March 2016 

Vol. 1, NumbeR 3


Download images



Message from the Associate Dean for Research to the research issue of the Lewis School E-News. It has been a busy semester, with our colleagues conducting innovative research in a variety of fields, winning awards and funding along the way. Our faculty and students have received much recognition and had the opportunity to share their expertise in many ways. We are proud of their accomplishments.

Two associate professors in physical therapy and respiratory therapy each received Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science/Health Innovation Program awards for their work in using virtual reality games to improve arm function in children with CP and high-intensity interval training for patients with heart failure. These ACTSI awards demonstrate how Lewis School faculty add tremendous value, intellectual leadership, stewardship to impactful research. (More details below.)

Many faculty have been busy with publications and presentations, with a dozen new publications since our last issue. They presented work at multiple conferences both nationally and internationally, showcasing their current research. Also, Dr. Susan Kelley hosted a panel at the International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment.

Our students are actively engaged in scholarly work as well. A doctor of nursing practice student received a scholarship to attend the prestigious The Nursing Organizations Alliance, while last week, doctor of physical therapy students presented their latest research at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Anaheim, California.

Also, we welcome two new international postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Sandra Adolph from the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, who is working with Dr. Tsai and Dr. Warren in PT and will share her research time with the Gerontology Institute and Dr. Manal Elfakhani, from the University of Calgary, who is working with Dr. Mo in the Department of Nutrition.

Finally, it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Elizabeth Tornquist who has mentored many faculty in writing research grants. E.T., as she was known, died in late January following complications from surgery.  An amazing and remarkable person, she will be missed.

Warm regards,

Andrew Butler, Ph.D., PT, FAHA
Associate Dean for Research


 Departmental News

Nutrition and Physical Therapy

Congratulations to students in the nutrition and physical therapy programs for being selected for the 2016 Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice. The Panther’s Pantry, created and staffed by nutrition students, is receiving the Outstanding Student Organization award. The Physical Therapy Community Practice in Nicaragua is receiving the Outstanding University Program award. Also, kudos to the faculty and alumni who were involved in these programs: Barbara Hopkins, Cathy McCarroll, Grace Stuhrman, Anne Lorio and Kimberly Morelli.

Both programs officially receive the awards at the annual Service Recognition Awards Ceremony scheduled for Monday, April 25 from 3-5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Please plan to attend to support your colleagues and students.

Physical Therapy and Respiratory Therapy

Yu-Ping Chen, associate professor of physical therapy and Gerald Zavorsky, associate professor of respiratory therapy, each received a pilot grant from Healthcare Innovation Program/Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute (HIP/ACTSI). Chen’s research “Effectiveness of Functional Strength Training in Virtual Reality Games for Improving Arm Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy” continues her work in developing tools to aid children with cerebral palsy. Zavorsky’s work “High Intensity Interval Training in Heart Failure: The Gold Standard of Future Patient Care,” extends his work to include patients with stable heart failure and the effects of exercise on cardiopulmonary function.


 Lewis School

Lei Yang, vice president of Hangzhou Normal University, along with a three-member delegation visited Georgia State and the Lewis School to explore opportunities in student and faculty exchange and research collaboration.

Left to right: Pengfei Zhang, director, Division of Scientific and Technology & Director, Social Cooperation Office, Hangzhou Normal University; Lei Yang, vice president, Hangzhou Normal University; Nancy Kropf, dean of the Lewis School; Xuchu Weng, head, Institute of Psychological Science & chair, Department of Psychology, Hangzhou Normal University; Dr. Huanbaio Mo, chair, Department of Nutrition, Georgia State University


Ari, A., Fink, J.B. (2016) Differential medical aerosol device and interface selection in patients during spontaneous, conventional mechanical and noninvasive ventilation. Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, 2016 (e-pub ahead).

Cranwell-Bruce, L.A. (2015). My view: Blowing our own horns. Compass Point, 25(4), 1-6.

Gardenhire, D.S. (2015) Student Health and Immunizations: Recommendations for Clinical Placement. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 2015, 13(4), ISSN 1540-580X.

