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Research, Projects & Grants

Below is a listing of our current projects and grants. If you are interested in becoming a potential collaborator, student, or participant, please contact the faculty member directly.


Julie Agris, Ph.D., JD, LLM
Phone: 
631-632-2334
Email: 
julie.agris@stonybrook.edu 

  • Interprofessional Professionalism Education in Healthcare: Lead liaison representing Stony Brook University Schools of Health Technology and Management and Medicine in a nationwide collaborative to implement ProfessionalFormation.org, an interactive learning platform resource to enhance healthcare professionalism learning, teaching, and research.  Implementation of this effort is funded by the Macy Foundation.
  • Developing Professionalism in Healthcare Management Education Programs:  An Examination of Accreditation Outcomes. In collaboration with Dr. Christopher Roberts, Mr. Michael Meacham and Mr. Eric Brichto.
  • Health Literacy: A Critical Component of Professionalism and Resilience. In collaboration with Dr. Terri Ann Parnell and Dr. Jeff Ritter.
  • Success in Healthcare Management Education: Rethinking Competencies to Lead Health Literate Organizations. In collaboration with Dr. Terri Ann Parnell, Dr. Jeff Ritter, and Krista Gottlieb.

Pamela Block, PhD
Phone: 631-444-3197
Email: Pamela.Block@stonybrook.edu

  • Neurodiversity and Community on Long Island and Beyond
  • Aging Out of Children’s Hospitals
  • FEMA Disability Advisory Group for Suffolk County Emergency Management
  • Teaching Disability Studies and Disability Studies in Health Fields
  • Disability Studies in Brazil
  • Autism, Communication, Family, and Self-Advocacy in the US and Brazil
  • Communication Impairment, Disability and Social Justice: I am working with anthropologists Devva Kasnitz and Michele Friedner
  • VENTure Think Tank: Cofounder along with Brooke Ellison. http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/venture 


    John Brittelli, RT, MS, RRT-NPS, RPFT
    Phone: (631) 444- 3183
    Email: john.brittelli@stonybrook.edu

    • VO2 Max: In Vivo Model for Functional Red Cell Testing. Can RECESS Be Explained?  PI: Dr. Elliot Bennett, Co-PIs: Russell Rozensky, and Ann Cuccia
    • Prediction and prevention of adverse respiratory events in at-risk patient populations through use of a multi-function monitoring platform device coupled with advanced analytics
    • Infant Exposure to Breath Carbon Monoxide in Adult Cigarette Smokers
    • Medication Management system for patients at home receiving multiple drugs 
    • Portable, foldable infant incubator for the developing world and mass evacuation of infants from hospitals

    GRANT

    VO2 Max: In Vivo Model for Functional Red Cell Testing. Can RECESS Be Explained? PI: Dr. Elliot Bennett, Co-PIs: Russell Rozensky, and Ann Cuccia


    Christina Burke, PT, DPT, NCS
    Phone: 631-632-5107
    Email: christina.burke@stonybrook.edu

    • Three-year study examining individuals with PD and the effects of providing Large Amplitude Movements, Aerobic and Balance intervention on gait speed and balance scores
    • Beginning to investigate the collection of gait analysis for pre and post 6MWT on individuals with MS and comparing this to healthy controls.  We will be studying individuals who are minimally disabled with an EDSS of below 2


      Ann D. Cuccia, BS, RRT-NPS, RPFT
      Phone: 631- 444-3797
      Email: ann.cuccia@stonybrook.edu 

      • Development of an aerosol delivery device for use during mechanical ventilation - Collaboration with Gerald Smaldone MD, PhD, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Stony Brook University, and  InspiRx Inc.
      • Abstract Submission - 63rd AARC National Congress Oct, 2017 Breath-Actuated Jet Nebulizer and Aerosol Delivery During Mechanical Ventilation - pending acceptance
      • VO2 Max: In Vivo Model for Functional Red Cell Testing. Can RECESS be explained? Collaboration with Elliott Bennett-Guerrero MD, Dennis K. Galanakis MD, Russell Rozensky MS, John Brittelli MS, Jamie Romeiser MPH

      Nadya Dimitrov, DPM, PAC
      Phone: 631-444-2231
      Email: nadya.dimitrov@stonybrook.edu

