Faculty/Staff

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Faculty Profiles

Reginald Alston, Ph.D., Professor ▼

Reginald Alston, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-2307

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(217) 333-2766

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Degree

Ph.D., Rehabilitation, Florida State University, 1987

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Alston’s primary research interests include disparities in outcomes across racial groups in state/federal rehabilitation services and psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness and disability for African Americans.

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Ruopeng An, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Ruopeng An, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-0966

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Dr. An Receives Early Career Award Dr. An is the 2015 Winner of the Judy K. Black Award. See the story here.

Degree

Ph.D., Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School, 2013

Research and Professional Interests

  • Obesity epidemiology and population-level interventions on weight-related behaviors and outcomes
  • Health disparities in dietary intakes and mental health throughout the life course with specified interests in older adults and people with disabilities

 
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Flavia Andrade, Ph.D., Associate Professor ▼

Flavia Andrade, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-3675

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(217) 333-2766

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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 2006

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Andrade's professional interests include demography, population health, aging and the life course, research methods and statistics, socioeconomic disparities in health, and sociology of family. Her research focuses on demography and population health. Dr. Andrade's current research examines the interactions among aging, disability, obesity, and diabetes mellitus. She is also interested how socioeconomic inequalities over the life course influence later life outcomes, in particular, health outcomes. Her interest in aging and the life course also extends to the analysis of living arrangements of elderly individuals.
 
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Marni D. Boppart, Sc.D., Associate Professor ▼

Marni D. Boppart, Sc.D.

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(217) 244-1459

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(217) 244-1995

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Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Degree

Sc.D. Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Boston University, 2000

Research and Professional Interests

Preservation of skeletal muscle is essential for maintenance of health and physical function throughout the lifespan. Professor Boppart's research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for muscle repair and growth post-exercise. This information is then used to develop novel cell- and pharmacological-based interventions that can prevent or treat loss of muscle mass and function with age. We have a specific interest in understanding a role for the integrin and muscle resident stem cells in:

  • protection from exercise-induced muscle injury
  • beneficial adaptations to exercise (repair, growth)
  • distal tissue health
  • protection from age-related disability

 

Dr. Boppart holds a joint appointment at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

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David M. Buchner, M.D., M.P.H., Professor ▼

David M. Buchner, M.D., M.P.H.

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(217) 244-1510

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(217) 333-2766

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B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1974 M.D., University of Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; 1977 M.P.H., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; 1984

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Buchner's area of interest is community-level approaches to chronic disease prevention, particularly approaches to promoting physical activity. From 1999 to 2008, he directed the Physical Activity and Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he participated in national initiatives to promote physical activity. His research has focused on physical activity and aging. He has studied the role of physical activity in preventing functional limitations, disability, and falls. He is also interested in environmental and policy interventions to promote physical activity.

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Nicholas A. Burd, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Nicholas A. Burd, Ph.D.

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217-244-0970

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1 765-730-3593

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Degree

M.S., Exercise Physiology, Ball State University Ph.D., Kinesiology, McMaster University

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Burd’s area of research interest is exercise physiology. Our research group investigates the effects of nutritional and exercise manipulations on the regulation of muscle mass and changes in body composition with aging, disease, and the athlete. We use stable isotope labeled amino acid tracers, and various other molecular techniques, for the in vivo measurement of whole body and muscle protein turnover in a human model. The knowledge gained from this work is used to define nutritional and exercise strategies to improve muscle health and performance.

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Chung-Yi Chiu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Chung-Yi Chiu, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-6435

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Degree

Ph.D. Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

Research and Professional Interests

A Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Professor Chiu’s research investigates issues related to the health and quality of life of people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Much of her work focuses on people with multiple sclerosis and cancer survivors. Within the population of multiple sclerosis, she has examined the mediating effects of exercise, diet, and stress management on functional disability and health-related quality of life; dietary and physical activity self-management; and the effectiveness of the Health Action Process Approach as a health promotion model.

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Daniel Eagle, Instructor ▼

Dan Eagle

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217-300-4326

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Robyn L. Gobin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Robyn L. Gobin, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-3207

Degree

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Gobin's research interests include improving post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment outcomes, the effects of physical and sexual violence on functioning, and understanding how African American culture impacts the way individuals experience, cope with, and recover from post traumatic distress.

