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The Texas State CLS Program was recognized with two research awards at the 2017 Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science Annual Meeting in Allen, Texas on April 1st, 2017.

Sheridan Limmer

  1. Professional Level– A Prospective Study of Patients Diagnosed with Sarcoidosis: Nutrition, Health Assessment and Environmental Exposures

Louis B. Caruana, Ph.D., MT(ASCP) - Distinguished Professor of CLS Emeritus, Retired
Sheridan Limmer, BSCLS candidate (CLS senior student)
Gerald D. Redwine, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)
Christopher Russian, Ph.D., RRT-NPS, RPSGT
Rodney E. Rohde, Ph.D., SVCM, SMCM, MB(ASCP)CM
Texas State University, CLS Program & ^Respiratory Care Department

Eric Bruton

  1. Undergraduate level -  Three-Dimensional Imaging of Immunostained Tubule Lumens in Solvent-Cleared, Whole-Mount Mouse Kidneys

Eric L. Bruton, BA Biology, BS Clinical Laboratory Science candidate (CLS senior student)
Sponsor, Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Professor & Chair, CLS Program
Texas State University, CLS Program

Employee Wellness at Texas State University

Dr. Janet Bezner

An interdisciplinary team at Texas State University including the Department of Physical Therapy and Department of Health and Human Performance have been awarded two grants through the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA). Led by Dr. Janet Bezner, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Department, the awards build upon the WellCats Employee Wellness pilot program begun in the spring of 2015.  

The initial award focused on implementation strategies to increase physical activity among adults with osteoarthritis including the following:

• WellCats physical activity instructors became more knowledgeable about how to support and motivate employees with osteoarthritis and chronic disease,

• Low impact physical activity classes were added to list of available classes,

• Implementation of the Walk With Ease (WWE) walking program on campus, and

• Develop and implement a series of educational sessions on chronic disease, in particular, osteoarthritis.

The initial award of $24,829 for a 12-month period in the spring of 2016 was followed by an expansion grant of $6,753 in the spring of 2017.

The expansion grant focuses on increasing group and individual participation in the Walk With Ease (WWE) Program at Texas State University and across the San Marcos community through SMCISD, San Marcos Activity Center and Mariposa Senior Living Apartments.

Dr. Viola Benavente, Assistant Professor in the St. David’s School of Nursing, has been awarded a $37,152 grant by the Department of Health Services – Public Health Services funding through the Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC) at the University of California-Davis for her research proposal Heart Technologies and Cognitive Health Promotion of Post-Menopausal Women.

This pilot study builds upon prior work by Dr. Benavente conducted as a Kirschstein National Research Service Award recipient from the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health to identify predictors of coronary heart disease in Mexican-American women that led to the conceptualization of a cardiovascular e-health promotion program, as well as a competitive two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she examined the cardiovascular risks of older Latinas who participated in the well-known Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Longitudinal Study.

The purpose of this pilot study is to develop a prototype of a culturally-tailored health information and communication technology (HICT) intervention to discover its potential in promoting cardiovascular as well as cognitive health in postmenopausal Mexican-American women. The module is focused on four areas associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) well-being: health responsibility; stressors, anxiety or episodes of depression; interpersonal support; and spiritual awareness. Study findings will create the template to support the development of the full HICT intervention.

Dr. Rohde award

Congratulations to CLS Professor and  Chair, Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, for being honored at The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) annual meeting with the Bio-Rad Professional Achievement Award in Microbiology and Public Health.

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Dr. Karen Gibbs (Texas State Physical Therapy Associate Professor), and Priya Dhagat (2013 Texas State alumnae), were awarded the Scientific Research Award for their project: Prevalence of Staphylococcus, Including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, in a Physical Therapy Education Facility. Dr. Rohde has received this award three times in his tenure at Texas State.

Texas State students, faculty honored at ASCLS conference

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
August 18, 2015

Ten students and faculty from the Clinical Laboratory Science program at Texas State University were honored during the 2015 American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Conference, held July 29-Aug. 1 in Atlanta, Ga.

