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Institute Members

 

R. Curtis Bay, PhD

professor, interdisciplinary health sciences, ATSU-ASHS

 



 

Research Interests:

  • Relationship between patients’ illness epistemology and their subjective and objective responses to therapeutic interventions
  • Application of structural equation modeling to medical research

 


 

Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC

associate professor human movement program,interdisciplinary health sciences, ATSU-ASHS

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • R ole of the sensorimotor system in maintaining functional joint stability at the shoulder. Her research interests include dynamic restraint of the shoulder, examining shoulder adaptations and injuries as a result of overhead activities in youth, upper extremity muscle activation during rehabilitation exercises
  • Collaborative work examining clinical outcomes in adolescent and overhead athletes

 


 

Roger Cooper, DDS, PhD, MEd

director, periodontics, ATSU-ASDOH

 

 

 

 

Center(s): Oral Health Studies

Research Interests:

  • To be added

 


 

Brian Degenhardt, DO

director, ATSRI; assistant vice president, osteopathic research, ATSU;
director, DO-Touch.NET PBRN, endowed chair, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation
 

 

Center(s): Advancement of Osteopathic Research Methodologies, Research of Osteopathic Manual Medicine Education, AND Center for Community Health Research

Research Interests:

  • Characterization and standardization of palpation
  • Simultaneously evaluate the effectiveness and safety of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) using data collected from patients receiving OMT and clinicians in the clinical setting
  • Identify patient and physician characteristics which can be used to determine how well or poorly a patient will respond to OMT
  • Compare the effectiveness of OMT to other conventional and alternative forms of treatment

 


 

Geoffroey-Allen Franklin, MBA

data manager, ATSU-ATSRI


 

 

Center(s): CCHR, COHR, CORM/CROMME

Research Interests:

  • finding more efficient ways to assist researchers in gathering, processing, preserving and disseminating their data

 


 

Jeremy Houser, PhD

associate professor, anatomy ,ATSU-KCOM

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Neural control mechanisms for posture and locomotion
  • Differentiating subgroups with chronic low back pain
  • Detecting slow rhythmic cranial motion
  • Assessing somatosensory acuity and perception
  • Anatomical variation and asymmetry

 


 

Scott Howell, DMD, MPH

assistant professor, interprofessional education, ATSU-ASDOH

 

 

 

Center(s): Oral Health Studies

Research Interests:

  • dental public health and eliminating barriers to care
  • interprofessional practice and education; patient outcomes, student perceptions, and provider utilization

 


 

Jane Johnson, MA

research assistant professor and associate director DO-Touch.NET,  ATSRI, ATSU

 

 

research Interests:

  • Simultaneously evaluate the effectiveness and safety of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) using data collected from patients receiving OMT and clinicians in the clinical setting
  • Identify patient and physician characteristics which can be used to determine how well or poorly a patient will respond to OMT
  • Compare the effectiveness of OMT to other conventional and alternative forms of treatment

 


 

Kenneth Lam, ScD, ATC

assistant professor of clinical research, interdisciplinary health sciences, ATSU-ASHS

 

 

Research Interests:

Director of Clinical Informatics for the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (AT-PBRN).

  • Completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within the Center of Clinical Outcomes Studies at ATSU with a focus on patient-oriented outcomes research. 
  • Current line of research seeks to understand the overall impact of sport-related lower extremity injuries on patient-oriented outcomes such as health-related quality of life.

 

 


 

Joan Leafman, PhD

associate professor, doctor of health sciences program, ATSU-CGHS

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Use of Telemedicine for effective patient education and education
  • Application of the Community of Inquiry model (CoI) as a framework for Telemedicine human factors
  • Use of Telemedicine for increasing access to quality healthcare and improved health outcomes for the medically underserved

 


 

Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP

professor, medicine and public health chair, department of public health director, DO/MPH program, ATSU-SOMA, and director, ATSU SOMA PBRN

 

Center(s): Center for Community Health Research

Research Interests:

  • stablished and directs the ATSU SOMA Practice Based Research Network (PBRN)
  • community based applied research in her areas of interest including the social determinants of health, health literacy, patient safety and preventive medicine.
 

 

Jim Lynskey, PT, PhD

associate professor, physical therapy, ATSU-ASHS 

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Promoting and understanding recovery and neuroplasticity after traumatic injuries in the central nervous system

 


 

Kathleen Mathieson, PhD, CIP

associate professor, doctor of health sciences program, ATSU-CGHS

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Factors influencing effectiveness and student perceptions of distance education, particularly for research and statistics curriculum.
  • Patient perceptions of telemedicine and use of telemedicine and mobile applications for patient health education.

 


 

Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD

associate professor, physical therapy, ATSU-ASHS

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Interaction of attention and movement control in rehabilitation, using dual- and multi-tasking paradigms in adults with neurological injury and disease

 


 

Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

professor and director, athletic training, and director, athletic training PBRN, ATSU-ASHS

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network
  • Investigating the short- and long-term effects of pediatric sports concussion as well as recovery following concussion on traditional concussion assessments and health-related quality of life.
  • Concussion educational interventions and collaborative practice among healthcare providers and school personnel.

