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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.


 

 

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, John Brittelli, 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.


       

      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  

                 


                 

                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.