Students Meghan Colvin received the Beckman Coulter Travel grant and Alpha Mu Tau scholarship; Jazmen Myers received the Dorothy Morrison Memorial scholarship, the ASCLS Student Forum travel grant, Keys to the Future and was elected ASCLS Student Forum national chair; Bihn Pham received the ASCLS Education and Research scholarship; Jasmin Davis received the ASCLS Education and Research Edward C. Dolbey graduate scholarship; and Elizabeth M. Edmunds received Keys to the Future. Also, Stephanie Fennelly made a round table presentation on cystic fibrosis molecular detection.

Among faculty, Joanna Ellis received the Theriot Award; Gerald D. Redwine received the CLS Distinguished Author award for a Clinical Laboratory Science journal Focus article; and Rodney E. Rohde received the Cardinal Health #urEssential award, the CLS Distinguished Author award for a Clinical Laboratory Science journal Focus article, Clinical Laboratory Science journal Practice article and the Joseph J. Kleiner Memorial Award for Best Clinical Laboratory Science journal article of the year. Additionally, Dave Falleur served as the ASCLS annual meeting chair for 2015 and will serve as ASCLS Advanced Management Institute meeting chair for 2016.

Physical therapy researchers win Stanford Award for journal article

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
February 26, 2014

A team of researchers in the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State University has won the Stanford Award for an article published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

The Stanford Award recognizes the author of a paper "containing the most influential education ideas" published in the journal.

Brenda Boucher, Eric Robertson, Rob Wainner and Barbara Sanders published the article "'Flipping' Texas State University's Entry-level Physical Therapy Musculoskeletal Curriculum and Implementation of a Hybrid Learning Model" in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education 2013:27(3);72-77.

The award was presented at the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Education Section Meeting in early February. The Stanford Award was initiated by Kay Shepard in 2000 through an endowment.

Respiratory research holds implications for suction catheter use

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
January 13, 2014

Researchers in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University have published an article that will have bench top clinical applications for respiratory care.

Department of Respiratory Care associate professors Chris Russian and Joshua Gonzalez, along with assistant professor Nicholas Henry published "Suction Catheter Size: An Assessment and Comparison of 3 Different Calculation Methods" in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal Respiratory Care.

Current American Association for Respiratory Care clinical practice guidelines recommend a suction catheter to endotracheal tube ratio (SC/ETT) based on the external diameter of the suction catheter and the internal diameter of the endotracheal tube. The researchers show that volume and area calculations provide an alternative method for determining the SC/ETT ratio that is comparable in effectiveness to current methods.

The article abstract may be found at

Texas State faculty, staff honored by journal as distinguished authors

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
July 25, 2013

Rodney E. Rohde, associate professor in the Clinical Laboratory Science program at Texas State University, will be honored with the Clinical Laboratory Science Distinguished Author Award.

Rohde, along with his co-authors Tom Patterson and Gerald Redwine, both with the Clinical Laboratory Science Program in the College of Health Professions, Cheryl Rowder, former associate professor with the St. David’s School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions, Bob Edward Vásquez in the School of Criminal Justice and Dr. Emillio Carranco, director of the Student Health Center, will receive the award during the 81th American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Awards ceremony to be held Aug. 1 in Houston.

The CLS Distinguished Author Award recognizes authors of original relevant articles that contribute scientific merit and value to clinical laboratory science, published in Clinical Laboratory Science. CLS is an award-winning, quarterly journal featuring articles on the very latest in research, education and government actions affecting the profession.

The article being recognized is "E. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): An Interim Report of Carriage and Conversion Rates in Nursing Students." The award-winning research project examined longitudinal colonization of Staphylococci, including the possibility of MRSA, in a cohort of nursing students over a two year time period. The prevalence of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) continues to be a serious concern in healthcare settings according to the CDC and WHO. Eighty-seven nursing students were periodically cultured for MRSA during their clinical rotations during the study. Self-administered questionnaires were collected from participants to assess demographic factors and risk for colonization.

The investigators concluded that MRSA did not increase in nursing students while S. aureus colonization remained fairly stable. However, there was a significant increase in non S. aureus species (e.g. S. epidermis, S. haemolyticus). A final report of the full study is in review by CLS with a publication date likely in late summer or fall 2013.

The project was supported by an internal grant from the Texas State Research Enhancement Program and an external grant from the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions. Additionally, the project was supported by the College of Health Professions.


