Medical College Faculty
Four professors in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health—Dr. Marni Boppart, Dr. Manuel Hernandez, Dr. Ken Wilund, and Dr. Jeff Woods—have been named to the inaugural faculty of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. They will teach alongside colleagues from social work; agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences; education; engineering; liberal arts and sciences; media; and veterinary medicine as well as medical professionals from Carle Health System in Urbana and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and nursing program. The college will welcome its first class of 32 students in 2018. Its unique curriculum combines clinical medicine and biosciences with engineering and technology principles, offering students an immersion in clinical settings with an emphasis on problem solving and creativity.
Dr. Pam Hadley of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, one of the highest honors ASHA awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Hadley’s teaching and research focus on language development and disorders in early childhood. She has made significant contributions to knowledge about specific language impairment, a high-incidence condition characterized by extraordinary difficulty with language acquisition in the presence of otherwise typical development.
Perinatal Mental Health Society
Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health has co-founded the Perinatal Mental Health Society, the first US-based national organization to address the issue. The perinatal stage is defined as the range of time from the 20th week of gestation to four weeks after delivery. The organization’s mission is to advance clinical care, advocacy, research, and education that helps childbearing women and their children and families to enjoy the benefits of mental health and well-being. Dr. Lara-Cinisomo’s research addresses mental health disparities among racial and ethnic minority, low income, immigrant, and military mothers. She currently is investigating relationships among postpartum depression, breastfeeding practices, stress reactivity, and pain sensitivity.
Provost’s Faculty Retreat Grant
Clarion Mendes, clinical instructor and speech-language pathologist in the University of Illinois Speech-Language Pathology Clinic, has received a Provost’s Faculty Retreat Grant for her proposal entitled “Simulated Patient, Real Engagement.” The goal of the highly competitive grant program is to facilitate instructional enhancements that improve education at Illinois. She will purchase clinical simulation software with the grant for use in the motor speech disorders class as well as by students outside the classroom. With the software, students will have the opportunity to gain experience before evaluating medically complex patients face-to-face.
Hall of Fame
Stephanie Wheeler, women’s wheelchair basketball coach, was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May. She also coached the Gold Medal-winning 2016 USA Women’s Paralympic team. Ms. Wheeler completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Illinois and is currently engaged in studies toward a PhD in Adapted Physical Education.