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Associate Professor of Physiology Department of Basic Medical Sciences, COMP studies the synaptic and hormonal determinants underlying the hypothalamic control of energy balance. Photos are in part for the Western Diabetes Institute


Welcome to the Exciting World of Research!

Portrait of Deoghare, Harsha

Message from the Associate Dean of Research

At WesternU CHS, we collaborate to expand upon existing research and deepen our understanding and knowledge of pressing health care issues facing our local and global community.  We support investigator-driven research focused on health equity to improve health outcomes in disadvantaged populations. Our research programs are comprised of multidisciplinary teams who address health and human illnesses using basic science, clinical, behavioral, and community-based research approaches. These programs are supported by core facilities that promote access to patient populations and provide technological support and research expertise. A major focus is also on evaluation and integration of educational practices to enable evidence-based learner-centered education. Research opportunities for our students contribute to the development of future clinician scientists. CHS faculty members collaborate with colleagues from other WesternU colleges, as well as other national and international researchers. Faculty work side-by-side with students in state-of-the-art research facilities to advance knowledge that will improve the lives of patients in our community and around the world.
  • Mission

    Our mission is to provide evidence for best practice in healthcare and education, to establish collaborative research within the university and with the clinical community, and to disseminate our findings through scholarly peer-reviewed publications and presentations.


  • Vision

    To be recognized as innovative leaders in interprofessional, clinical, and educational research.

  • Goals

    The College of Health Sciences (CHS) will develop a research program that achieves the following goals:

    • Provide evidence for best practice in healthcare and education.
    • Develop collaborative research projects with other professions and/or community agencies.
    • Attain funding from external sources.
    • Enhance the reputation of the programs and faculty through peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
  • Gait analysis with College of Health Sciences physical therapy students led by associate chair Dr. Jeffrey Fairley. Also on hand are Chair Harsha Deoghare and College of Podiatric Medicine Dr. Reina Deogracias.

    Research in Pomona

    CHS programs adhere to the tenet that the most crucial objective of research is to improve. Our faculty work toward this through cutting-edge clinical research, biomedical bench research, educational research, and health services research. Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on research, which is culminated in each student’s capstone research sequence.
    Reasearch Lab sign pics at WesternU COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon during a visit in December 2021.

    Research in Lebanon

    We are creating an on-site blended learning curriculum that incorporates online education, in-class active learning that emphasizes problem-solving and evidence-based practice, labs that provide experiential learning opportunities with clients/patients, and service-learning where students learn through hands-on experiences while giving back to the community. Interprofessional education, where students learn with, from, and about other professions, will be threaded throughout the curriculum, so students graduate ready to provide team-based care. Our entry-level curriculum will be well balanced so our students graduate as movement specialists who are prepared to meet the needs of patients across the lifespan and can thrive in the rural communities of the Pacific Northwest.