Alasmari, A., Gardenhire, D.S., Respiratory Therapy Students’ Perceptions of Effective Teaching Characteristics of Clinical Instructors at an Urban University, Respiratory Care Education Annual, 2015; 24:11-18.

Culbreth, R.E., & Goodfellow, L.T. (2016) Complications of Prone Positioning During Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Respiratory Failure: A Systematic Review. Respiratory Care, 61 (2) 249-254.

Sawyer N. T., Helvig A. W., Makinson C. D., Shepard K. N., Liu R. C., Prunty M., Pardue M. T., Neigh G. N., and Escayg A. (in press). Dysfunction of the voltage-gated sodium channel Scn1a alters behavior, but not the seizure response to stress. Genes, Brain, and Behavior.

Whitley, D.M., Lamis, D. & Kelley, S.J. (in press). Mental health stress, family resources and psychological distress: A longitudinal mediation analysis in African American Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Lorio, A., Florman, T., Gore J., Underwood, M., Housley, S.N., Nelson, M. (2016) The Power of Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL): An Interdisciplinary Mobility Lab Experience. Accepted October 21, 2015. Journal of Nursing Education. 55 (2), 83-86.

Lorio, A.K., Gore, J.B., Warthen, L., N. Housley, S.N., & Burgess, E.O. (2016): Teaching Dementia Care to Physical Therapy Doctoral Students: A Multimodal Experiential Learning Approach, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, doi: 10.1080/02701960.2015.1115979

Sayer, R.D., Amankwaah, A.F., Tamer Jr, G.G., Chen, N., Wright, A.J., Tregellas, J.R., Cornier, M-A., Karaken, D.A., Talavage, T.M., McCrory, M.A., Campbell, W.W. (2016) Effects of dietary protein and fiber at breakfast on appetite, ad libitum energy intake at lunch, and neural responses to visual food stimuli in overweight adults. Nutrients, 8(1), 21; doi: 10.3390/nu8010021.

Cao, H.H., Chu, J.H., Kwan, H.Y., Su, T., Yu, H., Cheng, B.C.Y., Fu, X., Guo, H., Li, T., Tse, A.K.W., Chou, G.X., Mo, H., Yu, Z.L. (in press) Inhibition of the STAT3 signaling pathway contributes to apigenin-mediated anti-metastatic effect in melanoma. Scientific Reports.

Zavorsky G.S. Altitude has no bearing on the rates of concussions in athletes. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. March 2016, Vol 46 (3) 226.



The E-News will highlight a member of our advisory board in coming issues as a way to introduce you to this group of Lewis School supporters.  Our board members volunteer their time to help raise the visibility of our school and obtain resources to promote our programs. Many are professionals in the healthcare programs that we offer to our students.

In this issue, we meet Joe Harrelson, president and COO of Pediatria Healthcare for Kids. Read more here.




Remaining Spring Seminar Series
Work-Life Integration: “Listening Within”
Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS, associate professor, Emory University
and editor-in-chief, Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation
March 2, 11:00 a.m., PSC, Room 124

Metabolite Differences and Obesity Risk in Populations Spanning
the Epidemiologic Transition

Lara Dugas, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, Loyola University Chicago
March 31, 9:30 a.m., PSC, Room 124

Upper Limb and Physical Activity After Stroke: Does Capacity Generalize
to Performance?

Dr. Ryan Bailey, associated health postdoctoral fellow, Veteran’s
Administration Medical Center
April 13, 3:00 p.m., Location TBD

Graduate Research Day
The Lewis School Office of Research is sponsoring the first Graduate
Research Day on Monday, April 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the West Exhibit Area
of Urban Life. Students are encouraged to submit their applications by March 14.

Honors Day
Join us for Honors Day 2016 as we recognize the accomplishments of
undergraduate and graduate students in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of
Nursing and Health Professions on Monday, March 28 at 3 p.m. in the
Student Center East ballroom.  Reception precedes the ceremony
at 2 p.m. To RSVP, click here.

Save the Date For Spring Commencement Events!
Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions Convocation
and Hooding
Georgia World Congress Center on Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m. in the
Georgia Ballroom. The university commencement ceremony will precede
it at 1 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.




