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Message from the Dean Building speech-language assessment tools for classrooms Creating connections to uncover innovative cancer treatment options Going online to explore the impact of social media in the health sciences Autism clinic helps teens thrive Improving health literacy to reduce infant mortality

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UWM center tackles critical aging issues with insight, humor and scientific research


UWM moves into the top tier of research universities Spotlight on student achievements

College of Health Sciences Intramural Research Awards

College of Health Sciences Intramural Research Grant Programs Extramural Awards College of Health Sciences Research Symposia Journal Articles

Research Productivity Summary College of Health Sciences Dean’s Research Awards College of Health Sciences Research Forum Laboratories, Centers and Clinics

Research Clusters Mission, Vision, Values Acknowledgements

Message from the Dean Dear Colleagues and Friends, The College of Health Sciences, as a part of a nationally-recognized, top-tier Research 1 (R1) university within a major American city, embraces an urban mission. Students are able to take advantage of a rich and diverse cultural environment though fieldwork, internship experiences and research. We also partner with some of the best health care facilities and medical centers in metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin and beyond. In addition, our students benefit from being involved in the wideranging research activities of our talented faculty and staff. Much of these research innovations have the potential to improve the health and well-being of people both here and around the world. Notably, we experienced increases in our high-quality research award funding, including: • Total extramural funding awards • Total award average funds • New award average funds Furthermore, we are proud of the enhanced practical applications of our research to special communities and populations of interest, such as firefighter conditioning, major league baseball athlete performance, people with health problems and disabilities, as well as health and wellness across the lifespan from reducing infant morbidity and mortality to healthy aging. I invite you to explore this Research Report which summarizes the research activities of Wisconsin’s Flagship College of Health Sciences. Find out about our rich and diverse academic environment, top-notch research facilities and awardwinning nationally – and internationally – recognized faculty and staff. See how together we are making the world a healthier place.

Ron Cisler, PhD Dean and Professor, College of Health Sciences University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee CHS RESEARCH REPORT


1 Building speech-language assessment tools for classrooms Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, John J. Heilmann, PhD, CCC-SLP, is conducting research to develop tools that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can use to help children in schools who are struggling with various communication disorders.

Fostering partnerships in the community To facilitate this unique research endeavor, Heilmann has partnered with Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT), a software company that conducts transcription and coding of the data, and Tom Malone, a retired SLP from the School District of Brown Deer and CHS alumnus, who coordinates communication with collaborating schools and plays an integral role in developing ideas for the clinical application of the program. Heilmann and his collaborators are building personally-tailored assessment tools designed to specifically target skills and activities that students are routinely called upon to do in the classroom. “One of the key outcomes we are seeking is to find a way to figure out how these kids engage with their peers and the curriculum in order to get their needs met,” said Heilmann. “We want to find the best strategy to capture this data in a reliable and replicable way.”


One of the key outcomes we are seeking is to find a way to figure out how these kids engage with their peers and the curriculum in order to get their needs met.

John Heilmann, PhD, CCC-SLP Associate Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders

Building tools for success

Taking a unique approach to researching communication disorders

Following up on their prior research collaboration, which focused on communication disorders in younger students, Heilmann and Malone’s newest project measures high school-aged students’ capacity for critical and analytical thinking.

The overarching goal of this project is to identify the best functional and descriptive assessments of children’s language. “Current forms assessments generally do a good job of identifying which kids are experiencing problems, but stop short of figuring out how these problems present themselves and how they impact these students’ lives,” said Heilmann.

The project entails a three-fold process. The first step is to gather language samples. More than 40 SLPs in Milwaukee and Madison area schools have volunteered their time to collect data. Specifically, students are asked to engage in persuasive discourse related to the key themes and issues, such as citizenship and life skills, which are encountered regularly in the classroom. Once the language samples have been gathered, they are passed along to SALT for transcription and coding. After the data is processed, SALT then sends the data to Heilmann for analysis. This research will produce developmental benchmarks which can then be used to build assessment protocols to help students with communication disorders. More broadly, this research will contribute to the literature describing language development in adolescents, which has received modest attention when compared to language development through early elementary school.

One of the more unique aspects about this project is the partnership with the schools. Heilmann emphasized the integral role of in-school SLPs in enabling this research. “We wouldn’t be able to take such a targeted approach to this research without our ‘boots on the ground.’ The feedback we receive from the clinicians in the schools is invaluable in helping us to understand the specific needs that exist in these populations.” Earlier this year, Heilmann and Malone toured the cooperating schools and shared results of their research. Their hope is to empower SLPs in the schools to help kids become better students and communicators. The College is proud of the work being done in partnership with the community. This work is truly exemplary of the College’s motto: “Where Sciences Enriches Lives.”



CHS Assistant Professor, Jennifer Doll.


2 Creating connections to uncover innovative cancer treatment options

Jennifer Doll, PhD Assistant Professor Biomedical Sciences

Jennifer A. Doll, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences, is searching for life-saving solutions for persons with cancer.

will progress to cancer. In patients with prostate cancer, the presence of obesity makes cancer more aggressive and can lead to higher mortality rates.

Through her research in the Prostate Cancer Laboratory, Doll is investigating the connection between obesity and cancer progression in order to find new treatment options.

Meaningful discovery through collaboration

Linking obesity with cancer Currently, one third of Americans are overweight. A recent report from the American Institute for Cancer Research estimates that approximately 350 cancer cases diagnosed each day are due to presence of obesity and being overweight. The work being done in Doll’s lab investigates the cellular and molecular pathways that stimulate the progression of prostate cancer. Specifically, Doll focuses on two proteins that function as tumor suppressor genes in prostate cancers. Through their analysis, Doll and her collaborators found that both of these proteins affect the way the body processes lipids in both adipose tissue (fat) and other cell types, including cancer cells. Results from that research has shown that obese adipose tissue stimulates more cancer cell growth than lean adipose tissue. When mice lacking one of these two proteins are placed on a high fat diet, the chances increase that irregular cells within the prostate

Along with several graduate students at the College of Health Sciences, Doll is currently collaborating with Michael W. Lawlor, MD, PhD, pathologist and assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Lawlor specializes in histology and anatomic and neuropathology. The Lab also has established collaborations with the UW-Madison Carbone Cancer Center Translational Science BioCore, as a future prostate cancer tissue resource, and the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center, as a core facility for microarray analysis. Doll’s ultimate goal is to develop novel therapeutic options to treat obese cancer patients. Research into the cellular processes that lead to and exacerbate cancer is critical because prior research has shown that trying to modify diet and increase activity after the cancer diagnosis has not been a very successful treatment approach. Doll’s work, while currently focused on prostate cancer, will likely also impact other obesity-associated cancers, such as breast, liver, colorectal, ovarian and pancreatic cancers.



3 Going online to explore the impact of social media in the health sciences Students in the College of Health Sciences have benefitted from a unique learning opportunity spearheaded by Priya Nambisan, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Administration. Nambisan founded the Social Media and Health Research and Training (SMAHRT) Lab where students use various social media platforms to investigate the ways individuals communicate about health concerns via social media.

