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  • Health sciences student wins AARC's Miss Kuamka

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jan 26, 2017


    Health Sciences student wins AARC's Miss Kuamka

    Miss Kuamka 2017
    The University of Cincinnati's African American Cultural Resource Center (AACRC) hosted the Mr. & Miss Kuamka Extravaganza during the week of Jan 9th - the 13th. 

    This year's Miss Kuamka was Shaumia Turner, a health sciences - behavior and occupation studies student. 

    Kuamka is a Swahili term that means "in the beginning" and this year each candidate selected platforms ranging from the importance of mentorship, increasing dialogue for racial reconciliation, creating awareness & prevention strategies to reduce domestic and sexual abuse and the empowerment of black women to name a few. 

    We sat down with winner Shaumia Turner to talk about her experience. 

    What was the Kuamka experience like?

    This experience was very humbling. All of the candidates were taken out of our comfort zones, one way or another. I loved learning more about the history of this campus, community and our nation as a whole. With the amount of social awareness Kuamka addresses (from the candidates' platforms, essay competition and question and answer), my passion throughout this process quickly deepened. My focus was not on winning the competition for myself, but to create opportunities for those who I have the capability to help. There was so much support and love throughout this experience from so many people! It was definitely worth the grooming and hard work! The Kuamka experience has definitely sharpened every candidate's skills in writing, interviewing, impromptu conversations, research and community leadership!

    KuamkaWhat does being crowned mean to you?

    Being that I am the first transfer student to be crowned Miss Kuamka in 18 years, it means that nothing is impossible, just simply unaccomplished. Mr and Miss Kuamka has to be willing to serve the people and represent the Black community well academically, physically and socially while remaining humble, loving, honest and selfless. We must be willing to enforce social change in our community and on our campus without complaint. Finally, we should be passionate about executing our platforms, so there is a prominent UC presence in the surrounding communities. I believe that myself and Tyler hold all of those qualities and we are excited to put in the work!

    Has anybody at UC provided influence/mentorship? 

    I would definitely say all of the coaches, especially those who work for the AACRC, were major influences. The people who poured substantially in to me are as follows:

    • Mrs. Ewaniki Moore-Hawkins encouraged me to fill out the application and provided me many subtle moments of well-needed encouragement. She made sure that all of my family was able to attend the ball to support me this year. She maintained wearing the hat of the AACRC director, while still pouring so much time into the candidates.
    • Brittany Bibb was the most honest coach I had and she kept high expectations for me throughout the process. She always corrected me and gave me additional resources of research, edited anything I had to submit, always made herself available to me if I needed help and helped the AACRC staff make sure that everything ran smoothly during Kuamka week.
    • Carver Douglas Ealy helped me tap into my emotions. In moments that I had my guard up, he taught me what self-care looks like and that it is okay to be a flawed human being, yet still aim to be the best person I can be.
    • Dr. Nicole Ausmer, Brandon Reynolds and Abdine Lewis spent a substantial amount of time with training me outside of rehearsals. They took me to different environments, pushed my limits, trained me on every type of question they could think of and have been active in helping me with the execution of my platform. 

    What are your future plans?

    I have already been scouting for young ladies who I would like to assist with my platform, The Body Project, which is a movement that combats issues pertaining to self-image and self-esteem amongst teenaged girls by cultivating their minds, valuing their bodies and uplifting their souls. I plan to make The Body Project an ongoing mentorship/accountability partner program with UC students and the young ladies of the surrounding communities. I will host 4 workshops over the course of the year, but have mentors available to the girls, in between the workshops, who will help them execute what they have learned.

    Mr and Miss Kuamka

    I also plan on formulating an organization for Black Women in Health Sciences. There are very few women of color in this field, especially in my speciality, Occupational

    Therapy. I would love to see graduate and undergraduate students in my field of study come together with those who are in practice, so we can encourage the next generation to look into this field.

    Anything else you would like to add? 

    I am very grateful for this opportunity and I cannot go without thanking God for all that He has done. This is so exciting to go through this year with my best friend, Tyler Adams. We prayed about it and it happened, so it makes this experience so much more special.

  • 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:

  • Focus on Students: Abeer Shehada

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Dec 08, 2016

    Focus on Students: Abeer Shehada

    Health Informatics student A conversation with Abeer Shehada, a 2016 graduate of UC’s online health informatics program. Shehada is getting a degree from the University of Cincinnati but lives in Qatar. 

    Q: How was your experience completing the degree while in a different country? 

    A: “It was definitely a learning curve when it came to understanding the healthcare system in the United States. However, learning the healthcare system of another country was enlightening in the sense that it allowed me to reflect on the health care systems I was familiar with in Canada and in Qatar. Completing the degree while residing in Qatar allowed me to apply and compare what I was learning to a different type of environment which was enriching. Overall, I didn't feel being in a different country hindered my learning or reduced my experience, but instead it allowed me to concurrently take what I was learning and apply it to different scenarios.” 

    Q: How different are the health IT issues in Qatar from those in the US? What are 3-5 key differences? 

    A: “Health IT is expanding in the region with international guidelines and best practices being followed. As health IT is new, the issues faced and the stages of progression are different to that of the US. For example, mandates such as meaningful use are not required and the stages of interopera-bility and data sharing are starting to develop. Also, since most of the health IT vendors are US based, much of the out of the box content follows US requirements and guidelines, which are not always applicable to the region and health system's workflows.” 

    Q: How do you see a MHI degree benefiting other professionals from allied health professions? 

    A: “As a dietitian and a clinical informaticist responsible for the implementation of allied health electronic documentation, the MHI degree definitely provided me with a better understanding of how electronic tools can be utilized to optimize the use of electronic documentation and workflows for allied health professionals. The documentation completed by allied health professionals are very comprehensive and logical data flow in the EHR becomes very important. Also, if more allied health professionals become more aware and involved in health informatics they will definitely help fill a gap that is currently present in the health informatics field as there is a primary focus on physicians and nursing needs with limited tools addressed to allied health professionals. The more allied health professionals enter the field of health informatics, the more awareness can be raised around the importance of including allied health needs in all aspects of informatics.” 

    Q: Can you summarize your practicum project? 

    A: “The availability of an interdisciplinary EHR system is not frequently available, especially not without a lot of customization done by the organization. The project will focus on exploring how disparate documentation of allied health professionals can be leveraged to improve the quality of patient care. Often, EHR implementations provide a large focus on nursing, physician and ancillary department’s EHR requirements and integration. This does not factor in the allied health professionals such as dietitians, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, etc. Therefore, the focus of the project is to provide recommendations on how to improve the documentation workflow and data flow for allied health professionals through the use of data dictionaries and setting up a data governance structure. The project aims to raise awareness to the allied health professionals in the health informatics field while proposing a standardization initiative for allied health documentation.” 


