Healthspan Advisory Board


Head, Professor

Department of Physical Therapy

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chair, Healthspan Advisory Board

Ross Arena, PhD, PT, FAHA, FESC, FESPM, FACSM, FAACVPR is Professor and Head of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Arena is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and European Society of Cardiology. He has conceived of and oversaw the successful implementation of several innovative healthy living initiatives in the academic, clinical and community settings. His scholarly interests include: 1) Exercise testing and training in patients diagnosed with cardiopulmonary disease/dysfunction; and 2) Healthy living initiatives and policy that promote the healthspan. Dr. Arena has published extensively in these areas with over 700 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters.

Contact Information:

Office: 312.355.3338

Email: rarena70@gmail.com

Associate Professor

University of Calgary

Medical and Research Director

TotalCardiology

Sandeep Aggarwal, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He also is the medical and research director of the TotalCardiology Rehabilitation program which performs cardiac rehabilitation for over 1800 cardiac patients per year. His other roles include Deputy Chief of Cardiology as well as the Medical lead for Cardiac Sciences Clinical Informatics in Calgary. His scholarly interests are focused on the delivery of prevention services.

Contact Information:

Email: Saggarwal@totalcardiology.ca

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy

University of Illinois at Chicago

Samantha (Sam) Bond, MS, is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her scholarship focuses widely on patient education for the department’s faculty practice, as well as game design for patient behavior modification, patient compliance app development, and clinical software development for symptom recording. She also shares an appointment with the UIC Biomedical Visualization program, where she teaches Unity game and software development and Virtual Reality development to medical illustration graduate students. She was recently named a Women in Games Ambassador for 2017 by the International Game Developers Association.

Contact information:

Office: 312.413.5928

Email: sbond7@uic.edu

Chief of Police

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chief Kevin L. Booker, comes from a strong background of education and career experience. With a friendly, logical, goal oriented, and well-rounded personality, it comes as no surprise that Chief Booker is an active mentor to the youth of the 12th district community and is widely respected. He stands out in his executive position with his strong administrative, leadership, team-player, and relationship-building skills. Chief Booker is knowledgeable about public safety, law enforcement, security methods, campus regulations, crowd control techniques, investigative procedures, state and federal laws, and business and management principles. This knowledge has helped Chief Booker hold many titles throughout his career. Titles range from Community Service Officer at Indiana State University Police Department, Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech State College, Police Officer at Purdue University Police Department, Commander and Deputy Chief at University of Chicago Police Department, to now Chief of Police at the University of Illinois at Chicago Police Department. His ability to move up the ladder of success within the field of Criminal Justice is also a reflection of his internal desires to achieve excellence and his educational achievements. Chief Booker graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a minor in Public Administration, as well as a Master of Science in Public Administration with a 3.9 GPA. He attended and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Executive Development Training Institute from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Development, and the Harvard Executive Education Program. Chief Booker also has memberships with many professional affiliations such as International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy Association (FBINNA), Collegiate Athletic Operations Services (CAOS), and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Chief Kevin L. Booker lives by a strong value system which allows him to consistently show determination, self-control, and good judgment.

Contact information:

Email: bookerk5@uic.edu

Professor

Department of Psychology and Oncology

University of Calgary

Tavis Campbell is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Oncology at the University of Calgary, where he also holds the position of Director of Clinical training. He obtained his Ph.D from McGill University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University Medical Centre. His research interests involve identifying and understanding the bio-behavioral mechanisms involved in the development, progression, and management of chronic diseases, such as hypertension, cancer and insomnia. Dr. Campbell has published results from several behavior-based RCTs in the areas of cancer, pain, and chronic disease management, including the i-can sleep trial targeting insomnia in cancer survivors. In addition, he is actively involved in the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) and is Chair of the Adherence Committee and a member of the Knowledge Translation Committee at Hypertension Canada. Finally, Dr. Campbell is regularly sought out by a variety of healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, rheumatologists, nurses, dermatologists) to deliver training with a focus on motivating health behavior change and improving patient-provider communication.

