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Doctor of Health Science Program Faculty

Dr. Laura Santurri

Assistant Professor & Director, Doctor of Health Science Program
College of Health Sciences

  • Specialties: qualitative and mixed methodology (with a focus on community-based participatory research), chronic disease management
  • PhD, MPH, CPH

Areas of Expertise
qualitative and mixed methodology with a focus on community-based participatory research, chronic disease management

Background
Has over a decade of public health experience in both the academic and community settings, with a strong focus on teaching, service-learning, and higher education administration. Has published and presented at national and state-level conferences on topics ranging from the management of chronic disease to health-seeking behaviors of veterans. Her greatest professional joy comes from the interaction with students in the classroom (virtual or face-to-face) and in the field. 

Research Interests
research methodology, management of chronic disease with a focus on functional disorders, health disparities, online pedagogy

Education
PhD, Health Education & Promotion, Kent State University 
MPH, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Case Western Reserve University 
BA, Interdisciplinary Anthropology, University of Akron

Fun Fact
I have six rescue dogs who are my family, two of whom are greyhounds. 

Favorite Thing about UIndy
While I'm new to the institution, my favorite things thus far are the friendliness, the sense of community, and the strong focus on education and service. 

Contact Information
santurril@uindy.edu
317-788-4608
Health Pavilion, 245

Lisa Borrero, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Specialties: critical gerontology, psychosocial health issues pertaining to older women, retirement adjustment,
    intergenerational learning, service-learning, and qualitative research methods
  • PhD, Health Behavior with a minor in gerontology

Areas of Expertise
critical gerontology, psychosocial health issues pertaining to older women, retirement adjustment, intergenerational learning, service-learning, and qualitative research methods

Background
Dr. Borrero holds a dual appointment in the Center for Aging & Community and the College of Health Sciences. She teaches Physical Dimensions of Aging and Public Health & Aging Populations in the Master of Science in Gerontology program, along with Research Methods I & II and Qualitative Research Methods in the Doctor of Health Science program.

Research Interests
psychosocial health issues pertaining to older women, adjustment to retirement, identity development among older adults, intergenerational learning

Education
PhD, Health Behavior, Minor in Gerontology, Indiana University – Bloomington
MS, Counseling, Indiana University – Bloomington
BA, Psychology, Earlham College

Fun fact
I enjoy spending time outdoors in all seasons, music, reading and sharing many exciting adventures with my husband and two young daughters!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The value placed on service and the genuine effort to make a positive impact on the local community.  The university’s motto, “Education for Service”, makes me feel honored to teach and serve at this institution.

Contact Information
borrerol@uindy.edu

317-791-5944
Health Pavilion, 230

Dr. Stephanie Combs-Miller

Associate Professor, Krannert School of Physical Therapy
Director of Research, College of Health Sciences

  • Specialties: Neurologic physical therapy, motor control and motor learning
  • PT, PhD, NCS

Areas of Expertise
neurologic physical therapy, clinical research, rehabilitation for people with stroke and Parkinson disease

Background

Research Interests
the effects of interventions that apply principles of motor control and motor learning for individuals with neurologic dysfunctions; and examining biomechanical characteristics of movement patterns associated with gait in order to develop a better understanding of mechanisms associated with recovery and/or compensatory adaptations

Education
PhD, Western Michigan University
MS, University of Indianapolis
BS, Indiana University

Fun Fact
I have two wonderful daughter’s Gabby and Erica, who keep me busy as a “swim mom.”

Contact Information
scombs @uindy.edu
317-788-3523
Health Pavilion, 319

Dr. Jennifer Fogo

Associate Professor

  • Specialties: pediatric and adult rehabilitation
  • PhD

Areas of Expertise
pediatric and adult rehabilitation

Postprofessional Courses
HSCI 537 Research Methods
HSCI 636 Qualitative Research

Background
Teaches a variety of courses in the postprofessional program and lectures in the Occupational Therapy program on assessment and intervention for children. Is an advocate for children and adults with disabilities, served as camp director and president of the Board of Directors for CHAMP Camp Inc. for children with tracheostomies or requiring respiratory technological assistance. Faculty liaison for UIndy's college chapter of Best Buddies and UIndy Act for Autism. Serves as co-chair of the Approved Provider Committee for Indiana Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA). Has presented locally and nationally on the development of handwriting in preschool, and the development of caring and competency in occupational therapy students. Published research investigating the grapho-motor skills of kindergarteners.

Research Interests
exploring the needs and support services for adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Education
PhD, Purdue University
MS, University of Indianapolis
BS, University of Indianapolis

Fun Fact
As a family, we have raised three puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, two of which have been placed as Skilled Companion Dogs for individuals with special needs. The third one didn’t quite make the cut as a service dog and continues to reside with us.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The opportunity to integrate faith, vocation and the desire to serve others, allowing us to put the university motto, “Education for Service,” into practice.

