Associate Dean for Research Message
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 CHS is to provide evidence for best practice in healthcare and education.
CHS faculty and students endeavor to provide clinical and educational research that
- is based on sound scientific principles
- translates basic science to clinical practice
- is innovative and forward thinking
- provides a basis for effective clinical practice and patient education programs
- addresses societal healthcare issues
- meets the healthcare needs of the local community as well as global society
Faculty in the Physician Assistant and Health Sciences programs focus their research mostly on issues related to student or patient/client education. Specific areas of clinical research conducted by Physical Therapy faculty include:
- orthopedic and pulmonary conditions
- sports medicine
- obesity issues
Research is conducted either in the community or in a dedicated research lab located about two miles from campus. The college establishes community partnerships with hospitals, private clinics, outpatient and rehab centers, community agencies, and public and private schools to conduct collaborative research. These valued partnerships provide a robust environment in which to gather significant data on those individuals who can benefit the most from the research results. Studies that require state-of-the art equipment such as for balance testing and gait analysis are conducted in the off-campus lab. Other portable equipment, such as US imaging and surface EMG, is available for use in the community partner’s clinical setting.
The CHS Dean and Program Chairs support and encourage involvement in collaborative and interprofessional research projects. Faculty from the Health Sciences program are involved with multiple programs on campus including nursing, osteopathic, and dental medicine. As a collaborative team, they provide services to the community and jointly conduct research related to evaluation of those services. Faculty in physical therapy collaborate with faculty from the Colleges of Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, and Podiatric Medicine to develop and conduct new and innovative lines of research. Additionally, CHS faculty holds a joint appointment with the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences to mentor their students in the research process. Research advances knowledge for clinical practice and educational programming. The advanced knowledge, acquired through faculty research projects, stimulates an enhanced student learning environment. Through the support of college and university administration, faculty and student researchers can contribute to the advancement of their respective professions.
College of Health Sciences Research Lab
Western University of Health Sciences
E-Mail: Joleen Oakes
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