James Madison University

CHBS Funds Three Collaborative Projects

Support of interprofessional and collaborative projects is a priority for the College of Health and Behavioral Studies.  Faculty were recently invited to submit proposals for teaching or scholarly initiatives for the 2014-15 academic year.  Many excellent proposals were received.  The College is delighted to announce that the following three projects were selected:

The Effects of Sprint Interval Training on Diabetic and Metabolic Markers in Prediabetic Men and Women.
This innovative research project is a collaboration of Dr. Jeremy Akers (Health Sciences), Dr. Elizabeth Edwards (Kinesiology), Dr. Trent Hargens (Kinesiology) and Dr. David Wenos.  During the past 20 years, sedentary lifestyles are contributing to a dramatic increase in the number of individuals diagnosed with diabetes and other health concerns.  This study will examine the impact of a 16-week sprint interval training (SIT) versus endurance training (ET) interventions on a pre-diabetic population.  The study will examine a variety of relevant factors that may be impacted by these exercise regimes including dietary intake, blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, cholesterol, and triglycerides levels.  A three-month participant follow-up will measure the long-term impact of the treatment on fitness, behavior change and physiological functioning. [Read more about this study.]

Interprofessional Health Education Policy.
This innovative teaching project is a collaboration of Dr. Melody Eaton (Nursing), Dr. Maria DeValpine (Nursing), Dr. Julie Sanford (Nursing), Dr. William Grant (Accounting), and Dr. David Cockley (Health Sciences).  These faculty seek to engage students, faculty and community in partnerships for health policy advocacy.  To accomplish this, they will develop a health-policy informational website and several new team-based health-policy assignments that will be embedded into courses.  Additionally they will conduct an end-of-semester interprofessional health policy summit for students completing these courses. These activities will help prepare JMU students to work collaboratively in interprofessional teams.  The goal will be to prepare students to be effective advocates for health policies, by helping them effectively evaluate public policies that improve health, work and quality of life.

Interprofessional Education Seminar for Professional Services in Schools. 
This innovative teaching project is a collaboration of Dr. Deborah Kipps-Vaughan (Graduate Psychology), Dr. Tammy Gilligan (Graduate Psychology), Dr. Michele Kielty (Graduate Psychology), Dr. Julie Strunk (Nursing), Dr. Elizabeth Richardson (Health Sciences) and Dr. Stacy Pavelko (Communication Sciences and Disorders).  This team will develop and implement a one-day interprofessional training event for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs in school psychology, school counseling, school nursing, occupational therapy, and speech/language disorders.  Students will engage in problem solving as they examine case studies that are designed to challenge their critical thinking with respect to the contributions each discipline can make to the service of clients and they will discuss each profession’s ethical guidelines. The project will also promote collaboration among faculty across disciplines as they develop an effective cross-disciplinary training program.

Congratulations to these faculty!  We look forward to hearing about the progress made and results of these projects during the Spring 2015 CHBS Celebration of Achievement and Collaboration.