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Three inaugural graduates of the doctoral program in health and rehabilitation science will graduate from the College of Health Professions’ Department of Health Sciences.
The interdisciplinary Ph.D. is the only research-based doctoral program in rehabilitation science in South Carolina and one of only 13 similar programs in the United States. Students focus their research interests in one of three concentrations: pathology and impairment, functional limitations, or health services.
|Front row, from left: Ph.D. graduates Nicole M. Marlow, Joe Sistino and Ann-Catherin Simpson. Back row, from left: Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris, program director; Dr. Kit Simpson, Marlow and Sistino Dissertation Committee chair; Dr. Charles Ellis, Simpson Dissertation Committee chair; and Dr. Lisa Saladin, College of Health Professions dean.|
Under the strategic leadership of Lisa Saladin, Ph.D., dean of CHP, the program is directed by Bonnie Martin-Harris, Ph.D., a professor with dual appointments in CHP and the College of Medicine.
The Ph.D. core faculty work with bench, clinical and health services researchers in CHP, throughout the MUSC campus and at Veterans Affairs to immerse the students in mentored laboratory experiences.
The program works in collaboration with the College of Graduate Studies and was initiated in 2009 with only four students. The program has grown to average 20 students enrolled at various levels of doctoral study.
The following graduates will be maintaining or assuming academic positions:
- Nicole M. Marlow — Dissertation: Effectiveness of Pharmacotherapy for Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Medication Adherence and Costs Perspective (Kit Simpson, Ph.D., Dissertation Committee chair)
- Ann-Catherin Nordbo Simpson — Dissertation: Rehabilitation Utilization of the Marginal Cost of Ischemic Stroke in South Carolina (Charles Ellis, Ph.D., Dissertation Committee chair)
- Joseph J. Sistino — Dissertation: The Influence of the Method of Cerebral Protection During Neonatal Cardiac Surgery on the Development of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
(Simpson, Dissertation Committee chair)