  • Medical Laboratory Science alumna finds success

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Nov 14, 2016

    Medical Laboratory Science alum finds success 

    The Pathways for Emerging Healthcare Leaders is a program for the Academic Health Center, which breaks down barriers that prevent high school students from pursuing careers in health care. This effort is part of a grant, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH), which aims to increase diversity and cultural competence in the health care workforce so that the makeup of health care providers matches the general population. The program recently shared success stories from across the Academic Health Center in order to inspire future healthcare practitioners.  Alumna Cecelia Thompson, A&S ’09, CAHS ’11 of the medical laboratory science program was featured as one of their success stories.

  • Acquavita named Health Research Star Award Recipient

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Nov 02, 2016

    Shauna Acquavita, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Social Work is the recipient of the Health Research Rising Star Award. This award is given to a person who is active in health-related research and who will be the future of UC’s research prowess.

    Acquavita has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments as a young investigator and scholar. She is recognized for her work in developing innovative approaches to substance abuse treatment, particularly smoking cessation, and in training healthcare students of all professions for practice in this area. Her research is highly collaborative with colleagues across the Academic Health Center and beyond, and she has been highly successful in securing funding for her research efforts.

    She has a number of funded research projects investigating smoking and smoking cessation interventions. She was the Principal Investigator on a pilot study funded by NIOSH/ERC, A Hidden Occupational Health Hazard: ETS among Child Welfare Workers, and the co-Principal Investigator for Examining Stroke Survivors and Spouses Influence on One Another 's Smoking Behaviors: A Pilot Study, funded by a CAHS Research Incentive Grant. She is a Co-Investigator for Increasing Smoke Free Environments for Youth in Foster Care (funded by Interact for Health) and A Mobile App to Enhance Smoking Cessation Shared Decision Making in Primary Care (funded by AHRQ). She is the Principal Investigator on a pending proposal, Off the Beaten Path: Exploring the receptiveness of Vape Store Employees as Agents for Child Injury Prevention (Nationwide Children's Hospital).

    Acquavita has been successful in securing more than $1million in funding for training program which have a significant research and evaluation component. She leads a large three¬ year SAMHSA-funded project to disseminate the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) method for substance abuse to students across the Academic Health Center, their clinical preceptors, and community professionals. As part of this project, she has led development of a distance learning course to teach the method coupled with simulations and practice in a number of clinical sites in the community. She is also a co-investigator of a funded project to develop a student based consultation service for smoking cessation at University Hospital. Dr. Acquavita also leads a large HRSA-funded multi-year project to train social work students for behavioral healthcare practice with children, adolescents, and transition age youth in the emerging interprofessional healthcare environment. She is also the co-Principal Investigator for a pending interprofessional HRSA training grant, University of Cincinnati MCH Pathways Program. In all these educational programs, Dr. Acquavita integrates rigorous evaluation in order to determine best practices, and she has a significant record of publications in the area of educational research.

    In addition to these funded projects, Dr. Acquavita has been the Principal or co-Investigator for eight other internal and extramural grant proposals that were not funded. Her level of activity in the area of grantsmanship has been exemplary. Dr. Acquavita’s record of research, scholarship, and grant funding is a model for other faculty throughout the university. Acquavita was presented with the Rising Star Award at UC’s Research Week Opening Ceremony on Monday, April 18, 2016.

  • Ruth Rosevear Seminar featuring Dr. McKenna November 4th

    by Kimberly Maco | Oct 17, 2016

    University of Cincinnati Department of Nutritional Sciences Presents the Ruth Rosevear Lecture in Maternal and Child Nutrition, Multiple Miracles and Nutrition

    Friday, November 4, 2016, Noon – 1 PMphoto of David McKenna, MD

    Medical Sciences Building, Room E351

    Lunch available starting at 11:45 AM

    RSVP to Kim Maco at

    Certificate of Completion will be provided for RDs

    CERPs pending for IBCLCs

    Co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Human Milk & Lactation


    • Know the rate of multiple gestations (MG) in in the US
    • Comprehend the risks specific to each type of MG
    • Understand relationship between diet and outcome in MG
    • Be able to prescribe a diet for MG
    • Evidence-based recommendations for weight gain in MG
    • Appreciate the value of individualized dietary plans for women with multiple gestations

    Download flyer (pdf)


  • School of Social Work adds two cancer researchers

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Oct 10, 2016

    School of Social Work adds two cancer researchers

    Social Work's new Cancer Researchers pose in French West Hall

    Interim President Beverly Davenport, PhD, came to UC in 2013 as the university’s provost and has since launched aggressive faculty recruitment initiatives that seek to bring the best and brightest in the country to the university.

    One initiative, the Cluster Hiring Initiative, was designed to “harness the power of faculty members in targeted areas in an attempt to help solve the world’s biggest challenges through leading-edge research and interdisciplinary collaborations.”

    A call for proposals resulted in five clusters that the university would fund, one of which was in precision cancer medicine.

    According to Dean Tina Whalen, the clusters that were chosen were areas where a significant amount of work has been done. “The idea is that by infusing additional talent through strategic hiring, we can turn something from good to great,” Whalen says. UC has a goal of becoming a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center in the near future. Funding the precision cancer cluster makes perfect sense.  

    The cancer cluster proposal was written by a a team of interdisciplinary faculty members from across the Academic Health Center. The College of Allied Health Sciences faculty position within the proposal called for a social work faculty member who possessed research and practice experience working with oncology patients.

    The past year was spent recruiting for a researcher in this specialty area and two ideal candidates were found. Thanks to another hiring initiative driven by  Davenport, the Strategic Hiring Initiative, both candidates were able to join the School of Social Work as faculty members this fall.

    Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc, PhD, comes to UC from Catholic University of America in Washington DC and will serve as an associate professor in the school.  She calls coming to UC for the Precision Cancer Cluster her “dream job” and says she is looking forward to being a part of a “new way of looking at cancer care, being a part of a team of health professionals across the spectrum of cancer care.” Her research area of interest is screening for distress and she has developed a screening instrument that is used in cancer settings. Currently, she is also exploring the role of alcohol use during cancer treatment. In the Spring semester, she will teach a course in loss and grief.

    Anjanette Wells, PhD, comes to UC from Washington University in St. Louis and will serve as an assistant professor in the school. Her research focuses on psychosocial cancer adherence. She has developed a qualitative research technique that allows her to understand and better address adherence among low-income minority communities. Her research has developed into multiple trainings that she conducts for professional health care workers in order to help improve patient adherence to cancer control recommendations and guidelines. This semester she has started teaching advanced practice courses in the Health and Aging specialization in the Master of Social Work program.

    The world of doctorally-prepared oncology social workers is very small, so the two have met at conferences and both have worked on projects for the American Cancer Society. BrintzenhofeSzoc has even provided mentorship and guidance over the years to Wells.

    They have only just arrived on campus but they are already creating synergy inside the school and inside the cancer cluster. They have begun regular meetings with cancer researchers across the university. The goal is for the cluster to work towards advancing interdisciplinary research initiatives in the area of precision cancer care. 

