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Hofstra Horizons – Spring 2018

Each academic year, Hofstra builds on its tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship. With our faculty at the forefront, Hofstra’s national and international reputation continues to grow.

I am always proud to introduce an issue of Hofstra Horizons. This issue is dedicated to the innovative research of the faculty of Hofstra’s School of Health Professions and Human Services (HPHS). I’d like to congratulate Dean Holly Seirup and the HPHS faculty on their achievements and thank them for their contributions to the University.

This year HPHS is celebrating five years as an independent degree-granting school. Today the school is Hofstra’s third largest school and is recognized as a leader in preparing students for rewarding careers as health care professionals.

The articles in this issue highlight the research of Dr. Alicia Bosley, who explores the impact on same-sex couples of the 2013 and 2015 Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Susan DeMetropolis examines the correlation of cognitive and language neurophysiological indices to semantic processing in patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Robin Akselrud explores the impact of stress and coping strategies on students enrolled in a master’s level occupational therapy program in the northeastern United States. Dr. Scott Schroeder studies the serious issue of wrong-drug errors, which affects millions of patients each year. Dr. Walter Markowitz offers insight on the Triple Aim model as an approach to achieve a more rational health care policy. Dr. Adam Gonzalez worked with colleagues and students to expand our understanding of muscle physiology, exercise program design, and nutritional supplementation. And finally, Dr. Sharon Phillips conducts an in-depth global study of physical education teacher education programs to determine if social justice is taught as part of the curriculum – and to determine if faculty perceptions of social justice affect and inform that education.

All of these articles provide thought-provoking insight on important issues. I applaud the faculty on their impressive scholarly work.

Stuart Rabinowitz, JD
President, Hofstra University

Hofstra University continues to evolve as an internationally renowned university. Our faculty perform advanced research across many different disciplines – research that often has an impact on the lives of members of our global community.

In this issue of Hofstra Horizons, we are proud to showcase the research contributions of faculty in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, which is recognized as a leader in preparing students to meet the growing demands for health care professionals.

Dr. Alicia Bosley explores the impact of the 2013 and 2015 U.S. Supreme Court rulings surrounding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Her mixed method study provides a clearer understanding of the lives of same-sex couples in our current sociopolitical climate. Susan DeMetropolis’ research provides important information for clinicians and researchers to better assess and design therapy programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Robin Akselrud looks at the stressors, priorities, support services, and coping mechanisms of master’s level occupational therapy students, and examines the impact of these factors on student success. And Dr. Scott Schroeder takes an interdisciplinary research approach to probe the problem of drug name errors. His team of language researchers, health care professionals, and computer scientists are studying look-alike sound-alike drug name confusion errors, with the goal of decreasing wrong-drug errors and increasing patient safety. Dr. Walter Markowitz poses questions and presents rational approaches to achieving universal access to high-quality health care, while decreasing costs.

And finally, Dr. Adam Gonzalez’s research expands our understanding of muscle physiology and nutritional supplementation for optimizing health and performance, while Dr. Sharon Phillips conducts a comprehensive study of how physical education teacher education programs teach social justice, and how the faculty define the term “social justice.”

Congratulations to all the authors, and thank you to Dean Holly Seirup for her support of the HPHS community. I hope you enjoy this issue of Hofstra Horizons.

Gail M. Simmons, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Hofstra University

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