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Welcome to the 3rd annual SHP Research Day. Each year we have seen substantial growth in abstracts submitted, people in attendance, and now the event itself. The 2024 version is two days, spanning from April 4 - 5.

The 2024 event will include a "Fireside Chat" with director-level scientists, presentations from some of our top researchers, student poster presentations and much more.

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Keynote Address

Thomas Jefferson University OglesbyBilly Oglesby, PhD, MBA, MSPH, FACHE
Thomas Jefferson University
Humana Dean of the College of Population Health

Dr. Oglesby will be highlighting his thoughts on “Better Health for All” focusing on his work on social determinants of health, health care reform and improving population health outcomes.


*Coffee served all day!

Thursday, April 4

LRC 235

10:00 a.m.

Keynote, Billy Oglesby, PhD, MBA, MSPH, FACHE

11:15 a.m.

“Fireside Chat and Reflections of Keynote Lecture:”

  • Moderator: Ria Hearld, PhD
  • Billy Oglesby, PhD, MBA, MSPH, FACHE
  • Larry Hearld, PhD
  • Barbara Gower, PhD
  • Hon Yuen, PhD, OTR/L
  • Keith McGregor, PhD
  • William Reed, DC, PhD

12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Senior Presentations

  • 1:00 - 1:20 Jessica Williams, PhD, MPH: "A computer-based health equity simulation for health care practitioners and students”
  • 1:20 - 1:40 Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD: "Developing and Testing Diet and Exercise Interventions for Cancer Prevention and Control"
  • 1:40 – 2:00 Mohammad Maqbool, PhD, MS, MSc: "Physical and optical biomarkers for detecting and measuring radiation damage to blood"

Friday, April 5

Events/Awards LRC 210, Poster Sessions LRC 235, 249 and Lobby

8:00 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Lightning Round

  • 8:30-8:45 Jason Vice, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV
  • 8:45-9:00 Terra Webb, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, PhD
  • 9:00-9:15 Joshua Lee, PhD
  • 9:15-9:30 Christine Ferguson, PhD, RD, CSG
  • 9:30-9:45 Harsh Singh, PhD

10:00 a.m.

Posters: Two, 1.5 hour sessions with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.

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1:15 p.m.

Student Presentations

  • 1:15-1:30 Undergraduate/Masters Presentation
  • Title: Effects of Spinal Mobilization on Muscular Low Back Pain in an NGF-Induced Animal Model A Non-Pharmacological Approach to Low Back Pain
  • Student: Mahaley Mann, Biomedical Sciences
  • Student Mentor: William Reed, DC, PhD
  • 1:30-1:45 Early Career PhD/Clinical Doctorate Student Presentation
  • Title: Does Accelerometer-Determined Physical Activity Change in Patients with Acetabular Dysplasia 1-Year after Surgery?
  • Student: Hadeel Alghanim, OT
  • Student Mentor: Matthew Ithurburn, PT, DPT, PhD
  • 1:45 - 2:00 Late Career PhD/Postdoctoral Trainee
  • Title: Association between insulin sensitivity and lean mass loss during weight loss
  • Student: Ciera Bartholomew, PhD in Nutrition student
  • Student Mentor: Barbara Gower, PhD

2:00 p.m.


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For more information, please contact Samantha Giordano-Mooga, Ph.D., director of SHP Undergraduate Research, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Past Research Day Winners


PhD and Postdoc

  • Outstanding Abstract: Shanequa Roscoe
  • Outstanding Poster: Marian Yurchishin

Master's and Clinical Doctorates

  • Outstanding Abstract: Sadie Hare
  • Outstanding Poster: Kylie Blue


  • Outstanding Abstract: Natalie Moon, Khai Thompson, and Yesenia Villanueva
  • Outstanding Poster: Lauren Briggs


Best Abstract

  • Doctoral: Katie Couch
  • Masters: Jackson Pettus
  • Undergraduate: Kylie Blue, Zoe Koppersmith

Best Posters: Doctoral

  • First Place: Saleh Alhirsan
  • Second Place: Leandra Durham

Best Posters: Master's

  • First Place: Rachel Adams, Dana Quintero-Rodriguez
  • Second Place: Zainab Bhagat

Best Posters: Undergraduate

  • First Place: Morgan Skye Sutton, Mackenzie Street
  • Second Place: Steve Otero