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Community Health

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Faculty: Rehabilitation, Disability and Chronic Illness

  • Brynn Adamson
    Brynn Adamson
    Teaching Assistant Professor

    bcadams2@illinois.edu

     

    “With my research I facilitate peer-developed and peer-delivered exercise programs for individuals with multiple sclerosis. My goals are to provide access to exercise opportunities in a way that allows for greater autonomy, increased social support and reduced apprehension regarding disability.”

  • Reginald Alston
    Reginald Alston
    Professor

    alston@illinois.edu

     

    “My primary area of research involves exploring factors which impact ethnic disparities in rehabilitation outcomes within the state/federal rehabilitation system in the United States. In particular, I am interested in the effective development, interpretation, and implementation/ enforcement of rehabilitation policy that is culturally relevant for minorities with disabilities.”

  • Julie Bobitt
    Julie Bobitt
    Teaching Assistant Professor, I-Health Director

    jbobitt@illinois.edu

     

    “My research focuses on evaluating the dissemination and implementation of policies and programs for older adults. This work informs policy makers and promotes the development of better programs to improve the lives of older adults.”

    Website: Aging and Health Policy Lab

  • Chung-Yi Chiu
    Chung-Yi Chiu
    Associate Professor

    chiucy@illinois.edu

     

    “I conduct theory/model-driven studies of three main research themes—health promotion, psychosocial adjustment to disability and chronic illness, and social participation. These research studies are important to understand how people with disability and chronic illness live healthy, meaningful, and productive lives.”

    Website:Health Promotion & Rehabilitation Lab

  • Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
    Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
    Professor and Dean of AHS College

    cherylhm@illinois.edu

     

    “My research interests are preparing youth and adults with severe disabilities getting and keeping employment. This allows these individuals who would otherwise be excluded to become contributing and valued members of the community.”

  • Yih-Kuen Jan
    Yih-Kuen Jan
    Associate Professor

    yjan@illinois.edu

     

    “My research focuses on the development of clinical guidelines and assistive technologies for the improvement of quality of life in people with disabilities. I am also interested in evaluating the impact of the provision of assistive devices on the employment, social participation and quality of life in people with disabilities.”

  • Laura Rice
    Laura Rice
    Assistant Professor

    ricela@illinois.edu

     

    “My research primarily focuses on management of secondary impairments associated with physical disabilities. As healthcare improves, individuals with disabilities are living longer but face new impairments, such as pain, mobility limitations and poor quality of life. I investigate interventions to keep people with disabilities active and healthy through their lifespan.”

    Website: Disability Participation & Quality of Life Research Laboratory

  • Wendy Rogers
    Wendy Rogers
    Khan Professor of Applied Health Sciences

    wendyr@illinois.edu

     

    “My research supports successful aging through the design of technology. Older adults are involved in projects that focus on: personal, social, and telepresence robots; digital home assistants and other smart devices; applications to support medication adherence; and understanding the needs of people who are aging with sensory or mobility impairments.”

  • David Strauser
    David Strauser
    Professor

    strauser@illinois.edu

     

    “My work focuses on increasing health and well-being of people with chronic health conditions by improving access and engagement in employment related activities.”

  • Ken Wilund
    Ken Wilund
    Professor

    kwilund@illinois.edu

     

    “My research is focused on examining the effects of exercise training and nutritional factors on cardiovascular health and muscle wasting in in patients with chronic kidney disease. We are especially interested in developing novel strategies aimed at reducing both chronic fluid overload, a condition that contributes to heart failure, as well as muscle sodium accumulation, which may contribute to deficits in muscle strength and function.”

    Website: Renal and Cardiovascular Disease Research Laboratory