Pacific Health Professions Activities

Following are just a few of the many research endeavors in Pacific University’s College of Health Professions

Daniel Munoz, director of the Eating and Weight Disorders Lab in the School of Professional Psychology, conducts a broad array of research on eating disorders, obesity and body image. Works of his can be found in Obesity Surgery, Eating Disorders, and Under Review, Body Image.

Annjanette Sommers, Physician Assistant Studies, is developing a pilot study which will evaluate the efficacy of the Fun N Fit program in reducing health risk and increasing quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. The Fun N Fit program includes group fitness classes for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Other subjects she has written about include therapy in intensive care units for HIV patients, airway pressure in diabetic patients with sleep apnea, and using antihistamines in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis.

Linda Hunt, Occupational Therapy, has received grant funding that enabled her to examine the effects of aging and dementia on driving ability. Her current research focuses on lifestyle redesign for certified nursing assistants. Recent publications include articles in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, OT Practice, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, and Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Fawzy Elbarbry, Pharmacy, is researching the role of CYP450 enzymes and the potential role of natural products in minimizing drug-induced cellular toxicity. His published works can be found in Research in Veterinary Science, Transplantation, and The Journal of Chromatography.