As a woman working in biomechanics, Texas Woman’s doctoral candidate Noelle Tuttle is dedicated to the outreach for and education of more women in the field, especially minorities who have had little to no exposure. Thanks to grants from the Biomechanics Initiative, she was able to further that mission by co-hosting virtual and in-person events in Denton and Ecuador to inspire future practitioners and researchers.
What’s better than a heavy underdog winning an innovative design contest involving some of the state’s brightest minds?
Winning it again.
Makayla Hughes has a deep concern for the health and welfare of her community. She’s witnessed firsthand how members of her tight-knit, mostly Black neighborhood in Houston lacked the kind of care essential to keep its residents healthy.
Keeping an open mind and treating everything as a learning experience has been the key to success for Texas Woman’s May 2022 nutrition graduate Theodora “Theo” Sam-Brew. That was especially true for her while serving as the Student Government Association (SGA) president during COVID. But her passion for working for her fellow students led her to overcome challenges and accomplish great things.
Texas Woman’s May 2022 nutrition doctoral graduate Francilia Brito Silva is on a mission to improve the eating habits of students and combat food insecurity on campus. As a vital contributor to the TWU Health and Wellbeing Initiative, she has already made a huge impact on campus and plans to do even more after graduation.
A Texas Woman’s team comprised of three School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology students demonstrated impressive knowledge and placed second overall in the Kinesiology Student Bowl during the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 2022 Meeting in February.
The Texas Woman’s University System Board of Regents today approved a plan to build a 175,000-square-foot health science center for the Denton campus to support growth in the colleges of health sciences and nursing and other collaborative efforts.
Texas Woman’s communication sciences student Lesly Alvarado knew she wanted a way to continue making an impact when she enrolled in the university, and she found the Legacy Leaders program to be the perfect vehicle with which to do it.
The role of a soldier and a physical therapist is to serve others, and Texas Woman’s December 2021 kinesiology graduate Alexandra Pritchett is an outstanding example of how to do both well.
Five Texas Woman’s kinesiology seniors turned classroom theories into a real-world device by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase November 16-17. The TWU team, named The Oneiroi, was the only all-female team competing and won best overall team, along with best poster, best peer review and best video. They also placed second overall in the presentation category. All five team members are December 2021 graduates.
Texas Woman’s is known as the “campus with a heart” for the care and attention given to each and every student, especially when those students, like December 2021 MOT graduate Sommer Moreno, find themselves balancing their education while starting a family.
According to Elizabeth Plowman, DPT ’12, “Physical therapy never gets boring.” And, Plowman, a Texas Woman’s School of Physical Therapy alumna and an assistant clinical professor in Houston, should know. Her experiences as a teacher, physical therapist, teacher again and researcher have provided her with opportunities to delve into a varied and fulfilling career, while making advances in both her own health and the health of others.
At Texas Woman’s School of Physical Therapy, teaching and research go hand in hand, as alumna and Assistant Professor Hui-Ting Goh, PhD, has discovered by merging her two passions, benefitting her students and stroke patients in the process.
TWU Kinesiology alumna Cathy Sellers, BS ’75, enjoyed a career of over 40 years in coaching track & field that included positions at public schools, universities and serving as an administrator for USA Track & Field. In 2003, Sellers joined the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee as the manager of coaching.
Texas Woman’s Professor Emeritus Chandan Prasad, PhD, from the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, explores different nutraceuticals that may aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in his new book, COVID-19 and Nutraceuticals, A Guidebook (Bohr Publishers & New Century Health Publishers, Late October 2021).
Now, more than ever, women are succeeding in traditionally male-dominated career fields, but they are still underrepresented when it comes to leadership positions in sport management. Two Texas Woman’s community members—alumna Lisa Langston, a PhD in Kinesiology with a Sport Management concentration graduate, and current PhD student Grace McDowell—are changing that, bringing hard-earned skills and sheer determination to their leadership positions, while serving as role models for future generations of women.
TWU occupational therapy alumna Aimee Piller, PhD '16, was the featured guest on AOTA's Everyday Evidence podcast. She discussed generating, implementing and promoting evidence in pediatric occupational therapy practice.
Some university faculty members teach, and some perform research. At the Texas Woman’s College of Health Sciences, they do both, educating the next generation of health care professionals while making significant advances in their respective fields. Even with challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty members secured an impressive amount of funding for their work.
Sarah Rich (PhD ’81), an international promoter and advocate of physical education for all, has created the Sarah M. Rich, Ph.D., Adaptive Sport Scholarship Endowment to support graduate students studying adaptive physical education (APE).
