Areas of Research Focus

CHP faculty members are currently working on several studies within the following research areas.

Current Faculty Research Topics

  • Application of the ICF and OTPF-4 to Conceptualize the Dual Diagnosis of COVID-19 and Stroke: Implications for Occupational Therapy Practice. (Jennifer Tokash, MA)
  • Attitudes of Registered Nurses Caring for Adults with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (Marie Lourdes Charles, EdD)
  • Awareness of Disease Status among Patients with Cancer. (Catherine Finlayson, PhD)
  • Cognitive-communication impairments in a woman with right hemisphere disorder. (Scott Youmans, PhD)
  • Communicative stress due to the Coronavirus pandemic in individuals with neurogenic communication disorders- A pilot investigation (Linda Carozza, DMH)
  • COVID-19 vaccine beliefs and intentions, and the practice of prevention behaviors among college students: In search of an integrative model of determinants in an evolving pandemic (Erica Gollub, DrPH, and Joshua Mendelsohn, PhD)
  • Diagnosis and Management of Celiac Disease (Jean Covino, DHSc)
  • Disclosure of HIV-serodiscordant relationships and association with viral suppression. (Joshua Mendelsohn, PhD)
  • Effect of a Robotic Pet on Social and Physical Frailty in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. (Lin Drury, PhD and Sharon Wexler, PhD)
  • Evaluation of Transfer of Learning from University Based Simulation Experiences to New Graduate Nurses Professional Practice (Joanne Knoesel, PhD)
  • Exploring best practices of shape capturing methods for creating custom-contoured wheelchair cushions for the purpose of reducing pressure injury risk. (John Damiao, PhD)
  • Firearm legislation and firearm use in female intimate partner homicide using CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System data (Erica L. Gollub, DrPH)
  • How do children learn to speak? A study on public opinion (Sethu Karthikeyan, PhD)
  • Hypothetical Acceptability of an HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Ring Device among Latina community clinic patients (Erica L. Gollub, DrPH)
  • Learning from healthcare professionals’ experience providing care for minorities during COVID-19: A pilot study (Ana Amaya, DrPH, Tiffany Henley, and Kyomi Gregory Martin, PhD)
  • Minority Care during the First Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Ana Amaya, DrPH and Kyomi Gregory-Martin, PhD)
  • Mobile applications for promoting and evaluating visual perceptual skills in preschool children with special needs (Supawadee Lee, PhD)
  • National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE)
  • Parental perception of perceived emotional QOL of their children with cerebral palsy as compared to children without (Esma Paljevic, EdD)
  • Reflections on global health efforts in Haiti. (Marie Charles, EdD)
  • Shared Decision-Making to Improve Medication Adherence. (Jason Slyer, DNP)
  • Simulation Exposure in Undergraduate Nursing Education and its Effect on Clinical Judgement and Critical Thinking Development. (Joanne Knoesel, PhD)
  • The effects of training on the quality of complex information dissemination to a naïve audience (Scott Youmans, PhD)
  • The use of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, including during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Belinda Anderson, PhD)
  • The use of unique words that spark multiple senses and emotions in speech-language assessment and treatment. (Sethu Karthikeyan, PhD)
  • Using Systems Thinking to Build Sustainable Food Systems for Seniors. (Denise Tahara, PhD)

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Top Research Funding Priorities

  • Geriatric Health Care
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Regulatory Policy/Access to Care and Role of Nurse Practitioner & Health Services Research
  • Disease Prevention
  • Pediatric Health Promotion
  • Global Health

Top Programmatic Funding Priorities

  • Student Scholarships (all levels)
  • Student Study Abroad Scholarships
  • Student Retention Initiatives (all levels)
  • Technology Resources for Students
  • Building Expansion for CHP Growth