Great Turnout for SHP Involvement Fair!

involvement fair

Thank you to the SHP students, parents, alumni, and friends who attended the SHP Involvement Fair and Open House on Friday, September 19th. We had a great turnout!

The Involvement Fair provided an avenue for students to check out available opportunities and to get involved in health professions student organizations. Advising and Career Services were a part of the event as well.

Thank You for Making Our 2014 Pancake Breakfast Another Success!

pancake breakfast

On Saturday, September 20th, we held our annual Family Weekend Pancake Breakfast & SHP Scholarship Fundraiser!

We’d like to thank all the students, faculty, staff and families who came out to make it another huge success. Approximately $400 was raised for the SHP Scholarship fund.

To see just how much fun we had, click here.

See you next year!

SHP Invites Community to Fundraiser for MU Speech & Hearing Clinic and Preschool on October 7

Lets Talk-Blog

Columbia, Mo. Sept. 20, 2014: Adults and children from central Missouri attended over 5,000 therapy sessions in 2013 at the Robert G. Combs Language Preschool and the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic.  This was made possible by dedicated faculty and student clinicians as well as by generous financial support from the community and from the Columbia Valley of the Scottish Rite

Mizzou’s School of Health Professions will host its 4th Annual Let’s Talk fundraiser on October 7th from 6-8pm at Bleu Restaurant in Downtown Columbia. Members of the community, public health organizations and any other interested parties are welcome to attend. The cost is $30 per person and includes appetizers and drink tickets. To purchase tickets, or get more information, call Ty Hopkins at 573-882-4209. Childcare will also be provided at no cost by registering at:

Let’s Talk is our largest fundraiser of the year and it directly benefits children in need of speech-language therapy in Mid-Missouri,” says Dr. Judith Goodman, Communication Science & Disorders Department Chair and Associate Professor at SHP. “Our preschool program is unique in Columbia. Children get services backed by the most up-to-date research in a language-rich environment with a very low child-clinician ratio.”

“We are excited to host the Let’s Talk fundraiser again. The financial support plays a significant part in us being able to provide the care and resources to those in need of therapy treatment, but unable to receive it due to financial challenges,” says Greta Hull, Director of R.G. Combs Language Preschool.

“This annual fundraiser is such a wonderful event and is so important to our clinic,” says Leanna Lawrence, Director of the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic. “The funds raised, which allow us to offer scholarships and purchase much needed therapy materials, enable us to better meet the needs of our clients.”

The MU School of Health Professions (SHP) is the University of Missouri system’s only school of health professions and the state’s only such public program located on a health sciences campus. Health professionals account for more than 60 percent of the total U.S. health care workforce and represent more than half of the fastest growing occupations in the country according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. With programs in rehabilitation, health promotion, diagnostic and imaging sciences, graduates of the School of Health Professions fill critical roles in health care.

The Robert G. Combs Language Preschool was opened by the MU Department of Communication Science and Disorders with the generous support ofthe Scottish Rite.  This preschool serves children aged 2 to 5 years with or without speech and language difficulties.  MU Communication Science and Disorders seniors and graduate students are clinicians for this preschool under the direct supervision of certified faculty.  Given the intense speech and language focus of this program, a very low clinician to student ratio is maintained, approximating 1 clinician for every 2-3 students.

The MU Speech & Hearing Clinic was established more than 50 years ago to provide a full range of diagnostic and clinical speech-language services to children and adults with a wide variety of communication needs. Group and individual therapy sessions are available, based on the needs of each client. All services at the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic are provided by graduate student clinicians in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. These student clinicians are closely supervised by faculty members who hold certification in speech-language pathology.

The Let’s Talk Fundraiser is held annually by the School of Health Professions. Members of the media are invited to attend. Dr. Judith Goodman, Greta Hull, and Leanna Lawrence and others will be available for interviews on request.  

### For more information or to schedule an interview please contact Megan Gill at 573-882-7974 or ###

School of Health Professions Hosts Dr. Jennifer Wisdom October 3.


Columbia, Mo. Sept. 9, 2014:  “Pragmatic Mixed Methods Research” is the topic of the presentation by Dr. Jennifer Wisdom on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 1-2pm in the Mark Twain Ballroom (N201/202) of Memorial Student Union. Jennifer Pelt Wisdom, PhD, MPH is Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Health Policy at George Washington University.

“The University of Missouri and the School of Health Professions have a stake in improving the overall health paradigm in our community. Dr. Wisdom will discuss the applicability of a mixed methods approach in health services research – a discussion which has broad implications for researchers in the School of Health Professions and throughout the MU Health System.” said Dr. Kristofer Hagglund, Dean of the MU School of Health Professions. Wisdom’s presentation is the Fall 2014 installment of the Scholarship & Discovery Lecture Series.

Dr. Wisdom is a licensed clinical psychologist and academic researcher whose work has specialized in the organization, delivery, and quality of health care. She uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to study the intersection of health care policy and practice. Recent projects include federally funded studies of the impact of a statewide intervention to reduce psychiatric polypharmacy in children and an investigation of how publicly funded child/adolescent behavioral health organizations adopt evidence-based treatments and other practice innovations.