Current research projects include exploring the role of religious coping in trauma recovery, investigating the efficacy of a novel emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills training PTSD treatment preparation group in improving treatment engagement and response among Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma (MST), and evaluating acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for Veterans with histories of interpersonal trauma.

Dr. Gobin's research has been funded by the Clinical and Translational Research Institute at the University of California San Diego, the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program, and the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Robyn has also been selected as an awardee of the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and the National Institute of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program.

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Kim Graber, Ed.D., Professor, Associate Head ▼

Kim Graber, Ed.D.

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(217) 333-2697

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(217) 244-7322

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Degree

Ed.D., Educational Leadership/Physical Education Teacher Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1988

Research and Professional Interests

Kim C. Graber is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and the Director of the Campus Honors Program at the University of Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, her master's from Columbia University Teachers College, and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. Her research interests include children's wellness, legislative policy mandates, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has published numerous articles in peer-refereed journals and books and has presented her work at dozens of national and international conferences, including an invited keynote address at the Healthy Schools Summit in Washington, DC. Recently, she co-authored a book titled Physical Education Activity for Elementary Classroom Teachers. She has served as president and secretary of the Research Consortium, president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Academy. She serves or has served on the Faculty Senate as Vice-Chair, Senate Executive Committee, University Senates Conference, chair of Committee on Committees, Provost's Council on Gender Equity, Chancellor Search Committee, Provost Search Committee, chair of the Teaching Advancement Board, Graduate College Executive Committee, Illinois Leadership Coordinating Committee, AHS Executive Committee, and chair of the AHS Educational Policy Committee. She is a University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher/Scholar and received the 2009 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, Ph.D., Associate Professor ▼

Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-9207

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(217) 333-2766

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Degree

Ph.D., Maternal Child Health Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007

Research and Professional Interests

Visit the lab page: Social Epidemiology Research Group

Recent Publications

  • Zenk, S.N., Grigsby-Toussaint, D. S., Curry, S.J., Berbaum, M., Schneider, L. Short-Term Temporal Stability in Observed Retail Food Characteristics. (2010). Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior, 42, 26-32.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint, D.S., Zenk, S.N., Odoms-Young, A., Ruggiero, L., Moise, I. (2010). Availability of commonly consumed and culturally-specific fruits and vegetables in African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 110, 746-752.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint, D.S., Lipton, R., Chavez, N., Handler, A., Johnson, T., Kubo, J. (2010). Neighborhood socioeconomic change and diabetes risk: Findings from the Chicago Childhood Diabetes Registry, Diabetes Care, 33, 1065-1068.
  • Harrison, K., Bost, K. K., McBride, B. A., Donovan, S. M., Grigsby-Toussaint, D. S., Kim, J., Liechty, J. M., Wiley, A., Teran-Garcia, M., & Jacobsohn, G. C. (2011). Toward a developmental conceptualization of contributors to weight imbalance in childhood: The Six-Cs model. Child Development Perspectives, 5 (1), 50-58.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint, D., Moise I., Geiger, S. (2011). Observations of food marketing targeted to youth in the retail food store environment, Obesity, doi:10.1038.2011.120.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint, D. S., Harrision, K., Nelson, M.R., Christoph, M.J. (forthcoming). Exploring marketing targeted to youth in food stores In Advances in Communication Research to Reduce Childhood Obesity (Williams, J., Pasch, K., Collins, C., Eds.). New York: Springer.

 

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Manuel E. Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Manuel E. Hernandez, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-8971

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(217) 244-7322

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Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Hernandez's professional interests include biomechanics, motor control, and neuroscience in older adults. Dr. Hernandez's research has focused on the use of experimental and theoretical models of risk factors for injury or disability during the performance of goal-directed movements in older adults with and without neurological disorders, particularly Parkinson's disease. Dr. Hernandez is interested in the behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying postural dysfunction in older adults and particularly in the development of behavioral and neural biomarkers for early detection of neurological disorders.

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Juliet Iwelunmor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Juliet Iwelunmor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

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(217) 333-2307

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Degree

Ph.D. Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Iwelunmor's research explores social, cultural, behavioral, and policy factors that influence the health of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in global health issues, having previously worked as the Culture Sector coordinator for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intersectoral Platform on HIV and AIDS. Dr. Iwelunmor completed her Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health and Demography at The Pennsylvania State University, from which she also received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
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Yih-Kuen Jan, Ph.D., Associate Professor ▼

Yih-Kuen Jan, Ph.D.