 


 

Ammar Musawi, MDS

associate professor, restorative dentistry, ATSU-MOSDOH

 

 

Center(s): Oral Health Studies

Research Interests: To be added

 


 

Ken Pamperin, MS

model prototype coordinator, ATSRI, ATSU

 

 

 

Center(s): Advancement of Osteopathic Research Methodologies and Research of Osteopathic Manual Medicine Education

Research Interests:

  • observing and analyzing palpatory model performance of medical students
  • developing more realistic palpatory models for training palpation
 

 

Jae Hyun Park, DMD, PhD, MSD, MS

program director, post-graduate orthodontic program, ATSU-ASDOH

 

 

 

Center(s): Oral Health Studies

Research Interests:

  • The use of cone-beam technology and three-dimensional imaging
  • Various clinical approaches for impacted canines
  • Temporary skeletal anchorage devices
  • Periodontal tissue studies during orthodontic movement in rats
  • Various applications of clear aligners

 


 

Seena Patel, DMD, MPH

associate director, oral medicine, dental care west, ATSU-ASDOH

 

 

 

Center(s): Oral Health Studies

Research Interests:

  • Oral manifestations of systemic disease
  • Oral complications of cancer treatment
  • Management of autoimmune disorders affecting the oral cavity
  • Image-guided injection techniques for various orofacial pain disorders using ultrasound. 
  • Low-level laser therapy for the treatment of refractory erosive lichen planus. 
  • Long-term side effects of wearing a mandibular advancement device for the management of obstructive sleep apnea

 


 

Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA

associate dean, post graduate education & director of the advanced care clinic and special care, ATSU-ASDOH

 

 

Center(s): Oral Health Studies

Research Interests:

  • oral health-related quality of life in people with developmental disabilities

 


 

Priscilla L. Phillips, PhD

assistant professor, microbiology and immunology, ATSU-KCOM

 

 

 

Center(s): Oral Health Studies

Research Interests:

  • Investigating the contribution of Porphyromonas gingivalis colonization on pregnancy outcome and identifying the underlaying mechanisms that differentiate microbial strains that lead to oral disease from strains that lead to placentation dysregulation.
  • Identifying and characterizing regulatory small non-coding RNAs (sRNA) expressed in Porphyromonas gingivalisand investigating their potential contribution to this organism’s pathogenesis in both oral and systemic disease

 


 

Neil Sargentini, PhD

professor and chair, microbiology and immunology, ATSU-KCOM

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Identification and characterization of new genes important to DNA repair and mutagenesis following UV or X-irradiation of the bacterium Escherichia coli. Our studies' long term goal is to improve the molecular basis of cancer in humans. 
  • Continuing work on the E. coli radA gene to determine its role in DNA repair.
  • Surveying ticks in Northeast Missouri for human pathogens to improve understanding of the health risks of outdoor activities in this locale. 
  • Studying the radiobiology of E. coli cells that survive the presence of high levels of antibiotic without being genetically resistant (i.e., persisters).

 


 

Marc Shlossman, DDS, MS

assistant professor, ATSU-ASDOH

 

 

 

Center(s):Oral Health Studies

Research Interests:

  • Periodontal/peri-implant disease treatment utilizing new technologies
  • Microbial characterization of periodontal/peri-implant disease

 


 

Vineet Singh, PhD

professor, microbiology and immunology, ATSU-KCOM

 

 

 

 

Center(s): Oral Health Studies

Research Interests:

  • Understand the molecular basis of Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity
  • Investigate global changes in staphylococcal gene expression in response to stress conditions and identifying regulatory networks that aid in the process of infection and antibiotic tolerance with the aim of identifying novel chemotherapeutic agents

 


 

Eric Snider, DO

associate professor and chair, department of osteopathic manipulative medicine, ATSU-KCOM

 

 

 

Center(s): Advancement of Osteopathic Research Methodologies and Research of Osteopathic Manual Medicine Education 

Research Interests:

  • Characterization and standardization of palpation

 


 

Karen T. Snider, DO, C-NMM/OMM

 professor, osteopathic manipulative medicine; and assistant dean osteopathic principles and practice integration , ATSU-KCOM

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Efficacy of osteopathic medicine
  • Osteopathic medicine education

 


Ann Spolarich, RDH, PhD

professor and director of research, ATSU-ASDOH

 

 

 

Center(s): Oral Health Studies

Research Interests:

  • pharmacology (drug testing, clinical trials, oral adverse events of medication use)
  • general/oral health considerations for geriatric patients
  • interprofessional care delivery

 


 

Zane Starks, MS

instrumentation specialist, ATSRI, ATSU

 

 

 

 

Center(s): Advancement of Osteopathic Research Methodologies

Research Interests:

  • Rasterstereographic postural imaging
  • Neuromuscular function and fatigue

 

Alison Valier, PhD, ATC

associate professor, interdisciplinary health sciences, ATSU-ASHS and assistant director research support, ATSU

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Measuring the outcomes of various athletic training interventions as well as well as evaluating HRQOL of high school and college athletes who suffer sport-related injury.
  • Use and development of patient-based outcomes instruments for the purpose of outcomes assessment and measuring the end result of healthcare services. 

 

Cailee Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC

assistant professor athletic training program, interdisciplinary health sciences, ATSU-ASHS

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Capturing the concussed patient perspective for improving outcomes of patient care
  • Athletic training educational outcomes.