CAHS Research Faculty


Andrew Balas

ANDREW BALAS, MD, PHD

Professor of Public Health and Health Management
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Biomedical Research Innovation Laboratory
Research Interests:

- Innovative biomedical research responsive to societal needs 
- Advanced digital technologies for transfer of research to practice
andrew.balas@augusta.edu

Teal Benevides

TEAL W. BENEVIDES, PHD, MS, OTR/L

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Interests:
- Autism Spectrum Conditions
- Health Services Research
- Participatory Action Research
- Research that impacts people's ability to participate in desired life activities
tbenevides@augusta.edu 

Lori Bolgla

LORI BOLGLA, PT, PHD, MACC, ATC

Professor of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy
Research Interests

- Management of Individuals with Patellofemoral Pain
- Link between Patellofemoral Pain in Young Adults and Patellofemoral Joint Osteoarthritis
- Kinesiological Applications of EMG
- Identification of Risk Factors Associated with Falls in the Elderly
lbolgla@augusta.edu

Kevin Brueilly

KEVIN E. BRUEILLY, PT, PHD

Department Chair and Professor of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy

Research Interests: 
- Educational methodologies/pedagogy in physical therapy education
- Applied biomechanics in lifting
- Rehabilitation and clinical outcomes in patients with cancer
- Rehabilitation following lower extremity joint arthroplasty
kbrueilly@augusta.edu 

Charlotte Chatto

CHARLOTTE CHATTO, PT, PHD, NCS

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy

Research Interests: 
- Parkinson's Disease
- ALS and Physical Therapy Education
chatto@augusta.edu 

Raymond Chong

RAYMOND CHONG, PHD

Department Chair of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Professor of Physical Therapy
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Research Interests:
- Movement theories
- Human multi-sensory organization and postural control in healthy and neurologically impaired individuals 
rchong@augusta.edu

Tiana Curry-McCoy

TIANA CURRY-MCCOY, PHD, MPH, MPA

Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Department of Undergraduate Health Professions
Research Interests: 
- Basic science research in cell biology, cellular mechanism, inflammation, molecular biology, pathology, biochemistry
tcurrymccoy@augusta.edu 

Gianluca De Leo

GIANLUCA DE LEO, PHD, MBA

Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Research Interests:
- Innovative virtual reality systems
- Health care mobile technologies, simulation tools, gaming technologies, augmentative and alternative communication systems
gdeleo@augusta.edu

Vahe Heboyan

VAHE HEBOYAN, PHD

Assistant Professor of Health Management and Informatics
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Research Interests:
- Multi-disciplinary approaches to economic evaluation of health programs
- Economic efficiencies in health care delivery
vheboyan@augusta.edu

Pam Kearney

PAMALYN KEARNEY, EDD, OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Department of Occupational Therapy

Research Interests: 
- Preparing students and clinicians to effectively work with culturally diverse individuals and groups
- Health disparities and better understanding the factors that contribute to these
- Scholarship of teaching and learning evidence that supports occupational therapy practice
pkearney@augusta.edu 

Greg Passmore

Greg passmore, PHD

Professor of Nuclear Medicine Technology
Department of Undergraduate Health Professions
Research Interests: 
- Clinical (diabetes mellitus)
- Nuclear medicine educational research
- Medical imaging physics
- Undergraduate research partnerships
gpassmor@augusta.edu 

Lester Pretlow

LESTER G. PRETLOW, PHD

Dean and Professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Research Interests:
- Clinical chemistry, management instrument evaluation and validation
lpretlow@augusta.edu 

Sharad Purohit

SHARAD PUROHIT, PHD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Department of Undergraduate Health Professions

Research Interests:
- Identifying predictive and prognostic biomarkers for human diseases using high throughput technologies of mass spectrometry and Luminex bead array
spurohit@augusta.edu 

Lawrence Ramiscal

LAWRENCE RAMISCAL, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, COMT, FAAOMPT

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy

Research Interests:
- Shoulder biomechanics and movement impairments leading to shoulder pathologies
lramiscal@augusta.edu 

Pavani Rangachari

PAVANI RANGACHARI, PHD

Associate Professor of Public Health
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Research Interests:
- Health Services Organizational Research
- Change and innovation in health care organizations based on evidence-based practices
- Health information technology and patient-centered care
prangachari@augusta.edu

Yoon Ho Seol

YOON HO SEOL, PHD

Associate Professor of Public Health
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Research Interests:
- Information retrieval
- Decision support systems
- Data analytics in patient care and public health domains
yseol@augusta.edu

Jeane Silva

JEANE SILVA, PHD, MPA, EDS, MB(ASCP)CM

Assistant Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science
Department of Undergraduate Health Professions

Research Interests: 
- Molecular oncology
- Tumor biomarkers
- Drug discovery

jsilva@augusta.edu

Judith Stallings

JUDITH STALLINGS, EDD, MHE, PA-C

Department Chair of Physician Assistant
Department of Physician Assistant

Research Interests
jstallin@augusta.edu 

Janet Tankersley

Janet B. Tankersley, PT, DPT

Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy

Research Interests
- Physical therapy management of children with blood disorders
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound in hemophilic arthropathy
- Activity and participation of children with sickle cell disease
jtankers@augusta.edu

Vanessa Trefethren

VANESSA TREFETHREN, PT, DPT

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy

Research Interests:
- Assocation between balance, EMG Activity and Strength on SLS Performance (Cross-Sectional)
- Vestibular Rehabilitation and Use of the Mobile Force Plate to Measure Stability
vtrefethren@augusta.edu 

Chandramohan Wakade

CHANDRAMOHAN WAKADE, MBBS

Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy

Research Interests:
- Second common neurodegenerative diseases in humans
- Parkinson's Disease
cwakade@augusta.edu 

Valerie Williams

Valerie Williams Hogan, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS

Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy

Research Interests: 
- Orthopaedic and sports physical therapy and injury prevention
- Dance/performing arts medicine and science
valwilliams@augusta.edu