Bringing communication and the health sciences together Relying on her diverse training in public health, nutrition and communication, Nambisan has used her knowledge in mass media, public health and nutrition to fullest advantage, investigating the public health problems of today with the most recent technology. Nambisan has undertaken many studies that use social media platforms to study the ways in which individuals use those same platforms to exchange information on various health topics and also to receive social and emotional support from friends and family during a difficult health situation. One study in particular used Twitter to track the communication habits of those with depression. Another is looking into how young people use social media for weight management. Associate Professor and SMAHRT lab director, Priya Nambisan (left), with Health Sciences (Interdisciplinary) PhD student Lien Nguyen.


This distinctive, interdisciplinary approach to health care research is on the cuttingedge of the field. Nambisan stated, “The research questions that I have been drawn

We often think that the things we post on Facebook and Twitter have limited impact, but the reality is that this form of communication could help save lives.

to over the years have generally been rooted at the intersection of technology, communication and health. I’ve often found that the social element inherent in such technology-mediated communication greatly impacts whether or not people stay invested in pursuing quality health care.”

Involving students in the SMAHRT lab Nambisan works with a great team of faculty and graduate students who contribute in various ways to the research being done in the SMAHRT Lab. Lien Nguyen, currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD in Health Sciences with a specialization in Health Informatics, is one of the graduate students conducting research in the SMAHRT Lab. Nguyen’s primary research focus is on the influence of social media on women’s health issues and concerns and the influence of social media in this. Her study topics include understanding the support factors needed for improving women entrepreneurship in health care, the role of social media in public health communication and the support for women veterans within the U.S. health care system, which is the main focus of Nguyen’s dissertation. Nguyen and several of her peers presented their research at the American Medical Informatics Association conference as well as at the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Priya Nambisan, PhD Associate Professor Health Informatics and Administration

Students from the SMAHRT Lab have also presented their research at UWM’s Geek Week and at the College of Health Sciences Research Symposium. Nambisan commends the students for their participation as scholars. “Now that UWM has achieved designation as an R1 research institution, the students’ scholarly contributions are an even greater reflection of the intense academic rigor of the research being done here.” There is certainly room to grow in the SMAHRT Lab, and Nambisan and her team hope to expand their software and lab space in the near future. “Social media has revolutionized the way people communicate and connect with others, and seek valuable health-related information online,” Nguyen said. “These platforms also allow health care providers to engage with and support health consumers outside the walls of a clinic. It’s exciting to think about how the SMAHRT could contribute to our understanding of this area in the future.” “We often think that the things we post on Facebook and Twitter have limited impact, but the reality is that this form of communication could help save lives,” said Nambisan. “People reveal so much about their health experiences on social media. The information is incredibly rich and so readily available.”




Victoria Moerchen, PhD, PT Associate Professor Kinesiology

Autism clinic helps teens thrive By most measures, Noah Stone is a typical high school senior. He loves writing short stories and playing video games with friends, and he spent last fall working on college applications. You might not guess that at 3 1/2, Noah was diagnosed with nonverbal learning disability (NLD), a condition similar to the autism spectrum disorder once known as Asperger’s syndrome. Children with NLD must be taught to read nonverbal social cues, like gestures and facial expressions. They also can have delays in physical development, poor muscle tone and coordination problems. When Noah was a toddler, he received state-funded therapies. As he entered school, his age and academic success disqualified him from school-based therapies. His parents, both educators, paid for therapeutic horseback riding and other activities to address physical symptoms related to NLD. But they found fewer options as he approached his teens, and he still struggled physically, said his mother, Mary Stone. When he ran cross-country as a freshman, for example, he ended the season with crippling shin splints linked to weak muscles. Stone reached out to Vickie Moerchen, an associate professor of kinesiology and physical therapy in UW-Milwaukee’s College of Health Sciences. Frustrated, Stone described the lack of services for adolescents with autism spectrum and related disorders. But what Moerchen saw was an opportunity. “I realized that there was a way that we could offer community services, teaching and research, all wrapped up in one project,” Moerchen said. In 2011, she and instructor Maggie Dietrich launched UWM’s Coordinated Clinic for Adolescents with Autism.


Innovative teaching and learning The month-long clinic takes place each April, near the end of a pediatrics course required for students working on a doctorate in physical therapy. The students split into two to four groups, with each group working with one client and his or her family. All services are free of charge. Each week, the students devote one class session to discussing their client with their instructors and planning, and a second session to working with their client. The students take a systematic approach to getting to know their client, including that person’s interests, strengths and challenges, Moerchen said. In the first week, students might notice that a client has tight hamstrings and want to jump in and offer stretches to address that. “They want to move very rapidly into treating,” Moerchen said. “We work very hard to hold them back and force them to ask a series of questions, including, ‘What do we know?’ ‘What do we need to know?’ The richness of this is that over time, they keep adding to what they know and refining what they don’t know.” She and Dietrich refer to this as “peeling back the layers of the onion.” Students move beyond preconceived ideas and, after getting to know the client, can make carefully crafted recommendations. At the end of the month, each client receives a detailed plan to address his or her needs. To help one boy who needed music to feel comfortable moving, the students choreographed and videotaped a dance routine for him to follow.

Doctor of Physical Therapy students in action during UWM’s patient-centered Coordination Clinic for Adolescents with Autism

For Jarod Quigley, a horn player in competitive marching band, the students assembled a series of exercises to strengthen his upper back and ease the pain and fatigue he felt during the marching season. For Jarod’s brother Trevor, a dog lover, the students found a recipe for homemade dog biscuits that he could make for the family pooch, developing fine motor skills in the process. “This clinic is the epitome of a program tailored to your child,” said their mother, Julie Quigley. Noah wanted to run without pain. Students working with him noted that he needed orthotics designed for running, and they developed a core-strengthening routine and a summerlong training program to help him increase his distance gradually without reinjuring his shins. One student became his weekly running buddy, and they completed the 5K UWM Panther Prowl in 2015. “The students and their teacher were very caring and communicative,” Noah said. “You can tell they really care about what they’re doing and give it their all. They were kind of a mini-family there, which I liked.”

A key experience for future physical therapists In the clinic’s early days, Moerchen was surprised by the complexity of some of the teens’ physical challenges. She believes that difficulty with social skills, combined with coordination difficulties, can lead to a child experiencing less variability of movement and often less physical activity from early ages. “This leads to musculoskeletal changes by adolescence and adulthood,” Moerchen explained. “And we have seen this impact

life goals and opportunities for social interaction, health and wellness, and even employment for the individuals this clinic serves.” Physical therapy students benefit from the chance to observe these types of physical challenges. But Emily Levine, executive director of the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (ASSEW), believes they also benefit by interacting with young people on the autism spectrum. “They’re going to run into individuals on the spectrum when they graduate and are in practice,” she said. “To have this exposure in a supported environment, and get parent input and Vickie’s observations and support, all of that is going to make them better practitioners.” Levine has an adult son with autism who completed the clinic, and she often refers families from ASSEW to Moerchen. Parents say this program is an oasis in a desert of options for their teens. “We need to create more programs like this that are really innovative,” Stone said. “Vickie was thinking outside the box with this amazing opportunity that not only benefits the individuals with special needs, but also benefits students at the graduate level.” Noah continues to run and do the weight-training exercises he learned in the clinic. “What Vickie and her students gave him was something that he will have with him for the rest of his life,” Stone said. “How cool is that?” Moerchen and Dietrich have co-authored an accepted manuscript on the design and outcomes of this class-clinic combination. CHS RESEARCH REPORT



Allowing new fathers to be involved in caring for their child in the first days of a child’s life can have positive long-term benefits.

Anthes, E. (2010, May/June). Family guy. Scientific American Mind.

5 Improving health literacy to reduce infant mortality

Kris Barnekow, PhD, OTR/L Associate Professor Occupational Science and Technology

Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Technology, Kris A. Barnekow, PhD, OTR/L, is collaborating with researchers and faculty members at UW-Milwaukee, and others in the community, to help Milwaukee fathers overcome barriers and stay involved with their children.

“As a country, we don’t do well at prioritizing services for men,” said Pate, who also is an affiliated member of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the UW-Madison. “Much of what we offer is geared to women and children. That’s important, but life can be difficult for men, even if they are trying to be fathers and caretakers.”

National research shows children with involved, loving parents are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy selfesteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors like drug use, truancy and criminal activity.

“We really wanted to better understand African American fathers’ experience and knowledge about the pre-natal period,” added Barnekow. “We wanted to know what they know and understand, and where did they feel they needed more information.”

Today’s dads are taking on new roles. Unfortunately, many fathers face significant challenges in staying part in their children’s lives. Many are unemployed or under-employed, yet many also are involved in parenting – driving moms to prenatal appointments or taking care of the children.

One of the goals of the project is to help expectant fathers to support mothers better, relieving their stress and possibly help avoid premature birth – a key risk factor in infant mortality.

Engaging fathers in prenatal care Barnekow and her collaborators were recently awarded a grant through The Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) to further their research on lowering infant mortality rates. The grant is funded through the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Working closely with David J. Pate Jr., associate professor in the UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, Barnekow has been developing a project to help fathers become more engaged and supportive even before their babies are born.

“It was really exciting to be able to get 40 men, who might be feeling they were left on the outside, to come and talk and know that they would be heard,” Barnekow said.

Advocating for African-American fathers The project will add to the knowledge base of information on the need for health care professionals to be sensitive to the cultural and literacy needs of African-American fathers. Additionally, the project will focus on engaging and training medical and nursing students to provide these fathers with information that is culturally appropriate and responsive to varying levels of health literacy in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the communication. The next step, pending funding, will be to develop a social media campaign and other communications based on Barnekow and Pate’s findings, then test these tools with more fathers-to-be. CHS RESEARCH REPORT




Scott Strath, PhD, ASCM Fellow Professor Kinesiology

UWM center tackles critical aging issues with insight, humor and scientific research Aging successfully is the primary issue being addressed at UWM’s Center for Aging and Translational Research (CATR). The Center brings together multiple disciplines from within UW-Milwaukee departments and colleges, and provides a unified and strategic response to this critical public health need. Among its activities, the Center advances aging research, seeks community engagement and training opportunities and prepares future world-class scholars in the field of gerontology via the Center’s graduate certificate program. “A multidisciplinary approach with scientists from various disciplines, with different degrees and diverse backgrounds, is the best strategy to tackling complex 21st century problems,” said Scott Strath, PhD, professor, Department of Kinesiology at the College of Health Sciences (CHS) and director of CATR. The Center is focused on building a base of knowledge that can be directly “translated” into specific programs, policies or practices, and has fostered partnerships among UWM’s College of Health Sciences (including Kinesiology, Health Care Informatics and Occupational Science and Technology); the College of Letters

and Science (Psychology and Communication); the School of Nursing; the Zilber School of Public Health, as well as the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Strath said, “Together we’re talking about addressing and solving real world problems – getting to the core of an issue and assisting people.” In addition to supporting the progression of research, CATR aims to define and promote the concept of “successful aging” which includes essential topics such as physical health, financial stability in retirement, loneliness and mental health. The Center’s social media platform, including Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, provide insight and inspiration, with daily updates that offer fun and useful information for aging adults, their caregivers and UWM students interested in the growing field of gerontology. Affirming the growing need for successful aging initiatives, Strath remarked, “Given the realities of an aging society and UWM expertise in aging, now is the time to build upon that strength and advance aging research, education, training and public dissemination to benefit our community and beyond.”

Aging is indeed a biological process, but the environment in which we age plays a critical role in steering the course…

Laura Carstensen, PhD Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity



At the College of Health Sciences over 80 faculty and staff, along with numerous students, work in more than 30 research and instructional laboratories and seven centers, taking the lead in discoveries that are of critical importance to the field of health care and the health care industry.


UWM moves into the top tier of research universities The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has joined the ranks of top doctoral research universities in the country. Spring 2016, UWM was elevated to the elite status of R1 doctoral research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This is the ultimate recognition for top doctoral universities nationwide as compiled by Carnegie every five years. UWM rose to the category “highest research activity” from R2 or “high research activity.” UWM is one of only 115 universities in the nation – and there are more than 4,600 post-secondary institutions in the U.S. – to be considered to be top tier research institutions. Other institutions with R1 status include Yale, the University of Michigan, Harvard, and Duke, among other highly distinguished universities and colleges. UWM Chancellor Mark A. Mone, in his announcement, said, “This is inspiring and gratifying, and serves as validation of the remarkable impact of UWM’s faculty, staff and students. The wide-ranging array of critically acclaimed research is UWM’s hallmark, and serves as the calling of so many of our exceptionally talented faculty, staff and students.” At the College of Health Sciences over 80 faculty and staff, along with numerous students, work in more than 30 research and instructional laboratories and seven centers, taking the lead in discoveries that are of critical importance to the field of health care and the health care industry. Recognizing the increasing demand for collaboration research across the disciplines, the College has established six interdisciplinary research clusters designed to gather and share ideas locally and globally. The research clusters are (1) Health and Wellness across the Lifespan; (2) Disability and Rehabilitation; (3) Biomedical Technologies; (4) Health Informatics and Administration; (5) Population Health and Health Disparities; and (6) Pathogenesis. The vital research in these important areas helps to drive human, scientific and technological discovery in the world.



Spotlight on student achievements Several College of Health Sciences students received noteworthy honors and awards in the past year celebrating their excellence in research. Thomas Almonroeder, a PhD student in kinesiology, received a “UWM Distinguished Dissertator Fellowship” for the 2016-2017 academic year. This prestigious campus award is highly competitive, based on academic achievement and career promise. His area of concentration is biomechanics, and he works closely with Kristian O’Connor, PhD, associate professor, Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion unit. Graduate student in kinesiology, Stacy Gnacinski, who is working toward an Interdisciplinary PhD in Health Sciences, also received a “UWM Distinguished Dissertator Fellowship.” Gnacinski is specializing in sport psychology in the Integrative Health Care and Performance unit, with Professor Barbara Meyer, PhD. Lianna Hawi, a student researcher in the College’s Mobility Laboratory, was awarded a “Senior Excellence in Research Award” at the Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Symposium sponsored by the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research. As a recipient, she will receive a $5,000 stipend for research in the Lab under the supervision of the Director and Associate Professor Brooke Slavens, PhD, Department of Occupational Science & Technology. Kong Xiong, received a Summer 2016 “Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Award” for a maximum of $2,800 in student salary. Xiong is a student in the Health Care Administration program and works with Associate Professor Timothy Patrick, PhD, Department Health Informatics & Administration. Xiong presented at this year’s UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium on “Sheltering Barriers in Zos Vib Nais.” He looked at cultural and socio-economic factors as post-secondary education barriers to the Hmong population in Milwaukee. He will present his findings at next year’s UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium. Graduate student Maryam Zolnoori, who is working toward a Health Sciences (Interdisciplinary) PhD with an emphasis in Clinical and Health Informatics, was invited to join a collaborative and prestigious research opportunity in the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications’ (LHNCBC) Research Program during the summer of 2016.


2015-2016 Research Doctoral Degree Recipients David James Cornell, PhD, Kinesiology “Influence of a Corrective Exercise Training Program on Measures of Functional Movement among Active-Duty Firefighters” Advisor: Kyle T. Ebersole, PhD, LAT Binal Rohit Motawar, PhD, Occupational Science and Technology “Investigation of Neural Mechanisms of Grip Relaxation” Advisor: Ying-Chih Wang, OTR/L, PhD

Rhiannon M. Seneli, PhD, Kinesiology “Patterns in Habitual Forefoot and Rearfoot Runners” Advisor: Stephen C. Cobb, PhD, ATC, CSCS

The College of Health Sciences offers these research doctoral degrees: • Health Sciences (Interdisciplinary) PhD • PhD, Kinesiology

And a professional doctoral degree: • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy



College of Health Sciences Intramural Research Awards Stimulus for Enhancing Extramural Development (SEED) Awards

Student Research Grant Award

Jeremy Steeves, PhD, Kinesiology

Miguel Tolentino, Biomedical Sciences

“Transitioning Across the Life Course: Using Objective Measurements to Quantify Differences in Posture Transitions at Both Ends of the Lifespan” Award: $14,982 Dean Nardelli, PhD, Biomedical Sciences “Effects of Selective Regulatory T Cell Depletion on Borrelia burgdorferi Infection and Development of Lyme Arthritis” Award: $15,000

Stimulus Program to Accelerate Research Clusters (SPARC) Award Jennifer Earl-Boehm, PhD, Kinesiology Monna Arvinen-Barrow, PhD, Kinesiology “Increasing Student-athlete Quality of Life by Identifying and Addressing Psychosocial, Nutritional and Physical Sport Injury Risk Factors: An Integrated Interprofessional Approach” Award: $24,850

A competitive program created to promote the growth of CHS-mentored student research efforts.

“Characterization of the Effect of Photobiomodulation at 670, 830, and 728 nm on Human Activated CD4+ T Cells” Advisor: Jeri-Anne Lyons, PhD Graduate Award: $1,900 Cecely Hoyt and Mason Drake, Occupational Science and Technology “Testing for Normally Aging Adults and People with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy who use Multifocal Eyeglasses” Advisor: Dennis Tomashek, MS Graduate Award: $500 Mallory Mentink, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Lauren Benson, Kinesiology “Identifying Gait Deficits in Stroke Patients Using Inertial Sensors” Advisor: Kristian O’Connor, PhD Graduate Award: $1,900 Omid Jahanian, Occupational Science and Technology “Prediction of Energy Expenditure in Manual Wheelchair Users with Spinal Cord Injury” Advisor: Brooke Slavens, PhD Graduate Award: $1,300 Bethany Miota, Occupational Science and Technology

“Laryngeal Resistance in Males and Females”

“Video Modeling to Increase Interaction for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Museum Setting Using the ‘ScanDo!’ Application”

Advisor: Marylou Pausewang Gelfer, PhD Graduate Award: $485

Advisor: Roger O. Smith, PhD Graduate Award: $875

Alaa Almatrook, Biomedical Sciences “Cell-Mediated Suppression of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis Induced by a Cryptic Peptide of Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein” Advisor: Jeri-Anne Lyons, PhD Graduate Award: $1,900

Heather Salvo, Communication Sciences and Disorders “Perspectives of Stuttering Treatment: Parents, Teens, and Children” Advisor: Carol Seery, PhD Graduate Award: $100 Cindy Sanders, Biomedical Sciences

Thomas Almonroeder, Kinesiology “Neurocognitive Functioning and the Risk of ACL Injury in Female Athletes” Advisor: Kristian O’Connor, PhD Graduate Award: $1,650


“The Potential Role of Airap and Airapl in Mediating Thymoquinone Protection Against Amyloid Beta Toxicity” Advisor: Wail Hassan, PhD Graduate Award: $1,900

College of Health Sciences Intramural Research Grant Programs The College of Health Sciences offers the following research grant programs which are administered through the CHS’ Office of Research.

Stimulus Program to Accelerate Research Clusters (SPARC)

Stimulus for Enhancing Extramural Development (SEED) Program

Graduate Student Research Grant Award Program (SRGA)*

Purpose: In pursuit of its mission “to enrich the health and well-being of people in Wisconsin and the world through innovative research,” the College of Health Sciences (CHS) has designed a Stimulus Program to Accelerate Research Clusters (SPARC) aimed at supporting and promoting innovative basic, clinical, and translational research that advances the health and well-being of society.

Purpose: The purpose of this program is to facilitate faculty and staff research, with the specific goal of increasing the number of scientific publications and external research grant proposals submitted from the College of Health Sciences (CHS).

Purpose: The CHS Student Research Grant Award Program is intended to promote the growth of CHS-mentored student research efforts.

Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty and staff within the College of Health Sciences are eligible for SPARC funding. The SPARC proposal must involve at least two faculty/staff members from the CHS. Collaboration with other UWM schools and colleges, and community stakeholders in health-related areas is recommended.

Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty and probationary or indefinite appointment academic staff within the College of Health Sciences are eligible. Preference will be given to junior faculty.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in College of Health Sciences (CHS) graduate (MS, Professional MS, Interdisciplinary PhD, Kinesiology PhD, or DPT) programs with a CHS faculty research mentor are eligible to submit proposals to the CHS Student Research Grant Award Program.

Frequency: annual Review: competitive internal/external review Duration: 12 months Funding: up to $15,000

Frequency: annual Review: competitive internal review Duration: 12 months Funding: up to $2,000 *Undergraduate version of the program is also offered.

Frequency: annual Review: competitive external review Duration: 18 months Funding: up to $25,000




Extramural Awards Barnekow, Kris A., PhD Occupational Sciences and Technology

Ebersole, Kyle T., PhD Kinesiology

Huddleston, Wendy E., PhD Kinesiology

• Expand WI MCH LEND Training Program to UW-Milwaukee: Wisconsin LEND: Milwaukee Link University of Wisconsin-Madison (Health Resources and Services Administration) $24,737

• HRV Project University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation $22,000

• Cortical Structure and Function as Possible Mediators of Performance on an Attention Task: A Pilot Study Medical College of Wisconsin (Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin) $13,800

• WI-IN Partnership to Evaluate Use of “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” in Developmental Monitoring in Child Care Settings University of Wisconsin-Madison (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) $39,389

• The Development of Photobiomodulation for the Treatment of Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration Lumithera, Inc. (National Institutes of Health) $94,877

Bumah, Violet, PhD Biomedical Sciences

Fink, Jennifer T., PhD Health Informatics and Administration

• Effect of Blue Light on Propionibacterium acnes: Time-kill Studies San Diego State University Research Foundation $83,899

• Aurora Partnership University of Wisconsin-Madison $11,264

Cisler, Ron A., PhD Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) • Regional Program Office for the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) University of Wisconsin-Madison $1,061,374 Cobb, Stephen C., PhD Kinesiology • An Innovative Tool for Assessment of Gait Dysfunction in the Clinical Setting Metra Innovation, Inc. (National Institutes of Health) $164,610


Eells, Janis, PhD Biomedical Sciences

• Decreasing Obesity in Milwaukee: A Pilot Study for Improving Patient Centered Outcomes through Asset and Barrier Identification by Patients, Community Advocates and Physicians Medical College of Wisconsin $3,000 • myHeart Young Adult Hypertension Intervention University of Wisconsin-Madison $9,014 Garg, Arun, PhD, Kapellusch, Jay, PhD Occupational Science and Technology • Exposure-Response Relationships for Low Back Pain from Pooled Data Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $890,068

• Interaction of Attention-Mediated Visual and Motor Processes Within the Dorsal Attention Pathway Medical College of Wisconsin Research and Education Program (Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin) $9,600 Lund, Shelley, PhD Communication Sciences and Disorders • Optimal AAC Technology for Individuals with Severe Communication Disabilities U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $593,235 Moerchen, Victoria A., PhD Kinesiology • UW-Milwaukee MCH Interdisciplinary/ Interprofessional Pipeline Training Program Health Resources and Services Administration $814,984 O’Connor, Kristian, PhD, Benson Lauren, MS Kinesiology • Identifying Gait Deficits in Stroke Patients Using Inertial Sensors International Society of Biomechanics $2,000

Prasad, Rashmi, PhD Health Informatics and Administration • RI: Small: Collaborative Research: Research Leading to Comprehensive Guidelines for Discourse Relation Annotation National Science Foundation $199,985 Slavens, Brooke A., PhD Research Rehabilitation Design and Disability (R2D2) Center • IntelliWheels: The Automatic Transmission for Manually Propelled Wheelchairs Intelliwheels, Inc. (National Institutes of Health) $188,579 • Soft Pneumatic Actuator for Arm Orthosis University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (National Science Foundation) $10,000 Smith, Roger O., PhD Research Rehabilitation Design and Disability (R2D2) Center

• Physical Activity Calibration in Individuals with Movement Limitations National Institutes of Health $433,832

• Milwaukee Health Care Partnership: Emergency Department Care Coordination Reporting Columbia St. Mary’s, Inc. $8,458

• Center for Aging and Translational Research University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation (Greater Milwaukee Foundation) $50,000

• BEST Project African American Brest Feeding Network (W.K. Kellogg Foundation) $7,500

Taylor De Oliveira, Lora, MBA Biomedical Sciences • MCH Pipeline Training Program Health Resources and Services Administration $834,815


Extramural Funding by Source

• Development of a Multi-faceted Software Evaluation for Home Reintegration: There’s an App for That? U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $595,183 • Evidence-Based Technology Integration: A Next Generation Approach for Schoolbased Related Services U.S. Department of Education $1,041,054

Educational Institutions


• Dryhootch iPeer: A Social and Technology Support Program for Veteran Mental Health Medical College of Wisconsin $38,041

3% 4% 4%





Business US Human Resources & Services Administration


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

7% Stoffel, Virginia C., PhD Occupational Science and Technology

Zusevics, Kaija L., PhD Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH)

Strath, Scott J., PhD Center for Aging and Translational Research (CATR)


US Department of Health & Human Services US Department of Education National Science Foundation Professional Society National Institutes of Health



The symposia highlighted the current research of both graduate and undergraduate students. There were poster and oral presentations representing the work of students and their faculty mentor. Over 200 faculty, staff, and students attended each symposium.


College of Health Sciences Research Symposia The College of Health Sciences Research Symposia showcase the current research endeavors of students, faculty, and staff through posters and podium presentations. They are events in which the UWM campus and community celebrate the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students and their mentors. In 2015-2016, the keynote speeches at the fall and spring events were presented by two distinguished scholars.

Fall 2015 Keynote Presentation

Spring 2016 Keynote Presentation

Positive Youth Development through Physical Activity: Research, Policy and Practice

Career Evolution: From Allied Health Clinician to Clinical Neurosciences Researcher

Paul M. Wright, PhD Dr. Wright is an endowed professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Wright is an internationally-recognized expert in sport-based youth development, specializing in the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Model. For his work in this area, Dr. Wright has received a Fulbright Research Award, a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has been an Erasmus Mundus Distinguished Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology for the European Union. His work related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of physical activity programs for youth has been funded by the US Department of State, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Theresa Louise-Bender Pape, Dr. PH, MA, CCCSLP/L Dr. Pape is a clinical neuroscientist with the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration (VA) Research Service and a research associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Pape’s research track is neural plasticity in neurorehabilitation of Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI). Dr. Pape’s career objective has been, and continues to be, promoting the overall well-being of veterans with TBI so they can live long and meaningful lives. To achieve this objective, she conceives of and then addresses questions that will advance the development of interventions for TBI neurorehabilitation. Dr. Pape was awarded a Merit Switzer fellowship through NIDRR. After completing this fellowship in 2001, Dr. Pape went on to receive three consecutive career development awards with the VA RR&D service.



JULY 2015-JUNE 2016

Journal Articles Department of Biomedical Sciences Daniela S. Masson-Meyers, Violet V. Bumah and C.S. Enwemeka. (2016). A comparison of four methods for determining viability in human dermal fibroblasts irradiated with blue light. J Pharmacol Toxicol Methods, 79(1), 15-22. Violet V. Bumah, Daniela S. MassonMeyers and C.S. Enwemeka. (2015). Blue 470 nm light suppresses the growth of Salmonella enterica and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in vitro. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 47(7), 595-601. Daniela S. Masson-Meyers, Violet V. Bumah, G. Biener, V. Raicu and C.S. Enwemeka. (2015). The relative antimicrobial effect of blue 405 nm LED and blue 405 nm laser on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in vitro. Lasers Med Sci, 30(9), 2265-2271. G Iordanescu, CB Brendler, SE Crawford, AM Wyrwicz, PN Venkatasubramanian and Jennifer A. Doll. (2016). MR spectroscopically measured fatty acid composition of Periprostatic Adipose Tissue correlates with pathological measures of prostate cancer aggressiveness. J Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 42(3), 651-657. Janis T. Eells, S. Gopalakrishnan and K. Valter. (2016). Near-Infrared photobiomodulation in retinal injury and disease. Adv Exp Med Biol., 854, 437-41.


Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Department of Health Informatics & Administration

Barbara R. Pauloski & Sazzad Nasir. (2016). Orosensory contributions to dysphagia: A link between perception of sweet and sour taste and pharyngeal delay time. Physiological Reports, 4 (11). pii: e12752. doi: 10.14814/ phy2.12752.

Jake Luo, Min Wu, Deepika Gopukumar and Yiqing Zhao. (2016). Big data application in biomedical research and health care: A literature review. Biomedical Informatics Insights, 8, 1-10.

Barbara R. Pauloski, A.W. Rademaker, J.A. Logemann, M. Discekici-Harris and B.B. Mittal. (2015). Comparison of swallowing function after intensity-modulated radiation therapy and conventional radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Head & Neck, 37(11), 1575-1582. C. Lazarus and Barbara R. Pauloski. (2015). Jeri Logemann’s Legacy. The ASHA Leader, 20(10). S. Langmore, T. McCulloch, G. Krisciunas, C. Lazarus, D. Van Daele, Barbara R. Pauloski, D. Rybin and G. Doros. (2015). Efficacy of electrical stimulation and swallow exercises for dysphagia in head and neck cancer patients: A randomized clinical trial. Head & Neck, 38, 1221-1231. Carol H. Seery and E. Yairi. (2015). A reply to Coleman and Tsai. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 46, 61-62. N.G. Ambrose, E. Yairi, T.M. Loucks, Carol H. Seery and R. Throneburg. (2015). Relation of motor, linguistic and temperament factors in epidemiologic subtypes of persistent and recovered stuttering: Initial findings. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 45, 12-26.

