College of Health Professions to Host Research Day March 30

Scholars and researchers from the College of Health Professions at Marshall University will gather Thursday, March 30, to present their research projects. The daylong look into research in the health professions will take place in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center as students from one of the university’s largest colleges will present their work through presentations and posters.

The conference gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and runs throughout the day. It features lectures by respected members of the local health care field including:

  • Dr. Timothy Hewett, professor and director of research in Marshall University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Hewett is a pioneering researcher, expert team builder and collaborative leader who has been recognized by the Mayo Clinic with an endowed professorship.
  • Dr. Jodi Biller, a Marshall alumna, who earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from West Virginia University in December 2022. In 2007 she completed an Associate of Science in Nursing from Marshall University/St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She then completed her R.N. to B.S.N. in 2010 and a Master of Science in Nursing in 2013.
  • Dr. Steven H. Sheingold, is the director of the Division of Health Financing Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services. He’s coauthored research  on the social risk factors on quality care in journals such as Health Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Medical Care and the Journal of Health Policy.

“This is an opportunity for students to showcase their original research and evidence-based practice projects,” said Dr. Deborah Chapa, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Marshall. “At the same time, they will hear from national experts of the impact of research on policy and improving health care.”

Presentations from student researchers will range from projects in physical therapy such as “Dry Needling with Electrical Stimulation vs. Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation in Quadriceps Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness,” to students from the School of Nursing examining “Newborn Thermoregulations.”

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