      • Revision of Online Training Module entitled “What Every Physician Assistant Needs to Know About Palliative Care” sponsored by CSU Institute for Palliative Care.
      • "Community Based Interprofessional Palliative Care Training in a Spiritual Setting”, with Lisa Johson and Nadya Dimitrov, to involve Physician Assistant and Respiratory Therapy students with African American seniors in serious illness conversations.
      • Rounding with the Chaplain: Spirituality Training and Service Learning for PA students. Pre-and-post tests and surveys are conducted for students and chaplains, with orientation and debriefing buy the chaplains.
      • "Strengthening the Palliative Care Team through Interprofessional Education". IPE project with Physician Assistant, Respiratory, Occupational, and Physical Therapy programs. Josiah Macy Foundation grant proposal.
      • Cambia Health Foundation Sojourn Scholars Leadership Program project to develop a credentialing pathway for Palliative Medicine and Hospice appropriate for Physician Assistants

      GRANT

      • MJS Foundation to support Palliative Medicine Training for Physician Assistants 

       


       

      Lisa Endee, MPHc, RRT-SDS, RPSGT, RST
      Phone: 631- 444 - 6627
      Email: lisa.endee@stonybrook.edu

      Projects and Grants

      • General Highway Safety Grant, Prevention of Drowsy Driving Data Collection, Curriculum Development, Pilot Training and Evaluation Project. Principal Investigator: Lisa M. Endee, Co-PI’s: Pam Linden, Erik Flynn, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith, Leonie Huddy. 
      • Governor’s Highway Safety Association and National Road Safety Association’s State Grant, Drowsy Driving Awareness Social Media Campaign. Principal Investigator: Lisa M. Endee, CoPI’s: Pam Linden, Erik Flynn, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith. 
      • State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. Principal Investigator: Carlos Vidal, Pam Linden, Co-PI’s: Lisa M. Endee, Erik Flynn, Lisa Johnson, Carrie Ann Miller-Engel, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith.

      Renee Fabus, PhD, CCC-SLP, TSHH
      Phone: 631-638-0502
      Email: renee.fabus@stonybrook.edu  

      • The Impact on Speech Production after Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) in Individuals Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. In collaboration with Dr. Ciara Leydon, Kaitlin Dondorf, Guanchao Feng, Dr. Guy Schwartz, Dr. David Hsu and Ashley Yttredahl.
      • Deep Brain Stimulation and Deglutition in People Diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. In collaboration with Dr. Charles Mikell, Dr. Guy Schwartz, Dr. Ciara Leydon, Kaitlin Dondorf, Rachel Conti and Panagiota Giannakos.
      • The Impact on Speech Production after Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) using fMRI in People Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. In collaboration with Dr. Hoi-Chung, Dr. Carine Maurer, Dr. Ciara Leydon, Kaitlin Dondorf, Guanchao Feng, Rachel Conti and Panagiota Giannakos.
      • Aspiration Detection in collaboration with Dr. Petar Djuric, Dr. Milutin Stanacevic, Guanchao Feng and Claire Surkis
      • Stroke and Swallow Assessment using Telehealth. In collaboration with Dr. Kimberly Noel and Dr. Jason Mathew.
      • Interprofessional Education Telehealth Board. In collaboration with Dr. Kimberly Noel, Dr. Lynette Dias, Dr. Jason Mathew, Dr. Matthew Perciavalle, Dr. Kathleen Monehan, Dr. Amanda Eloma, Dr. Lenore Lamanna, Dr. Steven Zove, Dr. Lorraine Danowski, Lisa Johnson,  Nancy Krisch, Nadya Dimitrov, and Dawn Ippolito.


        Michele Friedner, PhD
        Phone:
        631-444-6273
        Email:
        michele.friedner@stonybrook.edu

        • The multiple economies of sign language interpreting
        • Disability as "feel good" diversity in India and elsewhere
        • Disability and categories of difference in India
        • Disability, deafness, and technology in India  


          Jeannie Guglielmo, MS, MAT, MLS(ASCP)CM
          Phone: 631-444-3046
          E-mail: jeannie.guglielmo@stonybrook.edu 

          GRANT

          • PI: DOH Grant for Online Retraining for Laboratory Personnel as Clinical Laboratory Technologists for Long Island
          • Collaboration with TRUETOX Laboratory studying the consumption of Hemp-Based products and their impact on THC detection in oral and urine fluids using EMIT/LC-MS-MS platforms
          • My Brother's Keeper (Project Director along with Erik Flynn)New York State Department of Education grant to raise college and career readiness for 90 9th grade students in Brentwood Union Free School District. Project leaders will provide STEM and healthcare educational activities, and college mentoring services for participating students.


