Research Seminar - Spring 2019

The CHS Research Seminar has been redesigned to more effectively combine the Grantsmanship program and the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program's Professional Seminar. Research Seminar will be held every other Thursday, with some exceptions due to holidays and conferences, beginning on January 31, 2019,  from 3-4 PM in the Charles T. Wethington Building, Room 216.

Fall 2019 Research Seminar Schedule



August 29

Dr. Christina Studts, PhD, LCSW. UK, College of Public Health

September 12

September 26

Dr. Lumy Sawaki Adams, University of Kentucky, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

October 10

Dr. Michael Toth, PhD. University of Vermont

October 24

Dr. Frances Feltner, UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health

November 7

Dr. Brian Noehren, University of Kentucky

November 21Dr. Tom Rando, Stanford University
December 12OPEN

Archived Seminar Schedules

Spring Seminar Schedule

 Faculty seminar,

Student presentations,
4:00-4:30 and

January 31

Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP,

Impact of Gastrostomy on Swallowing-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Their Caregivers

Davis Englund, Role of Muscle Stem Cells during Muscle Growth

Jenny Dorich, Utilization of the Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI) as a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure in Children with Upper Extremity Impairment: A Systematic Review

February 14

Alan Fleischer, MD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Health Services Research: A Personal Journey

Laura Stone, The Effects of Service Delivery Methods on Vocabulary Learning of 2nd Grade Children

Jen Mullins

February 28

Gilson Capilouto, PhD
Investigating Infant Feeding from a Motor Learning Perspective

Reilely Bergin

Jessy Rushing

March 21

Peter Meulenbroek, PhD, CCC-SLP
Using Sociolinguistics to Make Sense of Disordered Conversation

Alexa Johnson

Katie Goldey

April 4

Anne Olson, PhD, CCC/A
Delphi Review:  Perceptions about New and Emerging Devices for Hearing Loss from Audiologists in the United Kingdom

Joshua Van Wyngaarden, Predictor of Chronic Pain After Lower Extremity Trauma

Shelby Baez, Injury-Related Fear after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

April 18

With Gilson Capilouto, PhD
Undergraduate Research Blitz Competition - Championship Round

Afnan Gmmash

Mohammed Al Harbi

May 2No seminar

Kirby Mayer, Muscular dysfunction and functional outcomes in survivors of critical illness

Cheryl Carrico

Fall 2018 Seminar Schedule

DatePresenter and Event
September 6Nancy Harrington, PhD
UK College of Communication and Information
"Health Communication Research"
September 20 & 21No seminar.
Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN)
UK's Bill Gatton Student Center.
October 4John Abt, PhD, ATC, FACSM
"Human Performance of our Military Elite: From Lab to Land"
October 18Rachel Graham, DrPH
"Multi-Sector Collaboration to Address the Social Determinants of Health: Evolution and Future Directions"
November 1Research Seminar: From Western Kentucky University’s Communication Science & Disorders Department
Brian Weiler, PhD, CCC-SLP
“Investigations of Child Language Disorders”
Richard Dressler PhD, CCC-SLP
“Use of Body Camera to Assess Executive Function”
November 15Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FACRM
Chair and Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Pittsburgh
"Closing the Gap: Designing Interventions for People with Cognitive Impairments"
December 6Geetanjali Gera, PhD, PT
"Functional Reorganization of Movements in Neurologically Impaired Individuals"
DateTimeSpeaker and Title
August 313:00-4:00 PMTravis Thomas, PhD, RD, CSSD, LD, FAND
The Contribution of Vitamin D to Muscle Metabolic
Function in Cancer Cachexia
September 143:00-4:00 PMEsther Dupont-Versteegden, PhD
Massage as a novel intervention for muscle atrophy
September 283:00-4:00 PMMargie Olds, MHSc, BPHty
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
October 123:00-4:00 PMSlot Open for Presentation
October 263:00-4:00 PMBabak Bazrgari, PhD
College of Engineering
November 93:00-4:00 PMBrandi White, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences
November 303:00-4:00 PMTimothy M. Griffin, PhD
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Spring 2017 Seminar Schedule

DatePresenter and Event
January 12Patrick Kitzman, PhD, Associate Dean for Research
January 26Geetanjali Gera, PT, PhD, PT Faculty Candidate
Oregon Health & Science University
February 9Timothy Butterfield, PhD, ATC
Architectural determinants for damage and adaptation in skeletal muscle
February 23Selina Parry, PhD, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Understanding and mitigating the burden of post-ICU morbidity
March 9Paul Klein, RHB Doctoral Program Student 
Establishing Post-Rehabilitative Recovery & Identifying Clinical
Predictors of Improved Gait Mechanics After TKA
Caitlin Whale, MS, LAT, ATC, RHB Doctoral Program Student
Lower VR-12 Mental Component Scores Are Associated with Lower
Return-to-Work Rates After Patellofemoral Autologous
Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)
March 30CCTS Spring Conference and College of Health Sciences Research Day
April 13Laura Stone, MS, CCC-SLP, RHB Doctoral Program Student
Speech-Language Pathologists' and Classroom Teachers'
Attitudes and Beliefs about Collaboration in the Classroom:
A Phenomenological Study
Ryan McCann, MSEd, ATC, CSCS, RHB Doctoral Program Student
Prediction of Recurrent Ankle Sprains in Athletes
April 27Nate Johnson, PT, DPT, PhD
Are Exercise-Induced Improvements in Cognitive and Motor Performance
the Result of Distinct Properties of Network Connectivity? 
Jane Kleinert, PhD
Improving Communication Outcomes for Students with
Significant Disabilities

Fall 2016-Research Seminar on hiatus

Spring 2016 Schedule

January 28, 2016
Phillip Gribble, PhD (Athletic Training)

Effects of Aging and Ankle Injury on Postural Control and White Matter Microstructure


February 25, 2016
John Abt, PhD (Athletic Training)

Human Factors Model to Reduce Occupational Injuries in Health Care Workers


March 24, 2016
Nate Johnson, PT, DPT, PhD (Physical Therapy)


April 21, 2016
CCTS/CHS Research Day
Personalized Health

May 5, 2016
Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, FACSM (Physical Therapy)

Developing New Interventions between ACL Reconstruction and Total Knee Replacement


May 12, 2016
Travis Thomas, PhD, RD, CSSD (Clinical Nutrition)

Vitamin D Contribution to Muscle Metabolic Function in Cancer Cachexia