Research @ the Lewis College

Message from the Associate Dean

Spring 2018

We are closing a busy semester, with students and faculty conducting innovative research in a variety of fields and winning awards and faculty collecting new funding along the way. Individuals in our college have received much recognition and had the opportunity to share their expertise in many ways. We are proud of their accomplishments.

Three assistant professors in nursing, nutrition and physical therapy each received new funding for research. Congratulations Dr. Fayron Epps, nursing, Dr. Rafaela Feresin, nutrition and Dr. Liang-Ching Tsai, physical therapy.

Congratulations are in order for the more than 100 Lewis College graduate students who presented 34 research posters at the third annual Lewis College Research Conference earlier this month. Each of the college’s graduate programs participated, including five teams from the newest program in Occupational Therapy.

In addition, seven undergraduate Lewis College students participated in the Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference. They presented research in nursing, nutrition and health informatics topics. I am always amazed at the depth and breadth of research produced by our students.

We have completed another successful semester of the Lewis College Research Seminar Series with speakers from across the country. The most recent was Sharon Cermak, Ed.D., OT/L from the University of Southern California. Thank you to Dr. Brad Farrell and Dr. Pey-Shan Wen for organizing the seminar series this year.

Of course, the Lewis College engages in academic achievements in addition to research. Honors Day 2018 recognized students success in academics, clinical, leadership as well as research. In March, ten respiratory therapy students made history with the first RT study abroad to Nicaragua. And the Lewis College announces a new interdisciplinary degree in health sciences. Read more about these efforts in this issue.

Finally, we will graduate more than 350 undergraduate, master’s and doctorate students May 9-11. Congratulations to these new healthcare providers and their families!

Warm regards,

Andrew Butler, Ph.D., PT, FAHA
Associate Dean for Research