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(217) 300-7253

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(217) 333-2766

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Degree

Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2004

Research and Professional Interests

Prof. Jan is Director of Rehabilitation Engineering Lab in the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services. He is committed to developing rehabilitation technologies for the prevention and management of secondary conditions in people with impaired mobility. He is recognized for research in microvascular dynamics and soft tissue biomechanics and their roles in the development of pressure ulcers, one of the most significant secondary conditions in wheelchair users. Prof. Jan has extensively published his research work to improve the understanding of the effect of various pathophysiological conditions (spinal cord injury, aging, diabetes, physical inactivity) on microvascular dysfunction and how this impairment contributes to the development of pressure ulcers. His pioneering work on using linear wavelet and nonlinear complexity analyses to characterize blood flow oscillations has been awarded research grants from the NIH, NIDRR, PVA Foundation and Reeve Foundation. Based on Prof. Jan’s findings, patterns of blood flow oscillations have a great potential to assess the risk of pressure ulcers and evaluate the efficacy of various preventive interventions in people with impaired mobility, including people with spinal cord injury, people with lower limb amputation, diabetics and elderly wheelchair users.

Teaching

KIN 494 Rehabilitation Biomechanics (Fall): This course has been designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in either biomechanics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or rehabilitation engineering. Primary topic areas will include muscle biomechanics, soft tissue biomechanics, orthopedic biomechanics, prosthetics and orthotics, electromyography, bioinstrumentation, biosignal analysis and human movement science (kinematics, kinetics, energy and power).

REHB 501 Rehabilitation Research (Fall): This course will cover major topics of research design and methods used in rehabilitation and disability research. In-depth discussions of global initiatives on disability research and advocacy (WHO and UN) and disability rights will be provided. A review of human subject research, grantsmanship and scientific writing will also be covered.

REHB 594 Advances in Rehabilitation Technology (Spring): This course has been designed for students who are interested in the use of technology to solve problems faced by people with disabilities. A review of current research and development in the fields of assistive devices and technologies will be covered. Students will be required to actively participate in discussions on how technology can help improve rehabilitative process and quality of life in people with disabilities.

Naiman Khan, Ph.D., RD, Assistant Professor ▼

Naiman Khan, Ph.D., RD

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(217) 333-3893

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Degree

Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign M.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Naiman Khan's research interest is in the area of Nutritional Neuroscience. Our laboratory utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to integrate knowledge in the disciplines of dietetics, body composition, and cognitive neuroscience to understand the interactions between lifestyle behaviors (e.g., diet and physical activity), abdominal adiposity, and cognitive and brain health in the pediatric and adult population. The knowledge gained from this work is used to develop effective behavioral or environmental strategies of mitigating the detrimental effects of obesity and metabolic risk on measures of physical and mental health.

Hillary Klonoff-Cohen, Ph.D., Professor, Director, MPH Program, Associate Department Head ▼

Hillary Klonoff-Cohen, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-2307

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Degree

Ph.D. Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1987

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Klonoff-Cohen serves as the Saul J. Morse and Anne B. Morgan Professor in Applied Health Sciences, and Director of the MPH program. She joined U of I from the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where she is a Professor Emerita. She received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Bridgeport, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
Professor Klonoff-Cohen integrates biological, behavioral, cultural, and socio-political aspects of disease and disease prevention. She is particularly interested in women and infants’ health and cancer epidemiology. With research funding for the past two decades, she has investigated the role of sperm exposure, smoking, and stress in preeclampsia; the consequences of passive tobacco smoke exposure and breastfeeding, parental drug use, and bed-sharing on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; the timing of the menstrual cycle during surgery on prognosis of premenopausal breast cancer; and the effects of lifestyle habits on in vitro fertilization endpoints, including pregnancy, miscarriage, and birth defects. Her current research focuses on the barriers, concerns, successes, and risks of fertility preservation in girls and women of reproductive age with cancer, late effects and risky behaviors among childhood cancer survivors, and training of primary care physicians about caring for cancer survivors.
Additionally, Professor Klonoff-Cohen is enthusiastic about the recent accreditation of the Master of Public Health program, and plans to broaden the MPH and PhD programs' reputation, quality, and collaborations locally, statewide, and nationally to address health care issues.
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Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Ph.D.

