WCHHS research featured at first-ever Interprofessional Symposium and Expo

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The Waldron College of Health and Human Services (WCHHS) community will convene for its first-ever Interprofessional Symposium and Expo (IPS&E) on Thursday, April 17, in Heth Hall.

The day-long celebration of original research by the WCHHS faculty and students will feature a Spotlight Presentation by Virginia Weisz, assistant professor of nursing, and Diane Hodge, professor of social work. There will be 18 oral presentations and 78 poster presentations. Keynoted by Radford University Provost Sam Minner,  the IPS&E is free and open to the campus community and public.

"We are excited to showcase the exceptional interprofessional research and scholarly work among our college's faculty and students as well as that from across the university," said WCHHS Dean Ken Cox.

Weisz and Hodge will be joined by four students - Christina Gardner, Josh Meyer, Delaney Mills and Abby Pawelczyk - for the Spotlight Presentation, titled "Major acute and chronic health problems, perceived helpfulness of treatments and choice of regular health care providers in Virginia chiropractic patients:  Differences in rural versus urban settings" at 2:30 p.m. in Heth 014.

The IPS&E schedule is as follows:

7:30 a.m.    Registration and Continental Breakfast, Heth Lobby and Heth 014

9 a.m.         Welcome, Heth 014

9:10 a.m.    Keynote Address, Heth 014

9:30 a.m.    Poster Presentations and Expo, Heth 043, 044 and 045

10:45 a.m.  Oral Presentations Heth 022, and 016

Educational Initiatives

  • Patricia Sullivan, assistant professor of nursing: "Kaplan Learning Integrated Course (KLIC): From at-risk to the at-large student cohort."
  • Erin Cruise, instructor of nursing: "The relationship of education, years of experience and school nursing practice experience."
  • Rana Duncan-Daston, associate professor of social work; Susan Schoppelrey, associate professor of social work, and Molly Hunter-Sloan: "Faculty and student perceptions of social media in social work education."
  • Alice King Ingram: "Increasing student out-of-class preparation and in-class collaboration using team-based learning."
  • Elizabeth Lanter, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, and Annu Kuriakose, "Promoting professional growth for speech-language pathologists: the effects of three continuing
  • education workshops."

Evidence to Practice

  • Raymond Linville, professor of communication sciences and disorders:  "Speech and motor control: a new synthesis."
  • Emmanual John, associate professor of physical therapy; Christopher Frames, Rahul Soangra and Robert Gregory: "Perceptions of motor effort is not dependent on muscle mass or extremity."
  • Lauren Flora, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders; Ashley Light and Emma Lutz: "Investigation of iPad-compatible hearing test app and its influence on hearing health management behaviors."
  • Anthony Ramsey, assistant professor of nursing: "Living with migraine headache: a phenomenological study of women's experiences."
  • Marjorie Young:  "Drawing nurses into research: integrating evidence into practice."

1:15 p.m.   Poster Presentations and Expo, Heth 043, 044 and 045
2:30 p.m.   Spotlight Presentation Heth 014
3:15 p.m.   Oral Presentations Heth 022 and 016

Mental Health Concerns

  • Victoria Bierman, assistant professor of nursing:  "Examining tobacco cessation among healthcare providers using the theory of planned behavior."
  • Kacie Grunau, "Schizophrenia: a nursing perspective."
    Philip Morgan, Mass violence in schools: Explaining rampage school shootings through grounded theory development."
  • Sarah Smidl, assistant professor of occupational therapy, Douglas Mitchell, Lauren Flynn, Caitlin Reid and Sarah Walter: "Digging it! The Recovery Garden Project for adults with mental illness."

Complementary and Alternative Practices

  • Ellen Birx, professor of nursing:  "Meditation and health care."
  • Corey Herd-Cassidy, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders; Jaclyn Garrish, Jillian Ramsey, Michelle Walker, Lauren Lawson, and Benjamin Shelburn: "The integration of music and speech-language-pathology in early childhood intervention."
  • Kerry Vandergrift, assistant professor of social work, and Emily Piercy: "The school of social work perspective on English Language learners."
  • Weisz: "Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the treatment of health problems in rural Appalachian residents."

4:45 p.m.    Closing remarks, Heth 014

Corey Cassidy, associate dean of the WCHHS and chair of the 12-person committee that planned the event, said the topics span the full programmatic spectrum of the WCHHS and the globe.

"This is an opportunity to present and learn about new and unfolding scholarship, share programs that have been implemented and collaborate across disciplines," she said. "The presentations highlight how effectively faculty integrates scholarship into their vital commitment to teaching and service at RU."

Apr 9, 2014