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Gerard Alvarez, PT, DO
collaborating research scholar
COME Spain National Center

Dr. Alvarez's research interests include:

  • Improving quality, processes and effectiveness of osteopathic research
  • Objectifying sacral movement characteristics
  • Sacral examination as part of osteopathic palpation

 


Cailee Bacon, PhD, ATC
assistant professor athletic training program, interdisciplinary health sciences
ATSU-ASHS
Dr. Bacon’s research interests include:

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

 


R. Curtis Bay, PhD
professor, interdisciplinary health sciences
ATSU-ASHS
Dr. Bay’s research interests include: 

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

 


Kellie Bliven, PhD, ATC
associate professor human movement program, interdisciplinary health sciences
ATSU-ASHS
Dr. Bliven’s research interests include:

  • Role of the sensorimotor system in maintaining functional joint stability at the shoulder
  • 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
director, periodontics
ATSU-ASDOH
Dr. Cooper is involved with the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR). 

 


Joan Davis, MS, PhD
director, research, special projects, & initiatives
ATSU-MOSDOH
Dr. Davis is the Co-Director for the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).  Her research interests include:

  • Behaviorally-based tobacco dependence/cessation education with a focus on faculty development  
  • Clinical use of computer assisted decision support systems (CDSS) to support health behavior change using electronic medical records
  • Capturing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of a research question using qualitative research methods
  • International research and educational activities

 


Brian Degenhardt, DO
director, ATSRI; assistant vice president, osteopathic research;
director, DO-Touch.NET PBRN; endowed chair, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation
ATSU-ATSRI
Dr. Degenhardt is the Co-Director for the Center for Research in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  His research interests include: 

  • 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 (Geof), MBA
data manager
ATSU-ATSRI
Geof’s research interests include: 

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

 


Jeremy Houser, PhD
associate professor, anatomy
ATSU-KCOM
Dr. Houser’s research interests include: 

  • 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
Dr. Howell is involved in the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).  His research interests include: 

  • 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; associate director, DO-Touch.NET PBRN
ATSU-ATSRI
Jane’s research interests include: 

  • Simultaneously evaluating 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
Kenneth’s research interests include: 

  • Patient-oriented outcomes 
  • Understanding 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
Dr. Leafman’s research interests include: 

  • 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 Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP
professor, medicine and public health; chair, department of public health; director, DO/MPH program; director, ATSU-SOMA PBRN
ATSU-SOMA
Dr. Lewis is the director for the National Center for Community Health Research.  Her research interests include: 

  • Social determinants of health
  • Health literacy
  • Patient safety
  • Preventive medicine.

 


Jim Lynskey, PhD, PT
associate professor, physical therapy
ATSU-ASHS
Dr. Lynskey’s research interests include: 

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

 


Inder Makin, MD, PhD
associate professor, basic medical science
ATSU-SOMA
Dr. Makin is involved in the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).

 


Kathleen Mathieson, PhD, CIP
associate professor, doctor of health sciences program
ATSU-CGHS
Dr. Mathieson’s research interests include: 

  • 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

 


Lise McCoy, EdD
assistant professor; director, technology enhanced active learning; associate director, faculty development
ASTU-SOMA
Dr. McCoy’s research interests include:   

  • Innovation projects for medical education
  • Community-oriented primary care
  • Contemporary teaching and learning concepts
  • Strategies for inquiry

 


Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD
associate professor, physical therapy
ATSU-ASHS
Dr. McIsaac’s research interests include: 

  • 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
professor; director, athletic training; director, athletic training PBRN
ATSU-ASHS
Dr. McLeod’s research interests include:

  • 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

 


J. Michael Menke, DC, PhD
associate director
ATSU-ATSRI
Dr. Menke coordinates the Research Nexus program.  His research interests include: 

  • Bayesian comparative effectiveness
  • Cancer biomarkers
  • Management of chronic low back pain
  • Traumatic brain injury

 


Ammar Musawi, BDS, MDS
associate professor, restorative dentistry
ATSU-MOSDOH
Ammar is involved in the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR). 

 


Jae Hyun Park, DMD, PhD, MSD, MS
program director, post-graduate orthodontic program
ATSU-ASDOH
Dr. Park is involved in the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).  His research interests include: 

  • 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
Dr. Patel is involved in the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).  Her research interests include: 

  • 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

 


Kim Perry, DDS, MSCS
associate vice president, strategic partnerships
ATSU
Dr. Perry is involved in the National Center for Community Health Research. 

 


Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA
associate dean, post graduate education; director, advanced care clinic and special care
ATSU-ASDOH
Dr. Perry is involved in the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).  Her research interests include: 

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

 


Priscilla Phillips, PhD
assistant professor, microbiology and immunology
ATSU-KCOM
Dr. Phillips is involved in the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).  Her research interests include: 

  • 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

 


James Roush, PhD, PT, ATC, ATL
professor, physical therapy
ATSU-ASHS
Dr. Roush’s research interests include: 

  • Biomechanics
  • Outcome measures for Physical Therapy Interventions
  • Effectiveness of ACL Preventions Programs

 


Debosree Roy, PhD
postdoctoral research fellow
ATSU-ATSRI
Dr. Roy's research interests include:

  • Health services and outcomes using large databases
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Preventive medicine

 


Marc Shlossman, DDS, MS
assistant professor
ATSU-ASDOH
Dr. Shlossman is involved in the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).  His research interests include: 

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

 


Vineet Singh, PhD
professor, microbiology and immunology
ATSU-KCOM
Dr. Singh is involved in the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).  His research interests include: 

  • Understanding the molecular basis of Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity
  • Investigating 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
Dr. Snider is the Co-Director for the Center for Research in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  His research interests include: 

  • Characterization and standardization of palpation

 


Karen Snider, DO, C-NMM/OMM
professor, osteopathic manipulative medicine; assistant dean osteopathic principles and practice integration
ATSU-KCOM
Dr. Snider’s research interests include:

  • Efficacy of osteopathic medicine
  • Osteopathic medicine education

 


Ann Spolarich, RDH, PhD
professor; director of research
ATSU-ASDOH
Dr. Spolarich is the Co-Director for the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR).  Her research interests include: 

  • 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
ATSU-ATSRI
Zane is involved in the Center for Research in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  His research interests include: 

  • Rasterstereographic postural imaging
  • Neuromuscular function and fatigue

 


Alison Valier, PhD, ATC
associate professor, interdisciplinary health sciences; assistant director
ATSU-ASHS; ATSU Research Support Department
Dr. Valier’s research interests include: 

  • 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. 

 


Kate Whelihan, MPH
instructor, public health
ATSU-SOMA
Kate is involved in the National Center for Community Health Research.

 


Earla White, PhD, MEd
director, community oriented primary care; associate professor, public health
ATSU-SOMA
Dr. White is involved in the National Center for Community Health Research.  Her research interests include:

  • Community oriented primary care
  • Health systems science to include systems thinking, leadership, health literacy, social determinants of health, and population health