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(217) 300-3512

Degree

Ph.D., Psychology, Columbia University Ed.M., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Lara-Cinisomo's research focuses on addressing mental health disparities among racial and ethnic, low-income, immigrant, and military mothers using qualitative, quantitative and controlled laboratory methods. Her current research focuses on the relationship between postpartum depression, breastfeeding practices, stress reactivity, and pain sensitivity. Dr. Lara-Cinisomo's prior research focused on mental health and functioning among military spouses.
Currently, Dr. Lara-Cinisomo's projects include exploring the link between a depression status during the perinatal period (pregnancy and postpartum), breastfeeding duration and oxytocin signaling in a sample of Latina (immigrant and US-born), Spanish- and English-speaking mothers. A second project examines the relationship between postpartum depression, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function, and pain sensitivity among Latina mothers.
Dr. Lara-Cinisomo has more than 20 publications and is the lead editor of the first reference book focused on postpartum depression among Latina mothers titled "Perinatal depression among Spanish-Speaking and Latin American Women: A Global perspective on detection and treatment." Dr. Lara-Cinisomo's research has been funded by National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institute of Mental Health, The Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness, The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute and National Military Family Association, among others.

Melissa Littlefield, Ph.D., Associate Professor ▼

Melissa Littlefield, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-1835

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(217) 244-7322

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Ph.D., English and Women's Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, July 2005

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Littlefield's professional interests include Body Studies, Cultural Studies, Science and Literature, Feminist Science Studies and Technology and Modernity. Her research focuses on cultural and historical aspects of scientific knowledge production, particularly in neuroscience and the forensic sciences. Her book, “The Lying Brain: Lie Detection in Science and Science Fiction” was published by the University of Michigan Press (spring 2011).
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Citlali Lopez-Ortiz, Ph.D., MA, Assistant Professor ▼

Citlali Lopez-Ortiz, Ph.D.

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(217) 300-1022

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(217) 244-7322

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Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biomechanics, 2001 M.A., Dance Biomechanics, State University of New York at Brockport, 1994

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Lopez-Ortiz's research focuses on how the human brain generates dexterity in motor coordination using the language of dance movement to inform the design of dance/movement training protocols in health, disease, and disability through the life span. Her research is intrinsically interdisciplinary. It includes the areas of dance, biomechanics, mathematical modeling, motor control, motor learning, physics, body-environment interfaces, mixed media, computational neuroscience, neurophysiology, and rehabilitation.
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Sean Mullen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Sean Mullen, Ph.D.

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217-244-4502

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217-244-4900

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Degree

2009, Ph.D., University of Virginia Educational Psychology (Research Emphasis in Exercise Psychology

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Mullen is interested in developing evidence-based technologies and methods for improving exercise adherence and cognitive functioning. To this end, he established the ETC Lab to evaluate the effects of existing PC-based and tablet-delivered exergames and cognitive training interventions. Additionally, Sean is working with app developers and engineers to create new software to be used for interventions and testing purposes. He is also collaborating with Dr. Charles Hillman to develop a new LED-powered device for training and assessing agility and cognitive control.

Steven Petruzzello, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Department Head ▼

Steven Petruzzello, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-7325

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(217) 244-7322

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Degree

Ph.D.; Exercise Science, Psychology of Exercise and Sport; Arizona State University, 1991

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Petruzzello's professional interests include psychology of exercise; physiological and psychological mechanisms for exercise-related changes. His research focuses on determining the mechanisms underlying effectiveness of aerobic exercise in improving affect/emotion. The second line of research examines the physiological and psychological aspects of firefighting.
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Ian Rice, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Ian Rice, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-1807

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(217) 333-2766

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Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, 2010 MS., OT, Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy, 2002

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Rice's areas of interest are in Rehabilitation Science, Occupational Therapy, Biomechanics and Assistive Technology. Dr Rice's research interests are based in the rehabilitation sciences, specifically in the study of interventional and assistive and adaptive technologies that help to promote healthy lifestyle, full life participation and quality of life. Much of Dr Rice's work has been focused on studying wheelchair propulsion biomechanics and technique training to minimize the development of upper limb pain and injury across a life span.