          Lori Hochman, PT, MS, NCS
          Phone: 631-444-1193
          Email: lori.hochman@stonybrook.edu

          • Effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling versus Cycling Only on Walking Performance and Quality of Life in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study (Dr. Lisa Muratori is a Co-Investigator)
          • The impact of a two-week residential rehabilitation program for individuals with spinal cord injury on participants, peer mentors and residential aides. Collaborators: Mary Squillace, DOT, OTR/L, Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, FACRM, Anita Santasier, PT, PhD, OCS (she is at another university)  


            Eric Lamberg, PT, EdD, CPed
            Phone:
            631-444-3058
            Email:
            eric.lamberg@stonybrook.edu 

            • Assessment of prosthetic mass and mass location for people living with TT amputation
            • Quantifying medial collapse of the knee during squatting activities
            • Assessment of a lateral unloader brace on knee OA--data analysis
            • Assessment of a medial unloader brace on knee OA during Stair Ascent/Descent--data analysis  


              Pamela Linden, PhD
              Phone:
              631-444-6931
              Email: 
              Pamela.Linden@stonybrook.edu

              • Evaluation of Seven Veteran’s Treatment Courts in NYS -funded by NYS Office of Court Administration- two year no-cost extension until 9/30/18). Two UG students hired on project
              • Understanding the role of mentors in Veteran’s Treatment Courts
              • The influence of Social Worker Sibling Ordinal Position on level of practice - online survey of social workers and sibling ordinal position - with Dr. Kathleen Monahan
              • Variations in Frequency, Dosage & Route of Animal Assisted Therapy Interventions
              • Measuring the Impact of Participation in a Doggie Reading Program on elementary school student reading scores
              • Veterinary Social Work in a Small Animal Practice: Lessons Learned
              • Assessing Cynophobia in potential AAT participants
              • With the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development:
                - General Highway Safety Grant, Prevention of Drowsy Driving Data Collection, Curriculum Development, Pilot Training and Evaluation Project. Principal Investigator: Lisa M. Endee, Co-PI’s: Pam Linden, Erik Flynn, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith, Leonie Huddy.
                - Governor’s Highway Safety Association and National Road Safety Association’s State Grant, Drowsy Driving Awareness Social Media Campaign. Principal Investigator: Lisa M. Endee, CoPI’s: Pam Linden, Erik Flynn, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith.
                - State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. Principal Investigator: Carlos Vidal, Pam Linden, Co-PI’s: Lisa M. Endee, Erik Flynn, Lisa Johnson, Carrie Ann Miller-Engel, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith.


                Sharon Martino, PT, PhD
                Phone:
                631-444-3256
                Email:
                sharon.martino@stonybrook.edu 

                • Longitudinal data base for the Fit Kids for Life program  - ongoing, collecting baseline data (anthropometrics (ht, wt, BMI, waist circum, hip circum), blood pressure, heart rate on participants of the program.  Measures are done at baseline, after 10-week program, 6 months after ending program and 1 year after ending program
                • Role of Parental involvement in the treatment of pediatric obesity  - Collaboration with Sara Desmeraldis (SBU MPH student)
                • Survey research on sleep habits and sleep hygiene among pediatric overweight and obese children and families– Collaboration with Russell Rozensky, Stephen Smith, Lisa Endee (Respiratory Therapy Dept)
                • Feasibility trial on the use of the Styku, 3D body composition system among pediatric overweight and obese children, Collaboration with Raymond McKenna  


                  Lisa Muratori, PT, EdD
                  Phone:
                  631-444-6583
                  Email:
                  Lisa.muratori@stonybrook.edu 

                  • iWEAR - Integrating wearable technologies to quantify meaningful activity in Huntington Disease
                  • Sonification of Gait to Create Real-Time Auditory Feedback for People with Parkinson’s Disease
                    Stony Brook collaborators: SHTM - Erin Vasudevan, PhD
                    cDACT - Margaret Schedel, PhD; Daniel Weymouth, PhD
                  • Biological Motion Perception in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Huntington's Disease (HD)
                    Stony Brook Collaborators: Neurobiology and Behavior - Leslie Evinger, PhD
                  • Improving gait and cognition in Parkinson’s Disease: a dual-task intervention study
                    Stony Brook Collaborators: SHTM – Eric Lamberg, PT, EdD, CPed
                    Psychiatry – Christopher Christodoulou, PhD
                  • Evaluating Dual Task Functioning in premanifest and early stage  Huntington Disease
                  • Multi-tasking: How are interactive mobile media devices influencing child development?
                    Stony Brook Collaborators: SHTM – Eric Lamberg, PT, EdD, CPed; Jamie Greco, PT, DPT; Psychology – Matthew Lerner, PhD; Technology & Society – Karen Sobel-Lojeski, PhD  


