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Catherine Bacon, clinical professor, college of health solutions

What I do

Interests
Early intervention; assessment in naturalistic settings; early childhood speech-language development and intervention.  

 

 

 

Carol Baldwin, center director and associate professor, center for world health and promotion in the college of nursing and health innovation and the college of health solutions

What I do
I have worked with colleagues from the Harvard Medical School, Division of Sleep Medicine, the University of Guanajuato, Leon, Health Sciences Division, and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization to develop a Spanish-language sleep training session for promotores (lay health workers). In tandem with this, I have developed a training program for health providers relevant to leading sleep disorders and sleep health promotion techniques. I have done several training sessions with providers in Mexico who are receiving certification as diabetes educators and it has been quite successful. Soon, I will be doing this training for the general public (with pre- and post-testing of learning) for the ASU OLLI program. This training is now in English, Spanish and Portuguese. My future goals are to develop an evidence-based sleep ′train the trainer′ program and a sleep self-management program.

Interests
The ability to translate concepts from scientific to general knowledge, knowledge of different levels of learnings, skills building, making learning visually interesting, e-learning interactive skills, ability to appreciate art as science and science as art, desire to improve and promote health in communities across the lifespan. Fluency in a language other than English would be a plus.

Matthew Buman, assistant professor, college of health solutions

What I do
I am interested in the dynamic interplay of sleep, sedentary behavior, and physical activity, and how collectively these behaviors can be harnessed for chronic disease prevention. My work focuses on meauring these behaviors within the 24 hour context in free-living conditions. My work spans the population and is in both clinical and non-clinical populations. I also intervene on these behaviors primarily using mHealth tehcnologies.

Interests
I am interested in working with individuals who have expertise in tehcnology product design, wearable devices, and design thinking within clinical locales. I look forward to being exposed to new areas of expertise that I am not currently aware of that would complement my work.  

David Coon, associate vice provost and professor, college of nursing and health innovation and college of health solutions

What I do
The design, implementation and evaluation of interventions to reduce stress and enhance coping of diverse groups midlife and older adults facing chronic illness (e.g., Alzheimer′s, cancer, HIV and depression) and the family/informal caregivers who assist them. Interests range from the individual to organizational to community and policy levels.

Interests
Collaborators interested in working with diverse aging populations facing chronic illness to infuse art, music, media and design to reduce distress and enhance quality of life. For example, I have pilot data on improvisation project with family caregivers of people with dementia.  

Olga Davis, associate professor, college of liberal arts

What I do
I am interested in the intersection between medicine and health; communication and storytelling; health literacy and community engagement through creative ways of knowing. Specializations: Culture, Identity, Patient-provider Communication, Narrative, narrative medicine, Community-based participatory research (CBPR), Health disparities, health equity, Health literacy, community engagement. Potential Projects: Mayo BMT/Storytelling Project.

Interests
Interest in culture, communication and advancing health locally and globally, as well as advancing the health of underserved communities.  

Alison Essary, director of student affairs and clinical associate professor, school for the science of health care delivery in the college of health solutions

What I do
Primary care and prevention strategies, health services research, and the provision of accessible, high-quality, patient-centered health care

Interests
Statisticians.

 

 

Bronwynne Evans, director and professor, phd program in the college of nursing and health innovation

What I do
Caregiving of older persons in Mexican American families, issues of person-environment fit (especially older persons and supportive prosthetic environments), use of storytelling as a research and intervention tool, teaching nursing concepts using literature from the humanities/cross-disciplinary literature.

Interests
The world of nursing is very narrow and I have always done interdisciplinary work to expand my horizons. I am open to any creative involvement where nursing can help inform other disciplines and their way of being in the world, and vice versa; my experience is that this is always a fruitful and fulfilling endeavor.  

Karen Gregory-Mercado, lecturer, college of health solutions

What I do
My background is in Nutrition, Public Health and Health Coaching. In my role, I have been working on proposing enhancements to our Healthy Lifestyles Coaching curriculum. As a health educator and coach I am interested in finding ways in which coaches can help coachees to find ″what is alive in them.&Prime In wellness coaching we use psychological theories and constructs to understand human behavior and use a language that helps coachees to enrich their well-being. .