Laura Rice, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Laura Rice, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-4650

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(217) 333-2766

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Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, 2010

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Rice’s research interest is in the area of disability and health. She is specifically interested in the prevention of secondary impairments associated with disability to maximize quality of life and community participation among wheelchair users. A related interest is in examining education techniques to enhance functional mobility, prevent development of secondary impairments and effectively utalize assistive technology to promote health and well-being among individuals with disabilities.
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Wendy Rogers, Ph.D., Professor ▼

Karin Rosenblatt, Ph.D., Associate Professor ▼

Karin Rosenblatt, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-8131

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(217) 333-2766

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Ph.D., Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1988

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Rosenblatt's research focuses on cancer epidemiology with an emphasis on the etiology of gynecologic neoplasms. Exposures investigated include contraceptives, mineral fibers and talc, reproductive characteristics, family history of cancer, marijuana use, number of sexual partners, human papilomaviruses 16 and 18, ionizing radiation, and electromagnetic field exposures. Present investigations include the relationship between contraceptives and cancer and the role of denser mammographic patterns in the etiology of female breast cancer.
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Andiara Schwingel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Andiara Schwingel, Ph. D.

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(217) 333-5443

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(217) 333-2766

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Degree

Ph.D., Sports Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan; 2007

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Schwingel's professional interests include aging and life course, public health, lifestyle, and well-being of immigrants and ethnic minorities. Her research focuses on how cultural, national, and international factors impact the process of growing older around the world. Dr. Schwingel's research has also examined the impact of transnational migration on a wide variety of health and quality of life outcomes.
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Emerson Sebastião, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor ▼

Emerson Sebastião, PhD

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(217) 300-5334

Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D., Associate Professor ▼

Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-9472

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(217) 244-7322

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Ph.D., Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University, 2005

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Professor Sosnoff's areas of interest are Motor Behavior and Control, Aging, and Perceptual-Motor Variability. His research focuses primarily on the underlying neurophysiological and behavioral factors responsible for fluctuations (i.e. variability) in performance across the lifespan. This research interest is based on the rationale that a better understanding of these mechanisms will facilitate the development of practical interventions capable of minimizing the negative aspects of the aging process.
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David Strauser, Ph.D., CRC, Professor ▼

David Strauser, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-3936

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(217) 333-2766

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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rehabilitation Psychology, 1995

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Strauser's teaching and research interests include the assessment of individuals with disabilities and psychological factors that impact the career development and vocational behavior of individuals with mild mental retardation and psychiatric disabilities. His research looks at their work personality and self-efficacy as it relates to the development of effective work related behaviors. He is also interested in the impact of trauma symptoms on career development and the impact of the working alliance on rehabilitation outcomes, psychological well-being and career development.
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Synthia Sydnor, Ph.D., Associate Professor ▼

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(217) 333-3877

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(217) 244-7322

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Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1988

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Sydnor, associate professor at UIUC, has appointments in Kinesiology and Community Health; Criticism and Interpretive Theory; and Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Her area of interest is cultural and interpretive studies. She works from the tenets of the humanities to understand and critique changing ideas of health, community, and modernism, particularly as these are associated with play and ritual.
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Linda Trinh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor ▼

Linda Trinh, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-2461

Degree

Ph.D., Behavioral Medicine, University of Alberta, 2013

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Trinh's research interests are focused in the area of cancer control and survivorship from a health and exercise psychology perspective where she develops and implements theory-based physical activity interventions. She conducts research on a unique population group of cancer survivors where physical activity promotion and a reduction in sedentary behavior is essential for improving quality of life, symptom management, and cancer prognosis. Specifically, she focuses on establishing the link between physical activity and/or sedentary behavior and quality of life among obesity-linked (i.e., kidney, breast, colon) and older cancer survivor groups (i.e., prostate). In addition, Dr. Trinh has expertise in developing sound, effective, and theory-driven physical activity interventions based on behavior change techniques through various modes of delivery including print material, face-to-face, and web-based technology. She also evaluates the feasibility and effectiveness of physical activity interventions for larger scale randomized controlled trials.
Dr. Trinh's current research projects include examining a web-based intervention to reduce sedentary time among prostate cancer survivors (RiseTx). The central objective of this two-phase (formative and intervention research) feasibility study is to develop and evaluate acceptability, compliance, delivery of the intervention, and recruitment and retention of a sedentary behavior intervention for men on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Secondary outcomes include change in sedentary behavior, quality of life, and fatigue. Other collaborative research projects include an international, multi-center, clinical trial to examine the effects of exercise among prostate cancer patients (Global Action Plan for Prostate Cancer Exercise & Metabolic Health). The key objective is to establish and test the effects of an exercise intervention on patient-reported outcomes and biomarkers of disease biology and progression. She is also involved with knowledge translation activities through a team grant to develop a sustainable infrastructure for enhancing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior among breast cancer survivors. The overarching goals of this project are to integrate knowledge of lifestyle activity resources and unmet needs among breast cancer survivors and clinicians, and develop a training module to improve lifestyle activity counselling in oncology practice.
Projects that she is currently involved with and collaborating on are being funded by Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), and the Movember Foundation. Her prior research has been previously funded by a post-doctoral trainee award from the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada, a full-time doctoral health research studentship from the Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions, as well as a Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Scholarship.
Dr. Trinh is a member of several scholarly and professional organizations including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Canadian Cancer Survivorship Research Consortium (CCSRC), Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS), Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada (KCRNC), and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists (CSEP).