Jake Luo, Min Wu and Yiqing Zhao. (2015). Big data applications in biomedical informatics. Journal of Medical Informatics (In Chinese), 36(5), 2-9. Magnan, E. M., Palta, M., Mahoney, J. E., Pandhi, N., Bolt, D. M., Jennifer T. Fink, & Smith, M. A. (2015). The relationship of individual comorbid chronic conditions to diabetes care quality. BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, 3(1), e000080. Jennifer T. Fink, Smith, D. R., Singh, M., Ihrke, D. M., & Ron A. Cisler. (2016). Obese employee participation patterns in a wellness program. Population Health Management, 19(2), 132-135. Morris, G.L., Chapman, K., Nelson, D., Jennifer T. Fink, Walker, R.E. & Ron A. Cisler. (2016). Physician use of electronic health record in obesity management. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 115 (3), 33-35. Jennifer T. Fink, Havens, K. K., Schumacher, J. A., Walker, R. E., Morris, G. L., Nelson, D. A., Singh, M., & Ron A. Cisler. (2015). Impact of the Heart WATCH program for patients with metabolic syndrome and at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews, 2(2), 56-63.

Rohit J. Kate, Ann M. Swartz, Whitney A. Welch and Scott J. Strath. (2016). Comparative evaluation of features and techniques for identifying activity type and estimating energy cost from accelerometer data. Physiological Measurement, 37(3), 360-379. Rohit J. Kate. (2016).Using dynamic time warping distances as features for improved time series classification. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 30(2), 283-312. Rohit J. Kate, R.M. Perez, D. Mazumdar, K.S. Pasupathy and V. Nilakantan. (2016). Prediction and detection models for acute kidney injury in hospitalized older adults. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, Epub 2016 Mar 29;16:39. doi: 10.1186/s12911-016-0277-4. Rohit J. Kate. (2016). Normalizing clinical terms using learned edit distance patterns. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 23(2), 380-386. Rastegar-Mojarad, M., Liu, H., Priya Nambisan. (2016). Using social media data to identify potential candidates for drug repurposing: a feasibility study. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(2), e121 DOI: 10.2196/resprot.5621; PMID: 27311964. Priya Nambisan, Gustafson, D. H., Hawkins, R. and Pingree, S. (2016). Social support and responsiveness in online patient communities: Impact on service quality perceptions. Health Expectations, 19, 87–97. doi: 10.1111/hex.

Department of Kinesiology Monna Arvinen-Barrow, Nässi, A., & Ruiz, M. (2015). Kun vamma päättää, milloin ura loppuu [When an injury determines when the career ends]. Liikunta ja Tiede, 52 (6), 45-49. Gnasinski, S., Monna Arvinen-Barrow, Brewer, B., & Barbara B. Meyer. (2016). Factorial validity and measurement invariance of the perceived susceptibility to sport injury scale. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/sms.12681 Gnasinski, S. L., Cornell, D.J., Barbara B. Meyer, Monna Arvinen-Barrow, Jennifer Earl-Boehm. (2016). Functional Movement Screen factorial validity and measurement invariance across sex among collegiate athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1519/ JSC.0000000000001448 S.L. Gnacinski, Kyle T. Ebersole, D.J. Cornell, J. Mims, A. Zamzow and Barbara B. Meyer. (2016). Firefighters’ cardiovascular health and fitness: An observation of adaptations that occur during firefighter training academies. Work, 54(1), 43-50.

Polfuss, M., Simpson, P., Stolzman, S., Victoria A. Moerchen, Hovis, S., Zhang, L., Miranda, H., Sawin, K. (2016). The measurement of body composition in children with spina bifida: Feasibility and preliminary findings. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 9(2), 143-153. Schreiber, J., Victoria A. Moerchen, Rapport, MJ., Martin, K., Furze, J., Lundeen, H., Pelletier, E. (2015). Experiential learning with children: An essential component of professional physical therapy education. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 27(4), 356-367. Reel, J. J., Galli, N., Miyairi, M., Voelker, D., & Christy A. Greenleaf. (2016). Development and validation of the intuitive exercise scale. Eating Behaviors, 22, 129-132. Voelker, D. K., Reel, J. J., & Christy A. Greenleaf. (2015). Weight status and body image perceptions in adolescents: Current perspectives. Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics, 6, 149. Mitchell, S. H., Petrie, T. A., Christy A. Greenleaf, & Martin, S. B. (2015). A biopsychosocial model of dietary restraint in early adolescent boys. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 0272431615619232

J.D. Collins, T.G. Almonroeder, Kyle T. Ebersole and Kristian M. O’Connor. (2016). The effects of fatigue and anticipation on the mechanics of the knee during cutting in female athletes. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon), 35, 62-67.

C.J. Ruggero, T. Petrie, S. Sheinbein, Christy A. Greenleaf and S. Martin. (2015). Cardiorespiratory fitness may help in protecting against depression among middle school adolescents. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 57(1), 60-65.

J. Langdon, P. Rukavina, Christy A. Greenleaf. (2016). Predictors of obesity bias among exercise science students. Adv Physiol Educ, 40(2), 157-164.

Christy A. Greenleaf, T.A. Petrie and S.B. Martin. (2015). Biopsychosocial correlates of dietary intent in middle school girls. Eating Behaviors, 18, 143-146.



D.J. Cornell, Kyle T. Ebersole, Barbara B. Meyer and Kathryn R. Zalewski. (2015). Relationships between extraversion and measures of counter movement jump performance. International Journal of Sports Science, 5(3), 73–79. S.L. Karnes, Barbara B. Meyer, L.M. Berger and M.J. Brondino. (2015). Changes in physical activity and psychological variables following a web-based motivational interviewing intervention: Pilot study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 4(4), e129. Cornell, D.J., Gnacinski, S.L., Langford, M.H., Mims, J., & Kyle T. Ebersole. (2015). Backwards overhead medicine ball throw and counter movement jump performance among firefighter candidates. Journal of Trainology, 4(1), 11–14. S.L. Gnacinski, Barbara B. Meyer, D.J. Cornell, J. Mims, Katheryn R. Zalewski and Kyle T. Ebersole. (2015). Tactical athletes: An integrated approach to understanding and enhancing firefighter health and performance. International Journal of Exercise Science, 8(4), 341-357. T.B. Suboc, D. Knabel, Scott J. Strath, K. Dharmashankar, A. Coulliard, M. Malik, K. Haak and M.E. Widlansky. (2016). Associations of reducing sedentary time with vascular function and insulin sensitivity in 0lder sedentary adults. American Journal of Hypertension, 29(1), 46-53. Y. Lei, S. Bao and Jinsung Wang. (2016). The combined effects of action observation and passive proprioceptive training on adaptive learning. Neuroscience, 331, 91-98.


