It’s been a very productive six months here in the Department of Allied Health Sciences since our last newsletter! We have added two new features that spotlight student scientists in the thick of their dissertations, as well as staff working “behind the scenes” to bring research to fruition.
UNC Chapel Hill will host the Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) workshop January 15-19, 2013, at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill.
Dr. Antoine Bailliard, Assistant Professor, has received a Junior Faculty Development Award and a grant from the University Research Council to study immigration experiences of the Latino community in North Carolina.
Christene Tashjian is the Project Coordinator for the Early Development Project-2, whose offices can be found off campus in the Carr Mill Mall.
Sumita Rege is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she had earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy from Mumbai University and practiced as an occupational therapist in Mumbai, India for seven years.
Lucía I. Méndez, a current PhD candidate in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded a Research Scholar Grant by the Early Care Education and Head Start Research Scholars Grant Program to support her dissertation research.
Heather Fritz, a fourth-year Occupational Science PhD candidate, has received two grants to help fund the study “Integrating Diabetes Self-Management into Daily Life: Exploring Process, Habit, and Occupation.” Fritz’s research focuses on how low income women integrate diabetes self management behaviors into daily life.
The DAHS Research Advisory Committee has organized four research forums for the spring semester. Forums are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Bodurant Hall 2025. All DAHS faculty, post-docs, and PhD students are welcome, and lunch is included!
July 1-December 31, 2012
Dr. Betty Risteen Hasselkus, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology/Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar.
With this issue, we unveil our new format for the DAHS research newsletter! Many thanks to Katherine Pearl, Communications Specialist, for her leadership on this effort, working with the dedicated members of our Research Communications Subcommittee (RAC), including Skip Ryan, Wes Winkelman, and Drs. Linda Watson, Sharon Williams, Karen Erickson, and Mark Klinger. This issue highlights two quarters (January-June 2012) of research news and faculty scholarship in the Department of Allied Health Sciences (AHS).
The first three UNC Chapel Hill doctoral students to participate in the Autism Leadership Grant’s interdisciplinary program graduated in May 2012.
Kristin Nellenbach, PhD, (’10) recently became the fourth Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences doctoral program alumna to win the Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award.
Kendra Heatwole Shank, a PhD candidate in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the School of Medicine, interviewed with Frank Stasio of WUNC’s “State of Things” to talk about a project she designed to better understand livability issues facing older Americans.
Dr. Sara Mamo, a 2008 graduate of the AuD program and a current PhD student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded an F32 postdoctoral fellowship by the National Institutes of Health.
Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR), an intensive grant writing workshop that builds upon the successful model used by the Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South (ERRIS) workshops, will be held January 15-19, 2013 in Chapel Hill. The target audience for this workshop includes junior and mid-level faculty in all rehabilitation research disciplines who are on the cusp of success in NIH-funded or similar research but could benefit from expert mentorship in grant development.
Several students and faculty members from the UNC Chapel Hill Division of Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology shared their research at the 2011 North Carolina Rehabilitation Association (NCRA) Conference October 26-28 in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Conference in Arlington, Va., October 31-November 1.
Although there was not an overwhelming response to the Research Website Survey that was distributed this spring, we certainly have a better understanding of how the AHS Research Website is utilized and have some great ideas to make it a better tool for researchers.
Promotions, new faculty and post-docs, and departures.
A scientific poster presented by third-year AuD student Mallory Baker and Associate Professor Patricia Roush, AuD (Dept. of Otolaryngology) won first prize for scientific merit at the 12th Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference in St. Louis, MO, March 5-6, 2012.
Jessica Klusek, a doctoral student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, received the 2011 James J. Gallagher Dissertation Award.
Dr. Lauren Little received the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Dissertation Research Grant Award in February 2012.
Mackenzi Pergolotti, a fourth-year Occupational Science PhD candidate, received a $2,000 NC TraCS grant to help her research the utilization of occupational therapy by older patients with cancer by using data from the Integrative Cancer Information and Surveillance System (ICISS).
Fall 2010 AHS Research Quarterly Newsletter