Texas Woman’s University School of Occupational Therapy faculty members are always searching for ways to combine research and therapy that not only aids patients but also contributes to new knowledge in their profession. This summer, they were able to do both by providing children with cerebral palsy a camp to improve the use of their upper extremities and have fun in the process.
Most elementary school students will tell you that playing video games such as Minecraft is fun, but as several K-6 deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) students discovered during Texas Woman’s Camp Minecraft, playing the game also can help build critical skills.
Texas Woman’s dental hygiene and post-baccalaureate certificate in bilingual speech-language pathology (SLP) students joined forces in July to provide preschoolers from the Ann Windle School for Young Children with free dental and hearing services. The event not only brought out many smiles for the children but also served as an important learning experience for the TWU students.
Driven by her passion for helping others, TWU Houston physical therapy alumna Rhonda Abbott, PT, FTPA, enjoys providing meaningful physical therapy care that makes a difference in the lives of her patients. Her role as senior vice president and CEO for TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston impacts the patient and family experience on a much larger scale and improves the work experience of the hospital’s team.
When Dallas opened an emergency shelter for unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in North Central America in spring 2021, Texas Woman’s School of Occupational Therapy faculty and students jumped at the opportunity to use their skills to help. Much like when the field of occupational therapy supported people experiencing occupational deprivation in the old psychiatric hospitals and tuberculosis asylums 100 years ago, this shelter needed help to provide meaningful activities and support an environment that allowed minors to heal.
For many Texas Woman’s students, there is nothing more exciting and rewarding than putting the education they received in the classroom into real-world practice, especially when it involves serving others. That is exactly what nine Dallas Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students discovered on their service trip to Puerto Rico in May, when they helped those who needed their skills the most.
Former biomechanics graduate student Chris Como visited TWU to film a segment for the Golf Channel program, Swing Expedition. Como visited with his former teacher, Young-Hoo Kwon, PhD, professor and director of the Biomechanics Laboratory in the School of Health Promotion & Kinesiology.
Texas Woman’s Nutrition and Food Sciences Assistant Professor Derek Miketinas, PhD, is passionate about many things in life, but three main ones have guided his career – food, teaching and research. Working at TWU has enabled him to pursue all of them, and national organizations are taking notice of his work.
Texas Woman’s kinesiology-biomechanics alumna Kirsten Tulchin-Francis (PhD ’12), a self-proclaimed science and math geek, has spent more than 23 years combing those two passions with athletics and medicine to achieve success in the field of biomedical engineering. Her experiences as a researcher and teacher are now inspiring other generations of females to make names for themselves in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
For the past few years, Texas Woman’s biomechanics and motor behavior graduate students have participated in National Biomechanics Day (NBD), an annual event designed to introduce high school students to the field of biomechanics. Though the 2020 events were cancelled due to COVID-19, TWU came roaring back this April with virtual events to both educate and inspire future researchers.
Five Texas Woman’s kinesiology seniors brought research to life by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase April 20-21. The TWU Athena V team, the second all-female TWU team to enter the competition and the only all-female team competing this spring, placed seventh overall. All five team members will graduate this May.
Houston native Anthony Bui wanted to make a difference in the world, but wasn’t sure how to accomplish that. He knew it would involve serving others, though, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps right after graduating high school. Now, he’s set to receive his Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree in Texas Woman’s May 2021 Houston commencement ceremony.
TWU’s flavor chemistry program received national exposure this month, when research led by Texas Woman’s Assistant Professor Xiaofen Du, PhD, (Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences) was featured on the April 2021 cover of the Journal of Food Science.
A healthy and bright smile can instill confidence and pride, as 26 Little Elm ISD students discovered during TWU’s Giving Kids a Smile Day, held on April 10. During the event, the TWU Dental Hygiene Clinic provided the students, ranging from 4 to 17 years old, free preventative services, including x-rays, dental exams, cleanings, sealants and Silver Diamine Fluoride, as needed. The students also received oral hygiene instruction and nutritional guidance.
During her time at Texas Woman’s, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) May 2021 graduate Mira Pearce served as a graduate research assistant, student office assistant, class officer and podcast production assistant in a special interest group of the Academy of Neurologic PT. But it was her work as organizer for a new diversity event that resonates the most with her passion for advocating for underserved communities.
As the role nutrition plays in health care continues to grow, so too does the importance of research opportunities for Texas Woman’s students, which May 2021 nutritional sciences graduate Lily Sebastian discovered during her time at the university. Sebastian will now use her experience at TWU to pave her own way in the medical field.
Three Texas Woman's College of Health Sciences students received 2021 Outstanding Student Awards during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, March 25.
A career in academia, as a professor, was the long-term goal for health sciences alumna Elizabeth Burns, PhD ’78, ’81. Now retired, she and her husband have created a generous endowment as part of their estate plans to fund scholarships for full-time undergraduate students as part of the Elizabeth H. Burns and John M. Burns Scholarship Endowment.
Assistant Professor Kathleen Davis, PhD, in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and nutrition graduate student Roxana Wroblewski received awards from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND).
At 14,508 feet, a pair of alumni who found career paths in physical therapy channeled their love for nature into a unique trek to the tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S.
Texas Woman's School of Physical Therapy alumnus Sterling L. Carter (MSPT '07) strives to promote innovation in the healthcare industry every day as a leader in his field.
As a physical therapist, Texas Woman’s alumna Patsy Shropshire (BASc ’84), PT, DPT, CEEAA, focuses on the health and wellness of her patients. She is now expanding that focus by transforming high school tracks into community wellness areas, ensuring that everyone has the ability to make fitness a part of their lives.
For students seeking careers as flavor chemists, Texas Woman’s MS in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry program can provide the sweet smell of success. With its first students graduated this year (May, summer, fall), the program is celebrating its achievements while continuing to plan for the future.
Texas Woman’s College of Health Sciences Dean Christopher Ray, PhD, believes in improving people’s lives, whether through supporting his students and faculty or conducting his own research on geriatric health. By recently earning a patent with two other academic colleagues for a way to predict and prevent medical events and conditions, he is exemplifying the college’s mission of advancing the health and well-being of diverse communities.
Texas Woman’s summer 2020 graduate Sandhya Manjunath (MS in Kinesiology - Sport Management) hopes to one day introduce sport management programs across the nation in India. Thanks to the education and experiences she received from TWU, she is on track to make that dream a reality.
From a young age, Texas Woman’s alumnus and School of Occupational Therapy Associate Clinical Professor William Sit (MA ’99, PhD ’04), wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and volunteer in various settings. Those desires have led him to a three-decades-long career as an occupational therapist, inspired a passion for teaching and resulted in him being named 2020 Texas Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA).
Five Texas Woman’s kinesiology seniors turned classroom theories into a real-world device by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase November 17-18. The TWU Athena V team, the first all-female TWU team to enter the competition and the only all-female team competing, placed fourth overall.
Texas Woman’s University is honoring the legacy of Dr. Sophie Lin Rydin, occupational therapy alumna (MOT ’78, PhD ’07) and adjunct professor, through the naming of the Dr. Sophie Lin Rydin School of Occupational Therapy - TWU Houston Center.
Texas Woman’s prides itself with providing outstanding academic instruction, but as alumna Fiona Kiprop (BS ’19) discovered, the university also prepares students for successful careers. In her new position as regulatory health program coordinator with the Food and Drug Administration, Kiprop is taking everything she gained from her TWU experience and applying it to her future.
Texas Woman’s School of Physical Therapy adjunct faculty member Emelia Exum, DPT, who teaches at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences - Dallas Center, was selected to participate in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Centennial Scholars Program.
The Texas Woman’s School of Physical Therapy celebrated National Physical Therapy Month and helped local communities in Houston and U.S. deployed troops by participating in the Global PT Day of Service on Oct. 10.
For the past 14 years, Texas Woman’s alumna and adjunct professor Amy Goodson (MS ’06) has pursued her passion for overall health, wellness and sports nutrition. In her new book, The Sports Nutrition Playbook, she provides a resource perfect for youth and teen athletes, as well as their parents and coaches, to teach them how to fuel and hydrate their bodies to perform at the highest level.
TWU physical therapy student Jose Trujillo, who moved to Houston to pursue his doctorate, found his true “why” while in TWU’s program.
Experiential projects at Texas Woman’s encourage learning through a dynamic process where students develop knowledge, skills and values from direct experiences outside of a traditional academic setting. Four School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology PhD students will be doing just that thanks to the 2020-2021 Experiential Student Scholars Program offered by the TWU Pioneer Center for Student Excellence.
With a passion for providing care to underserved populations, Texas Woman’s doctoral candidate Daytheon Sturges (health studies) plans to advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in medicine. His recent selection as a recipient of the 2020 Breitman-Dorn Endowed Research Fellowship will help, along with his education, research funding and work experience as a physician assistant (PA).