  • Three students headed to ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 07, 2016


    Three students headed to ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program

    Student Maya Donaldson  Jade clark (left) and Narae Hyun (right) on the steps of the Medical Sciences building

    Three UC Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) students were recipients of the competitive Minority Student Leadership Program Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The recipients were Jade Clark, senior communication sciences and disorders student, Maya Donaldson, master in speech-language pathology student, and  Narae Hyun, a student in CSD’s PhD program. 

    Only 40 students nationally were chosen for the program (and only 5 were undergraduates) so the fact that UC will have three representatives is quite an accomplishment. The program is set to take place in November during ASHA’s convention in Philadelphia, PA.

    ASHA says the purpose of the program in to recruit and retain racial and ethnic minorities in fields that have historically been under-represented.

    Participants will get to take part in a set of leadership-focused educational programs and activities which will help them build and enhance their leadership skills and gain an understanding of how the association works. They will also have the opportunity to interact with leaders in the professions of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language, and hearing sciences.

    How does it feel to be a part of the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class?

    The Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) offered by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) is a program that I have been looking forward to applying to ever since I found out about it freshman year. At that time, it felt like a distant hope, but now it has become a reality! It is the most humbling feeling to be recognized at the national level and to be offered a spot in a class with some of the most hard-working and dedicated students in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.” – Jade Clark

     "The Minority Student Leadership Program means a lot to me as it will provide me with the opportunity to become immersed in the culture of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, while at the same time expanding my network and challenging my leadership skills. It feels amazing to be acknowledged nationally for my leadership capabilities within the field and I'm looking forward to learning and growing."-Maya Donaldson

    More than traditional leadership programs, the Minority Student Leadership Program will allow me to be the inspired leader who can discriminate and comprehend value proposition by giving good samples of the new way to think, act and communicate. By participating this educational training program, I will be able to be creative – not afraid to fail, because I will see that in challenges and failure there will be something valuable.” – Narae Hyun

  • Summer Aphasia Awareness Event Educates and Inspires

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 01, 2016

    Summer Aphasia Awareness Event Educates and Inspires

    Avi Golden with Aime Dietz


    On June 10th, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and the National Student Speech-Language & Hearing Association (NSSLHA) hosted a special event for Aphasia Awareness Month entitled “Surviving my Stroke: An Aphasia Awareness Event.”

    This inaugural event brought together over 260 local stroke survivors, caregivers, community members, students and faculty from all departments in Allied Health and across the Academic Health Center. Dr. Aimee Dietz, spearheaded the event with the mission to raise awareness about aphasia, a language disorder that commonly co-occurs following stroke or traumatic brain injury. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 1 million people in the U.S. live with aphasia.

    The event featured guest speaker, Avi Golden, a well-known aphasia advocate and stroke survivor. Avi experienced a stroke at the age of 33 during a heart procedure, which resulted in paralysis on the right side of his body as well as Broca’s aphasia. This was just prior to enrolling in medical school.

    Although he has aphasia, which hinders his ability speak and write, Avi doesn’t let that stand in his way. With the help of 15 hours of speech therapy a week, he has made significant improvement and has returned to the things he did prior to his stroke, like working as a certified emergency medical technician (EMT).

    Students during aphasia event

    "Speech Pathology is awesome because I speak now” he says which was followed by overwhelming applause from the audience. Avi’s next goal is to complete medical school.

    Allison Hamilton, an undergraduate communication sciences and disorders, says the event reassured her of her future career path. “Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) help people like Avi everyday.” She continued to say, “It reminded me of how much of a difference I can one day make on someone’s life."

    Avi’s enthusiasm and passion for life helped others feel comfortable sharing their stories. A five-member stroke survivor panel, organized by CSD associate professor, Ms. Krista Beyrer, MA, brought together survivors and their caregivers to discuss how they overcome their communication challenges and stroke-related struggles. However, the panel made sure to highlight their post-stroke success stories. When the audience asked the panel what others could do to help those with aphasia, the panel agreed, “patience” is key.

    Stroke Panel during event

    “The best part about the event was the panel discussion” said doctor of physical therapy student Anna Hoffmeister. “The panelists were very open about how their communication has been affected by aphasia and how they are able to continue living their lives to the fullest.”

    The event accomplished its goal of helping health care professionals understand how they can better assist patients with aphasia and promote communication. The emotions and inspiration that attendees were left with was something that was unexpected.

    “I was brought to tears multiple times throughout the event” says communication sciences and disorders faculty member Lesley Raisor-Becker, PhD. “Avi and the local aphasia community are such an inspiration.”

    Communication Sciences and Disorders Faculty member Aimee Dietz, PhD, who led the organization of the event, says that they plan to host this event on an annual basis to raise awareness about aphasia for future allied health professionals.

    The Graduate Student Governance Association, CAHS Tribunal, and the McKinley foundation also sponsored the event.

     Also special thanks to the following individuals who helped with the event:

    Sarah Thaxton (CSD Senior)
    Kirsty Rae, NSSLHA Treasurer (CSD Junior)
    Shelby Spitz, NSSLHA PR (CSD Junior)
    Katie Masterson (Business; Junior)
    Lexi Perrault (2nd Year MA SLP)
    Katrina Bakas (1st Year MA SLP)
    Emily Haynes (2nd Year MA SLP
    Elise Hargis (2nd Year MA SLP)
    Allison Schenck (2nd Year MA SLP)
    Narae Hyun (CSD PhD Student)
    Numerous NSSLHA volunteers


  • Advanced Medical Imaging Technology graduate has acting/modeling past

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Aug 01, 2016

    Actress/Model completes new dream of an Advanced Medical Imaging Technology degree

    AMIT Student, Sharita Bone

    Sharita Bone, a 2016 graduate of UC’s Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (AMIT) program, is no stranger to the camera. While working in the corporate world, she modeled on and off and began acting about 7 years ago.  You’ll even spot Sharita as an extra in popular movies like The Avengers, Draft Day, Criminal Activities, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 

    Her 19 years in corporate America had begun to cause her to feel "burnt out" and wondering what her next journey would be. Sharita knew she still hadn’t quite found her calling.  “For months I went through a mental “what if” obstacle course, trying to decide what to do and when to do it” says Sharita.  

    After visiting the University of Cincinnati’s website, she knew where she wanted to go next.  The idea of starting over was daunting but she felt drawn to Advanced Medical Imaging Technology. “The idea of working with radiation held a certain appeal to me. What can I say? I love isotopes” says Sharita. Cancer and radiation therapy had also taken its toll on her family, so helping people was a big motivational factor in her career change. 

    Now Sharita is using images in an entirely new way as a graduate of the advanced medical imaging technology program. The program allows students to sit for board exams in two imaging modalities: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT).  There are more similarities in imaging and acting/modeling than you think she says. Being professional is key in both careers.

