See how graduates of the School of Health Sciences are making a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

July 2014

Dr. Heather Craig Alonge ’13, a Ph.D. in Health Services and Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, will present her dissertation research, Using Diffusion of Innovation Theory to Determine Missouri Providers’ Perceptions of Telemedicine, during a poster presentation at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting and exposition in New Orleans in November.

June 2014

Steven Rich '12, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate, received the 2014 State of Ohio Publications Award for his paper "Epidemiological Research of La Crosse Encephalitis for Holmes and Wayne Counties, Ohio" published in the Ohio Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 4, 2013). Rich is a registered public health sanitarian.

April 2014

Dr. Stefany H. Almaden ’12, a Ph.D. in Health Services graduate, published A Blood-Tinged Diary: Culture Crossings (CreateSpace, 2013). Dr. Almaden is the president and CEO of The Almaden Group Inc., a healthcare consulting business in Pasadena, Calif.

Dr. Rabeh Robert Hijazi ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, recently received the American College of Clinical Engineering’s 2014 Tom O’Dea Advocacy Award in recognition of his work as an advocate. He serves on various committees and mentors younger clinical engineers. Dr. Hijazi is the chief clinical engineer at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C.

Dr. Christie Osuagwu ’11, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, was hired as a certified family nurse practitioner at UT Physicians of Tyler, Texas. She previously held various administrative and nursing positions at UT Health Northeast. Dr. Osuagwu is also an adjunct assistant professor of community health and preventive medicine at UT Health as well as a family nurse practitioner on UT Health’s Mobile Pediatric Asthma Clinic.

Dr. Amy Swango-Wilson ’07, a Ph.D. in Health Services graduate and a faculty member in the School of Nursing, presented “Agreement Between Self-Report and Medical Record Prevalence of 16 Chronic Conditions in the Alaska EARTH Study” in February at Tennessee’s Milligan College, where she serves as associate professor of nursing.

March 2014

Steven Rich ’12, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) graduate, published “Epidemiological Research of La Crosse Encephalitis for Holmes and Wayne Counties, Ohio” in the Ohio Journal of Environmental Health (Vol. 4, 2013). Rich is a registered public health sanitarian who is responsible for public health programs in the environmental health field in Ohio.

Dr. Preston Long ’02, a Ph.D. in Health Services graduate, recently published Chiropractic Abuse: An Insider’s Lament (American Council on Science & Health, 2013) to provide a perspective on the education and training, and unethical behaviors of chiropractors. Dr. Long is a licensed chiropractor near Phoenix and an associate professor at Bryan University.

February 2014

Dr. Nikki Zogg ’13, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, recently became the director of the Coos County Public Health Department in Oregon. A native of Coos Bay, she previously served as a division director in the Central District Health Department in Boise, Idaho, and was involved in public health as a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Joy Guthrie ’12, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate and director of the diagnostic medical sonography program at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., recently received the Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Given annually, the award recognizes superior writing and contributions to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Dr. Guthrie was honored for her article “The Prediction of Liver Disease Status Using a Combination of Sonographic and Doppler-Derived Observations of the Portal Venous System,” which was published in 2012, as well as for the third-place article, “A Case-Control Study to Compare the Likelihood of Detecting Liver Disorders Using Coincident Measures of Doppler-Derived Portal Vein Pressure Gradients, Hepatic Venous Waveforms, and the Echogenicity of Liver Parenchyma,” which she co-authored.

Dr. Gayle Walter ’10, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, co-authored the “Protective Factors and College Student Drinking Patterns in Pre- and Post-Katrina New Orleans” in Health (Vol. 5, No. 12) with the late Dr. John Kowalczyk, a former faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, and Dr. Peter Anderson, a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences. Focusing on students at a public commuter university in New Orleans, the authors examined how attitudes, personal characteristics, and behaviors could play a role in reducing alcohol and drug use among college students.

Dr. Phyllis Wallace ’07, a Ph.D. in Public Health graduate, co-authored “Views of Mammography Screening Among U.S. Black and Hispanic Immigrant Women and Their Providers” in the journal Health Care for Women International (January 2014). The paper examines barriers to cancer screening by exploring the perceptions and experiences of Haitian, Hispanic, Portuguese, and Somali women related to mammography and breast health services. Dr. Wallace is a research assistant professor at Boston University.

Dr. Norma Bowe’93, a Ph.D. in Health Services graduate, who designed and teaches a popular “Death in Perspective” course at Kean University in Union, N.J., inspired The Death Class: A True Story About Life (Simon & Schuster, 2014) by Erika Hayasaki. The book describes the experiential nature of Dr. Bowe’s class, which includes visits to hospices, cemeteries, and prisons as well as assignments that ask students to write their own eulogies and funeral plans, while communicating how learning about death can help people lead life to its fullest potential.

Dr. Vali Hawkins Mitchell ’93, a Ph.D. in Health Services graduate, authored The Cost of Emotions in the Workplace: The Bottom Line Value of Emotional Continuity Management (Rothstein Associates Inc., 2013). In the book, she details how managers should understand the full range of employees’ potential emotional responses to ensure effective planning and business continuity before, during, and after a major disaster. The CEO of ImproVizion Consulting, Dr. Mitchell has trained or counseled first responders and victims following 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

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