The School of Health Sciences strives to foster a rich intellectual environment where great research thrives. Our faculty actively conduct and collaborate on research, engaging students wherever possible.

Our faculty research focuses on a large range of topics intended to promote excellent and ethical clinical interventions, improve the quality of life of people from diverse populations, enhance the effectiveness of service delivery and advance the education provided at SHS and cover projects on limb loss, bullying, earth-centered occupations, Huntington's, transitions through the life span, and sports therapy for children with autism, among others.

Research topics include:

Clinical interventions

Yocheved Bensinger-Brody, PT, PhD, PCS is studying the relationship between attention and coordination of gait in Developmental Coordination Disorder.
Frances Corio, PT, PhD, OCS and Robert Troiano, PT, DPT, CHT are looking at effective interventions for treating individuals with amputations.
Giuliana Losapio, PsyD is examining parent perceptions of treatment methods for ADHD.
Susan A. Taddonio, MA, PT, DPT is analyzing the benefits of hippotherapy for children with cerebral palsy, autism, and gross motor dysfunction.
Chad Woodward, PT, DPT, ABD, OCS, CSCS is focusing on the effects of varying athletic protocols in recreational and professional athletes.

Quality of life

Stephanie Dapice Wong, DPT, PT, OTR, CAPS analyzes the impact of an earth-centered intergenerational, community-based program on the participants - elderly, children and OT students.
Frank L. Gardner, PhD examines mindfulness in athletes.
Meira L. Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is studying the experiences and perceptions of individuals who receive disability funding through consumer-directed funding.

Effectiveness of service delivery

Beth Chiariello, PhD, OTR/L is looking at volunteer leadership among health care professionals.
Tara Casimano, PhD, OT/L is examining employment trends in occupational therapy.

Advancing education

Jill Horbacewicz, PT, PhD studies the core values of physical therapists and physical therapy students.
Tara Collins, MHS, OTR/L is looking at predictors of fieldwork success.
Isabella Reichel, Ed.D., CCC-SLP examines the effects of fluency disorders coursework on students’ stuttering attitudes and different intervention approach for fluency disorders

Disability and impairment

Rivka Molinsky, PhD, OTR/L is looking at the cultural impact on behavior risk factors for type II diabetes.
Irina Vaynshteyn, Ph.D., CCC-SLP examines second language learning and formulaic language acquisition in children and adults.

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