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Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jan 22, 2018 2:00:00 AM

Adobe Spark-8.jpgA recent Trident doctoral graduate, seasoned professional educator Dr. Cris Ritenour presented her dissertation research and findings during the Culture of Research and Education (CORE) webinar, “Student Health: Before and After the 'Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

Passionate about personal health, fitness, and teaching, these three interests conveniently transected into Dr. Ritenour’s dissertation. After her presentation, we talked to her further about how she came to choose this topic and what’s next for her scholarly research.

Trident: You've researched subject matter that impacts a large percentage of the country's population. How did you come to choose this as your dissertation topic? And why are you passionate about this subject matter?

Dr. Cris Ritenour: My interest in fitness and wellness began as a young gymnast who desired to take the best possible care of her body.  This passion for exercise and nutrition then continued through adulthood and lead me to my current profession as a Health and Physical Educator.

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Topics: Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Public Health, Doctoral Degrees, Academic Publishing, dissertation


Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 3, 2017 6:05:58 PM

Dr. Betty Cappelletti will walk across the stage as a graduate of Trident’s Ph.D. in Health Sciences program in July. This will be the third degree she has earned from Trident – one of only nine such alumni to hold this distinction.

Currently residing in Orange County, CA, Dr. Cappelletti keeps herself busy as the founder and director of Project A-Pulse®, a high school motivational program for students who are interested in the health sciences or careers in medicine. It’s a perfect setup for someone who is passionate about teaching and the field of health sciences.

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?
Dr. Betty Cappelletti: I am currently seeking employment at the collegiate level as a professor in health sciences and research. I hope to go into research specifically in the area of ADD, ADHD, or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Public Health, College of Health and Human Services, Alumni


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Aug 2, 2016 9:21:49 AM

“Life kept me so busy so I didn’t have time to look back. Then one day earlier this summer my dissertation committee – Dr. Frank Gomez, Dr. Bernice B. Rumala, and Dr. Welford Roberts started calling me Dr. Fernando. I had just completed my doctorate at Trident,” remarked the newly minted Ph.D., Dr. Wickramarachchige Sugath Rohitha Fernando.

Dr. Fernando’s beginnings were humble. He came from a small village in Sri Lanka, growing up on a tea plantation. Each day would begin with walking several miles to school, and although this journey may have been difficult, it helped to build perseverance and focus.

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Topics: Health Sciences, Public Health, Doctoral Degrees, Student Success


Posted by Dr. Shahnjayla K. Connors on Jun 7, 2016 1:50:00 PM

Transdisciplinary research methods are on the forefront of health disparities research. Government agencies have made funding transdisciplinary health disparities research across the United States a priority. Here is what you should know about transdisciplinary training to eliminate health disparities:

1. Health disparities are multifactorial and complex.
Health disparities are differences in health status that occur in certain populations of people.

The biological, social, economic, environmental, and political determinants of health disparities are multi-level and interrelated. Therefore, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research is ill-equipped to assess and mitigate health disparities.

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Topics: Faculty, Webinars, Health Disparities, Public Health, College of Health and Human Services, Public Health Talks


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Apr 12, 2016 2:56:10 PM

While the Flint water crisis can trace its origins back to April 2014, it has only become front page news in the past few months. This public health crisis was set in motion when the city of Flint, MI changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River.

This decision to make the switch, made by an emergency city manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, resulted in 6,000 to 12,000 children drinking water with a high level of lead, which will cost the city of Flint an estimated $100 million to resolve, according to WNEM. The highly polluted water from the Flint River caused lead from aging pipes to leak into the city’s water supply, and concerns were first raised by citizens in January 2015.

Dr. Frank Gomez, professor in the College of Health and Human Services, is one of Trident’s foremost experts in public health. He has a great deal of experience in this field, which includes serving as a lecturer and professor in health sciences and environmental health dating back to the ‘70s, serving on the State of California’s Environment Health Specialist Registration Committee, and professional studies and papers covering research areas like noise pollution, environmental health, wastewater, and air quality, among others.   

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Topics: Health Sciences, Master's Degrees, Public Health, College of Health and Human Services