TWU Assistant Professor Xiaofen Du, PhD, in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, received the 2020 Outstanding Service Award from the Fruit & Vegetable Products Division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in recognition of her service and contributions during 2019-2020.
When the infinite cycle of sales quotas, corporate ladder expectations and ethical dilemmas finally became too much for former sales associate and Texas Woman’s alumnus Christopher Villarreal (MOT ’17), he decided to go back to school and pursue his earlier dream of occupational therapy. That decision has not only awarded him a more fulfilling life, but it continues to enable him to affect positive change in this world.
Texas Woman’s alumna Michelle Tribble (BAS ’16) made a name for herself as a culinary superstar. But just as tastes change, so too do dreams, and Tribble has decided to return to her alma mater to help her carve a new path in the food world.
Texas Woman’s researchers will launch a first-of-its-kind study this year when they investigate how equine-assisted therapy could benefit adults with Parkinson’s disease, thanks to a research grant awarded by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI).
The TWU Dietetic Internship Master’s Degree Program in Houston was granted reaccreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Reaccreditation is typically for seven years; however, the program was granted accreditation through 2028.
As a child growing up in Greenville, Texas, Texas Woman’s occupational therapy alumna Christina Hill (MOT ’14) combatted issues of alcoholism, drug addiction and poverty within her family and herself. But with the help of her faith, the discipline of martial arts, and most importantly, the support of her son and husband, she has dedicated her life to helping others persevere through their own struggles.
Texas Woman’s nutrition and food sciences graduate students Cierra Williams (Paris, TX) and Jessica Ramirez (The Philippines) were finalists for the Institute of Food Technologists’ Graduate Student Poster Competition, with Williams winning first place and being awarded a $1,000 cash prize.
OT faculty members part of collaborative research project
School of Occupational Therapy Assistant Professor Heather Roberts and Assistant Professor Angela Shierk are part of a collaborative research effort between Scottish Rite for Children and Texas Woman’s University, UT Arlington and the University of North Texas that is looking into the impact of the pandemic on teenagers and youth. The collaboration is detailed in the D Magazine article, "Scottish Rite for Children is Studying the Impact of the Pandemic on Children and Young Adults."
Texas Woman’s School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology Assistant Professor Ann Amuta, PhD, MPH, received a $5,000 Cancer/CHD Research Completion Award from the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Texas Woman’s dental hygiene student Blair Baumann, Plano, TX, received a $1,000 Allied Health Scholarship from Platinum Educational Group, which helps health occupation students with preparation for written board examinations and facilities tracking student clinical requirements throughout their clinical, educational program.
Working as a physical therapist in Maharashtra, India, Texas Woman’s kinesiology doctoral May graduate Manisha Rao (MS ’13) provided rehabilitative support to patients with medical, neurological and orthopedic conditions. But, as she helped patients with their rehabilitation, she felt the need to upgrade her knowledge and skills on therapeutic exercise.
TWU PhD candidate has article published and proposal accepted
TWU PhD candidate in health studies Daytheon Sturges, MPAS, PA-C, CAHIMS, CHES®, had his co-authored article, “Diversity and Inclusion-Centered PA Programmatic Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” published by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).
He also had his proposal, “Toward Health Equity: Social Determinants of Health and PA Education,” accepted to the 2020 PAEA Education Forum.
Sturges’ focal area is higher education, and he recently completed the Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Interprofessional Informatics Program at TWU as well.
Texas Woman’s student Lina Gonzalez made history this spring by being the first TWU Regional Collegiate Representative elected for the Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society, a scholastic honor society that recognizes academic achievement among students in family and consumer sciences.
A Dallas Museum of Art official says TWU's Tina Fletcher was instrumental to a recent exhibition and its catalogue, which won a "best in show" award in the Texas Association of Museums publication design competition.
Fifteen Texas Woman’s School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology students received an outstanding professional development opportunity by attending Move United’s 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference May 11-15.
It is often during our most difficult days that we find skills we didn’t know we possessed. That certainly was the case for Texas Woman’s dental hygiene alumna Courtney Crew (BS ’06), who took her personal health struggles and created an invention that is aiding professionals in the dental industry.
As part of their education, Texas Woman’s physical therapy students need to learn and be tested on their skills before they can work hands-on with patients in clinics. The coronavirus pandemic cut that experience short for students this semester, but they still were able to stay on track thanks to the open-mindedness of Houston professor Carolyn Da Silva, P.T., D.Sc., and her husband’s willingness to help.
