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Research Programs and Faculty

The College of Health Sciences promotes the use of multidisciplinary research teams that utilize a combination of basic, clinical, translational, behavioral and community-based research approaches focused on specific types of diseases. Our teams focus is in the areas of health and wellness and they address aspects of health care such as prevention of specific diseases and illnesses; monitoring of health in order to prevent onset of disease or illness; and rehabilitation that promotes an efficient return to an acceptable standard of health.

Our multidisciplinary research teams draw from the scientific expertise of the academic departments in the College of Health Sciences and also reach out and engage our academic partners across the University of Delaware campus, our academic partners in the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance and our partners in the State and Community of Delaware.

Multidisciplinary Team Research Focus Areas

Cardiovascular Diseases

There are several chronic conditions that affect cardiovascular function, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, obesity, stroke and general blood flow problems associate with aging. Our research team develops strategies to address cardiovascular dysfunction through basic, clinical, translational, behavioral and community based research. Using basic research, we address methods to regulate hypertension, cardiovascular control and vascular function. Using behavioral research we study nutrition, methods to address obesity and monitoring of cardiovascular health. Using clinical interventions, we also use exercise physiology and exercise interactions to address cardiovascular health. In the community setting, we focus on psychosocial and environmental risk factors, patient safety and cognitive outcomes. Our group investigators utilize a multidisciplinary approach to help patients maintain good cardiovascular health and to assist with managing patient populations who have chronic cardiovascular disease.

Our team:

  • William Farquhar, PhD – Cardiovascular Physiology and Exercise
  • Rhonda Prisby, PhD – Vascular-bone interactions, vasculargenesis
  • David Edwards, PhD – Cardiovascular Physiology and Exercise
  • Shannon Lennon-Edwards, PhD – Cardiovascular physiology, Aging, Oxidative stress, nutritional intervention and exercise
  • Arun Kumar, PhD – Nanomedicine, nanotoxicity and tissue engineering
  • Meghan Wenner, PhD – Women’s health, menopause and cardiovascular physiology
  • William Rose, PhD – Control of blood pressure and blood flow, mathematical modeling, biomedical signal processing
  • Rae Maser, PhD – Diabetes, neuropathy, obesity and autonomic nervous system function
  • Jennifer Saylor, PhD. MSN – Acute care post cardiothoracic surgery, Interventional cardiology
  • Regina Sims, PhD – Aging and cognitive function in African-Americans, psychosocial predictors of cardiovascular function in African-Americans
  • Greg Dominick, PhD – Health Literacy and Health Promotion, Psychosocial and environmental determinants of physical activity, physical activity in youth
  • Kathy Schell, PhD, MSN – Accuracy of blood pressure measurement, cardiovascular nursing
Neurological Diseases and Stroke

The focus of our group is upon neuro-motor interactions, mobility and physical health. We have some developing technologies being used for Parkinson’s disease that is proving helpful to patient populations. Other areas of interest include neuroendocrinology, biomechanics, muscle function and neuro-cardio function.

Our team:

Orthopedics and Mobility

Researchers at the CHS engaged in orthopedics science focus upon biomechanics, rehabilitation science, musculoskeletal research, movement science, all of which address a broad patient population (children, adults and aging). This group is drawn heavily from the University of Delaware’s outstanding Department of Physical Therapy, which is ranked #2 in the nation for Physical Therapy Departments (U.S. News and World Report). Scientists also benefit through their association with the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, which engages in cutting edge, interdisciplinary approaches toward addressing mobility in patient populations.

Our team:

Women and Children’s Health

The focus of our group is largely upon childhood obesity, cognition and autism, reproductive health, social health of families and aging across the lifespan. We utilize community and statewide collaborations to address issues relevant to women and children, as well as aging. Research strategies used rely strongly on behavioral science, utilizing quantitative and qualitative approaches. The program has strong student engagement. We also strive to have an international, global focus to our work.

Our team:

  • Michael Peterson, EdD – Health promotion, health communications, workplace stress, psychosocial and cultural aspects of health behavior
  • Nancy Getchell, PhD – Autism, neuromotor control in children, physical fitness and health related fitness in pre-school children
  • Nancy Cotugna, PhD – Dietetics education, obesity, diet and cancer prevention
  • Elizabeth Ortega-Smith, PhD – Aging and health, physical activity promotion, psychosocial issues of physical activity
  • Judy Herrman, PhD, RN – Teen pregnancy, sexual behavior, public policy and health
  • Kelebokile (Lebo) Setiloane, PhD – Maternal and child health, global health and nutrition, cultural competency and health disparities
  • Veronica Njie-Carr, PhD – Intimate partner violence, HIV and health disparities
  • Iva Obrusnikova, PhD – Autism, physical activity and social behavior of children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder
  • Gail Wade, PhD – Nursing workforce and education, preconception health, injury prevention
  • Jillian Trabulsi, PhD – Nutrition and growth in healthy children and children with chronic disease, pediatric obesity
  • Veronica Rempusheski, PhD – Aging in place, elder care within the family, dementia, family care-giving
  • Barbara Harrison, PhD, MSN – Geriatrics, fall prevention, health outcomes for patients with dementia or cognitive impairment
  • Marie Kuczmarski, PhD – Nutrition and aging, health disparities
  • Mia Papas, PhD – Dietary intakes and obesity across lifespan, obesity and the built environment, congenital hearing loss
Cancer

The focus of our group is upon behavioral and community based approaches to cancer care, cancer education, as well as advanced cancer diagnostics strategies that help patients identify appropriate options for care. We are largely affiliated with the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and regional cancer advisory committees in the state of Delaware.

Our team:

Education Research

The focus of our group is upon developing innovation models in education. We focus on education research outcomes, diversity programs, problem based learning, simulation education and online learning modules. Our courses focus on health care delivery and workforce development, including nursing, dietetics and nutrition, physical therapy, exercise physiology and medical technology. We are interested in employing innovative models such as simulation research and internet based courses along with hybrid models of education.

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