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Dr. Valarie FlemingDr. Valarie Fleming Shares Advice for Families and Caregivers Assisting Someone With Dementia

Dr. Valarie Fleming, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders, has researched the effects of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and offers several strategies for caregivers. For more information, please see:

Dr. Paula Stigler GranadosDr. Paula Stigler Granados Tackles "Kissing Bug" - a "Silent Killer"

Dr. Stigler Granados, Assistant Professor in the School of Health Administration, began teaching at Texas State in Fall 2018. Her research focuses on vulnerable populations and population health with an emphasis on community engagement. During the past four years, her research has focused on Chagas disease in Texas and she has brought her Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded grant to Texas State to further develop her research in this area. For more information, please see:

Dr. IraniDr. Farzan Irani Awarded
NIH Subcontract for Stuttering Project

A team of researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) received a two-year, $387,000 grant, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to develop technology that will identify brain activity patterns that contribute to stuttering and use that technology to train people how to optimize brain functions. Dr. Farzan Irani, an associate professor  of communication disorders at Texas State University, was awarded a subcontract from this NIH grant to study persistent developmental stuttering (PDS).  For more information, please see: (Farzan)

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.