    Her professors have seen first hand that Sharita has the professionalism that it takes to have a successful career in AMIT. “She has been the de facto leader of her cohort and she understands clearly the mindset of a professional” says Alan Vespie, director of the Advanced Medical Technology program. 

    Sharita has represented the program at numerous research conferences and events. One of her favorite memories was presenting her research poster entitled, “Primary progressive multiple sclerosis and MRI: The disease, diagnosis, treatment, and research” in Singapore at the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT) of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting.

    AMIT student

    The field of Radiology has taken also note of her perseverance, maturity and passion for the field.  Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) awarded Sharita with the Jean Turner Minority Scholarship for Radiologic Technology in 2014. Shortly after that the American Society of Radiologic Technologists awarded named her one of only five students to receive the  $4,000 Royce Osborne Minority Student Scholarship.

    “The scholarships took a huge amount of stress off my shoulders” says Sharita. “My tuition, books and scrubs became more manageable costs, and the peace of mind it provided was invaluable.”

    To other minority students considering a career in AMIT, Sharita would say “What’s stopping you, do it now!” There are resources and mentors out there that will help you along the way.

    Sharita will graduate with the rest of her 2016 AMIT class on Saturday August 6th at 9:30 a.m. Graduates of the AMIT always graduate during the summer commencement due to their clinical rotation schedule.

    Her plans after graduation include finding a career in challenging and exciting field of research. Which yes, is a career change from her modeling/acting roots, but by following her passions and love of isotopes she is sure to have a long a successful career in the field. 



  • Summer Research Projects

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jul 28, 2016

    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders uses summer for student research

     Students participate in Summer Research The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) has been busy this summer with multiple students completing research projects.

    Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program

    The department had three students participate in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program this summer, which sets out to encourage female students to participate in ongoing research. The program gives students a stipend of $4,500 and pairs them with a faculty mentor/researcher.

    Here are the 2016 CSD WISE participants:

    CSD student

    Lucy Durepos, senior Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Project Title: Studies in speech and language
    Faculty mentor: Suzanne Boyce, PhD
    "I am so grateful for my experience in the Women in Science and Engineering Program. Over the course of the summer I have learned so much from intelligent, passionate scholars in my field. They have shown me how rewarding it can be to conduct research in a lab while also working in a clinical setting."

    Abby Abby Recker, senior Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Project Title: Establishing similarities and differences in the grammatical profile of Jamaican Creole and English-speaking preschoolers
    Faculty Mentor: Karla Washington, PhD
    "Through the WISE program, I have learned a tremendous amount about speech evaluations and about the field of Speech-Language Pathology. I have truly enjoyed working with my mentor Dr. Washington, and learning from her expertise. I have gained a new confidence in my research and academic abilities that I will carry on into my senior year in CSD."

    SarahSarah Thaxton, senior Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Project Title: Listen to my story: Perspectives of people with aphasia and their communication partners regarding AAC options
    Faculty Mentor: Aimee Dietz, PhD
    “Throughout this process I have really learned so about this field and research in general. My interests in Speech Language Pathology have been solidified as have my interests in aphasia. I've learned so much about the research process as a whole and how much goes into every little detail. The WISE experience has truly opened my eyes to aspects of this field that I had never previously considered.”

    The woman presented the findings of their projects during a special event in the Engineering Research Center on July 28th.


    University Honors Program + Discover

    Faculty Member, Aimee Dietz. PhD also gave two students the opportunity to participate in the University Honors Program + Discover program. The program seeks to increase awareness that research is available and important for students in all fields. Undergraduate students are paid up to $4,000 students to work with faculty members on various research projects as well as attend University Honors Program workshops.

    The project, Listen to My Story: Perspectives of people with aphasia and their communication partners regarding AAC options, was completed by two undergraduate students, Katherine Masterson, a junior marketing student, and Kirsty Rae, a junior Communication Sciences and Disorders student.

    Katherine“I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming familiar with something that is outside of my regular scope. I am very thankful that I have had this opportunity to learn so much about not only aphasia and AAC but also the research process in general. I believe that I will be able to bring some of the strategies for conducting research here into my work at the College of Business.” -Katherine Masterson, junior marketing student in Lindner College of Business

    Kirsty“I have learned extensively about the research process and all of the elements necessary in running a successful and meaningful research project. This experience has captivated my interest in AAC and aphasia, and I feel grateful to have learned so much this through this program.” -Kirsty Rae, junior Communication Sciences and Disorders

    The final University Honors Program + DISCOVER presentation is on Thursday, August 4 from 1-3 in the Annie Laws room of Teachers' College.

  • 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.

  • 2016 Walk for Hearing

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jul 05, 2016

    The 2nd annual UC Student Academy of Audiology Association Walk for Hearing will be held on Saturday, August 20th at 9:00 a.m at Winton Woods Park. 

    For more details go to the event page. 

  • Terri Hollenkamp

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jun 27, 2016

    Hollenkamp Sets Example for Fellow CAHS Alumni

    Terri Hollenkap attended college's PRaISE Preview event

    Teresa (Terri) Hollenkamp, a 1983 graduate of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department in the College of Allied Health Sciences, is a model alumna who has cultivated a rich UC family legacy. She and Tim, CEAS ’81, ’89, her husband of 32 years, have four children, two of whom followed their parents to UC — son Frank, DAAP ’08, and daughter Amy, Bus ’14, who is now studying in CAHS’s Nutrition program. When not with her family or friends, Terri’s free time is often spent hiking, biking or somewhere at UC.

    Terri’s professional accomplishments range from owning two businesses to serving as a CAHS faculty member for undergraduate and graduate courses. “I own a company, Rehab Resources, that provides rehabilitation services including staffing and program development, education and compliance training,” she says. “A few years ago, I started a second company that offers a wide range of private-pay healthcare services such as nutritional counseling, rehab services, massage, yoga and personal training.”

    She looks back on her experience at UC with fond memories, remembering faculty such as Dr. Joe Agnello, who hired Terri as a Teaching Assistant in the stuttering lab while always encouraging her to keep things in perspective and get involved in projects. As a first-generation college student of limited means, she remains grateful for the her full academic scholarship and complimentary services UC offered its students, including free bowling and movie nights in the Tangeman University Center. She also fondly recalls shaking off cabin fever early each year. “Springtime was always fun, catching rays by laying around in the grassy courtyard outside of Braunstein,” she says. “I have so many fond memories of sitting outside studying for exams with friends from class.”

    Terri stays involved with UC by volunteering, teaching, and financially supporting UC causes she cares deeply about. She serves on her college’s leadership council, of which she was the inaugural chair, as well as its strategic planning committee. “Of course, I hire our graduates when I have openings,” she says. “I believe you should give back, either with your time or talent, and financially if possible.”

