Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Research

Dr. Amy Curtis is an associate professor in the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and the physician assistant department at Western Michigan University. She is an epidemiologist, and her current research focuses on diabetes, obesity, and developing and evaluating community participatory public health initiatives. This fall, she was awarded a grant to implement and evaluate a culturally sensitive diabetes education and support group program in low-income racial or ethnic minority communities in southwest Michigan.

Dr. Kieran J. Fogarty is an associate professor in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral program. Fogarty's area of expertise is in interdisciplinary approaches to developing new applied research methods based on the concepts that reflect the fundamental changes that are occurring in our health care delivery systems in the United States. Fogarty is currently participating in numerous collaborations with various agencies to develop data-driven information systems to track outcomes associated with the delivery of evidence-based practices in applied settings.

Dr. Nickola W. Nelson, director of the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, is conducting research leading to the development of a standardized Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills, with support of Grant No. R324A100354 from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. A companion Student Rating Scale is under development to be completed by students, parents and teachers. Nelson also conducts research on written language development and disorders.