PhD Candidate Speaks at the Kimbell Art Museum

Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching assistant, Amanda Hinson-Enslin, spoke to the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of TWU’s Former Students Association  about heart health on Valentine’s Day weekend at the Kimbell Art Museum .  In honor of National Heart Month Ms. Hinson-Enslin spoke about heart healthy foods, sneaky high sodium foods, exercise, stress management, and the importance of knowing your biometric numbers. Continue reading


Alumna Profile: Dr. Shelby Garner receives $652,800 grant

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Shelby Garner, Ph.D. in Health Studies: TWU  Class of 2012

TWU Health Studies alumna Shelby Garner, Ph.D., recently received a US Agency for International Development American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID ASHA) for $652,800 to build a Simulation Education and Research Centre for Nursing Excellence in Belgaru, India, which will provide a quality education center where US best practices in simulation and nursing education will be incorporated to build nurse capacity with a goal to improve patient outcomes in India. Continue reading

Health Studies majors among Experiential Student Scholar Awardees

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Three students in the department of Health Studies have been selected as 2015-16 awardees of the Experiential Student Scholar Program, which engages students in experiential project partnerships with faculty in alignment with TWU’s quality enhancement plan Pioneering Pathways: Learn by Doing.

Awardees include undergraduate student Mariah Lewchuk and doctoral students Megan Johnson and Elizabeth Wachira. Continue reading

Faculty and Doctoral Graduate Assistants Represent Health Studies at APHA 2015 Conference

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Dr. Guerrero and Alejandra Quezada during their poster presentation ‘Mexican-American’s access to health insurance and use of preventive care.’

The Health Studies Department was strongly represented at the American Public Health Association 2015 Conference in Chicago last month, with Drs. Guerrero, Parker, Crosslin, Amuta, and Menn (faculty) and graduate assistants Alejandra Quezada and Elizabeth Wachira presenting their research projects.


Doctoral student Elizabeth Wachira gave a poster presentation on cardiovascular disease disparities, using spatial analysis to determine what factors best predict cardiovascular disease death. Elizabeth explains: Continue reading

NBC Interviews Dr. Kimberly A. Parker for World AIDS Day

Dr. Kimberly A. Parker has spent the last ten years committed to HIV-AIDS prevention.  She travels across the country giving presentations on AIDS, HIV, and women’s health. The Gilead Sciences Foundation awarded associate professors Kimberly A. Parker, Ph.D., and Kristin Wiginton, Ph.D., in the TWU Department of Health Studies a grant to design a comprehensive women’s health intervention with different health education modules.  This grant promotes the medication called PrEP for the prevention of HIV.  PrEP is a medication found to be 92-98% effective against HIV when taken regularly. Continue reading

Doctoral Student Gets Abstract Selected for Poster Presentation

Doctoral student Daytheon Sturges, MPAS, PA-C, recently received news that his abstract ‘Pop Culture and Physician Assistant Education got selected for poster presentation at the 2016 Innovations in Health Science Annual Meeting.

TWU doctoral student Daytheon Sturges, MPAS, PA-C

Daytheon Sturges, who is also assistant professor and clinical coordinator and provider with the department of Physician Assistant Studies at UT Southwestern, notified his Health Studies professor Dr. Marilyn Massy-Stokes via email about the news. Continue reading

Faculty-Student Duo Examines Behavioral Health Nutrition Among Latinos

Faculty-student duo
Dr. Julio Guerrero and Jennifer Moore

Assistant professor Julio Guerrero, Ph.D., and senior Health Studies major Jennifer Moore recently presented their findings on behavioral health nutrition among Latinos during the 2015 Texas Society for Public Health Education Conference.

“This study shows that less acculturated Latinos are less likely to engage in health behaviors, and are therefore at increased risk for several chronic diseases.”

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