Student Research

We are immensely proud of all of our students and pleased to share their dissertations here. Our students work with faculty from different units in the College of Health and Human Services and throughout the University. Many have advisors from major universities across the country. This diversity of advising voices highlights the interdisciplinary approach all our students take to their education.

All doctoral dissertations at WMU are collected in ScholarWorks. You can view them all there, organized by graduation year.

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Faculty Research

Dr. Kieran J. Fogarty is director of the Ph.D. program and professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Fogarty's area of expertise is in interdisciplinary approaches to developing new applied research methods based on the concepts that reflect the fundamental changes that are occurring in our health care delivery systems in the United States. Fogarty is currently participating in numerous collaborations with various agencies to develop data-driven information systems to track outcomes associated with the delivery of evidence-based practices in applied settings.

Dr. Rob Lyerla is a professor in the Ph.D. and physician assistant programs. His area of expertise includes public health surveillance, geospatial analysis of health outcomes, and evaluation of public health programs. He is currently working on new methods for collecting survey data, applying epidemiological methods for identifying community level risk factors for at-risk communities, and studies health in veterans, homeless, and correctional populations.