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AHS New Faculty: Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:December 8, 2015

Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo is a new faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. She received her Master’s Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and her Doctorate in Psychology from Columbia University where she trained at Teacher’s College. Later, Dr. Lara-Cinisomo went on to work at the RAND Corporation doing research on maternal mental health, child school readiness, and military spouse well-being.  Following this experience, she became a faculty member at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte teaching theory courses related to child and human development.
Dr. Lara-Cinisomo’s prior research included longitudinal data on how characteristics of Chicago neighborhoods are related to Latino youth mental health outcomes. Currently, her research focuses on reproductive mood disorders in mothers using quantitative and qualitative methods.  She is a strong believer in doing research that can have a rapid and translational impact on people.
The University of Illinois’ collaborative atmosphere, scientific rigor and the collegial and positive tone of the campus were strong motivators for Dr. Lara-Cinisomo’s decision to come to Illinois. The Dean of the College of Applied Health Science, Tanya Gallagher, who is invested in community well-being, also played a part in her decision. In her free time, Dr. Lara-Cinisomo is an avid runner who has completed several sprint triathlons. This semester she is teaching Health Behavior Theory, a graduate level Community Health course. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo to campus.

Published Date: December 8, 2015


New Faculty Story: Dr. Matthew Browning

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:November 4, 2015

Dr. Matthew Browning is a new addition to the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism. He was a former Park Ranger for state, private, and national parks in Utah, Iowa, and North Carolina. His experiences there led him to obtain a Master’s Degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He then went on to complete his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech focusing on Forest Resources and Environment Conservation.

Dr. Browning’s research focuses on how different natural environments affect people’s quality of life and health. He most recently investigated ways to accomplish social and environmental goals of nature centers, particularly related to the values these places hold to different stakeholders. A nature center refers to a permanent building located in nature that facilitates educating people on the natural environment. Dr. Browning also examines how these buildings integrate people of different backgrounds and other economic benefits that come from these buildings.

The Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism drew the attention of Dr. Browning, as health and happiness is a key focus. In his free time, Dr. Browning enjoys doing yard work, traveling, and hosting events with his wife. He also plays classical piano and used to be a church organist.

Published Date: November 4, 2015


New Faculty Story: Dr. Linda Trinh

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:November 3, 2015

Dr. Linda Trinh is a new addition to the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. She is a native Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. However, her education has allowed her the opportunity to live in different cities across Canada including Kingston, Victoria, and Edmonton. Dr. Trinh completed her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta and returned to the University of Toronto to complete her Post-Doctoral research.

Dr. Trinh’s research interest is focused on exercise oncology particularly kidney,, breast, and prostate cancers. Her interest in this field began from wanting to design theory-based interventions with high risk populations; initially populations with diabetes. This interest shifted toward cancer survivor populations when Dr. Trinh became immersed with an exercise intervention for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy with her Doctoral advisor. Currently, her research examines interventions to promote and maintain physical activity during cancer survivorship from a health and exercise psychology perspective.

The resources available to junior faculty and opportunities for collaborations in cancer within the College and University was an important factor in Dr. Trinh’s decision to come to Illinois. Outside of her professional life, Dr. Trinh enjoys long distance running and has been running ultra-marathons for six years. This semester, she is also teaching a special topics course on exercise oncology.

Published Date: November 3, 2015


New Faculty Story: Dr. Laura Hahn

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:November 3, 2015

Dr. Laura Hahn is a new faculty member in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. She completed her Bachelor’s in Human Development and Psychology from Metropolitan State College of Denver and her Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from Colorado State University. Following this, Dr. Hahn completed a Post-Doctoral appointment at the University of Kansas’s Lifespan Institute studying early language in intellectual and developmental disabilities. She completed another Post-Doctoral appointment in the Psychology Department at the University of South Carolina where she was trained in biobehavioral approaches as applied to the study of infant development in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Hahn’s research focuses on infant development particularly as it relates to Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome. She is investigating early social, communicative and cognitive skills in children. Currently, she has on ongoing infant study on Down syndrome.

The University’s focus on disabilities and inclusivity and AHS’s approachable and friendly staff were major reasons Dr. Hahn decided to come to Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys running and going to new restaurants. Dr. Hahn will also be teaching a new course this semester entitled “Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Context” in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department.