A. E. Rote, Lori A. Klos and Ann M. Swartz. (2015). Location of body fat among women who accurately and inaccurately perceive their weight status. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 121(2), 602-612. C.J. Dondzila, Ann M. Swartz, Kevin G. Keenan, A.E. Harley, R. Azen, Scott J. Strath. (2016). Translating exercise interventions to an in-home setting for seniors: Preliminary impact on physical activity and function. Aging Clin Exp Res, Epub 2016 Jan 5. doi:10.1007/s40520-0150518-x M. Joshi, Kevin G. Keenan. (2016). Force fluctuations while pressing and moving against high- and low- friction touch screen surfaces. Exp Brain Res, Epub 2016 Feb 22. doi: 10.1007/s00221-016-4581-0 Ann M. Swartz, Y. Cho, W.A. Welch and Scott J. Strath. (2016). Movement discordance between healthy and non-healthy US adults. PLoS ONE, 11(2) S.G. Zhao, N.B. Alexander, Z. Djuric, J. Zhou, Y. Tao, M. Schipper, F.Y. Feng, A. Eisbruch, F.P. Worden, Scott J. Strath and S. Jolly. (2015). Maintaining physical activity during (head and neck) cancer treatment (MPACT): Results of a pilot controlled trial. Head & Neck, 38(1), E1086-96. doi: 10.1002/hed.24162. Epub 2015 Oct 7. Scott J. Strath, Rohit J. Kate, Kevin G. Keenan, Whitney A. Welch and Ann M. Swartz. (2015). Ngram time series model to predict activity type and energy cost from wrist, hi and ankle accelerometers: Implications of age. Physiol. Meas., 36, 2335-2351.

Y. Tarasenko, B.M. Howell, C. Studts, Scott J. Strath and N.E. Schoenberg. (2015).Acceptability and feasibility of physical activity assessment methods for an Appalachian population. Journal of Community Health, 40(4), 714-724. S. Tyagi, M. Curley, M. Berger, J. Fox, Scott J. Strath, J. Rubenstein, J. Roth and M. Widlansky. (2015). Pacemaker quantified physical activity predicts all-cause mortality. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 66(6), 754-755. Jinsung Wang, Thomas D and Cho YI., (2015). Sensorimotor learning deficits observed in children with sports-related concussion. F1000Research, 4(1), 143.

Department of Occupational Science and Technology Ying-Chih Wang, Cook KF, Deutscher D, Werneke MW, Hayes D, Mioduski JE. (2015). The patient-report Neck Functional Status Questionnaire (NFSQ). Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Epub 2015 Sep; 45(9):683-92. 9 Jul 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5640 Yen SC, Chui, KK, Markowski, A, Ying-Chih Wang, Corkery. (2015). M. Lumbar spine manual therapy for aging and older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 31(3), 199202. Yen SC, Gutierrez GM, Ying-Chih Wang, Murphy P. (2015). Risk adjustment for lumbar dysfunction: A comparison of linear mixed models with and without inclusion of between-clinic variation as a random effect. Phys Ther., 95(12), 1692-702.

M.S. Thiese, K.T. Hegmann, Jay M. Kapellusch, A. Merryweather, S. Bao, B. Silverstein, R. Tang and Arun Garg, (2016). Psychosocial factors related to lateral and medial epicondylitis results from pooled study analyses. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, M 58(6), 588-593. M.S. Thiese, U. Ott, R. Robbins, A. Effiong, M. Murtaugh, M.R. Lemke, G. Deckow-Schaefer, Jay M. Kapellusch, E.Wood, D. Passey, N. Hartenbaum, Arun Garg and K.T. Hegmann. (2016). Factors associated with truck crashes in a large cross section of commercial motor vehicle drivers. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 82, 98-101. Goeran Fiedler, Brooke A. Slavens, Kristian M. O’Connor, Roger O. Smith and B.J. Hafner. (2016). Effects of physical exertion on trans-tibial prosthesis users’ ability to accommodate alignment perturbations. Prosthet Orthot Int., 40(1), 75-82.

S.S. Bao, Jay M. Kapellusch, A.S. Merryweather, M.S. Thiese, Arun Garg, K.T. Hegmann and B.A. Silverstein. (2015). Relationships between job organisational factors, biomechanical and psychosocial exposures. Ergonomics, 59(2), 179-94. Alyssa J. Schnorenberg, N.H. CampbellKyureghyan and K.E. Beschorner. (2015). Biomechanical response to ladder slipping events: Effects of hand placement, J Biomech., 15, 477.

R.W. Bohannon, D.J. Bubela, Ying-Chih Wang, S.S. Magasi and R.C. Gershon. (2015). Six-Minute Walk Test Vs. Three-Minute Step Test for measuring functional endurance. J Strength Cond Res., 29(11), 3240-3244. X. Li, W. He, C. Li, Ying-Chih Wang, Brooke A. Slavens and P. Zhou. (2015). Motor unit number index examination in dominant and non-dominant hand muscles. Laterality, 20(6), 699-710.

Brooke A. Slavens, Alyssa J. Schnorenberg, C.M. Aurit, S. Tarima L.C. Vogel and G.F. Harris. (2015). Biomechanics of pediatric manual wheelchair mobility. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 3(137).

S. Yen, G. Gutierrez, Ying-Chih Wang and P. Murphy. (2015). Alteration of ankle kinematics and muscle activity during heel contact when walking with external loading. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(8), 1683-1692.

Virginia C. Stoffel. (2015). Engagement, exploration, empowerment. (Presidential Address). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69 (No. Supplement 2).

Schwartz, J. K., & Roger O. Smith. (2015). Benefits to student engagement in intervention research. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(2), 1-10.


Research Productivity Summary



College of Health Sciences Dean’s Research Awards The Dean’s Research Award is given for quality research and scholarship and is presented to an individual who has distinguished him or herself in research. The award is based on outcomes that include publications and research communications, grant funding, innovation, creativity and discovery.

Kyle Ebersole, PhD, Kinesiology

Arun Garg, PhD, Occupational Science and Technology

Kyle Ebersole has been recognized for many achievements, including research pertinent to expanding the scientific knowledge base that informs the physiological basis for injury prevention, reconditioning, strength training, and physiological performance across a continuum of sport and occupational athletes.

Arun Garg is also a man of many accomplishments, not the least

In addition, Ebersole works with the Milwaukee Brewers on research projects including exploring the application of heart rate variability as a measure of recovery and injury state in baseball pitchers; development of indices that discriminate between injured and uninjured muscle; influence of massage on muscle function and the autonomic nervous system; application of movement screens in the evaluation of athlete performance. Perhaps most notably, he also works with the Milwaukee Fire Department to examine the physiological markers of firefighter performance and development of performance screening tools for firefighters. Related to that, Ebersole has partnered with Fusionetics in order to create the Tactical Athlete Research Project through the College’s Human Performance & Sport Physiology Research Laboratory. The purpose of the project is to conduct research regarding athletic performance by tactical athletes, such as firefighters, police officers and members of the military, or other public servants for whom physical fitness is crucial to public safety.


among which is the creation of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Revised Lifting Equation. The Revised Lifting Equation is one of the most widely used tools for quantifying risks from lifting and other occupational tasks and is celebrating its 25-year anniversary this year. Over his many years in the field, Garg has broadened his research scope to decreasing occupational injuries caused by repetitive motion, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and back and shoulder injuries from heavy lifting in industrial and health care settings. By tracking large groups of workers in various industries and collecting data on the physical demands of their jobs and health problems, he has developed models, not unlike the NIOSH Lifting Equation, that quantify risk factors for such conditions as carpal tunnel syndrome and rotator cuff tendonitis. In addition to his own research projects, Garg directs the Center for Ergonomics at UWM, one of the first laboratories of its kind in the nation when it opened in 2004. The Center conducts research on work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremities and low back pain, and also provides education and consulting services. Recently, Garg and his colleague Jay M. Kapellusch, PhD, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Science and Technology, were awarded a substantial grant funding from

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their three-year project titled, “Exposure-Response Relationships for Low Back Pain from Pooled Data.” Garg is now focusing his research on ways to improve the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities. He is researching ways to make it easier to remain more functional, so that individuals can live more independent lives, whether it is at their home or going to work. Of this year’s two awardees, Dean Cisler said, “Along with the efforts of other hard working faculty and staff here at the College of Health Sciences, their collective contributions make a difference on our campus, in our community and the broader health care field. The importance of the work being done and the dedication it takes to achieve meaningful accomplishments, such as those mentioned above, is invaluable and does not go unnoticed. It is in part through research like Garg and Ebersole’s that the College can reach its Mission.”