Contact Information

Office: 403.210.8606

Email: t.s.campbell@ucalgary.ca

Research Instructor

Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University

Salvatore Carbone, MS is a Research Instructor of Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology. His research investigates how diet, nutrition and metabolic diseases affect the cardiovascular system in patients with heart failure utilizing both pre-clinical animal models and human clinical trials. Specifically, he is interested in 1) Investigating how diets with similar caloric intake but different macronutrient distribution exerts distinctive effects on cardiac function, body composition and glucose metabolism; and 2) Understanding how different body composition compartments such as lean mass and fat mass differently affect cardiorespiratory fitness in patients with obesity and heart failure.

Contact Information:

Email: salvatore.carbone@vcuhealth.org

Director, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Stress Testing

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Visiting Clinical Instructor

Department of Physical Therapy

University of Illinois at Chicago

Hannah Claeys, MS is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist working as a Visiting Clinical Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hannah has worked in Rehabilitation programs with patients spanning many chronic disease states, including; Oncology, Peripheral Artery disease, Metabolic disorders, Pulmonary and Cardiovascular diseases. She has also used her experience in both clinical and research based exercise stress testing to develop and direct a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Stress Testing lab for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Miss. Claeys is continuing her passion for promoting health behavior change through implementation of a Worksite Health Program with the Police Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hannah will continue to explore healthy living initiatives to promote the healthspan.

Contact Information:

Office: 312.355.3998

Email: hclaeys@uic.edu

Director, Research Development

Faculty of Health

University of Tasmania, Australia

Andrew Hills, DipT, BEd, MSc, PhD, FASMF, AEP is Director Research Development, Faculty of Health and Professor of Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Dr. Hills is a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia. He has completed numerous projects related to physical activity and health with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Health Organisation (WHO), and International Olympic Committee (IOC). His scholarly interests include: 1) Exercise prescription for weight management across the lifespan; and 2) Novel approaches to support healthy body composition through positive eating and activity behaviors. Dr. Hills has published widely in these areas with a particular focus on exercise and obesity including 10 books and 350 peer-reviewed publications.

Contact Information:

Office: +61 3 6324c5452

Email: andrew.hills@utas.edu.au

Professor of Physiotherapy

La Trobe University and Alfred Health

Melbourne, Australia

Anne Holland PhD, PT, is Professor and Clinical Chair in Physiotherapy for La Trobe University and Alfred Health in Melbourne, Australia. Her research program investigates new models of rehabilitation for people with chronic lung disease, including home-based models, telerehabilitation and community-based models of physical activity promotion. Anne has published over 180 peer reviewed journal articles and her publications are cited in 11 international treatment guidelines. She is a Board Director for the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, where she oversees development of clinical guidelines and position papers. In 2016 Anne received an award from the American Thoracic Society for her service to the field of pulmonary rehabilitation.

Contact Information:

Office: +61 3 94796744

Email: a.holland@latrobe.edu.au

Clinical Assistant Professor

Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Therapy

University of Illinois at Chicago

Cemal Ozemek, PhD, CEP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Ozemek has played an integral role in developing the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Worksite Health and Wellness Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has extensive experience working in clinical settings that provide exercise testing, prescription, and monitoring services for older adults, outpatient cardiac, pulmonary, bariatric surgery, and cancer patients. Dr. Ozemek’s global research interests focus on cardiac and vascular adaptations to physical activity and exercise interventions in patients with cardiovascular disease.

Contact Information:

Office: 312.355.3996

Email: ozemek@uic.edu

Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy

University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Laddu is an Assistant Professor Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Laddu has a broad background ranging from nutritional sciences and medical pharmacology, to cardiovascular disease epidemiology in pediatric and aging populations. Throughout her career, she has actively been involved in developing programs to integrate sustainable healthy lifestyle changes within the public school system as well as at the individual, family, and community level. Her overarching research agenda is focused on chronic disease prevention throughout the life-course. Her scholarly interest include 1) Examining the interactions of multiple diseases (i.e., sarcopenia, heart failure, diabetes, osteoporosis), and applying interventions that promote positive changes in body composition for improved disease prognosis and quality of life; and, 2) Implementing appropriate lifestyle and behavioral prescriptions (e.g., physical activity, nutrition) that emphasize health promotion across the life-course.