Members of the community, public health organizations and any other interested parties are welcome to attend. The event is Friday, October 3 at 1pm in the Mark Twain Ballroom (N201/202) of the Memorial Student Union on the MU Campus.

The MU School of Health Professions (SHP) is the University of Missouri system’s only school of health professions and the state’s only such public program located on a health sciences campus. Health professionals account for more than 60 percent of the total U.S. health care workforce and represent more than half of the fastest growing occupations in the country according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. With programs in rehabilitation, health promotion, diagnostic and imaging sciences, graduates of the School of Health Professions fill critical roles in health care.

The Scholarship & Discovery Lecture Series is hosted once per semester by the School of Health Professions. Members of the media are invited to attend. Dr. Wisdom and others will be available for interviews on request.  


### For more information or to schedule an interview please contact Megan Gill at 573-882-7974 or ###

Department of Health Psychology Intern Published in Schizophrenia Research Journal

jarrett and brain

Jarett Roseberry is a clinical psychology intern for the Missouri Health Science Psychology Consortium, which includes the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri School of Health Professions. His manuscript, “Limited practice effects and evaluation of expectation for change: MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery,” was recently accepted for publishing in Schizophrenia Research, the official journal of the Schizophrenia International Research Society. Roseberry’s manuscript was his thesis project for his graduate program, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), and was a collaborative effort with his academic/research advisor, Dr. S. Kristian Hill.

“The reason we are interested in cognition within schizophrenia is that prior research has shown cognitive deficits are the leading causes for functional deficits for people with a schizophrenia disorder, and functional deficits are the main financial and societal difficulties for schizophrenia spectrum disorder,” Roseberry said. “So my paper was designed to examine differential practice effects between schizophrenia spectrum patients who were clinically stable and on a stable medication regimen compared to demographically similar controls.”


Roseberry and Hill also wanted to examine possible expectations for change on the MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB), which is the main neuropsychological/cognitive assessment used to assess cognition in schizophrenia spectrum patients. This can be used to assess if a change in performance on the MCCB is a practice effect or meaningful change, which can help future researchers determine if medication effects are having a positive impact on cognition or not.

Currently, Roseberry works with the DHP neuropsychology clinic and with Health/Rehabilitation psychology at the Rusk Rehabilitation Center. With DHP, he completes neuropsychological assessments, such as interviewing with patients and family, performing cognitive assessments, and providing feedback with patients on what they learn from those assessments. At Rusk, he works with stroke patients, patients with vascular difficulties, and lower extremity amputees to ensure that patients have efficient and effective stays for proper physical and emotional healing.

Roseberry said he owes his interest in the DHP internship to the training it provides in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology, as well as the variable and unique patient population. His supervisor, Professor Brick Johnstone, said DHP interns learn to be rehabilitation, health, or neuropsychologists, and when they are done at MU they usually go on to fellowships to specialize in one of those areas.

“The clinical experience here is wonderful for a variety of reasons,” Roseberry said. Now schizophrenia researchers all over the world can read about his clinical experience in his manuscript, set to be published soon in Schizophrenia Research. 

PT Welcomes Largest Class Ever

MUPT Class of 2017
The MUPT Class of 2017 will officially be the largest in school history, with 60 students, compared to 44 last year. All students have successfully completed the core required courses, 40 hours of observation of a licensed PT, as well as the GRE.

The PT program at Mizzou began in 1963, graduating its first class of 10 in 1965. Since then, the department’s mission has been “to prepare exemplary physical therapists for clinical and academic cares, to excel in scholarly activity, and to serve the profession and community at large.”

MUPT has been an accredited physical therapist education program through Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapist Education (CAPTE) since its beginning.

SHP is very excited to help these young students continue their education and make a positive impact in their community and profession. Best of luck to the Class of 2017, our largest yet!

Cheak-Zamora Receives Funding for Study on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Assistant Professor Nancy Cheak-Zamora has received a $500,000 Autism Research Program Idea Development Award to continue research regarding transitions into health care for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

“The majority of individuals with ASD currently are 18 years old or younger, which means an influx of adults with ASD will enter the health care system throughout the next decade,” said Cheak-Zamora.

Because young adults with ASD are less likely to gain the skills needed to increase their independence, such as managing personal health care, Cheak-Zamora has designed a study to change the current standard, in which providers and caregivers make decisions for youth with ASD.

Her study will focus on helping youth with autism improve their ability to increase their own independence and transition into adulthood. Research will be done in conjunction with the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

For more information, view the full news release here.

David Colt Named Director of Athletic Training Program

David "DC" Colt (center) has been named Director of ATP.

David “DC” Colt (center) has been named Director of ATP.

David Colt, formerly the Head Athletic Trainer at Northwest Missouri State University, has accepted a position as Director of the Athletic Training Program at Mizzou. Colt served at NMSU for 27 years, providing care for more than 10,000 student-athletes during his tenure.