College of Health Sciences Research Forum The College of Health Sciences Research Forum aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of completed and works-in-progress from across the spectrum of health sciences. In 2015-16, the following topical issues were covered by panels of professionals within and outside the health sciences field.



“Effort Reporting and Compliance” Matt Richter, UWM compliance manager

“Academic-Industry Partnerships – the SBIR Route” Brooke Slavens, associate professor, Occupational Science & Technology, Director, UWM’s Mobility Lab Kris O’Connor, associate professor, Kinesiology Scott Daigle, Co-founder/CEO IntelliWheels, Inc.

Synopsis: The presentation focused on real life examples and case studies related to compliance with effort reporting.

October “CTSI – A Collaboration that Works” Rachel Schiffman, professor, director, UWM Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Janis Eells, professor, Biomedical Sciences Synopsis: The panel focused on the Clinical and Translational Science Institute as a research collaboration, how it fosters collaboration among and between participating institutions and researchers and how it awards funding for collaborative research.

February “Interdisciplinary Centers of Excellence” Scott Strath, professor, director, UWM’s Center for Aging and Translational Research (CATR) Doug Stafford, professor, director, SE Wisconsin Applied Chemistry Center of Excellence; also the director, UWM’s Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery (MIDD) Synopsis: The panel focused on research centers as catalysts for research collaboration, center achievements, what it takes to start a center, how research collaborations are fostered and sustained, funding plan, experiences, lessons learned and the challenges.


Synopsis: The panel focused on experiences with the US Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This highly competitive program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development that has the potential for commercialization. Panelists also discussed decision making on starting a partnership, how collaborators are brought together, the funding plan, how to sustain the partnership and some of the lessons learned.

April “UWM Research Foundation – Supporting Research Collaborations” Brian Thompson, president, UWM Research Foundation Jessica Silvaggi, senior licensing manager, UWM Research Foundation Synopsis: The panel focused on the UWM Research Foundation, what it is, how it helps to facilitate research collaboration and forms of funding available for research collaborations.

Laboratories, Centers and Clinics Laboratories Biomedical Sciences • Biomedical Sciences Laboratory • Immunology Laboratory • Lyme Borreliosis Laboratory • Medical Microbiology Laboratory • Multiple Sclerosis Laboratory • Pharmacology/Toxicology Laboratory • Prostate Cancer Laboratory

Communication Sciences and Disorders • Aphasia Laboratory • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Laboratory • Child Language Laboratory • Dysphagia Laboratory • Language Analysis Laboratory



• The Body Weight and Shape Research Laboratory

• Center for Aging and Translational Research (CATR)

• Human Performance and Sport Physiology Laboratory

• Center for Biomedical Data and Language Processing (BioDLP)

• Laboratory for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence

• Center for Forensic Science (Interdisciplinary)

• Neuromechanics Laboratory

• Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH)

• Pediatric Neuromotor Laboratory • Photomedicine Research Laboratory • Physical Activity and Health Research Laboratory • Visuomotor Laboratory

Occupational Science and Technology • Assistive Technology and Universal Access (ATUA) Laboratory

• Phonetics Laboratory

• Behavioral Health and Human Occupation Laboratory

• Speech Science Laboratory

• Mobility Laboratory

• Stuttering and Fluency Laboratory

• Occupational Ergonomics Laboratory

• Performance and Injury Center • Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability (R2D2) Center • The HUB Wellness Center

Clinics Communication Sciences and Disorders • Speech and Language Clinic • UW-Milwaukee Audiology Group

Health Informatics and Administration • Social Media and Health Research and Training Laboratory (SMAHRT)



Research Clusters Within the College of Health Sciences, there are over 80 faculty and staff working in 30 research and instructional laboratories and seven research centers. Their work encompasses groundbreaking and pioneering investigations, including vital biomedical research, advances in movement sciences, ingenious rehabilitation research and development, innovative applied clinical technologies and novel disease prevention approaches. The College has several active Research Groups with a concentration of three or more faculty members who conduct similar research. The potential for expanded collaborations with scientists and researchers at UWM and other universities, as well as with professionals in research and medical settings, is considerable ... and welcomed.

Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

Biomedical Technologies



• Aging

• Accessible Medical Equipment Assessment

• Child Development

• Biomedical Diagnostic Imaging

• Ergonomics

• Bioengineering

• Nutrition and Weight Management

• Photomedicine

• Language and Communication Development, Functioning and Processes

Health Informatics and Administration

• Physical Activity


• Psychological Aspects of Health and Performance

• Data Mining

• Student Veterans

• Electronic Medical Records • Health Informatics

Disability and Rehabilitation

• Health Services Research


• Informatics for Health System Management

• Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology • Communication Development and Disorders • Healthcare Delivery Systems • Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation • Pediatric Rehabilitation


• Natural Language Processing and Generation

Mission To enrich the health and well-being of people in Wisconsin and the world through innovative research, outstanding education and exceptional service, and to inspire others to carry out this work.

Population Health and Health Disparities Examples: • Community Health Assessment • Health Determinants, Practice and Outcomes • Health Literacy • Health Policy • Maternal, Child and Family Health

Vision To become the leading urban health sciences college where a diversity of students, scientists and professionals combine learning, discovery and technology to improve the health and well-being of our communities.

Values The Mission and Vision of the College of Health Sciences are guided by a commitment to the following values: • Integrity in all that we do

Pathogenesis Examples: • Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders

• Collaboration to achieve Excellence • Diversity of thought, perspective and culture • Accessibility to promote optimal engagement

• Autoimmune Disorders • Cancer


• Infectious Diseases

Published by the UWM College of Health Sciences, Ron A. Cisler, dean, in coordination with the Office of Research, Abigail Amissah-Arthur, assistant dean, and the Office of External Relations and Communications, Cheri Dziekan Chapman, communications manager.

• Inflammation and Obesity • Mechanisms of Disease Pathogenesis • Neurological Disorders

If you are interested in collaborating in one of these areas, or have a new or emerging area for which you would like to find colleagues, please contact Abigail Amissah-Arthur, PhD, Assistant Dean for Research, College of Health Sciences, or 414-229-6697.


Nicole Desjarlais Hilary Rasmussen Sabine Schwark Kathy Quirk


Abigail Amissah-Arthur Ron Cisler Renea Drews Cheri Dziekan Chapman Sabine Schwark


Kendell Hafner


Nastacia Smith





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