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Spotlight on interdisciplinary health sciences doctoral students

The WMU College of Health and Human Services developed the Ph.D. in interdisciplinary health sciences in response to the findings of the Pew Health Professions Commission and National Commission on Allied Health regarding the need for doctoral prepared research faculty educated in an interdisciplinary framework. Find out more about this unique program online and review some recent IHS Ph.D. student accomplishments below.

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Laura Froeschke

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Lolly Bargerstock-Oyler

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Theresa Lynn

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Josh Scott


E-Newsissue #2

In this issue

WMU international magazine features college

The Spring 2014 issue of the WMU International News, published by Western Michigan University's Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education, showcased College of Health and Human Services international initiatives, featuring stories about students, faculty, staff and alumni who are contributing to WMU's global engagement in Kalamazoo and around the world.

Photo of Abol Akob.Read about OT student Akol Abol in Sudanese "Lost Boy" finds home in WMU occupational therapy program.

"When I left my family, it was not something that I would be able to come back to. I was six years old when government troops and government-sponsored militias attacked my village in southern Sudan. I awoke to the sound of automatic weapon fire blasting through my small hut."

Photo of Lili Wang.Read about alumna Lili Wang in Alumna helps China advance services for people with vision disabilities.

"Lili Wang, an alumna of Western Michigan University's blindness and low vision studies program, was a 'ground breaker' for the teaching of orientation and mobility for the visually impaired in China. She has become a national resource for her field as a specialist at the Beijing School for the Blind."

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Academic centers make news

WMU BRAIN Lab: Music, Mind and Medicine

Department of Occupational Therapy Chair Dr. Ben Atchison and Assistant Professor Michelle Suarez are studying the underlying neurobiology of human behavior and disorders with the WMU Brain Research and Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Lab or BRAIN Lab. Along with researchers from several other fields and music therapy professor and BRAIN Lab Director Ed Roth, these OT faculty members are working to find specific treatments for neurological disorders.

This work was covered in the Spring 2014 edition of the Western Michigan University Magazine.

Center for Disability Services

Alumni in action

Faculty accolades

Recent retirements

Best wishes and thanks to our retiring facultyand staff.



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