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the College of Health Sciences Grand Rounds Research Day

Each spring semester, the College of Health Sciences presents a culmination of research from throughout the college. Students from many different fields of study present their research for faculty and fellow student to view and discuss. This year's 2017 Grand Rounds was held on April 14th, 2nd floor in the Wyoming Union.

Faculty mentors as well as other members of the college administration came together to review and to learn more about the research many students in the College of Health Sciences are involved with.

Starting January of 2017, the research committee will use WyoGroups ( to collect and evaluate all proposals for research grant, travel grant, and research presentations from faculty and students. Please contact Dr. Qin Zhu ( to request membership and access to the “CHS Research Committee” for submission of your proposals. Please also see these instructions for How to Join a Restricted Group.

Both students and faculty enjoyed interacting and learning about research throughout Health Sciences.

Valerie Thompson-Ebanks with MSW student Laura Zander at 2017 CHS Grand Rounds Research Day.  Mary-Jo-Cooley Hidecker with Chelsea Kunitz and Autumn Ostlund.  Health Sciences faculty at 2017 Grand Rounds Research Day

CHS faculty along with students enjoyed participating in the 2017 Grand Rounds Research Day on April 14, 2017. From left -  Division of Social Work faculty member Valerie Thompson-Ebanks with Advanced MSW student Laura Zander. The title of Laura's research was Perceptions of Workplace Civility and Incivility Among Elementary School Teachers. The next photo shows Division of Communication Disorders faculty member Mary Jo Cooley Hicker with students Autumn Ostlund (L) and Chelsea Kunitz in front of their research poster presentation. Finally, CHS faculty members from left; Sreejayan Nair, with the School of Pharmacy, Qin "Arthur" Zhu with the Division of Kinesiology and Health, and Boyi Dai, also with K&H. All in attendance benefited from sharing research and learning more about the extent of the research being conducted throughout the College of Health Sciences.

Student and Faculty Awards for 2017 Grand Rounds Research Day.

Student Awardees:


Meghan Critchley, Division of Kinesiology and Health - The effect of rotational movements on landing biomechanics: Implication for ACL injuries.
Michaela Keener, Division of Kinesiology and Health - The effect of stirrup length on impacts on the rider.
Matthew Peterson, School of Pharmacy - Travel: AHA's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) Scientific Sessions, Portland, OR.
Brandon Tritle, School of Pharmacy - Travel: Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
Tessa Woods, School of Pharmacy - Perceptions of the Term 'Prediabetes'.


Michelle Clark, Division of Kinesiology and Health - Travel: International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, Guadalupe, France.
Nan Hu, Biomedical Sciences c/o School of Pharmacy - Travel: American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions, San Diego, CA.
Clarissa Petres, Division of Communication Disorders - Travel: The American Speech Language Hearing Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA.


Scarlett Barnes, Division of Kinesiology and Health, First Place - Oral Presentations
Jacob Layer, Division of Kinesiology and Health, Second Place - Oral Presentations
Kyle Bochanski, Division of Kinesiology and Health, Third Place - Oral Presentations
Megan Wild, Division of Social Work, First Place - Poster Competition
Taylor Hinshaw, Division of Kinesiology and Health, Second Place - Poster Competition
Chelsea Kunitz, Division of Communication Disorders, Third Place - Poster Competition

Faculty Awardees:


Emily Guseman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health - Stage 1 pediatric obesity management in Wyoming: Evaluating providers' knowledge, beliefs, and adherence to recommendations.
Qin "Arthur" Zhu, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health - Developing a Novel Congnitve-Motor Assessment for Screening mild-Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) among Active Young Adults.


Jayne Jenkins, PhD, Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health - Travel: AIESEP (International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education) Conference, Guadalupe, France.