Contact Information:

Office: 312.355.2135

Email: dladdu@uic.edu

Lecturer, Health Pedagogy

Faculty of Education

University of Tasmania, Australia

Kira Patterson is a Lecturer in Health Pedagogy at the University of Tasmania in Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Human Movement with Honours in 2011 at the University of Tasmania and has recently completed her PhD in epidemiology with the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, also at the University of Tasmania. Kira's current research interests are in the prevention, causes and management of chronic disease. Her recent work aims to understand how individual, social and environmental factors influence risk factors for chronic disease (physical inactivity, nutrition, smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity) across the life course, with a specific interest in urban-rural populations and in populations experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage.

Contact Information:

Office: +61 3 6324 3494

Email: kira.patterson@utas.edu.au

Senior Lecturer, Motor Behaviour

Director, Active Work Laboratory

Co-Inventor, Exertime e-Health Programme

Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania

Scott Pedersen is the Director of the Active Work Laboratory at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) in Australia. He obtained his PhD in Human Performance from Indiana University specialising in the motor control of individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. Pedersen has also held teaching and research appointments at Peking University (CHN), Beijing Normal University (CHN), and New Mexico State University (USA). Work emanating from Dr. Pedersen's lab includes the research and development of an e-health solution, called Exertime, designed to passively prompt desk-based workers to interrupt prolonged bouts of sitting by increasing incidental movement opportunities throughout the workday. Currently, Dr. Pedersen serves as a co-director for the Better Health Research Theme at UTAS where his expertise in healthy behaviour change is utilised across several cross-disciplinary research projects.

Contact Information:

Email: Scott.Pedersen@utas.edu.au

Twitter: @ActiveWorkLab


Professor and Associate Head

Department of Physical Therapy

University of Illinois at Chicago

Shane A. Phillips PT, PhD, FAHA is Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Phillips has clinical expertise in physical therapy and cardiovascular rehabilitation. His PhD degree in physiology was completed at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he completed post-doctoral training in Cardiovascular Medicine. He is Director of the Vascular Biology Laboratory in the College of Applied Health Sciences where he studies obesity and the control of blood flow and responses of the microcirculation to surgery, diet and exercise interventions. Other research interests involving aspects of healthy living include the impact of cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, alcohol and high cholesterol on blood flow and cardiovascular health. His laboratory is funded by the National Institute of Health.

Contact Information:

Office: 312.355.0277

Email: shanep@uic.edu

Provisional Psychologist

Department of Psychology

University of Calgary

Codie Rouleau, MSc, is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, and Pre-Doctoral Resident in Clinical Psychology with Alberta Health Services. Her research and clinical interests focus on adult health psychology, with an emphasis on health behaviour change, insomnia, and psychological interventions among patients with cardiovascular disease. She has been the recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Masters and Doctoral Awards, the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Graduate Studentship, and the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada Graduate Research Award. In addition, Ms. Rouleau routinely delivers training to multidisciplinary healthcare providers on motivational communication and psychosocial aspects of chronic disease.

Contact Information:

Office: 403.210.8606

Email: codie.rouleau@ucalgary.ca

Associate Professor

Department of Physiology

University of Belgrade

Dejana Popovic, MD, PhD is subspecialist of cardiology at the Division of Cardiology, University Clinical Center Serbia and Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology, University of Belgrade. She graduated from the Medical Faculty, University of Belgrade in 2001, became a specialist of internal medicine – cardiology (2008). She received the PhD in 2011. She is the CoPresident of Serbian Preventive Medicine Society and fellow on the national pulmonary hypertension and cardiac transplantation team. Her interests include: 1) Exercise testing in patients diagnosed with cardic disease; 2) Sports cardiology; and 3) Prevention of noncommunicable chronic diseases. She is a fellow of European Society of Cardiology.

Contact Information:

Email: dejanapopovic@icloud.com

Associate Professor

Department of Communication

University of Illinois at Chicago

Eulàlia (Lali) P. Abril, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches health communication and research methods for undergraduate and graduate students. Abril’s scholarship focuses on health interventions and persuasion in the context of preventive behaviors. Her core areas include smoking cessation and obesity prevention, but she also has worked with communicative correlates to blood donation, an intervention for breast cancer patients’ quality of life, and persuasion in cervical cancer screening for rural Senegalese women.

Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Health Sciences

University of Tasmania

Steve Street, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tasmania. Dr. Street is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Association. His scholarly interests include the intersecting role of physical activity and diet across the lifespan, but with a specific interest in maternal psychology, health and wellbeing, and infant development. Current research foci include collaboration in the development of international infant body composition standards, and interrelationships between maternal psychology and infant body composition.

