College of Allied Health Professions

Message from the Associate Dean for Research

Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD

Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD

The recognition of evidence-based practice (EBP) has extended to all healthcare professions. EBP relies on the most updated scientific evidence to assist patients and their providers in making appropriate choices about healthcare. Educational programs likewise rely on current research to develop, improve, and evaluate curricula. The primary goal of faculty and students in CAHP is to provide evidence for best practice in healthcare and education. More…

The clinical research lab is located about 2 miles East of campus. It has 2,452 square feet of space. Watch the video for a virtual tour of the lab.


Spotlight on MSHS Program’s Community-Based Participatory Research


Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, and researchers. Individuals from various community entities and faculty or student researchers share the decision-making for all aspects of the research process. Research findings can used to specify priority needs within the study’s population.

The MS in Health Sciences program faculty and students are involved in many projects within the surrounding communities. The most notable is their long-standing partnership with Barfield School and the Pomona Unified School District. For five years, faculty and students have been examining the impact of projects, such as Safe Routes to School, Community Garden, and parent enrichment through education and skills acquisition, on children’s school behavior and literacy outcomes. Additional projects comprise collaboration of faculty and students with several community agencies. Examples include:

  • The efficacy of the Information Prescription in the ambulatory care setting in the management of diabetes among persons seeking primary care in Pomona with the Pomona Healthcare Collaborative and LA County Department of Public Health.
  • The integration of Community Health Workers into the formal healthcare community of Pomona utilizing the Promotora Model with the LA County Public Health, P3-Partners for a Positive Pomona, and Pomona Community Health Center.

Many students at WesternU are obtaining the MS in HS while completing a healthcare professional program. Their projects may be related to the professional program. Some of the graduate student projects include:

  • Measures of emotional intelligence as a predictor of professionalism in the College of Dental Medicine
  • The application of gaming on food behavior change in Asian residents with hypertension in El Monte
  • The effects of vaccination campaigns on males in California with Human Papillovirus (HPV) infection in light of the cervical cancer epidemic in women
  • The effects of school-based Advanced Practice Dental Hygiene on attendance in three Los Angeles public schools

MSHS program offers students an opportunity to partner with a variety of community agencies. HS faculty collaborate with faculty and students from other WesternU Colleges to cultivate interprofessional research projects. For more information about research in the Department of Health Sciences call (909) 469-5397.

Allied Health Clinical Research Lab Links

Mission, Vision, and Goals
Scholarly Activities
Clinical Trials
Funding Resources
Map & Directions

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College of Allied Health Research Lab
Western University of Health Sciences
The Village at Indian Hill
1450 Holt Ave, Bldg 3, Suite 18
Pomona, CA 91766
909.469.5390 (office)
E-Mail: Dr. Donna Redman-Bentley
E-Mail: Lorraine Halverson

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