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Faculty Research 

Our faculty are recognized for their excellence in teaching, scholarship, community service and professional excellence. They are among national and international scholars who contribute in a variety of scientific and professional fields, including innovative research in the field. 

View the listing below to learn about our faculty's latest research projects. To view each individual abstract, visit the link

Spring 2022: Abstract Title Authors 
The Role of Peer Support in Recovery from Mental Illness: An Evaluation Study Reuben Addo, Ph.D. 
Fresno County Public Defender Office Social Work Unit  Marcus Crawford, Ph.D. 
The Effects of a Podcast-Based Intervention on Attitudes toward People Who Stutter Brooke Findley, Ed.D. 
Validity of Course Evaluation Tool to Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Standards in Evaluating Foreign Trained Physical Therapist’s Education Nupur Hajela, Ph.D. , Bhupinder Singh, Ph.D. 
Onward Upward?: Opportunities and Obstacles in Vertical Transfer for Deaf Students Serena Johnson, Ph.D. 
Spatiotemporal Analysis of the Roadside Transportation Related Air Quality and Neighborhood Characterization Jaymin Kwon, Ph.D. 
Maintaining Humanism in Virtual Clinical Education: Implementation of Meaningful Virtual Simulations Nisha Nair, D.N.P. pinzon
Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis: The Barriers Persons with Disabilities Face While Attempting to Enjoy Equal Access to Sports and Entertainment Venues Michael Mahoney, Ed.D. 
Sports and Entertainment Venues' Mobility Assistance Programs: Perceptions and Outcomes Michael Mahoney, Ed.D. 
Dissemination of a Mental Health Research Instrument for Indigenous Oaxacan Communities Helda Pinzon-Perez, Ph.D., M.P.H. , F.N.P.
The Effectiveness of a Multimodal Approach to Teaching Gross Anatomy Courses in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Caio Sarmento, Ph.D. 
Under-Resourced Communities’ Perspective of Recreation Program Pricing Brandon Taylor, D.M. 

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Fall 2021: Abstract Title  Authors 
The Benefits of Fuel Efficient Peer Mentoring Program for First-year DPT Students  Jennifer Adame-Walker, DPT 
Experiential Learning in a Borderland: Extending the Boundaries of the Classroom with Photovoice Travis Cronin, Ph.D. and Marcus Crawford, Ph.D. 
The Use of Immersive Virtual Reality in Teaching Laryngeal Anatomy and Physiology Concepts Brooke Findley, Ed.D. 
The Utility of Undergraduate Internships in Public Health: A Role for Qualitative Research and Discovering Cardiovascular Readmission Rates in the San Joaquin Valley with the Impact of Primary Care Tanisha Garcia, Ph.D.; John Capitman, Ph.D.; Emanuel Alcala 
A Virtual Interprofessional Opioid Overdose Workshop for Healthcare Providers and Students Marie Gilbert, DNP; Stephanie Moore, Ph.D.; Nancy Nisbett, Ed.D.; Scott Sailor, Ed.D.; May Leiva (Inova Cancer Institute) and Rebecca Leon (UCSF School of Pharmacy) 
Is Wearing a Google Glass Similar to Listening to Music While Walking? A Pilot Study Nupur Hajela, Ph.D. 
Domestic Violence and Transitional Housing during Covid-19 Pandemic Dheeshana Jayasundara, Ph.D. 
Differences in postural control strategies after ankle and knee injuries, measured by concurrent MEP responses in LE muscles from the motor cortex during single limb stand on firm and foam surfaces Na-hyeon (Hannah) Ko, Ph.D.; Craig Sano, DPT; and Halle Clementi, DPT 
Glenohumeral Range of Motion and Strength in Adolescent Female Volleyball Players Stephanie Moore, Ph.D.; Jennifer Roos, DPT; Jenna Sawdon-Bea, Ph.D.; Kellie Lowe, Chelsea Kittrell, Kellie Huxel Bliven 
Virtual Simulations: Cultivating Self-Efficacy among Undergraduate Students to Manage Obstetric Emergencies in Nursing Nisha Nair, DNP
Surveillance of Masking and Distancing Outdoors  Nicole Smith, Ph.D.; Tanisha Garcia, Ph.D.; Denise Ramirez, Ed.D.; Kara Zografos, Dr.PH; and Amber Crowell, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences), 
Cultural and Linguistic Competence Training in Public Health Professional Programs Miguel Perez, Ph.D.; Raffy Luquis; and Steve Suarez
A Book in Spanish for Children on How to Develop Resilience  Helda Pinzon-Perez, Ph.D. 
Residual Deficits in Vestibular Function Exist Following Return to Sports Participation from Concussion Carolina Quintana, Ph.D.; Nicholas Heeber (University of Kentucky) and Matthew Hoch (University of Kentucky)
Interaction between Mobility and Joint Visual Attention: A Comparison between Typically Developing Infants and Infants with Spina Bifida using an Eye Tracking Device Monica Rivera, DPT
Patient's Perceived Efficacy of the Most Common Treatments for the Management of Fibromyalgia Symptoms: An Ongoing Nationwide Survey Caio Sarmento Ph.D.; Jennifer Adame-Walker, Ph.D.; Jessica Alvarado; and Thalia Valdez 
Public Parks and Sno-Parks Help Diverse Populations in California’s Central Valley Negotiate Constraints to Winter Recreation Jason Whiting, Ph.D. 

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Our faculty are made up of talented individuals who share a passion for the work and research in their respective fields. Many of them have published research, articles, citations and documents available to view online, through the Librarybibliography collection. View publications for the College of Health and Human Services here.

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Nupur Hajela, Ph.D.