College of Health Sciences Research

A major focus of the College of Health Sciences is the discovery of new knowledge through research. We believe that our research is impactful due to our multidisciplinary philosophy.


Cardiopulmonary Sciences: Respiratory Care Research

Clinical Nutrition Research

Communication Disorders and Sciences Research

Health Systems Management Research

Medical Laboratory Science Research

Religion, Health and Human Values Research

Anne Hoffman, PhDEsprit de Corps: Former French Language Student Explores Ways to Support Underserved Communities
Speech-language pathologist and researcher Anne Hoffmann, PhD, takes creative approaches to reaching children on the West Side of Chicago who need language support.
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Jie Li, PhD, RRTPioneering Respiratory Therapist Tirelessly Propels COVID-19 Research
One of China’s first respiratory therapists, Jie Li, PhD, RRT, has been a leading contributor to the scientific research on safe, effective respiratory care during the pandemic.
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Brady Scott, PhD, RRTFrom Coal Mines to COVID
Brady Scott, PhD, RRT, received the Charles H. Hudson Award from the American Respiratory Care Foundation for his leadership in RUMC’s response to the most lethal COVID-19 symptom.
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Puja Agarwal, PhDA Mindful Approach to MIND Diet Research
Puja Agarwal, PhD, uses population studies to explore how specific foods may play a role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
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Amanda Persons in the laboratoryResearcher Has Mind Set on Advancing Education
Amanda Persons, PhD, applies research insights to teaching students to treat substance abuse.
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Chien-Ching Li
A Breath of Fresh Air in Lung Cancer Research
Chien-Ching Li studies how minorities in the United States understand their health and health challenges, and how well they are able to find, understand, use and afford health care services. Part of Li’s work focuses on older Chinese American smokers.
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Lauren Little, PhD
Meeting Autism in the middle
Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L, develops occupational therapy programs to help autistic children while considering the circumstances of their families.
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Sandra Gomez-Perez
Ignore the Role of Fat in Health? VAT Chance
Like many of us, Sandra Gomez-Perez, PhD, RD, LDN, is concerned about body fat, especially fat around the abdominal area. For Gomez-Perez, though, the issue isn’t about personal appearance. It’s an important component of disease prevention.
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George Fitchett
Making Research a Part of Spiritual Care
George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, professor and director of research in the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values at Rush University’s College of Health Sciences, is a pioneer in the effort to use research to assess the effectiveness of spiritual care in hospitals and other health care settings.
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