                    Terri Ann Parnell, DNP, MA, RN, FAAN
                    Phone: 631-632-2349
                    Email:  terriann.parnell@stonybrook.edu

                     


                     

                    Dr. Jeff Ritter, DBA, MBA
                    Phone:
                    631-632-5104
                    Email: jeff.ritter@stonybrook.edu

                    • Health Administration: Teaching Excellence in an Online Environment.
                    • Success in Healthcare Management Education: Rethinking Competencies to Lead Health Literate Organizations. In collaboration with Dr. Terri Ann Parnell, Dr. Julie Agris, and Krista Gottlieb.
                    • Health Literacy: A Critical Component of Professionalism and Resilience. In collaboration with Dr. Terri Ann Parnell and Dr. Julie Agris.

                     


                     

                    Russell Rozensky, MS, RRT-SDS, CPFT, RPSGT
                    Phone: 631-444-6654
                    Email: Russell.rozensky@stonybrook.edu

                    GRANTS


                    Sharon Ray, Sc. D., OTR/L
                    Phone:
                    631-444-6014
                    Email:
                    sue.sisto@stonybrook.edu 

                    • Policy to Practice for Related Service Providers in Public Schools 


                      Prithvi Shah, PhD
                      Phone:
                      631-632-7083
                      Email: prithvi.shah@stonybrook.edu
                      Lab - shahlab.com

                      • Closed Loop Epidural Stimulation Strategies for the recovery of Hand Function after a Spinal Cord Injury
                      • Development of a Novel Skilled Arm-Leg Assessment Tool after CNS Damage
                      • Innovative Physiological Biomarkers Predict Risk of Bone Fractures after a Spinal Cord Injury
                      • Neurophysiological Mechanisms Underlying Skilled and Non-skilled Forelimb Motor Behaviors in Adult Rats 

                      GRANTS

                      • New York State Institutional Grant
                        Co-Investigator
                        Dates: January 2017-2021
                      • Shah, Prithvi, PI, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Neilsen Pilot Research Grant 14,
                        Title: Neuromodulation of cervical spinal cord for enhanced forelimb function
                        Proposal Number (pC ID): 338237
                        Award Number: 338237
                        Dates: October 2015 Until October 2018
                        New York State - Spinal Cord Injury Institutional Board
                        Principal Investigator for Pre-Doctoral Award
                        Dates: August 2018-2021


                          Stephen G. Smith, MPA, RT, RRT
                          Phone: 631-444-6014
                          Email: stephen.smith@stonybrook.edu

                          • Drowsy Driving Secondary Data Analysis                                                                                                 
                          • Distracted Driving Prevention for High School Students
                          • Prevention of Drowsy Driving Research and Curriculum Development Project                                                             

                          GRANTS

                          • Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant, PI: Carlos Vidal and Pamela Linden; Co-PI: Stephen Smith
                          • Drowsy Driving Awareness Social Media Campaign, PI: Lisa Endee; Co-PI: Stephen Smith
                          • Stony Brook University Prevention of Drowsy Driving Data Collection, Curriculum Development, Pilot Training and Evaluation Project, PI: Lisa Endee; Co-PI: Stephen Smith


                                Mary Squillace, DOT, OTR/L
                                Phone:
                                631-444-6781
                                Email:
                                Mary.Squillace@stonybrook.edu

                                • Pinch strength in adolescents with Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis
                                • Relationship between fine motor skills and occupations of young adults with multiple sclerosis  


                                  Richard Thailer, MS, PA-C
                                  Phone: 631-444-6184
                                  Email:  Richard.Thailer@stonybrook.edu

                                  • Jena Nicols Curtis, Richard Thailer, Vincent Mascarenhas , "Leveraging mobile phone technology to improve community and public health interventions in India: a review of current initiatives and directions for future innovation", https://www.ijltet.org/journal_details.php?id=908&j_id=3445, Special Issue - SACAIM - November 2016, 266-272 

                                   


                                   

                                  Lynn Timko-Swaim, MS, PA-C
                                  Director, PA Post-Professional Education
                                  Phone: 631-444-3621
                                  Email: lynn.timko-swaim@stonybrook.edu

                                  • Health Literacy Curricula in PA Education
                                  • Use of Bedside Ultrasound in PA Education

                                  GRANT

                                  Sponsor: NYS Department of Health
                                  Project Name: Physician Assistants Trained to Work in Patient Centered Integrative Health Care Models
                                  Dates: 1/1/17-12/31/18 


                                  Erin Vasudevan, PhD
                                  Phone: 631-638-1567
                                  Email: erin.vasudevan@stonybrook.edu

                                  • Adaptability of human walking coordination across the lifespan
                                  • Optimizing locomotor adaptation for rehabilitation post-stroke
                                  • Improving walking kinetics and kinematics post-stroke using low-cost, portable devices 


                                      Gloria Viboud, PhD
                                      Phone: 631-444-3225
                                      E-mail: gloria.viboud@stonybrook.edu

                                      • Regulation of Pore Formation by Type III Secretion System R21 NIH grant to Gloria Viboud 1R21AI073815-01A1
                                      • Identification of a C-Terminal Region of YopD Important for Yersinia Type III Secretion Function by Random Mutagenesis. Collaborator: James B. Bliska
                                      • Modulation of innate immune responses by Yersinia type III secretion system translocators and effectors. Collaborators: James B. Bliska, and Igor E. Brodsky
                                      • Molecular characterization of community acquired and hospital acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Collaborators: Eric Spitzer and George Tortora
                                      • Inhibitory effect of FDA-approved anti-parasitic drug Nitazoxanide (NTZ) on the Type III secretion system. Collaborators: Peter Chahales and David Thanassi

                                      GRANT

                                      PI: Health Workforce Retraining Initiative (HWRI) entitled "Laboratory Personnel Trained as Molecular Technologist" regions Long Island and New York City for 2 years


                                      Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development


                                      Carlos Vidal, PhD – Director, Center; Associate Dean, School of Health Technology and Management
                                      Phone: 631-444-3153
                                      Email: carlos.vidal@stonybrook.edu 

                                      Brooke Ellison, PhD, MPP – Associate Director
                                      Phone:
                                      631-444-6477
                                      Email:
                                      brooke.ellison@stonybrook.edu

                                       

                                      Currently Funded Projects:

                                      General Highway Safety Grant (October 2017- September 2018). Stony Brook University Prevention of Drowsy Driving Data Collection, Curriculum Development, Pilot Training and Evaluation Project.  Principal Investigator:  Lisa M. Endee, Co-PI’s: Pam Linden, Erik Flynn, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith, Leonie Huddy.

                                      Summary: Data collection on drowsy driving and sleep habits among SBU commuter students to inform the development of a Drowsy Driving Awareness and Prevention Curriculum.  The project will include a pilot implementation on campus followed by an external program evaluation. 

                                       

                                      Governor’s Highway Safety Association and National Road Safety Association’s State Grant (March 2017 – December 2017).  Drowsy Driving Awareness Social Media Campaign. Principal Investigator:  Lisa M. Endee, Co-PI’s: Pam Linden, Erik Flynn, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith.

                                      Summary: Development of a Drowsy Driving Awareness interactive and educational website and launch of a targeted social media campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving and provide educational content about improving sleep habits to reduce risk of falling asleep at the wheel.

                                       

                                      State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant (Jan 2017-Dec 2017) (4th consecutive year) Principal Investigator: Carlos Vidal, Pam Linden, Co-PI’s: Lisa M. Endee, Erik Flynn, Lisa Johnson, Carrie Ann Miller-Engel, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith.

                                      Summary: This project builds on the work accomplished over the last five years in raising awareness about distracted and drowsy driving.  It includes implementation of a Distracted and Drowsy Driving Prevention curriculum within participating high need school districts on Long Island and Train the Trainer workshops aimed at increasing the reach of the curriculum and the important message of saving lives through prevention of distracted and drowsy driving. 

                                       

                                      My Brother's Keeper
                                      Pl: Carlos Vidal

                                      Erik Flynn and Jeannie Guglielmo (Project Directors)
                                      New York State Department of Education grant to raise college and career readiness for 90 9th grade students in Brentwood Union Free School District. Project leaders will provide STEM and healthcare educational activities, and college mentoring services for participating students.

                                      Inclusive Future
                                      Brooke Ellison, PhD, MPP (PI)
                                      Funded by the Loreen Arbus Foundation, this project looks at the intersection of disability and human rights, investigating policies and practices in countries around the world, as they pertain to Access to education, employment, healthcare, and participation for people with disabilities. This project looks to establish best practices in different contexts so that they can be replicated in international efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.