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  • CAHS Welcomes President Pinto!

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jan 12, 2017


    Welcome President Pinto

    President Pinto

     The University of Cincinnati (UC) will welcome it’s 30th president in February 2017. Neville Pinto, PhD was named UC’s next president on December 17th by the UC Board of Trustees.

    Currently, President-Elect Pinto, is serving as the acting president and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. Pinto has a long history with UC and many are excited for his return.

    Pinto served for 26 years on UC’s faculty in chemical engineering.  During this time, he held numerous administrative roles including Department Head for Chemical Engineering, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, and, most recently, Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School.

    In 2011, Pinto left UC and joined the University of Louisville as the Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. In 2015, he was named Interim Provost and most recently he is serving as the universities’ acting president.

    The search for UC’s president started in August after former President Santa Ono, PhD, left UC to become the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  

    College of Allied Health Sciences Dean, Tina Whalen, EdD, was one of the members of the presidential search committee that had a hand in choosing our 30th president.

    The university has a specific composition that makes up a presidential search committee (as outlined in University Rule 3361:10-6-01). A full list of search committee members can be found at the bottom of this article. As the Chairman of the Dean’s Council it made sense that Whalen would represent the university deans on the search. 

    Prior to beginning the search, the committee held sessions across the university to collect feedback about what stakeholders wanted in their next president. Based off of these conversations the committee knew that they couldn’t replicate former President Santa Ono, but they needed to find a candidate that was in touch with students. These sessions also made it clear that faculty and students wanted a president who ascribed by the values of the institution and who would not see UC as a stepping stone opportunity.

    After reviewing and interviewing the pool of candidates the committee recommended four finalists who then had further interviews with a number of stakeholder representatives. The final decision was solely with the Board of Trustees.

    “We were committed to getting the best possible candidate” Whalen said about the presidential search committee. To ensure that the committee had the highest quality pool they also had to protect the antinomy of the candidates for as long as they could. 

    “President Pinto offered the best of both worlds” says Whalen. “He has a history and knowledge of the university and has developed new experiences and skills while at the University of Louisville.”

    It was also important to the committee that Pinto made it clear that he wanted to come back to Cincinnati. “He intends to come here and establish himself in the university and the community” says Whalen.

    During his past years at UC, Pinto showed he was an advocate for the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Academic Health Center. 

    While he was dean of the graduate school, he worked with CAHS on a number of programs including:

    • Approving the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program, a program that will surpass 200 graduates this year.
    • Moving the genetic counseling from CAHS to the College of Medicine. He was able to save the program by finding it another home, showing that he put students at the forefront of his decisions.
    • Supporting early conversations about the development of our Master of Occupational Therapy program which is currently in the final stages of accreditation.

    Whalen says she excited about Pinto’s arrival. “He is thoughtful, a good listener and very process-oriented when it comes to decision making” she says.  She also notes that she has received unsolicited messages from past and present faculty at the university who share in her excitement. Many of them say they have had positive interactions with Pinto over the years and thank the committee for their time during the search.

    As UC approaches its Bicentennial year, it now has a leader that can help take our rising institution to new heights. The campus is eager to see what 2017 with President Pinto will bring.

    Search Committee Members

    Rob Richardson, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee

    Shakila Ahmad, UC Foundation Board of Trustees
    C. Francis Barrett, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas D. Cassady, UC Board of Trustees
    Phil D. Collins, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas H. Humes, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Ericka King-Betts, Community Member
    Richard P. Lofgren, President and CEO, UC Health
    W. Troy Neat, UC Alumni Association
    Mitchell A. Phelps, Undergraduate Student Government
    Robert Probst, Dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
    Sid Thatham, Graduate Student Government, Vice President
    Tina F. Whalen, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Ohio Department of Higher Education Designee, Gary Cates, Vice Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents

    Watch an interview with President Pinto here:

  • Boys Hope Girls Hope alum succeeds all the way to DPT program

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jul 25, 2016

    Former Boys Hope Girls Hope alum succeeds all the way to DPT school

    Dean Tina Whalen and Daniel Braswell Recent health sciences graduate, Daniel Braswell, is one of only 35 students to get into UC’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program this year.  This accomplishment speaks to Braswell’s achievements as an undergraduate; it’s not easy to get into UC’s DPT program. The program receives upwards of 300 applicants each year and jumped over 30 spots in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings this year.

    But success didn’t come easy. He’s had a long road to get to where he is today. 

    Growing up Daniel felt like he wasn’t ever able to ever fully concentrate on his education. His family was in a constant state of financial duress and his father was domineering and sometimes violent. He knew the chaotic state of his home life was getting in the way of achieving his goals. 

    At the age of 16 he got the chance to change his future, by joining Boys Hope Girls Hope.

    The Boys Hope Girls Hope program places kids ages 9 - 14 in a stable home where they have access to food, transportation and tuition to an area high school. Placement is voluntary on the part of both the children and their families. 

    The program gave Daniel the chance to go to St. Xavier high school where he excelled with the help of residential counselors and a structured environment. “The program physically removed me from a toxic environment and my grades and mental health drastically improved as a result” he says.

    With a newfound stability in his life and access to a great network from Boys Hope Girls Hope, Daniel continued his education at the University of Cincinnati majoring in biology. At first he struggled with college and faced many of the same obstacles first generation students face. “ I spent a lot of time trying to prove that I was good enough” he says.