Prayers, perseverance and sheer determination are what Texas Woman’s speech-language pathology master’s program graduate Dorothy Henking credits for sustaining her through her life’s journey. Now ready to embark on a new career path, she is eager to face the future thanks to the support of her family and her experience at TWU.
As both a health care professional and an officer in the U.S. Army, Texas Woman’s alumna Maj. Katie Odom (BS ’07, MOT ’09), serves her patients and her country every day. Now the recipient of the prestigious Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers Martelet Cup, she continues to be grateful for the foundation she received from TWU and the amazing experiences the Army has provided.
Texas Woman’s kinesiology students once again demonstrated their creativity, ingenuity and ability to work across disciplines by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase April 23-24. The TWU Good Vibrations spring team placed sixth in the overall top design teams and third for Best Peer Review.
People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience many challenges when it comes to participating in social activities in their communities, and as a result, are frequently underemployed, bullied or lonely. Thanks to a $267,477 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Woman’s Occupational Therapy faculty member Tina Fletcher EdD, MFA, OTR, is addressing this problem.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, people are continuing to find ways to help their friends, neighbors and local communities— and TWU students are no exception. Several College of Health Sciences students have taken up the call to help however they can.
Three TWU School of Physical Therapy PhD program graduates, Carol McFarland, Christina Criminger and Jehad Alzyoud, had manuscripts related to their dissertation studies accepted for publication. Several School of Physical Therapy faculty members were coauthors on the papers as well.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Texas Woman’s is responding to the needs of its Speech, Language & Hearing Clinic and The Stroke Center-Dallas clients and speech-language pathology students by offering teletherapy sessions, free of charge, in place of in-person appointments.
Texas Woman’s Associate Professor Jyutika Mehta, PhD, and Professor Cynthia Gill, EdD, of the Department of Communication Sciences and Oral Health, received a grant for $291,847 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to fund their work on autism.
Here's a scenario: You're a high school cross country coach and your best runner has been skipping class to log more miles. She has won every meet of the season, but is failing English class. Question: Are you fulfilling your role as a coach?
Two teams of kinesiology students proudly represented Texas Woman’s and the School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology by competing in the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) Student Bowl Competition against 36 teams representing 23 universities. The TWU Maroon Team, which earned second place in the competition, consisted of Kylie Eynon, Maddie Hoffman and Dreanna McAdams. The TWU White Team consisted of Samantha Brandt, Madeline Boutwell and Ansah Qureshi.
As parents and coaches, it's normal to question if all the time and money we spend on our kids' sports are worth it. Since Little Timmy and Tammy likely aren't going pro (and are sometimes reluctant to even drop their devices to get outside and practice), what are the benefits to keeping them involved in youth athletics?
As the role nutrition plays in health care continues to grow, research opportunities for Texas Woman’s students such as nutritional sciences major Lily Sebastian are becoming increasingly valuable for both her future and the future of health care. With several accomplishments already under her belt, Sebastian is taking advantage of everything TWU has to offer to pave her own way in the medical field.
Associate Professor Rhett Rigby discusses how horse riding plus brain-building exercises may help kids with autism, ADHD
Associate Professor Rhett Rigby, PhD, researches how a combination of horseback riding and brain-building activities may help improve motor skills in children with neurodevelopmental conditions like autism-spectrum disorders and ADHD.
Occupational therapy PhD student co-authors AOTA document
Christene Maas, TWU occupational therapy PhD student, co-authored the autism opportunities roadmap for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Morgan Grant, a Texas Woman’s University health promotion and kinesiology PhD student, received the 2019 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award in the Emerging Professionals category from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
TWU PhD student Muchinka Peele (special education) is on a mission to help the people of Zambia. Traditionally in her home country, those with disabilities have been shamed and hidden. Education and advocacy are slowly changing these views, and Peele is leading the cause.
Lou Ann Hintz, Texas Woman’s PhD in occupational therapy student and recipient of a Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship, first heard the words “occupational therapy” when she was just 9 years old. From that day forward, she knew she wanted to have a job where she could help others by making them feel better despite having medical conditions and being separated from their families.
TWU Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Wayne Brewer, PT, PhD (’14), MPH, OCS, CSCS, brings his passion for discovery and affecting change to everything he does—particularly his research and teaching.
The Texas Woman’s University School of Occupational Therapy will host its 27th annual Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship at the T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center (5500 Southwestern Medical Ave., Dallas, TX 75235-7299) on Friday, Feb. 7.
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