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Message from the Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Rodney RohdeAs our College's Associate Dean for Research, I would like to welcome you to our Health Professions Research site. The College of Health Professions has been providing a dynamic education arena for over 40 years to graduate and undergraduate students. We offer degrees in clinical laboratory science, communication disorders, healthcare administration, health information management, physical therapy, nursing, radiation therapy and respiratory care. There are graduate certificate programs available in healthcare administration, long term care administration, and polysomnography.

We continue to break new ground in our fields, through scholarly contributions and challenging existing paradigms of health services and therapies that will result in the improvement of patient care and healthcare services. Our faculty and students are nationally and globally recognized for their valuable contributions to the academic community and to the health.

As an Emerging Research Institution, Texas State is becoming a unique community of scholars who are conducting an exciting brand of research. Our College is composed of faculty who are subject matter experts in a variety of clinical and educational topics. For example, evaluating long-term treatment outcomes for adolescents and adults who stutter, investigating healthcare acquired infections like MRSA, and conducting biomechanical analysis and rehabilitation strategies used to help patients with balance disorders due to acquired brain injury. Moreover, our faculty holds specialized certifications and licenses which offer the unique opportunity to conduct clinical research right here on the Texas State University campus. The College houses several renowned clinics and we invite collaborative research from both internal and external entities. Our research experts are excited about the possible collaborations that will lead to cutting edge treatments and education for all of us.

Visit our programs by using the web links found under the department tab where you can examine individual faculty research streams of interest. We invite you to explore our Research Resources and Highlights, or drop by the College of Health Professions to visit the Associate Dean for Research or Research Coordinator Michele Dziadik-Willingham, suite 201, to learn about our efforts in research!


Dr. Rohde

Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, MS, SV, SM(ASCP)CM  MBCM, FACSc
Associate Dean for Research for the College of Health Professions

Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, MS, SV, SM(ASCP)CM MBCM, FACSc received his Bachelor of Science (microbiology) and Masters (Biology, emphasis in virology) degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).  Dr. Rohde received his Ph.D. in Education in 2010 (Adult Professional Community Education) with a focus on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from Texas State. He received the honor of Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists (FACSc) in 2017. 

Dr. Rohde is Professor and Chair for the Clinical Laboratory Science program in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. He serves as Associate Dean of Research for his college and is a clinical assistant professor (joint appointment, non-paid) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Laboratory Sciences & Primary Care, Clinical Laboratory Science Program.  He has been the recipient of numerous teaching, research, and service awards, including the 2017 Global Citizenship Alliance Global Fellow, 2017 Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Teaching Award, 2016 Texas State Alumni Association Teaching Award of Honor and the 2015 Mariel M. Muir Mentoring Award. Additionally, Dr. Rohde continues to enjoy being an adjunct associate professor of biology in the nursing program for Austin Community College where he received the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, as well as the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award (national award) for Teaching. He holds certifications as a Specialist in Virology, Specialist in Microbiology, and Molecular Biologist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Rodney spent a decade as a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control Division prior to his academic career, including two terms as a CDC Visiting Scientist. While there, Dr. Rohde helped establish the DSHS laboratory as an internationally recognized regional reference laboratory for rabies typing. He also participated in the internationally successful Oral Rabies Vaccination Program that helped eliminate canine rabies from parts of Texas. Rodney received the prestigious J.V. Irons Award for Scientific Excellence from the DSHS Bureau of Laboratories for his efforts in rabies control and prevention.

His research interests are very diverse but focus on adult education and public health microbiology, specifically with respect to rabies virology, oral rabies wildlife vaccination, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and molecular diagnostics/biotechnology. Dr. Rohde has published over 50 research articles and abstracts and presented at over 100 international, national, and state conferences, including invited Keynotes. He has received a variety of grant support for his research. As recipient of the 2015 #urEssential Award from Cardinal Health, a $20,000 donation was made to Texas State’s CLS Program as scholarship funding for students seeking careers in laboratory science. He has been recognized multiple times as the Distinguished Author by ASCLS, and was awarded by the same organization the 2016 Bio-Rad Scientific Assembly Professional Achievement Award (Microbiology/Public Health), and the Joseph J. Kleiner Award for the best annual publication. He has received the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2007 ASCLS Scientific Research Award for his work with rabies and MRSA.  Additionally, he has been recognized as the CDC/ATSDR Charles C. Shepard Scientific Award nominee (Assessment Epidemiology category for 2006 publication "Bat-associated Rabies Virus in Skunks"). Dr. Rohde has been the College of Health Professions Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities numerous times since 2003.

In 2012, Dr. Rohde’s research with Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) was selected as part of the Texas State Rising Star video series. The video clip was part of an ESPN clip highlighting the university, as well as being featured in HillViews and Texas Monthly. In 2015, he was named as one of the “Top 20 Professors of Clinical Laboratory Science You Should Know and is an invited 2016 TEDx presenter highlighting his profession.

Dr. Rohde also serves as a Consulting Editor for Clinical Laboratory Science, Associate Editor for BMC Research journal and as a reviewer for CLS, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and International Journal of Molecular Sciences journals. He has been an invited reviewer for numerous clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostic textbooks. Dr. Rohde is a subject matter expert in rabies and MRSA, as well as other public health and clinical laboratory topics. Dr. Rohde serves or has served on numerous advisory boards, including the Healthcare Environmental Disinfection Advisory Board with Johnson and Johnson, Cleanint Advisory Board, PerfectClean (UMF), Emist. He serves as Co-editor, Virology and Microbiology as well as regular contributing author for  These appointments focus on impacts of the healthcare environment on HAIs, including how the hospital environment contributes to HAIs, common infectious agents, how they spread, and environmental contributors to morbidity and mortality. They represent a broad multidisciplinary group focusing on understanding gaps in current evidence, policy, and practice, and discussing how to encourage change in beliefs and behaviors relative to each of these aspects, to ultimately reduce HAIs and improve patient outcomes. He also serves on a number of other international, national and state Advisory Boards in the realm of healthcare associated infections, infection control/prevention, and other CLS task force. He is the current Past-President of the Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science and a microbiology advisor of the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists.

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Rodney enjoys spending time with his wife Bonnie and children – daughter Haley and son Landry. Professor Rohde is passionate about teaching and mentoring students towards productive and exciting careers in clinical laboratories. He also enjoys incorporating advocacy, leadership, research, and integrity into his student’s and colleagues’ educational experience and challenging them to strive for lifelong learning.