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Health and Human Development News Archive

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HHD News to Use and Share is published bi-monthly during the semesters (inaugural issue, February 5, 2018)

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Spring/January (a review of 2017 highlights):

HHD Awarded $1 Million for Future Registered Dietitians The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the college a four-year grant to support undergraduate and graduate students moving into careers as registered dietitians. The new educational pathway includes the skills needed to provide lactation support to new mothers.

Meet Our 2017 Christine H. Smith Dean's Circle Scholars:  Gabriel Bolivar is focused on helping Latino families in under-served areas to obtain healthcare and healthcare knowledge. Jeremy Mauritzen plans to become an advocate for education for children with disabilities.

Mentoring for Freshman/First-Year Students  We're reaching out to freshman/first-year students to provide a solid foundation for their experience at CSUN. Organized vents include games,  round-table discussions and nutrition tips as well as learning ways to support inclusiveness, keep studies on track, and meet mentors–both peer and faculty.

Supporting Emotional Recovery After Natural Disasters Child and Adolescent Development faculty JoAnne Pandey has expertise in helping people recover from the long term effects of natural disasters. She and her students created a discussion and activity guide for teachers to help Nepalese children deal with long term effects of the devastating 2015 quakes in Nepal.

Gift Brings Stuttering Clinic to CSUN Jerry Tyree, father of alum Larry Tyree (Engineering, ’81) made a planned gift to the Language Speech and Hearing Center in Communication Disorders and Sciences to establish a Stuttering Avoidance Reduction Group Therapy program at the center.

Clean Air in Classrooms--Right Beside the 405:  Concern about air quality near freeways has a long-standing history, especially in the Los Angeles area, and yet, many of us live or work right beside them. Now a school 500 feet from the 405 has earned the Green Ribbon for clean air in classrooms. How? Meet Environmental and Occupational Health faculty Nola Kennedy and Rania Sabty-Daily.

Interior Design Students Win Awards at Industry Event: Six Family and Consumer Sciences students received the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) 2017 “Haunt Couture” award in the “animation” and “people’s choice” categories. “Being original was very important to us. That’s why we picked an animation topic where no costumes existed yet,” said Nicole Esper, one of the designers.

Research Fellow Gets Hospice Care Information to Non-English Speakers: Health Sciences faculty Stephan Kyusuk Chung is the 2017-18 CSUN Research Fellow from the College of Health and Human Development. He is devoting his fellowship year to helping non-English speaking families get the same information English-only speakers get when it comes to timely referrals to hospice care.

Hand-Cycling Clinics: Fitness for Veterans and Community: Valley GO! is a hand-cycling fitness activity program targeted to veterans with spinal injuries or other disabilities that affect balance. The Kinesiology Department’s Center of Achievement-based event is campus and community collaborative and open to all. Valley GO! provides hand cycling equipment and trainers’ expertise.

Nursing Students Gain Experience at Glendale Health Fair [no link] The 8th Annual Glendale Health Festival was an opportunity for over 700 community members to get health screenings from a variety of professionals. CSUN Nursing faculty and students were there to help.

Campanella/Dodgers Scholarship Tradition Continues This February 9th, 25 CSUN Doctor of Physical Therapy students will be awarded scholarships from the Roy and Roxie Campanella Foundation and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. Looking back at last year, we know this year’s celebration will be a home run!

Aquatic Center at Castaic: Water Safety, Fun, Community, Connection Recreation and Tourism Management’s Aquatic Center at Castaic Lake served upwards of 3,500 youth over the summer of 2017 including water safety and boating experiences with the program Re/Connecting People with Parks to encourage the enjoyment and stewardship of nature, and at the Stansport Campout in conjunction with LAPD Devonshire PALS for at-risk youth.



  • Trust Your Gut: Dena Herman Studies the Microbiome: Guess what artichokes, asparagus, bananas, garlic, onions, tomatoes and whole wheat all have in common to keep your body at a healthy weight? The answer: These six foods contain short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), which promote the growth of healthy intestinal bacteria.
  • Know Your Status: Bethany Rainisch Makes Rapid HIV Testing Available to Students: Rapid on-campus HIV testing gets confidential, reliable status results to students in 20 minutes. Health Promotion students are improving student awareness and saving lives through the program, START (Services for Tele-health and Rapid Testing), with guidance from Health Sciences Assistant Professor Bethany Rainisch, thanks to a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA).
  • Here's How to Find Calm in the Chaos: We hurry, we rush, we race for the finish—even at the expense of our peace of mind. But if we can take some time each day to be alone with our thoughts, we can calm the mental noise. Focusing on the present moment allows a refreshed perspective to emerge. This is the heart of mindfulness based wellness, and wellness is at the heart of our healthcare disciplines in the College of Health and Human Development.
  • A Simple Luncheon Becomes So Much More: It wasn't just lunch—it was the launch of fashion careers for Apparel Design and Merchandising students. What started out as a networking luncheon in the LA Fashion District grew into an afternoon of inspiration.  Nick Verreos, season-two winner of Project Runway made a special appearance to show some of his new fashion line and tell them how he got where he is. And it happened because TRENDS Fashion Show sponsor Joe Vecchiarelli was pulling strings behind the scenes.n the College of Health and Human Development.