Interests
In wellness coaching clients are guided to define a vision and purpose. Wellness coaching helps coachees to explore and live out the unique expression of themselves. Integrative and holistic approaches have become more popular and are frequently used to improve health and wellness. Techniques like yoga, tai-chi, breathing and meditation are frequently use to help in reducing stress and in creating mindfulness. It makes sense to explore how our curriculum could incorporate methodologies that train students to know and learn how creative venues can assist coachees in improving their wellness and mindfulness. I will be happy to explore!.  

Susan Harrell, clinical assistant professor, college of nursing and health innovation

What I do
I have been a psychiatric nurse for more than 20 years and faculty at Arizona State University for both the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs since 2007. As a practicing Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) I currently provide community mental health care for the seriously mentally ill psychiatric population in an interdisciplinary setting. My interests include Motivational Interviewing, Interprofessional Practice, and Homelessness. I am the program director for Student Health Outreach for Wellness (S.H.O.W.) the tri university, student run, integrated primary health clinic as well as a student and faculty advisor for S.H.O.W.  

Interests
S.H.O.W. has a faculty advisor board that meets regularly to help develop, plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of the program. We are always looking for faculty who share interests in IPE/IPP, student mentorship and leadership and health care delivery to the underserved.  

Eric hekler, assistant professor, college of health solutions

What I do
I'm interested in designing and evaluating safe, usable, and potent behavior change technologies (e.g., smartphone apps to promote behavior change). Key to this is the development of the technology (e.g., smartphone app, home sensor, SMS intervention) so that it fits into a person's daily life and can be highly individualized to a person's ever-changing needs (including the acknowledgment that they they likely do NOT want to have an behavior change technology helping them all of the time). My skills revolve around achieving those interests and thus include: behavioral science/behavioral theory, behavioral science experimental designs, user-centered design, rapid iterative prototyping, & dynamical systems modeling to build mathematical models for determining when, where, and how to intervene.

Interests
I'm really interested in working with anyone interested in anyone that can further support the effective design of potent real-world behavior change interventions. As part of this, I'm particularly in the need of a collaborator interested in user-centered design for graphic design and also possibly industrial design skills.  

Steven Hooker, associate dean of research and professor, college of health solutions in the exercise science and health promotion

What I do
Promoting healthy lifestyles to midlife and older men; physical activity and aging; pysical activity and the built environment

Interests
Someone with an interest in helping men to overcome traditional masculine identity and other issues, and identifying preferable approaches to enhancing and sustaining men′s health and health seeking behaviors; someone with an interest in doing the above focused on Mexican American men; someone with expertise in sensor technology.  

Carol Johnston, associate professor, herberger institute for design and the arts- school of film, dance and theatre

What I do
Vitamin C metabolism, diabetic diets, obesity, and vegetarian nutrition. Specific topics include the role of vitamin C nutrition in fat oxidation, adiposity risk, and physical activity; the impact of vinegar ingestion in managing the diabetic condition; the relationships between food and mental health; and nutrient requirements of vegetarians.

Interests
Interest in simple solutions for improving nutrition and health.  

Sunny Kim, assistant professor, college of nursing and health innovation

What I do
Social support/social networks, supportive care, and quality of life for cancer patients and survivors, storytelling intervention regarding health behavior or the emotional distress associated with illness. I am currently proposing a proposal about the storytelling intervention for cancer survivors and patients after Bone Marrow Transplantation to cope with their emotional distress at the Mayo Clinic.

Interests
Anything related to my interests.  

Narayann Krishnamurthi, assistant professor, college of nursing and health innovation

What I do
My main research interests include developing therapeutic interventions to improve/restore function (mobility and quality of life) with neurological disorders such as Parkinson′s disease and normal pressure hydrocephalus and to preserve function (mobility and quality of life) in aging population. My interventions are mainly aimed towards taking advantage of neural plasticity in paradigms that can be effectively utilized in the clinic and/or home environment to facilitate functional recovery. Moreover, I am interested in utilizing wearable sensors towards long-term monitoring of gait and balance. I am also interested in quantitative characterization of gait and posture control impairments and cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory dysfunctions. My recent/current research projects include Exercise training in Parkinson′s disease; Real-time feedback to improve gait and posture in Parkinson′s disease; Evaluation of the effects of deep brain stimulation on gait and balance in Parkinson′s disease; and Better selection of patients utilizing wearable sensors for long-term gait monitoring in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.  