    Terri finds the greatest rewards from seeing students excel when given the right opportunities. And her service and support in this pursuit is very personal. “I want to make sure I’m doing my part to ensure that these opportunities happen for our students,” she says. “If I had not received support and guidance from others, I would never had made it to college. This is what drives me.”

  • Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student of the Year

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jun 01, 2016

    Dietetics student selected as Ohio’s 2016 Outstanding Dietetic Student


    UC Student is Ohio Dietetic Student of the YearElizabeth Vennefron, a senior student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, has had quite a year. She just wrapped up her presidency over the Student Dietetic Association, an organization that has on average 40 -50 students, was tapped for UC’s prestigious Mortar Board, traveled to Mexico to help patients in need and is capping it off as the recipient of the 2016 Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Outstanding Dietetic Student Award.                                                                                      

    "I am very honored to have been selected to receive the Outstanding Dietetic Student Award from the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” says Vennefron. “It's very rewarding to see that all of my hard work has paid off and has been recognized by those who I aspire to be one day.”

    Just a few of the Student Dietetic Association’s accomplishments under Elizabeth’s reign include: donating 125 food items to various organizations, providing nearly 500 hours of service to various local organizations and raising hundreds of dollars which were given to local causes. Additionally, several members of the organization were able to attend their national conference, the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE). Elizabeth also coordinated several community presentations on various nutrition topics. 

    Elizabeth Vennefron, UC Student

    Vennefron was honored at the 95th annual Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (OAND) conference in Columbus, Ohio on May 13th. OAND is an affiliate of the field’s national organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Nutritional Sciences faculty member and Student Dietetic Association advisor, Audrey Miller, MS, was present in Columbus when Vennefron was honored. “Elizabeth is highly motivated, enthusiastic and serves as a positive role model / mentor to many of the 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students in the department” says Miller. “ I feel she is one of our future professional leaders and we will continue to see many great things from her.”

    Where does the Ohio Outstanding Dietetic Student go from here?

    Vennefron is in UC’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which allows her to complete her supervised practice within her undergraduate degree. There are only 56 coordinated programs in the country, and UC’s is one of the largest. In May she 

    Dietetics student counsels patients in Mexicocompleted all of her coursework and her clinical rotations will begin in August. Vennefron will graduate in 2017 and be ready to sit for the national registration exam to be a registered dietitian. Passing that examination will mean she will mean she will officially be a RD.

    She has also taken on a leadership role in the Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Association and is excited to continue her positive impact in the field.

    Her first steps as an RD?

    “I have an interest in childhood obesity” says Vennefron. “I have a passion for working with children. I get to be their role model; what I teach them can make a huge impact on their future” she says.

    Her dream job includes working in school food service, where she can help create and implement nutrition education into school breakfast and lunch programs.




  • A Yearn to Learn Prompts Grandmother to Get Her Master’s Degree

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jun 01, 2016

    A Yearn to Learn Prompts Grandmother to Get Her Master’s Degree

     Janice Jones, MSW grad"Nobody in my family went to college, I just love learning.” That love for learning has continued for all of Janice Jones’ 60 years of life and is culminating with her earning a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS).

    Jones, a 1974 graduate of Courter Technical High School in Cincinnati, which is now Cincinnati State University, was too busy being a wife and a mother to go to college right after high school. "I always did want to go to college, it was my dream,” she says. "I wanted to get a higher education, but with marriage and kids I thought I never would be able to do it.”

    Jones’ interest in education prompted her to take college courses from time to time while she was working at what was at the time University Hospital, now University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC). Early in her time working in the billing department at UCMC, she and her colleagues were required to take coding classes.

    "After we took the coding classes, it wet my whistle for going back to school,” Jones says. "So I went back to Cincinnati State and got my associate’s degree in health information management and then after that, I thought ‘I might as well go on and work on this bachelor’s degree’, so I enrolled at UC and got a bachelor of arts in psychology.”

    Jones, who has four kids and five grandchildren, says she liked psychology and wanted to continue her education but didn’t want to go back and get a doctorate, so she began researching social work. "I started checking out some things and reading up on social work and what social workers do and I thought, ‘wow, that sounds like me.’”

    So Jones was accepted in the three-year part-time program in the School of Social Work in CAHS. Being in her late fifties over the course of her studies wasn’t a deterrent at all she says, adding that there were some other students about her age. Plus, she says she enjoys being around the younger students who she plans to get together with after graduation to celebrate what she calls their triumph.

    "It feels great, I’m pretty proud of myself,” she says. "A lot of people say ‘you’re crazy going back to school at this stage, when are you going to retire?’ And I’m like ‘retire for what? What am I going to retire for?’ If I want to travel I can take vacation time and travel. I see so many people who retire from work and do nothing and they die, and that’s not me. I still have a lot of life, so I’m going to live it. In the meantime, I’m going to help people, because that’s what I want to do.”

  • A Child in Speech Therapy Inspires a Mom to Earn Her Degree

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jun 01, 2016

    A Child in Speech Therapy Inspires a Mom to Earn Her Degree

    A Child in Speech Therapy Inspires a Mom to Earn Her Degree 

    When Deanna Timpe receives her diploma in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) during spring graduation, she will be the second graduate in her family this year. Her ten-year old son, Ethan, graduated from speech therapy in February. Ethan is a major reason why Timpe decided to become a UC student almost a decade after graduating from high school. 

    Instead of going to college immediately following her graduation from Lakota East High School in 2002, Timpe jumped right into motherhood. Her husband, Jeff, enlisted in the Army and moved their young family to Texas. While he did tours of duty in Iraq, Timpe worked in the cosmetology industry for 10 years, both in Texas and when the family moved back to the Cincinnati area.

    In 2011, the desire to be home with her children led her to cut back on her hours working as a hair stylist and got her thinking about college. "I was scared to go to college,” she says. "I don’t know why, because looking at it in hindsight, I’ve been in college now for four years with four kids, and I was scared to go when I just had one.”

    With some encouragement from her husband, Timpe enrolled at UC Blue Ash, studying secondary education, planning to become a high school teacher. After one quarter of classes, she decided to take her studies in a different direction.

    "I always had a draw to the medical field for some reason,” she says. "When I was in high school, I thought I wanted to be a nurse.” When her son Ethan started going to speech therapy at the age of two, it reignited her interest in the health care world.

    "I think that made me realize speech language pathology was an option for me,” Timpe says. "I realized that this is language-based, it’s scientific-based, it’s working with other people, it presented so many options.”

    Once she started looking into it, she realized to get where she wanted to be, she would need a master’s degree. Once again, her husband was behind her all the way, encouraging her to continue her education which she did when she transferred to UC’s main campus.

    Being a full time college student and a mother of four children between the ages of two and 13 has been challenging for Timpe. Traditional students frequently ask her how she does it and she says, "I don’t know. Every day is so different, and I have had to develop as a person and understand that I can handle things.”

    The biggest step for her, she says, was compartmentalizing her time. Being a mother and a student is like having two different jobs, she says, so when it’s time to study, that’s what she does and relies on her husband and other relatives who live close by to help take care of her children.

    "How do I do it?” she says. "Not by myself that’s for sure.”

    Timpe’s perseverance has been noticed by other students and the staff in the college. She did her senior honors capstone research with Lesley Raisor-Becker, PhD, adjunct assistant professor in CAHS.

    "Deanna is an amazing student who is fully invested in being successful,” says Raisor-Becker. "She serves as a role model for her peers and often leads group assignment work. I am so happy that I have been able to work with her as her instructor and research mentor.”

    Now that she has completed her bachelor of science degree in communication sciences and disorders, she will continue her education at UC this fall as a graduate student, studying speech language pathology. Besides getting her degrees, she is hoping that she serves as an example to her kids.

    Before she enrolled at UC, her kids would talk about working as a hair stylist when they grew up or joining the Army. "I think that now that they see how much I value an education and how much I value going to college, how that’s really changed things for me and been a big deal for me, now the kids are talking about how they want to be a doctor, or want to be a nurse,” she says. "I wanted my kids to know that going to college is important and it is a good idea. Just don’t wait to do it until you’re old like me.”

  • Carney Sotto, PhD, receives Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Faculty Advisor award

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | May 31, 2016

    First-year experience director receives prestigious faculty advisor award

    Carney Sotto

    Affectionately known as “caring mama bear” who “champions for students of all backgrounds” by her students, Carney Sotto, PhD, has been mentoring students in the College of Allied Health Sciences for nearly 20 years.  Her mentorship was recognized by the university this month, as she was announced as the 2016 recipient of the Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Faculty Advisor award.

    "I feel extremely humbled and honored as the recipient of the Sarah Grant Barber Award" says Sotto. "Students are the reason we all have our jobs at the University of Cincinnati, so I am appreciative for every student who I have been in contact with. I absolutely love my job and couldn’t think of a better award than this to recognize my dedication toward students."

    The Office of Advising and Academic Services and UC Undergraduate Academic Advising Association (UCUAADA) give this annual award to one professional advisor, one faculty advisor and one advising administrator who showcase excellence in student mentorship. Students participate in the nomination process for the award.

    Sotto serves as the College of Allied Health Sciences’ (CAHS) first-year experience director as well as the undergraduate program director of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), a program that has on average around 200 students. On top of these two major roles she finds time to write nearly 50 letters of recommendation each year and advise two different student organizations; the two-time national chapter of the year, National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA), and Multi-Cultural Concerns in CSD, which she co-founded. 

    Despite her busy schedule, she “never stops thinking about how to serve her students” says current master’s in speech-language-pathology student, Lexi Perrault. "She is really committed to ensuring the success of every student who walks through her door.”

    In addition to being a great faculty mentor she is also a role model to students. She is the past-president of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is very well connected to the profession. “Through her leadership, work, and interactions with students we see how passionate she is about the field of speech-language pathology, and that motivates us in the classroom” says recent CSD graduate Sarah Colligan.

    Associate Dean Chalee Engelhard says that CAHS is lucky to have Sotto advocating for students in the college. “Through all of her hard work, she is truly deserving of this award. We are very excited for her to receive the prestigious Sarah Grant Barber Faculty Advising award.”

    Learn more about the Sarah Grant Barber Award here


  • Funding for PhD students in Child Language and Literacy

    by Tamila Downey | May 26, 2016

    Funding is available for PhD students in Child Language and Literacy 

    We are pleased to announce funding for PhD students in child language and literacy at the University of Cincinnati beginning fall, 2016.   We have received funding from the US Department of Education to provide stipends of $18,000 and full tuition over four years for students who wish to focus on language and literacy, cultural and linguistic diversity, and poverty.  An abstract of the project can be found at the following link: Leadership Abstract.

    We would like to talk with current master’s degree students or clinicians who wish to pursue careers in teaching and research.   Interested individuals can respond to


  • Faculty Excellence awards

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | May 16, 2016

    Dean names recipients of the 2016 Award for Faculty Excellence

    Lisa Kelchner, PhD

    Lisa Kelchner

    Dr. Kelchner is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and was appointed to serve as the interim department chair of that unit in June 2015. Over the course of this academic year, Dr. Kelchner provided exceptional service to the CSD department and to the college at large.

    Dr. Kelchner’s key contributions in 2015-16 are:

    • Led a representative group of unit faculty to create a departmental workload document that is in direct alignment with the college workload guidelines.
    • Led department faculty and staff in developing a strategic vision for the unit’s future that is in concert with the college’s new developed strategic plan as well as the UC Third Century plan.
    • Facilitated the negotiation of a new Speech Language Pathology MA distance learning training program with the West Virginia Department of Education.
    • Fiscally managed the unit’s AY16 budget and worked with the Dean’s office to clarify and make transparent the CSD Clinic funds and operations.
    • Realigned the department’s GIA/GAS funds.
    • Appointed program directors, effective AY17, to manage the daily operation, curriculum, student issues, and specialized accreditation standards for each program in the department.

    Additionally, Dr. Kelchner continued her scholarship, preparing for an October grant submission and publishing manuscripts, while also teaching in her area of content expertise in the MA and PhD programs.

    For the reasons listed above, and many others that weren’t mentioned, Dr. Lisa Kelchner is one of the recipients of the 2016 Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence.


    Shane Keene, DHSc, MBA, RRT-NPS, CPFT, RPSGT, RST

    Shane Keene

    Dr. Shane Keene is an Associate Professor – Educator in the Department of Analytical and Diagnostic Sciences. He currently serves as the Department Chair in that unit, and is the undergraduate director of the distance learning program in Respiratory Therapy, a program that he started in 2013. This program has had a 411% growth in enrollment since fall 2013 (140 students). Dr. Keene was chosen for this year’s award based on his innovative teaching strategies and creative e-learning marketing efforts.

    Dr. Keene is responsible for the development and launch of UC’s newest Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. But there is a twist – this is a Targeted Open Online Course, or TOOC. Titled “Shared Air: A Collective Look at the Future of Respiratory Therapy,” the TOOC is one of only two open online courses at UC, and is an innovative spin on the MOOC phenomenon in Higher Ed online learning. This TOOC is targeted specifically toward working respiratory therapists and students currently enrolled in associate-level programs who may be interested in furthering their education and moving into advanced practice, either within respiratory care or in an allied health profession. This novel approach to e-learning has resulted in an enrollment of over 100 students since the TOOC’s launch in January 2016. Eleven of these students have now matriculated into the BS-RT program.

    Additionally, Dr. Keene was appointed as the college’s first Director of e-Learning Delivery, Development, and Innovation this past academic year. In this role he has assisted other current program directors and department chairs in the development and implementation of high touch, best practice e-learning, online programs.

    Dr. Keene has been chosen as one of recipients of the College of Allied Health Sciences’ 2016 Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence for his contributions in teaching and service.

