Research

David Areaux, MPAS, PA-C; Associate Professor
Past independent research has focused on adult learning styles found in Physician Assistant students and choice of medical specialty chosen after graduation. Professor Areaux has worked inter-professionally with Occupational Therapy faculty evaluating the potential effectiveness of a Tai Chi program for health promotion among persons with severe mental illness. He also worked with faculty from the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. program on a research project titled "Initiative for Diabetes Education Advancement and Support (IDEAS)." Blue Cross/Blue Shield awarded $99,989 for this project to supply free diabetic screening and diabetic education to underserved areas.

Denise Bowen, MA, PA-C; Associate Professor
Developing cultural competency in health professional students has been the emphasis of research conducted by Professor Bowen with a colleague in the Occupational Therapy Department. They were awarded $25,000 through the 100,000 Strong for the Americas Innovation Grant Competition for developing a student cultural inter-change and service learning project in Mexico. Research was conducted in assessing Allied Health students’ Spanish language and cultural preparedness related to deservingness of care. She served as a co-principal investigator with a project on minority Physician Assistant faculty retention conducted with colleagues in the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). In addition, Professor Bowen was a co-principal investigator on a $526,193 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant project related to SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment) training for health professionals. Professor Bowen is a 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Discovery Awards given by the Office of Vice President for Research.

Phil Walcott, MA; Master Faculty Specialist
Professor Walcott is currently working on marketing a model of the ethmoid bone he developed with the help of students and faculty from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The model is produced by a 3D printer and can be printed in a variety of sizes, colors and textures. The model would be used for undergraduate/graduate and medical school anatomical instruction.