  • Dancer, Researcher, Scholar: Cheyenne Spencer is an Artistic Researcher, dancer, choreographer and the 2014 Wolfson Scholar nominee from the College of Health and Human Development. Cheyenne, under the guidance and mentorship of professors Paula Thomson and Vicky Jaque, has spent the last three years collecting and analyzing data on the effects of stress on artists, athletes, and individuals with anxiety and stress disorders.  Using vests designed to pick up several physiological reactions.
  • Cutler Scholarships Pay it Forward: The Cutler Scholarships recognize students who assist clients in the Center of Achievement through Adapted Physical Activity (Kinesiology). Kinesiology students Yumi Kim, Natalie Fleming and Takuto Fuji were chosen for this competitive scholarship. The selection committee recognized their demonstrated excellence in both academic and clinical performance at the Center. It is the intention of the donors to provide financial assistance to kinesiology students with outstanding clinical potential as they proceed through the adapted physical activity program.
  • Dean's Awards Scholars Spring, 2014   "I've developed high-level research skills thanks to the opportunity to work closely with faculty." - Catherine Placencia, 2014 Child and Adolescent Development Outstanding Undergraduate.
  • CSUN Nursing Students Continue a Lasting Tradition in Pinning Ceremony (CSUN Today)
  • Fashion Student's Dream Comes True This year's TRENDS student fashion show, "Fantasy: Once Upon a Dream" was hosted by Rick Garcia of CBS2 News and co-hosted by Rachel Spensatelli, a senior in Journalsim at CSUN. Meet designer Caitlin Pynes and see photos from the Bloomingdale's exhibit.
  • University Ambassadors Polished Apple Awards and Faculty Senate Awards (in CSUN Today)
  • Luisa Sabogal FCS major: immigrant's dream comes true (CSUN YouTube Video)


  • A pioneer in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, Manzella and her partner, Julie O. Gardner, developed a reputation for implementing the most up to date research into innovative therapy techniques.
  • Physical Therapy Students Travel to Vietnam: Language, lifestyle, culture and health beliefs affect how people access healthcare and the ways healthcare providers meet patients needs.  A three week long trip to Vietnam is teh capstone event of a course called "International Physical Therapy."
  • CSUN Professor's Study Links Even Minor Forms of Discrimination to Teen Sleep Loss: Overt or even subtle forms of racial and ethnic discrimination can rob minority teens of much needed sleep, according to a recent study by Child and Adolescent Development faculty Virginia Huynh.
  • Sport Psychology: A Balanced Life and a Winning Game:Ashley Samson is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology and Sport Psychology Consultant for Athletics at CSUN.  She works with student athletes for optimal performance, but winning is not the entire goal.  The objective is a balanced life and a satisfying career, whether or not athletics is pursued after graduation.
  • Nutrition, Food Science for the Athlete: Optimal Health Throughout the Year : Science and common sense continually point to a simple fact:  A nutrient rich diet and regular exercise are the keys to fitness and well being.   Maybe athletes can get away with a few more cheats than the average couch potato, but athletes need coaching for nutrition, too.
  • Athletic Training: Injury Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment :Prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation through the lifespan are the focal points for CSUN Athletic Training Students in the classroom, labs and clinic.  The expertise they are developing will serve throughout their careers to keep athletes strong and healthy beyond the game.


  • Passion for Dance Leads to a Kennedy Center Performance: Dance is more than just movement for Kinesiology senior and dancer Tharini Shanmugarajah. For her, it’s an art form that communicates emotion, translates ideas, crosses cultural divides and creates community.
  • CSUN Fashion Show Winner: Designs on Display at Bloomingdales: The TRENDS Student Fashion Show each spring is always a great opportunity for our students to make CSUN shine. This year's first prize winner, Amparo Maru, had her collection displayed for two weeks in November in-store at Bloomingdales, Sherman Oaks.
  • Baby It's Cold Outside: How to Keep Your Voice Healthy : Keeping your voice healthy will help you talk, sing and laugh through the holiday season. Faculty in the Language, Speech and Hearing Center's Voice Clinic offer tips to keep you sounding--like you!
  • Top 15 Tips for Healthy Holidays :This holiday season, make health and wellness convenient and fun! The faculty in the College of Health and Human Development offer their "top 15 holiday tips" to manage fun, fitness, food and financial wellbeing.
  • Wellness Center for Student Success : Student Success includes discovering ways to manage stress and develop practices that will support lifelong health and wellbeing. The new campus Wellness Center will be a destination where students can revitalize themselves.
  • Public Health Policy Students Visit State Legislature: 14 CSUN Public Health Policy Students joined 140 peers from across the CSU for a trip to Sacramento. The educational experience was made possible by a grant from the California Endowment.
  • Stemming the Tide of Childhood Obesity: Thanks to a generous grant from UniHealth Foundation, we're teaching elementary school children and their families in the West San Fernando Valley how fitness activity and healthy eating habits truly make life sweeter.
  • Brown Center Celebrates 10 Years!: A spirit of caring, dedication to our students as future professionals and a love of community have enriched the lives of people with physical challenges at the Brown Center for Adaptive Aquatic Therapy for 10 years now. Celebrate with us on November 2nd!
  • Aquatic Center at Castaic Receives Grant for Boating and Water Safety Programs
    $40,000 grant from the state’s Department of Boating and Waterways continues support of the center’s efforts to share the rules for boating and water safety with at-risk youth.

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