Research and Innovative Practice Grant Award

TSAHP Award Winners

Mr. Josh Gonzales (left), Assistant Professor, and Mr. Chris Russian (right), Associate Professor both in the Department of Respiratory Care, received a Research and Innovative Practice Grant award from the Texas Society of Allied Health Professionals (TSAHP) in the amount of $1,500.00.

The money will be used to purchase equipment and upgrades to a sophisticated test lung currently owned by the Department of Respiratory Care. 

The goal of the research project is to provide an in-depth assessment of specific mechanical ventilator parameters while simulating a variety of partial and complete airway obstructions using a parabolic resistor ring (purchased using the grant funds). The test lung will record and calculate inspiratory and expiratory data as a result of the resistor ring and mechanical ventilator settings. We plan to complete an in-depth assessment of the test lung data to identify early indicators of partial and complete airway obstructions. Early detection of airway obstruction is key to reducing patient complications and avoiding life threatening emergency situations. 


Texas State offers summer stuttering therapy program for adults

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
June 13, 2012

The second Comprehensive Stuttering Therapy Program for Adults (CSTP-A) will be offered by the Department of Communication Disorders' Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at Texas State University-San Marcos beginning July 9, 2012.

The CSTP is a therapy program developed for adolescents and adults who stutter. The program includes a residential intensive component and a non-residential structured follow-up component. The program is coordinated by Dr. Farzan Irani, whose research focuses on treatment outcomes for people who stutter.

The "intensive" component of the clinic will run for two weeks and include 60 hours of therapy. The "follow-up" component will be offered for a year after completion of the intensive component. The follow-up component will be completed using web conferencing technology that allows participants to attend therapy from their homes.

The CSTP is designed to provide therapy in a structured format that addresses various aspects of stuttering while paying attention to individual needs. The program will teach a number of speech techniques to deal with stuttering effectively in daily life, provide an opportunity to practice these techniques and increase control over fluent speech production. Additionally, the program addresses maladaptive reactions to stuttering on an individual level to help promote healthy acceptance of stuttering and develop the skills necessary to deal with a variety of real-life situations independently.

For more information, contact Dr. Irani at (512) 245-6599 or via email at


Texas State research on deadly MRSA
infections named ‘Hot Topic’

By Kristina Kenney
University News Service
May 1, 2012

Research published on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the international, open-access journal BioMed Central Health Services Research by two professors at Texas State University-San Marcos has recently been recognized as a “Hot Topic” on the journal’s website.
Authors of the study are Dr. Rodney Rohde, Associate Dean for Research at the College of Health Professions and Associate Professor in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, along with Jovita Ross-Gordon, professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School of Psychology. The research was conducted during Rohde’s Ph.D. dissertation, with Ross-Gordon as his dissertation chair in the Adult, Professional and Community Education (APCE) Program at Texas State.
Research addresses the staggering fact that more people in the U.S. now die from MRSA infections than from HIV/AIDS. These infections are often acquired in healthcare facilities or during healthcare procedures.
MRSA first emerged as a serious infectious threat in the late 1960s as the bacterium developed resistance to methicillin, the synthetic form of penicillin. These infections are quick to exploit any opportunity to invade wounds, nasal passageways or mucosal membranes where they can rapidly produce infections that can become life-threatening. Over the years, MRSA has been the focus of intense scientific and political interest around the world and has frequently been labeled as a superbug in mainstream media.
The high incidence of MRSA infections and the dangerously low levels of literacy regarding antibiotic resistance in the general public are on a collision course. The traditional medical approaches to infection control and the conventional attitude that healthcare practitioners adopt toward public and medical education are no longer adequate to avoid this collision. The study helps explain how people acquire and process new information and then adapt behaviors based on learning.
For more information on this research, please contact Dr. Rodney Rohde at To view and read the study in its entirety, visit

Arm robot boon to Texas State physical

Therapy patients

Texas State has launched a Balance and Gait Training Program. The Department of Physical Therapy students, in the teaching clinic, will learn to evaluate patients and work with the InMotion Arm Robot. The state-of-the-art device is used to benefit patients suffering hemiparesis-significant weakness on one side of the body due to stroke or brain injury.
For full article please go to the University News Service.
For additional information on the Balance and Gait Training Program, contact Dr. Denise Gobert, Department of Physical Therapy at (512) 245-8351 or via email at