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Faculty Department Chairs

Athletic Training
Eric Sauers
, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS
Dr. Eric Sauers is a tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the A. T. Still University (ATSU) Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS). Dr. Sauers received his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University and his master of science degree in sports health care from ATSU. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine at Oregon State University (OSU).

As the founding chair of the department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Dr. Sauers planned and implemented the online Human Movement program and the online Doctor of Health Sciences program, which he currently oversees, in addition to overseeing the Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training, the Human Anatomy Division, and the Biostatistics and Clinical Research Division. Dr. Sauers served as the Director of the Athletic Training Program from 2000 to 2009. His primary research interests are related to the assessment of clinical outcomes and health-related quality of life in athletes following musculoskeletal injury, the examination and rehabilitation of the athletic shoulder and post-professional athletic training education.

Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, and national presentations related to his research. He is the President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and Vice President of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Dr. Sauers is the Associate Editor for Clinical Outcomes for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Post-Professional Education Committee and as a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee. Dr. Sauers received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and was recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA.
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Tabitha Parent Buck
, Au.D.
Dr. Buck was appointed as chair of the Department of Audiology in July 1999 and holds an associate professorship in the department. Dr. Parent-Buck obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in audiology from Purdue University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She has practiced in a variety of clinical settings and has worked as a sales representative and trainer in the hearing aid industry for AVR Sonovation. She provided academic and clinical instruction as assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico, where she was recognized for teaching excellence. Dr. Parent-Buck has published in the areas of hearing aid technology and otoacoustic emissions. She has conducted numerous presentations on the Au.D. movement, otoacoustic emissions, pharmacology for audiologists, the use of web-based educational tools, and the use frequency compression as an alternative to wasted amplification.
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Occupational Therapy
Bernadette Mineo,
Ph.D., OTR/L,
Dr. Mineo has been an ATSU faculty member since 2005.  She has extensive clinical experience in the area of pediatrics and developmental disabilities.  She teaches in the area of professional development and the Capstone Project for the AMOT Program.  Dr. Mineo received her PhD in Media Ecology from the Department of Culture and Communications from New York University School of Education.  She received her Masters in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, and a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University.  She is currently a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association Professional Program Directors Educational Council.  Her research interests are in the area of teaching, on-line education, and positive psychology.
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Physician Assistant
Albert Simon,
Dr. Simon is a PA graduate of the Alderson Broaddus PA program in West Virginia. Prior to ATSU, he served as chair of the St. Francis University PA Program in Pennsylvania. His clinical practice experience includes internal medicine and occupational medicine. In addition to administrative duties, he teaches in the History and Physical Examination sequence. .
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Physical Therapy
Jim Farris
, PT, PhD
Dr. Farris is the Department Chair and Associate Professor. His Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, 1987 and Master’s degree in Exercise Science, 1989 were received from California State University, Fresno; Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, 1999 at Arkansas State University. His doctoral degree was conferred by The Ohio State University 1995 where his studies focused on exercise physiology and nutrition. Dr. Farris joined the ATSU faculty in 2009 and is now in his 19th year of physical therapy teaching. His research interests are in cardiovascular disease prevention and human performance. His current scholarship efforts are aimed at childhood obesity and prevention of the related cardiovascular disease risk factors, submaximal aerobic fitness testing in children, and the screening/management of DVTs/VTEs. He also has interests in nutrition for optimal health and performance and he has written a chapter on “meal timing” in a sport nutrition book. His home is in the West where outdoor activity and sunshine is abundant. He currently teaches special topics within courses in the DPT program (cardiopulmonary, physiology, pharmacology, research, and prevention and wellness) and assists in lab classes for physical agents.
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