 

 

Published Date: November 3, 2015


AHS Faculty member featured in Yahoo news and the Huffington Post

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:September 8, 2015

Diana Grigsby-Toussaint’s recent large study on the effect of living near nature on quality of sleep found that men and people over 65 who live in a more natural environment, sleep better.

Good quality of sleep can help prevent reduced cognitive function and obesity. Thus, in older adult populations, this study could help promote natural environments in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to provide more opportunities for physical activity and improve health outcomes.

The full study was published in the September 2015 issue of the Preventive Medicine Journal.

You can read the full Yahoo news article here and the Huffington Post article here

Published Date: September 8, 2015


AHS faculty featured in Inside Illinois for research on the relationship between physical fitness and academic performance in kids

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:September 8, 2015

In a recent study led by Dr. Charles Hillman of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health found that children who are aerobically fit tend to have thinner gray matter than their less fit peers. Thinner gray matter is associated with better math performance.

The study was conducted with postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman along with the University of Illinois Beckman Institute for Science and Technology Director, Art Kramer. The study was done on 48 children aged 9 or 10 years old, half of which were in the higher percentile for aerobic fitness while the other half were in the lower percentile. After a series of tests, significant differences in math skills and cortical brain structure were found between the higher-fit and lower-fit children.

While these findings don’t prove that cardiorespiratory fitness contributes to thinner gray matter, it does suggest that fitness enhances math skills.

You can read the full article here: https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/233031

Published Date: September 8, 2015


Tim Nugent nominated for a Congressional Gold Medal

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:August 11, 2015

Dr. Tim Nugent, the first Director of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), was nominated by U.S. Representative Rodney Davis and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk for a Congressional Gold Medal.

Dr. Nugent, started out at the University of Illinois as a professor of rehabilitation education. During his time at Illinois, he led advances in accessibility standards for disabled people and founded the National Wheelchair Basketball Association in 1949. He was a true pioneer in disabled rights.

The Congressional Gold Medal is considered “the nation’s highest civilian award and the most distinguished award” given by U.S. Congress. The bill authorizing this medal would need to be passed by Congress and signed by the President.

Read the full story here:https://uofi.illinois.edu/blog/view/6231/222879

Published Date: August 11, 2015


Inside Illinois article details history of disabled rights at U of I in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:July 28, 2015

UIUC has been leading the fight for disabled rights since the 1950’s, starting with the work of Timothy Nugent. Nugent was the first Director of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). He pushed for more opportunities for physical activity for people with disabilities in a time when the common attitude was those with spinal cord injuries were incapable of leading productive lives. Nugent led research on disability building design and accessibility among other research in the field. His research would later go into helping develop legislation for the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 and the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990. In 2012, Timothy J. Nugent Hall, a new residence hall on U of I’s campus, was dedicated in his name.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA and U of I’s national role in the fight for disabled rights, U of I’s DRES, the College of Applied Health Sciences, and other associated units are planning several campus events in the coming year. Times and dates for the events will be announced soon.

Click here to access the full article

Published Date: July 28, 2015


Ehud Yairi highlighted in recent News-Gazette article

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:July 28, 2015

Dr. Ehud Yairi, Professor Emeritus in Speech and Hearing Science, was interviewed in the second installment of the two part “Big 10” series with Jeff D’Alessio.  He asks 10 more foreign born faculty “What is most different about living here than where you’re from?”  Dr. Yairi, who grew up in Israel, shares some of his observations, including discrepancies in technology use among teenagers and levels of friendliness between neighbors. He also points out that Israel ranked Number 11 on the 2015 World Happiness Report, three points higher than the US, which came in at Number 15. Despite the constant security threats, Israelis still remain positive. You can read the full article here: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-07-19/big-10-jeff-dalessio-july-19-2015.html

Published Date: July 28, 2015


Nuno Ribeiro highlighted in recent News-Gazette article

Author: Maria Bohri

Published Date:July 23, 2015

 

Dr. Nuno Ribeiro, Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, was spotlighted in an article entitled “The Big 10 with Jeff D’Alessio”. The article is the first in a two part series, in which Mr. D’Alessio asked 10 foreign born UIUC employees about the differences they have noticed about living in Champaign compared to their home country.  Dr. Ribeiro, who is originally from Portugal, mentions a social faux pas he still makes and touches on some interesting insights about American and Portuguese behavior in social settings.  Check out the entire article here: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-07-12/big-10-jeff-dalessio-july-12-2015.html

Published Date: July 23, 2015