Contact Information:

Email: steven.street@utas.edu.au

Clinical Instructor

Department of Physical Therapy

University of Illinois at Chicago

Lindsey Strieter, MS, is a Visiting Clinical Instructor in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her scholarship focuses on The UIC Health and Wellness Academy and effective medical education practices. The HWA is a children’s program that focuses on healthy nutrition and physical activity. It is a course offered through the Department of Physical Therapy that brings kinesiology, nutrition, and physical therapy students together in a collaborative, experiential, community outreach setting. She also teaches an elective course on Teaching Approaches and Strategies for Physical Therapists, where the class explores modern pedagogy that focuses on the engagement of the learner and mastery of the content.

Contact Information:

Office: (312)-413-5996

Email: lstriete@uic.edu

Vice-Chair for Clinical Research

Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science

Virginia Commonwealth University

Benjamin Van Tassell is Vice-Chair for Clinical Research and Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science. He is currently completing a 4-year term as a VCU Blick Scholar and also serves as Vice-Chair on the VCU Institutional Review Board. He is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and maintains clinical certifications as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and American Society of Hypertension Certified Hypertension Clinician. Dr. Van Tassell is a past recipient of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy New Investigator Award (2013) and VCU School of Pharmacy Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Van Tassell maintains a research group in collaboration with the Division of Cardiology in the VCU School of Medicine that focuses on the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. He maintains a clinical practice site at the Center for Healthy Hearts in Richmond, VA.

Contact Information:

Email: bvantassell@vcu.edu

Principal

John M. Smyth IB

World Elementary

Ronald Whitmore, Ed.D. is an educator with over 25 years of experience in both suburban and urban settings. Dr. Whitmore was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois and attended Evanston public schools. His decision to become an educator was based on his passion for learning. He sees himself as an advocate for children, particularly disenfranchised youth in urban settings. His goal is to assist students in reaching their potential by unpacking their “authentic” self. He attended University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, received a Master of Education degree from National Louis University an Educational Leadership (Administrator) certification from Loyola University, an Ed.D from Argosy University in Educational Leadership, and receive an additional 28 hours from Argosy University to receive is Superintendent Certification. He also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Argosy in 2012. He has served the Chicago Public Schools for the past 20 years as both the Officer of Early Childhood Education (ECE), and currently, as the Principal at John M. Smyth IB World School, an elementary school in West Loop. Over the past nine years, student achievement has improved as evidenced by ISAT reading scores increasing from 28% to 54% and 22% to 73% in math. Currently the NWEA MAP results are 3.9 on a 4.0 scale which results in Smyth becoming a Level 1 School. . Dr. Whitmore is the author of a children’s book, Jermaine’s Journey. He received Kohl International Teaching Award and was recognized as Educator of Year. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In 2016 he was inducted into the Argosy University Distinguished Alumni. Dr. Whitmore is a proud father of three and grandfather of one.

Contact Information:

Email: rwhitmore@cps.edu

Founder of Liv Cook Eat

Liv Wu is a chef, writer and educator who created the Liv Cook Eat core curriculum for food literacy. The innovative course is dedicated to lifelong engagement in wellness: exploration of sensory awareness, fluency in food language, recipe-free cooking, and community around the eating. She is committed to shifting the global food culture toward health and enjoyment. Drawing from a lifetime of writing, teaching and serving food, she sculpted her unique curriculum around flavor awareness and nutrient density because she saw that as recipe developer,, food journalist and health coach, she was not shifting a culture that was moving irrevocably toward fast food and industrial food production. She observed that recipes and nutrition education do not change behavior. She wanted to make a difference. Her break-through curriculum is a result of coalescing her life experience as an immigrant who sought belonging. After graduate school, she began to teach, cater and write. Subsequently, she worked for 18 years as a food journalist specializing in nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and crafting stories about others’ search for roots. In 2007, she joined the Google food team, where for 9 years she focused on health and wellness. Her highly-rated classes, including those she launched as the first program manager for company’s innovative teaching kitchens, tested in part her theses around food literacy. She is as well a yogi of 30 years. Her book and writings (as “Olivia Wu”) have won respectively, the Tastemaker and Association of Food Journalist awards.

Contact Information:

http://www.livcookeat.com/livwu/

Email: shaotung.wu@gmail.com