    Daniel’s interests in athletics and rehabilitation eventually led him changing his major to health sciences and it was within the College of Allied Health Sciences that he was able to build a strong peer group that helped strengthen his collegiate experience. Health sciences also let him live out another dream: conducting research with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). He completed an internship and independent study as an undergraduate with the nationally recognized children’s hospital. This practical experience helped him practice and elaborate upon the skills he had learned as a health sciences student, which only fueled his passion for the field of rehabilitation sciences.

    While an undergraduate, he was the recipient of multiple scholarships (an Anthony Muñoz scholarship, a UC Supplemental Grant Scholarship, the Cincinnatus Century, and the Cohen Century to name a few). The scholarships kept him looking towards the next chapter in his life instead of feeling the burden of his past. “I think about my scholarships every day. I wouldn’t have been able to focus on my role as a student without the generosity of benefactors who believed and invested in me” he says. 

    Daniel Braswell health sciences student

    With a passion for research and foundation in rehabilitation sciences, Daniel knew he wanted set his sights on a physical therapy school. Which is no small task, Doctor of Physical Therapy programs like UC’s are very selective. Luckily his time in Boys Hope Girls Hope and his perseverance and hard work as an undergraduate had transformed him into an ideal candidate.

    Health Sciences program director, Dan Carl, PhD, says Daniel truly set himself apart from his peers. “He didn’t sit around waiting for college to make him, rather he created his experiences through his determination to succeed” he says.

    In May, Daniel graduated with a 3.5 GPA in health sciences and achieved his goal of getting into UC’s physical therapy program. Getting into DPT school felt like vindication for the years he spent using education to better his circumstances.

    Daniel ended his undergraduate education by paying it forward….literally. He donated to the Cohen Century scholarship fund, the same fund he received as a student. “I wanted to help create opportunities for bright students who need the same life-changing investment that I was afforded” he says.

    Boys Hope Girls Hope has a goal of helping students break the cycle of poverty. While Daniel will be the first to say that breaking the cycle is a lifelong process, he’s reached a critical milestone and inspired those around him.

    Watch Daniel talk about Boys Hope Girls Hope on this recent interview with Local 12.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Jamie Netisingha

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Oct 26, 2015
    Netisingha playing volleyball at UC

    2015 health sciences grad, Jamie Netisingha, lands job with Stryker


    Jamie Netisingha is a University of Cincinnati 2015 graduate of the health sciences program. She played volleyball for the Bearcats for four seasons.

    After graduating, Netisingha, started her job search in her hometown of Chicago. She knew physical therapy wasn't for her, but wanted a career path that would value her strong science and anatomy background, while allowing her to use her passion for healthcare.

    She has found that with Stryker, a medical devices and equipment manufacturing company, where after an extensive training program, she will be a Trauma Sales Associate in the western suburbs of Chicago.


    Netisingha graduation
    Once she completes the training program, her role willl be to serve her clients, surgeons, who will be using Stryker's products. She'll be responsible for supporting them through operations and assisting them with their tools.
    Netisingha says, "graduating from UC's health sciences program has played a huge role in deciding my career and getting the position with Stryker. I am so grateful for my education from Cincinnati and to my awesome professors that encouraged and supported me through it."

    Another #CincinnatiSmart student has transformed into a #CincinnatiSmart alumna.




  • Students to present research at OPTA conference

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 16, 2015

    PT students, Sarah and Joe.

    Physical therapy students to present at OPTA Fall Research Symposium

    During their senior year health science majors, Sarah Schwab and Joe Combs worked with Jen Schmidt at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to create evidence-based clinical practicum guidelines for working with patients with cerebral palsy. They have been asked to present these at the 2015 Ohio Physical Therapy Association's Fall Scientific Symposium on October 9th in Columbus, Ohio.

    About the project

    Evidence based practice is an optimal way to provide safe, effective care for children in a therapeutic setting. At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a framework called LEGEND (Let Evidence Guide Every New Decision) is relied upon in order to develop evidence-based care guidelines that facilitate Cincinnati Children’s leadership in child health. LEGEND follows an evidence evaluation and appraisal process that leads to the generation of CPGs.

    The purpose of this presentation is to explain the LEGEND framework and apply it to the development of a CPG regarding Goal Directed Training (GDT) treatment interventions for children with developmental disorders. Five key steps were followed during the development phase of the GDT CPG, including the identification of a specific clinical question, conduct of a literature search, critical appraisal, evidence synthesis, and development of a care recommendation. The development of practice guidelines using the LEGEND methodology can promote quality healthcare and can help to reduce unwarranted variation in practice. The LEGEND process effectively contributes to the generation of CPGs.

    Sarah and Joe are currently UC physical therapy students.

    Symposium Agenda

    Symposium Speakers

    OPTA website


  • Baby Day 2015

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 16, 2015
    Students with babies in the lab

    Baby Day 2015

    It was ‪ Baby Mania‬ in our health science labs for ‪‎Baby Day‬ 2015. Our students check the babies for certain reflexes that should be present and also observe their gross motor abilities such as sitting without help, rolling over, crawling, etc. ‪All babies for this lab belong to our faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college.

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Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

For Nutrition Science Programs:

Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:

Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477

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