Kenneth Wilund, Ph.D., Associate Professor ▼

Kenneth Wilund, Ph.D.

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(217) 265-6755

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(217) 244-7322

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Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, 2000

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Wilund's area of interest is exercise science. The focus of the research in our lab is to investigate the efficacy of lifestyle modifications (exercise and dietary factors) on co-morbidities associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is a progressive disorder associated with severe metabolic disturbances that greatly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), osteoporosis, muscle wasting, and other disorders that contribute to extremely low physical functioning in this population. Current pharmacological therapies have failed to significantly improve the health and quality of life (QOL) of this rapidly growing patient population, therefore investigating the efficacy of alternative or supplemental therapies is clearly needed. Our research will provide novel information regarding the effects of novel and easy to administer lifestyle interventions on clinical outcomes and QOL in dialysis patients. Results from our work will enable nephrologists to make more informed decisions regarding the extent to which these low-cost treatment strategies should be included as a component of the standard care in their clinics. Ultimately, this could lead to greater use of these treatment strategies and result in significant improvements in the health and QOL of this critically ill patient population.
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Outreach: Lifetime Fitness Program
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Amy Woods, Ph.D., Professor, Department Head ▼

Amy Woods, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-9602

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(217) 244-7322

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Ph.D., Instruction and Curriculum in Physical Education with concentration in Teacher Education, University of South Carolina, 1989

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Wood's area of interest is pedagogy. Her research interest centers upon teachers’ movement through their career cycles. Specifics include studies of the supports necessary to sustain innovative practices, factors contributing to teachers' sense of efficacy, and the power of reflection in professional development.
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Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., Professor ▼

Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D.

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(217) 244-8815

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(217) 244-7322

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Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1992; M.S., Springfield College; B.S., UMass Amherst

Research and Professional Interests

Professor Wood's area of interest is exercise physiology; the role of exercise in the modulation of immune function in the young and old, neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying exercise, and stress-induced immunomodulation. The broad goal of his research program is to generate a public health message regarding the effects of exercise on immune function and susceptibility to disease. The current belief is that moderate exercise enhances immune function, whereas intense, prolonged exercise suppresses it. Specifically, our experiments are designed to:

Purposes of experiments

  1. describe the effects of different doses of exercise on immune functioning,
  2. determine the mechanisms (i.e. central nervous, endocrine, intracellular) responsible for exercise-induced changes in immunity,
  3. define the physiological significance of exercise-induced changes in immunity in relation to disease susceptibility and progression (influenza infection and cancer), and
  4. explore the use of appropriate forms of exercise as adjunct therapy for those with deranged immune systems (e.g. elderly).

We use both human and animal models in our research. Currently, we are funded by the National Institute on Aging to determine the extent to which exercise training improves immune responses to vaccine in older adults. We also have several ongoing studies in mice examining the impact of exercise on the immune response and susceptibility to influenza virus, the growth and rejection of tumors, wound healing, and inflammation associated with obesity. We have found that exercise can protect mice from death due to influenza, speed wound healing, and reduce inflammation and blood vessel density in growing tumors. We believe that exercise improves health by reducing acute and chronic inflammation. Our laboratory is fully equipped with state-of-the-art tissue culture facilities, equipment for biochemical measurements, animal telemetry, molecular biology, and clinical exercise and body composition testing. We enjoy collaborations with investigators in diverse fields such as veterinary medicine, psychology, animal sciences, nutritional sciences, molecular virology, immunology, as well as kinesiology.
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Weimo Zhu, Ph.D., Professor ▼

Weimo Zhu, Ph.D.

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(217) 333-7503

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(217) 244-7322

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Ph.D., Physical Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990

Research and Professional Interests

Visit the lab page: Kinesmetrics
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Instructional/Research/Advising Staff

Staff

Emeritus Faculty