Colt’s 27 years of experience speak for themselves. Some of his recent honors include his induction to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, along with numerous other awards. Assistant Teaching Professor Susan Wehring called him a “solid, grounded professional that can take our academic program to a top program in the nation.”

But Colt’s experience in athletic training isn’t his only forte. His leadership and vision are promising, as well. Assistant Teaching Professor Keith Belmore said he fully expects “the program to enter the national conversation when it comes to the top AT Education Programs in the country.”

The level of confidence in Colt from his new faculty and staff is a sign of good things to come. Interestingly, this is not Colt’s first time at Mizzou; he received his doctorate from the University of Missouri in 2007!

So from all of us here at SHP and at Mizzou, welcome, David Colt!

Interdisciplinary Inter-Institutional Stroke Research Collaborative Funded

Doctor Looking in Microscope

A proposal for over $500,000 of funding for a stroke research collaborative among the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Washington University was recently approved.

According to the project proposal, this will “create a successful, multi-disciplinary, externally-supported program in stroke research at MU within the next 5 years.”

One major goal of the project is to create a registry of stroke patients in the state of Missouri to assist in research. According to Associate Professor of Health Psychology Cheryl Shigaki, the creation of such a registry will make it easier to find patients by specific data.

“The difficulty is that so many people don’t know the research is going on. The main problem is figuring out who is eligible, getting to them and encouraging them to participate,” Shigaki said.

The registry, formed in combination with the previously mentioned institutions, will help researchers to determine the effects of their work on those it is designed to help, as well as provide an opportunity to researchers considering clinical work who are worried about not being able to find patients. As Dr. Shigaki put it, “the registry would be a lot more attractive to someone considering MU for stroke research.”

Currently, MU serves patients from every county in the state, with a large amount being from rural areas. By working with institutions in urban areas, MU can hope to gain a more representative sample of patients from urban areas, specifically African-American stroke patients.

This collaborative will receive over $500,000 in funding from Mizzou Advantage over the next five years. This is a remarkable accomplishment, one that deserves recognition. According to Colleen Devlin, Director of Marketing and Communications for Mizzou Advantage, this year saw approximately 120 submittals, with about 100 of those being research proposals. 30 research projects were given a total of $3.2M, with the stroke collaborative receiving a hefty $500,000.

Devlin said, “The research proposed and the teams collaborating to do the work really showcases the researcher and faculty talent on this campus, as well as the networks surrounding this talent.”

With the funding taken care of, all that is left to do is begin the journey, but not without a few obstacles. Dr. Shigaki said that she suspects bureaucracy will be the most prominent obstacle to any progress.

“Everything takes longer than you expect it to, everybody has different requirements, and things need to be done in a standardized way,” she said. “We are trying to keep a very limited burden on clinical work flow. We want to do as much of the work as possible without having clinical people add more work to their jobs, but maintain good partnerships.”

The outcome of this research collaborative will be more than just creating a registry of data on stroke patients, it will greatly change research and patient care in Missouri. This project will help researchers and caregivers to think more clinically and understand patients’ needs. It will also provide a lot of opportunity, seeing as a stroke patient registry would be an attractive aspect to those considering doing research at MU.

Furthermore, this will undoubtedly raise the stature of MU in the eyes of National Institutes of Health (NIH). Once the infrastructure is in place, others may be more easily started. Dr. Shigaki emphasized the importance of the task at hand, seeing as it will set a precedent for how to create and maintain a registry in health science.

“It could lay a foundation in the clinical world that we could build upon,” Shigaki said. “Having this experience and information would be greatly helpful for future collaboratives, research, and funding for grants.”

Additionally, the members of the project will host an annual research symposium on stroke research for clinicians and scientists from the collaborative institutions. This will increase MU’s national visibility, as well as give opportunities to invite prominent keynote speakers.

All in all, this five-year project looks to be promising to both researchers and patients across the state of Missouri.

Associate Dean Reid-Arndt Elected to National Office

Dr. Reid-Arndt
Dr. Stephanie Reid-Arndt, Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions, has recently been elected a Member-at-Large to the Board of Directors of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Reid-Ardnt has previously served as a Chair, Co-Chair, Federal Advocacy Coordinator and Member of APA Division 22, among other positions. Her role is “to represent the membership in discussions about planning and direction of the organization.”

Her committee works with the president of the APA Division 22 to develop plans for the upcoming year. “It’s a lot of planning for new initiatives and conferences,” Reid-Ardnt said. “It’s more about strategy than anything. The APA is the main professional organization for psychologists and is involved in overseeing teaching programs (accreditation) and advocating at the national level for issues related to psychology.

Dr. Reid-Arndt is not the only Mizzou Tiger to serve, or have previously served, on the APA. Dean Hagglund and Dr. Janet Farmer have both served, and Krystal Drake is an early career representative.

Reid-Arndt will meet with the rest of the Division in August, where the new president will set the year’s agenda.

“This is another opportunity to serve the division,” she said. “I can see myself continuing my activity as long as I am fit to. I feel most aligned with this group in terms of my research and interest area.”


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: