Meet Our Rush Researchers

At Rush University, we connect and support a community of researchers who are helping to reimagine the future of health care. Here are just a few of the researchers innovating at Rush.

Olimpia Paun, PhD, PMHCNS-BC COVID-19 Magnifies the Value of Research on Dementia Care

Olimpia Paun, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, aims to ease the emotional burden for caregivers who place aging loved ones in nursing homes – an anguish that has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A mix of blueberries and strawberries in a glass bowl A 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.

Amanda Persons in the labResearcher Has Mind Set on Advancing Education

Amanda Persons, PhD, applies research insights to teaching students to treat substance abuse.

Chien-Ching Li, PhD, MPHA 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.

Lauren Little, PhDMeeting Autism in the middle

Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L, develops occupational therapy programs to help autistic children while considering the circumstances of their families.

College of Health Sciences researcher Sandra Gomez-Perez, PhD, RD, LDNIgnore 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.

George Fitchett, DMin, PhDMaking 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.