Contact Information
jfogo@uindy.edu
317-788-3513
Health Pavilion, 245

Dr. Julie Gahimer

Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: health promotion, instruction design, neurological rehabilitation
  • HSD

Areas of Expertise
health promotion, instructional design, neurological rehabilitation, service learning, online teaching and learning, professional issues

Postprofessional Courses
HSCI 538 Interprofessionalism
HSCI 550 Theoretical Foundations
HSCI 559 Advanced Practice for Adults with Neurological Disorders
HSCI 591 Health Promotion Programming for Rehabilitation Professionals
HSCI 610 Instructional Design & Delivery
HSCI 613 Designing an Online Course: Best Practices in Implementation

Background
Has received numerous recognitions for her role in community leadership and service learning. Has presented at many international, national and local professional meetings and has authored multiple publications in the areas of patient education and community health education.

Awards
2012 University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year

Research Interests
community health education, online teaching and learning, service learning

Education
HSD, Indiana University
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
BS, Physical Therapy, St. Louis University

Fun Fact
I have three daughters who were recently on three different continents in the same month.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
I love the fact that I can work at a place where the people are so friendly, the environment is one of hospitality and the motto is “education for service.”

Contact Information
jgahimer@uindy.edu
317-788-3420
Health Pavilion, 231

Edward Jones, Assistant Professor, Krannert School of Physical Therapy

Edward Jones

Assistant Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: orthopedic physical therapy, foot and ankle dysfunction
  • MS

Areas of Expertise
outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, foot and ankle dysfunction

Background
Teaches in both the Physical Therapist Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs. Is currently pursuing his Doctor of Health Sciences degree from UIndy with an emphasis in education. Has worked for over 17 years as a clinician and maintains a very active clinical practice. Also has experience treating those with complex medical conditions in an acute care setting and in a neurological rehabilitation setting.

Research Interests
comparing Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization with traditional physical therapy interventions for the treatment of chronic plantar heel pain

Education
DHS (in progress), University of Indianapolis
MS, University of Indianapolis
BS, Indiana State University

Fun Fact
I am an avid baseball fan and little league coach.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The close atmosphere and interaction that faculty has with the students.

Contact Information
joneser@uindy.edu
317-788-8013
Health Pavilion, 351

Dr. Elizabeth S. Moore

Assistant Professor
College of Health Sciences

  • Specialties: research methods, biostatistics and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • PhD, Medical Anthropology

Areas of Expertise
research methods, biostatistics and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Postprofessional Courses
HSCI 536 Research Methods I
HSCI 537 Research Methods II
HSCI 637 Intermediate Stats
HSCI 798 Juried Project Proposal Development

Background
Teaches in the post-professional programs in the UIndy College of Health Sciences and in the School of Nursing. Has significant experience teaching research methods and statistics to clinicians. Has published in diverse research areas including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, pregnancy outcomes and neonatal outcomes.

Research Interests
fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, women’s health, research methods and statistics, obstetrics and neonatology

Education
PhD, Medical Anthropology, Indiana University
MS, Biological Anthropology, Purdue University
BA, Anthropology, Indiana University
BA, Organizational Communication, Indiana University

Fun Fact
I love all things associated with ancient Egypt.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The positive attitude and collegiality of everyone.

Contact Information
moorees@uindy.edu
317-788-6107
Health Pavilion, 232

Dr. Emily J. Slaven

Assistant Professor, Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Program
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: orthopaedic physical therapy and manual therapy
  • PhD, Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
orthopaedic physical therapy and manual therapy

Postprofessional Courses
HSCI 560 Scientific Basis

Background
Has many years of clinical experience as a physical therapist in orthopedics and manual therapy practice with an emphasis on the role of the current evidence, patience preference and clinical experience in teaching of orthopedics and in particular of manual therapy. Is an orthopaedic clinical specialist and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Is credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.

Awards
2013 John Medeiros Distinguished Author Award from the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy.

Research Interests
manual therapy and lower limb osteoarthritis, Gait mechanics in relation to lower limb joint replacement

Education
PhD, Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
MS, Biomechanics, Ball State University
MS, Physiotherapy, University of Manchester
BS, Physiotherapy, University College Dublin

Fun Fact
I do eventing with my horse, which consists of the elements of dressage, cross-country jumping, and stadium jumping. Eventing is the equine equivalent of the human triathlon competition!

Favorite Thing about UIndy
There is a large focus on teaching and having the time to be available to help students.

Contact Information
slavene@uindy.edu
317-788-3305
Health Pavilion, 352

Dr. William H. Staples

Associate Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: gerontology, geriatric physical therapy, dementia care
  • DHS, Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
gerontology, geriatric physical therapy, dementia care

Postprofessional Courses
HSCI 538 Interprofessionalism
HSCI 571 Physical Dimensions of Aging

Background
Serves as President of the Section on Geriatrics, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has served on the Board of Directors. Is co-chair of the Item-Bank Review Committee of Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Received his geriatric specialist certification (GCS) in 1995 and re-certified in 2005 and 2014. Previously served on both the Geriatric Specialty Council and on American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Awards
2013 Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Outstanding Service Award
2014 APTA Lucy Blair Service Award

Research Interests
dementia, fear of falling in older adults

Education
DHS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
DPT, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
MS, Physical Therapy, Columbia University
BA, Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University

Fun Fact
I garden, jog, make wine and play soccer.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
There is a great collegiality about working here.

Contact Information
stapleswh@uindy.edu
317-788-2112
Health Pavilion, 323