Network partnership director, were interviewed for a local news story about produce distribution from the University’s community gardens project. 

Kinesiology, Health & Sport Sciences

After review by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the University of Indianapolis’ Exercise Science program was recognized as a strength and conditioning program through the Education Recognition Program.

The UIndy sport management program has received a “Reaffirmation of Accreditation” from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation. 

The sport management program also launched a podcast called “Greyhound Guide,” giving listeners an inside look into the business of sport. Find it on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Public health faculty Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch and Dr. Kara Cecil were frequently featured experts in news stories on COVID-19. 

Graduate student Samantha Mundt (public health) and Heidi Hancher-Rauch spoke with Indiana Senator Mike Braun via Zoom as part of the Indiana Society of Public Health Education Advocacy Summit.

The Master of Science in Exercise Science program hosted a virtual speaker series during the fall semester featuring a four-time national professional motorcycle racing champion, a U.S. National TaeKwonDo champion, a five-time U.S. National Cycling Champion, and an Olympic silver medal winner, among others. 

School of Occupational Therapy 

The School provided OT services via telehealth to people who live in Indiana. These services helped Doctor of Occupational Therapy students complete their fieldwork requirements when most traditional fieldwork opportunities were suspended due to the coronavirus.

Both the Master of Occupational Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs received official recognition as approved programs by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. 

Dr. Brenda Howard was the lead author of “An ethical response to the COVID-19 pandemic: An AOTA Ethics Advisory Opinion” in the journal OT Practice.  

Dr. Katie Polo was the lead author and Dr. Beth Ann Walker was a co-author of “Aerosol-generating procedures decision guide” published on the American Occupational Therapy Association website as a COVID-19 decision guide.   

Krannert School of Physical Therapy

The National Strength and Conditioning Association announced that Dr. Paul Salamh, assistant professor, was selected as the NSCA’s SCJ Editorial Excellence Award winner for 2020.

Salamh co-authored “It is time to put special tests for rotator cuff–related shoulder pain out to pasture” in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

Dr. Kathy Martin co-authored “Assimilation of the Pediatric Essential Core Competencies by Professional Physical Therapist Education Programs” in Pediatric Physical Therapy.

The School offered free physical therapy services delivered via telemedicine in the month of July to aid the community during the pandemic. A telemedicine specialty seminar for Doctor of Physical Therapy students, taught by Dr. Emily Slaven, coincided with the telemedicine visits. 

Students participated in the 2020 Gamecock Challenge, an event designed to celebrate Physical Therapy Month in October. Teams competed in a timed 50,000-meter row on an indoor rower. The UIndy team earned 5th place and raised $1,000 for a minority scholarship fund. 

Athletic Training

The master’s program has joined the Indiana Athletic Training Clinical Education Consortium to provide additional learning experiences for students. UIndy faculty members are collaborating with educators from across the state to provide a professional speaker series and a virtual patient clinic. 

Assistant professor Dr. Cameron Powden co-authored “The Evaluation of Joint Mobilization Dosage on Ankle Range of Motion in Individuals With Decreased Dorsiflexion and a History of Ankle Sprain” in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.  

Interprofessional Health & Aging Studies 

Dr. Heidi Ewen, associate professor, has been named Guest Editor of a special issue on aging and resiliency in the journal Behavioral Sciences. Ewen was also the lead author of “Exploring Beliefs about Aging and Faith: Development of the Judeo-Christian Religious Beliefs and Aging Scale,” published in Behavioral Sciences.Dr. Laura Santurri, assistant professor, department chair, and director of the Doctor of Health Science program, ran 160 miles over four days across Indiana to raise money for a new IHAS scholarship.