Interests
I am looking for collaborators with similar interests. I will be happy to collaborate towards developing novel exercise/movement-based programs to improve quality of life in elderly and people with neurological problems and quantitative evaluation of functional outcomes.  

Linda Larkey, professor, college of nursing and health innovation

What I do
Storytelling: I study ways that people share their stories regarding health behavior or the emotional distress associated with illness, and how either sharing or hearing stories may help shape new attitudes about healthy behavior, or may have therapeutic benefit in alleviating emotional distress. Meditative Movement (MM): MM, such as Qigong, Tai Chi, or yoga are practices that incorporate postures or movements with a focus on the breath and mindful/meditative states. I explore the effects that these practices have on emotional states, physical function and symptoms such as fatigue, pain or sleep disruptions. Mostly I work with cancer survivors in this work, but also am interested in working with anyone experiencing stress, overweight or sleep problems.  

Interests
Either storytelling or meditative movement.  

Jessica Lehmann, instructor, college of health solutions

What I do
Healthy cuisine, mindful eating, nutrition communication, sociology and food.

Interests
Food and culture, how design influences food-related choices.

 

 

Christy Lespron, clinical assistant professor, college of health solutions

What I do
Applied projects in clinical nutrition, nutrition care process improvement, nutrient metabolism, functional foods for diabetes prevention/management, and issues related to obesity/weight management/weight cycling.

Interests
Often I have students who are creating nutrition education materials for use with patients and it would be helpful to have a collaborator with art/design experience to create more appealing materials that better meet patient.

 

Julie Liss, associate dean and professor, department of speech and hearing science in the college of health solutions

What I do
I am interested in the development of speech/language/cognition rehabilitation applications. I also would like training software or applications for health education and clinical simulations.

Interests
Creativity, technical savvy, innovative thinking.  

 

Cr Macchi, clinical assistant professor, college of health solutions

What I do
My work is focused on systems approaches to professional development. My specialization is in family systems approaches to integrated care. My work in the department is primarily focused on the continued development and evaluation of an internship program designed to establish integrated behavioral health care core competencies. We just submitted a PCORI training grant that is focused on training behavioral health providers, program managers, and practice staff on skills related to integrated primary care. Rodger Kessler and I are editing a integrated care training manual that is contracted to be published by Springer.

Interests
I would like to collaborate with others who are interested in translational research approaches to integrated care practice and workforce development.  

Nancy Moore, grant writing resource specialist, college of nursing and health innovation and college of health solutions

What I do
I work closely with faculty to critique grant applications, publications, and other material and recommend changes to help improve the presentation of arguments. I also pay close attention to new funding opportunities and health-related news of relevance to faculty and staff, disseminating that information through a weekly electronic newsletter.

Interests
  

Glen Nelson, college of nursing and health innovation, associate dean for business and strategic finance and professor of practice

What I do
I am interested in examining the impact of policy decisions on recruitment, retention, and persistence of low socioeconomic and first generation students. My specialization is in the area of higher education policy. One of my strengths is measuring the fiscal impact of policy alternatives and outcomes. This can be applied across many disciplines.

Interests
I hope to find a collaborator who may be focused on outcomes specifically within their area of expertise, but not necessarily be aware of, or focused on, unintended consequences to various student populations. I would also like to find a collaborator who is interested in working with a relatively inexperienced researcher in developing my research skills.  

Megan Petrov, assistant professor, college of nursing and health innovation

What I do
My research interests reside predominantly in the fields of sleep and sleep medicine. I am currently developing projects that examine the role of sleep in the development of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and chronic pain as well as behavioral sleep interventions that address adherence issues to evidence-based sleep treatments. I also have a strong interest and background in sleep health inequities.

Interests
Sleep is a very open and interdisciplinary field. Therefore any person or discipline that has a passion for understanding and promoting sleep health would be welcomed.  

Elizabeth Reifsnider, associate dean for research and professor, college of nursing and health innovation

What I do
Maternal-child nutrition/growth/obesity; breastfeeding/public health interventions for maternal-child populations to improve health and parenting. Specializations: women's health nurse practitioner, public healthresearcher, public health clinical nursing specialist. Potential projects: reducing obesity in maternal-child populations through public health interventions.

Interests
Someone with similar interests and specializations in more biological/basic sciences or other ways to deliver interventions at the community or organizational level.  

