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School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Continued Growth By Joyce Mac Kinnon, EdD, PT The School began the 2011-12 academic year with its annual retreat that included updates on all programs, a review of the expanded Strategic Plan, and discussion about how the School can increase interprofessional collaboration. The School’s new faculty includes Mary Beth Brown, PT, PhD in the Department of Physical Therapy; Jim Zedaker, MPAS, PA and Jennifer Marable, MS, PA in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program; and Kathy Visovatti-Weaver, RN, MPA, JD as the new program director for the undergraduate Bachelor of Science on Health Sciences program. The School’s new staff includes Na’Cole Tilson as the undergraduate student counselor, Kelly Early as the administrative assistant in the Dean’s Office and Christine Baldwin as the Director of Development. Thanks goes out to Dr. Patty Scott of the Department of Occupational Therapy, whose award of an IUPUI Learning Environment Grant has allowed the school to create an educational space in the basement of Coleman Hall for research and student activities (see
photo to the right). With new carpet, painting, accordion dividers and educational technology this is the first dedicated space encouraging students from different disciplines to interact with each other. All of the School’s capped programs (DPT, MS in OT, and the internship in Nutrition and Dietetics) are fully enrolled this year. We have seen substantial growth in our new BS in Health Sciences with 130 students currently in the program. We now have 21 PhD students, having added 2 new students this fall. After reflection and consultation we made the decision to delay application for accreditation for our proposed Master of Physician Assistant Studies program until 2012, with an anticipated start date of May 2013. All of our alumni are welcome to visit at any time, and we were glad to see many at the School’s First Interdisciplinary Research Conference held on the IUPUI campus on November 12, 2011.
A group of occupational therapy and physical therapy students studying together in the school’s new student learning space.
The Department Welcomes Mary Beth Brown, PhD, PT, ATC
The Department is happy to welcome our newest faculty member - Dr. Mary Beth Brown - who joined our program in July 2011. Dr. Brown will co-teach the pathophysiology courses in the first year DPT curriculum, as well as contribute to the Department’s considerable research agenda. She has spent the summer setting up her laboratory in Fesler Hall and continues working to acquire the necessary equipment while submitting for grant funding. Dr. Brown’s research interest is in the use of aerobic exercise training as a therapeutic intervention for diseased and disabled populations. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Medicine from Lenoir-Rhyne College and earned her MSPT degree from the University of Miami, Florida she practiced as a physical therapist in St. Petersburg, Florida for nearly a decade. Dr. Brown earned her PhD in Applied Physiology from Georgia Institute of Technology and worked as a graduate assistant in the program’s Exercise Physiology Laboratory. Her doctoral work investigated mechanisms and consequences of high sweat sodium loss in healthy and cystic fibrosis athletes; this project uncovered important safety issues to be addressed for optimizing exercise as therapy in cystic fibrosis. Her post-doctoral work was completed recently with the IU Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. Dr. Brown’s new lab
continues her current research to evaluate exercise as therapy for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension for whom exercise is a promising but undocumented therapy. Another research interest
of hers is intravital microscopy - the imaging of living organ tissue maintained in its native physiological environment. Dr. Brown currently assists a team of researchers in the development of a novel method of intravital rodent lung imaging using 2-photon microscopy. Outside the classroom and research lab, Dr. Brown is an endurance athlete and has completed over 15 marathons and six Ironman triathlons, including two World Championship Ironman races in Hawaii. Since moving to Indianapolis she has become a member of the local US Masters swim team and is focused on training and racing in distance swimming events. When not in the pool, Dr. Brown enjoys traveling and outdoor activities with her family. The Department welcomes her to the DPT faculty and looks forward to her contributions to the academic and research agenda.
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