Two Keynote Speakers were present at this year's Grand Rounds Research Day

2017 Grand Rounds speaker Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD, is a Developmental Pediatrician, Medical Officer, and the Associate Director for Children with Special Health Care Needs for the Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders in CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp joined CDC in 1981 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and completed a Preventive Medicine Residency in 1984. After coming to CDC, she designed and implemented the first U.S. population-based studies of developmental disabilities among children. These studies laid the foundation for CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, which has been tracking the number and characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in the U.S. since 2000. 

Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp received her medical degree from Emory University and is board-certified in Pediatrics and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She was the Chief of the Developmental Disabilities Branch at CDC from 1999 until 2015. She publishes extensively on the epidemiology of developmental disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy; and speaks to audiences across the country and internationally about CDC’s work. She remains committed to making an impact on the lives of children, no matter their level of ability, and maintained her clinical experience by serving as the medical director of the Clayton Early Intervention Program in metropolitan Atlanta until recently.

Eric Moody, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. He received his doctorate in Social Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver in 2007. The focus of his research there was on sharedDr. Eric Moody, one of two keynote speakers at the 2017 Grand Rounds Research Day. interpersonal emotions and psychophysiology. Midway through is training, he was exposed to autism and became interested in how the basic psychological mechanisms he was studying are related to the autism phenotype. This interest led him to collaborate with JFK Partners, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), and a post-doctoral fellowship in autism assessment and public health/epidemiology at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Following this postdoc, he joined the Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, and expanded his research to include public health, community based participatory research and health disparities.

Dr. Moody is involved in several research projects that study autism at multiple levels. He was Co-Principal Investigator on a grant that developed and tested a parent-based mentoring program to improve well-being in families who have children newly diagnosed with autism. He is a Co-Investigator for the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED), the largest study of its kind exploring the causes of autism. He is faculty for CU’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program and Director of the LEND Spiritual Care Discipline. He is the Coordinator for Research and Evaluation at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, where he is leading efforts to develop a novel model of family support using the Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) model. Finally, he is involved in many other research projects at JFK Partners and WIND that are focused on supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  

Dr. Moody's research interests include uncovering the basic mechanisms of social impairment in autism by using psychophysiological methods (e.g., elecromyography), exploring novel community based interventions for those with developmental disabilities, especially for underserved groups (e.g., Hispanic and rural families), and using observational methods better understand the social factors that contribute to developmental disabilities outcomes.

Request for Proposals is now closed.

Faculty and Student Non-Competitive Poster Presentation

Faculty Seed Grant

Faculty Travel Subsidy

Student Research Presentation Competition

Student Seed Grant

Graduate Student Travel Subsidy

Examples of Successful Grant Proposals

Faculty Seed Grant Proposal

Student Seed Grant Proposal

Faculty Travel Subsidy Proposal

Graduate Student Travel Subsidy Proposal

Competitive Student Research Presentation Proposal

Research Reports from Previous Awardees - Research Report Template


The effects of a resistance band on gluteus medius activation and hip abduction torque during jump-landing

2013 Travel award report

Fit families: Early intervention for children and their caregivers


Sensory cues predictive of food availability undergo time-dependent prominence, which facilitates overeating behaviors

Testing a typology of factors that influence the relationship

CARD9 regulates obesity-induced cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction  

The creation of tailored health communication for type 2 diabetes risk


Capsaicin triggers brown remodeling of white adipocytes to antagonize diet-induced obesity

Expansion of the communication function classification system (CFCS) to adults and adolescents with cerebral palsy

Ethnographic exploration of New Zealand primary care practice and the use of patient

South Asian youth and their perception of gender violence

Assessing how patients’ level of “Activation” and “Health Literacy” affect their healthcare expectations from a rural patient centered medical home (PCMH) model of care

Destigmatizing disability: The role of social work in addressing social justice and human rights within the Caribbean region

International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)


International conference on Cerebral Palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities

North America Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)


 Coming soon:

Where and when similar research has been presented, and the paths followed that led to student success.
Videos of interviews about experiences of how grants have helped students with their research.
Information on how you can submit grant applications.

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