  • Jean Sepate is CAHS' 2016 Outstanding Alumni

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | May 02, 2016

    College of Allied Health Sciences chooses Jean Sepate as it’s 2016 Outstanding Alumni

    Jean Sepate award

    At the UC Alumni Association's 2016 Distinguished Alumni Celebration, Jean Sepate was named the College of Allied Health Sciences' Outstanding Alumni. The celebration was held on Thursday, April 14th. 

    Jean Sepate graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a master’s in social work in 1983. Since her graduation, she has stayed in Cincinnati and has made a real difference in the surrounding community. 

    For the last 30 years, at-risk Tristate youth have received a compassionate helping hand from Jean Sepate through her devoted service and leadership with Lighthouse Youth Services, which provides a range of assistance to area youth and their families. From 1993 until her retirement in 2015, she was the organization’s vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for agency program operations and ensuring its services were delivered with the highest quality. Earlier in her Lighthouse career, Sepate was the director of Lighthouse Program Services and program director for Lighthouse Group Homes.

    Sepate has been highly involved in the college and School of Social Work since she graduated. She is member of the colleges’ leadership and currently serves as its chair.

    In 2012, Sepate decided to bring her career full circle by helping future generations achieve their goals. She created the Jean Sepate and Peter E. Djuric School of Social Work Endowed Scholarship Fund, which helps provide tuition assistance to master’s students in the School of Social Work at UC.  

    For more information about the Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Celebration,  click here.

    Congratulations Jean

  • Launching of EXTEND, a new student program, in department

    by Shannon Rose | Mar 25, 2016

    Nutritional Sciences launches EXTEND

    EXTEND student program

    The Department of Nutritional Sciences is pleased to introduce a dynamic new student program: EXTEND (Experience to Engage Nutrition & Dietetics students).

    Read more about the program here: EXTEND.


  • Teaching with Tech

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Mar 21, 2016

    UC College of Allied Health Sciences’ Health Information Management Online Program Offers Students 21st Century Skills

    Assistant Professor of Health Information Management Pamela Greenstone familiarizes students with communication technologies.

    Date: 3/16/2016
    By: Cassie Lipp
    Other Contact: Tara Spacy
    Other Contact Phone: (513) 558-7584
    Pamela Greenstone, assistant professor of health information management at the University of Cincinnati, implements both learning and communication technologies into her courses in order to best prepare students to love and work in a technology-based workforce.
    Pam Greenstone

    “Usually our students are the ones managing electronic health records now, so it’s really important that they are familiar with different technologies and able to use them,” Greenstone said.
    There are now 175 students enrolled in Allied Health’s associate of science to bachelor of science online program in Health Information Management since the program was introduced in 2005. Since then the program has evolved to use many different forms of eLearning technologies. Today all 10 courses in the program use WebEx, Kaltura, and ePortfolios in some form.
    Greenstone said this is because many Health Information students currently work from home, or will do so in the future, so it is essential for them to be familiar with different communication technologies they can use in their job settings. 
    “What we try to do is use any technology that will benefit students in the long run and really bring some relevancy to our program,” Greenstone said.
    She added that the key to implementing new technologies into courses is to provide good instructions for both the students and instructors on how to use them, especially in an online setting where many students have not been in school for a long time. 
    Students in the program currently use WebEx to hold group meetings for projects, chat with their professors during online office hours, and listen to guest speakers. They can also showcase their work to future employers using ePortfolios, as they build new assets into their portfolio with each class taken. Kaltura is used for class lectures, narrated PowerPoints, and introduction videos.
    “I try not to interject a lot of new technologies at once,” Greenstone said. “We try something, and if it doesn’t work we go back to the drawing board and do something else.”

    via UC News


  • ASHFoundation scholarship recipient

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Feb 29, 2016
    CSD student receives national scholarship

    Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Student Receives a $5,000 Scholarship at National Meeting of Communication Professionals

    Milon Volk, MA Speech-language Pathology candidate, University of Cincinnati received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarship for Students with a Disability during the recent 2015 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), held November 12-14 in Denver, Colorado.

    This $5,000 Scholarship for Students with a Disability supports a student with disabilities who is enrolled in graduate study in the field of speech-language pathology or audiology and who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement. This scholarship is made possible through the support of the ASHFoundation’s Leslie Londer Fund.

    Volk, who has cerebral palsy (CP), sees his disability as a positive, rather than a negative. "Despite some physical challenges, I’ve learned to adapt" he says.  

    As a child, Volk found typing on a computer a considerable challenge. But he has persevered and found ways to improve his ability. "As a future speech-language pathologist, typing up reports is crucial, and so as a graduate student, I am constantly finding ways to improve my typing skills despite CP" says Volk. 

    Communication Sciences and Disorders associate professor, Aimee Dietz, PhD, says Volk is more than deserving of this national honor. “Milon does not take “No” for an answer and has never let his cerebral palsy slow him down. He is a role model for others with CP who may have been discouraged from having high aspirations because of their disability" she says.

    Volk says the Leslie Londer Fund will help further his career as a graduate student in speech-language pathology. Professionally, he hopes to become a clinical research professor in the area of neurogenic language disorders.


  • 10 Ways RDNs Can Improve the Health of Americans

    by Shannon Rose | Feb 18, 2016

    10 Ways RDNs Can Improve the Health of Americans

    A recent article on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, says that a registered dietitian nutritionist, or RDN, serves as an important liaison in helping individuals and communities make changes towards creating healthier lives through food and nutrition. It explains the ways registered dietitian nutritionists can improve the health of Americans and save health-care dollars.

    Read the article here.


  • Updates in Job Growth and Salaries for Dietitians

    by Shannon Rose | Dec 15, 2015

    Updates in Job Growth and Salaries for Dietitians

    A recent article in the Houston Chronicle, says that employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

    More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health. The median annual wage for dietitians was $55,240 in May 2012.

    Read the article here.


  • Dr. Carol Lammi-Keefe presents during Ruth Rosevear Lecture Series

    by Jermaine Fields | Nov 06, 2015

    2015 Ruth Rosevear Lecture Series


    Carol Lammi-Keefe: Ruth Rosevear Lecture Series

    Dr. Carol J. Lammi-Keefe, Alma Beth Clark Professor in the School of Nutrition & Food Sciences Foods Department at Louisiana State University delivered the annual Rosevear lecture, hosted by the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Allied Health Sciences. Her talk is entitled, “Nutrition’s Role in Successful Pregnancy Outcome.”

    Carol Lammi-Keefe of LSU

    A packed house listened as Lammi-Keefe talked about her areas of research, which include omega-3 fatty acids in pregnancy and development, diabetes, postpartum depression, and obesity.



  • 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.




  • UC Respiratory therapy launches online, free course.

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Oct 15, 2015
    UC respiratory therapy program director, Shane Keene

    College of Allied Health Sciences Launches It's First Free Online Course

    University of Cincinnati (UC) Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program has launched an innovative spin on the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with a Targeted Open Online Course (TOOC), titled "Shared Air: A Collective Look at the Future of Respiratory Therapy.”

    Like other MOOCs, the course is free, self-paced and online. However, it is targeted specifically toward working respiratory therapists and students currently enrolled in associate-level programs who may be interested in furthering their education and moving into advanced practice either within respiratory care or in an allied health profession.

    "Shared Air: A Collective Look at the Future of Respiratory Therapy” was developed by Shane Keene, DHSc, professor of respiratory therapy and program director of the Online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program at UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences, and the college's Center for Educational Technology and Instructional Support (CETIS) Design Team . 

    "The respiratory care landscape is rapidly changing. Now and into the foreseeable future, increased emphasis will be placed on higher education. One of the best ways you can prepare for this transition is to complete your bachelor’s degree,” explains Keene.  

    Keene is also an American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Fellowship member and an advocate of advanced practice for working respiratory therapists. 

    The TOOC, Keene believes, is an innovative tool to support those who are interested in exploring advanced career paths in the field of respiratory therapy. The course offers a unique online experience within five self-contained modules that allow practitioners and students of respiratory therapy to explore how the Affordable Care Act affects respiratory care, understand the current clinical movement toward advanced practice and identify new market trends and opportunities in respiratory care.

    Those interested in learning more about the opportunity can click here to view course information. 


  • UC students, faculty, and alumni enjoy FNCE 2015

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Oct 14, 2015

    Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo 2015  

    Debra Krummel poses with nutrition alumni at FNCE

    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosted it's national conference,  Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Nashville, Tennessee on October 3rd - 6th. The Department of Nutritional Sciences at at the University of Cincinnati (UC) had a large showing at FNCE 2015 bringing faculty members, alumni, 12 students.




    UC alumni reception at FNCE

     A University of Cincinnati alumni reception was held during FNCE, where current students, faculty, alumni and friends were able to mingle with Dean Tina Whalen, and UC Vice President of Alumni Relations, Jennifer Heisey.



    Student Hostess, Mollie Lewis


    Mollie Lewis, UC dietetics student, acted as a student hostess during FNCE, which is a large honor for students.




  • Alumna quoted in Food and Nutrition Magazine.

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 29, 2015

    "Bulk Bins" story in Food and Nutrition Magazine features UC alumna

    Allison Kuhn, alum

    Allison Kuhn, a graduate of our Coordinated Program in Dietetics and our Master of Science in Nutrition, was quoted in the September/October issue of Food and Nutrition Magazine.

    In the article, entitled "Bulk Bins: Become a Destination Department" Kuhn explains what's in the current "bulk" isles of our favorite grocery stores.

    She currently works as a corporate dietitian for The Kroger Company, and was recently named a "Supermarket Dietitian of the Year" by the Produce for Better Health Foundation.


  • 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.

  • SSW, Shauna Acquavita, PhD, Leads $900,000 Grant

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Sep 15, 2015
    Dr. Shauna Acquavita

    SSW's Shauna Acquavita, PhD, Leads $900,000 Grant

    The University of Cincinnati (UC) School of Social Work in the College of Allied Health Sciences has received a federal grant for $916, 323 to design and implement a program titled "Interprofessional Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) Training for Health Professions.”

    The project, which takes place over a three-year period, will incorporate a substance abuse screening course into the school’s curriculum and will include training 160 medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work students, 40 preceptors/field instructors, and 90 health professionals on substance abuse screening and treatment options.

    "If you can intervene early then you can make a big difference in a person’s life,” says Shauna Acquavita, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work who is spearheading the design and implementation of the interdisciplinary course.

    The grant comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

    SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

    Acquavita says that oftentimes patients won’t be seen for substance abuse until they are in their 40s and the negative impact has already occurred, like a job loss or arrest. This course, she says, "is for doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists … really anyone who interacts with patients and has the opportunity to ask questions that might head substance abuse off at the path, before a person faces significant consequences.”

    While it is not required for social workers or other health professionals to have specific substance abuse training, Acquavita says she feels the training is necessary across disciplines given the rise of substance abuse in U.S. society. According to recent data, only one in 10 Americans with a substance abuse disorder receives treatment.

    Although the course will remain an elective, student training will take place in three steps: education online that includes interaction with an avatar, then standardized patients, then with real patients in clinical rotations.

    The focus, Acquavita says, will be on alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs.

    After project has ended, SBIRT training will continue to be offered to health professions students annually and UC will provide an online SBIRT Continuing Education Course for UC Medical Center staff.

    Co-investigators on the grant include Ruth Anne Van Loon, PhD, College of Allied Health Sciences, Bonnie Brehm, PhD, College of Nursing, Tiffiny Diers, MD, College of Medicine, and Jane Pruemer, PharmD, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

    UC Health News website: UC Health News


  • AuD student is recipient of national scholarship.

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Aug 13, 2015
    AuD student

    AuD student is recipient of national scholarship.

    Maggie Schad is the 2015 recipient of a William F. Austin scholarship. The $10,000 tuition scholarship is sponsored by Starkey Hearing Technologies. Maggie is one of six recipients selected from over 100 applicants from audiology programs across the country.

    Schad was also the first recipient of the Robert W. Keith, PhD, Audiology Research Endowment and is also working as a research assistant to Brian Earl, PhD, studying electrocochleagraphy, a clinical test to diagnose neural degeneration.


  • Master's of Health Informatics graduates first class

    by Jermaine Fields | Aug 08, 2015
    Masters of Health Informatics graduates and their families

    Master's of Health Informatics graduates first class

    The Master's of Health Informatics online program began in 2013-2014 and it has now graduated it's first class in the summer graduation commencement 2015.

    When the program started program director Victoria Wangia-Anderson said that, "through the Master’s in Health Informatics Program, we will develop the next generation of leaders whose skills and knowledge will make a difference in the function of health systems and delivery of health care.”

    Graduates come from various academic backgrounds, including health professionals from all fields and individuals in information services, computer science, health policy and business and are excited to see what they do in the future as they reshape the healthcare landscape.

    Graduates of this online program traveled from as far as Alaska, Pennsylvania and Missouri to attend summer commencement. One family even flew from India to watch their graduate walk across UC's stage.

    Congratulations to the first graduates of the Master's of Health Informatics, Class of 2015!


  • MLS students head to academic conference

    by User Not Found | May 29, 2015
    Medical Laboratory Science Student Academic Challenge

    MLS students head to academic conference

    Medical laboratory science students headed to the 2015 Ohio Collaborative Laboratory Conference where they attended educational sessions, networked with laboratory professionals, and even participated in the Student Academic Challenge. The "LabCats" took home second place in this Jeopardy-style game, which included students from seven MLT and MLS programs across Ohio. Now that's ‪#‎CincinnatiSmart‬


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