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Members of the CHS Research Committee

College of Health Sciences


The College of Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming is committed to building an internationally recognized research enterprise. Our long-term goals are (1) to build interdisciplinary research programs that bridge across our nine academic units; (2) to develop areas of research excellence in basic biomedical research and rural health.


Current Research News

CHS 2020 Research Day Student Abstract Awards 

Despite this year's College of Health Sciences Research Day being canceled due to COVID-19, we would like acknowledge those students whose research received the 2020 CHS Abstract Award. Congratulations to each of you! 

Richelle Dietz - Award information not available.

Research student Ling Li.Ling Li - Falling demonstrated landing biomechanics associated with the least ACL loading compared to both natural and soft landings. When the sports environment allows, falling appears to be an innovative strategy to decrease knee loading when individuals must land with a single leg and sub-optimal body postures.







Research student Brenna McGuiness.Brenna McGuiness - Athletes commonly experience labrum injuries to the shoulder. Current guidelines for rehabilitation are primarily time and symptom-based. This study measured the strength via a maximal push up test and balance via a reaching test after labrum injuries throughout the rehabilitation. The goal is to improve rehabilitation protocols via functional measures.






Research student Rebecca Wallingford.Rebecca Wallingford Meier - Passion and love for mountain climbing have informed my thesis work that used a phenomenological approach to explore new insight on how rock climbing may impact women with mental illness. Study findings highlight the ways that rock climbing as a sport, community, and outdoor experience positively affects these women.







Research student Maha Paracha.Maha Paracha - The overarching goal of my research is to look for a potent non-opioid analgesic for chronic pain, as opioids do not address the underlying pathology and their long-term use may lead to adverse consequences like drug addiction. My preliminary studies suggest that peripheral reduction of cathepsin K activity, a cysteine protease, reduces mechanical hypersensitivity observed after inflammation. Future studies will examine how cathepsin K is being regulated and whether strategies to reduce cathepsin K activity can be developed to treat chronic pain.





Research student Samantha Power.Samantha Power - During speech production, muscle forces act upon the velum (soft palate), causing it to elevate and stretch. The purpose of this study was to determine if velar stretch is related to the size of the adenoids in children with and without cleft palate. The children underwent MRI as they produced different speech sounds. Results indicated velar stretch is not significantly different between groups, and adenoid size is moderately related to velar stretch.






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