George Runger, chair and professor, department of biomedical in the informaticscollege of health solutions

What I do
Interests are health informatics, big data, mobile health.

Interests
Innovative collaborations in the listed topics.

 

 

Karen Saewert, senior director and clinical professor, education support services in the college of nursing and health innovation and the college of health solutions

What I do
My work focuses on advancing best practices in assessment and evaluation, quality assessment and improvement, and faculty development. Research interests are suited to outcomes measurement and systems development, health care quality, assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

Interests
A core willingness to creatively explore ′fields of possibilities′ peppered with a touch of pragmatism on the edges; the ability to stay grounded in ′what is′ without restricting ′what can be′. I think this way of thinking and doing transcends a collaborator′s topical and disciplinary interests and specializations..  

Matthew Scotch, assistant professor, college of health solutions

What I do
Public health surveillance of zoonotic diseases and use of virus sequence data.

Interests
Cool/innovative visualization techniques for virus spread and population risk

 

 

 

Gabriel Shaibi, associate professor, college of nursing and health innovation and college of health solutions

What I do
Pediatric obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention.

Interests
Innovative approaches to addressing health behavior change in children and adolescents.

 

 

Cha-nam shin, assistant professor, college of nursing and health innovation

What I do
Cardiometabolic disease prevention and management in ethnic minority population; critical care nursing; the effects of MM (Qigong or Tai Chi) on stress and cardiometabolic disease.

Interests
Researchers who are doing (or planning) to do research on Qigong (or Tai Chi) and obesity, cardiovascular disease, or more chronic diseases.

 

 

Karen sweazea, assistant professor, college of health solutions

What I do
My research interests include obesity, diabetes, oxidative stress and cardiovascular disease. I specialize in basic laboratory skills and assays and my laboratory is specially equipped to examine reactivity of live isolated blood vessels to understand how perturbations such as poor nutrition affect vascular reactivity.

Interests
Someone who specializes in working with the community who may be able to help me find broader applications for my research interests. Someone who shares similar research interests. Someone who specializes in asthma for a new research idea.

Craig Thatcher, Sr. Associate dean and professor, college of nursing and health innovation

What I do
Comparative nutrition, nutritional impacts on health and disease, obesity, impacts of the arts on health.

Interests
Interested in interprofessional collaborations to advance the academic and research programs of the CONHI.

 

 

Michael Todd, associate research professor, college of nursing and health innovation and college of health solutions

What I do
Research designs and quantitative methods for capturing the relationships among environmental, social, and psychological factors and health, emotion, and behavior.

Interests
I'm primarily interested in working with collaborators who share an interest in the study of daily or momentary experience in real world settings, outside of the lab.

Linda Vaughan, director and professor, school of nutrition and health promotion in the college of health solutions

What I do
Human nutrition, including food bank outreach and education efforts.

Interests
Interest in developing low literacy educational materials for populations across various cultural/ethnic groups, including recent immigrant families.  

 

 

Corrie Whisner, assistant professor, college of health solutions

What I do
Broad research interests encompass metabolic disturbances in nutrition-related diseases, lifestyle interventions to prevent or correct chronic disease, and the influence of both genetic and environmental factors on health outcomes. More specific interests include: Interactions between dietary intake and gut microbiome in relation to bone health and obesity outcomes in pediatric populations; mineral metabolism in at-risk, pediatric populations such as infants and adolescents; effects of digital/social media intervention programs on weight gain during adolescent pregnancy. Potential projects: Developing creative learning scenarios/modules to teach high-risk pregnant adolescents about nutrition and fitness; developing a book series about nutrition for young children.

Interests
Fairly open regarding specializations and interests regarding collaborators but would prefer individuals who have experience working with children and young adult populations.  

Carl Yamashiro, faculty associate, college of nursing and health innovation and the college of health solutions

What I do
Current interests are focused on helping to develop a new M.S. degree program and school in Biomedical Diagnostics; helping to bring much needed resources to emerging growth companies, especially those in the biosciences; development and implementation of smart wearable devices, especially those which can be used to help manage wellness or for biometric identification; and molecular diagnostics development.

Interests
I am seeking collaborators in a couple different areas. 1) Faculty members who can help me in either the development of courses in molecular diagnostics and medical imaging and/or to support students in Capstone Projects involving some aspect(s) of biomedical diagnostics; 2) development and evaluation of smart devices for biometrics authentication or wellness management.