Butler, A. & Ghovanloo, M. “A Tongue Operated Robotic Rehabilitation System for Upper Extremities.” $25,000. Markus Foundation.

Chen, Y., Hallman-Cooper, J., Howard, A., Luo, R., & Weissman, B. “Effectiveness of Functional Strength Training in Virtual Reality Games for Improving Arm Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy- A Pilot Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) Design.” $25,000. Health Innovation Program in collaboration with the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Georgia State University.

Gardenhire, D.S. “International Faculty Mentor Program.” $2,000. Office of International of Initiatives, Georgia State University.

Engberding, N. & Zavorsky, G.S. “High Intensity Interval Training in Heart Failure: The gold standard of future patient care.” $25,000. Health Innovation Program in collaboration with the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Georgia State University.


Student News

Elizabeth Harris, a doctor of nursing practice student, received a scholarship to attend the prestigious The Nursing Organizations Alliance™ 2016 Nurse in Washington Internship™. She was the sole student to be awarded this funding.

Sallay Jabbie, a senior nutrition DPD student, was selected for an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation/ConAgra Foods Food Safety Student Challenge Scholarship.

Physical Therapy welcomes post-doctoral student Sandra Mara Meireles Adolph of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Adolph will conduct a research internship in the department beginning March through the end of July 2016, working under the supervision of Dr. Liang-Ching Tsai, Dr. Andrew Butler and Dr. Elizabeth Burgess of the Institute of Gerontology.


Alumni News

Meredith Hornbuckle, a nutrition coordinated program alumna, recently passed the CSP exam. She is now board certified as a specialist in pediatrics. Hornbuckle is the Ketogenic Dietitian for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.


Congratulations to Barbara Hopkins for receiving NDEP Area 3 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award in the Dietetic Internship category for 2016. NDEP is Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors, a subgroup of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Department of Nutrition Coordinated Program was selected as one of three noteworthy dietetics practices among the ACEND-accredited programs nationwide. (ACEND is the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.) Thank you to the nutrition faculty and especially CP program director, Jessica Todd, for guiding the program to this distinction.

Congratulations to the 2014 & 2015 Nutrition Coordinated Program graduates for a 100% first time pass rate on the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam!


Arzu, A. (2015) Multiple lectures on seven topics including aerosol delivery devices and selection as well as aerosol drug deliver to infants, inhalation therapy in critical pulmonary care, patient assessment in respiratory care, and more at Scientific Lecture Series, Gaziantep, Turkey.

Aycock, D., Pycard, Thomas-Seaton & Clark, P. (2016).  Feasibility of the Stroke COunseling for Risk REduction (SCORRE) Intervention, International Stroke Conference.

Cranwell-Bruce, L.A. & Fulford, K. (2016) Finding, Hiring, and Training Camp Nurses, Oh My! Joint Presentation, American Camp Association National Conference and Association of Camp Nurses Annual Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia.

Gordon, P., Bakitas, & Vance (2016) The Hospice Experience from an African American Caregiver: A Case Report, the Southern Nursing Research Society's annual conference.

Kelley, S. (2016) “Building Trauma Informed, Resilient, and Health Communities: Regional, National, and Global Perspectives” 30th Annual International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, San Diego, CA.

Lee, J., Clark, P., & Spratling, R. (2016) “Self-Reported Sleep Characteristics of Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities: Associations with Maternal and Child Characteristics” Southern Nursing Research Society annual conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Lorio, A., Gore J., Housley, S. (2016) “The Power of Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL): An Inter-professional Mobility Lab Experience.” American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Lorio, A., Huggins, C., Leo, S., Wheeler, J., Tefertiller, C. (2016) “Get Smart? A Covert Operation to Investigate Smartphone and Technology Behaviors in the Classroom and Clinic.” American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Carla Huggins; Stephen Leo, SPT (DPT 2016); Jonathan Wheeler, SPT (DPT 2016); Anne Lorio, PT, DPT, NCS.

DPT students Elissa Shepard, Sheela Shah with Andy Butler and Jane Gore

Nucci, A., et al, (2016) The Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in Children with Short Bowel Syndrome.” American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Clinical Nutrition Week 2016, Austin, TX.



Check our social profiles: