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Research Programs/Labs

Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Laboratories

  • Child Language Learning Laboratory (ChiLL)
    Denise Finneran, PhD, CCC-SLP
    (405) 271-4214, ext. 46056
    Language learning and reading in children with dialect differences
  • Communication and Aural Rehabilitation Research Laboratory (CARRL)
    Andrew John, PhD
    (405) 271-4214, ext. 46065
    Speech perception, room acoustics, and rehabilitation for hearing loss
  • Communication and Aphasia Research (CAR) Lab
    Jennifer Thompson Tetnowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    (405) 271 4214, ext. 46080

    The impact of aphasia and conversation strategies in dyads and groups

  • Hearing Evaluation, Rehabilitation, and Outcome Laboratory (HERO)
    Carole E. Johnson, PhD, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA
    (405) 271-4214, ext. 51968
    Aural rehabilitation, hearing aids, and evaluation of cochlear synaptopathy
  • Tinnitus and Sound Sensitivity Laboratory (TASSL)
    Suzanne H. Kimball, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA
    (405) 271-4214, ext. 46068
    Diagnosis and clinical treatment of tinnitus, hyperacusis, and misophonia
  • Child and Family Stuttering Laboratory
    Katerina Ntourou, PhD, CCC-SLP
    (405) 271-4214, ext. 46069
    Emotion, temperament, language, and executive function impacts on stuttering

Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Research Laboratories

  • VERT Laboratory (Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training)
    • AHB 2038
    • Stacy Anderson, MS, RT(T), CMD
      (405) 271-8001, ext. 41169
    • Marissa Mangrum, MSRS, RT(T)
      (405) 271-8001, ext. 41158
    • VERT provides a simulated state of the art training facility so students are free to learn in a low pressure environment and can make mistakes safely and learn in their own time.  A tool for educators that students readily engage to visualize key concepts and techniques.
    • Offers an opportunity to learn in a safe and engaging, real world environment
    • Students develop psycho- motor skills and become familiar with hand controls prior to clinical placement.
    • Opportunity for patients to learn and operate radiation therapy equipment to better understand their treatment
  • Treatment Planning Laboratory
    • AHB 1026
    • Stacy Anderson, MS, RT(T), CMD
      (405) 271-8001, ext. 41169
    • A computer based laboratory for radiation therapy and medical dosimetry students to create functional radiation therapy treatment plans from CT data sets for various types of cancers including breast, prostate, brain, gynecological, gastrointestinal, lung and colon/ rectal cancers.  The clinical environments for oncology patients are often limited in the expensive treatment planning systems which healthcare professionals use for patient care and treatment planning.  This limits students’ abilities to work with the treatment planning equipment which is vital to their competency and development.  This laboratory provides students a real world environment to work with the intricate systems.
  • MIRS 3D Printing Lab
    • ​Located in AHB 1034
    • Dr. Kari Boyce, PhD, RDMS, RDCS
      (405) 271-8001, ext. 43402
    • Bradford Gildon, MA, BSRT, RT(R)
      (405) 271-8001, ext. 41198
    • Lab Capabilities
      Form 2 SLA 3D printer with a variety of resins
      Capabilities to print:
      • Anatomic instructional models (general, not patient specific)
      • Patient specific pre-surgical planning models
      • Patient specific surgical tools
      • Research and development prototypes
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Lab
    • AHB 1036
    • Vesper Grantham, M.Ed., RT(N), CNMT
    • Our IACUC approved CT scanning laboratory is equipped with a 16 slice Philips scanner, 70 cm gantry bore width for collaborative team based researchers and projects involving animal scanning, fossil scanning or other nonhuman scanning.   
  • Sonography Lab
    • AHB 1024
    • Dr. Kari Boyce, PhD, RDMS, RDCS
      (405) 271-8001, ext. 43402
    • Robin White, MED, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
      (405) 271-8001 ext. 41170
    • 5-6 functional Ultrasound units (Acuson/Siemens, GE, Zonare, Sonosite)
    • Various multipurpose and tissue mimicking phantoms
      Various equipment available for ergonomic support/teaching ergonomic technique
    • In lab capability of VGA projection from US units on big screen TV

Nutritional Sciences Research Laboratories

  • Brian dela Cruz, MS, RDN/LD
    (405) 271-8001, ext. 41181
    • Motivational interviewing as a counseling tool
  • Katie Eliot, PHD, RDN/LD, FAND
    (405) 271-2113
    • Interprofessional education
    • Nutrition education
  • Jennifer Graef, PhD, RD
    (405) 271-8001, ext. 41182
    • Role of functional foods in preventing and/or alleviating inflammation-associated chronic disease
    • Estrogen deficiency and osteoporosis
    • Dietary alterations of gut microflora and immunity
    • Sport nutrition and performance
  • Leah Hoffman, PhD, RD/LD, CNSC
    (405) 271-8001, ext 41174
    • Nutrition support (tube feeding and intravenous nutrition)
    • Supportive nutrition care before and after surgery for cancer (especially pancreatic)
    • Critical care nutrition and methods to enable best nutrition practices in the intensive care unit
  • Allen Knehans, PhD
    (405) 271-8001, ext 43408
    • Nutrition and disability
    • Nutrition and peripheral artery disease
  • Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Research Laboratory
    Lab Director: Susan B. Sisson, PhD, RDN, CHES, FACSM
    405-271-2113 x 41176 

    Lab website    
    • Chronic disease prevention through lifestyle intervention
    • Dietary intake, screen time, and physical activity
    • Early childhood and early care and education environments
    • Behavioral epidemiology
    • Policy, system, and environment interventions
    • Collaborates with underserved and minority communities, specifically Native American tribes
  • Michael Stout, PhD
    (405) 271-8001, ext. 41177
    • Understand how metabolic disturbances (obesity, dyslipidemia, diabetes) promote aging
    • Role of sex hormones in metabolic disturbances and aging
    • Develop therapeutic strategies that target metabolic signaling pathways to diminish age-related disease
  • Special Departmental Activities/Capabilities
    • Offer a children’s cooking camp each summer:  one-week,
    • 11-14 year-old, charge fee for camp
    • Provide dietary services in College clinic, small presence using PRN dietitian
    • Have foods lab kitchen that can be used for cooking classes and demonstrations
    • ​Contact Judith Grove,, (405) 271-2113

Rehabilitation Sciences Research Laboratories​

Center for Human Performance Measurement
AHB 3020
Director: Carol Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, MS, OCS, Cert MDT
Staff: Len Wilson, MSBME 
405-271-2131 x 47161

Center Goals:
• research human performance to minimize injury risk
• educate health care students and practitioners to become leaders in human performance measurement to promote optimal performance
• provide service via valid measures of human performance to all OU campuses and Community

Current Collaborations: 
Christie Barbee, AuD Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Allied Health, OUHSC
William Ertl, MD Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation; College of Medicine OUHSC
Thubi Kolobe, PhD Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Allied Health, OUHSC
Birju Shah, MD Pediatrics; College of Medicine, OUHSC
Hongwu Wang, PhD; Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Allied Health, OUHSC

Mechanical Therapy Research Lab
AHB 3130
Carol Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, MS, OCS, Cert MDT Director
405-271-2131 x 47152

Research Interests:
Translational research of lumbar disc disease (bench to participation) 
Translational research of lower extremity osteomyoplastic amputation 
Translational research of lower extremity dysfunction and Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Work performance of adults with chronic conditions

William Ertl, MD Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation; College of Medicine OUHSC
Andrew Fagg PhD Computer Science; College of Engineering, OU-Norman
Hongwu Wang, PhD; Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Allied Health, OUHSC

Professor Paws Project
Mary Isaacson, EDD, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA
(918) 660-3272

The purpose of the Professor Paws Project is to expand clinician knowledge and promote community awareness about service dogs through the utilization of a full-time facility dog at The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.

Human Development Research Laboratory

  • Research conducted in the Human Development Laboratory focuses on infant-robotic reinforcement movement learning for infants with motor and cognitive impairments. This work entails collaboration among engineering and computer science scientists at OU Norman in the College of Engineering. We are currently testing and validating the third version of the Self-Initiated Prone Progression Crawler (SIPPC-3) system, which represents an integration of robotics and sensor technologies designed to influence movement effort as infants learn to crawl. The SIPPC was patented in 2015, recognized with a Smithsonian Innovation Award (selected among 13 innovative inventions), and featured at the 2015 Smithsonian Innovation Festival in Washington, DC. The SIPPC research has been funded for 8 years by a grant from the National Institute of Health and currently by National Science Foundation grants. Additonal funding is provided by Presbyterian Health Foundation and Foundation of Physical Therapy. Although research on the validation of other features of the SIPPC continue, we are also interested in exploring licensing or start-up business opportunities.

Thubi, H.A. Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA
(405) 271-2131, ext. 47121

Technology for Occupational Performance Laboratory
Hongwu Wang, PhD
(405) 271-2131, ext. 47137

  • The common threads running through this research are  rehabilitation robotics, sensors, machining learning, and human-machine interaction.
  • Rehabilitation robotics:
    • Assistive robotics: pneumatic powered wheelchairs
    • Rehabilitative robotics: wearable focal vibration for stroke rehabilitation
  • Sensor-driven health technologies and systems
    • Virtual coaching
  • Instrumented environments and ambient assistive living
    • Smart Kitchen
    • Technology impact on fear of falling
    • Smell and odors on diet and sleep

The Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism

The Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities was founded in 1995 for the purpose of disseminating information, expanding knowledge, and promoting "best practice" service delivery to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Oklahoma Autism Network

The Oklahoma Autism Network is a center of excellence committed to improving quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.  We facilitate and implement Oklahoma’s Statewide Autism Plan through research, education, and service while respecting individual preferences and promoting community inclusion.

Y-OU IMPACT: An IHOPE Intervention
Dr. Jessica Tsotsoros PhD, L/OTR | Dr. Ken Randall, PT PhD, MHR

Contact email and phone:
Jessica Tsotsoros, PhD, OTR/L
(918) 660-3282
4502 East 41st Street, Room 2D31

Ken Randall PT, PhD, MHR
(918) 660-3276
4502 East 41st Street, Room 2F19

Community-based Laboratory with primary location at the Tandy Family YMCA Healthy Living Center, as well as in the residential areas of the Tulsa metropolitan area

  • This unique interprofessional research and program delivery collaboration involves the OUHSC Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (occupational therapy and physical therapy), the OU College of Medicine’s Culinary Medicine Program, the OU IMPACT program, which is part of the Department of Psychiatry, and the Tandy Family YMCA Healthy Living Center.
  • IHOPE is an individualized health and wellness intervention for adults with severe mental health illnesses (SMI) who are coached by student occupational therapists and physical therapists under the supervision of their faculty to establish healthy habits and self-management skills
  • Main objectives are to develop the necessary health, exercise, and wellness habits needed in order to have a positive effect on physical and psychosocial effects that are associated with behavioral diagnoses 
  • Student volunteers develop patient interaction and coaching skills, plus learn a great deal about the bio-psychosocial aspects of mental and physical health. 
  • In addition to occupational and physical therapy students, the research study and program also involves psychiatry residents, faculty, and the staff and trainers at the Tandy YMCA in Tulsa.

Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty Interest

  • Sandra Arnold, PT, PhD
    (405) 271-2131, ext. 47118
    • Tool development of the School Outcomes Measure (SOM), a minimal data set that measures the outcomes of school age children with disabilities who receive school-based occupational therapy and physical therapy.
  • Carol Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, MS, OCS, Cert MDT
    (405)-271-2131 ext 47115
    • Motion capture of human performance
    • Biomechanics and muscle activation
    • Instability of gait
  • Elizabeth Hile, PT, PhD, NCS, CLT
    (405) 271-2273
    • Balance and Gait Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors (special interest in Chemotherapy-Induced Neurotoxicity)
    • Prospective Surveillance and Rehabilitation of Side-Effects of Cancer Treatments
    • Measurement of and Interventions for Balance and Mobility Decline in Older Adults Exercise and Nutrition Pre-Surgical Rehabilitation (Prehab) for Improved Survival Outcomes in Cancer​​
  • Lynn Jeffries, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
    (405) 271-2131, ext. 47131
    • Exploring Knowledge Translation in School Based Physical Therapy
      • The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which physical therapists in educational settings use evidence-based interventions, their perceptions of their skills in doing so and identify their perceived barriers to and facilitators of the implementation of evidence-based interventions.
    • Developmental Trajectories of Impairments, Health, and Participation of Children with Cerebral Palsy.
      • The purpose of this study was to document longitudinal developmental trajectories and reference percentiles of primary and secondary impairments, health, self-care and participation, for children with cerebral palsy.
    • Relationship of Student Outcomes of School-Based Physical Therapy Services
      • The purpose of this study was to describe the changes in students’ participation in school activity, self-care, posture and mobility, recreation and fitness, and academic outcomes and the relationships of these changes to identified characteristics of school-based physical therapy intervention, including service delivery models, activities, procedures, and dosage.
  • Ken Randall, PT, PhD, MHR
    (918) 660-3276
    • OU ALL-Stars - an interprofessional study assessing the influence of a fitness and wellness program for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).  The study examines how physical exercise and education and activities related to wellness and nutrition influence biopsychosocial measures that include quality of life, hopelessness, strength, endurance, blood chemistry, and bone density.  ALL-Stars involves students and faculty from physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nutritional sciences in collaboration with the St. Jude affiliate clinic at St. Francis Hospital and the Tandy Family YMCA.
  • Hongwu Wang, PhD
    (405) 271-2131, ext. 47137
    • Interests in technologies including robotics, sensors, machining learning, and human-machine interaction.  Seek opportunities to apply knowledge from these fields to rehabilitation devices and systems for people with disabilities and elders.  Particularly active in the areas of assistive robotics, sensor-driven health technologies and systems, and instrumented environments and ambient assistive living.